Tuesday, January 12

Write It On Your Heart...

WHAT, Valentine's day is around the corner!!
This is my year to be ready, early. 
I hope..

Showing our love and appreciation should freely flow for us on a daily basis. Sure we say "love you" and thank a kind stranger for holding the door for us, but do we really show our love to everyone with the fullest capacity of our being? I know, scary thought; right? 

 I am one of those "out there" people,  who will come right up to you and be  your new friend whether you wanted  one or not. I will hug you and love you  and invade your space.   Yes, similar  to this sweet girl 

 But if I were honest with myself, I  would say that I do not show my love  and appreciation to those who are most  important in my life.  I am not talking  just family, but those people who make  my life and those around me easier. 

Everyday I send my kids off to school and wait for them to arrive home having learned something new.  This has been a habit we have had for over 10 years now. With one daughter in high school and the other in elementary, I know I have taken for granted all the hard work and effort these amazing teachers have invested in my children over the years. I couldn't do it, nor would I want to. I have 2 kids that drive me crazy, I couldn't imagine what 30 of them would do to me lol

This year my goal is to spread love and appreciation everywhere I go. My first challenge is to start with the amazing teachers and staff where my children attend. I am talking office staff, teachers, and the other fabulous people who have made it easy for me to drop my kids off every day knowing they are in good hands, learning something new. 

Please join me in using your talents and the enormous (yes, I know I am not alone here ;) amount of supplies you have lying around, to create something wonderful for someone who makes your life easier. 

I will be starting with this adorable pencil box inspired by Kristin Courtney. She took something so simple and made it amazing. That is what I want to do with this idea. 

Who are you going to thank this week and how are you going to do it? Show us your projects and your story behind it. We will be pulling ideas to post on the blog, newsletter and Facebook. If you project is chosen you will receive a nice gift from us. 

Click here to grab the pencil box. I can't wait to see how you decorate yours! 

Hugs, Kristi

Tuesday, December 29

Happy New Year Party Fun

Photo booths are all the rage. They are so easy and inexpensive to set up. It's great fun for all ages, keeps guests actively entertained and can be a real ice breaker for any party.

Kristin has worked her magic once again by searching through My Scrap Chicks designs and combining various elements to create an all new set of New Years Party Props. Her family joined in the fun for her photo shoot and she shared all these photos below...

Show off your own creative skills by setting up a backdrop for your photo booth. Use balloons, confetti, banners, printed fabric....let your imagine go wild and have fun. Use large buckets or vases to display the props and let guests take their pick. Good lighting will make for some great shots.
These quick and easy party glasses for 2016 will get everyone in the New Year spirit. Our 2016 New Years Party Glasses are a free download now and thru New Years Day.


Thursday, December 17

Night Before Christmas, Storybook Wreath

Add your own touch of nostalgia to the season with this story tag and star wreath featuring the classic tale of "The Night Before Christmas." 

The full poem is set across 10 tags along with vintage illustrations. The poem which was originally known as "Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas," was first published anonymously in a Troy newspaper in 1823. Since then it's been read every year in countless households across the country.

Kristin combined parts and pieces from several of our designs to create this keepsake wreath.  She used the 3D Puffy StarNight Before Christmas Tags and a part from the star box (below-left) that gives the wreath a bit of added fullness.

This base works great too as a backing for attaching the back of the star with a dab of hot glue.  

Kristin tucked in a bit of dark green netting here and there, then a big bow at the top from the same green netting. The buttons and twine in the center of each star serve to hold the tags in place.

We made it easy to recreate what she has done here by putting all those parts and pieces together into one file.   Storybook Wreath

Thursday, November 19

Paper Leaves to Create Fall Wreath

fall wreath with paper leaves using cardstock, scrapbook papers and svg cut files
Enjoy all the rich colors and textures of autumn with your own wreath made from scrapbook papers.  Select your own color palette for fall or find that perfect stack of coordinated papers from your favorite scrapbook store. 
use a variety of leaves from svg cutting files
Kristin Courtney, the creative soul behind this beautiful fall design said she cut out the leaves using 10 different patterned and embossed papers. The edges are all inked in brown and then inked again with gold.  Each leaf is gently creased and bent here and there to add depth and a natural look.
Kristin hot glued the leaves to a ring made from chipboard. "It took 10 sheets of cardstock to make 72 leaves and the acorns for this full sized wreath."
The banner is cut from muslin, letters are cut from cardstock and glued to the pennants and then strung on twine.
embossed leaves inked with gold and fall banner
We added many leaf styles, acorns, the pennent and wreath backing for this design so you can make your own Fall Wreath.  Comes in smooth cutting SVG, AI, DXF and GSD file formats.

