Wednesday, July 20

Quick Paper Party Pennants
Colorful pennants will add some quick pizazz to any party or get together. Our series of party pennants went together so quick and easy even we were amazed. I think picking out the papers actually took longer than the cutting and assembling.
The new set we're showing here comes with 3 shapes, the traditional triangle shape, a scooped U shape and the notched flag. To make it as easy as possible we made the back layer to fold over the twine or ribbon. (We're all about quick and easy.)
Group your pennant layers together. Crease along the score lines on each base layer. This will make lining up the front layers in the next step go a bit faster. .

The front layers can be glued to the background or you can use pop-dots to add depth and thickness.

I like to arrange the pennants in the order they will be hanging before folding them over the ribbon or twine. Then once they are hung over the ribbon I glue the folded pennant together along the lower portion only. That way I keep the glue away from the ribbon, plus the pennant slides freely and I can easily adjust them after hanging.
You might also enjoy using the pretty pennants to add a splash of color to your creative space or along a chalkboard, fireplace mantel, mirror or bookshelf.
This sort of project really lends itself to using a variety of prints so don't forget to look thru your paper scraps. The actual cutting file for these use smaller pieces of paper, approximately 3"x5".
Like any svg cutting file the Paper Party Pennants can be enlarged or reduced to suit your needs. You could even make them small enough to decorate a gift package.

Life may not be the party we hope for, but while we are here we may as well dance.

Wednesday, June 8

BBQ Apron Easel Card Photo Tutorial

After cutting all the pieces for the BBQ Apron Easel Card, group the pieces for each element together for easier assembly.

Start by glueing the decorative layer to the front of apron and then fold along score lines to form the apron pocket.

**The decorative layer was added to the original file on 6-9-2016 so if you purchased the file before that, just login to your account and download the file again.

Fold tabs to back of apron and glue. 

Assemble the other elements for the card, the bbq sauce bottle, utensils, mitt and greeting layers.

Fold the card base along score lines as shown to create the easel. You will fold the card in half and then fold one side again as shown in photo.

Apply glue to the bottom half of the folded card as shown and then attach the apron front/pocket, lining up along bottom and side edges. Photo below shows card after glueing and layed open.

The inside greeting layer is used to hold the easel card open so use pop dots to give it some height.

This card provides lots of opportunity to add notes and quotes. Besides the apron pocket insert and the greeting layer on the base, the mitt and sauce bottle have white layers to add to the back of the piece This is optional of course.

If you plan to use the card for an invitation to a BBQ the pocket  insert works great for adding the details of the invite.

View of finished card.

BBQ Apron Easel Card

Teachers Desk Easel Card Photos and Tutorial

Showing appreciation for another person is sometimes the very fuel that keeps that person going, and teachers are no exception. Showing thanks is also a very important part of teaching a child to appreciate and recognize what others do in this world.
Cut out all your pieces and group parts to make assembly easier.

Optional: Ink edges to add dimension.
Assemble the individual parts like the desk and desk top, flower pot, stack of papers etc. This is also a good time to add any stamped or handwritten sentiments.  
Fold base of card in half. Fold in half again on the upper half as shown. This creates the easel.
Flip card over and lay flat. Apply glue only to the bottom half of easel as shown and then add card front. Line up the edges.
This is how the easel card will look after attaching the card front to the folded base.
Fold card closed so you can work on the front. The first pieces added should be the white projector screen and the teachers chair.
Next, add the desk and the greeting.
Finish arranging and adding the other parts of the card front. This will be the banner, books, apple papers and pot of flowers.
It's recommended that you add pop dots to the greeting layer that goes on the inside of the card so that it helps hold the card open when displayed. You can see how it creates a bit of a raised edge in the photo below... 
The Teachers Desk Easel card will fold flat for mailing and for tucking into an envelope. When open it displays nicely on any flat surface.
See this other blog post showing another version of the Teachers Desk along with another cute teacher card that has lots of cool school stuff.

Tuesday, May 17

10 Cool Summer Cards for Inspiration

1. A cool penguin in cap and sunglasses with fresh summer watermelon on this fun lighthearted Thank You card. Thanks A Melon

2.  Sunglasses and smiley face emojis. Makes you think of that person and teenager who is very plugged in to all the techie gadgets. This card also comes with a treat bag topper and tag.   Emoji Cool Trio

 3.  5"x5" Easel card with 4 interchangable word titles. Or create your own title to suit. Titles are layered and can also be used for your scrapbook pages.  Beach Easel Card with 4 Different Titles.

