Christmas in July

I am loving the new dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I have been making plenty of cards to send to the company for samples, as well as for my friends and family. But, my first love is still scrapbooking.

Since the new dies are large enough to make beautiful accents on scrapbook pages, I decided to create a layout of last Christmas. With my children grown and no grandchildren in my future, Christmas is a pretty low-key event these days. So, I opted to just showcase a few highlights of the day.

ECD Christmas Layout by Candy Spiegel


The paper, letter stickers and word stickers are from Webster’s Pages.

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I used several dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs, including the Candle, Holly Flourish, Holly Leaves & Berries, Ornaments and Stockings.

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I added Glitter Dots and a little ink to bring out the shapes.

These dies will be available at the end of July. You can order them from Elizabeth Craft Designs, here,check with your local scrapbook store, or contact me to get these amazing new dies.


Holiday Gift Album

Mini Album by Candy SpiegelMini albums are quick and fun gifts to make and receive.

I created this 4×4 mini album using RTC Grid Paper from Mosaic Moments, a new paper/sticker collection from KaiserCraft and a few other embellishments. It is ready for photos and journaling to remember this Christmas.

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pocket candy spiegelThe last page in the book has a little pocket where you can insert a gift card. Imagine the delight of the recipient to receive a beautiful mini album and then, when they turn to the last page, a gift card to their favorite store or restaurant!

To see the rest of the pages in this little album and to learn how I did it, visit my page on Journella.


‘Tis the Season Classes

It is my favorite time of the year and I have been creating many items to celebrate the season. I hope you will enjoy me for some of these classes.

Check the calendar at the right for details and locations.

Mason jar_candy_spiegelThis, one of my favorites, is a mason jar snow globe. We’ll create a special mix to color a bottle brush tree and learn how to create a beautiful snowflake rosette. And, you can customize yours to fit your decor by making your tree red, green, purple, blue, navy or pink! I’m teaching this one at Green Door Studio in Brighton.

gift_cards_Candy_SpiegelNext up is a fun and easy class that will provide you with four unique gift-card holders in a variety of styles. Some papers may vary, or you can swap them out if you prefer something different. Of course, we’ll also learn how to dry emboss, ink, use flock and Piccolo embossing powder. This one is also offered in Brighton.

candy_spiegel_Copic1Next up is this adorable bookmark. We’re focusing on Copics in this class. No experience is necessary … I will teach you how to blend, buy, use and store Copics and then we will put our new techniques to use by making this project. In addition to coloring the stamped scene, we’ll learn to color rhinestones, eyelets and ribbons. You don’t even need to buy Copics to take this class. Just come and see what they are all about. This one is taught at Crop ‘N Shop in Burton.

christmas paper bag album 001Up next is a paper bag mini album. This book is packed with interactive pages, pockets and tags featuring beautiful papers from KaiserCraft. We’ll make snowflake rosettes for the cover and accent it with gold-foil papers, beads and elegant ribbons. Trust me, the photo does not do this book justice. Anyway, in addition to making the book, you will go home with tons of paper and die cuts to make cards or scrapbook layouts. It is a great value! This class is being held in Millington at Scrapbooker’s Hideaway.

Elizabeth_candy_spiegelNext we have two beautiful cards using products from Elizabeth Crafts. Learn to emboss Shimmer Sheetz and color glitter! You can use Copics, Ranger’s Distress Ink Markers or Tombow markers to do this technique. This class is in Brighton in Green Door Studio.

gift_cards_candy_spiegelIn this fun class, you will make 6 mini cards (they come with mini envelopes, too) as well as a coordinating box to keep them all in. Mini cards are fun to use in place of gift tags or to send a quick note to a neighbor or friend. Or, you can wrap up the entire package and give it as a gift to a teacher or family member. This class is held in Brighton at Green Door Studio.

Remember, I also teach private classes and small group classes. Just drop me a note and let me know what you are interested in. I can customize any class to fit your group. Contact me at







Copic Distressed

This week’s challenge at iCopic is to create a vintage or distressed look with Copic markers.

I used papers from Tim Holtz and stamps from Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps to make this: (click on the image for a larger view)

The secret to achieving a vintage look with Copics, which are known for their bright and intense colors, is to start with muted tones. Look for colors that have a lot of brown or gray in them, rather than the ones that are bright and clear.

Since I am a heavy-handed colorer, I also color these images backward — I start with a dark outline, then a mid-tone and finally cover the entire thing with the lightest shade.

When dry, I go over each portion quickly with a warm gray several shades lighter than the colors I used. This helps to tone it down a bit more without altering the shading.

Here are the colors I used on this one:

After I cut out the image, I used Distress Ink around the edges to prevent a white line and help it blend better with the background paper.

“Glass” ornaments technique

So, I may not be the first one to come up with this technique, but I really did come up with all on my own — as incredible as that sounds!

