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).



Elizabeth Craft Designs Videos

You asked. I ((finally)) provided!

I love showing you how much fun Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Off Stickers are. And I love how excited you get when you put that glitter on for the first time.

And then the next time I see you, you tell me you haven’t used what you bought because you can’t remember how …

I know I have been promising for a long time, but I finally made videos so you will always have directions wherever you are!

This one shows you how to apply glitter to the sticker…

This one shows you how to use the leftover parts on another project …

Abstract at the Beach

Our task for this month’s Elizabeth Craft Designs Designer Challenge was to create something using one of the new dies: Bricks, Pebbles or Circles. I opted for Pebbles and created an abstract scene of a ship at sea.


I started with a white card and then added the background paper from Basic Grey.


Then, I added Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double Sided Tape Sheets to the back of the Blue Metallic Shimmer Sheetz — the tape is thin e enough to cut in the Big Shot and makes it much easier to adhere the waves onto the paper. The new Precision Platform from Sizzix makes this simple and easy to cut. I used the Outdoor Edges die from Elizabeth Craft Designs to create shimmery waves.

ECD_Boat_Candyspiegel2Next, I cut out the Pebbles die from scrap paper and used it like a stencil on the corner of my card. I added Texture Paste to create the look of rocks on the side of the water.


Once dry, I inked them with Distress Ink. (If using embossing paste, you will need to use permanent ink … only Texture Paste picks up the color of the Distress Inks.)


In keeping with the abstract quality of the card, I wanted to use the leftover pieces of the ship, rather than the outline. I pulled the outline sticker off and placed it on paper for another project. Then I cut the remains out of the sticker sheet and peeled off the outside edge.


I then cut a portion of Transfer Sheet slightly larger than the sticker and covered the sticker with it. I used a bone folder to rub all of the parts onto the back of the Transfer Sheet, like this …


Then I put the ship where I wanted it and rubbed it again with the bone folder. Once done, I carefully removed the Transfer Sheet and put it back on its backing to use again.


I then added a few other stickers off the Peel-Off Sheet and my abstract scene is complete … what do you think?

Click here to see what the other designers created this month.



I was delighted to be included in an article in June’s edition of magazine!


Here’s the project I did … I started with an inexpensive gift bag (.53 tax included at the dollar store). I applied a little cardstock and then used Peel-Off Stickers, Silk Microfine Glitter and double-sided adhesive from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I colored the glitter with Copic markers and ta-da! A beautiful gift bag that your family and friends will love!

Of course, there are some other inspiring projects by some of my designer friends in the same issue. Please click here to check it out …

I’m off to try that candle technique shown in the article!