From Trash to Treasure

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This is the project that brought me out of a period of extreme uncreativity. After days of frustrating failed attempts at creating art, depression was setting in and my husband suggested I ignore all deadlines and create something just for me. I remembered this old birdcage my nephew found in the trash for me and got to work cleaning it up. This is how it looked after a bath.IMGP2156

I added a few strips of May Arts ribbon and some vintage buttons around the base.

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I used fake flowers and some blingy garland from the Michael’s and Hobby Lobby … cutting them up to fit where I needed them to go. I broke down and bought a hot glue gun (I despise them) to save time. It actually worked out okay … I only burned one finger and I managed to keep the stringy glue under control.

birdcage_Candy_Spiegel3I also found some colored burlap flowers at Pier One. They were meant to be used as confetti on the table, but I added vintage buttons and adhered them to my project.

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I added a little bird’s nest and eggs to the inside, along with some additional flowers.

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I love how it turned out … it adds a bit of spring to my living room. I also found myself reaching for these same colors again and again … must be my new favorites … and have scattered them around my living room and kitchen. It is so pretty!birdcage_Candy_Spiegel4

 

Thanks to Jakob for knowing I would love this birdcage and bringing it home for me. And to Matt for reminding me that sometimes we have to do something for ourselves!

 

Celebrate Fall

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Welcome Fall! I love fall. It is one of my favorite times of year. I love those crisp, cool evenings and mild, sunny days. The sky seems bluer and the sun seems brighter in the fall. And then Mother Nature offers a generous treat as leaves turn orange, yellow and red. It is beautiful!

So, when we were asked to make a fall project for this month’s Elizabeth Crafts Designs’ Designers Challenge, I jumped at the opportunity to bring some of those fall colors into my house with a banner.

This banner uses BRAND-NEW TAG DIES from Elizabeth Crafts Designs. The dies come in pieces so you can make dozens of different tags out of the same set of dies. I chose to use Tags & More 3 — Leaves to make the banner.

The banners are easy to use and I wanted to give you step-by-step directions to show you how.IMGP0838 1. Cut cardstock 4×5″. Tape outer die onto cardstock with removable tape (I use Washi Tape). Run it through die-cutter.IMGP0839 2. Remove first die and lay on leaves die — matching holes and making sure it is even. Tape it down and die cut it.IMGP0841 3. Use scissors to trim the edge of the die-cut portion off. Then use a paper trimmer to make the rest of the tag the same width. With this system, the tag can be any length.

IMGP0842 4. Use the circle die (included in the package) to cut holes on each side of the tags. This is where they will attach to each other.

IMGP0843 5. To create a back panel to provide color behind the leaves, cut a piece of cardstock (or paper) 4×2″. Tape the curved die and die cut it. Then adhere it to the back of the tags.

IMGP08466. Use a variety of colors and patterns to repeat the tags, so they look like this. (I used paper from Doodlebug’s new fall line Friendly Forest).

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7. Cut out a variety of photo corners, flowers and leaves from the die set and adhere as shown. I also added some strips of paper. Coat fall Peel-Offs with Elizabeth Craft Designs Silk Microfine Glitter and color with Copics. Cut out designs and adhere as shown.
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8. I painted chipboard letters and included those, as well. I used brads to cover the hole in the flowers, but you could also paper or a gem.

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9. Tie tulle (May Arts) to first and last tags at the top. Also use it to connect each of the tags together.

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10. I decided to go back to my finished banner and add hangers. I used a Crop-A-Dile and decorative eyelet, but you could also use the circle die to make the holes, if you did it before the tags were all decorated. Then, attach twine (May Arts) to the tags to serve as hangers.

Here’s another look at my completed banner … I love it!IMGP0909

 

Becky’s Treasures

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My challenge for Mosaic Moments Design Team this time was to create a page inspired by the book, “Treasure Island.”

I used photos of my cousin’s birds and created a treasure map. I got to use stickers (always a favorite of mine), the new fishes die from Memory Box and the brand new adhesive banner ribbon from May Arts!

Click here to see how I did it … and cheer me on!

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!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden in a Can

Walking through a chain craft store  one day, I saw a cute little collection of cans that were perfect to sit on the desk or work bench. I figured I could make something cuter and more personalized.

015I started with empty Progresso Soup cans. I took off the labels and ran them through the dishwasher — the cans can be sharp and I didn’t want to take the chance of slicing open my hand while washing them.

Then I covered the outside and inside with paper from Graphic 45″s Secret Garden line. I measured the height and then cut strips of paper that high. Then I attached it with Designer Dries Clear Adhesive by Art Glitter. For the inside, I placed the adhesive on the can itself, rolled up the paper and then let it expand into the can. Then I held it in place until the glue set.

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I added ribbon and twine to each one.

garden2_can_candy_spiegelI also used a Lifestyle Crafts die to cut out a circle out of velvet paper for the bottoms. It gives them a finished look and won’t scratch furniture.

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Then I added some additional cut outs from the paper ….

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Some Piccolo pieces coated with Real Rust and Shamrock Green Embossing Powders …garden_can_5_candy_spiegel

 

And some Dew Drops from Robin’s Nest. I even made a little tag for this one (I wrote on it with a Sharpie).

