Guest Designers & Their Blogs at My Scrap Chick

Girlfriend Treat Bags
Fun treat boxes were made using the scallop handle from the Bigger Box Patterns. Designer Mara used double sided cardstock on these. She has more photos on her blog
Designer: Mara
Blog:
LoveYourMotherEarth

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School Time Scrapbook Page
The apple on this scrapbook page layout really pops on the pink background.
Pattern: Apple from Fruit - Vol. 1

Designer: Jeannie
Blog:
The Polka Cabana

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Manicure & Pedicure Birthday Card
Ahh! This is the kind of card I would love to get. I'd even be willing to have a birthday for this.

Designer: Ruthie
See more photos on her Blog:
September Ninth

A special thank you to these designers for allowing us to share their photos here.

Pumpkin Treat Box

Who can resist candy? Make your house the most popular stop on Halloween with treat boxes and wraps. I plan to make up some cute boxes for the girls at the post office and latte stand. Here's a snapshot of what I've got planned...
I'm using the Pumpkin Treat Box from the Dollar Downloads (it was a freebie friday pattern last year). This was super easy to cut and put together. One sheet of textured orange cardstock for the box and I LOVE glitter so had to use yellow glittered cardstock for the mouth and back of eyes.
I inked around the edges of things and made a quick tag with a scallop and circle punch. The lettering is hand-done because it's quick to do, and I love quick and easy projects. Safeway has big bags of mixed candy on sale and it doesn't take a lot to make this guy look like he's loaded with sweet treats.
I love giving handmade gifts. Hey, I think this turned out cute enough to earn some double punches from the girls at the latte stand! That was easy...Fun! Fun!

Paper Piecing with Copic Markers

Michelle Bayliss loves to use her copic markers to color her paper piecing designs. We love what she did with the little "Trick or Treaters" pattern shown here and she was kind enough to do this fabulous tutorial for us to share with you. Thanks Michelle!! We love it and have been playing with our copic markers ever since.



Tutorial using MyScrapChick pattern:  Bella & Baxtor Trick or Treaters




1. Cut your pattern pieces and place them in order on top of each other. This will allow you to see which part of the bottom layer you need to colour. On this file I need to colour the spine, back leg and some of the hood around the child face.

2. Once I have my base colour on the bottom layer I always lay the pieces back on top to make sure I have coloured everywhere I need to. You can see on this piece I need to go back and colour under the face. You also need to shape your back leg so be aware not to colour the whole base layer in case it is not needed.

3. Go back to your base layer and add shading. The shading on this piece was done using just one colour. I just edged the spikes on the back for more shading by adding more of the same colour where the leg would be.

 
4. For the face I use 3 colours. E50, E00, E11. I always start with my lightest colour and colour the whole face in E50. I then edge the side of the face with my next darkest, E00. Then I take my lightest colour again and just drag colour in. By this I mean, I only take the pen from left to right, dragging the darker colour into the lighter and giving a shadow effect. With the darkest colour, E11, I edge the cut edge only. I then repeat the dragging technique. You can repeat this as many times as you want until you are satified with the shading.

5. Glue face into position.
6. Next piece is the body of the costume. Once again I put my lightest colour on first. This is the one time I use the chisel end of the pen. Do not worry if it looks streaky. It does blend as you add colour.

7. Next, either edge the outside edge with a darker colour or use the same colour again. Then do the dragging technique to blend. I find it easier to turn the piece and just go left to right when dragging the colour in. If you want more definition edge the outside cut edge with a darker colour. 
8. Glue on costume body.

9. When doing your shading bear in mind creases in arms and legs etc.

10. When you have all you pieces glued into place, you need to think about eyes, cheeks and highlighting. I have not added the hair to this piece as I like it without; it gives more space to put our eye.

11. To do eyes I use a 0.7 Letraset fine line drawing pen. I try a do a little curved d to get the eye, so slightly larger and rounder at the bottom. For cheeks I use either R20 or R00 depending on how much I want them to stand out. Highlighting is again down to personal choice as to how much or how little
you do. I always put a little white dot on the eye and on the cheek.

12. To finish off I glue another base layer to the back of the finished piece. This is to hide where the copic ink has gone through the card. Remember you can always go more in-depth with your colour shading and shade depending on
where the light is coming from.



Our many thanks to Michelle Bayliss.
To download a copy in PDF format click here.

