A Jar of Gifts

A friend asked me if I would make up a gift certificate for one of her customers. I wanted to make something really special, so I came up with these …

030Aren’t they adorable?!

Here’s how I did them …

017I started with the Canning Jars 3D die from Sizzix. I wanted to make a card with the die, rather than just cut out the jar image. So, I folded and scored a card and positioned it with the fold just inside the left side of the jar, like this…



Because this is a thick, steel-rule die, it will cut through two pieces of heavy cardstock at the same time, making this completely doable!

021Next, I cut out the jar lid out of Ranger’s adhesive-backed foil and attached them to the front of the jar.

022The lid is slightly larger than the card, which left a little bit of sticky on the backside. To fix that, I applied a little bit of baby powder to the edges to eliminate the sticky.

I then inked the edges of the jar with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

023The gift certificate that I made barely fit in the jar so I made a little strip of paper and used the Tiny Attacher to attach the edges to the card. Then, the certificate just slips inside and is held in place. Perfect!

024I added a bit of lace from Stampin’ Up to the front with Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive. The trick here is to put the dots of glue on the flowers, set it on the cardstock and leave it be for 5 minutes to allow the glue to work. Then, you can flip it over and trim off the edges to fit the jar.

I tied a bit of bakers twine to the front side of the lid and then created a label. I cut cardstock 2″ x 1″ and then rounded the edges.



Next, I stamped Just For You (from Stampin’ Up) and two dotted stripes from Tami Potter’s stamp from Impression Obsession.



029I added a little ink on the edges and adhered them to the lace.

gift jars_candy_spiegel_2013And, it all fits inside of card-sized envelope.

Who wouldn’t want to receive a gift card like this??!!?








Create a Holiday Snowglobe

Mason jar_candy_spiegelLast year, I created a snowglobe out of a mason jar. I loved it, but I cannot find it anywhere!

So, I decided to create a new-and-improved one. I had intended to offer it as a class, but there is a lot of dry time and unless we sit in class all day, it just isn’t going to work.

I do have one kit available for $20 if you are interested. Just send me an e-mail and let me know what color tree you would like. You will need Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive, Washi Tape and silicone to complete the project.

If you prefer to find the products yourself, here are the directions for creating this snowglobe …

  1. Combine 2-3 drops of Distress Reinker into a Mini Mister and fill with water. Shake and spritz on tree until desired color is reached. Let dry.
  2. When tree is completely dry, apply Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive to the edges of the branches. Roll in Art Glitter Glitz (a combination of glitter, beads and Vintage Glass Shards). Let dry.
  3. Apply large glob of silicone to the bottom of the inside of the jar and press the base of the tree into it. Let dry overnight.
  4. Clean mason jar with glass cleaner.
  5. Cut out reindeer from Tim Holtz die. Run through Xyron and attach to jar.
  6. Add fake snow to inside of jar.
  7. Cut out circle to cover the top of the jar lid. Adhere.
  8. Cut out Snowflake Rosette with Tim Holtz die. Apply Washi tape to the back side and fold. Use DDCA to glue ends together. Hold until dry. Flip and adhere to 1” circle with Craft Glue Dots. Repeat for second rosette. Glue together and add snowflake punches to top. Adhere to jar lid.
  9. Assemble lid and wrap Washi Tape around the ring of the jar.
  10. Tie tinsel to the top.




‘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 candyspiegel@yahoo.com.