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June 2014

Patriotic Woven Placemat and Cupcake Toppers

WEB Patriotic - Woven Placemat and Cupcake Topper TutorialI have to admit, I like decorating for holidays but sometimes the holiday sneaks up on me and I don't have the things I need to make a cute presentation.  That's when making my own placemat and cupcake toppers is perfect since I can use up patterned papers left over from my scrapbook pages and the photos from the holiday will coordinate perfectly when they are scrapped!

To make this tutorial extra easy for you I've created all the cut files you need and you can download them all HERE for free. Also, don't forget to watch this short video tutorial that will help guide you in making these as well.

 

Supplies Needed:

 

Woven Paper Placemat

Step 1 - Load all of the cut files onto your USB flash drive and then insert it into your ScanNCut. Click on "patterns," "saved data," and then the USB icon. Select the "weave.fcm" file and cut it out on a 12" x 12" piece of patterned paper. This will be you paper loom for your placemat.

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Step 2 - Cut out the border shape "BO-A006" from the border patterns that are preloaded into every ScanNCut machine. Keep the size at 1.57" x 11.42" and change the number to cut to 6.

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Place two 6" x 12" patterned papers onto your mat, insert it into the machine, and then press the scan icon so you can make sure the papers and patterns are lined up correctly, you need 3 shapes per paper...6 total.

*Being able to scan my papers & see them on the screen in relation to my patterns is my FAVORITE feature on the ScanNCut!
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Step 3 - Next weave the border strips into your paper loom going over the first band, under the second, and so on.
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For your next border strip, start by going under, over, under, and so on. Continue alternating the two patterned papers and weaving until all the pieces have been used. Adjust the strips so they are evenly spaced and then glue down the end pieces on the back side of the placemat to keep them in place.
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Step 4 - Lastly cut out and glue down the square border "weave_frame.fcm" (also a free cut file) so that it's centered on the placemat.
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Add faux stitch lines on it with a white pen if desired.
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When you're finished your placemat should look similar to this:
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Cupcake Topper
WEB Patriotic - Woven Placemat and Cupcake Topper Tutorial

Step 1 - Load the free cut files onto your USB flash drive and then insert it into your ScanNCut. Click on "patterns," "saved data," and then the USB icon. Select the "patriotic_pinwheel.fcm" file and place a patterned paper that is at least 12" x 2" at the top of the sticky mat, this is for the pinwheel. Beneath it place two papers that are at least 2.5" x 2.5" for the star and the circle.

Press the scan button so you're able to see your papers on the screen and then move your patterns onto the correct papers before cutting them out.
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Step 2 - Apply adhesive to the circle shape so that it's ready to be glued on after the border piece is folded.

Next accordion fold the border shape using the scallop edge as a folding guide. You want a fold in each valley of the scallop.
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Once it's completely folded, apply adhesive to one of the ends and attach it to the other end to form a circular shape. 
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Press the center down on your table top to flatten it out and then mount it onto the circle that you already put adhesive on.
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Step 3 - Lastly, glue the star to the top of the pinwheel and glue on a toothpick so it can be inserted into some yummy cupcakes.
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-Enjoy those yummy cupcakes!!  I'll have the recipe on my blog later this week for the lemon filled ones I made for this blog post. They are SOOOoooo good!
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Sponsor: Brother International

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. 

ERIN Sig


Summer Time!

I've always loved summer time as a kid. The anticipation leading up to it was always such a great feeling. I feel the same way about summer now though too because it means my niece comes out to stay!  I still can't believe how brave she is to fly all by herself!

Together

She just arrived over a week ago and already we have been to her first wedding, and then went on her first family camping trip up to the beautiful Sequoia National Forest.  

The wedding was thoughtful and beautiful, and this 8 yr old girl ate it up. 

Hess Wedding

Camping was a blast! She had such a great time & I'll share the project life style scrapbook she's making about it once she's finished.

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I can't wait to see what else the summer has in store for us.  I'm sure there will be many kids craft projects just like in years past, and fun surprises too.

 

ERIN Sig


ScanNCut: Father's Day Gift

Father's Day is coming and that means it's time to shower Dad with love. Here's a cute and practical gift idea for him...a personalized mug!

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Supplies needed:

 

ScanNCut - Father's Day Mug and Tag - vinyl1 WEB

Step 1 -  Create your cut file. To do that you have a few different options:

  • Create your artwork (or snag mine HERE), print it and then scan it into your ScanNCut machine.
  • Create your artwork (or snag mine HERE), open up ScanNCutCanvas and use the "Image Tracing" option to upload your .jpg and create a cut file that you can save to your computer or memory stick then transfer it over to your ScanNCut.
  • Or just download the cut file HERE.  -You're welcome!

 

Number_one_dad printable

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Step 2 - Once you have your cut file loaded into your ScanNCut change your blade settings to 1 and the cut pressure to 0. Place your vinyl onto the mat and load it into the machine and then press "cut".
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Step 3 - Remove the vinyl from the mat and weed out all of the pieces you don't need...in this case, all the black parts of the design.

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Step 4 - Apply transfer tape to the front of your vinyl design, burnish it well with your thumb, bone folder, or whatever you have on hand and then carefully remove the backing paper from the vinyl/transfer tape. Place your vinyl design onto your glass.
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Step 5 - Apply the etching cream as per the manufactures instructions and wait the proper amount of time for your design to be etched into the glass.
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Step 6 - Scrape off the etching cream, rinse off the glass, remove the vinyl, and then give your mug a good cleaning.
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And just like that you have a finished, and personalized, mug!  
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Tie a cute little tag onto it like the one I made below and you're ready to give it to Dad!

Supplies needed for the tag:


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Want to see the project in action? Check out this video:

 

 

Sponsor: Brother International

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. 

ERIN Sig


Art Journaling: Together In Life

I'm waaaaaayyyy behind on posting my art journal pages here on my blog, so instead of going back to the older ones, here's one I did the other day...

Art Journal - Together1 - Erin Bassett

Sometimes life is hard...living life with people gets complicated! Boy, I could totally relate the other night to the "spinster" in the book I had been reading who lives a simple life way out in the boondocks since at that moment in time I thought about how nice it would be to be her and not have to compromise on decisions with my Husband or have to deal with all the stuff I have on my plate right now. But that's not real life for me. In real life I choose to deal with it and live in a family in good times and bad.

After dealing with all that STUFF and getting a chance to talk with my Husband, I decided to clear a path on my workbench so I could art a little bit. Art is therapy! And this is the page I came up with.

Here's some close-ups...
Art Journal - Together1 - Erin Bassett
Art Journal - Together1 - Erin Bassett
Art Journal - Together1 - Erin BassettI used Stencil Girl stencils from May's kit on it along with my favorite DecoArts Americana paint colors (Desert Turquoise, Ice Blue, Hauser Dark Green, Houser Medium Green, Houser Light Green, Golden Straw, Pumpkin, Melon, Black), a bunch of scrap papers and even map pages from an old Thomas Guide map book. All the black outlines were done with a charcoal pencil and smudged out with water.

 

Sponsor: DecoArt

ERIN Sig