Tissue Box Earrings by Candace Jedrowicz

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Tissue Box Earrings by Candace Jedrowicz
Of all the projects Candace Jedrowicz crafted this year, the Tissue Box Pendant made the biggest impact! Candace has been collecting tons of boxes with lovely prints and finishes and making all kinds of fun things.  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s super cool Tissue Box Earring YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Tissue box
Scissors and/or shape punch – I used a 1 1/8″ circle punch
Small hole punch – I used a 1/8″
Weight or clamp (to hold pieces together while glue dries)
Dimensional sealer
20 gauge wire
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Wire cutters
High grit sandpaper or fingernail buffer

1. Cut or punch 2 shapes for each earrings and one piece to go between the 2.

2. Glue each set of the 3 layers together, place a weight or clamp on each assemblage and allow to dry.

3. Punch a small hole in each for hanging.

4. Cut a 3″ piece of wire for each earring.

5. Beginning 1″ from one end, fold over the round nose pliers and crimp with the chain nose pliers to form a loop.

6. Slide the loop through the hole in the cardboard and slip a bead over both wire ends.

7. Grasp the loop with the round nose pliers and wrap the short wire tail around the long tail.

8. Bend the long tail around the handle of the pliers (or anything that you have handy) to form the ear wire and cut off the excess.

8. File the ends of the the ear wires until smooth.

Believe – Word Shaped Book by Candace Jedrowicz

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Believe Book by Candace Jedrowicz

Candace Jedrowicz is getting ready for Christmas with a cheery word shaped book.  The book spells out BELIEVE and Candace is going to town decorating it with cards from Christmases past.  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s super cool Believe Tag Book YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Flexible Stretchable Fabric Glue
Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel and Stick  Sheets
Word shaped book
Colorful cards
Color papers
Glitter Glue.
Fabric for the book’s spine
Paint brush

1. Cover all sides (except for the back edge) of the book with decorative paper.

2. Line up the pages and set something heavy on top.

3. Slather the back edge with Aleene’s Flexible Stretchable Glue.  Allow to dry overnight.

4. Cut fabric to at least 1/2″ larger than the book spine.

5. Cut 1/4″ strips of the Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel and stick sheets.

6. Apply the strips to the edges of the fabric and fold the edges over.  Be sure to make the folded edges of the top and bottom match the spine length while the sides need to be long enough to attach to the front and back with at least 1/4″ overlap.

7. Cut and apply adhesive strips to the now folded edges of the fabric.  Attach the front edge first and fold across the spine to the back.

Let it Snow Door Hanger by Candace Jedrowicz

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Let It Snow Door Hanger by Candace Jedrowicz

Candace Jedrowicz loves snow, but her sister-in-law, Debbie, is ca-raaaaaazy about snow!  Luckily, Candace bought lovely holiday tissue boxes after the season last year and saved them!  When you see how easy this is, you’ll be looking around the house for colorful boxes to use in your art!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

 Watch Candace’s fun and easy Let it Snow Door Hanger YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Tacky Glue Pen
Cardboard with an image you like (I used a holiday themed tissue box)
Decorative paper
Decorative edge scissors
Glitter glue
20 Gauge wire – 16″
Accent beads
Hole punch 1/8″
Cropadile or grommet setter

1. Cut your cardboard image out.

2. Using the decorative edge scissors to cut a piece of decorative paper 1″ to 1- 1/2″ inches larger than your cardboard and glue the cardboard on the paper.

3.  Punch 2 holes at the top of the paper.  Place the grommets in the holes and set them.

4. Cut narrow strips of decorative paper that will overlap the edges of the cardboard.

5. Glitter the edges of the decorative paper strips and the decorative background paper and allow to dry.

6. Glue the paper strips onto the edges of the cardboard and allow to dry.

7. Curve the wire and put both ends through the grommet holes from back to front.  Adjust the wire to have enough room to hang over a door knob.

8. Slide accent beads on the wire ends.

9. Wrap the ends of the wire into spirals, or waves, or any way you like that will hold the beads on.


Here is the finished hanger.  You can’t see the wire over the doorknob, but it’s there.








Chocolate Box Mosaic by Candace Jedrowicz

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Another chocolate box art piece?  Do we have to?  Yes!  Because this time Candace Jedrowicz uses actual glass and stone tiles and you will want to try it!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s Fun and fabulous Mosaic Chocolate Box YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Heart shaped box
Tile sheet with lots of small tiles
Craft knife
Double wheeled tile nippers
Tile adhesive
V notched tile adhesive spreader
Paper towels
Hot glue gun

1. Seal the box with Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue to protect it from moisture.  Allow to dry.

2. Trace the top of your box on the back of the tile sheet and cut out with the craft knife. Include all partial tiles outside the outline.  Cut 1 tile width rows to go around the sides of both top lid and bottom box on the outside.

