Saturday, January 17, 2015

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: Donna Salazar Denim Friendship Book Cover Tutorial

I am up on Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Blog using their newest release introduced at the 2015 Winter CHA (Craft & Hobby Assoc.) Mega Show, an annual trade only show in Anaheim CA last weekend.

Girly Grunge Guru, Donna Salazar and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® joins forces to create a line of mixed media products. Using her Denim Book, I created a Friendship Book Cover. This book measures 8 x 10" and has two denim material covers. There is a total of five medium weight chipboard pages to withstand layers of mediums.

Here are some sneaky peeks from the post I did... more! LOL! You'll have to come visit Donna Salazar Denim Friendship Book Cover post for full tutorial and supplies list. Let them know what you think too!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Seasons Givings Holiday Blog Hop 2014 - WINNER!! is COLD in Chicago today. This morning, I went out to shovel snow with my glasses on in 4 Fahrenheit/-16 Celcius! My glasses warmed up but imagine only 1" diameter circle (aka eyeballs) on each lens after a minute being inside the house! LOL!!

Ah, the perils of living in the Midwest! Hope you are warm and safe in your home...we had an hour drive in the snow blizzard last night for a business dinner (could not cancel - meeting with an overseas guest who was here for one night). YIKES! to the WINNER of the Seasons Givings Giveaway. First of all THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to all who took the time to comment on my blog!!!!!!!!!! Meant SO MUCH to me esp. the ones who ventured into my other blog posts and/or are new followers!!

The winner of this..................

Patty of Hap Scrappy!!!
"Patty said...
Beautiful New Years card!! I too watch all of Christina's wonderful cardmaking videos..she is truly amazing!! You make some pretty amazing projects yourself!!
7:39 PM"

AND I decided to surprise another person with the card I created from the blog hop (and a little something), the winner is TracyM #6773!!!!

Ladies, please email me with your mailing address so I can get this out to you all!
Again, THANK YOU ALL~!!!

Warmly (or trying to....),

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: 3D Foam Shapes Japanese New Year Hagoita Tutorial

Click on the post title if you are looking for my Seasons Givings Holiday Blog Hop Year 3!

My first post of the year on Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Blog is about my heritage and a New Year's game that was played in Japan. Hanetsuki game is similar to badminton (hitting a birdie back and forth with a paddle). It is rarely played now and the paddle became more of a New Year's decorative piece in the home. This is my take of the paddle created with cardstock!

I'll show you all a few steps - shhhh, sneak peek (wink wink!)  :)

That's it! Can't show you any more...for detailed tutorial and a full supplies list, visit 3D Foam Shapes Japanese New Year Hagoita Tutorial.

As always MANY THANKS for always stopping by!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Seasons Givings Holiday Blog Hop 2014: Year 3!



I am so thrilled and honored to be a part of this blog hop to THANK YOU for following me through my blog on my creative journey!

Today I'd like to share a layered and textured Happy New Year card. I was inspired by a card that Designer Christina Griffiths shared on Spellbinders® Blog recently. By adding gold mirror and white cardstock, it creates a festive new year celebration - don't you think?

I cut/embossed Spellbinders Card Card Creator series as the foundation for my card panel: 5 x 7 Matting Basics B Die #7 (the smallest size die is #1) with gold mirror cardstock and 5 x 7 Matting Basics A Die #6 with white cardstock. With the latter die cut, I embossed Venetian M-Bossabilities™ Folder through the Grand Calibur Die Cutting and Embossing Machine.

Labels Forty Dies #6 and #7 were cut/embossed with the gold mirror cardstock and Labels Forty Decorative Elements Dies #3 and #4 were cut/embossed with white cardstock. Nest the die cuts together to their corresponding sizes and they fit perfectly! I adhere them together with E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips.

To give the smaller Labels Forty/Forty Decorative Elements die cut dimension, I placed 3D Foam Squares - Regular to the back and adhered.

