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Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

You are awesome!

Sometimes you just need that reminder or want to share it with someone else so I made this little 4" x 6" piece of art so that I could stick it in our guest room. I love how it turned out and how it's almost magic how the highlighting of the flowers happens with this technique!  Here's how I created it...

I started off by using PITT® Artist Pen Black #199 as ink to stamp a flower image (Altenew: Peony Bouquet) onto a 4" x 6" piece of watercolor paper

Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett


Next I used Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil #126 to color in any areas of the flowers that I wanted shaded.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett


And then I activated the watercolor with water.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett


While that dried I mixed together about a 1/8" chunk of Guava colored Gelatos®, a pallet knife full of Gel Medium, and a small spritz of water.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

I then painted it onto the shadow stamp and stamped it onto my flower.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett

I really love the irregularity and how the watercolor pencils pop through. 

Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett - Step 4


Next, I stamped on some leaves with May Green #170 PITT® Artist Pen and watercolored them in with a Kiwi Gelato®. I also used Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil #147 and #152 to color in the blue background and then activated it with water.  Lastly, I added a sentiment (Altenew: Label Love) that I had stamped and embossed with black embossing powder to it and slipped it into the fame.
Faber-Castell Guava Gelatos + Aquarelle by Erin Bassett


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). 


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:




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.

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Scan N Cut: Wall Decor

BIC - Decor2

I'm not going to lie.  I LOVE how this turned out!!  {You can see the video tutorial of how I did it below, or click here.} This idea would make a great holiday gift too if you're looking for ideas!  I happened to find this dessert plate at a thrift store, but I've also seen them on eBay!



I used one of those vintage dessert pans, some scrapbook papers & transparencies, and the ScanNCut™ machine to make it, and believe it or not it's a pretty quick project to make since the machine does most of the work!

I started off by cutting out a bunch of different shapes of flowers out of all the papers, and then cut out some leaves out of the transparencies.  The Scan N Cut cut through it like butter!  

Once all my die-cuts were cut out I just layered each flower individually and stuck a brad through the center of it.  Then I just used foam adhesive to adhere it to the pan.

BIC - Decor2

Next, I cut out the corrugated paper with the Scan N Cut...once again easy cutting!  After it was cut out I scuffed & sanded it to distress it a bit.  I also hand-sewed around the edge of it.
BIC - Decor2I also cut out those letters with the Scan N Cut to spell out "home".  By cutting them twice in different papers I was able to give them a bit of a shadow.
BIC - Decor2

To see the tutorial on how I created this decor, watch this video:


disclosure: 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.



Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  (insert the sound of one of those crazy, loud party horns here)

Christmas 2012I hope you had a fantastic holiday time with your family and friends. We had a great time, busy, but not too busy to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas....Jesus' birth, our salvation, the love of our family and friends.

I've been crafting and baking away over the holidays, and since I'm a firm believer in taking time for my family, I've held off on blogging about every little detail here.  And frankly, I just needed a little break! If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instgram, etc you probably have a pretty good idea of a lot of the things I've been up to anyway LOL.

I've also been crocheting a lot at night when we're just relaxing, or watching a movie...like Elf (one of my faves!!!)  I hope to get photos edited of those projects sooner or later and I'll post all about them here on my blog...and to tide you over here's a photo of my niece wearing her new hat I made her.  :)  She's adorable!

Kaela - Crochet Baby Hat with Flower
Here's the pattern I went off of for it.  I'm loving how it turned out and that I had the perfect button in my stash to add to the flower's center!  

 And here's how the hat looks off her precious little head.  

Crochet Baby Hat with Flower2
Crochet Baby Hat with Flower1

Lastly, before I go I wanted to share with you a few things I want you to know.

1. I'm so blessed to have you all in my life!  It's truly fun to chat with you online and I always love whenever we meet up in person!  (So if you see me out and about say hi!!)

2. Just a reminder that the True Scrap 4 classes are now available individually!  So treat yourself!!  Speaking of classes, I'll be teaching a workshop at CHA this year, and also at 21 Secrets of Art Journaling 2013 online this next year!  So excited!!

3. If you letterpress...Lifestyle Crafts is having a 50% off sale!!  Use coupon code "ERIN" for an additional 20% off your order of anything on their site (even non-letterpress stuff)!!




A Bunch of Crafty Projects!

I'm so excited to share with you some really fun spring time projects I've been working on for Lifestyle Crafts.  {Remember you can save 20% off your order by using code "ERIN" at Lifestyle Crafts.}

First up is a card I made with my Letterpress.  I used some of the NEW Blossoms printing plates to letterpress a piece of A7 white cotton paper with the background print...using the hot pink ink of course.  :)  I then letterpressed a white mini card with one of the phrases that comes with this set.

 Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Blossom - Card1

I love the rich texture that letterpressing gives!  It truly is in a class by itself!  :)

Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Blossom - Card1

Here's a close-up of how I raised up the top of my embellishment pile configuration.  I tend to do that a lot on my cards and scrapbook layouts.

Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Blossom - Card1

Supplies: Letterpress; A7 Paper; Mini Tag; Ink; Blossoms Printing Plate Set; Patterned Paper - Basic Grey, Sassafras Las; Flowers - Prima; Cardstock - American Crafts; Button & Pin - MME; Stamp - Unity 10/2011 kit; Staples - Tim Holtz; Washi Tape - Hambly



I also made a quick and easy framed art piece.  I seriously think this took less then 10 minutes to do!  

 Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Blossom - Frame1

I just die-cut the butterflies using the NEW butterfly die and my Epic 6  and then inked their edges, put them together, and topped them off with twine and buttons.  I then just grabbed an Ikea frame that I had and added a piece of patterned paper, a quote, and a bit of trim and put everything together. 

 Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Blossom - Frame

Supplies: Frame - Ikea; Butterfly Die DR0296 - Lifestyle Crafts;  Patterned Paper - MME, American Crafts, Basic Grey; Quote - Authenique; Trim; Ink - Clear Snap



And lastly, I made this cute little milk carton that I'm going to fill with candy for a little Easter gift.

 Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Blossom Milk 1

I used the milk carton die, the NEW spring flowers die, and the NEW bird die to make it...and I stole the little banner I used on a bird house project I did a while ago and added the bird to that.  I love it even more now!

 Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Blossom Milk 6

To make the flowers I just took some cute coordinating patterned paper and die cut 12 flowers in order to make 6 flowers.

 Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Blossom Milk - DIY2

And then I folded each of the flowers up on the perforation and hot glued two of them together and added a button to the center.  I also used bits of green trim for the leaves.

I used a white mini clothes pin to close up the milk carton so that way it will be refillable. 

 Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Blossom Milk 4

Supplies: Milk Carton die, Spring Flowers die, Bird die - Lifestyle Crafts; Patterned Paper - MME, American Crafts; Banner - Imaginisce; Pin - Heidi Grace; Bling; Trim; Buttons;


You can check out more of the brand NEW spring release from Lifestyle Crafts HERE and on their blog.

Want 20% off your Lifestyle Crafts order????  Enter the coupon code "ERIN" at checkout!


Sponsor: Lifestyle Crafts






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