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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. 

ScanNCut cutting hearts

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!

Valentine's Day Die Cut Heart Canvas

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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Supplies:

 

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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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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Make Your Own Summer Pennant

Summer Pennant White BkgdThere is just about 50 days of summer left...let's celebrate before the cooler weather comes to town.  Now you might not think of using felt very much in the summer, but it is a great way to add texture and create dimension on your projects any time of year. Now I usually use 100% wool felt for my felt projects, but I get so many emails about using craft felt that I thought I’d try it for this project.  The craft felt I’m using for this project is a blend of 35% Marino wool and 65% rayon and is about 2mm thick and comes in so many bright, fun summer colors.

Supplies:

Instructions:

Watch this video on how to create this project for follow the written instructions below.

1.  Begin by cutting out all of the felt pieces using the following built in designs:

 (****NOTE: preform a test cut first to determine the correct settings. I used a standard blade depth of 11 and a pressure of 5, but your settings may be different depending on how new your mat and blade are and the type of felt you use.) Cutting Guide wide for video
Use the scanning feature to cut shapes out of left over felt. Use up all those scraps!!!

Scan Scraps with ScanNCut

When removing the felt from the mat be sure to gently weed out the negative pieces of felt and then use a spatula to remove the flower and leave pieces so they retain their shape.

Weeding
Weeding

 

2. Download the “summer” cut file here and then cut out the letters using the left over scraps of felt. Summer

 

3. For the yellow roses, roll up the border strip while applying small dots of glue. Allow to dry. Repeat for the remaining borders. Yellow Rose

 

4.  Embroider the top layer of flowers and leaves. Sew a button onto the center of each top flower layer. Button

 

5.  Embroidery each of the “summer” letters using a different embroidery stitch. Embroider Letters

 

6.  Glue the top and bottom flower layers together to create a whole flower. Repeat for all the flowers. Assemble Flowers

 

7.  Using scraps of felt, cut thin strips of felt, about ¼” x 1 ½” long. Fold it in thirds or fourth and glue it onto the back of the flower to pop it up and give it some height. You can do this for just some of the flowers or all of them depending on your preference. Step 7

 

8.  Adhere the letters, flowers and leaves to the pennant with glue. Flowers
Flowers

Do you want to attach a wooden dowel to it? Here's a video on how I did it:

 

Is your mat all gunky now from cutting felt?  Here's a video on how to clean 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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