 4. Cute Manly BBQ apron easel card with utensils, mitt and BBQ sauce inserts. Card folds flat for easy mailing.  BBQ Pocket Easel Card
5. Here's the perfect summer card for any man. Use tropical and bright prints for this easy side folding card.  Hawaiian Shirt Card
6. Ocean beach card scene with crab, starfish & coral. Sam's Class Crab Card
7. Another simple and quick Bug design will work for spring or summer cards. Change up the colors to make it work for boys, girls or women. Light hearted and fun butterfly.   Butterfly Bug Card

8. A very tropical or Hawaiian style card with palm trees and curly waves. The edges of this card give it a postage stamp look.  Aloha Card
9.  Any time of year is the right time to send someone a card of encouragement that says "Way to Go" whether they have run a marathon, reached a goal or overcome a struggle.  Encouragement Easel Card
10.  This frog with her bikini is good for some laughs. She looks good coming or going. Frog Critter Book
Find more summer card ideas at

Tuesday, April 12

Frogs and Paper Rain Drops

Here's a cute gift idea for your paper crafting friends. It's nice to make something for yourself once in a while too. That's what I did with this hanging card for my work space.

The background is created using several layers of coordinating papers in staggered sizes. For the "photo" corners I used a paper with mulitpe thin stripes. There's a layer of blue paper right behind the frog that I tore along the top and then curled the edges to look a bit more like water. The layers are all then stitched on the sewing machine.
The lettering was intended to look random like a ransom note so all the lettering was printed on cardstock, then cut by hand. I cut the frog on my cutting machine, inked the edges and pieced it together.
Paper Rain Drops
The effect of raindrops was done using JudiKins Diamond Glaze. Just add a dot and pull upwards on the paper to get the rain drop effect. Pull up at the same angel each time.

Allow the raindrops to dry thoroughly before adding the hanger. This hanger is made using a mix of yarns and ribbons. I punched a hole in the upper corners, pulled the ribbons thru from back to front and then knotted on the frontside of the card.

My Hoppy Frog hanging was made using the Rain Frog pattern from My Scrap Chick.
Here's a few other options for the inspirational phrases...
"Just Singing in the Rain"
"If you want to see the rainbow you got to sit through a little rain."
"Let a smile be your umbrella on a rainy day."
"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain."
"God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done."

Wednesday, March 30

Happy National Pencil Day

Almost every day my 12 year old announces what national, or international holiday it is. Who doesn't love a holiday or reason to celebrate, am I right? Being born on Christmas day, she LOVES holidays and is excited about any opportunity to receive or give a gift.   

To honor her, I thought it only fair to share with you all Today's Holiday. 


Happy National Pencil Day!!

When you think of a pencil who comes to mind? Teachers, artists, students? How can you honor them with a pencil-ish type gift?

Not only are pencils great for writing (well duh, my daughter says) the erasers have come in handy many of times when I have lost the backing to my earrings. They make great sibling pokers, hair twirlers and head scratchers.

Although we posted some projects of pencils not too long ago (I really dig drawing supplies lol) Please enjoy some inspirational pencil projects featuring My Scrap Chick Pencil Products. :)

Be sure to share how you are celebrating National Pencil Day on our facebook page! We would LOVE to hear about it and see your projects. :)

Wednesday, February 17

Update to all SVGs in MyScrapChick

*SVGs import at correct size to Design Space.
Each and every SVG in our store will now import to Design Space at the correct size with no resizing needed. You won't have to look up the measurements elsewhere. Also note: Design Space users can use the files in the "SVG" folder. (The svgDS folder has now been eliminated.)

*Better score/dash lines.
Each group of dash lines (like the fold line on a card) has been combined into a single object, instead a billion tiny pieces. Just click on any part of the dash lines on a pattern piece and the entire set of dash lines is selected. You can choose to either cut or score those fold lines in Design Space.

See the full photo tutorial for using
MyScrapChick SVGs with Cricut Design Space.

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 from 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