Becky’s Treasures


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!

Coloring Stamps

I’m sure this is not a new technique, but it was new to me … I discovered it at the Great Lakes Mega Meet and I fell in love.


This technique, as well as the stamps and the die, are all from Local King Rubber Stamp. They are a Canadian company who sell their products online and at consumer shows. They do not sell wholesale (they can barely keep up with the demand as it is), so I cannot bring them into my store, but I absolutely love their stamps.

Unlike most stamp companies, these stamps are not outlines that you color in. Instead, they are solid stamps that create amazing impressions easily.


The new technique they showed me requires water-based markers. You can use any water-based markers. I used Tombow, because that is what I have, but I am going to order the markers they make. They are cheaper and the ends can handle this technique easily. Tombow markers work just fine, but I am afraid of damaging the nibs and mixing up my colors.

You start by coloring the entire stamp with a light color.

002Then, you scribble the other colors on the stamp — literally. I was told the messier the better!


Then you stamp onto glossy paper. (photo paper will not work)

I was told you have about 5 minutes to stamp.

The scribbles on the paper above are me cleaning my markers before capping them — vital if you want to keep your colors true.


This stamp has a matching die (most, but not all, do). In order to line up the stamp and the die, cut out the die on a scrap of paper, first.


Then, line up the frame over the stamped image and tape it (I use washi tape, since it comes off easily).


Place the die onto the image and cut. (I used a magnetic platform, which holds every thing in place. If you don’t use the platform, tape the die as well.)


And you get a perfectly cut out image!


Inspired by the sample I saw in the booth at Mega Meet, I added googly eyes to the ostrich.


I used the piece I cut out to make the frame on the final card. I added dimensional foam adhesive to help the ostrich pop.


The Good Day Mate is another stamp that comes in the set from Local King Rubber Stamp. I used a Tim Holtz/Sizzix die for the background. The patterned paper is from Memory Box.

I love this company and the technique … I have yet to play with all of my stamps I purchased from them, but I think they will beautiful in solid ink, as well. Check them out — they have some great images and quite a few videos online, as well.

DISCLAIMER: I have absolutely no affiliation with this company at all … I did not receive anything from them. All of the products I used were ones I purchased at the show. 


Perfect Birthday Gift

This month’s contest at Scrap It Girl is birthday.birthday album by Candy Spiegel


This little 4×4 mini album is the perfect gift for a birthday present. It has places along the way to record memories and place photos of the special day. And the last page has a gift-card pocket!

I used chipboard to create the cover. The inside pages are Mosaic Moments RTC Grid Paper, which can easily be cut to 4×4 sheets. I glued them together back-to-back to make sturdy pages. I bound the book with a ring and added ribbons and fibers from my stash and a little clock from Hobby Lobby.

I typed all of the quotes and words and printed them off to use in the book. The tiny prints are all from Memory Box.

The cupcake is an outline sticker by Elizabeth Craft Designs, filled with ECD glitter and colored with Copics. (Don’t try this without ECD glitter!)

birthday album 003By using the grid paper, I can easily place 1″ squares to frame the photo on this page.

birthday album 004The striped, text and jar papers are all from American Crafts. I just cut one jar out for an embellishment on this page.

birthday album 005This page takes advantage of the grid paper. I also added a Cornerstone (the cake) from Mosaic Moments. I replaced the paper it came with with a piece of patterned paper to keep with the theme of my book.

birthday album 006The last page used another Mosaic Moments Cornerstone (a present), along with chevron and note paper from American Crafts. The pocket (the brown chevron paper) allows for a gift card to be inserted.

Now it’s your turn … create a card, scrapbook page or project with a birthday theme. Post it at Scrap It Girl during the month of March and you could win this:

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Scrap It with Stencils!

This month’s challenge at Scrap It Girl is to work with stencils.

