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Make Your Own Summer Pennant

Summer Pennant White BkgdThere is just about 50 days of summer left...let's celebrate before the cooler weather comes to town.  Now you might not think of using felt very much in the summer, but it is a great way to add texture and create dimension on your projects any time of year. Now I usually use 100% wool felt for my felt projects, but I get so many emails about using craft felt that I thought I’d try it for this project.  The craft felt I’m using for this project is a blend of 35% Marino wool and 65% rayon and is about 2mm thick and comes in so many bright, fun summer colors.

Supplies:

Instructions:

Watch this video on how to create this project for follow the written instructions below.

1.  Begin by cutting out all of the felt pieces using the following built in designs:

 (****NOTE: preform a test cut first to determine the correct settings. I used a standard blade depth of 11 and a pressure of 5, but your settings may be different depending on how new your mat and blade are and the type of felt you use.) Cutting Guide wide for video
Use the scanning feature to cut shapes out of left over felt. Use up all those scraps!!!

Scan Scraps with ScanNCut

When removing the felt from the mat be sure to gently weed out the negative pieces of felt and then use a spatula to remove the flower and leave pieces so they retain their shape.

Weeding
Weeding

 

2. Download the “summer” cut file here and then cut out the letters using the left over scraps of felt. Summer

 

3. For the yellow roses, roll up the border strip while applying small dots of glue. Allow to dry. Repeat for the remaining borders. Yellow Rose

 

4.  Embroider the top layer of flowers and leaves. Sew a button onto the center of each top flower layer. Button

 

5.  Embroidery each of the “summer” letters using a different embroidery stitch. Embroider Letters

 

6.  Glue the top and bottom flower layers together to create a whole flower. Repeat for all the flowers. Assemble Flowers

 

7.  Using scraps of felt, cut thin strips of felt, about ¼” x 1 ½” long. Fold it in thirds or fourth and glue it onto the back of the flower to pop it up and give it some height. You can do this for just some of the flowers or all of them depending on your preference. Step 7

 

8.  Adhere the letters, flowers and leaves to the pennant with glue. Flowers
Flowers

Do you want to attach a wooden dowel to it? Here's a video on how I did it:

 

Is your mat all gunky now from cutting felt?  Here's a video on how to clean it!

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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Making Stamps With Your ScanNCut

Earlier this year we were in Hawaii on vacation I had my iPad with me and I practiced my digital drawing and hand lettering on it using my Apple Pencil. Here’s a peek at one of the projects I made:

You Had Me At Aloha

After returning home I was inspired to create some cards to send give to friends along with some treats we brought home and it dawned on me that I could turn some of my digital drawings and hand lettering into ScanNCut cut files thanks to ScanNCutCanvas.  To download these free cut files click here.

Watch the video tutorial here or follow the instructions below:

Supplies:

ScanNCut Machine and Accessories

ScanNCut Stamp Kit

1 piece of light blue-green 8.5’’x11’’ Cardstock

2 pieces of white 8.5’’x11’’ Cardstock, cut to 8.5’’x 5.5” and folded in half

Adhesive

3 shades of green ink

Embossing ink

Clear Embossing Powder

Gold Embossing Powder

Heat Gun

Embossing Pen (optional)

Black Pen (optional)

 

Instructions:

  1.  From the free download, load “Card Front” onto your ScanNCut. Place one sheet of light blue-green  8.5’’x11’’ Cardstock onto a standard mat and load it into the the machine. Cut out 4 of “Card Front.”

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2.  From the free download, load “tropical leaves” and “aloha” onto your ScanNCut. Remove one side of the protective covering on the silicone stamp material and place it onto a standard mat and load it into the machine. Cut out each of the leaves and aloha out of the stamp material.

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3.  Decide which color ink to use for each leaf and then mount one leaf at a time onto the stamping block, pounce ink on it, and stamp it onto each of the card fronts. Repeat for each of the leaves. (Note: be sure to wipe off any excess ink from the stamp block so it doesn’t transfer onto the card.)

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4.  Sprinkle clear embossing powder over the leaves on the card front and tap off any extra powder. Use a heat gun to melt the embossing powder and allow the card front to cool. Repeat for all the card fronts.

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5.  Center mount each of the card fronts onto each of the white cards with adhesive.

