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Catch a Leprechaun this St. Patrick's Day!

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This St. Patrick’s Day you can try your luck at catching a leprechaun, and if you’re kind to him you might be able to convince him to share his gold with you!  Just remember that leprechauns are very clever, so don’t take your eyes off of him for a minute or he will disappear!

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

Here's a video on how to create this:

 

Make the box

    1. Place the 12”x12” green cardstock onto the ScanNCut cutting mat and insert it into the machine. Insert USB4 directly into your ScanNCut and retrieve box #5. (Alternatively, you can also load open it in CanvasWorkspace and transfer it over to your ScanNCut using the ScanNCut Transfer feature. If you are using this method, change the size of the box by selecting all of it, grouping it, and then pulling the corner handlebars out until the design fills the inside of the red boarder, and then transfer it to your ScanNCut.) Box Screenshot
    2. If you are resizing it on your ScanNCut, resize the box as large as it will go by selecting all of it and then clicking on the mat icon, and then the resizing icon. Adjust the height/width. Fullsizeoutput_6cc
    3. Cut out the design by pressing “ok” through the screens and then press “cut”. If you are not sure of the correct blade depth setting, perform a test cut first. To add a test cut press the back arrow, then press “add”, then press “test” and select the shape you want to use. Press “set” to add it to the mat. Now when you press “cut” and “start” it will perform the test cut and then pause for you to evaluate the cut and determine if you need to make any adjustments. If all is well, press “start” again and it will continue to cut out your design. 20180211_112341
    4. Unload the mat from the machine and gently remove the paper.
    5. Crease the paper on the fold lines.Fullsizeoutput_6a6

 

Add a clover shaped window

  1. Place your unfolded box onto the mat, keeping in mind where you want your clover window to be. Load the mat into the ScanNCut. Fullsizeoutput_6a9
  2. Load the clover cut file onto your ScanNCut using the same method you used for the box. Fullsizeoutput_64f
  3. Scan in the mat. 20180214_091347
  4. Drag the clover to where you want it to cut, zooming in if needed to make sure it’s centered in the panel and not on a fold line. Resize the clover by selecting it, clicking on the mat icon, and then the resizing icon. Adjust the height/width. Fullsizeoutput_6b0
  5. Press “ok”, then “cut” and “start”. 20180211_115653

Assemble and fill the box

  1. Apply adhesive to the appropriate tabs and corners to adhere it together. Fullsizeoutput_6b3
  2. Partially fill the box with a treat to allure the leprechaun. Make sure you leave room for the leprechaun to fit! Fullsizeoutput_6be

To create the rainbow

  1. Cut your remaining cardstock so that it is larger than the circle you will be cutting out. Circle sizes
  2. Place the pieces of paper onto the mat and then “scan” and “start”. 20180211_124905
  3. Load the rainbow circle cut file onto your ScanNCut using the same method you used for the box. Fullsizeoutput_6cb
  4. Move the correct circle to the center of the correct color paper and press “ok” until you get to the “cut” screen. Press “cut” and “start” to cut out the circles. 20180211_124851 20180211_124932
  5. Remove the papers from the mat.
  6. Adhere the circles together in the proper order – red on the bottom, orange on top of that, and so on. Fullsizeoutput_6ba
  7. Using your paper trimmer or scissors, cut the radius of the rainbow circle, then rotate the circle so that the radius cut line is horizontal and then cut the radius again as shown below. Circle cut
  8. On one edge of the rainbow fold it back about ¼”. Cut the orange-yellow-green-blue-purple layers off at the fold line, but leave the red layer to act as a tab that you can use to adhere the rainbow to the lid of the box. Fullsizeoutput_6bb Fullsizeoutput_6bc
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  1. Adhere the rainbow’s tab to the lid of the box.20180211_125706 20180211_130013
  2. Pull apart some cotton balls and glue them to the lid of the box as clouds. Fullsizeoutput_6c0

Now that your box is complete you can place it in a safe spot so that when the leprechaun goes inside you can cover up the clover window and have him trapped!

Good luck!

 

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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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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Snow Birds Art Journal Page

This week the Gelatos® Color of the Week is Metallic Blueberry and that beautiful shimmery blue color reminds me of winter so I went through my Gelatos stash and found some great colors that go with it to use for an art journaling page. Besides Metallic Blueberry, I choose Elderberry and Metallic Grape. 

Winter Colored Gelatos

 

First off, here's how the page turned out:

Snow Birds

Supplies: Gelatos - Metallic Blueberry, Elderberry, Metallic Grape; Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Gel Medium, Gesso, PITT Artist Pens - Raw Umber #180, Black #199, Tag, White Cardstock, Patterned Papers, Wreath Diecut (download it for FREE right here), Sewing Machine Stitching, Brush, Pallet Knife, Bird Stamp, Ribbon

 

Here's what I did to create it.

I collaged some papers onto the page using Gel Medium. Once it was dry I scribbled my Metallic Blueberry Gelato over it.
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I sprayed on a spritz of water and used a foam brush to move the Gelatos over the page.
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 Next, I mixed together some Glass Bead Glitter Gel and Metallic Blueberry Gelatos.
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I applied it with a pallet knife randomly all over the page.
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Then I mixed the Glass Bead Glitter Gel with Elderberry Gelatos and applied it to the page as well.
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 Then I did the same thing with  Glass Bead Glitter Gel and Metallic Grape Gelatos.
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Doesn't that look so yummy!! I added a touch of just plain  Glass Bead Glitter Gel and let the whole page dry.
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Next, I used my ScanNCut to cut out a wreath (which you can download for free HERE) out of wood veneer paper, white washed it with some diluted Gesso, and then added a bit of  Glass Bead Glitter Gel all over it.
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 Next, I took one of my favorite bird stamps and rubbed the Metallic Blueberry Gelatos over it. Then (and this is where the magic happens) I huffed on it a few times.  -You know, the way you do to fog up your glasses or a window. Then I stamped it onto a piece of white cardstock.   I love using the MISTI to stamp with since if the image wasn't dark enough I'd repeat the same process on top of it and it lines up perfectly!
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I used a Raw Umber #180 PITT Artist Pen to color the bird's legs on the stamp and then stamped them onto the paper.
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I repeated that process to create 3 birds.
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 Next, I took an XS tip Black #199 PITT Artist Pen and made sketch marks around the birds.

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And lastly, I printed out a nice wintery saying onto a tag and added the left over  Glass Bead Glitter Gel + Elderberry mixture around the edges.  After everything was dry I assembled it all together, adding some stitching on the bottom of the tag.
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Wishing you many creative days this New Year!

 

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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