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Willow Dog - Art Journal Page

This week we are using the Gelatos® color of the week: Banana. It has a great tone to it that really sets it apart from other yellows.

Art Journal - Willow Dog

For this art journal page I used the Gelatos Mist Maker to make my own Banana Gelatos mist! I took about 1/4" of the Banana Gelatos and placed it on a lid I like to use for mixing because it's shallow, yet has a lip around it to keep liquids in.  I mashed the Gelatos down with my pallet knife and then added 2 drip droppers full of water to it and mashed it down some more to get rid of any lumps. Next I added two more droppers of water and then poured it into the spray bottle.
Art Journal - Willow Dog

 

I then sprayed it onto my piece of watercolor paper and blotted it with a paper towel which left a cool pattern on the page.  I then held my paper up and brought the spray mist closer to the paper to create concentrated dips onto the paper.
Art Journal - Willow Dog

 

Next I found a picture of our 4 year old Australian Labradoodle, Willow. I trimmed the photo a bit and then sewed around it with my sewing machine. 

Art Journal - Willow Dog

 

I then covered the background of the photo with gesso and allowed the gesso to "spill off the photo" visually.  
Art Journal - Willow Dog

 

Now, at this point I liked the texture that the sewing gave to the photo, but I decided that I wanted to see the color of the thread so I ended up printing out another copy of this photo, adding the gesso, and then stitching around the photo. I then adhered the photo to the page and then traced around the dog with a Stampers Big Brush Pen in Warm Grey IV #273, smudging it as I went. Next I used a black Pitt Pen to draw sketch lines around her. I then added pops of color by coloring the tennis ball with a Stampers Big Brush Pen in Light Green #171 and using the Snow Cone Gelato on the background as a contrasting color.
Art Journal - Willow Dog

 

The finishing touch was using a PITT Artist Pen with a brush tip to hand letter her name onto the page. Hand lettering on watercolor paper covered in gesso is a bit of a challenge since the paper is so absorbent and the gesso makes it bumpy, but it still has a nice look to it.
Art Journal - Willow Dog

 

Supplies:

  • 9" x 6" Watercolor paper
  • 4" x 6" Photo, trimmed
  • Gelatos: Banana & Snowcone
  • Gelatos Mist Maker Kit (it contains the spray bottle, pallet knife, drip dropper and more)
  • PITT Pens: XS and B
  • Stampers Big Brush Pens: Warm Grey IV #273 & Light Green #171
  • Gesso
  • Sewing machine & thread

 

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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Cutting Wool Felt With Your ScanNCut

Fall Wool Felt Applique Emberoidery Tutorial

Yay, fall is just about here and I'm excited to welcome in the cooler weather of my favorite time of year.  Autumn always reminds me of comfort and so when I was trying to think of a project to create that symbolizes all those warm, fuzzy, comfy things, I thought what could be better represent that then a wool felt applique project!

 

 

Here's a video of how it all come together:

 

 

Supplies: 

 

Instructions:

Step 1 - Write "happy" onto a piece of scrap paper and then scan it into the ScanNCut using the "Scan To Cut Data" option and then save your design.

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Step 2 -  Press the home button and then open up your design by going to "patterns" and then "saved data".  Unify the letters so you're able to move them anywhere on your screen.

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Prepare your felt by ironing Heat N Bond onto the backside of it. Once your design is unified you can then apply your felt to the mat and scan it into the machine so you can line up your word "hello" exactly where you want it.

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Step 3 -
Insert the fabric pen into the pen holder and insert that into the ScanNCut. Use the "draw" option instead of "cut" to draw the design onto the felt.
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Step 4 - Choose the designs and colors of felt that you want to use and then cut them out using the Deep Cut Blade on your ScanNCut. Make sure you do a test cut first to ensure you're cutting through the felt but not through your mat.  If your mat gets too much lint on it from the felt use a baby wipe to gently clean it off then allow it to dry and it will be good to continue using.
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Step 5 - Iron your designs onto your felt (the one you wrote "hello" onto) and then have fun embroidering it!
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Happy scanning, cutting, and embroidering!

