Simply Stencils

I love playing with stencils. They are inexpensive, come in thousands of different patterns and have millions of uses. For this month’s challenge at Scrap It Girl, “Things with Wings”, I grabbed some brand-new stencils and went to work …

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I started with a sheet of white cardstock and inked a circle with Distress Ink using a new template by Colorbox. Then I filled in with sides and bottom with Distress Ink.

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Next, I taped The Crafter’s Workshop stencil with washi tape. This both holds the stencil in place and masks off parts I do not want to ink.

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Then I used a finger daubber and Ranger Archival Ink in black to stencil the image. I moved the stencil a few times to ink the entire card.

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Here is the finished background …

008Next, I inked the birds … these are wood pieces from Unique Laser Designs.

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After they were inked, I covered the top with Glastique to make them rich and shiny.

007And then I used Designer Dries Clear adhesive to glue them to the front of the card.

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I think this is perfect for a guy or nature lover. It would be a nice thank-you card, sympathy card or get-well-soon card, don’t you think?

Now it’s your turn … create a project with wings and enter it at Scrap It Girl. You could win a fabulous prize if yours is chosen as the best! I cannot wait to see what you create!

 

Tray by the Sea

By the Sea Tray by Candy SpiegelWhen you have beautiful paper, like the By The Sea collection from Graphic 45, creating an elegant piece of home decor is really quite simple.

001I started with an old tray I had picked up at Goodwill, painted a bright blue, decided I didn’t like it, and stashed it in a closet for a year. For this project, I pulled it out again and covered that blue with white.

003Then, I added a layer of Distress Crackle Paint. Once dry, I used a dauber to add a bit of coffee Archival Ink to help highlight the cracks and crevices.

006Then, I covered the tray with paper. (the gold is some Halloween paper from Reminisce).

007I sanded a bit of the paper off, which also took off various layers of paint. There are even a few spots where some of that blue came through. It created a beautiful finish!

Once all covered in paper, I added a thin layer of Glastique with a paintbrush to the entire tray to seal it. The Reminisce paper bubbled with the liquid, so I would not recommend using it in this application … but I made it work.

035Next, I added some fibers a friend gave me. The burlap ribbon is from Michael’s. The twine is from May Arts. I’m not sure where the other fibers came from.

031I tied lots of them to the ends of the tray. they are so soft and match so well!

By the Sea Tray by Candy SpiegelI love this tray! It matches my living room perfectly and is filled with all of my favorite colors. Thank you, Graphic 45 for the papers and Anna for the fibers!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One-of-a-Kind knobs from Home Depot

barn tree 7 candy spiegelSo you can’t really BUY one-of-a-kind knobs at Home Depot, but you can buy plain wooden knobs and make them one of a kind.

That’s what I did for some of the knobs on my tree.

Wooden knobs sell for less than $1 each and I used paper-crafting products I already had on hand, so these knobs were practically free, as well as being unique.

knob4_candy_spiegelI coated the first two knobs with Globecraft & Piccolo Embossing Powder. I popped the top on the dabber adhesive and used a paintbrush to coat the wooden knobs with Globecraft & Piccolo Embossing Adhesive. Then I dumped the powder on them and then heated them.

This one I did in Mermaid Tears …

001I found that my Ranger Heat Gun was taking forever to melt the powder, so I pulled out my traditional heat gun on these. I had a lot of bubbling as I heated them — caused by the amount of adhesive that was painted on and the intense heat of the gun. I just let them cool for a minute and then hit with heat again until I got a somewhat smooth finish. There are still some bubbles, but since this is such a rustic piece, I thought they fit right in.

This one is done in Vintage Silver.

002Next I turned to paint … I painted two additional knobs with Claudine Hellmuth’s Studio white paint. I screwed the knobs through a box to hold the knobs in place while I worked on them.

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Once dry, I added some of the new rub-ons designed by Tim Holtz to one of them (I was surprised at home easy these went on and how well they adhered!) Then I coated it with Glastique.

knob_candy_spiegel (2)For the other one, I used Wendy Vecchi’s new Red Geranium Archival Ink and one of her stamps to create a background. I thought the red would match some of the red in the barn wood. Then I added a few more rub ons. Next, I coated the entire thing with Glastique and while it was still wet, I sprinkled clear Vintage Glass Glitter from Art Glitter over the top.

knob_candy_spiegel3It came out a little more orange than I had hoped, but I still love it. I sparkles as the light hits it!

