Wednesday, December 26, 2012

ScrapMart: 2013 Happy New Year!!

Hope your Christmas was a wonderful one! Ours was very quiet and I LOVE it that way! LOL!! This year we opted out of the tradition turkey. We went with the traditional NABE (one pot) dinner with a little bit of SAKE and ended with our Japanese Christmas cake! YUM~!!

These are my boys including the hubster in the middle :)

OK..and a picture of me with my "little" monkeys! HA!

New Year's Day is around the corner and I created a card using a combination of Spellbinders™ M-Bossabilities™ Folder - EL-014 Holiday Magic and Spellbinders Shapeabilities® Cut·Fold·Tuck die template - S5-112 Carnival Dream.

2013 New Year Card by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Cardstock: American Crafts; Metallic Cardstock: WorldWin Papers; Stamp: Lawn Fawn; Ink: Clearsnap; Dies and Embossing Folder: Spellbinders Paper Arts (S4-324 Ribbon Banners; S5-112 Carnival Dream, S5-131 A-2 Matting Basics A and EL-014 Holiday Magic); Adhesives: ScraPerfect (Best Glue Ever) and SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L (3D Foam Squares)

It's amazing what you can achieve it in 5 mins - PROMISE! I did this while watching TV :) I used the letter press technique the edges of the S4-324 Ribbon Banner by inking the edges of the die template (cut ridge side) before cutting and embossing - love the results!

Don't forget that has a "Count Down to the New Year" Sale going on NOW! Don't miss out - sign up on their email list.

If you are interested in Spellbinders Cut·Fold·Tuck die template, let me share Spellbinders Try It Tuesday, a weekly YouTube LIVE show. My friends, Terre Fry and Ken Oliver, featured Spellbinders Cut·Fold·Tuck a couple of weeks ago - take a look at some wonderful tips and ideas on these wonderful die templates! ENJOY!!

As always THANK YOU for always stopping by and leaving me some "love" (aka comment) :)
MargieH xo

Monday, December 24, 2012

ScraPerfect: Let It Snow Banner

Merry Christmas!!! Today I am sharing a fun banner I made on ScraPerfect Let It Snow Banner post. When I saw this stamp set from A Jillian Vance Design (AJVD) and their exclusive {die}signs dies, I knew what I wanted to create! Just LOVE how it turned out!! All of these materials were put together by ScraPerfect products!

Let It Snow Banner by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Glittered Cardstock: Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock; Patterned Papers: Authentique Paper (Festive Collection); Ink: Ranger (Peeled Paint Distress Ink); Markers: Copics; Stamp and Exclusive Dies: A Jillian Vance Design (Winter Wishes Stamp Set, 3D{ie} Bow Die and Banner {die}tails Nested Die); Die: Spellbinders™ Paper Arts (S5-117 2012 Snowflake Pendant); Epoxy Sticker: Epiphany Crafts; Pearls: Want2Scraps; Adhesive and Tools: ScraPerfect (the Best Glue Ever, the Embellie Gellie and the Perfect Crafting Pouch) and We R Memory Keepers (Crop-A-Dile); Other: White Cardstock; Cereal Thin Chipboard; Silver Cord; Foam Tape
First, I cut/embossed Banner {die}tails Nested Die with patterned papers from Authentique Paper Festive Collection and cereal thin chipboard.

I adhered the chipboard on both sides with the Best Glue Ever. I let the back paper (red) show in the front for a border/accent. Love that the glue doesn't wrinkle the paper! Then ink the edges for a finished look. Punched two holes on the top edge and threaded a silver cord to hang.

Next I used the Perfect Crafting Pouch on my white cardstock before stamping my Winter Wishes snowman for a great impression, colored with markers. I accented with pearls, using my Embellie Gellie for easy placement!

More use of my Embellie Gellie to place the pearls on the glitter paper snowflake :0)

Used the Best Glue Ever to create this wonderful 3D{die} Bow die template from A Jillian Vance Design (exclusively manufactured from Spellbinders Paper Arts) and also adhered the Epoxy circle for its center. Here is another look of my banner on my Christmas tree. LOVE how it all came together!