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from 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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Creating a Monogrammed Picnic Blanket

Creating your own, one of a kind picnic blanket is really simple using your ScanNCut, and it would make a great gift!

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Supplies:

Optional Supplies:

If you create your own blanket you will need the following supplies, however you can always alter a store bought blanket instead of sewing your own

Instructions:

Follow along with the written instructions below, or view the video on how to create it here:

 

 Step 1: If you decide to create your own blanket using canvas fabric, hem in the edges.
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Step 2:  Import the Ant.fcm file into ScanNCutCanvas and wirelessly transfer it to your ScanNCut.
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Picnic Blanket - Step2 -Import
Picnic Blanket - Step2 -Import

 

Step 3: I created the cut file with the eye being a separate piece so you could adapt the design as you desire. If you plan on using the design as I did you will need to unify the ant's eye and body before resizing it. To do that click on the button with the three red squares.

Picnic Blanket - Step1a

Select both the eye and the body.
Picnic Blanket - Step1a

And then click on the Unify button.
Picnic Blanket - Step1a

 

Step 4: Apply the Iron-On Transfer Film onto the mat with the film side up. Insert it into the machine and click on the scan button.

After the scan is complete you will be able to see both the film and the design and then you can resize, multiply, rotate, and then move the design as desired to fit as many as you can onto your film.  Then cut out the designs so that the blade only cuts the film and not the backing.
Picnic Blanket - Step1a

 

Step 5: Weed out the negative parts of the film and then cut the ants apart so they can be transferred onto the fabric.

Picnic Blanket - Step1a

 

Step 6:  Following the instructions on the package, heat up the fabric with an iron and then place the ant design onto it with the backing side up. Cover it with a pressing cloth and iron for approximately 30 seconds. Allow it to cool and then remove the backing.
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Step 7: Use fabric paint to paint in the whites of the eye.
Picnic Blanket - Step1a

Continue on until all the ants are finished.

Picnic Blanket - Step1a

Step 8: For the monogram, cut out the letters you desire along with ants to carry them off with. Follow the same instructions above to adhere them onto the center of the fabric.
Picnic Blanket - Step1a
Picnic Blanket - Step1a

 

And then you're finished and ready for a picnic!

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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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How To Make A Personalized iPad Sleeve Cover

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The holidays are approaching...do you need a great personalized gift for your favorite tech person? How about making them (or yourself!) a new iPad sleeve to protect one of their favorite toys?

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

Watch the step by step video to show you how to create your very own cover for your tablet:

 

To create the sleeve...

1.  Flip your placemat onto the backside and place an ipad on it so that it is about a half inch down from the top edge of the placemat. This will give the top of your iPad protection from getting scuffed up.

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2.  Fold up the bottom of the placemat about a half an inch away from the bottom of the iPad. This will allow you to have enough room to tuck in the edges and anchor it closed.
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3.  Cut about a half an inch away from the fold line.
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4. Fold in raw edges of placemat on both sides and iron.

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5.  Determine where to place your ribbon so that you can sew (or glue) it into place to be a closure for the sleeve and then sew (or glue) it into place.
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Title - iPad Sleeve

6.  Sew (or glue) the two sides of the placemat together to create the backside of the sleeve and use the ribbon to cover the seem. Sew (or glue) the bottom edge of the sleeve together as well.

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To create the monogram... 

7. Open ScanNCutCanvas and open a new project. Then click on the "image tracing" icon.

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8. Select the image you want to use. Change the tracing options to "color" and then click "ok".
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9. Once it's finished tracing it your image will be on your mat. Select the center, which will be the rhinestone part, and move it to the right side of the mat. Right-click on it and choose "Rhinestone Wizard".

