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Did you know March is National Craft Month?  Well in honor of that Brother is generously allowing me to giveaway one DesignNCut DC200 machine ($299 value!!!) to one of my awesome blog readers. 

 

Lucky BROTHER Sponsored PostBrother recently sent me my own DesignNCut and here's a video of my unboxing of it and then making my first project...a card!

 

  

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Official Rules: To enter to win, just comment below on this blog post by midnight PST on March 17, 2018. By commenting on this blog post between the dates of March 11, 2018 and March 17, 2018, 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.

Eligibility requirements: Open to USA residents 18 and older only. 

A random winner will be chosen via random.org on March 18, 2018 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.

Goodluck

A winner has beeen chosen and emailed! 

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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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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Valentine Canvas

ScanNCut Valentine's Heart Canvas

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The season of love is here! Time to whip up some cute and easy home décor pieces!  I love the way the raised hearts on this piece give it so much dimension and the stitching warms it up and gives it a homey touch.

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

Watch the video of how to make this project or follow along with the steps below.

  1. Place you scrap piece of 12” x 12” paper onto your craft mat and load it into the machine. Click on “patterns,” then the basic shapes, and then select the heart shape. Resize the heart to be about 10” tall by 10.5” wide. TIP: to “unlock” the height and width sizes click on the button with the arrows indicating height and width before resizing. ScanNCut Valentine's Heart

Next, cut out the heart. Canvas Heart

  1. Click on “home” to go to the start screen, and then again click on Cut out the smaller hearts by again going to “patterns,” then the basic shapes, and then select the heart shape. Resize the heart to be 1” and increase the number to cut out to 20. Place a colored piece of cardstock onto the craft mat and then cut the hearts out. 

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After it’s finished cutting, remove the paper and hearts and then apply another color of cardstock and cut them out. Repeat until all the colors have been cut into hearts. Brother ScanNCut hearts

  1. Place the heart template onto the canvas and use an erasable pen or pencil to mark the edges. Remove the template and arrange the 1” hearts to fill the large heart shape. ScanNCut Valentine's Heart Canvas
  2. Use foam adhesive to adhere the hearts to the canvas. 4 4b
  3. Thread a needle with embroidery floss and then sew a heart shape around the outside edge of the heart of hearts. 

            TIP: use the erasable pen to draw a line to stitch over.5

And voila! You’re done!

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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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Happy New Year!

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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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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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Make Your Own Planner Stickers! #ScanNCut

Planner Stickers

Old school traditional planners are all the rage these day, are you using one?  While I’m a digi-calendar girl for my appointments I do like to keep track of other things on paper and having is neatly organized in a pretty planner has been a great way to do it.

As I’ve been working in my planner I’ve wanted to incorporate my own stickers so I whipped up some so I can print them and then use my ScanNCut to cut them out.  I love how I can have my ScanNCut cut .04” away from the edge of the designs so that it really looks like a sticker!

You can download the sticker design I made here.

 

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

Watch video instructions HERE

 

  1. Print out the sticker design onto the white sticker paper and allow the ink to dry. Be sure to use a sticker paper that is compatible with your printer. Step 1
  2. Place the printed-on sticker paper onto a low tack or middle tack ScanNCut mat and load it into the machine. Step2
  3. Choose “Scan,” then press “Direct Cut,” and then select which device you want the scanned image to be converted on…I used my ScanNCut. Step 3
  4. Choose the color recognition mode and press the “start” button. Step 4
  5. Once the scan is complete use the handles to frame the design and press “ok.” Step 5
  6. After it processes the design choose how much of a boarder you want around each sticker by making changes under the “Seam Allowance/Outline” button. I choose a boarder of 0.04.”  When finished press “ok.” Step 6
  7. Make sure your cutting blade is set so that it only cuts through the sticker paper and not through the sticker paper’s backing. I used a blade depth of 3.5, but yours may be different depending on the difference in our blades use. Step 7

When ready, press “cut” and then press the “start” button to begin cutting. Step 7b

  1. When cutting is complete unload the cutting mat and remove the sticker paper from it. Your stickers are now ready to use! Step 8

 

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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