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Valentine's Day Wreath

Get your home Valentine's ready with this easy, no-sew, Valentine's Day wreath!

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Supplies:

ScanNCut Machine and Accessories

ScanNCut High Tack Fabric Support Sheet

Large Valentine Wreath (for base)

Wire Cutters

1 - Yard of Batting

1 - Yard of Houndstooth Fabric

3 - 9''x12'' Pieces of Craft Felt, one red, one pink, one black

1- ¼'' Wood Dowel

White Acrylic Paint

Fiber Fill Stuffing

Ribbon

Pearl Pins

Hot Glue Gun and Glue

 

Instructions:

1 – Place the ScanNCut High Tack Fabric Support Sheet onto your ScanNCut mat and then adhere a piece of felt onto it.

 

2 – Doing a test cut first, cut out 8 red felt and 6 pink felt of pre-installed shape BA-A067 (heart) and 2 black felt shape BA-A030. 

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3 – Disassemble the Valentine's wreath to get the heart shaped base.  You may need wire cutters to remove the decorations.  2017 Valentine Wreath-3

4 – Wrap strips of approximately 5'' wide batting around the heart base, covering it completely.  2017 Valentine Wreath4

5 – Wrap strips of approximately 5” wide fabric over the batting, gluing it into place with hot glue.  2017 Valentine Wreath5

6 – Set 2 red felt hearts aside and arrange the remaining felt hearts as desired and glue into place.  2017 Valentine Wreath6

7 – Paint the wood dowel white and allow it to dry.

 

8 – With the remaining two hearts, hot glue the edges together leaving a gap so you can stuff it. Do the same with the black “feathers.”  2017 Valentine Wreath8

9 – Stuff the heart and feathers with stuffing.  2017 Valentine Wreath9

10 – Apply hot glue to the end of the dowel and insert it into the heart and then glue the heart closed. Repeat with the feathers at the other end of the dowel. 2017 Valentine Wreath10

11 – Hot glue the arrow onto the backside of the wreath.2017 Valentine Wreath11

12 – Attach a ribbon to the top of the wreath and insert pearl pins into the hearts for embellishment. 2017 Valentine Wreath12 2017 Valentine Wreath13

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DIY Christmas Ornament (Faber-Castell Gelatos Color of the Week: Iced Currant)

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I love making Christmas ornaments to add to the tree. Here's one using this week's Faber-Castell Gelatos® Color of the Week: Iced Currant:

Supplies:

Gelatos - Iced Currant, Green Tea

Glaze Medium

Plastic Bulb Ornament

Pallet Knives

Spray Bottle filled with Water

Craft Mat

Muslin

Canvas

Alphabet Stamps

Ink

Fabric Glue

Adhesive Runner

Ribbon

Wire

Beads

Paper Towels

Heat Gun (optional)

 

Instructions:

Watch this video or follow the instructions below:

 

Start by cutting off about 1/4" chunk of Iced Current Gelatos with a pallet knife. Use the pallet knife to mash it down onto your craft mat.  


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Mix in about 2 tablespoons of Glaze.
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Use your pallet knife to drip it into the bulb.
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Rotate the bulb so that the Gelatos + Glaze mixture covers it completely.
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Allow it to sit upside down to help it spread out, then put it upright, placing the mixture back inside and allowing it to spread around again.  You may need to do this a few times to build up a good coverage.  When finished allow any remaining mixture to drain out and allow the bulb to dry.

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Chop off about 1/4" of Green Tea Gelatos and add a few sprays of water to it as you mash it out.  Keep mixing it until you have a think consistency without any lumps.
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Add in your muslin and stir and flip it all around in the diluted Gelatos to dye it.  Add more sprays of water if you need it.  It's helpful to use a pallet knife or two to do it so your hands don't turn green.
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Once finished, spread it out onto some paper towels and remove some of the moisture. You can use a heat gun to dry it if you're in a hurry.
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Use alpahabet stamps and ink to stamp a word or phrase onto a piece of canvas  and then adhere it to the green muslin fabric strip using fabric glue.
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To adhere the fabric pieces onto the bulb it's helpful to use a dry adhesive on the back side of the fabric so it can be positioned onto the bulb. Use fabric glue to glue the ends together.

 

Reassemble the ornament pieces together and use wire and bead to embellish it.
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And when it's finished, enjoy it on your tree or give it as a gift!

 

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). 

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Embossed Metal Christmas Ornament

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I love the holidays and am really looking forward to celebrating with friends and family. Every year we try to add to our ornament collection and this year I thought it would be fun to make some ornaments using my ScanNCut.

 

Supplies:

 

 

Instructions:

Watch this tutorial video or follow along with the steps below:

 

Activate the embossing function on your free account in ScanNCutCanvas using the activation code inside the ScanNCut Embossing Kit. Next, activate it on your ScanNCut machine by pushing the wrench button to open the settings and then scroll to the “Premium Functions” and select “on” next to “Kit Activation”.