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10. In the Rhinestone Wizard you have the options on how you want your rhinestones to be placed on the template your creating. Select your desired settings and then hit "ok".
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11.  The Rhinestone Wizard will do all the work for you!
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12. Next, you need to transfer your finished designs over to your ScanNCut2. This is one of my favorite features because it's such a time saver! With the original ScanNCut I would use a USB stick to do this same task.   I'd first title my project, click "download" and then insert the USB drive into my computer and save the .fcm file to it and then take it to the original ScanNCut and retrieve the file to use it there. 

But now I can just type in my file name and click the download button...
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and then it will ask me how I want to transfer the file to my ScanNCut2...I do it wirelessly.
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And that's it! 
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On my ScanNCut2 I just click on the wireless transfer button and there's my image!
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13. Once you've cut out your images take them off  your mat and over to your desk. The best way to easily separate the rhinestone template you just made from the backing is to quickly pull it off of the backing. Most of the holes should remain on the backing and you can poke out any remaining stragglers.
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Title - iPad Sleeve

14. Next, place your template onto the backing sheet in the box lid and pour on the rhinestones. Use the included brush to swirl the rhinestones around. The will automatically flip over and get into those holes!
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15.  Next use a transfer sheet to gently lift off the rhinestones so you can iron them onto your project.
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16. Figure out the placement for your iron-on vinyl letter outline and the rhinestone letter and iron them both on one at a time.
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And you're done!
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Such an inexpensive, easy, and cute gift to make!
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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. 

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Crafty Book Reviews & Giveaways!

I love books!  Fact, fiction, crafts...they're all good!  Today I'm going to share with you some great new books that I was sent to review. Rest your mind at ease, when I get review books I read them and if I don't like them I don't review them...so these ones passed! :)  I'm so glad they did too because the publishers were nice enough to allow me to give a copy away to my readers and also some of the finished projects! (see the giveaway details below)

 

Cute Crochet World, A Little Dictionary of Crochet Critters, Folks, Food & More by Suzanne Thompson

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This paperback book is chalked full of little crochet projects. 144 pages worth! It's divided into six sections:

  • Critters
  • Food
  • Growing Things
  • Seasons
  • Toys, Tools, Transportation
  • Home

Make sure you read the "read me first" section of the book to make sure you know what supplies you may need as well as helpful techniques and tips.  Each project will tell you the normal information you'll need: the skill level, materials & tools, pattern notes, abbreviations, and most importantly, the instructions.  A lot of the patterns also have note on how you can use your finished piece.

Here's a few of my favorite projects from the book:

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Cute Crochet World - Donut
Cute Crochet World - Donut

About the author: Suzanne Thompson has crocheted and knitted since childhood. In junior high, she earned a fortune (of several hundred dollars) by crocheting and selling granny-square handbags. However, she later chose writing and designing over mass production. The author of Crochet Bouquet and Crochet Garden, Suzann also teaches and writes about crochet, knitting, and polymer clay. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Dublin, TX.

 

 

Sew Quick Sew CuteSew Quick Sew Cute by Fiona Goble

Who loves simple and speedy projects? -This girl! And good news too, because there are some cute ones in this paperback book! All the projects in the book are designed to take anywhere from an hour to a weekend so you can actually get them done instead of adding them to the "work in progress" bin!

Some of my favorite projects are:

Bag
Bag
Bag

Each project lists the approximate time it takes to make it, supplies and templates, step by step instructions with photos. With 142 pages of projects you'll be sure to find a fun one to work on!

About the author: Fiona Goble is an accomplished knitter and the author of many craft books and articles. She also owns a small business making woolen bags and home accessories. She lives in England.

 

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5 lucky blog readers will randomly win a prize of either one of the books or a finished project from the book!  Enter below by commenting and then hitting the +1.  There are additional entries as well, see all the details below.

 
Comments and entries are now closed and winners have been choosen.
 

Excerpts reprinted with permission from Cute Crochet World © 2014 by Suzann Thompson, Lark Books, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photography by Lark Books.

