Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Scrap-Mart/The Button Farm Club: Lunch Layout

Hello! This is a continuation of my projects that I am creating from my monthly kit I received from The Button Farm Club. My first project was a Card Folder and Cards Ensemble using just a few sheets of 12 x 12" patterned papers. I took some of those scraps and created a 12 x 12" layout with some additional embellishments that Scrap-Mart has available for purchase to come up with this (click for a closer look)...

Lunch At Chef Ping's by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Patterned Papers: Crate Papers (Farmhouse Collection); Ink: Clearsnap; Marker: EK Success/KURETAKE (Zig Writer); Mist: Tattered Angels (DragonFly); Bling: Want2Scrap and KaiserCrafts; Dies: Spellbinders Paper Arts (E8-003 Classic Triple Scallop, S4-301 Labels Sixteen; NEW S5-083 Antique Frames and Accents, NEW S5-086 Bitty Blossoms), Adhesive: ScraPerfect (The Best Glue Ever)

I first decided that I wanted to use different patterned papers from this collection but didn't want to crowd it with all sorts of embellishments - keep it simple. I cut/embossed S4-301 Labels Sixteen eight times and inked the edges (later I inked the edges of the 12 x 12" patterned paper too).

After I adhered the squares to the page, I wanted to add some color to the white background so I misted DragonFly Glimmer Mist in three different areas.

Placed all the elements as shown and it's done! This page was from a summer lunch in Schaumburg (IL) when my mom was visiting from Japan. We invited my mom to spend a month with us - lucky to have the time to spend with her....good for the grandkids too!

The Referral Program at The Button Farm Club!

Did you know that we have a new promotion going on NOW! If you refer a friend, and that friend puts your name in the referral box when they order, you will receive $10 off a kit of your choice!! You do not have to be current members AND there's NO limit to the number of referrals you can cash in on.  For more details, go to The Button Farm Club (www.buttonfarmclub.com) under Our Referral Program!!

Have a great day!!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Spellbinders M-Bossabilities: Parsian Motifs Note Pad

I wanted to post one more project before leaving for CHA (Craft & Hobby Assoc.) Conference and Trade Show in Anaheim, CA. Using Spellbinders™ Paper Arts most recent release, S5-078 Persian AccentsS5-079 Persian Motifs, Spellbinders Edgeabilities® E8-007 Classic Edges One dies and Spellbinders M-Bossabilities™ EL-002 Regal (Side B) Folder, I created a note pad with pockets.

Persian Motif Note Pad by Margie Higuchi
Supplies Cardstock: Core'dinations; Patterned Paper: Authentique Papers (Gathering Collection); Ink: Clearsnap; Bling: KaiserCraft; Dies and Foil: Spellbinders Paper Arts (S5-078 Persian Accents, S5-079 Persian Motifs, EL-002 Regal, E8-007 Classic Edges, LF-168 Grand Large Labels and Premium Craft Foils); Tool: Bind-It-All and ScraPerfect (The Embellie Gellie); Adhesives: ScraPerfect (The Best Glue Ever) and SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L

There are a couple of videos I like to share about the Spellbinders M-Bossabilities line. It would be helpful to see how they work in action...

Having trouble? Click to Introducing Spellbinders M-Bossabilities video.

Need a direct link? Click to How To Use Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Folders video.

To create the beautiful embossing on my cover, I used Spellbinders M-Bossabilities EL-002 Regal Side B in my Spellbinders Grand Calibur® Die Cutting Machine (Don't forget that Grand Raspberry Plate). SANDWICH (fm: bottom up): A Base Plate, M-Bossabilities Folder w/ cardstock, Grand Raspberry Plate). Sand the embossed Core'dinations cardstock to highlight even more and cut/embossed with LF-168 Grand Large Labels die. I also cut/embossed with cereal thin chipboard as backing for the covers

Cut/Emboss the S5-079 Persian Motifs with Authentique Papers' Gathering Collection and stenciled with ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink Chestnut Roan. Note that I nested the small piece into the center of the larger motif. Place the die cuts together like a puzzle and then shift the small piece slightly to get the shown look. Adhered the center with foam square for some dimension.

