Friday, January 01, 2021

New Year 2021 Japanese Style

Happy New Year! A different kind of post today. I'd like to share a part of my heritage with you. Being Japanese-American, I have the advantage to celebrate two kinds of traditions. This being OSHOGATSU (known as New Year but the direct translation is January!), we celebrate with decor, food, games, and being with family. šŸŽ šŸ“šŸ’–

Decor

Let's start with the Kagami Mochi display which is a modern version of the original. Most homes in Japan have them for the New Year. The two white round shapes are mochi (rice cakes) symbolizes the outgoing and incoming years. The orange/mikan (daidai) symbolizes generation to generation. The whole arrangement together takes the meaning of long life, family bonds, and continued family generation. The image of an ox underneath stands for the year of the ox (2021). Japanese also uses the Chinese zodiac, a 12-year cycle of zodiac signs. Google search and you'll find some fun facts! What animal are you?


Foods

New Year's Foods are known as Osechi Ryori (direct translation: special season cooking). Foods are prepared days in advance to avoid cooking on New Year's Day. All are housed in a stack of boxes called Jyubako (think stacking bento boxes). There are many different kinds of foods with each having a meaning. But I won't go into that or you'll be reading for days! LOL!! Here's our spread - thanks to my husband and our local Japanese market


Games

There are many games that families play (and not much different from here in the U.S.) such as board games but there are games such as Go and Shogi (think Japanese style chess + checkers). A few years ago, I created a Hagoita (think Badminton) for a craft manufacturer. For the tutorial, click Japanese New Year Hagoita Tutorial.


I hope that you learn something interesting today! To you, my readers, I THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking the time to read, comment, and support my blog.


From our family to yours, wishing for an even better & healthy year! Stay safe!

Much love,
MargieH xo

Thursday, December 24, 2020

InkyStamper: Rosie Snow Angel Ornament

Hello Paper Crafters and Merry Christmas Eve! I am sharing a fun interactive ornament featuring Snow Angel Stamp + Die Set from Inky Stamper!AND it's interactive thanks to the Like to Move It Dies and Clear Move Its Set. :) 

**I receive products from InkyStamper 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.**


Creating the Rosie Snow Angel

Stamp Rose Snow Angel twice on white cardstock. In the first stamped image I die-cut Rosie out with its matching die. 

For the second one, I only inked the snow angel part so you can see a faint Rosie in that image. I did this on purpose so that I can place Rosie precisely. Then I cut a circle around it - think snowball.

The vellum was cut from a 3-inch circle die. This will be the background.


Prep the Ornament

Pour a good amount of the Dual Tip Glue Pen into a plastic ornament. Spread the glue on one side by turning the ornament back 'n forth to cover. Next, add the mica flakes into the ornament and apply it the same way. Pour out the excess and let dry.


Making Snowballs

On the edge of the vellum circle, apply Dual Tip Glue Pen all the way around it. Then sprinkle the mica flakes to cover the glue. Tap the circle to take off any excess mica. Adhere the circle with the E-Z Runner Permanent Fine to the front of the ornament. 


Die-cut the round shape from the Like to Move It Dies in the center of the stamped white cardstock circle. Then add Crafty Foam Tape on the back. Snap in a Clear Move It before adhering to the circle to the ornament. Secure Rosie where the Clear Move It is with an Adhesive Dot Medium to finish the front of the ornament.

Want to see it move? Watch this very short video

Add ribbon and it's ready to display on the tree!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Would love it if you follow me on the blog or my ILscraps Instagram! Wishing you and your family a safe Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by!
MargieH

Skill Level: Intermediate
Creative Time: 30 minutes

Materials Needed:
Stamps and Craft Dies: InkyStamper (Snow Angel Stamp + Die Set, Like to Move It Dies and Clear Move Its Set)
Black Ink: Tonic Studio (Nuvo Hybrid Ink in Black Shadow)
Color: Jane Davenport (Watercolors)
Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (E-Z Runner Permanent Fine, Crafty Foam Tape, Adhesive Dots Medium, and Dual Tip Glue Pen)
Other: Plastic Ornament; White Cardstock; Vellum; Micro Flakes; Glitter Ribbon; Acrylic Block; Scissors; 3-inch Craft Die; Manual Die-Cutting Machine

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Saturday, December 05, 2020

InkyStamper: Snowman Mixed Media ATC Card

Hello Paper Crafters! I am sharing a cardmaking idea today featuring the NEW Snowman Stamp and Die Set from Inky Stamper. Do you create ATC (Artist Trading Cards)? This snowman design was so cute that I was inspired to make a card around a mixed media ATC design in my head. Let me share with you my idea.