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Aloha5

6.  Place “aloha” onto the stamping block, ink it with embossing ink and stamp it into the center of the card. Repeat for each card.

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7.  Sprinkle gold embossing powder over “aloha” and tap off any extra powder. Use a heat gun to melt the embossing powder and allow the card front to cool. Repeat for all the card fronts.

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8.  (Optional) If desired add faux stitch marks with a black pen around the edge of the front of the card. An embossing pen and gold embossing powder can also be used to give it some more shimmer.

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I also whipped up some envelope liners too. The cut file is also included with the others.

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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 Viny Wall Art With Your ScanNCut

We are gearing up for my niece to come visit us again this summer and I thought it would be cool if she had a spot to hang up whatever photos she wants in her room. To create it I designed a 12” x 24” design in ScanNCutCanvas and then cut it out of vinyl and hung it on the wall. I then added a few clips to it for her photos, and now she can change them out whenever she wants to without a lot of hassle.  You can watch how the whole thing came together here in this video tutorial or follow the steps below and don't forget to download the free cut file here.

 

Supplies:

ScanNCut Machine and Accessories

12” x 24” ScanNCut Cutting Mat

Craft Vinyl – Black and Pink

Grid Transfer Paper

Level

Pencil

Clips

Removable Wall Adhesive

Washi Tape (optional)

Free ScanNCut Cut File

 

Instructions:

 1.  Create your design in ScanNCutCanvas on a 12” x 24” mat. Use ScanNCut Transfer or a USB stick to transfer the design to your ScanNCut.

 

2.  Set your ScanNCut so that it knows it's using a 12” x 24” mat by clicking on the wrench tool setting and then changing the mat size. Cut out your design on craft vinyl.

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3.  Weed out the negative parts of the design that is on the vinyl.

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4.  Remove the backing from the grid transfer paper and apply it to the top of the vinyl lining up the vinyl's backing edge with the line on the transfer paper. Use your fingernail, ScanNCut spatula, or other tool to burnish the vinyl onto the transfer paper.

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5.  Place it onto your wall using washi tape to hold it in place if needed. Use a level to make sure it's on straight.

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6.  Using the level, mark with pencil each of the four edges of the transfer paper with a hash mark that extends onto the wall.

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7.  Remove the transfer paper and vinyl from the wall and slowly peel the transfer paper and vinyl away from the backing.

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8.  Place the transfer paper and vinyl back onto the wall, lining up all four of the hash marks. Double check your vinyl design is level.

9.  Burnish the vinyl onto the wall and then slowly remove the transfer paper. If any parts of the vinyl continue to stick to the transfer paper instead of the wall, carefully reapply the transfer paper and burnish it again before retrying.

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10.  Place the square and rectangle vinyl photo mounts you cut onto the wall like you would stickers.

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11.  Apply removable wall adhesive to the back of the clips and adhere it onto the vinyl photo mounts and then add photos.

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9 clip wall

Friendship Wall Art Viny1l

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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Travel Journal

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Whenever I travel I like to take a lot of photos and collect maps and other odds and ends from my trips and then keep them in a travel journal like this one. The photo map on the cover is put together like a puzzle using photos from the states we've traveled to and when we visit a new one we just add that one on top of the patterned paper one that's holding it's place. I used my ScanNCut to create it by cutting out pictures from our travels and scrapbook papers into the state shapes.

 

Supplies:

ScanNCut Machine and Accessories

ScanNCut Font Converter

ScanNCutCanvas

Cut Files: Title, Map

3 pieces of patterned paper

1 piece of black cardstock

Photos

Adhesive

Pencil

Black Pen

White Pen

Ribbons (optional)

Journal

 

Instructions: (for video instructions click here.)

Follow the video instructions or follow the step-by-step ones below. 

1. You can download entire title HERE, or create your own by following these steps:

  • Open the ScanNCut Font Converter, choose your font and type out the words and then save them. If you are using different fonts in your title create and save them separately.

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  • Open up ScanNCutCanvas, click on the “Import File” button. Select the font file you just created and open it. Depending on the style of font you used you may need to weld the letters together or group them to move them or resize them.

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  • Add a rectangle or other shape around the words and then cut out your design on black cardstock.