I also wanted to share a card made for my online friends! I used Spellbinders M-Bossabilities™ EL-014 Holiday Magic Folder, 2012 Holiday Tree dies and David Tutera™ Celebrate Cardmaking System featuring Core'dinations 5½ x 5½" square white card base.

2012 Christmas Card by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Card base: David Tutera Celebrate Cardmaking System featuring Core'dinations; Bling: Creative Impressions; Die, Embossing Folder and Craft Foils: Spellbinders Paper Arts (S4-339 2012 Holiday Tree, EL-014 Holiday Magic and Premium Craft Foils); Ribbon: Offray; Adhesive: ScraPerfect (Best Glue Ever)

Wishing you and your family a WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON FULL OF LOVE & JOY! Thank you so much for stopping by!

MargieH xo

Sunday, December 23, 2012

KURETAKE: Christmas Tree Ornament

On KURETAKE ZIG's Christmas Tree Decoration post today, I created a 3D holiday ornament using ZIG Emboss Pen and ZIG 2 Way Glue to come up with this...

O' Christmas Tree Ornament by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Cardstock: Darice; Stamp: A Jillian Vance Design (O' Christmas Tree set); Embossing Marker: ZIG Emboss Pen (KURETAKE ZIG); Embossing Powder: American Crafts (Silver Metallic ZING); Pearls: Want2Scrap; Die: Spellbinders Paper Arts (S5-028 Nested Pennants);Tool: ScraPerfect (the Embellie Gellie); Adhesive: ZIG 2 Way Glue (KURETAKE ZIG); Other: Silver Trim and Silver Cord

First I used ZIG Emboss Pen to cover the stamp image, stamped on cardstock and then covered with silver metallic embossing powder. Melt with the heating tool and cut/emboss with Spellbinders S5-028 Nested Pennants dies (I used die template #5, the smallest being #1).

Next I scored each die cut in half, using the tip as my guide. Fold each with embossing image inside.

With ZIG 2 Way Glue, adhere generously to each side of the die cut to a corresponding side of another die cut to create the dimensional ornament. Before adhering the last piece, add trim and cord with ZIG 2 Way Glue (Tip: hold it in place for a few moments and let dry). After it dries, adhere your last piece by applying glue on both sides and add pearls.

Here is another look at the finished project...

So easy to do and can be applied to many different shapes for some variety in decorating the tree! Hope your holiday preparations are going well...only a couple more days! YIKES! Better get a move on! LOL!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Happy Birthday, Taka!!

Today is my oldest's birthday - EIGHTEEN!! How in the world did he get to be THAT OLD?! He was a little guy last I remember ;0P

See? This was taken when he attended an international Japanese school in the NJ/NY area back in 2001. This was his first day of school as a kindergartner. Luckily he doesn't check my blog - otherwise, I would be in trouble! HeeHee!!

Now look...a senior in high how did that seriously happen?! OY~!! I am so proud of what he has become...a kind, well-mannered young man. Happy Birthday, sweet boy!!

For his birthday, his favorite meal - Japanese! Gee, no brainer! LOL!! We plan to go out to our favorite restaurant, DARUMA :0) For those of you in the surrounding Schaumburg IL area, it is a MUST GO for Japanese food!

And a card for him...

Your Special Day by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned Paper: Authentique Paper (Loyal Collection); Stamp: JustRite PaperCraft (Your Special Day Medallion Labels set); Ink: TSUKINEKO (Memento Ink); Pearls: Want2Scrap; Dies: Spellbinders Paper Arts (S5-131 A2 Matting Basics A, S5-132 A2 Matting Basics B and S5-134 A2 Fancy Postage Stamps) and JustRite PaperCraft exclusive by Spellbinders Paper Arts (Medallion Labels); Adhesives: ScraPerfect (the Best Glue Ever) and SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L (3D Foam Squares)

Oh and his gift...this morning his dad called the insurance company and included Taka in the policy! He can now drive without ME in the car! LOL!! Remember he has a couple of more days till Christmas so he's good! HA!

