Take A Closer Look

Today is the Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Designer Challenge … we had to use some of the new Peel-Off designs. Here’s what I did …ECD Fox Layout Candy Spiegel

I love photographing flowers, trees, animals and other things in nature. Lately, I’ve been getting up close and getting photos that show off details not typically seen by just looking at the flowers from a distance.

Of course, once I take the flowers, I need to find something to do with them … on this page I wanted to showcase some of the up close photos I recently took, but I also wanted the entire page to give the feeling that you need to look behind and up close to see these natural beauties.

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I used the Leafy Branch die from Elizabeth Craft Designs to give the feeling that the foxes were hiding in the grass or bushes. The way the die is made, it is easy to find places to cut the die cut to fit any size.

ECD Fox Layout Candy Spiegel3The foxes are outline Peel-Offs from ECD as well. I put them on X-Press It cardstock and colored them with Copic markers, then cut them out and adhered them with dimensional foam adhesive.

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For the title, I used the Alphabet Caps die from ECD. I cut out the letters twice — once in black and once in the patterned paper (from Bo Bunny) I used for the journaling block and photo mat. Then I layered them together to give a shadow look.

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Need more inspiration? Click here and see what the other designers created.

Crystal Flowers Vase


It doesn’t take much to turn a plain second-hand vase into a unique work of art.

For this project, I started with a vase I picked up at Goodwill for less than $2. I used washi tape to tape off the area I wanted to etch. Then I used Crystal Flowers Peel-Offs from Elizabeth Craft Designs to create my design.


Then I coated the entire area with Etchall etching cream. Spread it on thick with a squeegee (a brush will not get it thick enough) and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then scrape it off and put it back in the jar for next time (it’s reusable!!). Wash off the residue and then peel off the tape and stickers ….


(I put a towel inside so you can see the etching.) But I didn’t stop there … I knew that etching made glass easier to paint because it gives it tooth so the paint can stick. So, I decided to try an experiment — and it worked!


I painted the area with Distress Paint (Distress Paint is thinner than most acrylic paints and reacts with water while wet … I’m not sure if this technique will work with traditional Distress Paint or not …) As soon as I painted the glass, I took a paper towel and wiped it off. The paint stuck to the etched parts, but not the rest of the glass. If you make a mistake, you can wash it quickly and all of the paint will come off and you can do it again.

After it was completely dry, I sprayed a bit of Windex on a paper towel and used it to get any remnants of paint off of the glass.

I love how much easier the paint made it to see the etching, while still remaining light and transparent. Gorgeous!


Then I added some May Arts ribbon and some little dots of Liquid Pearls to some of the flowers.

etchall_vase_Candy_Spiegel5I love how it turned out … what do you think?


Time for Tea


I have been having a grand time playing with the new dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

When I shop as a consumer, I rarely buy a more costly item, like a die or rubber stamp, unless I am certain I will get a lot of use from it. So, when I create projects especially for a company, like this card that I made for ECD’s booth at CHA, I strive to show a slightly different use for the product.

This tea card uses the new Tags & More 7 — Vine dies. Just by comparing the product packaging and the card I made, you can see how versatile this set can be.

903 - House Pivot Card - KBTo turn the tag die into a card, start with a folded card.


Line up the top of the tag die with the top of the card. However, shift it a bit to the left so it does not cut the fold. Add the scalloped die (included in the set) along the bottom. Use Washi tape to hold the dies in place. Add the metal plate (since you are cutting through two pieces of thick cardstock — I used 80-lb.) and run through your die-cutting machine.


Snip off the cut portion along the top. Use a paper trimmer to trim off the right side so everything is even.

Open the card (so you are just cutting the cover) and line up the leaves die (included in the set). Use Washi tape to hold it in place and then run through your die-cutting machine.

Now you are ready to decorate.


I used the new letter dies to cut out Time for Tea for the inside of the card.


I added one of the corners (included with the die set) and some background paper to the front. I used Peel-Off Stickers and Silk Microfine Glitter and Copic markers to create the tea set.

This is definitely one of my favorites … what do you think?

With an Asian Flair

asian_candy_spiegel8The Designer’s Challenge this month for Elizabeth Craft Designs is to create a project with an Asian theme.

