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Tutorial for New Bath Bomb and Ornament Holders

This is a photo tutorial for the new Bath Bomb gift boxes.
All of the boxes go together in same way other than the front pieces of the characters themselves. Those can pieced and layered together like any other paper piecing.

1. Cut out all your pieces. Glue all the characters parts and pieces to the front of the box before assembling the carrier.

2. After you have the character's pieces (face, hat, scarves, etc.)added to the front of the box flip both the front and back facedown and end to end, lineup the circles on the lower large tabs and glue together. You will now have one long piece. This is the top section of the Bath Bomb box.

3. Fold the score lines on the bottom section and lay it on your work surface with tabs coming up as shown. Flip the top section of the box "face up" and lay it cross wise on the bottom section as shown in the photo above and glue in place matching up the center circles.
The pattern comes with 2 different sizes of bottom boxes, the part that hangs down below the character's body. The following shows a different method of closing the tall box and short box.
4. If using the taller box bottom you will see a cutout tab on one side and slit on the other. This tab and slit is not on the shorter box.

5. I'm jumping a little ahead to show how the box closes on the bottom. Pop up the tab cutout and insert it into the slot on the other side as shown. You will then push it fully closed.

6. Before closing the bottom tabs, lay the box on it's side, insert your bath bomb or ornament into the bottom box. The top of the bomb or ornament rests up into the circle cutout.

7. Now insert the cutout tab into the slot and push the sides together to fully close.

8. Stand the gift box up right. Thread a length of ribbon or twine thru the holes in the neck area and tie your box top closed. 
The short box works best for small bath bombs and those little EOS lip glosses. They will even work for K-cups.
The circle in the main pattern piece is 2-1/2" in diameter. For smaller items I included 4 additional inserts with every design. These hold your item in place, make it easy to open and remove the gift and then reuse the box.
9. Set your item in the box and then place the insert tab on top to be sure you have the size you need. Fold up the tabs on the insert. Glue the long tab to inside edge keeping the folded edges for the insert and box lined up.

10. Now gently push the insert down over your item. Don't glue the short tab. This tab is used to open and remove the gift item easily without tearing the box apart. It will stay down when you tie the top of box closed.

**TIP: I cut out all 4 inserts and save off to the side. Then I can use them to determine what size insert I will need on each project.  When I know what size I want then I only have to cut one from the right color cardstock.

See the full line of Bath Bomb Gift Boxes here.
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Watercolor Paper Originals by Inks by Cheri

Watercolors and inks are such a beautiful trend right now and I'm really excited about our new line of digital downloads that let you print all these beautiful art papers over and over and use them for paper crafting. 
INKS by CHERI - Printable Watercolors for Download
 Cheri creates all her artprints by hand using the real deal: paints, brushes, inks and passion on watercolor papers. When I saw her paintings I instantly fell in love with her use of color and free flowing patterns. I just had to have them.
INKS by CHERI - Printable Watercolors for Download

So we got to work, taking the originals and reproducing her prints to offer as digital downloads. These papers are so addicting. I've never been so excited about a line of papers in my life

INKS by CHERI - Printable Watercolors for Download
First thing I just had to do was use her Variegated Rose design to make watercolor daisies with the Daisy Flowers. Each petal looks hand painted.
I printed the new digital papers onto matte photo paper that I found at Office Depot. It was just the right weight for these and they printed true to color.
I also added simple words to the front of some prints to make artcards. Simply beautiful.
INKS by CHERI - Printable Watercolors for Download


Take a look at the first in a series of prints from
Inks by Cheri.
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3 Small Papercrafted Albums to Save Your Summer Memories

When you have a handful of photos and small keepsakes from your summer days here's some fun creative ways to keep them all together in a special place.
Seed Packet Memory Album 
by Nancy @ The Nickel Nook
"This is a super fun file that I will use over and over again!
I use these envelopes: on cards, in minis, as minis, etc.
They can hold photos or journal spots or ephemera.
Today I have used it as the base of my mini album."

Svg cutting files used: Seed Packet Envelope

Frog Critter Book 
by Nancy @ The Nickel Nook
Here's a fun album for the those summer photos of the kids splashing in the pool. They'll love having their own book of all those special summer memories.

Svg cutting files used: Frog Critter Book

Summer Photo Album
 by Shirley @ Scrappy Sam Designs

Shirley shared this little word album for those special photos taken thru out the summer months. This is fun and special way to share them with family and friends.

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Patriotic Wreaths and Decor for DIY Paper Crafts

8 Papercrafting projects for the 4th of July and any patriotic holiday using cardstock and your cutting machine.
 Links included below photos to My Scrap Chick cutting files used and links to each designers blog where you will find more photos, assembly info and instructions for each project.
From the Design Team at My Scrap Chick
Easy 3D Pop Up Letters for 4th of July Table Top
by Julies Creations
Svg cutting file used USA Pop Up Letters
Rosette Wreath without the Glue Gun
by Marlene at Scrappin Cookie
Svg cutting files used: Rosettes with No Glue Gun
Patriotic Pinwheels and Bows Wreath for 4th of July
by Julie at Julies Creations
Svg cutting files used: Pinwheel Star and USA Banner and Paper Bow Layers 3D
Patriotic Star Wreath
by Shirley at Scrappy Sam Designs
Svg cutting files used: Storybook Wreath
USA Pennants and Banner
by Tracy at Paper Closet Designs
Svg cutting file used: USA Banner
Americana Bouquet with Patriotic Daisies
by Shirley at Scrappy Sam Designs
Svg cutting files used Uncle Sam Hat Box and Daisy Flowers-4 Set

Patriotic Birdhouse Trio
by Shirley at Scrappy Sam Designs
Svg cutting file used: Birdhouse Trio &  Prim Pillar 

Layered 4th of July Door Wreath
by Cheryl at Dragonfly Designs
Svg cutting files used: 4th of July Tag and Easy Rosettes
See more patriotic cutting files from MyScrapChick here.
Wishing you a fun and safe 4th of July!

