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Mixed Media Altered Cigar Box

Today I'm sharing how I transformed a boring old cigar box I found at Goodwill into a fun artsy box.

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Supplies Used:

 

Below are the steps I took to create this, but you can also check out this video I made on the process to see it in action:

 

I started off by covering the outside of the box with Gesso and allowing it to dry.

Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

Next, I lightly dry brushed on some blue-green acrylic paint over the lid and then covered it in Copper Texture Luxe.  (If you've followed my artwork you know I'm obsessed with the Copper one! It gives such a fun metalic texture to my projects!)
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

After that dried I taped off the beveled edge of the lid and then placed one of my favorite stencils on top. I then covered it with Whipped Spackle using my spatula.
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

Before removing the stencil I picked up an alphabet stamp I had and stamped into the Whipped Spackle to give it a bit more texture.
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

I seriously LOVE how that looks!
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

After that dried I took out my acrylic paints and randomly painted in each of the fractured pieces from the stencil.
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

I also gave the sides of the bottom of the box an underpainting with the same colors of paint and then used the same stencil and paints to create a pattern. After that dried I outlined each of the fractures with a black PITT Artist Pen and then added copper dots using the end of my paintbrush and the Copper Texture Luxe.

Cigar Box 6 - Texture Luxe Embellishment
Cigar Box 1 -Gesso

 

While everything was drying I took my metal embellishment, which was originally silver, and covered it with...yep, you guessed it...more Copper Texture Luxe! After that dried I filled back in the lettering using a PITT Artist Pen and then went to work stringing beads onto the copper wire and then adhering all of the beadwork, metal piece, some feathers, and trim onto the lid of the box.

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This was so fun to make!
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Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Creating a Monogrammed Picnic Blanket

Creating your own, one of a kind picnic blanket is really simple using your ScanNCut, and it would make a great gift!

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Supplies:

Optional Supplies:

If you create your own blanket you will need the following supplies, however you can always alter a store bought blanket instead of sewing your own

Instructions:

Follow along with the written instructions below, or view the video on how to create it here:

 

 Step 1: If you decide to create your own blanket using canvas fabric, hem in the edges.
Picnic Blanket - Step1a

 

Step 2:  Import the Ant.fcm file into ScanNCutCanvas and wirelessly transfer it to your ScanNCut.
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Picnic Blanket - Step2 -Import
Picnic Blanket - Step2 -Import

 

Step 3: I created the cut file with the eye being a separate piece so you could adapt the design as you desire. If you plan on using the design as I did you will need to unify the ant's eye and body before resizing it. To do that click on the button with the three red squares.

Picnic Blanket - Step1a

Select both the eye and the body.
Picnic Blanket - Step1a

And then click on the Unify button.
Picnic Blanket - Step1a

 

Step 4: Apply the Iron-On Transfer Film onto the mat with the film side up. Insert it into the machine and click on the scan button.

After the scan is complete you will be able to see both the film and the design and then you can resize, multiply, rotate, and then move the design as desired to fit as many as you can onto your film.  Then cut out the designs so that the blade only cuts the film and not the backing.
Picnic Blanket - Step1a

 

Step 5: Weed out the negative parts of the film and then cut the ants apart so they can be transferred onto the fabric.

Picnic Blanket - Step1a

 

Step 6:  Following the instructions on the package, heat up the fabric with an iron and then place the ant design onto it with the backing side up. Cover it with a pressing cloth and iron for approximately 30 seconds. Allow it to cool and then remove the backing.
Picnic Blanket - Step1a

 

Step 7: Use fabric paint to paint in the whites of the eye.
Picnic Blanket - Step1a

Continue on until all the ants are finished.

Picnic Blanket - Step1a

Step 8: For the monogram, cut out the letters you desire along with ants to carry them off with. Follow the same instructions above to adhere them onto the center of the fabric.
Picnic Blanket - Step1a
Picnic Blanket - Step1a

 

And then you're finished and ready for a picnic!

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Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Artwork Clipboard

For this piece I started off by sketching out my word art and then erasing it a bit so I could trace over it using a PITT® Artist Pen with a fine nib.  I made sure to let the pen work dry completely before erasing any visible pencil marks so I could add wet layers on top of it without it running since once the ink is dry it's waterproof. (Oh, and if you want instructions on how to create a fun pencil like this one, check out the instructions here.)