It started out innocently enough — I wanted to make a bookmark and wanted to play with my new Sizzix Textured Impressions embossing folders. Then, I added a little color and a little more color and thought, hey, I wonder what would happen if I added a bit of UTEE to the top?? Well, let’s just say I “impressed” myself!

Pretty amazing, huh!?

Here are the instructions:

Cut a piece of cardstock to the size of the bookmark you want. (I used white)

Place it in the Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (or one of the Tim Holtz folders would work, too) and emboss with the Big Shot or similar cutting tool. (This is the Christmas and Thin Ice set.)

Lightly apply Barn Door Distress Ink with an ink applicator. This will add color to the raised areas and a hint to the rest.

Then, to add a bit more dimension, go over it again, with an even lighter hand, with Fired Brick.

Here’s the cool part …
Turn the Distress Ink Embossing Pad over and lightly run it across the surface of the tag (or bookmark). Don’t worry about it being perfect.

Now, add UTEE and heat.

Then, add Ranger’s new Liquid Pearls to the dots on the ornaments for even more texture and dimension.

To the bottom, because I didn’t want to cover up too much, I added a sticker from the new Seasonal Salvage Stickers by Tim Holtz, a mini safety pin, a strip of ribbon (colored with Distress Ink), a scrap of ribbon and the mini brads by Tim Holtz.

To make the bookmark a little thicker, and to cover the back side, I attached another piece of white cardstock to the back, trimmed it to fit, and then went around the entire edge with Fired Brick Distress Ink.

The Crop-a-Dile easily punches a hole at the top for an eyelet. A few Baubles and a Swivel Clasp by Tim Holtz and a bit more ribbon to the top, and I called it done.

I absolutely love the result. I wish you could feel it through your computer screen, because it is really amazing! It could be a bookmark or a tag for a holiday gift, but it is pretty enough to hang on the tree. (click on the photos for a better look …)

Inspired by Tim Holtz

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Tim Holtz. I love the thought process that goes into making his products — and the ideas he shares to use them after we get them.

That said, you can understand how last week was one of my favorite weeks of the year. I loved the lessons and inspiration he put into his 12 Tags of Christmas.

Although I haven’t had time to try all of the techniques, yet, I did make a custom stamp pad with Distress Ink Re-inkers and Cut & Dry Felt. I even tried embossing after stamping with Distress Ink for a unique “looks wet” sort of look. Here’s the link to Tim’s instructions ...

And, here’s what I did …

Pretty cool, eh?! And, it came out perfect on the first attempt — which is even cooler.

Since rubber stamps are my latest favorite product, I am challenging myself to use them on scrapbook pages. It sounds simple, but it really is more difficult than one would think. So, this was my first attempt at incorporating stamps into scrapbook pages. The paper and ribbon are by Bo Bunny. The stamps are by Tim Holtz and JudiKins. The date is grungeboard letters by Tim Holtz, painted with a Ranger Paint Dabber. (Click on the images to make them larger).

If you notice the date, you will realize why I need to make myself incorporate my new love of stamping into my scrapbook pages!

Ornamenting the tree

Making ornaments for the Christmas tree is easy — if you have the right products.

These are wooden ornaments by KaiserCraft. They only cost a couple of dollars and can be covered with a variety of products for unique, and beautiful, gifts.

For this one, I wanted to play with Vintage Glass from Art Glitter. I thought it would provide a little more texture than just the microfine glitter I normally use, so I used it for the tree.

Then, I added glitter to the remaining part of the ornament. I just used my finger to spread around Art Institute Glitter Glue in Clear and then poured glitter on top.

Then, I added a few beads, also from Art Glitter, to finish it off.

Although it’s hard to see the beauty and dimension of the different hues and sparkles in the glitter, I hope the photos are good enough to inspire you. (Click on the photos to make them bigger) I can’t wait to see how they look next to the lights on my tree!

When I finished the first one, I found that I loved the deep purple so much, I covered the entire last one in it. It was simple and super easy, but I think the result is amazing!

For the middle one, I wanted to try something different, so I covered it in Tim Holtz Distress Ink.

Then, I used a snowflake stamp by Inkadinkado and black Ranger Archival Ink to create a patterned design.

Next, I added a bit of gold Perfect Pearls for some shimmer. In the end, there isn’t a whole lot of it visible, but I think it adds to the overall look.

Then, I applied four layers of UTEE, which turned the ornament from flat to sculpted. I absolutely love the dimension it created. It’s going to Guam for my son’s tree.

The two glitter ornaments are currently at Scrap Tales, if you’d like a closer look …

Making cards

I am card challenged.

I know it sounds odd, but I can whip out a 12×12 scrapbook page, a mini album or a home decor project without trouble, but a simple card can kick my butt.

But whenever I am challenged by something, I continue to push myself, trying again and again and again. I’ve discovered its not too hard with beautiful papers, like those from Graphic 45.

These are for my upcoming class at Scrap Tales. We’ll learn how to work with acetate to make unique cards with Graphic 45 paper, alcohol ink, Dies Direct dies, and more.

Contact the store for details … hope to see you there!