3. Using the tile nippers, clip off the partial tiles outside of the line.

4. Spread an even coat of tile adhesive on top of the box lid using the v notched spreader – you want deep grooves in the glue to help the tiles stick securely.

5. Press your heart shaped sheet of tiles into the glue.  Give it a wiggle to assure that there is full contact.  For the strips of tile that go on the outsides of top and bottom, spread the glue directly on the back of the tiles.  Allow to dry overnight.

6. Mix grout to lotion consistency and spread over all tiles, pushing the grout down into the grooves.

7. When you’ve filled all the grooves, carefully wipe off excess grout with a paper towel.  Allow to dry slightly, then use a damp sponge to get the grout off the tile surfaces.  Allow to dry overnight.

8. Add, trims, gems and other embellishments with hot glue.

Click here for a tutorial on making the polymer clay chocolates



Zombie Candy Box by Candace Jedrowicz

Candace 31 Days Zombie Candy Box

Don’t tell me you’ve never wondered what zombies taste like!  Okay, they’re gross, but what if they weren’t?  What if they tasted fruity?  Wait, I’m getting ahead of myself.  Today’s project is a zombie candy box that makes a pristine space for the universe to fill with tasty…dead things.  Wait!  Wait! Wait!  Don’t run away!  It will be fun!  I promise!


A small box – I used a 4 piece candy box
An image for the box top – I made a digital piece with a hand drawn cemetery background, a photo of my Gravestone ATC border from Altered Art Supplies and die cut text frame
White card stock – to print your image on
Decorative Paper
Aleene’s Tacky Glue Pen
Border – I used some gold German borders
Black Glitter

For the top of the box, I created an image in Photoshop with the elements you see here.

So here’s where you begin – size the image to match the box size including a 2″ border to fold to the inside of the box.

After gluing the image to the box, fill in the tombstones with the glue pen and sprinkle with glitter.

Allow to dry.

If you will be using the box for display only, you can add any embellishments at all, but if you want to use it for an actual box, put as little paper as you can on the inside sides of the top or the outside side of the bottom so the box will open and close easily.

Measure the paper for the bottom the same as the top.

Glue the bottom to the back side of the decorative paper.

Make cuts in the paper to miter the corners.

Add glue to the flaps and fold them to the inside of the box.
Add gold trim to fancy it up a bit.  Allow the glue to dry
You’ll want to have chocolate cups for the inside, so go get some chocolates and eat them!

Frankie Door Hanger by Candace Jedorwicz

Candace 31 Days Frankie

By now, you know that I save – nay- seek out fun tissue boxes.  The whole sides are usable for just about anything, but the overlapping sides are only partially useable.  Well I liked this little guy enough to carefully take him apart and put him back together.  Apropo, no?

Watch Candace’s Frankie Door Hanger video tutorial


Halloween tissue box
Hole punch – 1/8″ – I used the small hole punch on my Cropadile
Cropadile or grommet setter
Glitter glue – I used black to make the “stitches”
20 Gauge wire
Wire cutters
Round nose pliers

1. Cut out your focal panel and decorate with glitter glue if desired and allow to dry.

2. Punch 2 holes toward the outer edges on the top and punch 5 holes on the bottom edge.

3. Add grommets to the holes.

4. Cut a 16″ piece of wire and fill half way with beads.

5. Slide all the beads to the middle of the wire and put the wire tails through the top 2 holes from back to front.

6. Use the round nose pliers to start a spiral on the wire tails and roll them up to the holes.

7. Make or buy 5 charms.  If you make them, slide 2 or 3 beads on a headpin and make a large loop.

8. Slide the charms though the grommets on the bottom and wrap the wire tails around to secure.

Halloween Cupcake Stand

Candace 31 Days Cupcake Stand

I am in love with my die cutting machine.  It’s a simple hand crank model, but I can cut tons of stuff with it!  I won the Sizzix Cupcake Stand die when they had a big release bash for Eileen Hull’s new designs!  Sweet!  I LOVE it!


Sizzix Cupcake Stand Die
A Halloween themed tissue box
Heavy card stock for the base
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Aleene”s Tacky Double Stick Sheets

The Cupcake Die has 4 pieces, but you only need 2 of the shapes.You will need 1 cut of top and 4 of the base.

I used a side panel from a Halloween tissue box.

I had a really lovely black satin finish card stock with shiny black polka dots for the base.

I used Aleene’s Tacky Double Stick Sheets to stick the two pairs of base pieces together before sliding them together.Once together, I added glue to the seems for extra strength.

