Happy Birthday, Mom


It has been a while since I made a card … I did not even get Christmas cards out this year. But, my mother-in-law’s birthday was last month and she always deserves a homemade card, so I got to work.


I started by coating a plain sheet of white cardstock (cut to size) with Distress Ink. I sprinkled a bit of water, dried it and reapplied some ink. I repeated the process a few times until I got this result.


I then added a bit of ink with a stencil from Sweet Stamps (a Michigan Company).


Using Archival Ink, I stamped the image from Local King Rubber Stamp.


Then, I used another stencil (this one from Dylusions) to add a bit of Transparent Gloss Texture Paste. It will drive crystal clear, but add thick, shiny hexagons. You can see them in the photo below.


Then, I adhered it to a white card base and it was done … I love it — bright and filled with fun, inky techniques.


December Birthday Card


My mother-in-laws birthday is just a few days before Christmas. Since my birthday is just a few days after Christmas, I know how unfair it can be. Birthday presents come wrapped in Christmas paper and often are Christmas decor.

This year, I wanted to give her a card that celebrated the season, but was not Christmasy.


I started by embossing gold Shimmer Sheetz in the Pinecones Elizabeth Craft Designs Embossing Folder.


I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double Sided Adhesive to adhere it to a card base. I cut another piece of Shimmer Sheetz and adhered it to piece of cardstock and then the card front.


Then I placed strips of Transparent Double Sided Adhesive across the card. I trimmed the edges, removed the backing and coated it with Amethyst Silk Microfine Glitter. I shook off the excess and polished it.

Then I added a Happy Birthday Peel Off to the front.


Simple, but elegant.

Visit the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog to see more creations today!

Stand-Up Helpers

July’s Designer Challenge for Elizabeth Craft Designs was to create a card using one of the new Stand-Up Helpers, as well as another using one of the new word Stand-Up Helpers in a different way.

I chose to use the same paper collection for both challenges … Indian Summer from We R Memory Keepers.

And, I used the same Stand-Up Helper — Happy Birthday — for both cards.

First, I used it as a Stand-Up Helper …

ecd Birthday 3 by Candy Spiegel

This type of card stands up when opened and the Happy Birthday keeps it in place.

I also used a vintage car Peel-Off sticker and Silk Microfine Glitter on this card. Then I colored it with Copic markers.

ECD Birthday Candy Spiegel

However, you do not have to use the Happy Birthday for a stand-up card. It also works as a sentiment.

On this card, I used the new Wheelbarrow Die and a flower die from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I cut the wheelbarrow out twice — once with a Shimmer Sheetz and once with wood paper. I added Glitter Dots to the flower centers.

I hope you enjoyed my take on this month’s challenge … now head over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog to see what the other ladies created!