Friday, June 15, 2018

Paper House Productions: Giveaway Winners + Life Happenings!

First of all, apologize for being late on announcing winners for my giveaways...I had graduation, birthday and work hangover! It's been a busy week or so! LOL! My mom reads my posts so this is especially for her (she's not on FaceBook - lol!).

DePaul Graduate

My son graduated last weekend and we couldn't be prouder or relieved! HA! He was done in March but wanted to walk the stage to experience a milestone. I don't blame him. So we drove downtown to the McCormick Place campus into the new Wintrust Arena - I used to work in those buildings 31 years ago! YIKES! Pictures to share :)

Birthday Girl

The next day I met up with some greek Bradley Univ. peeps - some whom I haven't seen in over 30+ years (the two Sigma Chi boys - lol!)!! We had two birthday girls in the group this week so we started it off right with a yummy lunch at WildFire in Schaumburg. First time for me and it was a beautiful place :)

Paper House Productions Winners

Last but not least! Announcing the winners...

U.S. Winners are: Terre and Sue D!!
International Winner is: Giorgia Rossini

Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to the winners! Email me at mhiguchi @ comcast{dot}net with your mailing address.

BTW interested in another giveaway? Come back next Tuesday (6/19) for a blog hop with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and another manufacturer!! You don't want to miss it - just sayin' :)


Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Paper House Productions: Paper Craft Projects, Planner and Giveaway!

Dusting off my blog - YIKES! It's been TWO MONTHS since I last posted...UGH! Sorry! LOL!! To make it up, I have something fun to share...keep the end :)

**I receive products from Paper House Productions and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® for use in my projects. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience and doing so I can share what I personally love to use.**

I'm almost finished with my Paper House Productions (PHP) PR Team (aka Planner Team) at the end of the month. Such a FUN team to be on - ENJOYED my TIME with them!! They are such a generous company and great people! Can't say enough good things about them. With that said, they are having a PR Team Call which is ending today (6/5) midnite Eastern. Sorry for the last second notice.

Thought I would share some of my projects I created using their products...

Washi Tape Flower Card by Margie Higuchi w Paper House Productions


OK - so do you want to hear about the GIVEAWAY?! PHP has been generous to me so I am passing some goodies on to you. I created a couple of loaded envelopes and filled them with summer-themed PHP products! Some will be split into two like the two clips you see (watermelon and lemon) - aren't they cute and puffy too! I may add more along the way into these envies (wink wink!)!!


  • TWO Loaded Envelopes are opened to U.S. + territories only (sorry - postage is killer!)
  • BUT for international entries, I will send ONE business envelope full of PHP products that I can fill without going over the First Class Mail limit.
  • Follow one of the following: Blog (Hit Blue Follow Button on my side bar), Instagram or Pinterest.
  • Comment with your handle name so I can verify or tell me you're already a follower in which social media AND tell me your summer plans! I need vacation ideas :) 
  • Contest ends Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 11:59PM US Central Time.
  • Unsuspecting husband will pick names out of a bowl because I don't have a hat. LOL!
Hope that was clear as mud! If not, please ask :)

If you are interested in ordering their items, I am sharing my 15% discount code to use on their website. It expires 12/31/18...told you they are generous! LOL! CLICK: PHP Website.

As always, BIG THANK YOU for stopping by and Good Luck!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

FaveCrafts Best Blogger Contest 2018: DIY Hello Chalkboard Sign

UPDATE + CLOSED: THANK YOU x 3!!! I placed 6th in the contest :) Thanks to all who voted every day or constantly!!

ETA: I'm in the FINAL 20! SQUEAL! If you like my project, please VOTE DAILY (til 4/16). USE DIFFERENT DEVICE. SHARE + THANK YOU!!

Back in January, I attended Creativation (the largest craft trade show in the U.S. hosted by Association For Creative Industries, AFCI formerly Craft & Hobby Assoc./CHA) in Phoenix AZ.

A bloggers' event was held by Prime Publishing where influencers and manufacturers meet to seek social media opportunities and brand awareness. Participating manufacturers were kind enough to send or offer their products for bloggers to create with and enter into a contest. My project is a home decor piece, DIY Hello Chalkboard Sign.

**I receive products from Sakura America, Uchida Marvy, DecoArt, Plaid, Spellbinders Paper Arts and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® for use in my projects. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience and doing so I can share what I personally love to use.**

Getting Our DIY On!

The black chalkboard tin sign was picked up in a big box craft chain store for under $2.00 and right away I knew what I wanted to do with it!