 

 

In ScanNCutCanvas choose “line embossing” and then select the Christmas tree embossing pattern and size it to 3.25” x 2.4”. Click on the “Download” button and choose how you want to load it onto your ScanNCut. On your ScanNCut machine recall the pattern.

 Step2

 

Place the embossing mat, green side down, on top of a standard cutting mat with the tab on the bottom left and then remove the protective sheet. Place the silver metal sheet, with the protective sheets still on, onto the embossing mat and insert it into your machine.

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Press the scan icon to begin scanning in the metal sheet so you can place the pattern where you want it.

  Step4

 

Press the embossing icon (the icon with the + and box on it) and click on “Line Emboss” and then press the settings icon and change the embossing pressure to 0. Place the desired embossing tool into the embossing tool holder and insert it into the machine.

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 Step5b

Press “emboss” and then “start” and the ScanNCut will begin embossing the metal sheet with your pattern.

 

Carefully remove the embossed metal sheet from the embossing mat, leaving the protective sheets on it, and then trace a 3.5” circle around the Christmas tree and cut it out with scallop scissors.

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Use alcohol markers to color in the pattern.
Step7

 

Using your ScanNCut machine, cut out a 3.75” circle out of the corrugated cardboard, and a 4.25” circle out of red cardstock. Adhere the embossed metal sheet onto the cardboard, and then adhere that to the red cardstock. Place foam adhesive on the back of the cardstock to adhere it to the center of the 5.5” bottlecap.

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Using a glue gun embellish the ornament with faux snow and holly and then hang it on your tree!

Step9

 

 

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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Non-traditional Christmas Ornaments (Gelatos Color of the Week: Metallic Grape)

Metallic Grape Ornament

Now that Thanksgiving has passed in North America my family has moved it's focus onto Christmas.  In preparation for creating some new ornaments this year I picked up a package of these Styrofoam balls from the craft store and I decided to decorate each of them differently, and this is the first ornament.

I dug through my fabric stash for some white background fabric and came up with these three patterned fabrics: houndstooth, polka-dot, and a light cream with some screen printed white flowers on it.

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I started off by ripping my fabric into about 1" strips. 
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I took my Gelato and scribbled it all over my craft mat, not minding the little chunks that were there.
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Next, I sprayed a lot of water onto the Gelatos and used my spatula to blend it together as I smashed out the chunks. I also gave the fabric strips a good spritz.
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I then took all of the fabric strips and kneaded them into the diluted Gelatos. 
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I then let all the strips dry by tossing them on my craft mat as I used my heat gun on them.
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I love how all of them turned out, but the fabric with the flowers on it was my favorite since the screen printing acted as a resist to the diluted Gelatos.
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After heating up my glue gun I began wrapping the Styrofoam ball with the dyed fabric alternating the patterns and directions I wrapped.
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I also hot glued a ribbon onto it as well so I could hang it on my tree.
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Stay tuned to my blog for how I decorated the remaining ornaments!

 

 

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). 

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Thanksgiving Vignette & a ScanNCut Sponsored Giveaway! #BrotherBloggerBash

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I'm gearing up for Thanksgiving and created some projects for a vignette at my house.  I applied a design cut out of gold vinyl to a plate, and created a little sign using stamps. Now, I always get a lot of emails and questions about cutting out stamps, so hopefully this tutorial will help you learn some new cutting techniques!

 

Plate Supplies:

 

Frame Supplies:

 

Here's video instructions of how to create both projects.

 

Plate Instructions:

1.Insert the cutting mat with gold craft vinyl adhered to it. Download the cut file and load it onto your machine and then add a test cut.  When you do a test cut it will cut that out first, and then pause so you can evaluate how it cut out. You can then begin cutting out the design or adjust your settings and do another test cut.  
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2. After it has finished cutting remove the vinyl from the cutting mat and weed out the negative parts of the vinyl design.  It's supper handy to use your hook tool to get out the centers of letters.
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3. Cut a piece of transfer paper to be the same size as your design, remove it's backing, and then apply it to your design and rub it firmly so the vinyl will stick to the transfer tape.
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4. Remove the transfer paper and the design from the vinyl backing and apply it to the center of the plate.  Rub the transfer paper to adhere the vinyl onto the plate and then slowly peel up the transfer paper leaving the vinyl design on the plate.
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Sign Instructions:

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1. On a piece of cream cardstock stamp out various leaf patterns using different colors of ink.  Allow it to dry and then place the paper onto the cutting mat and insert it into the machine. Choose "Scan" then "Direct Cut" and scan in your stamped design.
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2. Crop the design selecting just the patterns you want to cut out. Next, click on the "offset" feature button. This is where the magic happens of choosing if you want a border around your stamped image, have it cut right along the edge of the image, or cut inside the edge of the image.  Isn't it cool that you get to choose your preference! -I love it!

