Cuts2Luv Product Swap Blog Hop

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Hello everyone, Jody here today for a very special blog hop! The Sparklers and I are very excited to announce our product swap with the fabulous flair shop, Cuts2Luv!! We have been planning this for months and are super excited the day is finally here!! Caroline from Cuts2Luv is a total a sweetheart and her flair are wonderful, so be sure to check her shop out HERE.  This is a long hop, so let’s get to it!

For today, I’m sharing a layout I created based off a sketch I designed and have included some brand new Shimmerz products, a free cut file (found HERE), and some lovely flair from Cuts2Luv!

I used this sketch as my inspiration and this FREE SpiegelMom Scraps cut file to create all my snowflakes. You can find the cut file HERE and the sketch can be saved right from this post. After cutting the Flakey background for another project, I saved all those lovely flakes for more projects! I stuck pretty close to my sketch, which always makes my scrapping go way faster.  I  just turned the sketch on it’s side to mix it up a little bit.  After all, I did just have an insane weekend LOL!!!  I started with white American Crafts cardstock and used several of the die cut snowflakes to as masks, painting over them with In The Navy AcriTonez from Shimmerz Paintz.  This technique is great when you want to create your own background and want specific colors!  I then used some of those same die cut snowflakes on my layout and layered them with the Blustery Day Feltie Snowflakes.  LOVE THESE!!  

The new AcriTonez are amazing, self-priming paints.  They go on with a chalky-like feel and dry completely matte, almost like chalkboard paint does. It’s the coolest!!  I also completely painted over the “Today” in my title.  It was black and the AcriTonez cover it beautifully.@spiegelmomscraps @jodyspiegelhoff @americancrafts @Shimmerzpaints @amytangerine @cuts2luv, #spiegelmomscraps #scrapbook #cuts2luv #shimmerzpaints

After my background dried, which was super fast, I added some layers of Pink Paislee Moonstruck behind my photos to bring out the bright pink and navy.  I added some contrast with a Corky Flake (die cut cork snowflakes) and love how they stand out!15895056_10212346760050745_4755489259166753365_n

One of my favorite things to do when scrapbooking is adding small details around my page. It keeps your eye moving around the layout and gives it so much texture and interest.  Adding little details like Cut2Luv flair, SpiegelMom Scraps Sequins and splatters of Shimmerz sprays are my totally perfect finishing touches!  The navy blue splatters you see are Mama Sings the Blues Coloringz.  Caroline’s flair is fabulous!!  Layering it, like I did below is so much fun!  You’ll love the dimension and texture it adds to you layout!  Do check her out!!  Also pictured below are Tiny Heart Cork Confetti and Chasing Azul sequins.15966111_10212346760370753_4073962368382616117_n 15978069_10212346760850765_5285112350810972712_n

A few notes about my layout before you hop on to the Cuts2Luv blog.  Caroline and I love to give away prizes, SO be sure to leave comments on all the designer’s blog participating in the hop.  You have through Saturday, January 14th to leave comments and TWO winners will be announced on Monday January 16th in the Facebook event!  

Feel free to use it and tag #smssketches in your social media!

I hope you enjoy what I’ve created for you today and enjoy the rest of the hop!

Holiday Happiness Blog Hop!

@spiegelmomscraps @jodyspiegelhoff, #scrapbook #spiegelmomscraps #bloghop #Holidaybloghop #scrapbookchallenge #prizes #sequins #felt #diecuts #ProjectLifeHappy Holidays everyone!! We hope your season has been filled with goodness and of course, lots of crafty time!!  This month the Sparklers Design Team, Tuesday’s Talent~Sarah McClellan and I have an inspiration filled blog hop for you.  Grab your favorite hot beverage (if you’re freezing like we are in the Midwest) and relax while you tour our blogs.  

