Staying Warm

sweater5Elizabeth Craft Designs just released the most adorable sweater die and I have been having a blast playing with it!

It is part of the Joset’s Designs collection and can be purchased through me, or here …

The set includes the sweater die, the cuffs, a reindeer face and antlers, a snowflake and the hanger. It is such a fun and versatile set!

 

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In the card above, I cut the sweater out of felt and the cuffs and reindeer out of paper. I added a Glitter Dot for the nose and googly eyes, because I thought it needed them! I used the snowflake die that comes with the set to make glitter snowflake accents.

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On this card, I cut all of the sweater pieces out of felt. I used a marker for the eyes and colored a tiny pom pom for Rudolf’s nose!

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For this one, I cut the sweater out of canvas. Then I trimmed off the collar, sleeves and bottom cuff to make it into a t-shirt. I took one of the sweater cuffs and cut it out to make the pocket. I added a bit of black faux stitching to bring out the details.

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Now to show you how I did it …

First I cut the hangers out of wooden paper and then a second time from foil paper. I trimmed the foil paper and put it on top of the wooden cut to make the hangers. Too cute!

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Next I cut the sweater die out of felt. I found if you don’t use a metal plate, it cuts, but you might have to use scissors in a few places to get the sweater separated from the fabric. When I used the metal plate, it cut like butter and added some embossed detailing, as well.

If you have a Sizzix machine (Big Shot, Big Kick, Vagabond, etc.), I highly recommend the Precision Base Plate. It will make all of those intricate dies cut out so much easier!

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Before cutting out the smaller pieces, like the cuffs and snowflake, I adhered double-sided adhesive to the felt, leaving the backing on. (Elizabeth Craft Designs makes the best for this, since the backing paper is so thin and the adhesive is crystal clear. Scor-Tape also makes some.)

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See how cleanly they come out? And the back side has adhesive on it and is ready to stick!

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Just peel off the backing and stick the parts to the sweater. I love how the die embosses the ribs into the cuffs even on felt!

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It then put the sweater on it’s hanger and adhered it to the card. Then I stamped the sentiment (I used this new set of stamps, also from Joset’s Designs, on three of the cards pictured.)

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I added few gems for a little extra bling …

I have so many more ideas using this die, I cannot find more time to play!

 

Let It Snow, Let It Snow Banner

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Since things were so busy before the holidays and I had so many plans for the new year, I decided to make my holiday banner a winter banner, so I could leave it up on my tree all season. Of course, I still have the holiday stuff up, so this photo shows the banner with all of it’s holiday attire, but I assure you, the ornaments and Christmas cards will soon be packed away…

snow_banner_Candy_Spiegel3I started with a 6×6 paper pad from Michael’s and cut out tags using dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs to make the banner. I added a few cut outs from the paper pad, as well.

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Then, I embellished with silver glitter paper using dies from Impression Obsession and a deer punch. I used the Sizzix Precision Base Plate to get the thin metal dies to cut through the glitter paper.

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Then I added ribbon and buttons and strung it up with a bit of twine … since the tree is in my hallway where the lighting is poor, the photos on the tree never look great, but you get the idea!

Mason Jar Pincushion

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For Christmas this year, I made my future daughter-in-law a mason jar pincushion to go with her new sewing machine. The idea originally came from Pinterest, but when I tried to follow those directions, it failed. So I ripped it apart and started fresh with my own way of doing things …

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I found a circle die that was about the same size as the lid and cut out two thin chipboard pieces from it. (I actually used the thin piece of chipboard that was in the fat quarter of fabric I bought. You do not want it to be too thick because then the jar will not close properly — that was the problem I had the first time. I also neglected to use the jar lid this time around in order to make it thinner.)

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Then I used a circle die that was about 1/4″ larger all the way around than the lid. By using it with the Sizzix Precision Base Plate, I was able to cut out the fabric easily with it. (If you have a Sizzix machine and do not have this plate, you need it!)

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Next, I placed one of the chipboard circles in the center of the fabric circle and used Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Transparent Double-Sided Tape to adhere it. (Scor-Tape or Red Line Tape would also work. The initial attempt used a hot-glue gun, but it was messy and thick and lumpy, so I opted for a strong tape the second time around.)

Then, I added strips of tape all along the chipboard circle and folded and pressed the fabric over the tape, leaving a few inches for stuffing. I added a bit of stuffing, and then sealed off that final part.

I added the second circle on top to cover all of the edges and give it a clean, finished look. Since my chipboard was white, I left it plain, but you could paint the circle first, if you liked.

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Finally, I filled the jar with ribbons, fibers and lace (but you could fill with buttons, pins, candy or anything you wanted). Then I put the jar’s ring over the little cushion I made, carefully pulling all of the stuffed area through the center of the hole, and then screwed it on top. It was a tight enough fit that I didn’t feel adhesive on the ring was necessary.

I love how it turned out … what do you think?!

Let the Light Shine!

