5 WAYS GOLD CAN MAKE YOUR NEXT PROJECT POP!

March 23rd, 2017

Gold can give any project that added touch of both style and charm. Whether it is used as a foil, splash, glitter, or paper—this metallic metal brings any work of art to life by providing that extra little sparkle or shine. If you’re unsure how to incorporate this precious metal into your paper craft designs– here are 5 ways gold can make your next project POP!

Use Watercolor Paper to Paint a Gorgeous Gold Landscape

1st Technique–Take watercolor paper and create a stencil-like impression by using the die as a “mask,” then spray gold splash directly on the die to create that outline look (pictured in the lower left-hand side of the paper). Second Technique–Spray gold splash on to a clear block, dab die onto the splash, then stamp directly on the watercolor paper (pictured in the right-hand side of the paper). Card uses Full Bloom die set from RG Silver & Gold collection.

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CRAFT ROOM ORGANIZING TIPS | FROM THE MAKE AMAZING DESIGN TEAM

March 21st, 2017

Spring is finally here–

Let’s put away those heavy jackets, pull out the pastels, open up some windows, and of course do a little Spring cleaning! As we all know– a clean home is a happy home—however, the same could be said for your crafting space. Luckily, the ladies of Richard’s Make Amazing Design Team have offered to share some of their best organizing tips and tricks to help keep your craft room neat and tidy all year long!

Beck Beattie

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TIME TO UPCYCLE AND ORGANIZE THOSE PAPER SCRAPS!

March 16th, 2017

Alright, time to confess—how many of you out there have a secret bag or drawer where you store a lovely collection of paper scraps? Don’t be shy now–we’re all friends here. And, I think I can speak for most of us, crafters, when I say—You just never know when you’re going to need them, right? But no matter how good our intentions might be—these piles only seem to grow higher and higher with each completed project.

The good news is, you don’t have to necessarily stop saving those scraps of paper—just start working them into your next projects more often. Challenge yourself to branch out a little, you’d be surprised at what you can come up with!

Create Depth and Dimension to your Next Card-

Layer on the different sizes and patterns to make an eye-catching combination of texture and color. The card inspiration below is a great example of how scraps can create that added dimension. The vibrant colors and various patterns really bring this card to life–creating a unique masterpiece!

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IT’S NATIONAL CHILDREN’S CRAFT DAY! | 2017

March 14th, 2017

Today is National Children’s Craft Day!

What a perfect way to spend some time with the little one(s) while doing something you’ll both enjoy together…. crafting! Open their eyes to the wonderful world of creativity and encourage them to try something new without the involvement of electronics or television. Crafting has been known to boost self-esteem in children by giving them a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment- so let’s pull out those art supplies and get to work!

This week, Gabby helped her two youngest boys, Matthew and Andrew, create some fun St. Patrick’s Day cards for their teachers at school. Both boys enjoy getting their hands dirty in the craft room while making special treats or cards for their teachers and classmates.

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4 WAYS YOU CAN MAKE MONEY DOING WHAT YOU LOVE!

March 9th, 2017

 

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

Sounds easy enough, right? Well, not quite. To actually turn this idea into a reality has proven to be much harder than it looks. Sure, we would all love to be doing what we love but–for many of us, this just seems like an impossible feat. However, if paper-crafting is your passion–you’re in luck—because here are 4 ways to make money doing what you love!  (more…)

3 WAYS YOU CAN BRIGHTEN SOMEONE’S DAY

March 3rd, 2017

With all the wonderful things crafting can do to benefit your health and wellness, there really isn’t much more of an excuse to be made for engaging in such artful activities.  Since today is National ‘I-Want-You-To-Be-Happy’ Day, Team RG would like nothing more than for you to cozy up inside your craft room, pull out those art supplies, and go to town doing what fills you heart with joy. After all, the purpose of this nationally observed happy day is to encourage people to do something that will make someone else smile. Luckily, for crafters, doing what makes us happy tends to also make others happy. So, while we didn’t need to give you any more reasons to craft- here are 3 creative ways to brighten someone’s day! (more…)

WHAT CRAFTING CAN DO FOR YOUR MIND, BODY, & SOUL

March 1st, 2017

 

March is National Craft Month, which means we have a full 31-days dedicated to recognizing all the incredible benefits that come out of this wide world of creativity through crafting!

 

All too often, we become bogged down with the everyday hustle and bustle –so it’s understandable to forget the importance of taking a little time for yourself. Engaging in craft activities has been found to increase happiness, ease stress and offers a myriad of other amazing qualities that will positively impact your mind, body, and soul. Therefore, ensuring you find that one moment or opportunity to disconnect from all electronic devices, and reconnect with your own creativity and personal self has never been more important for your health! (more…)

A NEW WAY TO CELE-BRATE!

February 15th, 2017

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

There are so many fun ways to use the Cele-brate plate die from the Richard Garay Celebra’tions collection. Not only does the plate allow you to assemble some quick DIY Birthday cards– for those last-minute occasions— but here are two more ways you can use this die to add a little life to your next project!

Typically, after running the Celebrate plate through a die-cutting machine, you will end up with one large, detailed piece. (more…)