Here’s today’s line up just in case you get lost along the way.
Jody @ SpiegelMom Scraps <<< you’re here!
Kat Benjamin
Sarah McClellan
Louise Gannon Forsyth
Charity Feit

It’s been a wonderful year and I’ve been working hard to bring you some fabulous new products. One of the favorites are my new Birds of a Feather Felties!! These beauties are die cut from a high quality wool felt and perfect for embellishing your scrapbook pages, cards, Project Life spreads and more!! Here’s a look at the debut colors before I show you my layouts today.  Check out this little gallery for the new goodies!

Ok, now for my blog hop layouts!!  For my first layout, I attached a few different colors of Birds of a Feather Felties using my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and tacky glue.  I also think running them through the sewing machine would be fabulous!! The other brand new felt die cuts are my Cloudy Days Felties. I love their soft fluffiness.

These photos were taken in October when our youngest daughter met my Nana in Florida for the first time. They met on Nana’s 85th birthday and it couldn’t have been more special for us all!  I used Dear Lizzy Serendipity collection papers, along with various other embellishments.

Here are a couple close ups so you can really see the beautiful texture of the felt feathers and the cork hearts.

My next layout is a blast from the past, 4 years ago to be exact.  This photo was taken when Abby was only 2 weeks old and crying the entire time we tried to take this photo.  The other four girls are truly being troopers here!  I used Elle’s Studio papers and cut apart pieces to create the layout.  

I knew I wanted to create a couple windows in the layout somewhere and decided to make one on the top and one on the bottom of the red patterned paper section.  I used a 2 inch circle punch.  To make my shaker/type windows I knew I had to create some dimension and lift the red patterned paper off the main background.  To do this, I mounted several pieces of basic craft foam on the back.   This is what the backside of the this section looks like… a hot mess right!  The red pieces are the craft foam, which is what I’ve been using to add larger areas of dimension onto my cards and layouts.   I learned this cost effective trick from Jennifer McGuire, love that girl! I adhered the craft foam with Scotch two sided tape, as my tape runner didn’t work well on the spongy surface.  Next, I created my sequin pocket with the actual sequin packaging I use for my products.  This is a great way for you to reuse many kinds of packaging items for various manufactures.  Give it a try!  

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And, here’s my flashback holiday layout!  The sequins I used were Gold Stardust and Christmas Wishes.

This is my next favorite thing on this layout.  I heat embossed this lovely wood veneer from Heidi Swapp with my favorite gold embossing powder; Ranger, Liquid Platinum. It’s not a bright, harsh gold.  It’s soft and beautiful.

 Wow!  I hope you all enjoyed the Holiday Happiness Blog Hop kick off here and have been inspired to do some creating this month!  To help jump start you, I also have 4 challenges going on on my Facebook page for you play along with this month.  Just click the challenges titles to be taken over to the Facebook event and check them out.

~  Anything goes

~ Layout sketch (designed my me!)

~ Holiday card sketch (Freshly Made Sketches)

~Three ingredients: Wood Veneer, something circular (brad, doily, etc) and patterned paper from your stash

You’re next stop is the talented Kat Benjamin!  Be sure to comment on all the blogs also….. you know there’s a prize for that you guys!!

 

Clique Kits February Pep Rally Featuring Punxsutawney

@cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps @americancrafts @dearlizzy, #cliquekits #spiegelmomscraps #dearlizzy #serendipity

Welcome, welcome everyone!  I’m so happy you’re joining us today!  You should have arrived here from Erica’s blog, but if not here is the entire line up in case you get lost along the way.

Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/
Erica http://ericarosecreates.blogspot.com/
Jody  http://spiegelmomscraps.com/
Lacey  http://laceybugcreations.blogspot.com/
Danielle http://picsandcheesecake.blogspot.nl/
Nicole M http://www.nicolemartel.blogspot.com/
Sarah M. http://sarahmoore4.blogspot.ca/
Kim http://kimsscrappyblog.blogspot.com/
Allie  http://www.magicalmesses.com/
Kat  http://kraftykat9.blogspot.com/
Donna http://scrappydonna.blogspot.com/
Charity http://www.scrapfaire.blogspot.com/ 
Sandy http://www.thepinkcamera.com/
Mariah www.fun2scrap.blogspot.com
Marcia  http://www.onescrapatatime-bymumsie.blogspot.com/
Alisha  Www.alishabuggins.blogspot.com
Tyra  http://www.justtyra.com/

Now for my two page spread!  I haven’t done a two page layout in like FOREVER and I was definitely missing them.  This month I wanted to mix it up a little bit and do a traditional 12×12 on one side a Project Life style on the other side.  I’m really happy with how it turned out and will probably continue to do more of these.  Here is what it looks like side by side.