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Valentine’s Make & Take

Valentine Make Candy SpiegelEvery Saturday, Capture A Memory in Flint Township offers a make and take for a small fee — usually $2 to $5 (free for members).

The projects are designed by staff members and this year, I will be taking a turn each month. My “normal” make and take will be the fourth Saturday of every month, but in January I swapped so I will be hosting the make and take this Saturday.

I plan to incorporate techniques into my projects as much as possible. So, for my first one, I decided to work with vellum. I used an embossing folder to create the pattern on the vellum and used the Tiny Attacher to adhere it. I added some ribbon from May Arts and a stamp from Just Rite. Inside, I also included some paper to cover the back side of the staples.

I hope you will stop by the store from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday to make a card of your own!

 

From cigars to cards

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I love to take something functional and make it pretty. This time I repurposed a cigar box.

This what I started with …

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First I painted the edges so if I miss a part with paper, it will still look nice.002

Then I covered the box, inside and out, with paper (from Kaisercraft) …001004

Then I cut out the bird from another sheet of paper and adhered it with Pop Dots …

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I added a bit of lace to the inside and a Piccolo enameled with Vintage Gold to the front …

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And it is done!

I set it by the front door to hold mail during the holidays.

 

 

Inspired by Christmas

I find inspiration for my creations everywhere. It may come from a magazine ad, a piece of paper or another person’s creation. I have even been known to take inspiration from a tile wall in the bathroom of McDonald’s.

This time, I found inspiration at one of my favorite online stores — One King’s Lane. Here are a few of the ornaments I discovered in their store:

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Aren’t they beautiful?

Anyhow, I decided to try my hand at my own glass ornaments … each one is totally different, since I was mostly experimenting, but I think they turned out pretty cool. I started with a box of clear glass ornaments. You will notice there are not 6 — two didn’t survive the experimentation and met their fate in the trash can.

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I coated the inside of this one with a very thin layer of Piccolo 3D Enamel Gel. I rotated it several times a day for a few days until it dried and then I added Elizabeth Craft Designs snowflake stickers to it. Isn’t it beautiful!

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This one I left clear and added a bit of Faux Snow by Art Glitter to the inside. The stickers are from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I coated them with Glitter Ritz glitter in cool highlight and then colored them with Copics. I love how the translucent design allows you to see through the back side.

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For this one, I coated the inside with Adirondack Paint. The large stripes are done by attaching Scor-Tape and then coating it in Art Glitter glitter. The other stripes are freehand with Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive and Art Glitter glitter.009

And, last but not least, this one is coated on the inside with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paint. The stars and Season’s Greetings are stickers by Elizabeth Craft Designs. The ribbon is from May Arts. Very simple, but very pretty, don’t you think?

Winter Fun

When I saw the new winter line by Bo Bunny, “Powder Mountain,” I fell in love — not an uncommon occurence with Bo Bunny, but this one really touched me. I love the colors … blues and browns … and I love the variety of options available in a single line … snowmen, birds, trees, skiing, snowflakes … all wrapped up in one coordinating package. The pages are a mix of all-over patterns, journaling and title blocks, and ones with border art (like the one above) that require very little embellishing.

So, when it came into my local store, I naturally bought one of each … and two or three or four of some!

Here are a few of the pages I created … the ribbon is from May Arts. The rest are Bo Bunny products.

I still need to add a title and journaling to this one …

 

On a side note, I apologize for how dark my photos are. One of my lights broke. Hopefully Santa will bring me a new set!

 

Trick-or-Treat Canvas

My how time flies when you are having fun!

I have so much to do right now, I get overwhelmed, cannot figure out where to start and end up doing nothing. Do you ever have that problem?

Well, one thing I did manage to finish this week is a Trick-or-Treat Canvas. It is my first attempt at making a canvas and I love how it turned out!

This project was inspired by Jen Starr’s canvas, here

I ran into a few problems … did you know Perfect Pearls Mists and Distress Inks will not work on treated canvas? Glimmer Mists will, so that is what I used on this one.

After spritzing and spraying Glimmer Mists until I liked the result, I added black paint to the edges and a bit of dry brushing to the front side.

The houses are cut from Tim Holtz/Sizzix die cuts in both cardstock and Shimmer Sheetz. The Shimmer Sheetz are then embossed with texture folders and I added a bit of alcohol ink to the silver ones.

The little bits behind the windows are cut from Reminisce paper and covered in Glastique to give them a bit of sheen. I then added some ribbons, buttons, lace, etc.

The witch is cut from Graphic 45 paper. I coated her with a thin layer of Glastique, too. It gives her the look of a canvas painting.

 

The letters are chip board from Maya Road.

I started by adhering them with Removable Glue Dots onto my non-stick craft sheet.

Then, I used Ranger Archival Ink to color the tops. This time, I didn’t want any color on the sides of the letters, so the ink pad worked well. (Don’t use Distress Ink for this — it will react with the Glastique).

Then I added a thick coat of Glastique to the top. It goes on white, but dries crystal clear.

As a final touch, I made a few dots and stripes with Liquid Pearls, added a bit of twine and Dew Drop from Robin’s Nest.

The bats are actually cut from a strip of ribbon.

I think it turned out pretty cool. It is going to be for sale at a resale shop that sells home goods in Argentine — between the Police Station and Seymour Road, on Silver Lake Road.