October 25th, 2016


Since die cutting is a major part of paper crafting, it’s important that crafters use a machine that can take their projects to the next level. Nothing can be more frustrating for paper crafters than die cutting a project and the images are uneven. Part of the issue is due to an unsteady base – you’re doing your best to hold the machine down with one hand as you crank with the other. No matter how much pressure you apply to the machine the base shifts causing an uneven cut. Believe me; I’ve been there before. One of the reasons I launched the Amaze is to help paper crafters fix this problem. We can all agree; smooth, easy die cuts will enhance our projects and make paper crafting so much more fun. In this post, I’m going to show you four reasons why you should die cut your next project with the Amaze.

1. Precision
The Amaze has a solid, durable construction. The internal gears are steel which offers a better die cut. From regular cardstock to thin metals the Amaze can cut various types of materials, which is perfect for scrapbooking and cardmaking. But what if you’re hosting a party and need to create the decor, time to Amaze.

2. Transportable
How many of you have been to a crop or a craft party and you had to haul your enormous die cut machine? Or even worse, you had to leave it at home because it didn’t fit in the back of your car with all your other supplies? What do you do? Fortunately, these are decisions you don’t have to make any more because the Amaze is easy to transport. I specifically designed the Amaze for the crafter on the go.

3. Sturdiness
Space is a commodity for us crafters. No matter how much space we have when we start creating, it seems like we run out of space or it becomes very limited during the process. Where does all the space go? Being a messy crafter isn’t a bad thing. I heard it was a sign of genius. That’s what I heard, and I’m sticking to it. How many crafting geniuses are reading this post right now? Exactly! Well, the good new is, the Amaze can die cut on any service giving you more space to create. Having more crafting space gives you the creative freedom to make a bigger mess. Just kidding! In all seriousness, I designed the Amaze with a flat base for a more sturdy die cut. One of the first things you’ll notice when you use the Amaze, you can apply less pressure for a smoother transition. It feels like cutting butter.

The Amaze will look good in your craft room. The multi-platforms that come with the Amaze allows for you to experiment and create a variety of different die cut techniques. As well as – Emboss, Deboss, and Letterpress. The magnetic platform has 50% more magnets than any other machine on the market. People are raving about the handle because it offers an easy grip with easy accessibility.

Fortunately, you do not have to settle for an average die cut machine anymore.

Make Amazing Happen,

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October 24th, 2016

Welcome to today’s RG Deal of the Day! This super fun stamp set is made from high quality red rubber and can be used for so many occasions! Yes the numbers are perfect to celebrate your little one’s special day, and when paired up with the tire, the possibilities are endless! Birthday banners, party decor, invitations too!


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October 24th, 2016

As many of you know my life, these days is spent on planes, trains, and automobiles. I go from one event to the next; this gives me an incredible opportunity to share my passion for paper crafting, creating lasting memories along the way. If you follow me on social media, then you know I share a few hashtags that symbolize my journey (#projectme, #sharethejourney, and #rgsignature) just to name a few.

If you have known me for a while, you may also know that my design work goes far beyond paper and stamps. My love for different design platforms transcends into fashion, home decor, and DIY projects.

For this post, I want to give you a look into my home as I create some DIY pieces for this Halloween!

Richard Garay creates with this boys

(Left to right) RG, Matthew, and Andrew

These pieces are from Heidi Swap; I’m a huge fan of the Hello Heidi Wall Art. I had the great pleasure to see Heidi Swap at the Pinners Conference in Scottsdale, AZ earlier this month. Let’s put it this way; I didn’t leave empty handed. I couldn’t wait to get these fun pieces home and begin decorating. As you can see from the photos, my boys love helping out, so they joined in for fun.

Richard Garay Paints Artwork

Let me show you what I did. I first added a base coat of Flat Black Primer from Krylon. Let it dry for a few minutes. My next step is to paint over the base coat with the Glossy Black, also from Krylon – I went over it with three coats of paint. Then add two coats of Triple Thick Glossy Sealer; yes, if you guessed Krylon you are correct. For these types of projects, Krylon is my go to product. I wanted them to look like large enamel images, and they do.

Richard Garay hallway buffet

No, matter what the holiday is, decorating our buffets has become a family tradition.

Let’s take a look at my other buffet. It creates a fantastic showcase right in the entrance of our home. With this one, I added a few fun elements. The Boo sign is a marquee that I purchased at White Barn. It puts you right in the Halloween spirit. All of the pumpkins are from Target – pumpkin add-ons are old favorites I make a point to use when decorating for Halloween.

Richard Garay decorates with Boo Marquee

Now for the final touches!

Richard Garay puts finishing touches on DIY project

I love the October 31 from the Hello Heidi Collection. It looks perfect on my smaller buffet. I will be able to repurpose these for years to come.

Hallway Buffet

Lastly, let me show you my final decoration, the chimney mantel. It’s inspired by the Day of the Dead look and feel. The bright colors bring this piece to life.

Day of the Dead themed display

Thank you for reading my blog, I hope that I inspired you to decorate or create something fun. I enjoyed taking you behind the scenes and showing you some RG signature inspired fun. This is what RG Days is all about! I have so many fun techniques I am going to be releasing, so make sure to check back.

Wishing you all a fun and Happy Halloween.

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October 19th, 2016

Hi everyone! I hope you were able to join Richard on Monday, for the RG Deal of the Day! If you did miss out, he has two more deals that you can take advantage of until this Friday, Oct. 21st. The deal will end at 11:59 AZ time. You can still view the prerecorded video on his business Facebook page HERE. (The show went live on 10/17)

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October 18th, 2016

RG Deals Inspire

RG Deals is a live interactive broadcast on Richard Garay’s Facebook page ever Monday at 10 am Arizona time. The show was developed to provide inspiration and give crafters that extra creative boost to go out and create. How many of you have stayed up into the wee hours of the morning crafting? Or even better, forgot to eat a meal because you were in the zone? That was your passion for crafting running wild. In this blog post, I’m going to show you three ways that RG Deals can inspire.

3 Ways that RG Deals Can Inspire:

1. Community
RG Deals is a platform centered around its crafting community. RG Deals provides the opportunity for crafters to come together once a week to communicate and share ideas with one another. Collaborating with your fellow crafters and learning from others may be just what you need to ignite your creative mojo. Thus, it’s important that viewers have a place they can turn to for immediate accessibility to get their questions answered.

2. Ideas
Since passion and creativity are intertwined, one of the goals for RG Deals was to inspire its viewers through education, (e.g., color combinations, stamping techniques, design aesthetics, art mediums, and project layouts). Each week the audience should walk away from the broadcast with the inspiration to create with confidence.

3. Have Fun
Relax and have a good laugh. RG Deals is a stress-free zone and a way to engage the mind with positivity. Laughing and having fun frees up the mind. By laughing and letting go, the creative juices will begin to flow.

Create something – have fun and play. Engage with other crafters and learn something new in the process. We’re here to provide inspiration and give you that extra creative boost.


October 17th, 2016

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October 12th, 2016

Hey guys! I have two super fun bundles that were introduced during Monday’s RG Deal of the Day! I’m sharing today so you don’t miss out on these AMAZING deals! They are available through this Friday, October 14th 11:59 EST. The You are Amazing Bundle has¬†Amazing You stamp set and dies, Lumberjack Blooms Die set, Amazing Accent Dots and Silver Silk Shimmer.

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October 11th, 2016

Breast cancer is a devastating disease that impacts so many lives each year. In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. During this time of uncertainty, millions of different thoughts and emotions race through the minds of the ones affected.

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