So happy birthday, Taka! We love you!
MargieH (aka mom) xo

Sunday, December 16, 2012

ScrapMart: Christmas Memories

For today's post, I thought I'd share a holiday card created with Spellbinders™ die templates, JustRite PaperCraft stamps and Authentique Papers Festive Collection papers.

Christmas Memories by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Cardstock and Embossing Powder: American Crafts; Patterned Paper: Authentique Paper (Festive Collection); Stamp: JustRite PaperCraft (Deck The Halls); Ink: Ranger (Peeled Paint Distress Ink) and TSUKINEKO (VersaMark); Pearls: Want2Scrap and Ranger (Liquid Pearls); Ribbon: Creative Impressions; Dies: Spellbinders Paper Arts (S4-283 2010 Heirloom Ornaments; S5-055 Layered Poinsettia and S5-135 Fancy Ribbon Threader); Adhesives: ScraPerfect (the Best Glue Ever) and SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L (3D Foam Squares)
Here are some close ups of what the card looks like when finished:

How are your holiday preparations going? Mine just started! LOL!! Here's to hoping I get everything done in time! YIKES!

Take time to look around and appreciate your surroundings! I've been doing that with all that has happened recently. So let me take time to say I APPRECIATE YOU ALL!!! xo

Saturday, December 08, 2012

ScrapMart: Swirly Holiday Card

I am so excited to share my shaped card that I created with Spellbinders™ LF-016 Grand Decorative Ovals One as the card base.

Swirly Holiday Card by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Glittered Cardstock: Core'dinations (Bermuda Bling); Patterned Paper: Carta Bella (Traditions Collection); Ink: Ranger (Distress Ink); Ribbon: Creative Impression; Pearls: Want2Scrap; Dies: Spellbinders Paper Arts (LF-016 Grand Decorative Ovals One, LF-110 Grand Ovals and S4-339 2012 Holiday Tree); Tools and Adhesives: ScraPerfect (the Embellie Gellie and the Best Glue Ever); Foam Squares: SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L (3D Foam Squares)

I cut: LF-016 Grand Decorative Ovals One (two with red paper); LF-110 Grand Ovals (one with patterned paper) and S4-339 2012 Holiday Tree (glittered cardstock) die templates. For easy release of paper from intricate cut dies, I used wax paper between the dies and paper.

Ink the edges of the ovals used for the card front - this will show the embossed edges really well.

Score the second oval die cut ¾" from the top of short side and apply glue in the scored area. Match up the  two die cuts and adhere. It will look like the one pictured below - a shaped card.

On the smaller oval, assemble tree die cut, punch holes at the bottom and thread ribbon to tie a bow. Then add pearls to finish. Place foam squares on the back of the embellished oval and center onto the card front. I also added pearls on the edges of the card base. Here's another look at the card.

I love making these shaped cards especially during the holidays :) Most of the products used are available at! Don't forget to sign up on their email - every month you receive a 40% coupon for one item (visit website for details). This month's 40% coupon is STOCKING.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope your holiday preparations are going well...just need to start mine! LOL!
MargieH xo

ScraPerfect: SnowFlake Ornament

I posted on ScraPerfect's Blog - Snowflake Ornament post, using The Robin's Nest products! They have an array of paper crafting products that will inspire you to get your craft on!

Using their Under the Sea Dew Drops, I made a simple snowflake ornament with their Ocean Blue Glitter Cardstock paper and Spellbinders™ 2012 Snowflake Pendant die templates.

SnowFlake Ornament by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Glittered Cardstock: The Robin's Nest (Ocean Blue Glitter Cardstock); Die: Spellbinders Paper Arts (S5-117 2012 Snowflake Pendant); Embellishment: The Robin's Nest (Under The Sea Dew Drops); Tools and Adhesive: ScraPerfect (the Embellie Gellie, the Perfect Crafting Pouch and the Best Glue Ever); Other: Silver Cord

First I cut S5-117 2012 Snowflake Pendant die three times with Ocean Blue Glitter Cardstock. Tip: when using a delicate die like this put wax paper between the die template and paper for easy release. I used the pointed end of the Embellie Gellie to help release the paper from the die.