Using white glittered cardstock, I applied 3D Foam Creative Sheet on the back by taking off the liner and placing the cardstock on top. Next, die-cut a heart shape. To add more sparkle and interest, I foam brushed Intense Glitter Brillance Paint. Once dried, it gave a more sparkly effect to my die cut.

Using the Gelly Roll® Classic™ White Pen (10 Bold), I hand drew circles with my heart die cut in the middle as a guide. The circles don't have to be perfect because no one will know after I draw my leaves ;) This pen is fantastic - it writes on metal...painted metal! After drawing in the leaves, set aside.

Let's start with the flowers. Let me just say I love Plaid's FolkArt® Color Shift™ Paint in Pink Flash!! It's a thick paint that creates metallic lusters with colors that sift in changing light. Really cool and dries fast. Perfect for my flowers! I used white cardstock as my painting surface.

I got so excited about how the flowers turned out I forgot to take a picture - oops! LOL! The etched die set I used was Rolled Flowers in small and medium size. This is a clever set designed by talented + sweet friend, Marisa Job. All you have to do is roll the flower - it includes the stamens, petals and leaf.

But before rolling the die cut, I colored the stamens with DecoColor Liquid Gold. Goodness, I wanted to paint EVERYTHING in gold. This paint marker goes on smoothly and it leaves a beautiful gold color behind. LOVE!

Using the leftover from cutting the heart die cut, I cut Hello Geo Heart's hello die and painted it gold. After it dried, I center the sentiment onto the heart shape.

Next die-cut the Layered Leaf Vines' small and large outline vine dies with white cardstock and paint in gold. I cut two sets to layer. Set aside to dry.

While the vines are drying, I rolled my flower die cuts and secured with E-Z Runner® Micro. Perfect adhesive for narrow areas! Fluff up the flowers - the petals have a coating to them so they are protected and sturdy but not stiff. I used an Adhesive Dot 3D for the bottom of each flower to adhere to the tray. Keep the liner on them for now until placement.

Place an Adhesive Dot 3D in two areas where the vine tips will be attached. Shape the vines first for dimension. Place the larger vine first and then layer the smaller one. Repeat in the second area.

Next, take the Adhesive Dot 3D liners off the flowers and place them between the two sets of vines. Adjust the petals and vines until you achieve your look.

For the finishing touch, take the bottom liner off of the glittered heart and center it inside the wreath. It's ready to be displayed! Here's another look at the DIY Hello Chalkboard Sign.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope I earn your vote :)
Margie Higuchi

Supplies List:
Testors®: Intense Glitter Brillance Paint in Silver
Sakura® of America: Gelly Roll® Classic™ White Pen (10 Bold)
Marvy® Uchida: DecoColor™ Liquid Gold
Plaid®: Plaid's FolkArt® Color Shift™ Paint (Pink Flash)
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: Adhesive Dots 3D, E-Z Runner® Micro and 3D Creative Foam Sheets
Spellbinders® Creative Arts: Classic Hearts, Rolled Flowers, Layered Leaf Vines and Hello Geo Heart
Chalkboard Tray Sign
White Glittered Cardstock
White Cardstock
Foam Brush

Monday, April 02, 2018

Paper House Productions: Washi Tape Flower Card

Do you have a lot of washi tapes in your craft stash? I am raising my hands! In my CAS (Clean And Simple) style card, I will show you two techniques. The gold foil in this Paper House® Productions washi tape is stunning against the watercolor background.

Interested in their tapes? I have a promo code if you plan to order through the Paper House® Productions website. Use PH18MARGIE and get 15% off your purchase.

**I receive products from Paper House Productions, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® and Spellbinders Paper Arts for use in my projects. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience and doing so I can share what I personally love to use.**

Washi Tape Uses

The first use of washi tape I used the thinner tape to make loops in order to make a blossom. I made two to layer on top of each other for a fuller bloom.

Once the two blossoms were created, I used an Adhesive Dot Small and adhered the two.

The second use was to create a background on my A2 (4.25 x 5.5 inch) white card base. I used two washi tapes - a thin gold one and a complimentary wider gold foiled tape. By placing alternatively on a diagonal, you achieve an interesting design. Trim off the excess to finish.

Next, I die-cut Layered Leaf Vines etched die with white cardstock to balance out my washi tape flower. Using Adhesive Dots Small, I adhered both vine die cuts on top of the washi tape background.

To secure the washi tape flower, I used Adhesive Dots Large in between the vine die cuts and placed the flower on it.

