Sunday, March 31, 2013

KURETAKE: Easter Eggs

Happy Easter! I took some plastic eggs and do a quick but simple decor using KURETAKE ZIG® 2-Way Glue Chisel Tip and ZIG Art & Graphic Twin markers. This is what I came up with...

I brushed some Gesso onto the eggs. It took about two to three coats. Make sure you dry between coats for good coverage.

Next I used ZIG Art & Graphic Twin set of four Kind Hearted Tones purple and pink markers to color the eggs. I love how it covers the surface and such beautiful vibrant colors!

With the ZIG 2 Way Glue Chisel Tip, I drew lines for the pink and dots for the purple egg. Your tip will catch color so I swipe the tip on a scrap piece of paper and it transfers all that color doesn't take much. Then I covered the area with fine glitter of a similar color for a monotone effect.

Let the glitter dry. In the meantime, I created a simple egg stand using a 2 x 6" strip of patterned paper cut/embossed with Spellbinders™ Edgeabilities® border die and adhered the ends to create a ring.

Here's a second look...

So if you are pinched for time, try this idea!
Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful Easter with family and friends :)
MargieH xo

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Core'dinations: David Tutera Celebrate on HSN!

Hey folks! We're in spring break and I have a TON of deadlines to finish so I didn't get to see much of David Tutera™ Celebrate (DTC) Cardmaking System on the Home Shopping Network (HSN) a couple of days ago. Lucky for me that they have samples and videos up on their site! LOL!!

Here he is in action and I can see some of my artwork from VERY FAR!! LOL!!!

Picture Credit: DTC FaceBook Page

Yeah, well....didn't think you can tell. So I am sharing them here...

LOVE Heart Banner

Many Thanks Shaped Card

Thanks Mini Sack and Tag Set

Thank You Window Card

They were shown in the show VERY BRIEFLY but all the same you can see on David Tutera Celebrate All Occasion Card Kit and click onto their video feed. Don't know about you but I had to use another browser to view - looked Andy Warhol-ish. LOL!!

Not much opportunity to have your artwork shown on TV so this was my few seconds of fame! HA! Last time my projects appeared on HSN was 2006 on National Scrapbook Day! LOL!! Thanks for letting me brag :)


My blog was chosen as a mystery blog and we used Random Integer Generator to pick our winner!!

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

Timestamp: 2013-03-26 15:30:38 UTC

Sue McRae10:15 AM
I love the colours on this card, so pretty!

Congratulations, Sue!!! Please go to JustRite Papercraft Blog for contact information! WOOHOO~!!

Also, JustRite has a special going on right now - good until Tuesday, April 9th so RUN HERE!!

Have a great day!!
MargieH xo

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

JustRite and Faber-Castell Mixed Media Blog Hop! Day 2

Welcome to the JustRite® Papercraft and Faber-Castell® Mixed Media Blog Hop - Day 2. Both design teams created inspiring projects so visit each blog for full detailed instructions. Oh, did I mention PRIZES?! Details at the bottom of this post ;)

Blog Hop(ブログ ホップ):ぴょんと飛び跳ねてあちこちのブログを回る、という企画です。このブログホップに参加している、JustRite Papercraft DT & Faber-Castell DTのブログをホップして、賞品を当てて下さいね!下の写真を参照してください。 なるべく多くのブログにコメントを残した方が当たる確率が上がります!是非全部のブログに書き込みしてくださいね。16か所のリンクは下記のとおりです。応募期間は、3月22日(アメリカ東部時間24:00)までです。

For the Blog Hop, I created a card using two products from Faber-Castell: GRIP WaterColor EcoPencils and Gelatos® Color 4ct - Yellow (Colors: Butter Cream, Lemon, Mango and Tangerine). From JustRite Papercraft, I used Antique Damask Background Stamp and Floral Vintage Labels Two Stamp Set.


I stamped the flower image three times with StazOn Jet Black ink. Then I fussy cut each flower (one entire image, one medium size and one small) to create layers.

Next color each cut layer with Faber-Castell's WaterColor Pencils. Then use a water brush to blend and soften the colors. I used 3D Foam Squares to make each layer dimensional and added Flower Soft Lavender texture in the center. Set aside to dry.

For the background, I stamped Antique Damask Background Stamp with VersaMark ink and loaded on Detailed White Embossing Powder and heat set the entire image.

I love the ombre look (graduation of color - shading of same color tones from dark to light) so when I heard about the blog hop, it was the perfect technique to try. The set had all the colors to make that easy! I added each color in quarters on the background stamp...

Then I used my mini mister and lightly sprayed over the area. Taking the paper towel, I buffed a little. The coloring was a little lighter than I liked so I added more Gelato and rubbed in with my finger for the desired look. Don't be afraid to add on or take off. It's a forgiving medium to use!

Next I cut/embossed with A2 Matting Basics A die #7 (the smallest size being #1)...

Then I cut a strip of 5 x 1⅛" purple patterned paper and cut a tail at the end. I didn't like the white edges so I penciled in with purple WaterColor EcoPencil and then blended with the water brush.