**I receive products from InkyStamper 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.**



Making the ATC Background

I used a piece of 2.5 x 3.5-inch mixed media paper to create my ATC. The background was colored with three Gelatos and then blended with a baby wipe. Keep layering colors until you get the desired look. Let dry.


Next, stencil with a dotted pattern stencil and molding paste - just around the top like snowflakes falling. Set aside to dry. Let's work on stamping.


Stamping the Snowman

Stamp the Snowman from the Snowman Stamp and Die Set out of white cardstock and cut with its matching die.

Color the Snowman with a combination of Gelatos and watercolor pencils.


Stamp the snowflake with black ink randomly on the ATC. Designer's Note: Using the snowman die cut as a guide, it would help how to figure out where to stamp the snowflake. Adhere the snowman die cut with the E-Z Runner Ultra Strong. 


Layering Up and Final Assemble

After I created a top-fold A2 size purple card base, it was embossed with a dot design embossing folder. It kind of matches my dot stencil. LOL! The ATC needed to be matted so I cut a piece of white cardstock to 3 x 4-inch. Center and lift it onto the embossed card base with leftover scraps of 3D Foam Creative Sheets.


Finally, I added my Snowman Mixed Media ATC on top of the layered card base. If the recipient wanted to take out the ATC, it won't be a problem because I used Adhesive Dots Large Repositionable! You can take it off and on many times without damage to your ATC. Clever, no? LOL!


I hope you enjoyed this card. If you create ATCs, try this idea to frame out your art and give it to someone special!

Would love it if you follow me on the blog or my ILscraps Instagram!

Thanks for stopping by!
MargieH

Skill Level: Intermediate
Creative Time: 40 minutes

Materials Needed:
Stamps and Craft Dies: InkyStamper (Snowman Stamp and Die Set)
Black Ink: Tonic Studio (Nuvo Hybrid Ink in Black Shadow)
Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (E-Z Runner Ultra Strong, 3D Foam Creative Sheet White Small, Adhesive Dots Large Repositionable)
Colors: Faber-Castell (Gelatos: Amethyst, Aquamarine, Tanzanite, Red Cherry, Orange Soda and Ear Grey; Art Grip Aquarelle WaterColor Pencils: 175,176 and 199)
Stencil: Art Anthology (6 x 9 Stencil)
Molding Paste: Golden
Embossing Folder and Machine: Spellbinders Paper Arts
Other: Scoreboard and Tool; Lavendar and White Cardstock; Mixed Media Paper; Acrylic Block

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

InkyStamper: Fall Thank You Wreath Card

Hello Paper Crafters and Happy (early) Thanksgiving! I am sharing a fun interactive card today featuring a combination of stamp sets:  the Owl Stamp and Die Set, Market Tote Stamp and Die Set, and Cow Stamp and Die Set from Inky Stamper!AND it's an interactive card with the Like to Move It Dies and Clear Move Its Set. :) 

**I receive products from InkyStamper 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.**


Creating the Card Front Layers

Cut three square card panels: brown patterned paper to 5.50-inches and plaid patterned paper to 5-inches, and cardstock to 4.75-inches.

Apply Premium Double-Sided Tape 1/4in. on all four sides of the 4.75-inches cardstock square. Remove top liner. Place a piece of Metallic Transfer Foil in Silver Holographic (color side UP) and rub gently with fingertips to transfer the color and peel off. If you miss a spot, reapply with foil. Set aside the layers to work on the wreath.


Wreath Making

To make a base, die-cut two circles nested together with cardstock to create a thin ring. Place on a piece of wax paper. With a sheet of Creative Photo Corners in Silver, cut them into strips by cutting the black inner liner.

Apply one on top of the ring with the point of a second photo corner tucked into the first. Repeat this until you go around to the other end, following the ring.


Take the same two circle dies, nest them together, and die-cut with a sheet of 3D Foam Creative Sheet. Place the ring shape on top of the photo corner wreath.



Remove the top liner and place a piece of Metallic Transfer Foil in Silver Holographic on top (color side UP). Rub gently with fingertips to transfer the color and peel off. If you miss a spot, reapply with foil.

Remove the embellished wreath from the wax paper and center it on a 4.5-inch brown patterned paper panel. Then adhere to the foil edge cardstock panel.

Die-cut the round shape from the Like to Move It Dies in the center of the wreath panel.

Adhere the brown and plaid patterned panels together with the E-Z Runner Ultra Strong.

Add Crafty Foam Tape to lift the wreath panel and then snap in a Clear Move It in the opening before adhering to the layered panels. Set aside to stamp, die-cut, or color images.

Stamping Elements

Stamp the leaf from the Owl Stamp and Die Set in black ink on different fall color cardstock. Then die-cut its coordinating die.

