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Tie-Dye Family T-shirts

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Do the kids need a fun summer project? Are you looking for a family reunion project? Then these colorful T-shirts are just what you're looking for!

Supplies:
ScanNCut machine and accessories
USB Flash Drive
Cousin.fcm cut file (free download HERE)
White T-shirts
Tie-Dyes (I used 3 colors: fuchsia, yellow, and turquoise)
Freezer Paper
Iron-on materials (I used flocked in royal, glitter in aqua, and hologram in black)
Gloves (your dye usually comes with some)
Craft Mat


Instructions:

Follow this video on how to create these shirts or read the instructions below.


1. Download the FREE ScanNCut file “Cousins.fcm"onto your USB drive and insert it into your ScanNCut.

Cousins dot fcm cut file



2. Cut circle design out of freezer paper.

  • To do that first tap on “patterns,” then “saved data,” and then the USB icon. Find the “Cousins.fcm” cut-file, select it, and then click “ok”. 
  • Next, click on the mat icon. On this screen you can delete the word layer and keep circle layer. Resize and move your circle if you need to and then hit “ok”.
  • Then hit “cut” and insert a mat loaded with a piece of freezer paper on it into the machine.
  • Adjust your blade to 1 and have it cut out your design. (NOTE: always do a test cut to determine the correct settings...mine may be different then yours depending on blade and mat usage.)
  • Once the design is cut out go ahead and unload the mat. You can now use your spatula to gently remove the freezer paper design from the mat. You want to be sure you take your time so you don't rip it.

Step 2 - cut circle

 

3. Iron freezer paper stencil onto T-shirt, waxy side down. Use a pressing cloth and set your iron to cotton without steam.

Step 3


4. Take another large piece of freezer paper and fold it in half with the waxy side out and place it inside your shirt to prevent the dye from seeping through the back side of the stencil.

Step 4 - block dye from seeping through
5. You're now ready to break out the dye!

  • Follow the manufacture's instructions for mixing up the dye and any safety precautions.
  • Wear gloves if you don't want to have colorful hands!
  • Dye your T-shirt! You'll see in the video that I try out a couple of different techniques. Play around and see what you like, most tie-dye kits come with enough dye to create numerous T-shirts.
  • (NOTE: I did not wet my shirts prior to dying them since I didn't want the dye to bleed too much.)
  • Using a brush to spread the dye around gives fairly crisp edges to your stenciled design.
  • Squeezing the dye around the stencil and then pushing it around with a brush allows the dye to bleed a little bit but still maintains the overall design.
  • Not using a freezer paper stencil and just squeezing dye in a circular pattern creates an unpredictable circle.

Step 5
Step 5


6. Wait the manufacture's instructed amount of time for the dye to work it's magic and then remove the freezer paper stencils, and then wash and dry the shirts per the instructions.
NOTE: I just let mine dry over night and then washed and dried them in the morning.
Also, to show the difference between using a freezer paper stencil & not using one, I created one extra shirt (pictured on the far right below) by just squeezing the dye onto the shirt in a circular pattern and I did not use a freezer paper stencil for it. You can see in the washed & dried shirts below how it bleeds much more then the stenciled shirts.

Step 6b

7. Choose which type and color of heat-applied material you want to use for the lettering and determine what size you're going to need it to be.

  • I used Glitter Flake Aqua, Hologram Black, and Flock Royal.

Step 7 -Heat Applied Materials

8. Place your heat-applied material onto the mat with the shiny side down, matte side up. You want to cut through the material but not through the clear plastic transfer sheet. This sheet is important since it will hold your design all together so you can easily position it onto your T-shirt and iron it on.

Step 8

9. Cut the word design out of your heat-applied materials.

  • Plug your USB drive into your ScanNCut, click on “patterns,” then “saved data,” then click on the USB icon and then choose the “Cousins.fcm” cut-file and then click “ok”.
  • Click on the “mat” icon. This time, select and delete the circle design.
  • Resize if needed and then click the “mirror” icon (it's the icon with the two triangles on it). Move the word design where you want it and then click “ok”. (You can double check that the writing has flipped to mirrored by clicking on the magnifying glass if you're nervous about it really being mirrored.) Keep clicking “ok” until you're at the cut screen.

