Saturday, September 06, 2014

Design Memory Craft: Cherish DIY Embroidery Hoop

Today I am featured on Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® blog using an embroidery hoop to create a home decor piece. Using a combination of textual accents and Design Memory Craft® Gelatos® colors, I was able to create a sweet and simple piece that anyone can re-create.

I'll share some peeks here but you need to go to Cherish DIY Embroidery Hoop post for step out tutorial and a FULL supplies list :)








OOooops! Can't show you any more! LOL! Come visit Cherish DIY Embroidery Hoop!



This is my last post as a GDT (Guest Design Team member) and I loved my time there with a generous company! They are having a call for this Fall/Winter term, if you are interested - GO FOR IT!! Details on my blog post there! Good Luck!

As always, THANK YOU for stopping by!!
MargieH xo

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Paper Crafter's Library: Peace Holiday Card

Today I am SUPER EXCITED because I am in Paper Crafter's Library blog for Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® as the featured company segment!! Just for the occasion, I thought I would showcase Design Memory Craft's amazing Textural Accents Glass Bead Glitter Gel that sparkles like no other and it doesn't flake! One word = WOW!

For detailed step outs and a giveaway, visit Featured Company: Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft post!!


Project Supplies:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft - Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Gesso and Design Memory Craft® Silver Ice Gelatos®
JustRite Papercraft Stamps – Winter Wonder Cling Background Stamp
Spellbinders® Creative Arts - S2-120 Peace Sentiment
Ink – IMAGINE Craft®/TSUKINEKO® (Memento Luxe - Nautical Blue)
Cardstock - Darice
Bling - Want2Scrap©
Trinket Pins - Maya Road
Adhesives - ScraPerfect (Best Glue Ever) and SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L® (Dodz™ medium)
Other - Chipboard; White Organza Ribbon

Always appreciate your feedback, comments and questions!

Thanks for stopping by!
MargieH xo

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

JustRite: Vintage Flourish One Die

Today, I am introducing JustRite® PaperCraft’s August 2014 ReleaseSympathy Vintage Labels Eight and Nine Clear Stamps and Cornflower Damask Cling Background Stamp, using JustRite's exclusive Vintage Labels Nine Dies and Vintage Flourish One Die to create this elegant 4⅜ x 5⅝".card.






8月3日目のリリースです。今日のスタンプセットの紹介はSympathy Vintage Labels Eight and Nine Clear Stampsと月曜日に紹介したCornflower Damask Cling Background Stampを合体して、エレガントな感じなカードを作りました。JustRiteカスタムダイVintage Labels Nine Dies and Vintage Flourish One Dieもアクセントとして使いました。


First I started out by stamping the background of my card panel with Cornflower Damask Cling Background Stamp - isn't this design gorgeous?!


Next I cut and embossed Vintage Labels Nine Dies and Vintage Flourish One Die with my Spellbinders® Grand Calibur® Die Cutting and Embossing Machine. With the label die in the Vintage Labels Nine Dies set, I first stamped the sentiment and placed the die over it for a perfect cut.


I cut and embossed two of the Vintage Flourish One Die to use to frame the nested die cuts in the center for a dynamic look as you can see below in the second image.



Assemble all the pieces and add lace ribbon with the gun metal pearls for the finishing touch. Here's a second look...


Project Supplies:
JustRite Papercraft Stamps – Sympathy Vintage Labels Eight and Nine Clear Stamps and Cornflower Damask Cling Background Stamp
JustRite Custom Dies - Vintage Labels Nine Dies and Vintage Flourish One Die
Inks – IMAGINE Craft®/TSUKINEKO® (Memento™ Ink - Paris Dusk)
Cardstock - Darice
Lace Ribbon - May Arts
Pearls - Want2Scrap©
Adhesives - ScraPerfect (Best Glue Ever)
Other: Lilac Ink Pad

See what my fellow designers have created with today’s amazing release!

Thanks for stopping by to visit!
MargieH

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

JustRite: Elegant Fan Elements Clear Stamps

Today, I am introducing JustRite® PaperCraft’s August 2014 ReleaseElegant Fan Elements Clear Stamps set using JustRite's exclusive Vintage Filigree Layers (June 2014 Release) dies and Spellbinders® M-Bossabilities™ Whimsy Folder to create a card.