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And here’s the right side, a 12×12 traditional layout.  Besides my Punxsutawney Kit, I added a few of the cork embellishments from our sold out We Go Together Kit, which was fabulous!!  I think cork is a great accent and works with so many papers and themes.  I love the colors and tones in the Serendipity papers, especially when you mix the contrasting ones together and layers.

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And here’s the Project Life side!  I’m using one of the pages in the the Big Variety Pack, Style 3 for this side of my spread.  As you can see, I created a fun sequin shaker pocket at the top right.  To seal the top of that opening, I simply ran a thin line of glue at the top edge and allowed it to dry.  The glue itself does dry clear, but I could still see the glue.  Knowing myself, I’m probably the only one in my family who would notice it!  Nonetheless, I added some washi tape from my stash along the top edge to cover it up.

Abby turned 3 last November and she’s getting to be such a little girl and less baby.  Insert tear here!  We have an absolute blast together on my days off when her sisters are in school. It’s just Mama & Abby, perfect!

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I hope I’ve inspired you to give Project Life, or partial Project Life, a try!  This feels like a good fit for me and I’ll be sharing more like this in the future!

*** Please be sure to leave us all a comment as you hop today!  We’ll be picking a random winner who will receive their very own Punxsutawney Kit!!!  EEKKK!  So, spread the word and share this hop with your friends!  We’d love to see some new faces.  You can also purchase the kit and anything else the Clique Kits shop for 10% off using my special code JODY10! Enjoy!

Thank you for spending your time with Clique Kits today & enjoy this fabulous hop!!  You’re next stop is Lacey’s blog HERE.

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Clique Kits Pep Rally Peak

@cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps @americancrafts @dearlizzy, #cliquekits #spiegelmomscraps #dearlizzy #serendipity

Get ready to join us tomorrow for the next fabulous Clique Kits Pep Rally Blog Share!  We’ll be sharing some beautiful projects with our February Kit, Punxsutawney, which is loaded with the lovely Dear Lizzy Serendipity line.  Here’s a look at the kit.  There are a few left in stock in the Clique Kits shop, so grab yours today and get 10% off by using the code JODY10 at checkout.

@cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps @americancrafts @dearlizzy, #cliquekits #spiegelmomscraps #dearlizzy #serendipity

And here’s a sneak peak at my project for tomorrow’s Pep Rally!  I totally adore every piece in this kit!

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Set your alarms to join us tomorrow at 10am CST.

See ya then!

@cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps @americancrafts @dearlizzy, #cliquekits #spiegelmomscraps #dearlizzy #serendipity

 

Create*Craft*Share You Tube Hop!

@spiegelmomscraps @jodyspiegelhoff @cliquekits @scrapinmadge @tammysmith @flowersandmorebyrhonda, #decemberdaily #youtube #bloghop #simplestories #pinkpaislee #prettylittlestudioHello crafters!  Here we are again for another awesome YouTube hop with myself and three other amazing crafters, Scrappin’ Madge, Flowers & More by Rhonda and Tammy Smith!  Our challenge this month was create a Christmas themed project.  I knew I wanted to get more of my December mini album done which features our family’s Elf on a Shelf, Raphie!  This was the perfect time, PLUS, I wanted to show you all how I created a few of my pages.  

Here’s my video, which features my December mini album created with my Clique into the Holidays kit from Clique Kits!  Thanks so much for watching!

 

Other fun news!! I’m having a Design Team call for my Etsy shop and have just extended the due date to January 5th!  I’m still working with my graphic designer on my new logo and would love to reveal both my Design Team and new logo at the same time!!  So, get your applications in to me at SPIEGELMOM@GMAIL.COM 

@spiegelmomscraps @jodyspiegelhoff @studiocalico @chictags @shimelle @americancrafts @amytangerine

See ya soon!

~Jody

Clique Kits Blog Share ~ Masquerade Ball!

@cliquekits @spiegelmomscraps, #cliquekits #blogshare #masqueradeball #OctoberKit #scrapbookkit #papercraft #layout #card #diy

 

Hello everyone!  You should have arrived here from Gia’s blog where I’m sure you totally adored her project!  If you’re joining me here first, you can find the entire line-up on the Clique Kits Blog HERE!

This month’s challenge was based off of this quote 

I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers–L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Isn’t that beautiful! The challenge for this month is create a project about or tell everyone what you’re grateful to live a world where there are Octobers!  In our home, Octobers are filled with kids soccer games, Packers football games on Sundays, warm comfort foots, time with our family and lots of holiday prep!!   All of which I’m very blessed to have in my life!  

Now for today, I created two layouts for this Pep Rally with my Masquerade Ball kit and some of the add-ons from the Clique Kits store.  My extra products outside my kit include the fabulous Basic Grey Second City Feathers {designed by the one and only Kelly Purkey}, Simple Stories Frankie and Friends Enamel Dots,  Jillibean Soup Yam Yellow Beanboard and the Fair Trade Silk Strips of Recycled Sari Cloth.

Here’s my first layout!  I pulled out Hannah’s 4K picture from her first day.  It’s amazing how much she’s changed in only two days!!  One of my favorite elements is the Fair Trade Sari Cloth I used to create a circular flower embellishment to balance out the other two circles on my layout.  I did this by using a white cardstock circle as the base and stapling the Sari Cloth to the center first.  Then, I began twisting the Sari Cloth around in a loose circle, outward from the center while tacking it down with a few random staples with my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.  It’s a pretty each technique to do actually.  Grab some Sari Strips and try it out!! You can also made some cute handmade flowers for headbands or barrettes using a metal or plastic base and hot glue!!

The other two circles were made with one of the Second City stickers and plain white cardstock circle topped with the fun Jillibean Yam Yellow Beanboard.  I just love this Jillibean alphas!  They totally rock and there a ton of them in one package!!

@jillibeansoup @thecutshoppe @cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps, #masqueradeball #basicgrey #secondcity #kellypurkey #scrapbookkit #octoberkit #DIY #stickers #feathers #jillibeansoup #beanboard #fiskars #circepunch #saristrips #flair #diecuts @jillibeansoup @thecutshoppe @cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps, #masqueradeball #basicgrey #secondcity #kellypurkey #scrapbookkit #octoberkit #DIY #stickers #feathers #jillibeansoup #beanboard #fiskars #circepunch #saristrips #flair #diecuts @jillibeansoup @thecutshoppe @cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps, #masqueradeball #basicgrey #secondcity #kellypurkey #scrapbookkit #octoberkit #DIY #stickers #feathers #jillibeansoup #beanboard #fiskars #circepunch #saristrips #flair #diecuts

For my next layout I started with a sheet of yellow textured cardstock from American Crafts and then chose the very bold Second City paper with all those fun houses!!  I pulled a few of our Disney photos from Epcot in March and I just love these photos of our little girls playing these awesome bongos!  I used lots of the fabulous Second City stickers and those funky feathers and the Simple Stories Frankie and Friends enamel dots.  I also used the thin sticker frame and added it right onto Abby’s picture… it really POPS off the page!

These Second City feathers and just fabulous!  You can bend them up and really make them 3 dimensional.  The package contains a variety of sizes in cardstock and vellum ~ Score!!  I also added foam adhesive and popped up a few of the ephemera pieces and stickers.

@jillibeansoup @thecutshoppe @cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps, #masqueradeball #basicgrey #secondcity #kellypurkey #scrapbookkit #octoberkit #DIY #stickers #feathers #jillibeansoup #beanboard #fiskars #circepunch #saristrips #flair #diecuts DSC_0145 @jillibeansoup @thecutshoppe @cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps, #masqueradeball #basicgrey #secondcity #kellypurkey #scrapbookkit #octoberkit #DIY #stickers #feathers #jillibeansoup #beanboard #fiskars #circepunch #saristrips #flair #diecuts

Ok my friends, thank you for spending your time with us today!!  I hope you enjoy the entire Clique Kits Pep Rally today.  It’s going to totally rock with all the Second City inspiration today.  To check out some more Masquerade Ball inspiration on my blog you can also check out this post HERE.

Next, you’re heading over to check out Erica!!  Happy hopping and don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $10 Clique Kits store credit!! Whoot whoot!! With so much new product in the store, you’ll be in scrappy heaven!!

@cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps, #cliquekits #masqueradeball #Octoberkit #scrapbookkit #DIY #sequins #card #twine #gold #basicgrey #secondcity

 

 

 

 

 

Scrappy Blog Tour

Hello my friends!  Have you heard of the Scrappy Blog Tours going on right now?  Well, I was lucky enough to be tagged by the ever-so-talented Erica Thompson of EricaRose Creates last Monday!   After Erica tagged me, it was my turn to join in and then tag 3 more scrappy bloggers!!  Fun right!??  So here we go, I’m tagging…..

Lynn Darda        Kat Benjamin       Caroli Schulz

Kat and Caroli are two of the very talented new Clique Kits Design Team members and Lynn is fabulously talented card maker from our Memory Works days :))  I’ve really missed blogging along with Lynn!!  I’m so happy all these ladies have accepted my challenge for posting next Monday!   So, let’s get on the scrappy tour questions!

1. What am I working on right now?

I’ve been working on linking up to some recent challenges out there, including Clique Kits first monthly challenge, Anything Goes!!  If you haven’t heard, go link up!!  I’m also linking up to the Creative Scrappers Sketch #277 challenge this month using my Study Abroad kit.  Check out this sketch and my Study Abroad layout.

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2. How long does it take me to create a project?

To create a layout, it takes me anywhere from 25 minutes to over an hour.  It really just depends on how quickly things come together and whether or not I’m feelin’ it.  You know what I mean 🙂  One of my favorite things to create is mini albums, but those take several hours. When I create a mini album, I’ll plan out what papers I’m using and basic embellishments.  I usually end up cutting a bunch of die cuts, not really knowing what I’m going to use!

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?

Hands down, my Clique Kit and all the goodies from the Clique Kits online shop!!  We have hand picked coordinating add-on items in our School Store, some even handmade and exclusive to CK!

4. How does my writing and creating process work?

It depends… big help right lol!  Seriously though, I go back and forth between starting with my photos and starting with my Clique Kit or other papers in my stash.  Lately, I’ve been starting with my monthly Clique Kit and pulling photos from there.  Sometimes, especially this month, I’ll even dress my girls to match the colors in my kit.  I can’t be the only one who does this either!! The thing is, my Clique Kit is so complete!!!  It’s full of fabulous papers and it’s not skimpy on embellishments at all!  Gotta love that scrappers!!

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
My girls always inspire me in many ways, especially to keep up with my photography.  They are always moving and on the go!  I take a lot, I mean a lot of photos of them.  Many of those photos do stay on the computer, organized by date, but I also print a lot as well.  209 yesterday!!

As far as creative inspiration, I check out the social media sites like Instagram and Pinterest, as well as the manufacturers sites to keep on the trends and new products. Many times though, I’ll Pin something and won’t go back to it for months.  As you can see, one of my inspirations is using sketches too!

6. What is my signature style?
Generally, I like to add lots of layers, texture and dimension.  I do this by adding my favorite May Arts Burlap String, paints, sequins, gesso, foam adhesive, wood veneers and other techniques.

Well, that the Scrappy Blog Tour in a nutshell!  I hope you enjoyed the your and interview.  Now, I’ll leave you with a few more of my recent projects!!

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Thank you so much for spending you time with me today!!  See you this Wednesday for the Clique Kits and The Cut Shoppe blog hop!!

~ Jody