Wednesday, November 18

Add a Touch of "Handmade with Love" to Gift Cards

svg cut files for gift card holders

We love to shop for gifts but sometimes it's really hard to know just what to pick for some people. And how many times have you found the perfect gift only to discover the shipping costs are almost as much as the gift itself. Those are the times it makes perfect sense to pick out a gift card instead.

Svg cutting file for gift card holder
So you bought the gift card to their favorite place to shop, you get ready to wrap it all up and suddenly you start to feel that pang in your heart like it's just so impersonal. You almost start to feel bad. 
But wait!....they all know how much you love to play with paper right? Right! So get those Christmas papers out and make a hand made gift card holder. They'll know you cared to put your own personal touch to their awesome gift. You were thinking of them when you put that cute card together. And now it feels so right. Perfect!
 Gift Card Holders for Christmas
feature 6 different designs. Tabs on the inside hold the gift card in place.
Happy snowman holds you giftcard. Easy SVG cutting file.
is a light hearted design and really suitable for any age.
Tabs on the inside hold the gift card in place.

Monday, September 21

More Kawaii Treatkins Printable Cuteness Inspiration, Gallery 2

Here's 4 more cards from Kristin using the Kawaii Treatkins printables.

What a great card style for kids. Even if they don't collect the shopkins characters or hello kitty items, this simple style is so kid friendly. It would be easy to make up a small supply to have on hand for birthday parties and school events.

Robby Rocket Treatkins

Happy Cake Treatkins

Softie Serve Treatkins

Caramella Apple Treatkins

If you missed part 1 of these Treatkins cards here's the link.

Have a delicious day!   :)

Saturday, September 19

Kawaii Treatkins Printable Cuteness Inspiration, Gallery 1

Kawaii is a style of "cuteness" that is so popular today. Hello Kitty is probably the most recognized character in this artistic style. Those big round eyes, sweet cheeks and happy little smiles is the "Cute" look for our line of "Kawaii Treatkins."

Doughy Dunker Treatkins

Each Kawaii Treatkins design includes all the svg cutting files, a full color printable image and also a black and white digi line drawing.

Popsie Twin Treatkins

Kristin used the printable images for the front of these colorful cards. Each image comes in high quality 300 dpi jpg.

Swirly Pop Treatkins

Cottony Candy Treatkin

Cuppy Cake Treatkin

Look for Kawaii Treatkins Gallery 2
with more inspirational card ideas coming next.

Tuesday, September 8

10 Quick Card Inspirations

 Sometimes you just need a quick bit of inspiration for last minute cards. Here are 10 cards ready to cut and assemble. Just pick your papers, stamp on a greeting if needed and there you go. You'll be done in no time. Don't hesitate to dress them up even more with ribbons, bling, paper flowers and more.
Fresh Tulip Bouquet Card
Brighten someone's day with a bright bouquet.
Room to add a stamped or hand-lettered message on front.
Musical Notes Handmade Card
These muscial notes dance across the front of the card.
Use it with or without the fresh slice and seeds. U-Pick.

Bird Card saying Hi

Get Whale Soon
 A light hearted play on words and suitable for any age.
Latte Cup sure to perk up a friend or co-worker. Perfect for any coffee lover and latte fans.

Sunset (or Sunrise) Card
Used for a beautiful sunrise or peaceful sunset. Let your imagination play with the use of different types of prints and papers

Lady Bug square card done in layers makes this easy to assemble.

Sweater Vest Card

Purse Card
Use this little A2 size for a quick notecard or as a gift card holder.
Done in layers so you can change up the colors and patterns.

Browse more ideas and inspirations in our card section.