Step 9

10. Change your machine settings and do a test cut.

  • You change the machine settings by clicking on the wrench icon, scrolling to page 2 and there you can adjust the cut speed and cut pressure. When set correctly perform a test cut and then when ready cut out the design.
  • Settings for heat-applied materials:

           Glitter – Blade: 4, Pressure: 4, Speed: 1

           Hologram – Blade: 2, Pressure: 2, Speed: 1

           Flocking – Blade: 4, Pressure: 4, Speed: 1

  • (NOTE: always do a test cut to determine the correct settings...mine may be different then yours depending on blade and mat usage.)

Step 10 -test cut

 

11. Weed out the negative parts of the heat-applied material.

  • Trim down your heat-applied material if needed, it makes it easier to weed out the design and you'll be able to use the leftovers later.
  • Be gentle! You don't want to rip your material.
  • Make sure you weed out the centers of letters.

Step 11

 

12. Place your heat-applied material onto your T-shirt and then iron it on.

  • Turn iron to the hottest setting an do not use steam.
  • Use a pressing cloth and keep the iron on it using pressure for 25-30 seconds. 
  • It's helpful to turn your T-shirt inside out and iron on the “wrong” side too.
  • After the design is cool completely, remove the clear plastic transfer sheet.

Step 12 shirt2 - glitter

And here's my finished shirts!

The one done with a freezer paper stencil with the dye brushed on & flocked letters:

Tshirt1 - flock
Tshirt1 - flock

The one done with a freezer paper stencil with the dye squeezed on & glitter letters:

  Tshirt2 - glitter
Tshirt2 - glitter

The one done with the dye squeezed on without a stencil & hologram letters:

  Tshirt3 - hologram
Tshirt3 - hologram

 

 

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. 

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

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Watercolor Play

I've continued to play around with my watercolors without really having an end goal, but since I was using stamps on these I think I'll turn them into cards or something.  These aren't finished cards yet, but you get the idea.  ;)

Watercolor Birthday Card 1

And like many of you I struggle to do masculine cards, so here's my go at one...I'm liking the gold embossing powder on here, but this just kinda of boring...maybe I'll add some washi tape or other embellishment under the sentiment to jazz it up some.

Masculine Watercolor Birthday Card 1

A tip for you

 

When creating a background wash of watercolors tape down your paper with low-tack adhesive (ie: washi tape) so your paper will stay put until it dries. Bonus, you get a nice frame around your page!

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ScanNCut Father's Day Gift Idea

!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2Father's Day is approaching and it's time to rack your brain for a great gift idea that will show Dad how much you care.  Here's your step by step tutorial on how to create this great wooden photo mat using your ScanNCut.  Once it's finished you can just pop in some great photos of you and that special man in your life.

See the video of how to create this HERE:

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

Step 1 - Open up your photo editing program and type out the word "Dad" using Chunk Five EX font (or a font of your choice) on a 5" x 7" background.  Save your design as a .jpg.

Creating Design Step 1

Open up ScanNCutCanvas and click on "new" to open up a new project.  Next click on the leaf icon which opens up the Image Tracing screen.  Choose the file you just created and then click on "color" and "ok".  You can then add a 5"x7" rectangle around your word and then save your design as an .fcm file.

!ScanNCut - Creating Design Step 2

Step 2 - Insert the USB flash drive into your ScanNCut and then click on "Patterns," "Saved Data," and then the USB symbol.  Find your .fcm file and then click "ok". You can now attach your paper thin wood veneer to your mat, load it into your machine, and then cut out your design. 

The settings I used were: Blade = 5; Speed = 1; Pressure = 0....but you may need to use different settings.

!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2
Step 3 - Select and print the photos you'd like to use in the frame and then figure out how you want them placed.
ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - 1b Cut Text
I used a pencil to mark on my photos where I needed to trim them. 

