Thursday, June 28, 2012

TaDa Creative Studios: Red White Blue with Cupcakes!

Today is my turn on TaDa Creative Studios' Blog. Since we are around the corner from the 4th of July celebration in the U.S. I thought I would use their Star Spangle Banner paper from the Festivus Collection to create my cupcake toppers!

With just a little bit of paper, I was able to create these in minutes. What a fun pop of color to your picnic table. For details, visit TaDa Creative Studios' Red White Blue with Cupcakes post today and leave comment if you have time!

Speaking of time! I have picked out the winner to my MILESTONE birthday giveaway and that person is.......................................................Stefani!!!

"Happy birthday! :-)
I like your layout. The flowers look neat and I like how you decorated the butterfly."

Congratulations, Stefani! Please email me your addy and will get this out to you! WOOOHOOO~!

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. After CHA, you may never know....there might be another giveaway....heeeheeeee!!!!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

ScrapMart: Ironworks Card

Today I am sharing a card I created for a consumer show in Japan, I wanted something that was striking in color so black and white with touches of red and gold were my choices.

Ironworks Card by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Cardstock: WorldWin Papers; Pearls: KasierCraft; Dies: Spellbinders™ Paper Arts (S5-059 Ironwork Motifs; E8-006 Classic Petal); Adhesive: ScraPerfect; Other: Foam Tape

Using Ironworks Motifs die cuts, I layered to create a wonderful center accent for the card. Edge the card with Edgeabilities and it becomes even more amazing! Love those Edgeabilities dies!! Add a bit of pearls and you're all set.

All of these are available at
Spellbinders - S5-059 Ironworks Motifs, E8-006 Classic Petal

Also wanted to remind of Sneak Peek: Spellbinders Summer Spectacular! Blog Frenzy that is going on. If you want to win their prize of the day, don't forget to join in! For more detailed information, visit Sneak Peek: Spellbinders Summer Spectacular! post. Good luck!!!

I will be announcing the winner of my Milestone Birthday and Giveaway soon - promise!! The weekend has been nuts with blog frenzy behind the scenes activities, CHA preparation and Hosho came home from Japan after two weeks (thrilled to have him home safe and sound!). So bear with me :)

As always, thank you for spending your time with me - I love hearing from you!!!!

Friday, June 15, 2012

ScrapMart: Father's Day Box

Tomorrow is Father's Day...for me and others who have lost their fathers, it's a day of mixed emotions. So tomorrow, I will think HAPPY thoughts of mine and celebrate the day :) For starters, I created this cute box out of 7 1/2 x 10" patterned paper...I'll give you the link at the end of the post :)

Father's Day Box by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Patterned Papers: Tim Holtz (Crowded Attic Collection); Ink: Ranger (Distress Ink/Tim Holtz); Dies: Spellbinders Paper Arts (S5-048 Sprightly Sprockets; S4-357 Spiral Blossom Three and Jewel Tones & Precious Metals Premium Craft Foils Assortment); Adhesive: ScraPerfect (The Best Glue Ever); Other: Brad, Sand Paper

I enjoyed this project as it uses only one 12 x 12" paper...even the band can come from the same piece of paper (this one I used from another box I made...I did alot of them! LOL!). These step outs give you an idea of how easy it was! I even managed to sneak a flower in the project ;0P

The instruction details and video came from Dawn's Stamping Studio Surprise Box Video so visit her blog! Looks like she has a lot of fun creations :)

For supplies, be sure to visit and sign up for their monthly email with their awesome 40% coupon off one retail price (not Scrap-mart's special price) item!

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. Don't forget about my Milestone Birthday Giveaway (comment on the linked post only - not here, please)!!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

KURETAKE: Red, White and Blue Challenge

Today is the deadline for KURETAKE ZIG Challenge #4 Red White & Blue with a little bling. This is my take:

Hope I make to the deadline! The ZIG Writer was used to draw circles around the ring and the sentiment was stamped with Stampin' Write by KURETAKE. Loved how this turned out simple but sweet!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Milestone Birthday and Giveaway!!