Glue the top of the base to the back side of the top.

I added glitter glue to the edges of the top and base.
I didn’t have a cupcake handy, so I set the tiny table with Tootsie Roll cheeseburgers and fries.

31 Days of Halloween – Day 18 – Cardboard Halloween Pendant

Candace 31 Days Cardboard Pendant

I’ve done cardboard pendants before, but this one is just so much cooler!  I took it up a notch and added more layering.  Plus the flip side of this was made from a Halloween Doughnut box!  Sweet!

Watch Candace’s Cardboard Pendant video tutorial


Cardboard – a couple of petty pieces and several filler pieces
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Circle punch –  1 3/4″ – you could use any size or shape, but it’s good to start simply
Small hole punch – 1/8″  – The Cropadile is the easiest to use through several layers
Dimensional sealer – glossy

1. Punch out cardboard circles – 2 beauties for the back and front, 3 or 4 filler pieces.

2. Glue the filler pieces together, then carefully add the front and back pieces.  Try to keep glue off the front and back.  Allow to dry – you may want to clamp it while it dries to keep it flat.

3. Punch small holes in the top and bottom of the stack.

4. Add dimensional sealer to one side at a time, allowing each side to dry completely.

If you check the Halloween Doughnut Earrings post, you’ll see how to make a dangle for this pendant and I’ll show an easy wire bail for the top  of your pendant in a couple of days.

Dia de los Muertos Cameo by Candace Jedrowicz

Candace 31 Days Cameo

Dia de los Muertos. or Day of the Dead, is a wonderful, colorful celebration of life.  In the days of celebrating, people groom the gravestones of loved ones, hold candle light vigils, break bread  and share memories.  The skull is a symbol of loved ones passed and is loved, not feared.  It can be a super fun decorated sugar skull that is made even more exciting if it has your name on it!   It can be part of a vignette with whimsical skeletons portraying loved ones’ occupations and family gatherings.  My shrink plastic sugar skull sits atop a piece of polymer clay mounted on a cardboard pendant.


Cardboard – a cereal box or something similar will work
Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
Die cutting machine
Sizzix Frame and Flower die
Black paint
Inka Gold metallic paste – Copper
Shrink plastic – white
Martha Stewart Skull Punch
Permanent markers – fuchsia, purple, blue, orange, lime green and black
Polymer clay – a small amount of black
Clear gloss sealer

I used Sizzix Frame and Sculpted Flower die to cut 3 frame pieces from cardboard.
Glue all 3 pieces together and allowed the to dry.Paint the cardboard with black acrylic paint and allowed it to dry.

I used my fingers to apply a thin layer of the copper paste so that some black showed through.

Condition a small amount of black clay.
Click here to see how I made the sugar skulls

The skull had a hole in the top to put a jump ring in.  I chose to cover it with a tiny gem.

Form the clay into an oval that fits inside of your frame and is big enough to put the sugar skull on.

Bake the clay as directed.

Cover the black backing with clear glossy sealer and set the skull in it.

Add a bit more sealer on the skull.

I can’t wait to make this into a necklace!

Halloween Chocolate Box on Day 12 of 31 Days of Halloween

Candace 31 Days Chocolate Box

Halloween Chocolate Box Card

It’s no secret that I love chocolate.  I love looking at it as much as eating it!  So I have a series of polymer clay chocolate boxes in many themes.  This one might be my favorite!  It’s Halloween themed, of course!

Here a few tutorials on polymer clay chocolate boxes:

The Tempered Empress Chocolate Box

The Mike and Candy Show Chocolate Box

The Joy Chocolate Box

The Wedding Chocolate Box

Materials for the chocolates:

Polymer clay – dark brown, white and a touch of orange
Aluminum foil
Crochet needle for smoothing the clay
Clay stamps for the pumpkin faces

Each chocolate begins as a compacted foil lump – ball, square, rectangle – slightly smaller than your finished size will be.

Condition a ball of clay that is about half the size as the foil.

Flatten and form the clay around the foil.

Smooth the clay by rolling it gently on a smooth surface.

Take a small piece of clay flatten the bottom and pull out several points for the stem.

Add it to the top of the pumpkin.


Use your crochet needle create the sections on the pumpkin.

Lay the needle on the clay and roll it from top to bottom.

This is a close up of the angry eye stamp.
Here is a wide eye that can be turned to make the pumpkin look in any direction.
The triangle eyes are super easy to make.

The mouth stamp is a wiggly smile.

Bake the clay as directed.

The stamps must be baked before using.

I normally use paper to decorate the box, but I wanted to try one that is all chocolate.