!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2And then I cut just slightly inside that line so the mark didn't show and then adhered it to the wood mat with some archival adhesive.  You don't need a lot of adhesive since your photo will be sandwiched in the frame.
!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2Step 4 - Insert your wood mat into the frame so that it's centered.  You may want to place a little bit of adhesive on the back of the mat to hold it in place.
!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2Step 5 - Reassemble your mat, glass, and frame.
!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2And you're done! Dad is going to love it!
!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2

 

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. 

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

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DIY Jewelry Earring Holder

After moving (over a year ago) my jewelry became quite a mess.  Necklaces tangled. Earrings and rings awry. Day after day I just delt with it since I didn't have time to fix it. 

DIY Jewelry Earring Holder 2Today that stops, or I'm going to lose my mind.

While I was purging my studio/office I found a 12"x12" sheet of punched metal that was giving to me at a trade show and although I loved it & wanted to use it I just never got around to it until now. So while I was at my local craft & hobby store I picked up one of those adjustable shadow boxes that you have the ability to layer stuff in, and crossed my fingers that the metal sheet would fit into it. (It did, just barely.)
DIY Jewelry Earring Holder 2The way I ended up sandwiching this whole thing together was by flipping the frame upside down and removing the glass.  Then I added two of the frame inserts, adding the metal sheet, adding another frame insert, added the glass, added a white piece of cardstock (I tried different patterned papers but it was just too busy and I wanted my earrings to be easily chosen without distraction.), and then I finally added the frame backing on.
DIY Jewelry Earring Holder 2Then I started the arduous task of sorting through my earring pile. Not fun...but I'm making headway...and I've discovered I have a lot of earrings.  ;)  Time to purge & make second earring holder!
DIY Jewelry Earring Holder 2
DIY Jewelry Earring Holder 2

 

This is NOT a sponsored post...but it does contain affiliate links for products I use & love.

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Mother's Day Kids Craft

Need to squeeze in a handmade kids craft before Mother's Day?  Here's an easy one that can use up a few of those recycled jars you've been saving!

Kids Crafts - Mothers Day Flower Jar Title

Supplies Needed: 

Kids Crafts - Mothers Day Flower Jar TitleAs a former pre-school teacher I've done this craft with 2yr olds on up. Before we begin I always explain to them that these are glass jars and that they may break if we aren't careful with them. I then show them how to apply the Mod Podge "glue" to a section of the jar and then place a tissue paper square on and then let them go to town doing it themselves only helping when asked.
Kids Crafts - Mothers Day Flower Jar Title
Kids Crafts - Mothers Day Flower Jar Title
Kids Crafts - Mothers Day Flower Jar TitleAfter the kids are finished with the jars I make sure the jar is coated in Mod Podge and allow them to dry over night. They next day they are ready to fill with flowers or you can place a tea light (I like to use the fake ones) inside as a luminary candle holder.
Kids Crafts - Mothers Day Flower Jar TitleSo easy and they turn out pretty cute!!
Kids Crafts - Mothers Day Flower Jar Title

 

Here's a look back at at other Mother's Day crafts...

 

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Mother's Day Paper Craft Ideas...Part 2

ScanNCut Mother's Day Gifts Title

Yesterday I shared with you how to create a paper gift basket, today let's make a little paper purse and some tiny note cards. These cute little note cards are great for gift tags or lunch box notes and will put a smile on Mom's face!

ScanNCut Mini Note Cards

 

Paper Purse with Mini Note Cards

 

Supplies Needed for the Purse & Cards:

 

You can check out how to create these in this video or follow along on the written tutorial below

Instructions for the Purse & Cards:

Step 1 – Open up USB #4 on your ScanNCut machine and select design #34, the purse.

Step 2 – Load your paper onto your mat, select the correct settings for your paper and cut out the design.

ScanNCut loading

Step 3 – Remove design from mat.

Step 4 – Fold on perforated lines.

ScanNCut purse1

Step 5 – Adhere paper as shown in the instructions that came with USB #4 (or watch the video above to see it in action).

ScanNCut purse2

Step 6 – Download the FREE mini card cut file onto your USB flash drive and open it up on your ScanNCut.

Step 7 – Load your mat with patterned paper and cut out as many of the mini cards as you desire. (You can fit 8 cards on one sheet of 12”x12” paper.)

Step 8 – Fold cards in half on perforated line and embellish as desired. I used a scalloped circle and a regular circle that fit the size of the heart stamp I was using...but you can use other designs as well.

ScanNCut Mini-Cards Cut & Fold ScanNCut Mini-Cards Stamping

Look how cute they are!!!
Handmade Mini Note Card and Purse Holder Paper Craft4

Check back tomorrow as I share one more Mother's Day craft...this one is perfect for the kids to do!!

 

 

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. 

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

 

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Mother's Day Paper Craft Ideas...Part 1

ScanNCut Mother's Day Gifts Title

Mother's Day is coming up fast! Do you have a gift ready yet??? Is it wrapped??? -Don't panic, I have just the thing for you...Mom will love it (and not just because you made it for her!)

 

Paper Basket

I tweaked the original design, from ScanNCut USB #4, so that I was able to cut it out bigger using two sheets of paper.

 

Supplies Needed for the Basket:

 

Here's a video to walk you through the instructions...or you can follow the written tutorial below.

 

Instructions for the Basket:

Step 1 – Open up USB #4 on your ScanNCut machine and select design #35, the bag/basket.

Step 2 – Select just the half of the design and delete it. (see video above for detailed instructions)

ScanNCut bag1
ScanNCut bag1
ScanNCut bag1

 

 Step 3 – Add a cut line at the bottom of the pattern.

ScanNCut bag5
ScanNCut bag5

Step 4 – Unify the design & the cut line together.

Step 5 – Rotate diagonally and enlarge the design to be as large as possible.

Step 6 – Cut the design out on two pieces of 12”x12” patterned paper.

Step 7 – Adhere the two patterns together where you added the cut line.

  ScanNCut bag7

Step 8 – Assemble as you would if you had just cut out the original design. (See the instructions that accompany the USB, or watch the video for detailed instructions.)

  ScanNCut bag9
ScanNCut bag9

Once it's assembled here's how it compares to the original design

ScanNCut Basket 35 Comparison3

And here's the actual gift basket

ScanNCut bag9

Add a cute tag to your gift by using the patterns that are already installed on your machine. Just cut out the tag, letters and heart and glue them adhere them down with glue and extra love.

ScanNCut Mother's Day tag

-Check back tomorrow when we make these cute little note cards and a little paper purse to hold them in.  Perfect to tuck into Mom's gift basket!

ScanNCut Note Cards in Purse

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. 

This post contains affilliate links. If you buy from this link it won't cost you a penny more but I make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony)

 

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Spring Garden Flag Tutorial

Hippity hop! Spring is right around the corner!

ScanNCut Bunny Flag Title 2
 

I'm so glad I'm sharing this cute garden flag with you, because to create it you need to do a couple of ScanNCut techniques that I get emailed the most about: importing SVG files and cutting burlap. So if you're curious on how to do those things and how to make this flag then check out this video or follow along with the instructions below.

 

 

 Supplies Needed:

 

 

Instructions:

Step 1 – Importing .svg files

Open ScanNCutCanvas and then click on the SVG button.

  Screenshot 1

Choose your .svg file, and then click “ok”.

  Screenshot 2

 

And there's your bunny! 

Screenshot 3

 

Now just like other shapes you can resizes her by first selecting her, and then dragging out the handles. If you hold down the “shift” key while you drag it it will keep the same aspect ratio, and if you don't then when you drag it you can distort the ratio. So get your bunny resized how you like it...mine is about 8” wide by 10” tall.

  Screenshot 4

 

Step 2 – Saving the .fcm file

Type in a name for your file and then click the “download” button, then click on the name...in this case “bunny.fcm” and then direct it where to save the file (I recommend you save it to your flash drive so you can pop it into your ScanNCut and get cutting). And then click “close”.

  Screenshot 5

 

Step 3 – Cutting out burlap bunny

(settings: blade depth 7, cut speed 3, and cut pressure 9. Use the standard mat and place the burlap face up on the mat (fusible back down). Always perform a test cut. -My settings may vary from yours)

 

If you plan on ironing on your bunny onto your placemat then prepare your burlap by cutting it to size and then ironing on you iron-on fabric applique sheet and then smoothing it onto the standard mat.

ScanNCut Bunny - Burlap on Mat

Insert your flash drive into the ScanNCut, choose “patterns,” then “saved data,” then pick the USB symbol and scroll through the designs you have stored on your flash drive until you find the one you just created, click on it, and there you go!

  ScanNCut Bunny - SNC

You can now cut it out...click “ok,” then press “cut” and then “start”.

 

Step 4 – Removing the burlap bunny from the mat

You can now carefully remove the burlap bunny off of the mat. Because of the inconsistencies with burlap fabric you may come across a knot in the fabric that doesn't cut through all the way. If any points stick apply gentle pressure to separate it or use your scissors to trim it.

  ScanNCut Bunny - Remove from Mat

 

AsteriskTIP: Now your mat is probably really hairy! Remember to take an alcohol free baby wipe to it later to remove all that fuzz.

 

Step 5 - Creating fabric flowers

ScanNCut rip fabric

I like to rip fabric, there's something therapeutic in doing it! Take a strip of fabric about 1” - 2” wide and tie a knot in one end. Now place the short tail of the knot in your non-dominant hand and then start to twist and wrap the fabric around the knot using your glue to adhere it into place. Keep going around and around the flower allowing whatever side and edge of the fabric you want to show until your flower gets to be about the size you want and then snip off the end of the fabric. You can just glue the little remainder under the flower.

ScanNCut Bunny - flowers making1

  ScanNCut Bunny - flowers making

Now that it's done you can also glue down the tail now if you desire.

 

Step 6 – Ironing on & placing pieces onto the flag

Next you'll want to figure out where to place everything on your flag so you can iron it on. When I iron my bunny onto it I'm also going to iron down the top edge about an inch so I can create a sleeve for my garden flag holder to slide into.

Now as I was figuring out where I was putting everything I realized that I wanted a bit of green leaves on there too...so I cut out this design on some green fabric backed with a iron-on fabric applique sheet, it's a great design since I can just snip it in half and have two branches of leaves.

ScanNCut Bunny -Leaves

After I cut that out, I then ironed the bunny and the leaves onto the placemat. I also ironed that top edge under about an inch. Glue down just the edge of it so it forms that little sleeve for the garden flag holder to slip into.

  ScanNCut Bunny - fold placemat

 

Step 7 - Glue on the flowers!

Figure out where you want your flowers and then glue them on.

ScanNCut Bunny - flowers on

AsteriskA handy tip if you're using a crocheted placemat like mine is to place the paper backing from the iron-on fabric applique sheet under your design so the glue won't stick to your table top.

 

ScanNCut Bunny Flowers - Close Up

ScanNCut Bunny Flowers - Close Up

 

Now just slip your flag onto to your flag holder and you're done!  

ScanNCut Bunny Flowers - Close Up

 

 

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.

Affiliate Links - Some of the links in the posts are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission...and it won't cost you a penny more. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. Thanks for purchasing through these links, it keeps this blog up and running!

 

 

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So Many Ideas, So Little Time

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with life or with all of the creative ideas that are out there just waiting for you on your Pinterest page?  (If not, you can visit my Pinterest page HERE!)

I'm right there with ya!  This year has been hard for me to not constantly be playing catch up with my home and work life...partly because of these devils cuties, don't get me wrong, I love them, but boy does having a puppy wreak havoc on your calendar.

Golden Retriever Australian Labradoodle

Well, I'm still determined to get back on track and I have been working on some blog articles just for you...but in the meanwhile here's some of my favorite spring projects I'd like to add to my "maybe I'll make this" list.

Crochet cake dome
Crochet Cake Dome from: Daily Fix
 
 
He Has Risen PrintableHe Has Risen FREE Printable from The 36th Avenue
 
 
Wire letters DIY ornament
Personalized Wire Ornaments by Crafts Unleashed

Happy crafting!

 

 

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