I used to think 50 was SO OLD when I was a kid! LOL! Funny I don't feel OLD today...heehee! So today is my birthday and unfortunately, hubby has a business trip overseas for two weeks = BOO! That means you all have to deal with me :0)

Back in April, my BFFs from college days and I went to AZ for a girls' weekend...I haven't been on a long distance girls' I was excited....equally exciting we all celebrated our milestone them xo

Using Teresa Collins' Everyday Moments Collection, I created a page to commemorate this special weekend (click on pictures for closer look) and special friends...Kathy, Debbie and Rita (we missed you, Theresa!!) - thanks for putting up with me for all these years and more years to come!!

Noteworthy by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned Papers and Stickers: Teresa Collins (Everyday Moments Collection); Glitter and Ink: Ranger (Stickles/Distress Ink); Pins: Maya Road; Pearls: KaiserCrafts, PRIMA and Want2Scraps; Ribbon: Offray; Dies: Spellbinders Paper Arts (S4-351 Spiral Blossom One, S4-357 Spiral Blossom ThreeS5-086 Bitty Blossoms, S5-058 Ironworks Accents, S5-078 Persian Accents and S5-051 Fanciful Flight); Adhesive: ScraPerfect (The Best Glue Ever)

I wanted to try something new for my pages...a cluster of flowers. Since I am a mom of boys - it's rare to have them on my pages. My excuse...this page is about ME!

One of my favorite pictures from this wonderful trip - thank you, Rita, for opening your place to us! It was SO relaxing :0)


To celebrate my 50th, I am giving this bunch of stuff that I fit into this cute Spellbinders bag - all of my favorites and between now and next Saturday, June 23rd (11:59PM U.S. CST) - INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES WELCOME - I might add some more in ;) What do I have in there now...hmmm...Spellbinders, TaDa Creative Studios, ScraPerfect...nope I'm not going to tell you everything!! LOL!

To enter:
  • Leave a comment on anything... what will you do today, do you like my cluster of flowers, my page...anything!
  • Become a follower on my blog and if you are already, let me know!

Thanks for playing along!
AND as always, thank you for stopping by during your busy day :0)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

TaDa Creative Studios: Beach Buddies

I am posting on TaDa Creative Studios' FaceBook Page today. Using 6 x 6" Sunny Skies Mini (laser cut cardstock) from the Poolside Collection, I made a frame from scratch.

Beach Buddies Frame by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Cardstock: American Craft; LaserCut Cardstock, Patterned Papers, Stamp: TaDa Creative Studios (Poolside and Sizzlin' Summer Collections); Mesh Ribbon: Creative Impression; Ink: Ranger (Distress Ink/Tim Holtz) and Clearsnap; Marker: KURETAKE ZIG; Sand Paste and Shells: Mudd Puddles; Dies: Spellbinder Paper Arts (S5-029 Nested Lacey Pennants and S4-273 From The  Sea) and Sizzix (Easel/Tim Holtz); Stencil: Crafter's Workshop (Clouds); Texture Paste: Golden (Light Molding Paste); Ink Mist: Tattered Angels (Glimmer Mist Bronze); Adhesives: ScraPerfect (The Best Glue Ever); Other: Crab Eyelet, Decorative Tape, White Paint

These are the materials I used to make the frame base...6 x6" cereal thin cardboard, 3 1/2 x 6" patterned paper (Poolside Snippets & Clippets Side B) adhered on the top and Sunny Skies Mini Paper is placed last. I forgot to add in the easel die cut that I cut from Tim Holtz Collection.

Then put the cloud stencil on top and add molding paste as shown - let dry. It will dry translucent so I add a little white paint. Let dry I sprayed Glimmer Mist on top half of the frame. A happy accident! The paper popped up especially around the sun to give it dimension! COOL! LOL! I stamped Beach Buddies (Sizzlin' Summer Acrylic Stamp Set = SOLD OUT, sorry!) on the pennant tail and placed it on the top right corner.