Call for project photos and guest designers.

Altered Composition Book
Kristi has been browsing around some blogs this week and found some amazing projects using MyScrapChick patterns. So we thought it would be fun to feature some great paper crafters here on our own blog. If you would like to submit some photos of projects you've done using our patterns,  please send them to info@myscrapchick.com  In exchange for being a guest designer or allowing us to use photos of your projects on our blog, newsletter and website we'll send you free MSC product downloads.
We'd like to introduce our first  guest designer, Tammy Jennings, who's been doing some wonderful projects.
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Hi, My Hi, My name is Tammy Jennings and I have been creating art and making crafts since I was a very small child. A few years ago my Husband saw the Cricut commercial on TV and decided that was what he wanted to get me for Christmas, I was less than thrilled. Until I discovered Sure Cuts A Lot, then I was excited. I asked my Dad to give me SCAL for Christmas and he did, I was able to start downloading free cut files that I found online.

Shortly after Christmas I discovered My Scrap Chick and WOW, it has been a long and happy love affair! I LOVE MSC files, they are so cute and easy to piece and you just have so many options. My Scrap Chick was the first company that I actually purchased a cut file from and since that first purchase I have made many many more. I think my favorite thing about MSC, besides the fact that the files are just so wonderful and creative, is that they really do piece well, rarely do you have to deal with teeny tiny pieces and if you choose to use a stamp for the face or draw your own it is so easy to do that. I also love that I can mix and match different collections and get completely different looks.


Thank You Card
Since that Christmas I have amassed a very large collection of MSC cut files, I have upgraded from the Cricut to an 18” Black Cat Cougar to cut with and I have added Make-the-Cut and Signcut software to my arsenal! I still get every excited on Fridays to get the My Scrap Chick email and see what is new! My Scrap Chick ROCKS!! ~ Tammy
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Thanks Tammy! Be sure to visit Tammy's blog for more fun and inspiration.

Card Essentials Vol. 2


16 card patterns to help you get started quickly on your next handmade card. These go beyond the basic card sketch with the actual patterns and cutting files included to create each design.

Card Essentials Vol. 2 The Card Makers Helper
You'll be able to plan your next card more quickly since you will already know the basic overall design, leaving more time for the fun and creativity of choosing your papers, colors and embellishments. The perfect backgrounds for stampers and digi artists too.

Card Essentials Vol. 2 is a great tool for card makers of all skill levels and sure to become a resource you will use again and again.

Wanting to make more than one card? Simply change the colors and embellishments of each card for a completely new and fresh look. Each pattern can be used to create completely different and unique card designs and will work with any theme, birthday, anniversary, thank you, etc.

Kristi's Recipe for Deep Fried PC

Anyone that knows me, knows I am NO cook, or even Suzie home maker for that matter. So if you mention Kristi and deep fried in the same sentence, there must be trouble to follow.




If you are reading this post, chances are you have a computer or access to one. Perhaps you have more than one computer with tons of precious photos of your loved ones, important software that cannot be replaced (like those that have been upgraded not to work with the bug machine) or amazing digital patterns that you have been collecting for years.

Imagine hanging out on your computer as you some times do. You are sitting there, doing what you do when all of the sudden sparks flare from the back of your computer and smoke begins barreling out from the side of the tower. That was my Monday!

What would be the first thing that goes through your mind? I can tell you that after feeling an immediate drop in the pit of my stomach, I praised GOD that I had backed everything up on my portable hard drive. Yes, PRAISE GOD!

Imagine loosing all those years of files I had created, my original designs. But more importantly, all the photos of my little girls, my husband, my family and the precious moments that had been captured digitally. Imagine them gone, all gone!

You see that actually happened to me years ago. I still have the computer, as one day I hope to get my photos off of it. But I learned my lesson.

I want to share this with you, my dear friends, because this has happened to me not once, but twice. The first time I wasn't so lucky, and I do not what that to happen to you.

We at My Scrap Chick are always happy to re-send you a file you may have lost, or deleted by accident. And if by unfortunate circumstance your computer dies....well, we will resend all the files we have on record for you.

We want to do our part to always be there for you if you need us, but no matter how much we love and appreciate you, we cannot replace the other precious content on your computer. So please, please, please....back everything up on another hard rive. It is not worth loosing.

We have 'save the tata's' and 'save the whales', now lets "save our PC" (precious content!!!