Next I used the Premium Crafting Foil to cut/emboss the accent pieces from S5-078 Persian Accents and sanded to use for the center. With The Embellie Gellie, I placed pearls on each peak and the center of the motif.

This is how I made the front and back covers as well as the inside front and inside back pages. For a finished look I ink the edges with chalk.

What's a note pad without pocket pages?! So I created a few using the E8-007 Classic Edgers One to make the pockets a little interesting. I love how Spellbinders packaged the Edgeabilities as Edges and Decorative Inserts separately for this release. I can buy multiple sets of edges to make continuous cuts or make a two-sided cuts. They work with all the Edgeabilities introduced this past summer :)
Add 36 blank pages and put it together with the Bind-It-All. It is ready to be given away as a great gift for someone!

Well, I'm almost packed - just a few more projects before I leave tomorrow morning. If you are attending CHA, please visit and say HELLO! at Spellbinders Paper Arts - Booth #1883.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Scrap-Mart/The Button Farm Club: Card Folder Ensemble

Today I finally get a chance to play with Scrap-Mart's monthly kit offered through The Button Farm Club! Look at what you get! Had a hard time photographing this (forgiving some stacking)! This particular month was FULL OF CRATE PAPERS' FARMHOUSE COLLECTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This kit has the makings for a mini book album - there are wonderful directions with pictures for the visual types (again COUGHmeCOUGH)! Designer Angela did a fabulous job putting this beautiful project together! This is just the front cover...

Since these kits are so versatile, I took my stash to create a card folder and cards ensemble. After searching online for a card folder template, this is what I created...

Card Folder and Cards Ensemble by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Patterned Papers, Embellishments, Buttons: Crate Papers (FarmHouse Collection); Ink: Clearsnap; Tool: ScorPal; Adhesive: ScraPerfect (The Best Glue Ever); Other: Folder template (online)

The folder cover and inside look like this...

These cards came together real fast - all you have to do is find a layout and stick with it. The hard decision is what paper and embellishments to add. I used a total of four sheets of 12 x 12" patterned paper, four embellishments, one button and a chipboard piece to create the cards and its folder.

The Referral Program at The Button Farm Club!

Did you know that we have a new promotion going on NOW! If you refer a friend, and that friend puts your name in the referral box when they order, you will receive $10 off a kit of your choice!! You do not have to be current members AND there's NO limit to the number of referrals you can cash in on.  For more details, go to The Button Farm Club (www.buttonfarmclub.com) under Our Referral Program!!

Have a great day!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

TaDa Creative Studios: 2012 Winter CHA Releases!!!

I'm just a little excited to show you all what TaDa Creative Studios has been doing - creating two more collections for this season's trade show!! Click on image for a closer look :)

Right at this moment, I am wanting to be by the Poolside NOW (as I am staring at the snow covered streets out my window...sigh...)!! Image creating a page of a pool party you went to this past summer! I am a mom of a freshmen boy swimmer :) Did you see the flipside of SPF50 or Cannonball?! OMGosh...I already have a layout in mind...now to take those pictures. LOL!!

TaDa had sold out of their popular E-I-E-I-O Collection and many have been asking for it. They have listened to customers (and designers...heehee!!) and brought back a fresh but same charm design called the Yee Haw Collection! I would love to be standing on those rolling hills right now, enjoying the warm sun! LOL!!!!

So what do you think...which one is your favorite collection or pattern?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Scrap-Mart: Good Luck Banner

I created a banner out of Spellbinders™ Presto Punch machine and punch templates. Today is a special day for a good friend of mine, Beth. She is running a half marathon in AZ...definitely not in Chicago where we both live! LOL!!

It came out of a conversation between her and her sister about vacation - spending time running on a nice sandy beach...somehow turned into running in a half marathon in the desert sand! NOTE TO SELF: never discuss vacation plans with Beth's sister!!!! LOL!!!