8月2日目のリリース(Elegant Fan Elements Clear Stamps set)の紹介です。今日はシンプルなカードです。Card baseにスペルバインダーズM-Bossabilities™ Whimsy エンボスフォルダでエンボスして、バックグランドを作りました。幅があるリボンの上にスタンプを押してみました。是非リボンスタンプを挑戦してみて下さい。


Instead of directly stamping on paper, I thought it would fun to stamp on a wide silk ribbon. Love the look and didn't bleed  - thanks to Memento Luxe inks!


Set aside to dry (really you should heat set...) I stamped a sentiment from the Elegant Fan Elements Clear Stamps set on the white patterned paper. Then I cut and embossed Vintage Filigree Layers die over it. Cut and emboss twice - once in white and one in green patterned paper (not much pattern just of a colored distress look).


I went back and put the green patterned paper die cut back into the die template. Then I stencil through the die with ink. I showed the different between a plain die cut vs. a stenciled one. Love the stencil one!



Next I embossed the card front with Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Whimsy Folder for a beautiful textured background.


Assemble all as shown below (note that I lifted the sentiment up with 3D Foam Squares for dimension) and it's ready to be sent!


Project Supplies:
JustRite Papercraft Stamps – Elegant Fan Elements Clear Stamps set
JustRite Exclusive Dies - Vintage Filigree Layers (June 2014 Release)
Spellbinders® Creative Arts - ES-004 Whimsy
Inks – IMAGINE Craft®/TSUKINEKO® (Memento Luxe - Pistachio)
Card Base - Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock®/David Tutera™ For Darice Celebrate Cardmaking System
Patterned Papers - Authentique Paper (Festive Collection)
Silk Ribbon - May Arts
Bling - Want2Scrap©
Adhesives - ScraPerfect (Best Glue Ever) and SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L® (3D Foam Squares)

Since it is Tutorial Tuesday we are giving away a $30 Gift Certificate to the store...


Simply answer today's two giveaway questions:
  • How many Birthday Cards do you make each year?
  • How many Christmas Cards do your make each year?
Double your chances of winning by leaving comments on JustRite's Blog and on Darsie's Video.

See what my fellow designers have created with today’s fabulous release!

Margie Higuchi (you are here!)

Thanks for stopping by to visit!
MargieH

Monday, August 04, 2014

JustRIte: Hope & Love Vintage Labels Eight and Nine Clear Stamps

Today, I am introducing JustRite® PaperCraft’s August 2014 ReleaseHope & Love Vintage Labels Eight and Nine Clear Stamps and Cornflower Damask Cling Background Stamp, using their exclusive Vintage Labels Eight dies (July 2014 release) with Spellbinders® Floral Ovals dies to create a 4⅝ x 6¾" journal notebook.




8月のリリースの初日です。今日の新しいスタンプセットの紹介はHope & Love Vintage Labels Eight and Nine Clear Stamps and Cornflower Damask Cling Background Stampです。スタンプを使って ノートブックを(又はミニアルバムにも) 作りました。 7月に紹介しました、Vintage Labels Eightもつけて、エレガントな感じかな~。


First I covered chipboard (aka covers) with two coats of Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft® Chalkboard Paint (dry between coats).


I stamped Cornflower Damask Cling Background Stamp with Memento™ Luxe Wedding Dress Ink - LOVE how it looks!


I stamped the image from Hope & Love Vintage Labels Eight and Nine Clear Stamps on Clear patterned paper from Authentique Paper's Fresh Collection. Then cut and emboss over it with Vintage Labels Eight die.


I highlighted the banner area with Design Memory Craft® Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils Pink and soften with watercolor brush. Layered each time with color for your desired look.


Cut and embossed S4-356 Floral Ovals with Dainty patterned paper from Authentique Paper Lovely Collection as a mat behind the stamped image to extra color. Adhere together the die cuts.


Tied a ribbon around the bottom part of the cover and anchored it with Dodz™ glue rounds for extra security. To pop up the layered die cuts with 3D Foam Squares and set aside until the binding is complete.



I cut different collections of patterned papers all from Authentique Paper and Faber-Castell® watercolor papers to add in the notebook. A wonderful way to add quotes, doodles and journaling in one place. Bind them all together.


Add the stamped image, rhinestones, sequins and metal embellishment for the finishing touches. Here's a second look at the finished project...