1 - Pencil Sketch
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Next I painted over the block lettering with Gel Medium and allowed it to dry.
1 - Pencil Sketch

 

Then I rubbed some Gelatos® on my craft mat, added a spray of water and then used that to watercolor in my word art. After the watercoloring is dry I gently took a damp cotton swab over the Gel Medium since it resists the Gelatos® leaving the letters white. 
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3c - Gel Medium Resist with Gelatos


Next I wanted to jazz up my clipboard so I took Glass Bead Glitter Gel and mixed it with the Red Cherry Gelato® and then painted it into a heart shape on the clipboard, I added a touch more glitter to it, and then let it dry.
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I then jazzed it up a bit more by dotting the pearl colored Metallic Texture Gem around the heart and adding some ribbons and trims.
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At that point I thought I might be done...but it was just missing something so I broke out a stencil from the 102 Stencil Collection and then mixed some Whipped Spackle and Gelatos® together to use with it.

7 - Stencil Whipped Spackle and Gelatos

I knew I wanted to add in a darker color as well so I mixed up some Gelatos® and Glaze and dripped it on and then allowed it to dry before attaching my watercolored word art to the clipboard. 
7 - Stencil Whipped Spackle and Gelatos

 

 Done and ready to put up in my studio!

Word Art Clipboard

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Creating An Inspiration Board

Faber Castell came out with a Vision Board Kit recently and asked me to create something with it and then to blog about it on the Design Memory Craft blog (you can check that out HERE).  So I made a board that would be inspiring to me yet useful and interactive.

Inspiration Vision Board by Erin Bassett

One of my favorite things about this kit is that it comes with everything you need to get started creating and if you want to add in more things or use more products you can easily mix those in.  I created this video showing step by step how I created the actual bulletin board and each of the pieces I added to it:

After making the board and inserting it into a frame I had at home I took the 6"x6" piece of printed paper with the flowers on it and decide I'd watercolor them in using the Grip markers that also come in the kit and some Gelatos that I already had. The Grip markers are waterbased  and are perfect for scribbling out on a craft mat, adding water to, and then painting in the flowers on the paper. (And another cool thing about them is if they dry out you can dip them into water to reactivate them!)

I also used a stencil from the 101 Stencil Collection and both the Pearl and the Silver Texture Lux to add some texture and shine to the background.

Watercolor Flowers by Erin Bassett

I knew I wanted to tuck the other 6"x6" piece of paper behind the flower one so I wanted to keep it simple but meaningful and inspirational to me. I came up with the plan to just use a small tipped PITT Pen to write out the attributes of the Lord that began with each of the letters. I really enjoyed meditating on those and knowing I can pull it out and refer to it when I need it. I used the PITT Pen instead of the Grip marker that comes in the kit because it has a smaller nib that made it easier to write small with.
Alphabetical Atributes of God by Erin Bassett

This kit comes with so many cute smaller pieces of paper and tags that are perfect for keeping my lists on, so I bundled them all together and put them on a ring so I could hang them on one of the pens that come in the kit .
Lists by Erin Bassett

I also used some of the banner and diecut pieces that come in the kit to tie in with one of my favorite quotes I had written on another card that came in the kit.
Inspiration Vision Board - CloseUp - By Erin BassettThat verse in Ephesians has really been on my heart lately and I love how Jimmy put words to how I feel about it:
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Yep, love that.

 

Don't you love that big, glittery hash tag!!! I knew that I wanted to use that on the frame and so I used my ScanNCut to cut out the word "inspire" out of Scor-Tape on cardstock and glittered it up to match.
#inspire by Erin Bassett

This was such a fun project to do and I hope to keep using the board, adding to it, rearranging things, and continue to be inspired from it.

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell  and Brother ScanNCut to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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How To Make A Rustic Plant Stand #craftCOLLAB

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This is such a simple way to add a whole lot of pizazz to your outdoor (or indoor) space!

 

Supplies:
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Wood Round (aka: a slab of wood)

White Acrylic Paint

Stencil (Faber-Castell's Scandinavian)

Make-Up Sponge

Wood Stain (Minwax Dark Walnut)

Disposable Sponge Brush

Sand Paper

Wood Sealer (optional, but recommended if you're keeping it outdoors)

 

Instructions:

You can watch the whole process in the video below, or follow along with the following instructions:

 

1. Place the stencil on top of the wood stump and use a make-up sponge to apply a minimal amount of white acrylic paint in an up and down dabbing motion to prevent it from seeping under the stencil.  When finished, remove the stencil and allow to dry.
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2. Use the sponge brush to quickly apply a coat of wood stain.
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3. Use paper towels or a rag to wipe off the excess stain. Don't worry if you stain looks really dark at this point. It will lighten up as it dries an is absorbed more into the wood.
Tutorial_ Rustic Plant Stand - Step 3

4. I probably could have waited for this to dry more, but I'm impatient...so I just started to lightly sand it to give it a more rustic, shabby finish. 
Tutorial_ Rustic Plant Stand - Step 4
And we're done!  Just allow it to dry thoroughly before applying a wood sealer if you plan on keeping it outdoors or just want some added protection on it.