Daisy Tutorial for Shasta Daisy

The number of pieces needed for the beautiful paper Shasta Daisy are few. The papers I use are solid 65# card stock. It's a little lighter weight than the 110# cardstocks and much easier to work with. Yet it still creates a sturdy paper daisy that will last a long time.
I bought my papers at Joann and Hobby Lobby in large muli color packs of 25 and 200. With Hobby Lobby's 40% Off coupon you can save big time on The Paper Studio Cardstock Pack. It comes in a 200 value pack for regular price of $12.99. I also picked up Parklane's 25 pack of white from Joann during a sale. I plan to make a LOT of these flowers to give away in bouquets.

Forming the 3 Petal Layers...

1. Cut all your pieces for the Shasta Daisy.
2. I use a long narrow knitting needle to gently mold the petals but you can also do this with just your fingers by gently pinching along the edges.
3-4. Press the base of petals up from the center to form a cup shape from the petals.

Forming Stamens for the Center Cone...

5 - 6. Hold the stamens in the center with one hand and use your fingers on the other hand to push stamens up creating a cone shape.
7. When you get a bit of cone shape you can roll it between you fingers to getter a better crease around the bottom.
8. Repeat the same process with all the stamen pieces. You can add a few more stamens if you like to get an even fuller denser look to the final cone.

9.  Get all your stamens formed before gluing together.
10. For the stamen in the very center, pinch along the outside bottom to form a closed piece.
11. Use a hot glue gun, add one tiny dot of hot glue to the bottom of the center and then adhere it to the center of the next stamen layer.
12. Continue stacking the stamen layers from smallest to largest.

Putting the parts together...

13. Use a dab of hot glue on the bottom center of the daisy petals to adhere them together. I like to stagger the centers a little as I go.
14. Adhere the cone to center of daisy.
15. Add a bit of hot glue to the back sepal as shown.
16. Overlap the spikes of the sepal as shown, forming a cone. When glue has cooled you can gently curl the very tips of the spikes back to give it a natural look. 
17. I used 22 gauge floral cloth stem wire for the stems. Using a pair of needle nose pliers I form a flat circle on one end.
18. Add a small puddle of hot glue to the back of the daisy, attach the circular form of the stem to this and hold in place while the glue cools and dries.
19. Slip the wire thru the hole in the sepal. Add a few bits of hot glue round the edges.
20. Push the sepal up to the bottom of the daisy to adhere it.

Adding Leaves to the Arrangement...

21. I use my scoring tool to crease along the center of the leaves and then gently folded just a bit to give it shape.
22. Add a thin line of hot glue along the fold line.
23. Place a stem wire along the glue.
24. After putting together you arrangement of daisies add a few leaves here and there. One leaf per stem seems to look just about right so that makes adding leaves to the bouquet even easier.
DAISIES in 4 Varieties Cutting Files
Cutting files in SVG, AI, DXF and GSD
The various daisies are all constructed in the same way, but by changing up the size and order of the center cones along with changing colors you get 4 varieties. To make this easy for you to figure out there is a separate file for each variety with the sizes needed.

Three Cups of Tea - Shape Cards for Paper Crafting

You can't go wrong with tea and coffee cards.
Here's 3 of our personal favorites from
My Scrap Chick's Design Team.
A Cup Full of Get Well Wishes
The black and white papers for this tea cup work perfectly with a stamped image.  The stamp is called Sugar Crash and is from an older Stampabilities Set but Sue also does lots of other colored images from the House Mouse so be sure to visit her blog, you'll love her colored versions of these little characters.
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 Tea and coffee are popular subjects for card makers.
The title of the book "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortensen was inspired by a saying told to Greg by Haji Ali... 
"The first time you share tea with a Balti,
you are a stranger.
The second time you take tea,
you are an honored guest.
The third time you share a cup of tea,
you become family."
Cherry Teacup Card
Kristin's teacup is a cute easel card that folds flat for sliding into an envelope and popping in the mail. Perfect for sharing a cup of tea with a friend across the miles.
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 A cup of tea or coffee,
it's more than just a hot drink.
It's a cup of comfort on a cold day.
A cup friendship when shared with others. 
A cup full of healing to someone
who is under the weather. 

Teacup Birthday Card
Shirley made this frilly teacup card in the birthday girl's favorite colors. She also enlarged the card a wee bit so she could tuck in a gift card. How sweet is that?
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We have a whole category for Tea & Coffee designs. And if you love coffee designs you'll also love these new cup wraps from Tracy at Paper Closet Designs.

Mini Coffee Cup Wrap
and Stand with Gift Card Holder
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