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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

This week it's time for me to go back to work and with the new year we all need a new calendar to hang on our wall. This one is great since it’s made using an acrylic sign holder, so you can write on it with dry erase markers this month and then erase it and have a blank slate for February.

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Supplies:

 

Instructions:

Watch this video tutorial, or follow along with the written instructions below.

 

  1. Download the Calendar and the year cut file from http://www.erinbassett.com/Freebies/Cut_Files/Jan_Calendar.fcm and http://www.erinbassett.com/Freebies/Cut_Files/Month_Year.fcm: Download the New Year’s Eve Glasses cut file from ScanNCutCanvas. 1
  2. Load the calendar cut file onto your ScanNCut and cut it out of gold craft vinyl. If you use a different size sign holder you will need to adjust the size before cutting. Be sure to perform a test cut to determine your blade depth. You want your blade to cut through the vinyl, but not through the vinyl backing paper. 2
  3. Cut the New Year’s Glasses and “2018” out of black craft vinyl and put it aside for later. 3
  4. Trim your scrapbook paper to fit your sign holder and insert the paper inside it. 4
  5. Weed out the negative parts of the calendar, New Year’s Glasses, and 2018 by slowly pealing back the parts of the vinyl you won’t be using. The pick tool is helpful to get the tiny pieces out. 5
  6. Apply a piece of grid transfer paper on top of the calendar design making sure to use the grid marks to like up your design so it’s straight. Burnish it so the vinyl adheres to the transfer paper. 6
  7. Slowly peel up the transfer paper to lift off the vinyl design. 7
  8. Line up the edge of grid paper and the edge of the sign holder. Smooth the transfer paper onto the acrylic sign and then burnish it to make the vinyl adhere to the sign holder. 8
  9. Repeat that process for the other cut vinyl designs. 9
  10. Thread a piece of ribbon through the two panes of the sign holder and tie a bow in which to hang your calendar. 10

Your calendar is all set to fill out for the month!  Next month you can just erase your writing, remove the “January,” and apply “February,” and then switch out any of the decorative pieces.11

 

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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Thanksgiving Place Setting

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Looking for an autumn place setting that’s perfect for your Thanksgiving table? Here’s just the thing!

Supplies:

Instructions:

(click here for video instructions)

To create the Napkin Ring

  1. Cut out the following sizes of squares out of the corresponding cardstock. 1
  2. Roll each of the squares into a cone shape and glue to hold each of them together. 2
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  3. Glue each of the brown cones onto the circle. 4
  4. Glue each of the orange cones on top of the brown cones. 5
  5. Glue each of the peach colored cones on top of the orange cones. 6
  6. Cut a 2” section from the toilet paper tube and adhere the flower to it. 7

And you’re finished with the napkin ring!

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To create the place card

  1. Adhere a 6” x 6” kraft cardstock and a a 6” x 6” orange cardstock to the mat. 9
  2. Load the “placecard.fcm” file onto your machine and cut it out. 10
  3. Layer the cut designs so that the kraft one is on top of the orange one. Glue in place. 11
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  4. Add a name to the card. Placecard1

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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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Create Unicorn Cupcake Holders & Sign

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Whether it’s for a birthday or just for fun these unicorn cupcake holders are sure to bring a smile to the receiver’s face!

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Download the free cut files from the following links: ScanNCut Cut Files
  2. To create the cupcake holder, load the Unicorn Ears cut file onto your ScanNCut and duplicate the shapes for the number of cupcake holders you are making. Place the pink cardstock onto the mat and insert it into the machine and cut out the shapes. Remove the pieces from the mat and set them aside. Repeat the process to cut out the Unicorn horn on gold cardstock. 2
  3. For each ear, gently overlap the two bottom edges and glue them into place. 3
  4. Glue the ears and the horn to the inverted cup to create the cupcake cover. 4
  5. If desired glue ribbon along the edge of the lid to embellish the cupcake holder. 5
  6. Place a cupcake onto the holder and place the cover on it. 6

 

To create the sign:

  1. Load the “Life is Sweet” cut file onto your ScanNCut. Place a piece of white craft vinyl onto the mat and insert it into the machine and then cut out the design. (Remember to do a test cut to determine the proper blade depth.) Screenshot life is sweet
  2. Remove the vinyl from the mat and then gently peel off the vinyl off the negative areas of the design. It is helpful to use the hook tool to remove the insides of letters. S2
  3. Remove the backing to the grid transfer sheet and smooth it onto the vinyl design. Burnish over the design so it sticks to the transfer sheet. S3
  4. Slowly lift the transfer sheet up to peel up the vinyl design. Place the transfer sheet onto the center of the chalk board. Burnish over the design again so it sticks to the chalk board. S4
  5. Slowly lift the transfer sheet off of the vinyl design and chalkboard. S5

Enjoy!

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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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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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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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