I have been a fan of stencils for years, but I fell in love with them all over again after Wendy Vecchi showed me all of the cool things you can do with embossing paste. I took a stencil, embossing paste and a bit of Glimmer Mist to create this 10×10 canvas …

stencil_candy_spiegelClick on the image for a closer look …

I sprayed the mist on the canvas first. After it was dry, I applied Wendy Vecchi’s embossing paste with the stencil. As it dries, it absorbs some of the color from the Glimmer Mists. Very cool!

i then added papers by Bo Bunny, stamps by Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi, a wreath by Memory Box, buttons by 7 Gypsies, washi tape, lace and feathers (from my chickens). I love it … what do you think?

Want to play with stencils? Create a card, project or scrapbook layout showcasing your use of stencils and enter it into this month’s challenge at Scrap It Girl. You could win a great prize package!

Stained Glass Window

This was an experiment that worked!

I started with the new Gothic Window dies from Memory Box/Poppy Stamps. The frame of the window is one die; the center is a separate die (and there are several patterns available).  I cut out both dies with black cardstock (American Crafts).

Then, I took the leftover part (the insert from the frame) and coated it with 24K Enamel Powder. This acts as a light source behind the Cool-Set Enamel Gels that I used to color in the glass. I left it to sparkle through in a few places, too …

Finally, I colored in the image with Piccolo’s Cool-Set Enamel Gels. These are more like liquid plastic than paint and they provide a durable, flexible, shiny finish that is rich in color.

Once that was all assembled, I embossed a piece of cardstock with bricks (Tim Holtz/Sizzix) and added a bit of Distress Ink for dimension.

I love the final result! It is a beautiful card you could easily use for sympathy, baptism, thank you and more.


Published: Cricut Magazine

I’m off to a scrapbooking retreat hosted by my friend Linda Neff .

We’ve been going to Sunset Shores in Clare, MI for some time now. It’s an old-fashioned resort on a lake with cabins. The basement of the main house has been turned into a great scrapbooking (or any other crafting) room. And Vivian, the owner, is an amazing cook. She makes incredible meals from scratch using locally grown foods.  The food is so good, I’ve told my husband that he needs to go with me just to eat!

Anyhow, this time Linda has set up a special retreat. We’ll be making a mini-album, a window and an ornament. It’s going to be a great time filled with good friends and good food.

But, before I go, I wanted to share some exciting news.

I was published in June’s Cricut Magazine!

I had two cards published this time … both using the Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart.


on page 76-77 and

on page 64-65

The company mixed up the tips for the two cards, so the tip on page 64 actually goes with the card on 76, but it’s wonderful to be published!

See you next week with pictures of the projects I made.



Back to scrapbooking

Somehow the days just flew by … I hadn’t realized how long it had been since I last posted.

But, I assure you, I have not been idle.

Like you, I am sure, I have been scouring the net for new products to be released at CHA. I am using Pinterest to keep track of my wish list. There are so many great new products … in addition to pretty papers, there are awesome new stamps and dies from Tim Holtz, Art Parts and stamps from Wendy Vecchi, Liquid Pearls from Ranger and much, much more.

I have also been working on some projects for an upcoming technique-based plan in the works. I can’t tell you all just yet, but I will probably have an announcement in early February.

Of course, I have also been crafting. This is a page I challenged myself to do …

This style — with a small grouping in the middle and a lot of white space — is a popular trend. Personally, I have trouble leaving so much white space. I figure if it’s not needed for journaling, you should add an additional photo or make the pictures bigger. So, following this style was difficult for me, but I think I managed to pull it off …

I used the Martha Stewart Around the Page punches to create the border. The patterned papers are from Memory Box. The green flowers are from Prima. The others are from Bo Bunny and the leaves are from Petaloo. I used Copic to airbrush the large blue flower and the green leaves. Then, I added a few gems and brads from my stash and some chipboard letters from Maya Road, stamped with a Wendy Vecchi background stamp, colored with Distress Stain and then highlighted with Distress Ink.

What do you think?