So for this project I cut the majority of the solid leaf patterns using an "inward offset" of "-0.02" and for the more open stamped images I used "0.00" so it would just around the edge.

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Thanksgiving - Step6

Here is how it looks when it's cut out:
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Enjoy decorating your home!

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 #BrotherBloggerBash Giveaway

My friends at Brother ScanNCut is giving one very lucky blog reader a fun prize package! See the details and enter to win below!

Giveaway Duration - November 14th - 15th

Brother prize valued at approximately $70!

Prize

Brother prize package includes: 

  • 1  set Spatula and Hook tools
  • 1 roll of gold craft vinyl 
  • 1 roll of silver craft vinyl
  • 1 roll of black craft vinyl
  • 1 roll of grid transfer paper

Official Rules: To enter to win, just comment below on this blog post by midnight PST on November 15, 2016. By commenting on this blog post you are agreeing to the official rules and you agree to provide your name and mailing address to Erin Bassett and Brother International for prize distribution. Prize fulfillment will be done by Brother International.

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A random winner will be chosen via random.org on November 16th, 2016 and contacted that day. If potential prize winner does not claim the prize in 48 hours or forfeits the prize, the prize will be re-awarded. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.

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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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Halloween Art Journaling

Autumn is my favorite time of year, even if in CA it still feels like summer! 

Now, I'm not a big Halloween person, but I do love pumpkins, and cats, and crows, so I decided I'd do an art journal page about that and I used this week's Gelatos® color of the week: Black Licorice.

I started off by sketching out my design...I wanted to keep it in more of a folk art style than a scary Halloween one.

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Next, I chopped off a bit of Mango Gelatos and a tiny bit of the Cinnamon. I mashed those up and combined them with some Glass Bead Glitter Gel
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I used that to "paint" in my pumpkin, leaving the features unpainted. 
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Next I combined the Black Licorice Gelatos and the Glass Bead Glitter Gel and filled in the cat and the crow.
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To make the marks on the crow's tail, the cat's whiskers, and mouth I just took a sharp pencil and drew through the Gelatos/Glass Bead Glitter Gel mixture while it was still wet.
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I also mixed up a tiny bit of Watermelon Gelatos and Glass Bead Glitter Gel to fill in the ears and nose on the cat  and for the pumpkin stem I used Iced Chai Gelatos and Glass Bead Glitter Gel. Once it was all filled in I then I let the whole page dry completely before starting in on the background. Now I knew I wanted to have a darker background, but I also wanted to be able to see the cat and the crow so for the first layer I used the following Gelatos: Snow Cone, Boysenberry, and Metallic Grape.
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I used a baby wipe that I had squeezed out as much of the liquid out of as possible to blend out the Gelatos.
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After that was dry I added the Black Licorice Gelatos on top of it and blended it out as well.
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I than outlined the cat and crow with a Black #199 PITT Artist Pen, and the pumpkin with a Dark Sepia #175.  I filled in all the details on the crow, cat, and pumpkin. I then got the idea to add some patterns to the background. Now, because of the waxy finish to the Gelatos you're not able to write on top of it with the finer tipped PITT Artist Pens very easily so I brushed on a thin layer of Gel Medium to seal it in so I could add those details.
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I wish you could see the glitter and texture on this page "in real life!" It's really neat!

 

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). 

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Get Crafty For Your Valentine!

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This is a fun decoration for Valentine's Day, but it can also be filled with candy and used as cute gift wrap since it looks like a little piece of candy! While it looks pretty fancy it's actually really easy to make, especially when you use your ScanNCut to cut out the pieces you need.

To get started making this project I downloaded the original design, and asked permission to adapt the design it and after I got his blessing I then imported it into ScanNCutCanvas and got to work adding the heart details and duplicating each of the segments to create THIS (free) cut file that you can download and use.

 

To see how to create this project, watch THIS video:

 

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

  • Open up the FCM file in your ScanNCut and cut out all of the pieces with both pieces of cardstock. You will need 9 – 10 segments cut for each “candy”.

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To assemble:

  • Choose one segment to be your “hook”. All of the other pieces will hook onto this and will fan equally around in a circle.

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Heart Candy Kirigami - Step1

  • Once they all interlock flip the piece over.

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Heart Candy Kirigami - Step2b

  • Again choose a “hook” and begin hooking all the other segments onto it to finish off the project.

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Heart Candy Kirigami - Step3

Now you get to choose how you use it. Will you fill it with candy and give it away or are you going to make some decorations out of 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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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.

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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.

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Step 3 - Select and print the photos you'd like to use in the frame and then figure out how you want them placed.
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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!
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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 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!

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

 

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

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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.

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Step 3 – Remove design from mat.

Step 4 – Fold on perforated lines.

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

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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!!!
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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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