It’s a Boy!

This month’s Designer Challenge for Elizabeth Craft Designs is to create something for baby.

I opted to represent the little boys with this adorable stand-up card.


I used papers from Lawn Fawn and the Congratulations Stand-Up Helper, the It’s a Boy word die and Star Buddies Peel Off Stickers from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Baby_Candy_Spiegel2The stickers are colored in with Copic markers. I wanted a bit of orange at the top, so I used the corners from one of the tag die sets from Elizabeth Craft Deigns as well.

Click here to see what the other designers created — it’s amazing!


Storing Stamps and Dies

The market is filled with rubber and acrylic stamps that have matching dies. I, for one, am a huge fan, since it means no more fussy cutting! BUT, storing them is not quite as convenient.

I store my stamps in several different containers. Some are kept in pocket pages, like these …

stampOthers are kept in storage containers like these …


I love my stamps stored this way and I want the matching dies kept close by. However, if I put dies in any of these systems, I am afraid they will bend.

I have my dies in Art Bin boxes like this …


I love this system, but I am afraid if I put stamps in with the dies, they would get squished.

Fortunately, I have amazing friends. My friend Jill came up with a brilliant idea that has worked perfectly. It starts with an empty case from Stampin’ Up. (please ignore my messy desk. It is my creative mind at work …)


I tucked the stamp set inside the box. Then I cut a piece of adhesive-backed magnetic sheet and adhered it inside the box.

Stamp storage Candy Spiegel

The magnetic side holds the dies in place. The stamps stay tucked in on the other side, where both are safe and secure.

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I trimmed the sheet that came with the stamps and tucked it inside the front pocket.


And, I used my label maker to create a label for the side.

IMGP0677Now they all fit nicely on my shelf with my Stampin’ Up stamps. Thanks for the great idea, Jill!!

I do not sell Stampin’ Up products, but if you would like to purchase any of the other storage options mentioned in here, let me know. I can order them for you!


Flowers in a Box



Each month, the Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Design Team participates in a special challenge. This month’s theme is flowers and I decided to make a box filled with them.

036I started with a simple box card made from green cardstock. I covered the panels and exterior of the box with new paper from Lawn Fawn.



Then, I began cutting out flowers of all shapes and sizes with dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I began with Flower Set 1, which I cut with Shimmer Sheetz and Velvet Adhesive Sheets and then layered together.

039Next, I cut out the Flourish with Flowers die out of a Velvet Adhesive Sheet. Since it did not fit on the box panel, I needed to remove the adhesive off of the back side.

040This is easily accomplished with baby powder. Use your finger or a small paint brush to coat the backside in baby powder. The adhesive will no longer be sticky (and it smells good, too!)

223Then, I began filling in the space with leaves cut from the Curvy Leaves die. I used two different shades of green Shimmer Sheetz to add contrast.

222And flowers cut with the Bunch of Flowers die.

221HINT: Use the metal adaptor plate and run it through the Big Shot twice for the best results.

ECD_Candy_Spiegel_March_DCI added pearls and gems to the centers of the flowers.

For a final touch, I added the words With Love from the Assorted Words peel-off sheet.

To see more amazing creations featuring flowers, visit the ECD blog on March 31st.







To Gnome You is to Love You

I discovered the cutest set of word stamps from Stampin’ Up in their latest catalog. I absolutely loved them and knew I HAD to have them (I have a thing for gnomes). However, I really didn’t like the set of gnome stamps that coordinated. So, I began a quest to find some gnomes that I liked.

Believe it or not, there are not a lot of gnome stamps on the market (at least not many that I could find).

Lawn Fawn released a really cute set at CHA and I immediately ordered them. But, while I was shopping for them, I stumbled across a company I had not heard of before called Paper Smooches and they had the most adorable gnome stamp. So, I ordered it as well.

I haven’t had a chance to play with my Lawn Fawn stamps yet, but I did make this with the Paper Smooches gnome:

Isn’t he the cutest?!

I colored him with Copic Sketch Markers and used some leftover American Crafts Cardstock, Reminisce paper and some vintage paper by Rusty Pickle to complete the card.

The saying stamp is from Stampin’ Up.

Here are the colors I used: