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Tuesday’s Talent with Kelly

Hello again! I am back with my last post as the October guest designer and for today’s layout I am focusing on the gorgeous Sugar Maple sequins. I fell in love with these the moment that I saw them and really wanted to create a page showcasing these gorgeous sequins.

To begin, I stitched in messy circles on cardstock in gold thread. Once I decided where my photo and the large embellishment cluster would be placed, I the sequins around the stitching making sure to space out the various colors. To adhere the sequins I used Ranger Multi Matte Medium on the smaller sequins and glue dots on the leaves.


Glorious Days Vibez is a gorgeous shade of gold and was the perfect addition on the page. I sprinkled a bit on the background and the die cuts to add further depth to the page.

If you are interested I have linked my process video below. In the video I tell more about the process as well as the story behind the photo. Thanks again for joining me today and special thanks to Jody for having me as the October guest designer. Have a wonderful day!

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Tuesday’s Talent with Kelly

Hello again! It’s Kelly and I have my third project to share with you this week. I did a layout similar to this last year and loved it so much I had to do it again this year. The photo is not great, but it is my son’s senior class schedule. In ten years it will be fun for him to look back on this and see the classes that he took his senior year.

On the background I used a few Shimmerz watercolors and Well Blue Me Down mist and the famous packaging technique. Once that dried, I used Salt of the Earth Paste-eez through a Tim Holtz stencil for some added texture.

For this layout I chose to work with the more masculine papers in Paige Evan’s Turn the Page collection. I cut the word Senior with my Silhouette software, using the font Blackout Sunrise. I just checked the shop and the sequins that I used for this project are already sold out!! However, the Magical Adventure and Lisa’s Starry Night packs are pretty close to the pack that I used if you are looking to replicate my project.

To adhere the sequins to the letter, I put double sided tape on the inside of the I and pushed the sequins down. Since this is a technique that I have not personally done before, I was not sure how well the sequins would stick. They stick amazingly well to the double sided tape which made it so easy to arrange the sequins.

Adding a few sequins around the page helps to bring a bit more bling to the clusters and helps to make the layout look more cohesive.

If you’d like to take a peek at my process, I’ve included a link below. Thanks so much for joining me today, and I hope this inspires you!



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Tuesday’s Talent – Inspired by Missy Whidden!

Hi everyone!  It’s your July Guest Designer Melissa, back for for my final installment of Tuesday’s Talent!

This week, the SMS designers have been challenged with scraplifting one of the best- Missy Whidden.  I’ve been a fan of Missy’s for a while now, so this was a fun challenge for me.  I chose not to scraplift a specific layout, but rather to draw inspiration from a design feature I see Missy use frequently- a bold title, stitched in place, over a mixed media background.

I chose to change things up a bit, and try this feature on a Project Life layout and ended up making 4 cards (plus a bonus 5th with a little tweak).  Here is the 1st card, which acts as a title for the week…

I started by creating a mixed media background with watercolors and a bit of ink splatter.  Then I traced some alpha on patterned paper, hand cut them out and stitched them in place.  I also added a few flowers (another Missy feature) and sequins.  These sequins are from the “Salt of the Earth” and “Wild and Free” mixes

Here are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th cards, which utilize the same approach, in a smaller scale, paired with a 3×4 photo…

And finally, here is the 4th card.  As promised- “with a twist.”  Instead of using a paper title, I used an acrylic piece layered over the watercolor.  I backed the open letters with patterned paper, for a completed card that looks like it belongs, but adds a spark of interest.

Before I leave you, I’ll share one final photo, which is the completed layout.  I tried to spread these cards throughout the layout, so it was well balanced.

Stop over the SMS shop to check out some of the great mixed media products and sequins they have available, and try your hand at a Missy-inspired layout!

(Other products used- Pocket Life kit from Citrus Twist Kits, acrylic from Color Cast Designs)






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Tuesday’s Talent – Project Life Stitching


Hi SMS fans!  It’s Melissa Renkawitz, your July Guest Designer, back with another installment of Tuesday’s Talent.

This week’s theme is stitching, and this layout has plenty of it!!!  Today I am sharing with you a layout I just completed for my Project Life album, which documents an amazing weekend I spent at a country music festival last month.

Here is the overall layout…

Here are some of my favorite cards, which feature Shooting Cork Stars from the SMS shop. I love these little cork shapes, they are so fun, and super easy to stitch!  (I do all my stitching by hand)

Seriously, how cut are these little cork stars with the stitching!?!?!

This Project Life layout also includes a 6×12 insert to hold extra photos.  A highlight of this insert is a 3×4 pocket that holds a combination of sequins and more cork stars.

I backed the pocket with a piece of vellum, and added a few labels in the lower right corner, which I stitched in place.  The sequins used in this pocket are a mix I put together to coordinate with the layout colors.  I pulled sequins from “Hey Kiddo” “Sparkle Power” and “Neon Summer.”

If you haven’t tried mixing sequins and cork shapes, or stitching cork on your layout, give these techniques a try! Stop over to the SMS shop, to pick up your own sequins and cork!

(Other products used in this layout are from Citrus Twist Kits)


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Tuesday’s Talent – Celebrate!

Hi everyone!  It’s your July guest designer Melissa Renkawitz, back again with another installment of Tuesday’s Talent!

My challenge for this week was to document a birthday that I normally wouldn’t.  After giving it some thought, I came to realize that our dog Oliver is a HUGE part of our family, but somehow doesn’t get celebrated as such… so this theme was a great inspiration to show him some love! And as it turns out, his birthday is this month!

I created this layout as an 8.5×11, because I plan to insert it into my Project Life album, and I like those occasional inserts to be smaller than 12×12.  

I printed a few smaller photos from when Oliver was a puppy in black and white, so that my “current” photo would stand out.  To help anchor these on the page, I stitched a small strip of patterned paper (from Pinkfresh Studios) down the left side margin.  It’s simple, but I like the detail it adds- especially with this metallic copper thread.

Tucked under the top photos, I added a small glassine bag with SMS sequins from the “Sparkle Power” mix.  Spilling out from the bag, I added a scattering of more sequins down the right side of the page.  Over top of the bag, I placed my journaling which I typed on the computer and cut into strips.

To the lower right corner of the photo I added a few puffy stickers, for some extra color and dimension.

Below the photo, I added my title using a combination of an acrylic piece (from ColorCast Designs) and acetate letters (also from Pinkfresh Studios) which I stitched in place.

And that’s about it for today’s layout.  It was such a fun challenge to document a birthday I normally wouldn’t!  Go hop on over to the SMS shop and pick up some sequins to document your own birthday layout!!!

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Tuesday’s Talent – Emoji Love!

Hello SMS fans!  My name is Melissa Renkawitz and I am thrilled to introduce myself as your guest designer for July.  I’ll be stopping by the blog every week this month for your installment of Tuesday’s Talent.

This week’s theme, EMOJI LOVE was perfect to document this ridiculous photo I had of my daughter and her best friend.  A few months ago they were having fun doing crazy makeup with one another via Facetime.  They posted a selfie on Instagram, and voila, me being the 21st Century mom I am, I snatched myself a screenshot!Gotta love technology!  

For this layout, I started with a 12×12 piece of white textured cardstock and added a mixed media background with ink and water colors.  To the left side of the page, I selected 2 pieces of patterned paper from the Simple Stories “Emoji Love” collection and stitched them in place.  I also pulled the edges up a bit, for some added texture and dimension.  

Alongside my photo, I added a few word bubbles which I fussy cut from the patterned paper.  Below the photo, I added my title using some foam Thickers.

For the finishing touch on this layout, I added a splash of interest with a scattering of metal brads (also from Simple Stories), some small chipboard stars and the SMS “Salt of the Earth” sequin mix.  I really love the combination of matte and iridescent colors in this mix!

I frequently add sequins to my projects in this simple scattered “confetti” approach, but I love the added interest of combining them with other textures like the chipboard and brads.  So fun!

Well… that’s about it!  I hope you enjoyed my first guest project.  I’ll be back next Tuesday with another!   Meanwhile, stop over to the SMS shop and check out the amazing products there!



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Hello everyone, Mandi here with my last post. This time it is an anniversary card that features May Arts Burlap String, Tutti Frutti Dazzlerz Texture Paste, Chunky Cork Hearts, Sunny SmilesSilver Stardust Sequin Confetti and Gold Stardust Sequins.

Design Team

I thought painting have of the hearts with the Dazzlerz was a great way to add a little extra wow. When the paste is wet apply the sequins. I just sprinkled them on to the surface and pressed them in with a stick.


I love who this card looks even when it is laying sown flat.  The sequins on the top and the cluster at the bottom adds a lot of drama without the bulk.




Thanks for stopping by and having me as a guest for this month.

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Hi everyone, Mandi here for your Tuesday Talent series. Today, I will be focusing on the Natural Burlap String Navy Blue Burlap String Gold Sequin Confetti and Silver Stardust Sequin Confetti products. The pattern paper I used on this card was from Fancy Pants “Good Fellows” collection. All of these are going to be used on a fun shaker card, which just happens to work for a guy’s birthday. We all know it is hard to make a fun guy card.


The shaker frame was so easy to make.

  1.  Adhered a piece of plastic (I used a piece of a page protector) to the backside of the chipboard frame.
  2.  Attached foam tape (I didn’t have any so I used foam squares) alone the four edge.
  3. Place sequins inside.
  4. Stamp image/sentiment to pattern paper that is the same size as frame
  5. adhere backing to frame.


To adhere the cork shapes, I applied adhesive to them with the x sticker maker from Xyron. I then laid the the cork stickers on top of the string, this acted as a tape to attached the string.


Thanks for stopping by and I hoped I showed you that sequins / shaker boxes can be used on guy cards.


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Mandi here stopping by to share a fun technique that uses the Dazzlerz dimensional paste. The supplies I used to create this card is the  Sea U in the Mornin’ Shimmerz DazzlerzMay Arts Burlap String, and A Mermaid’s Tale

To create this foiled and embossed textured paper it is super easy to do and there is no need for any foiling machine.

First, you need to apply a thin layer of dimensional paste to cardstock, make sure it is covered completely. Let it dry to about 5 minutes or  a little longer, it should be tacky. Apply the foil and run it through an embossing machine with the your embossing folder of choice. Remove the foil sheet. If it didn’t cover everything you wanted just grab a new piece of foil and press it onto the spots.


The best way to adhere the string and sequins is to use a fine tip application glue bottle with your favorite liquid adhesive.


Don’t forget to make sure the outside of the envelope matches the card. Create a custom envelop seal with leftover scraps and a circle punch.


Thanks for stopping by.

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Mandi, here. Popping in to share with you a cute baby layout that features the May Arts Burlap StringSea U in the Mornin’ Shimmerz DazzlerzTutti Frutti Dazzlerz Texture PasteCloudy Days FeltiesChunky Cork Hearts and Gold Sequin Confetti.


I love to take bits and pieces to create a cluster which helps draws the eye in to the title area. As you can see here I have felties, cork, string and papers which adds a lot of texture without a lot of bulk, which takes up less room in albums.


To give the embossed cardstock this shine I applied a thin layer of the Dazzlerz. I came across a cool technique the Dazzlerz can be used in. It can exactly be used as an adhesive for foil sheets. Apply a thin layer of the paste to the cardstock, let it get to the tacky stage, maybe five minutes, rub the foil in the area you want and remove. You should be left with something that looks like this.


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this fun technique in how to incorporated the Dazzlerz into your crafty work.

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Hello everyone, my name is Mandi and I am this month’s guest designer.  Today, I am popping in to share with you a basic A2 size card that features the Summer Paradise SequinsChunky Cork Hearts and Silver Stardust Sequin Confetti.  Besides those goodies, I also used paper from American Crafts, Fancy Pants Designs and My Mind’s Eye.

Here is a little tip I do to use up scraps. Create a matching envelope seal just with punches and scraps.

Hello Lovely card with matching envelope seal.

To create the the banner. Apply a dry adhesive of choice, I used my ATG, to a scrap of white cardstock. Sprinkle with confetti, press onto the adhesive and rub off excess. Take a manual die (this was from American Crafts) and run it through the die cutter with the pattern paper of choice. Apply your favorite dry adhesive to the back of the die cut and lay it on top of the sequin covered scrap and trim.


Don’t be afraid to stamp on cork. As you can see here cork takes hold of the ink leaving you a nice clean and crisp image.

As you can see this card as a lot of  impact without the bulk.


Thank you for stopping by and I hope I have inspired you to try something new.

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Tuesday’s Talent with Pocono Pam: Hello Washi

Hola Spiegel Mom Scraps fans! Pocono Pam here with my second post as Jody’s guest designer for January. Hopefully, your new year has been going well and you have been meeting the goals and challenges you have set for yourselves.

My 2016 crafty goal is to create more cards.  This January I have challenged myself to make cards that I have never created before (shaker, side step, gatefold, etc). I accomplished the shaker card in last week’s post. >>> CLICK HERE TO TAKE A PEEK. <<<< This week, I dared myself to work with Washi Tape, as I have never attempted to do so on a card.

For those of you unfamiliar with Washi Tape, it is a high quality masking tape made of rice paper. Look in any craft or office supply store and you will find it is available in many colors and designs. Washi Tape can be easily torn and repositioned. That is why I love it for my planners. But, I recently discovered that it can be written and stamped on. For this reason, I wanted to create a card.

Using the Skinny Washi Tape (Candy Land) and Funky Alphabet from Spiegel Mom Scraps Shop, I created this cute “Hello” card.

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I already had this sweet Greeting Farms image Dee Dee colored and adhered to a Lawn Fawn Say Cheese die cut my stash. I thought the Washi Tape colors went perfectly with the image!

Here is how the card came together……

1-I matted an A2 card base with polka-dot paper which I distressed and inked with Worn Jeans.

2-I placed strips of the Candy Land and Funky Alphabet Washi Tapes from Spiegel Mom Scraps Shop vertically and horizontally centered on top of the polka-dot paper.

3-I Placed Dee Dee on top of the Washi Tape

4- Placing 2 strips of washi on an “ piece of scrap cardstock, I created banner. Added a string of cork hearts from the Spiegel Mom Scraps Shop . Layered on die cut.

5-Stamped Hello with Stazon Jet Black Ink. The ink does not smudge!

6-I added strips of Washi Tape inside and kept the card blank as it can be used for many occasions.

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I had sooo much fun making this card that I made another.

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This one came together very quickly. Here is how…….

1- I matted an A2 card base with white cardstock.

2- In the lower left side of the cardstock, I intersected 4 different colored strips of the Candy Land Washi Tape offered in Spiegel Mom Scraps Shop.

3-After adding pink Wink of Stella and a small piece of colored cardstock to a Studio Calico Wood Veneer Speech Bubble from the Spiegel Mom Scraps Shop, I placed it on the card near the lower left hand corner.

4-I added my favorite embellishments from the Spiegel Mom Scrap Shop….. two small cork hearts.

5- On the inside I placed strips on washi tape.

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Thanks for taking a peek at my cards today! I had fun playing with washi and hope you give it a try too!

Don’t forget to stop by next week for another fun project!


Spiegel Mom Scraps Shop Products Used……

Hello Card  

Skinny Washi Tape (Candy Land) Washi Tape

Funky Alphabet Washi Tape

Cork Fetti Hearts

Thank You So Much Card

Skinny Washi Tape (Candy Land) Washi Tape

Studio Calico Speech Bubbles Wood Veneers

Cork Fetti Hearts



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Tuesday’s Talent ~ Juliana Michaels is in the house!

I’m super excited to have Juliana Michaels as Tuesday’s Talent here at SpiegelMom Scraps! She is one busy lady this month, and we are very lucky to have her here twice!  I’ve been a fan of Juliana since we ‘met’ via social media last year through this amazing hobby. (Seriously, where would we be without social media these days!!)  Her digital cutting files are fabulous and have helped push me outside of my creative comfort zone.  Last year I purchased a Silhouette Portrait die cutting machine and really enjoy adding this element into my scrapbooking.  If you haven’t ‘met’ Juliana before you can find her blog, Instagram and Facebook all linked up for you right here.  Juliana is also teaching for Big Picture Classes this time around, which is fabulous!!  Be sure to follow her on social media and subscribe to her newsletter!  Please give Juliana a warm welcome and enjoy her first post as Tuesday’s Talent!

@spiegelmomscraps @julianamichaels @17turtles @spiegelmomscraps, #17tutles #julianamichaels #cutfile #silhouette #summer #scrapbook #layering #sequins #superstarcork #cork #star #loosesequins #diecut #hello #bigpictureclassesHello everyone, this is Juliana from 17turtles and I’m so happy to be here guest designing for Spiegelmom Scraps and her fabulous Etsy Shop! I just loved the awesome colors in the Blue Lagoon Sequins and was inspired to create a beach themed layout because of them. 

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To go along with my layout I also created a summer themed digital cut file and I’m sharing that cut file with all you Spiegelmom fans! You can download the cut file here: Hello Summer Fun | Downloadable Cut File

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I sprinkled the Blue Lagoon Sequins onto my layout and then adhered them using Glossy Accents. I also sprinkled in some of the Super Star Cork! Together they reminded me of the beach – the sequins for the water and the cork stars for the sand!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy the free digital cut file.  I’ll be back again next Tuesday to share another layout I created using some more fun embellishments from Spiegelmom Scraps Etsy Shop! Don’t forget you can save 15% by using code: JULIANA15. 



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