Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Michaels Stores Spring Time in Paris Contest: Petite Monarch Crown

Michaels Store is having a Spring Time in Paris Contest and I thought I would give it a try! I worked on this crown off and on for the last couple of weeks...always wanted to play with my A Gilded Life die templates and what a perfect motivator! LOL! This collection and the Paris I envisioned reminds me of elegant European luxury!



What do you think? I was inspired by the artwork using the same dies from Spellbinders® 2015 Winter Catalog...theirs is more elegant, mine is more girly? LOL!! Let me show you how I created this.



Build the Crown Base:

First, cut/emboss Imperial Border Die three times with Gold Textured Cardstock, using the Artisan X-Plorer™ Machine. Adhere the ends of three die cuts using DODZ™ Small to form a ring. Set aside.

Cut/emboss Petite Monarch Die six times with Gold Mirror Cardstock. Adhere the ends of three die cuts using DODZ™ Small to form a ring. Set aside the other three die cuts.

Using Home & Hobby by 3L® Premium Double-Sided Tape ⅛" (coming soon!), adhere the Petite Monarch ring on top of the Imperial Border ring to create a two-tier crown base.


Decorate the Bottom Crown Base:

Fold in half the ½" width white organza ribbon (I used about 18" in length) and thread through the bottom base of the crown. Then I threaded 1/4" width Lavender ribbon on top of the organza ribbon. Tie ends. Add medium purple rhinestones on each of the embossed circle designs.




Decorate the Top Crown Base:

Behind the high peak of the crown, I adhered a leaf trinket pin, using the DODZ™ Small on top and DODZ™ Medium in middle. Cover the top circle opening of the high peak with a large purple rhinestone (see image). Repeat until all are decorated. Using gold glitter paste, rub over white flower and let dry. Adhere it with DODZ™ 3D to cover the pin in opening at bottom. (see image). Repeat until all are decorated. Add clear rhinestones to the smaller peak crown design. Repeat until all are decorated. Cover the back side of the three Petite Monarch die cuts with Adhesive Sheets - 6 x 12" and place on the inside of the crown. This will finish the crown, making it look like metal verses paper.

Embellishment:

Add bow and ribbon tails to back and secure with DODZ™ 3D. Trim any excess. Add beads to ends of ribbon tails. Add purple rhinestones to ½" button and secure to the center of bow with DODZ™ 3D.

And there you have it! Ready to wear for a sweet 16 birthday girl, a bride-to-be or just because! LOL!



Supplies:
Specialty Papers: Michaels Stores Recollections (Gold Mirror Cardstock and Gold Textured Cardstock)
Dies: Spellbinders® Creative Arts (Petite Monarch, Imperial Border and Artisan X-Plorer Machine)
Rhinestones: KaiserCraft and Want2Scrap©
Ribbon: Offray
Pins: Maya Road
Flowers: Prima Marketing Inc.
Gold Glitter Paste: Bo Bunny Designs
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® (Home & Hobby by 3L® Premium Double-Sided Tape ⅛", Adhesive Sheets - 6 x 12", DODZ™ 3D, DODZ™ Medium and DODZ™ Small)
Other: Beads, Button

Thanks for stopping by! Fingers crossed for me :)
MargieH xo

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: 3D Foam Happy Easter Card Tutorial

Today I am excited to be on Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Blog featuring their adorable 3D Foam Easter Shapes set, 3D Foam Squares - Black, Regular, Pigment Powder - Brown and Pink, Adhesives Sheets - 4 x 6" and E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips - Refillable adhesive to create this sweet Happy Easter card.


Just a few peeks of my step outs...





For a detailed tutorial and full list of supplies, please check out 3D Foam Happy Easter Card Tutorial

Happy (early) Easter :)
MargieH

Friday, March 06, 2015

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft: Texture Gems™ Contemporary Happy Birthday Card

Hello all! First of MANY THANKS for those of you who voted for my Beautiful Moments Chalkboard Tray DIY Wall Decor on FaveCrafts Best Blogger Craft 2015 Contest! If you haven't heard, please click on the link for more details. If you like it, I hope I can count on your vote - please share with others :)

OK..today I am on Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Blog using their newest release from CHA (Craft & Hobby Assoc.) Mega Trade Show. It is mixed media in CAS (Clean And Simple) design to come up with this...Texture Gems™ Contemporary Happy Birthday Card...