Project Supplies:
JustRite Papercraft Stamps – Hope & Love Vintage Labels Eight and Nine Clear Stamps and Cornflower Damask Cling Background Stamp
JustRite Exclusive Dies - Vintage Labels Eight
Spellbinders Creative Arts - S4-356 Floral Ovals
Faber-Castell® Design Memory Craft®- Textual Accents (Chalkboard Paint), WaterColor Pencil, Brush and Watercolor Paper (Design Memory Craft® Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils Pink)
Inks – IMAGINE Craft®/TSUKINEKO® (Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black and Memento Luxe - Wedding Dress)
Patterned Papers - Authentique Paper (Fresh, Delightful and Lovely Collection)
Binding - Bind-It-All Machine and Black Coils
Ribbon - May Arts
Bling - Want2Scrap©
Sequins - Studio Calico
Metal Embellishment - Advantus (Tim Holtz)
Adhesives - ScraPerfect (Best Glue Ever) and SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L® (3D Foam Squares and Dodz™)
Other: Chipboard

See what my fellow designers have created with today’s wonderful release!


Thanks for stopping by to visit!
MargieH

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hazel and Ruby: DIY Chalkboard Clipboard Upcycle

Hello! Today I'm up on Hazel & Ruby Blog as guest designer!! SO EXCITED :)

I created a "Back to School" project using Hazel & Ruby's Broadside Alpha Stencil-Mask, Quote Me Fat Roll, Washi Tape and Too Cool Pic Pockets to create a DIY Chalkboard Clipboard! Here are some peeks on what I did...

I needed to make this a masculine piece for my son who is entering his senior year in high school...sniff, sniff!! I had this NOTES clipboard that I purchased from the dollar spot at a big box chain store a few months ago...




OOops!! Can't show you ALL! You need visit DIY Chalkboard Clipboard Upcycle post on Hazel & Ruby for a FULL tutorial and ENTIRE supplies list!

Please leave me some "LOVE" over there and let them know how you like this project! Thanks!!!
As always, thanks for stopping by here!!
MargieH

Saturday, July 19, 2014

My Japan Trip (May 2014): Manza Onsen Hot Springs

This is part 3 of My Japan Trip (May 2014)! If you like to catch up, click on to each blog post title below (don't forget to click on images a larger view):


After saying good-bye to my mother-in-law, we packed up a bag to take for our vacation. The bigger one was taken to our neighborhood 7Eleven who can arrange our bag to be delivered to Narita Airport via Takyubin (similar to a UPS/FedEx). LOVE the efficiency of Japan! LOL!

Then we took the train up to Ueno Station and hopped on the Kusatsu Limited Express Train - a three hour ride to our destination, Manza.



What's a train ride without an EkiBen (aka train station bento box lunch)?! I got the #1 favorite of one store and Hosho got one that can be heated without a microwave - a heating component in the bottom of the box! It works! Only in Japan - LOL!



This was our dessert (we should've gotten more!) - a flaky pastry with light cream and sweet bean paste called Danish Panda. OMGosh, so good!


It rained when we arrived - not a good start but once we got to the hotel, everything was just right. Our room had an amazing view of the hot springs puffing smoke through the earth. Now you don't see that everyday!



After taking our hot spring baths, we joined the other guests for a buffet style dinner. Although not romantic, it was fun to eat a Japanese food buffet! FUN! Notice everyone is wearing the same thing...most Japanese hotels will provide these YUKATAs to use as pajamas and to walk around town in. Less to pack!


The next day it was SO NICE out Hosho had this great idea to go hiking. For those who know me, I don't hike! LOL!! He said it will only be 20 mins - HA! Try more than double that time. BUT it was worth it.

He took me to Mt. Kusatsu Shirane, an active volcano (he forgot to mention that part until later!) to see Yugama Crater Lake (known for its high acidic content).

See the little road next to me with the sign (first picture - click on images for larger view)? That hiking trail I was supposed to take (it's an easy 10 min hike) was close due to POISONOUS GAS! Really?! Why are we here?! OY~!


ARE WE THERE YET? 20 mins later....
This is Yugama Crater Lake with its beautiful (& POISONOUS GAS..did I mention that already?) turquoise blue surface...


After walking down and back to the bus stop, we were off to our next destination...KUSATSU!

Sorry - that's another post :)
To be continued - thanks for reading!
MargieH