With the Best Glue Ever's fine tip, I can use a three - four drops of glue and spread them on the back of the die cut with ease. You don't need much when using the Best Glue Ever.Tip: make sure to shake the glue to the tip before applying (don't forget to keep that cap on...just sayin' - wink wink).

When the glue dried, I had some tackiness on the edges so I took out my Perfect Crafting Pouch and tap the edges and problem gone! Next, I placed my Dew Drops with the Embellie Gellie and if I didn't like the way it was placed, I use the pointed end to push over the Dew Drop to where I like it. Love that pointed end! LOL!

Using the blue and clear Dew Drops makes it a perfect embellishment for this project! Note the Best Glue Ever will dry CLEAR so use it on any of your clear or opaque embellishments :0)

This is the side view - I embellished both sides and here's a second look at the ornament on my still bare tree! LOL! Another idea is to add this to your gift decor like a gift bag or present...many ideas.

Hope you enjoyed this simple but yet fun project! Time is a commodity during the holidays! THANK YOU to The Robin's Nest for providing such wonderful products!!

If you like what you see, go visit ScraPerfect Blog!

Happy Holidays and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

KURETAKE: FaceBook Challenge

KURETAKE ZIG® is having a KURETAKE UK FaceBook Challenge! Do you have those ZIG Writer Pens or the Two Way Glue™?! I know you do! LOL! Create a homemade Christmas decoration with any of their products, take a picture and post on KURETAKE UK FaceBook Page to enter to win a prize package (£50 worth) !!

I created with chipboard, patterned papers, Spellbinders™ Paper Arts die templates and of course, KURETAKE ZIG products to make my holiday decoration!

Seasons Greetings Frame by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Patterned Paper: Authentique Paper (Festive Collection); Markers: KURETAKE ZIG (Brushables/Spring Green Two Way Glue and Wink Of Stella/Clear); Bling: Creative Impressions; Dies: Spellbinders Paper Arts (LF-126 Grand Squares, S5-122 Ribbon Banners LG and S5-055 Layered Poinsettia); Photo Corners: SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES By 3L (White); Other: Chipboard, Self-Adhesive Easel

First I created the base with LF-126 Grand Squares die cut in chipboard and Authentique Paper's patterned paper. Adhere together with KURETAKE ZIG Two Way Glue.

Next I edged the sides with KURETAKE ZIG's Brushable Spring Green marker for a uniformed edge.

With the same Brushable marker, I doodled with both tips (two tones of green) around the edges to embellish.

I cut/embossed S5-055 Layered Poinsettia with "merry" patterned paper and swiped KURETAKE ZIG's Wink of Stella Clear onto the petals for extra sparkle.

With the same set, I stenciled the leaves with the Brushable marker.

I also colored the white photo corners to match up with the rest of the frame and assembled as shown in the finished project.

To finish, I cut/embossed a banner die from Ribbon Banners LG set, titled it "Seasons Greetings" and placed a flower rhinestone in between. Here's a second look...

Loved how it turned out! What will you be making for the holidays?
Don't forget to enter KURETAKE UK FaceBook Challenge (ends December 19th)!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Core'dinations: Holiday Hard Core Cropper

Welcome to the 2nd Hard Core Crop!

We are celebrating the Holiday season with challenges designed to get you inspired to create for the Holidays. Visit the Core Blog for crop rules. We are at the Hard Core Cropper (HCC) Crop FaceBook Page where you can chat and hang out with fellow HCCers - join us! You never know when challenges or giveaways will pop up...just sayin'!

Today I have created a Snowflake Holiday Greetings Card and matching Snowflake Gift Bag ensemble!