For more sparkle, I heat embossed gold embossing powder to the sentiment on white cardstock and hand cut a ribbon tail on both side.

I wanted to layer a little more gold behind the sentiment so I cut/embossed JustRite Papercraft's exclusive Vintage Filigree Layer die with gold mirror cardstock. So beautiful! To adhere this intricate design, I used 4 x 6" Adhesive Sheet (just the center part).

Just add pearls and place on a 5 x 7" white card base and it's ready to send out!

Project Supplies:
Cardstock and Card Base: WorldWin Papers (Gold Mirror Cardstock) and Darice/Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock®/David Tutera™ Celebrate Cardmaking System (110 lb.White Cardstock Pack and 5 x 7" card base)
Die Templates, Embossing Folder and Tool: Spellbinders® Creative Arts (5 x 7 Matting Basics A & B, Labels Forty, Labels Forty Decorative Elements, Venetian M-Bossabilities Folder, Tool 'N One™, Grand Calibur Die Cutting and Embossing Machine) and JustRite® Papercraft (Vintage Filigree Layer Die)
Stamp: JustRite® Papercraft (Extra Grand Holiday Sentiments Clear Stamps Set)
Ink: IMAGINE Craft®/TSUKINEKO® (VersaMark Watermark Ink)
Embossing Powder: Reflections (Gold)
Pearls: Want2Scrap©
Adhesives: SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L® (E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips, 3D Foam Squares – Black, Regular and 4 x 6" Adhesive Sheet)
Other: Heating Tool

Last year's winner, Nance Carroll, was kind enough of share her birthday card that she made using the prize package I sent:

Now to the goodies! As a way to thank you all for always visiting my blog (if you're new, please become a follower on FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram), I have a fun assortment to give away (some you can't see but let's just say you won't be disappointed! LOL!). Simply leave me a comment on this post and I will announce the winner on Tuesday, January 6th. International entries are welcome!

Here is the list of my fellow hoppers - ENJOY THE INSPIRATION!! Your next stop is Lee Ann Barrett!

Margie Higuchi = YOU ARE HERE!!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas and a Project to Boot!

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Hope that you are with loved ones or remember those who are no longer with us. Hosho and I are missing our fathers so thinking of them during the holidays :)

What are some of your traditions? Ours is getting a Christmas cake from our local Japanese bakery. BUT the kicker is eating BEFORE dinner! It is made mostly of cream so it doesn't last long. After a BIG holiday meal, we are TOO FULL to eat dessert. SO why not START with dessert (around 3pm)?! LOL!! Then dinner is usually around 7pm...enough time to recover! HA!

Today I wanted to share one more Christmas project that I created with Spellbinders Beacon St. Chapel (right now it's not on their website - sold out so fast! LOL! Will be back in a couple of weeks), using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® product to put it together! What do you think? I used the tree light bulb inside the chapel for a wonderful glowing effect :)

First I cut/embossed all the pieces from the die set. Note: you have to cut the roof piece twice (white cardstock), chapel wall twice (white glitter cardstock), big window six times (black glitter cardstock) and small windows four times (black glitter cardstock).

I used a combination of Crafty Power Tape, E-Z Runner® Permanent Fine Adhesive and 4 x 6" Adhesives Sheets to put together the chapel structure. Note: I used vellum to cover the window openings before adhering the window panes.

For the chapel roof, I covered it with adhesive using the 4 x 6 Adhesive Sheet. Then I sprinkled chunky silver glitter and press. Tap off excess. Repeat the process for the steeple roof.

I had an idea! I cut/embossed the steeple structure with vellum to use the window cut outs to cover the window panes. They leave an edge from the window pane exposed (and have adhesive on them) so it's easy to add the windows in! I used Dodz - Small to adhere the roof and steeple to the chapel roof.

Here's a second look at the finished project...