Using the sentiment from Floral Vintage Labels Two, I stamped first and then cut/embossed with Labels Four die #2 over the image. Assemble as shown in picture...

Project Supplies:
JustRite Papercraft: Antique Damask Background Stamp and Floral Vintage Labels Two
Spellbinders™ Creative Arts: A2 Matting Basics A and Labels Four
Faber-Castell: GRIP WaterColor EcoPencils and Gelatos® Color 4ct - Yellow
Ink: TSUKINEKO Imagine Crafts (StazOn: Jet Black; VersaMark; Memento: Tangelo)
Embossing Powder: Stampedous (Detailed White)
Patterned Paper: DoodleBug Designs
Cardstock: Darice
Card Base: Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock® David Tutera™ Celebrate Cardmaking System
Pearls: Mark Richards (3mm)
Texture: Flower Soft (Lavender)
Tools: WaterBrush (KURETAKE ZIG); Mini Mister (Ranger Ink); Mini Scissors (Westcott)
Adhesives: BEACON ADHESIVE (Zip Dry) and SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L™ (3D Foam Squares)

Visit our talented designers who are participating today:
JustRite Inspiration
Debbie Olson
Heidi Blankenship
Sharon Harnist
Michele Kovack
Jen Matott
Darsie Bruno
Kellie Fortin
Marisa Job
Kathy Jones
Margie Higuchi - ME~!!
Kazan Clark
Barb Schram
Colleen McGinty
Mou Saha
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft

Your next designer to visit is Kazan Clark!

PRIZES information:
Each day we are giving away one of these Faber-Castell prize packages. For a chance to win, readers will need to leave comments on each designer's blog post and we will be randomly select two designers blogs, and selecting winners from each designer's comments. Comments will be open until March 22nd at midnight EST.

Hmmm...I think I'm gong to enter this card in the Ombre Challenge over at Moxie Fab World :)

Thanks for stopping in and come visit me soon!

Monday, March 11, 2013

AJVD: Springtacular Blog Hop

Welcome to A Jillian Vance Designs (AJVD)'s Springtacular Blog Hop! If you came from Denise's blog, you're in the right place. Otherwise, please start from Jillian's blog :)

The theme of the blog hop is anything PASTEL! I used a combination of Sunburst Swirl Background Builder Stamp and Bloom'n Trio stamp set.

...and came up with this...

Sunshine and Flower by Margie Higuchi
Supplies - Card Base: Core'dinations/David Tutera Celebrate Cardmaking System; Stamp: AJVD (Sunburst Swirl, Bloom'n Trio); Ink: ImagineCrafts/TSUKINEKO (Rose Bud, Dandelion, Green); Bling: Want2Scrap (Yellow); Adhesive and Tool: ScraPerfect (Best Glue Ever and Embellie Gellie); Other: Pink Brad; White Tissue Paper

After stamping the Sunburst Swirl Background Builder Stamp with Memento's Dandelion ink, I took several layers of white tissue paper (on the non-shiny side) and inked my dotted blossom image of the Bloom'n Trio stamp set several times. Since I couldn't find my Blossom Three die template, I just cut them out with scissors while watching TV! LOL!!

I poked a hole in the middle of six layers and inserted a pink brad. Next I gave the blossom dimension by wrinkling the layers and adhered on the card as shown. Stamp your sentiment and add some bling. It's ready to send out!

Here's the list of my talented friends who are participating:
Jillian Vance
Bunny Vance
Lisa Lara
Ruby Aleman
Annette Witherspoon
Pam Lambert
Jennifer Palmer
Denise Speigel
Margie (ME!!)

NEXT: AJVD Blog to COMMENT & FOLLOW enter to WIN!!!

GOOD LUCK and thanks for coming by!
MargieH xo

Friday, March 08, 2013

JustRite Friday Challenge: Celebrate!

Today is JustRite® Papercraft's Friday Challenge #92 - "Make It POP!" Create a birthday card and add (sponsor:) SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES By 3L™ 3D Foam Squares for dimension! A special shout out to our Challenge Host - Happy Birthday, Sheri! MANY MANY good wishes to you! xo

今日は、JustRite Papercraft Friday Challengeです。テーマは、SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES By 3L 3D Foam Square を使って、バースデーカードを作る事です。実はChallenge担当者の誕生日です~!Sheriさん、お誕生日おめでとう!私は、お祝いに Spellbinders™ Labels Twenty Nineダイのシェイプ・カードを作りました。 是非、挑戦して下さいね!

JRFC Button

For the card base, I heat embossed Good Friends Labels Twenty-Nine image and then cut/embossed Labels Twenty Nine die #6 (the smallest die being #1) twice to create a shaped card. Pictured below are the layers I used for the card front and adhered each layer with 3D Foam Squares for dimension.