Just a few peeks but be sure to visit for a full step out tutorial and supplies list...



Thanks for visiting and don't forget to visit my Texture Gems™ Contemporary Happy Birthday Card post!
Margie Higuchi (MargieH)

Thursday, March 05, 2015

JustRite Papercraft: Celebrate Your Day With Good Friends Card

I am thrilled to be playing with the uber talented designers over at JustRite Papercrafts to help introduce JustRite® PaperCraft’s March 2015 Release!


I am using A2 Woodgrain Upcycle Frame Cling Background Stamp set and Stacking Sentiments Clear Stamp Set, with Spellbinders® Card Creator series of die templates to create a masculine card.


I stamped the A2 Woodgrain Upcycle Frame Cling Background Stamp in Rich Cocoa Ink onto white cardstock. Then I placed my A2 Matting Basics B Die #7 (the smallest die size is #1) over the image and cut/embossed with my Grand Calibur® Machine. Color the frame with watercolor pencils and soften the colors with a waterbrush and water.



Next I used my Stacking Sentiments Clear Stamp to create my sentiment. I love that I can combine and create longer sentiments for whatever occasion I choose! Here I put two sets together to create my greeting. After stamping, I placed my A2 Matting Basics A Die #3 over the it and cut/embossed.


For the card front, I wanted a textured look so I took out my Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa ink and swiped across my Bricks and Bark Em-bossing Fold'er™ on one side. Then Placed the card on the other side of folder, closed and embossed it through the Grand Calibur Machine.


Touch up the edges with Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa ink on the card panel and card base for a finished look...


Assemble the card panel by adhering the sentiment onto the frame background using 3D Foam Squares.


Next add the panel to the card front with E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips. Thread twine through twice, make a knot. Thread through the button, end with a bow and secure the back with DODZ™ - Small.


Add three brown pearls on top and it's ready to be sent! Here's another look...


Project Supplies:
JustRite Papercraft Stamps: A2 Woodgrain Upcycle Frame Cling Background Stamp and Stacking Sentiments Clear Stamp
Die Templates and Embossing Folder: Spellbinders® Creative Arts (S5-131 A2 Matting Basics A, S5-132 A2 Matting Basics B and Bricks and Bark Em-bossing Fold'er)
Inks: IMAGINE Craft®/TSUKINEKO® (Memento Ink - Rich Cocoa and Memento Luxe - Rich Cocoa)
WaterColor Pencils and WaterColor Brush: Faber Castell® Design Memory Craft® (Art Grip Aquarelle WaterColor Pencils #105, #108, #111#139 and #147)
Cardstock and Card Base - Darice and Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock®
Adhesives - SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L® (E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips, DODZ - Small and 3D Foam Squares)
Twine: May Arts Ribbon
Wood Button: Maya Road
Brown Pearls: Want2Scrap©

Also, JustRite is kicking off a Save 25% off all JustRite Cling Stamps sale today!!!! Hurry to get your best selection before it ends March 15th at Midnight EST!



Get more inspiration from these talented designers created with today’s wonderful release:

JustRite Inspiration

Debbie Olson

Becca Feeken

Eva Dobilas

Kristi Schurr

Marisa Job

Michele Kovack

Darsie Bruno

Heidi Blankenship

Margie Higuchi --ME~!!

Thanks for stopping by to visit!
MargieH

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: Wish You Were Here Travel Book Tutorial Lawn Fawn Blog Hop - Day 3

Today I'm hopping on Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Blog with Lawn Fawn! Come SEE and ENTER for a chance of a wonderful giveaway! VISIT: Wish You Were Here Travel Book Tutorial Lawn Fawn Blog Hop - Day 3!

But in the meantime I am excited to share with you peeks on how I created this cute little book...






Like what you see? VISIT: Wish You Were Here Travel Book Tutorial Lawn Fawn Blog Hop - Day 3 for a detailed tutorial and full list of supplies....and of course, the giveaway!

Many thanks for stopping by :)
MargieH xo

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

FaveCrafts: Best Blogger 2015 Contest

Hey all! Starting from today until March 10 2015, FaveCrafts/Prime Publishing is hosting a Best Blogger Craft 2015 Contest for those of us who attended their Blogger Networking Event at the Winter CHA (Craft & Hobby Assoc.) Trade Show last month in Anaheim, CA.