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The above video is part of a "Summer Fun" craft collaboration with some friends of mine, go check out their videos for some other crafty ideas for your summer:

Mandy Beyeler

Nadine Calier

Cyndi Cesare

Ann Strecko Koeman

Jennifer Priest

Katie Priest

Erin Reed 

Christy Strickler

Emily Thompson

  

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Mixed Media Home Decor: Heart Frame

Confession time. We moved into our current home about 2 years ago and I've been so busy since then that I haven't really began to decorate until recently. (To make matters worse, I actually just unpacked a box that had been sitting in my office this whole time too, LOL!) In our family room we have a bunch of family photos up on the wall mixed with a few small pieces of artwork, but we had a little spot still left open that had been driving me nuts this whole time so I decided it was time to finally make something that would go there...and coincidentally I got an assignment from Faber Castell to play with some of their new stencils and create a video for them (you can watch that video here).

EB heart - home sweet homeSo here's how I created this piece....you can follow the step-by-step directions below, or check out this video:

 

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

1. Take your piece of Sticky Back Canvas and collage whatever type of ephemera you are using onto it using gel medium.

1- Home Sweet Home2.  Apply various colors of acrylic paint to your canvas to create a background.
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3. First stencil layer: Using this pattern from the 102 Collection of Stencils, take a baby wipe and remove the acrylic paint that shows through the stencil to create a pattern.

Another confession, I never clean my stencils so I had some orange spray mist on there that transferred onto my canvas...a cool serendipitous art moment!
1- Home Sweet Home
Second stencil layer: Using this stencil from the 102 Collection of stencils, continue to remove paint using a baby wipe.
1- Home Sweet HomeThird stencil layer: Using a make-up sponge apply various acrylic paints from the same color family over this stencil from the Doodle Collection of stencils.
1- Home Sweet HomeFourth stencil layer: Using a baby wipe apply white acrylic paint to this stencil from the Doodle Collection of stencils. 
1- Home Sweet HomeFifth stencil layer: Use this stencil from the 102 Collection of stencils to add another layer onto the canvas.
1- Home Sweet Home4. Use bubble wrap dipped in acrylic paint to add texture and patterns to the canvas.
1- Home Sweet HomeSixth stencil layer: Lastly, use this stencil from the Doodle Collection to add a final stenciled layer to the canvas.
1- Home Sweet Home5.  Add some brush strokes of acrylic paint to the canvas and then allow it to dry.
1- Home Sweet Home6. Once dry, use a charcoal pencil to create marks on the canvas and then use a wet paint brush over them to give them a painted look.
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7. Trace the heart pattern onto the backside of the canvas and cut it out.
1- Home Sweet HomeRemove the backing on the canvas and then insert it into the metal frame.
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8. Embellishing: Use a white pen to doodle onto the black chipboard letters and allow it to dry before adhering it to the canvas with double sided foam adhesive. On a scrap of white cardstock write "sweet home" and then cut it into a pennant shape and adhere it to the canvas with foam adhesive. Tie a ribbon through the whole so it can be hung up.

1- Home Sweet HomeAnd here's the final piece!

EB heart - home sweet home

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Get Your Patriotic Decor Ready!

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It's that time of year again for us in the USA to dust off our patriotic decor for the upcoming summer patriotic holidays to pay tribute to those who have sacrificed to give us the freedoms we have and then to celebrate our independence.  How's your decor holding up? Do you need to replace some of it?

Here are a few various patriotic projects you can quickly whip up using craft vinyl and your ScanNCut.  When working on multiple projects at once I like to plan out what designs I'm going to need cut out of each color of vinyl and get them all organized on the same "mat" in ScanNCut canvas and then send them over to my ScanNCut using the wireless transfer.  -I love that new feature! While previously using a USB stick to bring my designs back and forth from ScanNCutCanvas to my ScanNCut wasn't hard, THIS is even easier and faster!

 

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

You can watch this video of the whole process, or follow along with the instructions below:

 

1. Load your designs onto the ScanNCut and cut them out. Be sure to do a test cut first to ensure you are only cutting through your vinyl and not through the backing.

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2. Weed the negative areas out of the vinyl design.Weed Vinyl1

Repeat until they are all weeded and ready to be used.
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3. If you've cut out any embellishing designs (like I did with the stars in the example below) use transfer paper to layer them on top of your vinyl design. 
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4. Apply transfer paper over the entire design, burnish it well with your spatula, remove it from the backing, then take it to your project, burnish it again, and then remove the transfer paper.  I really like using the clear grid transfer paper because it makes it much easier to line things up.
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You don't always need to use transfer paper though. If your design is simple, and you want a random pattern, just use your vinyl cut outs like a sticker and place them where every you'd like.