Supplies Used:
JustRite Papercraft - Good Friends Labels Twenty-Nine and Enjoy The Day Vintage Labels Four
JustRite Custom Dies - Vintage Labels Four
Spellbinders™ Paper Arts - Labels Twenty Nine
Inks - TSUKINEKO (Memento - Rich Cocoa and Tangelo; VersaMark)
Embossing Powder - Stampendous (Detailed White)
Cardstock - Darice
Patterned Papers - Authentique Paper (Delightful Collection)
Adhesives - SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L (E-Z Runner and 3D Foam Squares)

Good luck everyone! Deadline is Wednesday, March 20, 2013 (6:00PM CST)!
As always, thank you for stopping by!
MargieH xo

Thursday, March 07, 2013

KURETAKE: You're Special Book Mark

Today I am featured on KURETAKE ZIG® Blog called You're Special Book Mark post! Using their ZIG Art & Graphic Twin set (Kind Heart Tones), I came up with this...

I took a white book mark from Core'dinations Colorcore Cardstock® David Tutera™ Celebrate Cardmaking System and some of his Step3 embellishments (sentiment sticker, circle, butterfly and bling). I used all four colors in ZIG Art & Graphic Twin set by coloring a fourth each of this beautiful Garden Gate Background Stamp from JustRite® Papercraft to create an ombre effect.

Next I prepared the embellishment to use as a center piece by layering the embossed dots circle which was sanded first, next the butterfly was adhere in the middle to the circle using ZIG 2-Way Glue Chisel Tip and then add the bling.

I centered the layered embellishment to the upper part of the book mark with ZIG 2-Way Glue Chisel Tip and added the sentiment sticker. Now it's ready to hold a place in a book!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

JustRite: Grand Damask Notebook

Today I am sharing my project using JustRite® Papercraft March 2013 Release Graceful Monogram and Grand Damask Background Stamp sets to create an elegant notebook. What a great gift for someone who to planning a wedding or even make it into a scrapbook :)

3月の新しいスタンプセット(Graceful Monogram and Grand Damask Background Stamp Sets)の紹介です。スタンプを使って ノートブックを(又はミニアルバムにも) 作りました。 Spellbinders Media Mixage Line (Mixed Media向けの商品) Bezelもつけて、エレガントな感じかな~。

For the notebook cover, I heat embossed the Grand Damask Background Stamp with pink embossing powder. Loved how the pink just pops against that black cardstock :)

Next I played with Spellbinders™ newest collection, the Media Mixáge™ Line. Did you know Graceful Monogram stamp set fits into some of their bezels?! I am using MB2-007 Circles One bezel #2 (the smallest size is #1) to frame the cameo image. I cut/embossed with its matching die templates, MD1-007 Circles One die #3 over the stamped image. Then added glitter to the stamped cameo. To frame the bezel cup, I stamped the floral frame image and fussy cut to fit. See below...

Since I wasn't planning on using a jeweler's resin or sealer, I needed to "lift" the cameo image with 3D Foam Squares to give it the desired depth in my embellishment. Next I added gems and pearls as accents, using my Embellie Gellie tool to pick up all those gems!

Next I cut two pieces of chipboard for notebook covers, painted the edges in black and covered all with patterned papers. I threaded a ¾" black organza ribbon through the bezel loops. I secured the ribbon onto the back of the bezels with Dodz™ (glue rounds) and then use more Dodz to secure the bezel onto the Grand Damask cover.

Here is a close up of the embellished bezel...

This is how I will have my pages set up. I used my Bind-It-All to punch holes and bind the notebook together.

I used the "M" and flourish frame images to create a charm with Shrink Plastic and cut with S4-110 Classic Ovals LG die #4. Don't forget to punch that hole on top :)

Add the charm and trinket pins with the bow on the binding wire - it's ready to give away...not sure I want to give THIS one away! LOL!! Here's another look...

Project Supplies:
JustRite Papercrafts Stamps: Graceful Monogram Stamp Set and Grand Damask Background Stamp
Spellbinders Creative Arts: S4-110 Classic Ovals LG; MB2-001 Circles One Bezels; MD1-007 Circles One Dies and Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer™ Machine
Ink: TSUKINEKO/IMAGINE Crafts (Memento: Tuxedo Black; StazOn: Jet Black; VersaMark)
Embossing Powder: JoAnn's (Pink)
Patterned Papers: Carta Bella (Paris Girl Collection by Samantha Walker)
Embellishments: Ribbon (Offray); Trinket Pins (Maya Road); Gems & Pearls (KaiserCraft); JumpRing (Advantus); Glitter Stickles (Ranger Ink)
Tools: Bind-It-All; ScraPerfect (Embellie Gellie)
Adhesives: ScraPerfect (Best Glue Ever) and SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES™ BY 3L (3D Foam Squares & Dodz)
Other: Black Paint; Chipboard

Hope you are enjoying all of JustRite Papercraft March 2013 Releases! Speaking of...visit my fellow team members to be inspired more - off to visit them myself!

JustRite Inspiration
Darsie Bruno
Kathy Jones
Heidi Blankenship
Barb Schram
Sheri Holt
Angela Barkhouse
Eva Dobilas

Thanks for stopping by!!
MargieH xo