Excerpts reprinted with permission from Sew Quick, Sew Cute by Fiona Goble. Copyright © 2014 Ivy Press. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. 

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you buy this from these links 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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Making a Banner for a Garland Exchange

My friend Emmy is raising funds to adopt and it's been really fun to have crafting be apart of it! I participated in their hoop exchange, and now am doing her garland exchange.

 

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I had to try my banner on my mantel before I mailed it off. ;)


 

...which lead me to bust out my ScanNCut™ so I could cut out letters out of fabric. (It worked great for that by the way!)

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...which lead me to sewing fabric which I haven't done in ages.  I missed it! I need to do more of it!

#ijegarlandexchange - Sewing Home Garland Banner by ErinBassett

Also, on a side-note, I find it weird that I had to go to 3 stores in order to find the pom-pom trim to add to this. What's up with that? Thank Goodness that my local scrapbook store had some since JoAnn's and Michael's didn't!

 

 

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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Hoop Art

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If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw my posts about Emmy's Hoop Exchange fundraiser (#itsjustemmyhoopexchange) to raise the funds to adopt again.  Well my hoop is finished & headed off to it's new home!  I really hope my hoop-mate likes it!!! *fingers crossed*

Erin Bassett - Hoop Exchange 1I did some embroidery and added some beads and sequins to it as well.  I'm really happy with how it turned out!

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Erin Bassett - Hoop Exchange 1
Erin Bassett - Hoop Exchange 1

If you're bummed you missed this swap then no fear, Emmy is doing another one! This time it's a Garland Exchange...check it out HERE and help them add to their family!

 

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Gelli Print Quilted Paper Wall Art

I love, love, love my gelli plate for making mono-prints!  I have a big box of papers that I went to town on painting so now I have a ton of fodder for collages and other mixed media projects. I dug through my box to find a couple of sheets to use to make a paper quilt and then cut them into 1/5" strips.  I then adhered them to a sheet of 12" x 12" paper.

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I put them down in a patchwork like fashion so that it would look quilt like.
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Then I did zig-zag stitches down every row.
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And then framed it.  I initially hung it up here, but I think it's too small to go there so I'm moving it to another wall...but I really like how it turned out.
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Ignore all the dog stuff in this shot...it's a real life photo. ;)

Oh, and the frame & mat are from Ikea.  

 

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Got Fabric Scraps? Look what you can make!

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I have a big basket of fabric scraps...it's actually about ready to bust it's so full so I decided I needed to do something with some of it.  So first I grabbed some of my recently added fabrics and ripped them into 1/4" to 1/2" strips.  (I wasn't very precise.)  I then sewed together each of the strips randomly with a little zig zag stitch on my sewing machine until I had some fabric scrap "yarn".  (Once again, it wasn't precise...I just quickly did it not caring what it looked like.)

 

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While this photo shows the original cute ball of almost softball-sized "yarn" I made, I ended up having to make about twice as much for this project.

I then searched ravelry for a tutorial to get me started.  (Most of the time when I crochet from a tutorial I just use it to get me started, or give me an idea and then I tweek it to make it work for whatever I'm doing.)  I found this nesting basket tutorial and decided to use the pattern for the medium sized basket with a few tweaks to it (see below).

 

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So I made a few changes to the instructions...I did half double crochet (hdc) stitches instead of single crochet (sc) and I didn't do the last 4 rows since I liked how tall it was without them. (hdc stitches are taller then sc stitches.)

 

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This basket ended up measuring 7" x 2".  Which was perfect for me.  I will admit that it was much harder to crochet fabric then yarn....maybe it was because it was ripped or maybe too thick???  It definitely took some effort!  But it was a quick project and I think I like how it turned out...I'm not 100% sure yet LOL.  But hey, I used some scraps so I can't really complain too much.  ;)

 

What do you do with your fabric scraps???  Please post you links in the comment section!

 

 

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