Holiday Candy Jar

xmas jar by candy spiegel8I know it’s 85 degrees outside, but I was in a bit of a holiday mood and etchall was calling my name … I recently accepted a position as an elite etchall ambassador so you will see plenty more etchall projects to come ….

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I love to reuse food containers — especially jars. This one was previously filled with artichoke hearts.

xmas jar by candy spiegel2I used a die from Elizabeth Craft Designs to cut vinyl (this is from Cricut) to create the design. However, since I wanted the trees and landscape to be snowy and etched, I used the leftover part of the vinyl, rather than the part the die actually cut out. (I hope that makes sense) I adhered it to the jar and made sure all of the edges were firmly adhered.

xmas jar by candy spiegel3Then, I added a Peel-Off Sticker, from Elizabeth Craft Designs. Carefully use the squeegee from etchall (in photo below) to make sure everything is secure and there are no air bubbles.

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Next, I applied a thick layer of etchall. I pour some into a plastic container and apply it with the squeegee from etchall. A paintbrush just does not seem to get it on thick enough.

Once it is all on, let it sit for 15 minutes.

Then, use the squeegee to scrape it off and put it back into the container (it is reusable!). I then take a paper towel and wipe off as much as I can … this is an acid and it can “etch” your sink if you are not careful. Next, take the jar to sink and run the water and wash off the remaining etchall and remove the stickers and stencils. I then quickly wash the jar with dish soap. It is that easy!

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I did the lid while waiting for the etchall to work. First I cut out a circle from patterned paper and used my Xyron machine to adhere it to the lid. Then, I drilled a hole in the lid for the screw and attached the knob (from Hobby Lobby).

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Once the jar was completely dry, I added Glittered Peel-Off Stickers from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I love these deer and I scattered them around the etched landscape. If you carefully wash the jar, they will remain adhered.

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Then I added a ribbon from Stampin’ Up and some candy and the jar is complete.

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It took less than an hour and used mostly leftover products, so it was practically free! I think it will make a beautiful little gift. What do you think?

(NOTE: I received product from etchall in exchange for this post).



Deer Ornament


Here is a super easy ornament that will add plenty of sparkle to your tree!

I purchased an extra-large, clear, plastic ornament. This one is probably 2-3 times the size of a typical bulb.

I filled this inside with some gift-bag filler.

Then I added Merry Christmas and reindeer Peel-Off stickers from Elizabeth Craft Designs. The deer prance all the way around!

I love it.

Since I chose not to put up a tree this year, I hung it on my wooden tree for now …


Simply Elegant


I saw a card recently that was a tree cut out of white cardstock, on a white cardstock base. A few of the leaves were colored in traditional fall colors, but the rest of the card was white. I absolutely loved it.

So, when I got the new Frosted Film in from Tim Holtz, I thought I would make my own white-on-white card with just a hint of red.

You can get the directions on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today.

Merry Christmas Banner


I fell in love with Graphic 45’s 12 Days of Christmas line. But I couldn’t think of a use for it … outside of making a 12 Days of Christmas album and I knew I didn’t want to do that.

Still, I knew it was too beautiful not to use for something, so I bought a few sheets that featured a beautiful background and birds, ducks and a goose.

Eventually, I settled on a banner.

g45_banner_Candy_SpiegelI enjoy making banners, but they are one of the hardest things to photograph! I hope from the collection of photos I am including, you can sort of see what I created.

g45_banner_Candy_Spiegel3I used the top of Bell Jar w/Pedestal Die from Tim Holtz/Sizzix to cut out both paper and chipboard for the base of the banner.

g45_banner_Candy_Spiegel7I then attached the paper to the chipboard and used my Crop-A-Dial to attach an eyelet to the top of each one.

g45_banner_Candy_Spiegel4I used the Tim Holtz/Sizzix die Word Play to cut the letters out of gold paper.

g45_banner_Candy_Spiegel6Next I fussy cut words, birds, flowers and a nest. I then coated them in UTEE and attached them with pop dots to create a glassy effect.

g45_banner_Candy_Spiegel5Then I added beads, gems, lace, punches and more to finish decorating.

g45_banner_Candy_Spiegel8I tied each one with crinkle ribbon and attached it to a wire to hang.

What do you think?