Finally, I centered a 3D Foam Circle Black Small in the flower and added foil to tie in the gold foil accent on the tapes.

Now it's ready to be given away! So quick, easy and has an impact, don't you think?

Share with me your washi tape projects - link in comments so that I can visit! I am always looking to use my tapes in fun ways.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Paper House® Productions: Stargazer Washi Tape Set (flower); Washi Tape

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: 3D Foam Circles Mix Black; Adhesive Dots Small; Adhesives Dots Large and 3D Foam Creative Embellishment Kit with Foil

Spellbinders® Paper Arts: Layered Leaf Vines Etched Dies

Other: White Cardstock

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Paper House Productions: DIY Wonder Woman Paper Clip

Are you into planners or travelers notebook? It has exploded into the paper crafting industry in the last couple of years. I've been a list or monthly planner gal for years but was pretty cut and dry. Decided to join into creative and try for a PR team this year. Lucky me for being choosen as part of the Paper House Productions Creative Team :)

I have a promo code if you plan to order through the Paper House Productions website. Use PH18MARGIE and get 15% off your purchase.

**I receive products from Paper House Productions, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® and Spellbinders Paper Arts for use in my projects. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience and doing so I can share what I personally love to use.**

Cut the Page Clip etched die from the Page Pals Etched Dies Set with thin chipboard. Make sure to cut two pieces. I wanted to make it a super strong clip.

Using Gesso, I gave both clip die cuts a base coat. Then painted with black chalkboard about four to five coats because I wanted a deep black background.

After it completed dried, adhere the two die cuts with Dual Tip Glue Pen and let dry.

Although the Justice League™ Chibi Heroes Puffy Sticker (Wonder Woman + Stars) is super sticky, I wanted it to be extra secure and used Adhesives Dots Medium Ultra Thin. Using Adhesives Dots Medium Ultra Thin doesn't give the puffy sticker extra bulk.

Add Wonder Woman puffy sticker in the front and stars in the back, There was a tiny bit of Woman Woman's head sticking out of the clip so I used Artist Big Brush Pen in black to cover.

Now, I have an amazing paper clip! So fun to create and something custom for my planner :) Hope that motivates you to create one for you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper House Productions:
Justice League™ Chibi Heroes Puffy Sticker (Wonder Woman + Stars)

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®:
Adhesives Dots Medium Ultra Thin

HomeHobby by 3L®:
Dual Tip Glue Pen

Spellbinders® Paper Arts:
Page Pals Etched Dies Set (My Little Red Wagon Collection by Debi Adams)
Platinum™ Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft:

Chalkboard Paint

Thin Chipboard

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: Foil and Glitter Lucky Shamrock Card Duo

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all! Today I'm lucky to be Irish for the day and get away with it - HA! To mark the occasion I create a set of St. Patrick's Day cards from one sheet of patterned paper filled with phrases and images from Authentique Paper :) Some of the images were itching to be enhanced with dimensions using 3D Foam Hearts - put them together and they form a shamrock :) Put them together with foil and glitter to WEAR YOUR ADHESIVES ON THE OUTSIDE!

**I receive products from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® for use in my projects. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience and doing so I can share what I personally love to use.**

So visit the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Blog for my step-by-step tutorial and full supplies list! Showing some peeks...

OH! Can't show you have to visit FOIL AND GLITTER LUCKY SHAMROCK CARD DUO post!

See you there!
Margie (mc)Higuchi...heehee!!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Paper House Productions PR Team + Seasons Givings Winners!

Really excited to share that I am on the PR Team for Paper House Productions - their first creative team for planners :) I can't wait to share with you what is available and what their products can do for your planning needs.

To celebrate, they are offering a 15% discount (code: PH18MARGIE) to my family and friends during my term (until June 2018)! So I hope you take advantage of the code PH18MARGIE when ordering. To order, click here: Paper House Productions Life Organized Planner Section.

Now for the prize winners of the Seasons Givings Blog are...drum rolling....

Prize Pack #1

Prize Pack #1 winner is Cynthia Cole!!

Cynthia Cole said...

I already follow your blog and like prize pack #1. Such a generous prize to offer someone.

Prize Pack #2

Prize Pack #2 winner is Karen Ladd!!

Karenladd said...

Thanks for your generous giveaway! I would love either prize and my favorite project is the Dad ATC! I follow your blog and also on IG as karenladd510.

Congrats, Winners! Please email me at mhiguchi(at)comcast(dot)net I want to thank you all for participating and being my blog and/or Instagram followers - present and new.

Much love + respect,