SnowFlake Card and Gift Bag Ensemble by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Card Base, Tags and Embellishments: Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock (David Tutera Celebrate Cardmaking System); Dies: Spellbinders Paper Arts (S4-340 Create-A-Flake Three); Adhesive: ScraPerfect (the Best Glue Ever); Other: Red Gift Bag

For tutorials on this Snowflake Holiday Greetings Card and Snowflake Gift Bag ensemble, visit David Tutera Celebrate Cardmaking System - How To section (under Holiday). You will see this and many other projects using this system.We hope you are inspired by them as much as we love to share them with you!

CHALLENGE: Embellish a gift bag with dies or punches using Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock® products!

I used Core'dinations/David Tutera Celebrate Cardmaking System products like their paper backing from A7 Lace Linked Assortment (DT-GX-7200-06) and cut out the snowflakes to place on my gift bag. Then I added the lace part of the same set and sentiments from Black/White Sentiments Stickers (DT-GX-7300-39). Just like that it's ready to go!


David Tutera Celebrate Cardmaking System
Prizes Packages will vary due to availability but will be of equal value shown


  • Challenges must post on the Linkinz below: Don't have a blog? Use an online photo sharing sites such as Photobucket and Flickr that provides links.
  • Challenges must include Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock products: You may NOT combine this challenge with any other HCC challenges. BUT you may complete this challenge as many times as you like.
  • Link by 8 pm, December 2nd (Sunday): All winners must email by DECEMBER 12th with their name, address, phone number and prize they won in the subject line. For ex.: Core'dinations Crop Tillie Prize pack Winner.

Can't wait to see what you create! Thanks for playing along!
MargieH xo

Friday, November 23, 2012

ScrapMart: Thanksgiving Thanks

Hope my friends in the U.S. had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a VERY low key but productive day - opened windows (in the 60s!) and cleaned the entire house, top to bottom! LOL! Today, it's in the low 30s with sprinkles of snow?! Only in Chicago! LOL!!

With all the Thanksgiving festivities, you will need to thank your host (unless you are the host - lol!), right? So I created a series of thank you card just for you :0)

Market Square Card Folder and Cards by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Cardstock: American Crafts; Card Base: Core'dinations (David Tutera Celebrate Cardmaking System); Patterned Papers, Cardstock Stickers, Stickers, Flowers: FarmHouse Paper Company (Market Square Collection); Marker: KURETAKE ZIG (Black Writer); Pearls: KaiserCraft, Want2Scrap and Queen & Co.; Trim: Maya Road; Dies: Spellbinders Paper Arts (S2-013 Medallion Two, S2-014 Medallion One, S2-017 Medallion Three, S2-019 Grate Works, S2-021 Medallion Four, S4-161 Labels One, S5-131 A-2 Matting Basics A and S5-135 A-2 Fancy Ribbon Threader); Adhesive: ScraPerfect (the Best Glue Ever); Other: Brown Satin Ribbon

I searched online for a folder to fit cards in and found several but I like Mirkwood Designs Card Folder the best. For the inside, I covered with patterned paper and embellished various stickers (border, chipboard and regular) from FarmHouse Paper's Market Square Collection.

On the front, I cut/embossed with Spellbinders™ die templates: S5-131 A-2 Matting Basics A, S5-135 A-2 Fancy Ribbon Threader, S4-161 Labels One and S2-017 Medallion Three. To finish, I placed the flower in the center, threaded ribbon, tied a bow and added pearls.

For the cards, I used S5-131 A-2 Matting Basics A on all and then placed various Spellbinders Die D-Lites™ (Upper Left ClockWise: S2-019 Grate Works, S2-021 Medallion Four, S2-013 Medallion Two and S2-014 Medallion One), highlighting one for each card front.

To finish, I added trim, pearls, flowers and wrote a sentiment on the stickers with my ZIG Writer. The folder only holds two but I got carried away and created four! These Die D-Lites are just so cute!!

All the Spellbinders Die Templates are available at! If the die you are looking for is not listed, check back later as we just had a big blow out sale on them and they will need to reorder.

Hope these cards give you some ideas for those thank you cards!

Thanks for stopping by!
MargieH xo