Project Supplies:
White Cardstock and Glitter Silk Cardstock - Darice/Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock® (Opulent Opal and Black Prince Glitter Silk Cardstock)
Die Templates and Tool – Spellbinders® Creative Arts (Beacon St. Chapel and Tool 'N One)
Glitter – Advantus (Silver Chunky Glitter)
Adhesives - SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L® (Crafty Power Tape, E-Z Runner® Permanent Fine Adhesive, Adhesives Sheets – 4x6” and DODZ™ - Small)
Other - Vellum; Bone Folder

I hope you enjoyed it as much I had fun creating it! Want to see more projects from this amazing die template set? Visit Darsie Bruno, Latisha Yoast, Teresa Horner, Julia Stainton, Beck Beattie, Becca Feekan and Linda Duke.

MargieH xo

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: A Warm Wishes Shaped Wine Tag Tutorial

Hi there! I'm up on Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Blog with a quick idea to bring sparkle into your gift giving. Using the 3D Foam Shape - 3D Foam Trees to put together a wine tag that will bring a smile to your recipient instead of using a boring wine bag.

I started with a sheet of 3D Foam Trees shapes. First I covered the surface with anti-static powder to control the glittery mess :)

Went a little crazy on the glitter - just bought a pack of 18 WONDERFUL COLORS! LOL!! So some have tri-color (just tear the liner ⅓ of the tree, add glitter and repeat two more times to achieve the effect), silver, teal, yellow, etc.

After I decided which tree to use, I took off its trunk liner and colored it with Stamper's Big Brush Chestnut Pen - I colored two coats (dry between coats).

AND that's all I'm going to show you HERE! HA! You'll have to visit my A Warm Wishes Shaped Wine Tag Tutorial post on Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Blog for the rest of the tutorial and full supplies list! LOL!!

Thank you for visiting and see you over on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Blog!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Mixed Media Family Canvas Tutorial

I created a mixed media canvas themed around my family and maybe this is something for you to try and give as a gift. Using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® products, I secured the family photo to the die cut mat and "popped" up it for dimension. Let's get started!

For the background, I used Faber Castell® Design Memory Craft® Chalkboard Paint and Gelato® colors. I love how the black contrasts against the colors :) By using the water mister and baby wipes, I was able to blend into a wonderful background.

The butterfly stencil from StencilGirl Products was my inspiration for the canvas. Isn't the design amazing and designed by my uber talented friend, Maria McGuire! I used E-Z Runner® Repositionable Dots to secure the stencil to the canvas. When you're done, just rub off the dots.

I cut/embossed Labels Thirty-Nine Decorative Accents die with thin chipboard to use as an anchor for the other side of my dark butterfly. Next paint the entire piece with Chalkboard paint.

Metallic colors are in trend so I edged with Design Memory Craft® Champagne Gold Gelato® to my photo and canvas for a subtle highlight. Next I melted thin slivers of the color with water using my Palette knife on wax paper, and flicked with a watercolor brush to create splatters.

After assembling everything, I placed enamel dots and sequins with Dodz™ Small. Lastly, I hand wrote "FAMILY - we don't have our act together but together, we have it all!" LOVE it! LOL! Another look at the finished canvas...

Project Supplies:

SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L®:3D Foam Squares - Black, Regular, Dodz™ Small and E-Z Runner® Tape Permanent Strips - Refillable and Repositionable Dots
Coloring: Faber Castell® Design Memory Craft® (Design Memory Craft® Gelato® - Champagne, Mango, Guava and Red Cherry; Textural Accents - Chalkboard Paint) and Tools (Palette Knife, WaterColor Brush)
Dies: Spellbinders® Creative Arts (S4-463 Labels Thirty-Nine Decorative Accents and Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die Cutting and Embossing Machine)
Stencil - StencilGirl Products (Butterfly Stencil by Maria McGuire)
Enamel Dots - My Mind's Eye
Sequins - Hazel & Ruby
Canvas: Artist's Loft
Other: Thin Chipboard; Water Mister; Wax Paper

Make a canvas as a special gift for someone!
Thanks for stopping by!
MargieH xo