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And snap, we're done! Such fast projects!

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Happy crafting!

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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The Perfect Mother's Day Gift

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Mother's Day is right around the corner and if you are looking for a beautiful gift that is personalized just for her, this is it! It's a meaningful way to forever treasure a child's handwriting...and it's practical too!

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

1. Have your child write out the word she'd like to put on the jewelry box.
Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Title

 

2.  Scan the paper in using the "Scan To Cut Data" function on the ScanNCut.  Once it's scanned in you can select all the letters, unify them, and resize them if necessary and then save the design.

Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Scan to Cut Data

 

3.  Remove the paper from the mat and place the vinyl onto it. Adjust the ScanNCut blade setting (doing a test cut if necessary) and then cut out the design.

Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Vinyl

 

4. Remove the vinyl from the mat and weed out the parts of the design that you are not using.  Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Weed Vinyl

 

5. Place a piece of adhesive transfer paper over the vinyl design and burnish it with your ScanNCut spatula or other tool to cause the vinyl to stick to the transfer paper.  Next, peel off the transfer paper and place it onto the glass of the jewelry box. Burnish it again to cause the vinyl to adhere to the glass and then remove the transfer paper.
Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Title

 

6. Cover the edges of the jewelry box with tape to protect it and then apply a thick layer of etching cream over the entire surface of the glass. Make sure you spread it evenly and get it into the corners well.

Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Applying Etching Cream

7. Wait the amount of time instructed on the etching cream directions and then remove the etching cream. I find the easiest way to do it is to gently scrape it off with a pallet knife and then to use baby wipes to remove it from the glass. 

Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Cleaning

 

8. Next, remove the vinyl from the glass and clean off the whole glass surface with water and a clean towel.  

You now have the perfect gift to show Mom how loved she is!

Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Makenna

 

Here's the video instructions on how to create this awesome gift:

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Spring Banner

Yay, it's spring time! I'm so inspired by all the beautiful wildflowers I'm seeing pop up all over, so I whipped up a new pennant banner to celebrate!

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Supplies:

 

Instructions:

Below are the step by step instructions, or you can check out this video on how to create it:

1. Cut out all the various ScanNCut built-in-shapes, I needed 16 of each one to make an approximately 5 foot banner. And if you were to cut out your own triangles they would be 3" x 4.5". 

Spring Banner - step 1 -sizes
2. For each of the petals, cut a slit between two petals to the center of the flower.
Spring Banner - step 1

3. Apply adhesive to one of the petals next to the slit and then overlap the adjacent petal over it to give the flower dimension.
Spring Banner - step 1

4. For the flower center add a pearl to the middle of it and then fold up the petals to create the flower stamen.
Spring Banner - step 1

5. Apply a glue dot to the back of each flower layer and stack them together by size. Refer to photos for guidance if needed.
Spring Banner - step 1
Spring Banner - step 1

6. For this leaf, add some veins to it by placing it on a foam pad and using your ScanNCut stylus to etch in the design.
Spring Banner - step 1

7. Apply the doily to the pennant.
Spring Banner - step 1

8. Apply glue to just the stem of the leaves of the flower so when they are attached to the flower they will have dimension.
Spring Banner - step 1
Spring Banner - step 1

9. Adhere the completed flower to the pennant and add in the remaining leaf.
Spring Banner - step 1

And done!

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What are you doing to spruce up your home or art studio for spring?

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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Creating A Mixed Media Card Using The ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

Have you played with the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder yet?  I love it!!!
Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

 

Here's a video tutorial on how I created this card:

Supplies:

 

I used the Universal Pen Holder to draw out the heart with a Distress Marker on watercolor paper and then used a wet brush to pull the color out of the heart and fill it in. I also added some splatter by watering down some other colors of Distress Ink and flinging it onto my page with a fan brush.

  Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

After that dried I put an Ultra Fine Point Sharpie into the Universal Pen Holder and had it draw the word "family" onto the card. I love that I can scan in the card and then place "family" exactly where I want it to go and then just have it draw it out! (Note: on my first test of creating this I used a Distress Marker to write "family," as shown in this photo, but it was a little too thick of lines for my liking so I did another one with the Sharpie and liked it a lot better)
Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

And then I pulled out my favorite little alphabet stamps and added "our" to it and then finished it off with a couple pieces of washi tape.
Alphabet stamps and Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

Here a peek at what else I did with this mixed media card, check out the full project tutorial and don't forget to enter to win a fun creativitE +ScanNCut giveaway HERE!

Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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