Asian is definitely out of my comfort zone, so this was a tough one for me. It took me several days to develop a plan, but in the end, it all came together and I absolutely love it … in fact, it is one of my favorite cards yet!


I started by making my own background paper … I wanted something that looked like water. I took several Distress Ink pads and swiped them on a non-stick craft sheet.


Then I spritzed it with water and drug my background cardstock through the ink.



Heat dry and then repeat until you get the desired affect.


I swiped the edge with Distress Ink and adhered it to a black card base.


Then I covered Elizabeth Crafts’ Peel Offs in Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter and colored them with Copic markers. I cut them out and adhered them to the card.

Next, I cut out the koi (Elizabeth Craft Designs die) from Shimmer Sheetz and the layered piece from black Adhesive Velvet Paper (Elizabeth Craft Designs). I added pop dots to the back side.



Then I used a border from another set of Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Peel Offs at the bottom of the card. To get it straight and all the way to the edge of the card, I let it run over onto my desk and then trim it after.


Then I adhered the koi and cut out the word Hello from the velvet paper and placed that on the front.


Since the inside was black, I added a sheet of white paper and some Asian corners (they are on the same sticker sheet as the borders).

Be sure to visit Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Blog today to see the rest of the designers responses to the Asian challenge! They are amazing … just saying!

Altering a Vase

This month’s challenge for the designers at Elizabeth Craft Designs is to create something using repositionable stickers.

ECD_Vase_Candy_Spiegel2I started with this vase I picked up for $2 at an estate sale …


Then, I followed the directions, here, to create a repositionable sticker … If you are familiar with working with Peel-Offs and Silk Microfine Glitter, you just use a Transfer Sheet in place of the cardstock.


I used the Hydrangea Peel-Off, glittered it, and then colored it with Copic markers. I then cut it out and applied it to the vase. I liked it, but felt like something was missing … so I added a Glitter Dot Peel-Off in Purple to the center of each of the tiny flowers.


It made a huge difference ….

Here is the completed project:


Much better, don’t you think? And, if you decided you wanted to change it up, these will just peel right off and can be placed on something else. Cool, eh!?

Be sure to stop by the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog  to see what all of the other designers did with this challenge!


A Sparkly Thank You


I’m on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with step-by-step directions to make this adorable thank-you card. Don’t you love those bunny slippers!?!

The technique to make the background is magic … with a few pieces of cardstock, some double-sided adhesive and an embossing folder, you can turn one sheet of Shimmer Sheetz into three!! I only used one here, but I have two more to make two additional cards. There are both directions and a video on the ECD blog for you to learn how to create Shimmer magic, too. Check it out, here.

Designer’s Challenge: White & Elegant

ECD April by Candy SpiegelThis month, our challenge from Elizabeth Craft Designs was to create a project that was white and elegant.

The minute I heard the theme, I knew what I was doing … it was a card I had mentally designed when I first saw the Flower Mosaic embossing folder from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

ECD April by Candy Spiegel2I started with a sheet of ECD Velvet Adhesive, cut it to size, and ran it through my Big Shot in the embossing folder.

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Then, I used my Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper to round the edges.

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I placed it onto Gold Shimmer Sheetz and used the Corner Chomper again. Then I attached it to the card and rounded the bottom corners on the card.

Next, I began adding Glitter Dots in Silver/Gold to the centers of each of the flowers on the embossed design.

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I took some leftover pieces of the gold Shimmer Sheetz and cut out the center of the dragonfly (Elizabeth Craft Designs die). I then cut out both the wings and the overlay with vellum. I cut off the antennae off of the vellum overlay dragonfly so the gold antennae would show.

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I used a glue pen to adhere the vellum overlay and the wings to the Shimmer Sheetz body. I only used glue on the body, so the wings would be free to move.

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Here’s how the card looks with the dragonflies on the background.

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I added a sheer ribbon around the front of the card and knotted it. I used a Mini Glue Dot under the knot to hold the ribbon in place.

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As a final touch, I added a silk flower. I filled the center of the flower with Elizabeth Craft Designs Silk Microfine Glitter in Fire Opal.

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I love all of the glitter and sparkle in this card. The gold raises the elegance level and the embossed velvet is so soft and sophisticated. What do you think?

You can see all of the designer’s projects on the last day of April, here.