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Today is a beautiful fall day, but my heart is ready for Christmas. I am not ready for the cold outside, but I am all set for a little faux snow, like I put on this lantern.

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The lantern began as a plain, black lantern I found at a big box store for less than $20. I love that it has a battery-operated candle that screws to the base and can be turned on and off from the base. It was the perfect blank slate to transform!

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I started by removing the glass panels so they could be etched. Then I added a bit of Distress Paint to the filigree on the top of the lantern and to the latch that holds the front door closed.

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Then, I coated the ledges with Art Glitter Vintage Glass Glitter.

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I cleaned each of the glass pieces with water and a paper towel (do not use Windex) and then added stickers from Elizabeth Craft Designs. (I should have taped the backside of the glass pieces as well — since the etchall got a bit messy and some of the pieces were etched on the wrong side. You cannot easily see the mistakes in the finished lantern, but I thought I should pass along my lesson learned!)

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Next, I coated each piece with etchall. (it gets brown as you use it, but it still works well) and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then, I scraped off the excess and put it back in the jar and rinsed off each panel.

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I love the soft, frosty feeling the etched glass provides.

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And it still allows the light to shine through!

Are you ready to make one of your own?

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NOTE: I received compensation for this post.

Holiday Candy Jar

xmas jar by candy spiegel8I know it’s 85 degrees outside, but I was in a bit of a holiday mood and etchall was calling my name … I recently accepted a position as an elite etchall ambassador so you will see plenty more etchall projects to come ….

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I love to reuse food containers — especially jars. This one was previously filled with artichoke hearts.

xmas jar by candy spiegel2I used a die from Elizabeth Craft Designs to cut vinyl (this is from Cricut) to create the design. However, since I wanted the trees and landscape to be snowy and etched, I used the leftover part of the vinyl, rather than the part the die actually cut out. (I hope that makes sense) I adhered it to the jar and made sure all of the edges were firmly adhered.

xmas jar by candy spiegel3Then, I added a Peel-Off Sticker, from Elizabeth Craft Designs. Carefully use the squeegee from etchall (in photo below) to make sure everything is secure and there are no air bubbles.

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Next, I applied a thick layer of etchall. I pour some into a plastic container and apply it with the squeegee from etchall. A paintbrush just does not seem to get it on thick enough.

Once it is all on, let it sit for 15 minutes.

Then, use the squeegee to scrape it off and put it back into the container (it is reusable!). I then take a paper towel and wipe off as much as I can … this is an acid and it can “etch” your sink if you are not careful. Next, take the jar to sink and run the water and wash off the remaining etchall and remove the stickers and stencils. I then quickly wash the jar with dish soap. It is that easy!

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I did the lid while waiting for the etchall to work. First I cut out a circle from patterned paper and used my Xyron machine to adhere it to the lid. Then, I drilled a hole in the lid for the screw and attached the knob (from Hobby Lobby).

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Once the jar was completely dry, I added Glittered Peel-Off Stickers from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I love these deer and I scattered them around the etched landscape. If you carefully wash the jar, they will remain adhered.

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Then I added a ribbon from Stampin’ Up and some candy and the jar is complete.

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It took less than an hour and used mostly leftover products, so it was practically free! I think it will make a beautiful little gift. What do you think?

(NOTE: I received product from etchall in exchange for this post).

 

 

Elizabeth Craft Designs Videos

You asked. I ((finally)) provided!

I love showing you how much fun Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Off Stickers are. And I love how excited you get when you put that glitter on for the first time.

And then the next time I see you, you tell me you haven’t used what you bought because you can’t remember how …

I know I have been promising for a long time, but I finally made videos so you will always have directions wherever you are!

This one shows you how to apply glitter to the sticker…

This one shows you how to use the leftover parts on another project …

Take A Closer Look

Today is the Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Designer Challenge … we had to use some of the new Peel-Off designs. Here’s what I did …ECD Fox Layout Candy Spiegel

I love photographing flowers, trees, animals and other things in nature. Lately, I’ve been getting up close and getting photos that show off details not typically seen by just looking at the flowers from a distance.

Of course, once I take the flowers, I need to find something to do with them … on this page I wanted to showcase some of the up close photos I recently took, but I also wanted the entire page to give the feeling that you need to look behind and up close to see these natural beauties.

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I used the Leafy Branch die from Elizabeth Craft Designs to give the feeling that the foxes were hiding in the grass or bushes. The way the die is made, it is easy to find places to cut the die cut to fit any size.

ECD Fox Layout Candy Spiegel3The foxes are outline Peel-Offs from ECD as well. I put them on X-Press It cardstock and colored them with Copic markers, then cut them out and adhered them with dimensional foam adhesive.

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For the title, I used the Alphabet Caps die from ECD. I cut out the letters twice — once in black and once in the patterned paper (from Bo Bunny) I used for the journaling block and photo mat. Then I layered them together to give a shadow look.

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Need more inspiration? Click here and see what the other designers created.