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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!

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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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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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Magnetic Back-To-School Photo Board

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Taking back to school photos is a big deal for us. We love to look back through the years to see how much the kids have grown!  Well, this year I got smart and created a magnetic photo prop so I can easily switch out the grade and if it's for the first day of school or the last. No more last minute scramble to get things together for a photo!

 

You can watch this video on how it all came together:

 

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Instructions:

Step 1 - Use ScanNCutCanvas to trace the first printable (or print it and then scan it in) and then cut it out on vinyl.
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Make sure you do a test cut first so you only cut through the vinyl and not through the backing.

Back To School Photo Board -Step 1 - test cut

 

Step 2 -Weed out the vinyl design and then use a piece of the gridded transfer sheet to transfer the letters onto the metal board.

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Step 3 - Print design onto the printable magnetic sheets and then scan it into the ScanNCut machine using Scan To Cut Data.

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 Make sure you use the color recognition feature for great scanning of color or black and white images.

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Once scanned, choose to cut around the outside and the inside of the letters. Perform a test cut and then have the machine cut out the design.

Back To School Photo Board -Step 2 - Weed Magnetic Sheet

 

Step 4 - Arrange the magnetic pieces as desired onto the metal board and then store the unused ones on the backside of the board.

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Back To School Photo Board CloseUp1

I hope this simplifies your back to school photo taking as much as it has ours!

Happy scanning!

 

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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The Perfect Mother's Day Gift

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Mother's Day is right around the corner and if you are looking for a beautiful gift that is personalized just for her, this is it! It's a meaningful way to forever treasure a child's handwriting...and it's practical too!

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Instructions:

1. Have your child write out the word she'd like to put on the jewelry box.
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2.  Scan the paper in using the "Scan To Cut Data" function on the ScanNCut.  Once it's scanned in you can select all the letters, unify them, and resize them if necessary and then save the design.

Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Scan to Cut Data

 

3.  Remove the paper from the mat and place the vinyl onto it. Adjust the ScanNCut blade setting (doing a test cut if necessary) and then cut out the design.

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4. Remove the vinyl from the mat and weed out the parts of the design that you are not using.  Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Weed Vinyl

 

5. Place a piece of adhesive transfer paper over the vinyl design and burnish it with your ScanNCut spatula or other tool to cause the vinyl to stick to the transfer paper.  Next, peel off the transfer paper and place it onto the glass of the jewelry box. Burnish it again to cause the vinyl to adhere to the glass and then remove the transfer paper.
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6. Cover the edges of the jewelry box with tape to protect it and then apply a thick layer of etching cream over the entire surface of the glass. Make sure you spread it evenly and get it into the corners well.

Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Applying Etching Cream

7. Wait the amount of time instructed on the etching cream directions and then remove the etching cream. I find the easiest way to do it is to gently scrape it off with a pallet knife and then to use baby wipes to remove it from the glass. 

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8. Next, remove the vinyl from the glass and clean off the whole glass surface with water and a clean towel.  

You now have the perfect gift to show Mom how loved she is!

Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Makenna

 

Here's the video instructions on how to create this awesome gift:

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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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.

Heart Candy Kirigami - Step1
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.

Heart Candy Kirigami - Step3
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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