Finally, I had one black knob that I also got for practically nothing at Home Depot. I painted a bit of white paint across the top and then wiped off the very top with a towel and came up with this …

knob_candy_spiegel4So, the next time you need a few new knobs, consider making them one of a kind with your paper-crafting supplies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Make Me Smile

This challenge for Mosaic Moments was to show the things that make me smile. There are so many things that make me smile, it was hard to pick … so I opted for the biggest and most important things …

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And, yes, that is one of my new baby turkeys. Isn’t he/she cute?!

To see how I created this page, click here …

From Boring to Beautiful

From Boring to Beautiful

dragonfly spiegle 5On a recent trip to my local Goodwill store, I found these little dragonfly candle holders.

014They were cute, but rather boring. They had a distressed, shiny whitewash finish. I knew I could do better, so I grabbed a few, pulled out the newest enamel powder color from Globecraft & Piccolo, Turquoise Lagoon, and went to work.

I used the Enamel Powder Adhesive to coat a small area, then poured on the enamel powder and heated. I had to work in sections and let it cool here and there so I didn’t burn my fingers. Metal gets hot!

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There were some sections the dabber top wouldn’t reach. So, I popped off the top and used a paint brush to fill in the tiny areas.

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When it was all finished, I thought it could use a little more bling, so I used Matte Glastique to add some Pure Silver Sparkle to the wings.

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Once dry, I coated the entire piece in Glossy Glastique. This added a little shine and a lot of durability.

Here is a close up of the wings …

dragonfly spiegel 6From boring to beautiful in a just a few easy steps …

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I used Globecraft & Piccolo products to cover another candle holder at home, too. See what I did to this one on the Globecraft Blog today …068

 

 

 

Altered Spring Spoons Class

I love making altered spoons. They are both fun and adorable.

I have a winter-themed spoon hanging in my kitchen, but I thought it was time to create a spring one. Then, I decided a trio might be better and I put this together:

027I used Authentique paper, Glastique, sponges, Tim Holtz dies, KaiserCraft flowers, feathers, gems, wire and more to create this lovely trio.

I am teaching them in a class at Capture A Memory on Monday, March 18. And yes, the spoons are included in the price. Stop by the store to see these in person or call to register for the class today.

 

Altered Cricut Box Class

I keep my Cricut cartridges in a binder, but for some reason, I hung onto a few of the boxes the cartridges used to come in. I guess I just thought they were too cool to throw away.

Well, I finally put them to use with a new class I am offering at Capture A Memory in Flint Township.

altered cricut box by Candy SpiegelIn this class, we will use Distress Ink and Perfect Pearls Mists to color Bazzill Basics Paper and then cover the box in it. Then we will make tiles with Graphic 45 paper and Glastique. Finally, we will add Tim Holtz stamps, Tissue Tape and metal pieces, a few buttons and some ribbon.

I will bring lots of different colors of ink, a variety of ribbon and a jar of buttons so you will be able to make your box perfect for you.

I only have 5 boxes, so this will be a small class filled with techniques and tips.

Call Capture A Memory at 810-733-0716 to register today!

 

Down by the lake

Just because it is the middle of winter doesn’t mean we have to surround ourselves with it.

Instead, I chose to remember summer by creating this elegant lighthouse ornament.

LighthouseCandySpiegelFor this ornament, I left the backside plain so it can hang on the wall in my living room.

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I started by painting the lighthouse black. Then I added a bit of 24K Gold Embossing Powder to the rails and roof.

lighthouse3Spiegel Once that was done, I coated the entire thing with Glastique Gloss to give it a rich, shiny finish.

lighthouse4SpiegelTurning my attention to the ring, I embossed it with the Tim Holtz Brick Texture Fade and then colored it with Distress Ink.
lighthouse6SpiegelWhen the lighthouse was dry, I traced around it on a photo of a sunset on Lake Michigan, cut it out and then glued it onto the back of the lighthouse.

lighthouse5SpiegelI put the globe in place and then glued the ring onto the lighthouse. I use clips to hold it tight until it sticks.

LighthouseCandySpiegelThen I enameled a couple of Piccolos with Vintage Gold Embossing Powder and added them to the outside of the ornament. I added a bit of twine to replicate rope, and it is done and ready to hang on my wall!

Visit the Globecraft & Piccolo blog today to see another project I created with a globe … an altered cigar box.

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