After placing the matted picture on the frame, I cut and embossed the fish. I stenciled with a rainbow chalk ink through the die template and touched up the colors when I popped the die cut out of the die template. I adhered the mesh ribbon and the fish on top - added bling as its eye :0)

What's a beach scene without sand?! Mudd Puddles is a great place to purchase sand paste - love their stuff!! Those mini shells also came from them too. Aren't they a wonderful addition?! Then I had this crab eyelet for years and finally has a home on this project! LOL!!

I hope you enjoyed all the details on this homemade frame!
Thanks for stopping by :0)

Thursday, June 07, 2012

ScrapMart: Dad

I had this huge pad of Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Collection sitting in front of me and I thought what a perfect father's day card to create with! So I started with a shaped card base by cutting and embossing with Spellbinders™ Nestabilities® Postage Stamps dies.

Dad by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Cardstock: Darice; Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 (A Proper Gentleman Collection); Stamp: JustRite Stampers (You Are The Best set); Ink: Clearsnap; Paint Pen: ZIG Kuretake; Pin: Maya Road; Gear: Idea-ology/Tim Holtz; Dies: Spellbinders Paper Arts (S4348 Postage Stamps, S4-291 Labels Fifteen, S5-048 Sprightly Sprockets and S5-028 Nested Pennants); Adhesive: ScraPerfect (The Best Glue Ever); Other: Button, Shrink Plastic

I used shrink plastic to cut and emboss the gear in Sprightly Sprockets and colored with silver paint pen. It looked really shiney so I inked with brown chalk ink and it worked well! Layered all the pieces together to create a wonderful Father's Day card!

As always, would love to hear from you - if you have questions, ask away! If you are interested in purchasing these products, visit and they'll take care of you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love My Memories: Issue No. 16 & Blog Hop!

Did you know that I write for Love My Memories magazine (LoveMemo)? It's a magazine in Japan that is dedicated to scrapbooking and equally dedicated are Editor Emi Kume, and her wonderful staff! Great people to work with :0)

Issue #16 is now available and they have done a total re-design of the magazine. So to comemorate the occasion, they are having their first blog hop. Sorry, it's in Japanese but take a look - two of the hoppers included artwork so be inspired! Link will be at the bottom.

One of the prizes is an idea book (Scrapbooking NO KISO Book)...I have a copy. Inspired I wanted to show you all my take on a project that Editor Emi created - a shaped mini album. See hers on the cover (lower right corner)...

This is what I created, using my Spellbinders™ Grand Calibur® and LF-161 Grand Labels One as the base (click on pic to take a closer look)...

Maui 2012 Mini Album by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned Paper: Graphic45 (Tropical Travelogue); Mesh Ribbon: Creative Impression; Ink: Ranger (Distress Ink by Tim Holtz) and Clearsnap; Bling: Want2Scrap; Dies: Crowns: 7Gypsies; Spellbinders Paper Arts (S4-313 Blossom Four, S5-086 Bitty Blossoms, S4-273 From The Sea, PTF01 Plain Jane (Capital) Punch Templates, PP-001 Presto Punch MachineLF-161 Grand Labels One and Spellbinders Grand Calibur); Adhesives: ScraPerfect (The Best Glue Ever) and SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L (3D Foam Squares); Other: Jump ring, shrink plastic, watercolor pencils

For my Japanese scrapping friends:

Writerをやらせてもらっている、スクラップブッキング雑誌、「Love My Memories・ラブメモ」16号を6月1日、日本で発売しました!16号から、デザインをリニューアルしました。これを記念して、Blog Hopが行なわれる事になりました。 応募期間:2012年6月1日~6月15日(日本時間)

詳しくは編集長 (エミーさん)のブログをご覧下さい。Linkは

1. Asuka(まちゅ♪)さん (6月1日のポスト)/Artwork Included
8. Shuさん (6月1日のポスト)
12. nave
16. mai*さん (Artwork Included)

Good luck!!!
As always, thanks for looking and taking the time to comment :)