 

2. In ScanNCut Canvas, open the public domain map of the United States, resize it if necessary and then send it to your ScanNCut machine using ScanNCut Transfer or a USB. Cut out three versions of the map using three different colors and patterns of scrapbook paper.

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3. Resize your photos smaller and print them out. Delete the states you don't have photos for. Fill the mat with photos and then scan it in. Move each of the state shapes over the correct photo, zooming in if necessary to place it in the perfect spot on the photo. Cut them out.

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4. Use a pencil and one of the negative pieces of the map cardstock to trace the outline of the United States onto the front of your journal. Use adhesive to assemble each of the state photos or patterned paper in the correct place.

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4a

 

5. Embellish the cover with doodles, travel quotes and ribbons.

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5b

 

 Happy travels!

 

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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Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt

It's that time of year when holiday parties abound. What are you going to wear? Here's an easy ugly holiday sweatshirt you can whip up for that fun party!

 DIY Ugly Holiday Sweatshirt 2

 

Supplies:

ScanNCut Machine and Accessories

Sweatshirt

White Flocked Heat Transfer Vinyl

Iron-On Fabric Adhesive

Fabric

Iron

Pressing Cloth

Ribbon

Buttons

Fabric Glue

FREE Cut-File

 

 

Instructions:

Watch this video or follow along with the instructions below:

 

 

Step 1 - In a photo editing program create the word art you want to use and save it as a .jpg file, or download the FREE cut file here.

  Step1

 

Step 2 – Open up ScanNCutCanvas.


To trace the .jpg file you created, click on the “image tracing” icon, select the file, choose “color” and click “ok.”

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To group all the letters and/or words, select all of them, click on “edit,” and then “group.” You can now move them easily anywhere you'd like on the screen.

Name your project if you're saving the file to your computer. If transferring the design wirelessly to your ScanNCut, click “ScanNCut Transfer” and then “close” and it will magically be waiting for you on your ScanNCut. If you've saved the downloaded free cut file onto your computer you can also transfer it wirelessly or save it to USB and then insert that into your computer.

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Step 3 – Measure the space on your shirt to see what size you need your designs to be.
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Step 4 – Apply the white flocked heat transfer vinyl to your cutting mat and insert it into the machine. Size your text to the correct size and add it to the mat. Add a test cut to the mat and then tell the machine to cut. It will perform the test cut first and then ask you to evaluate how it cut out. If no adjustments are needed proceed with cutting. If you do need adjustments, tell it to stop, make the adjustments and then perform another test cut before continuing on.
Step4

(Note: because the font I choose for “oh snap” is thick and I've overlapped the first letters of the words I can cut through all the layers of the heat applied vinyl without worrying if my letters will be distorted when I go to apply them to the shirt. If you are using another design you may want to only cut through the vinyl and not the sticky protective cover since it will help your transfer the design onto your shirt.)

After you're finished cutting out the text, unload the mat and remove the flocked vinyl. Press the home key on the ScanNCut.

 

Step 5 – Load the pre-installed gingerbread man (AR-1006) onto the screen and adjust the height and width to fit on your shirt.
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Choose shape A to cut out just his outline and add it to the mat.
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Prepare the fabric by adhering iron-on adhesive to the back of it with a hot iron. Remove the paper backing and place the fabric onto the mat with the adhesive side down.

Adjust your blade, pressure and speed before cutting it out. -Once again, performing a test cut is a good idea!

 Step5c

 

Cut out your gingerbread man. Remove the excess fabric from the mat. Press the home button.
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Step 6 – Load the zig-zag pattern (BO-B004) from the pre-installed border patterns on your machine.
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Scan in the cutting mat with the gingerbread man on it.

Resize and position your zig-zag to go across his body, like a broken cookie would be, and then cut it out. Unload your mat and remove the gingerbread man.

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  Step6c

 

Step 7 – If you have space remaining on your left over fabric piece, apply it to your mat and load it back into the machine. Scan it in to reveal where you can position other gingerbread men, resize them if necessary and then cut them out.
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Step 8 – Lay all of your cut pieces out onto your shirt, cover it with a pressing cloth and then iron them on.
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Step8b

 

Remember to peel off the protective sheet on the flocked vinyl after it's cooled off from being ironed on.

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Step 9 – Embellish your shirt by gluing trim and buttons onto it with fabric glue.
DIY Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt

 

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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