Good Luck Beth Banner by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Cardstock: WorldWin Papers; Patterned Papers, Cloth Pins, Cord, Canvas and Chalkstock: Canvas Corp.; Dies: Spellbinders Paper Arts (S5-029 Nested Lacey Pennants); Punches: Spellbinders Presto Punch Machine and Punch Templates(P3-006 Stars Punch Template; P3-003 Rectangles Punch Template, P3-009 Labels B Punch Template; P3-007 Flowers Punch Template and PT-F03 Noble Roman Punch Template); Adhesives: ScraPerfect and SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L (Black Foam Squares)

There was a huge stash of Canvas Corp. products so you'll recognize some of the items such as the canvas, patterned kraft papers and Chalkstock. I used the S5-029 Nested Lacey Pennants to mat the canvas triangles. Not only will it make it stronger but looks pretty to frame. Then I punched/embossed shapes as background to the words "good luck beth" which were also punched/embossed with the PT-F03 Noble Roman punch templates.

Next I punched/embossed stars and flowers to embellish the banner just to add a bit of accent and secured with wet adhesive and foam tape.

Pin up the embellished pennants with mini clothes pins on to the cord - it's ready to display!

So here's to you, Beth! Good luck today!!

Thanks for stopping by! And make sure you "LIKE" Scrap-Mart FaceBook page for some great deals on your favorite paper crafting product.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

TaDa: Cute As A Button

Today I posted on TaDa Creative Studios' FaceBook page about a shaped card I created with their Goody Two Shoes Collection. Using Spellbinders™ Nestabilities® Decorative Elements dies, I cut/embossed S4-317 Fleur de Lis Rectangles as the shaped card base and came up with this...

Cute As A Button by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Cardstock:The Paper Company; Patterned Papers: TaDa Creative Studios (Goody Two Shoes Collection); Twine: Divine Twine; Dies: Spellbinders Paper Arts (S4-317 Fleur de Lis Rectangles, S4-114 Standard Circles LG, S4-124 Classic Scalloped Circles LG and S4-132 Classic Rectangles LG); Tool: ScorPal and ScraPerfect (The Perfect Crafting Pouch); Adhesive: ScraPerfect (The Best Glue Ever); Other: Buttons, foam tape

I love the colors in the Mommy's Closet paper of the Goody Two Shoes Collection. Did you know that each TaDa collection, there is a Snippets & Clippets sheet? This type of paper can be cut up and used as a journal box, accent element, a title or a frame...TaDa strives to include many elements for any paper crafting project.

I used the GT Snippets & Clippets' "Cute As A Button" element as the card's sentiment by cutting/embossing the outside with the classic scalloped circle and the inside with the standard circle dies. I gave it more dimension by adding buttons and then adhered the circle with foam tape.

For more inspiration, don't forget to "LIKE" TaDa Creative Studios' FaceBook page!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Scrap-Mart - Valentines Day

Greetings!! I am so excited as it is my FIRST Scrap-Mart post - WOOHOO~! Don't forget to "LIKE" Scrap-Mart FaceBook Page! There will be creative inspiration, advance sales notices, special coupon codes and maybe some prizes...just sayin'...

Today I used Spellbinders™ Presto Punch™ machine and Punch Templates (P3-005 Hearts and P3-001 Circles) with my projects. I used the (October Afternoon's Holiday Style Collection) leftovers from our Holiday Blog Hop last month, to make it Valentine's! LOL!

Valentines Notecards and Tote by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Cardstock: The Paper Company, Bazzill; Patterned Papers: October Afternoon; Punch: Spellbinders Paper Arts (Spellbinders Presto Punch machine, P3-005 Hearts and P3-001 Circles)

I love how this ensemble turned out. One of the cards (the white one), I used the Spellbinders Presto Punch machine and the P3-005 Hearts to punch out a window. To make its frame, I nested the two largest heart punch templates and punched at the same time.

For those visual type (COUGHmeCOUGH), I have included a Presto Punch Intro video that I'd like to share:

If you can't view from here, visit Presto Punch Intro YouTube page.

All the products featured here are available for purchase at Scrap-Mart! Don't forget to "LIKE" us on Scrap-Mart FaceBook Page!!

Thank you stopping by!