Stamp the bouquet from the Market Tote Stamp and Die Set in black ink on white cardstock. Then fussy cut the shape and watercolor the flowers. Set aside to dry.


Stamp the sentiment from the Cow Stamp and Die Set in black in on white vellum. Cut into a strip with a ribbon tail on the right end.

Embellishing the Card Front

Using Adhesive Dots Medium, place the leaves on the wreath.

For the sentiment strip, I adhered with E-Z Runner Permanent Fine (vellum adhesive).

Secure the flowers in the center where the Clear Move It is with an Adhesive Dot Medium. Add the card panel to a white 5.5-inch square card base to finish!


Take a look at this short video to see it twirl!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Would love it if you follow me on the blog or my ILscraps Instagram! Wishing you and your family a safe Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping by!
MargieH

Skill Level: Intermediate
Creative Time: 30 minutes

Materials Needed:
Stamps and Craft Dies: InkyStamper (Owl Stamp and Die Set, Market Tote Stamp and Die Set, Cow Stamp and Die Set, Like to Move It Dies and Clear Move Its Set)
Black Ink: Tonic Studio (Nuvo Hybrid Ink in Black Shadow)
Patterned Papers: PhotoPlay Paper Co. (Gnome for the Holiday Thanksgiving Collection)
Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (E-Z Runner Ultra Strong, E-Z Runner Permanent Fine, Crafty Foam Tape, Adhesive Dots Medium, Creative Photo Corners in Silver and Metallic Transfer Foil Sheets in Holographic)
Other: Scoreboard and Tool; White Cardstock; Acrylic Block; Scissors; Manual Die-Cutting Machine

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

InkyStamper: Had Me at Hot Chocolate Card

Hello Paper Crafters! I am sharing a unique interactive card today featuring the NEW Snowman Stamp and Die Set from Inky Stamper!

**I receive products from InkyStamper 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.**

Making the Card Base

To make a pocket card, I will use a piece of 12 x 5.5-inch light green cardstock. On the long side (12-inch), scored at 4-inch and 8-inch. This will give you three panels to work with. Fold the scored lines and cut the last panel in a diagonal as shown in the picture below.

Apply E-Z Runner Micro to the right edge and bottom edge of the diagonal panel. Then fold over to the second panel and burnish the adhesive area with a bone folder to secure. Set aside to work on the card panels.

Creating the Card Front

Cut two card panels: red patterned paper to 3.5 x 5-inches and green patterned paper to 3.75 x 5.25-inches. Adhere the green patterned paper to the card base.


Next, stamp four snowflakes and mugs from the Snowman Stamp and Die Set. Die-cut the snowflakes with its matching die and fussy cut the mugs.


Stamp the sentiment with black ink on white cardstock and cut a strip with a fishtail end. Using the strip as a guide, cut a slightly larger strip with the same green patterned paper as the panel. Adhere together.


Using the stamped images and layered sentiment strip as guides, determine placement on the red card panel. Behind the stamped images, die-cut circles using the circle dies from the Like to Move It Die Set.


Snap the Clear Move-Its in all the circles. Then in between the gaps, add in two layers of Crafty Foam Tape Black. You don't have to use as much as I did but I wanted mine solid. LOL!

I LOVE the Clear Move-Its! They coordinate with the Like to Move It Die Set to move in place to sliding back 'n forth, depending on how your die-cut the track.


To finish off, center the card panel on top of the card base. Adhere the stamped images on top of the Clear Move-Its with Adhesive Dots Small and add a clear rhinestone in the middle. Then pop up the mug next to the sentiment.

For the inside, I covered with patterned paper on the pocket, foiled a 3D Foam Snowflake and added a snowflake stamped image with a clear rhinestone.

On the other side, I add a matted message area accented with four Creative Photo Corners in Silver and stamped a sentiment from the Snowman Stamp and Die Set.


Would love it if you follow me on the blog or my ILscraps Instagram!

Thanks for stopping by!
MargieH

Skill Level: Intermediate
Creative Time: 30 minutes

Materials Needed:
Stamps and Craft Dies: InkyStamper (Snowman Stamp and Die Set, Clear Move-Its, and Like to Move It Die Set)
Black Ink: Tonic Studio (Nuvo Hybrid Ink in Black Shadow)
Patterned Papers: Authentique Paper (Joyous Collection)
Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (E-Z Runner Micro, 3D Foam Holiday Embellishment Kit with Foil, Adhesive Dots Small, Creative Photo Corners in Silver and Crafty Foam Tape in Black)
Other: Scoreboard and Tool; Lt. Green and White Cardstock; Acrylic Block; Scissors; Manual Die-Cutting Machine; Clear Rhinestones

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