I NEED YOUR HELP: if you like my project (and I hope you do! lol!), please VOTE for Margie Higuchi: Beautiful Moments Chalkboard Tray DIY Wall Decor. I hope you SHARE with friends and encourage them to join in on the fun - it would mean so much :) THANK YOU~!!


The contest was to use products from the sponsors (thank you!) to create project(s) that inspired you. I had one of those throw away silver trays which I picked out of the trash - someone spray painted a shinny black color in the center and I guess they didn't like it. BUT it spoke to ME! LOL!

At the CHA Bloggers Event, I met so many interesting bloggers in the industry as well as the fabulous manufacturers who were the sponsor of a generous swag BOX (thank goodness it was delivered - otherwise, need another suitcase!).

A couple of pictures taken at the event (I forgot my camera...GRRR!) but talented Maria Del Pinto let me share these pictures she took - thank you, Maria!

L to R: Sherry Cheever, Bunny Vance & ME!

ME & the fabulous Amy. from Fairfield World - LOVE her style!

Thank you always for stopping by my blog - don't forget to vote!
MargieH xo

Sunday, February 22, 2015

FaveCraft CHA Bloggers Event: Beautiful Moments DIY Chalkboard Tray

Updated post to add:

YOUR VOTE NEEDED (please): I'm up on the FaveCraft Best Blogger Craft Contest for this Beautiful Moments Chalkboard Tray DIY Wall Decor (Margie Higuchi). If you like it I hope you'll vote for me. Voting until 3/10 Midnite CST & Vote Only Once THANK YOU!! Link: http://www.favecrafts.com/voting/Blogger-Contest

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This throw away silver tray was found literally in the trash…someone had sprayed a shiny black paint finish on it and didn’t want it. Well, this DIYer did! LOL!!

I painted the center with Plaid FolkArt Home Décor Chalkboard Rich Black Ultra Mat Paint to give it life, along with accents of rick rack trim and flowers. Do a little chalkboard lettering and this piece is seriously rescued from trash to treasure! I plan on hanging it on my craft room wall.


Apply FolkArt Home Décor Chalk Rich Black in the center of tray. Paint three coats with dry time in between coats. Love the result as it has an ultra matte finish to it - beautiful!


While waiting for paint to dry, create Little B’s Pull Flower Roses as directed on package. Make two of each color. Set aside.



Once the last coat of chalkboard paint is dried, edge the painted area with ¼” Baby Rick Rack and Aleene’s® Always Ready Tacky Glue Turbo. Let dry.


On the computer create a sentiment to fit the center of tray and print out. I also drew some accents around the words. Chalk over the back of the copy paper of sentiment with white chalk. Place chalked side down on to the tray and beginning tracing the words. The white chalk will transfer to the painted area. Use white marker to finish the sentiment.




Cut and emboss Foliage set Die #6 (the smallest size die is #1) with No. 11 Green cardstock for a total of six die cuts. These will be placed behind the Pull Rose Flowers for accent.


Place a cluster of three Pull Flower Roses (pink, red and yellow) and adhere with Dodz™ XL on the upper left edge of tray. Repeat another cluster of roses to the lower right edge. I ended up using two (keep the other for another project). Add in leaf die cuts - the upper left corner, double up the die cuts and for dimension, use 3D Foam Squares, White Small.



It’s ready to display either by easel or attaching a wall hook in the back of tray to hang. Here's another look at the DIY Chalkboard Tray...


Materials List:

Plaid®: FolkArt® Home Décor Chalk Rich Black
Little B™ LLC: Pull Flower – Roses
iLoveToCreate: Aleene’s® Always Ready Tacky Glue Turbo
Simplicity Creative Group: ¼” Baby Rick Rack
Sizzix®: Core'dinations® Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection by Tim Holtz™
Disposable Silver Tray
Foam Brush
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: Dodz™ XL (extra large adhesive circles) and 3D Foam Squares, White Small
Hazel & Ruby™: Chalkboard Kit (White Chalk, White Pencil and Practice Slate)
Spellbinders® Creative Arts: S4-328 Foilage (Die #6)