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DIY Ice Bucket and Coasters

We're having a heat wave in Southern California this Labor Day weekend, so it's the perfect time to whip up these coasters and an ice bucket. These cute coasters can be personalized with the initial of each guest for them to take home with them, or you can put your family initial on all of them to create a set.

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Supplies for one coaster:

Supplies for one Ice bucket:

 

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Coaster Instructions:

  1. Adhere the cork onto the standard craft mat face down. If needed, use washi tape along the edges to ensure it stays stuck on the mat. Insert the mat into the machine.20190726_082200
  2. Press “patterns,” then press the shapes icon.

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Scroll through the shapes to find a circle and press it.

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Adjust the size to fit inside the bottom of the mini pan. Then adjust the quantity to cut to the number of mini cake pan coasters you’re going to make. Press “set.”

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Select “cut” then press “ok,” then select “cut” and “start.”

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After it’s finished cutting, unload the mat and remove all the cork pieces from the mat.

  1. Adhere the black heat applied vinyl to the mat with the backing side adhered to the mat and load it into the machine.

Press the home button and “ok.”

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Then press “patterns,” then scroll down to the icon with a teacup and letter A and press it.

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Next, click on the teacup and scroll down to find the correct pattern: ST-B012.

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Resize the pattern to fit on your cork coaster. Then adjust the quantity and then press “set.”

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Next, select “cut” and then click on the wrench icon.

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Scroll down to “half cut” and turn it “on.” This will allow you to cut through only the vinyl and not the backing. Press “ok” to return to the previous screen.

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Perform a test cut if you’re new to cutting this type of vinyl on your machine.

Press “start” to begin cutting.

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After it’s finished cutting, unload the mat and remove all the pieces from the mat.

  1. Adhere the white heat applied vinyl to the mat with the backing side adhered to the mat and load it into the machine.

Press the home button and “ok.” Then press “patterns,” then “letters”

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Select the font you want to use and then type your initial and press “ok.”

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Press “Object Edit,” then resize the pattern to fit inside the black design.

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Adjust the quantity and then press “ok.”

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Select all of the patterns.

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Press “Object Edit” and then the “flip” icon so they will be cut in reverse.

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Press “ok,” then select “cut” and “start.”

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After it’s finished cutting, unload the mat and remove all the pieces from the mat.

        5. Carefully weed out the negative spaces of the designs in the heat applied vinyl by separating it from the backing and gently pulling it off.

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  1. At your ironing board, center the black design onto the cork circle with the vinyl side down. Cover it with a pressing cloth, iron it according to the manufacturer instructions, and then allow it to cool before slowly removing the backing.

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Center the white initial onto the center of the cork circle with the vinyl side down and follow the same instructions to adhere it onto the coaster.

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  1. Peel off the backing on the cork and adhere it to the inside bottom of the mini pan.

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  1. Wrap twine around the outside of the pan, tying it in place. Use hot glue to anchor it, if needed.

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Ice Bucket Instructions:

    1. Download the cut file (https://www.erinbassett.com/Freebies/Cut_Files/Ice%20Cold%20Beverages.fcm) and load it onto your ScanNCutDX by choosing “retrieve data,” and then choosing the source containing the cut file. 20190726_091155
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    2. Adhere the white vinyl to the top of the mat and the black vinyl below it and insert the mat into the machine.20190726_091546

 

  1. Press the scan icon then choose “ok” to begin the scan. 20190726_091639
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Drag the cut file piece onto the correct piece of vinyl then press “ok.” 20190726_091835
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        4. Select “cut,” and ensure it says that the “half-cut” is on so that it will cut only through the vinyl and not the backing. 20190726_091918

Perform a test cut if you’re unfamiliar with cutting this type of vinyl on your machine.

When you’re ready to cut press “start.”

When the cutting is complete, press unload and remove all the pieces from the cutting mat.

  1. Carefully weed out the negative spaces of the designs by separating it from the backing and gently pulling it off. 20190726_102109
  1. Remove the backing from the grid transfer sheet and then place the sheet on top of the vinyl pattern. 20190715_134245

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Carefully peel back the transfer sheet taking the vinyl with it. 20190715_134304

Center the design onto the front of the ice bucket. Burnish the transfer sheet to cause the vinyl to stick to the bucket then gently peel back the transfer sheet leaving the vinyl design on the bucket. 20190715_134410

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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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Review: DIY Face Mask Styles & Features

Like many of you, I’ve been busy making face masks lately. I knew I needed to make a lot of them and use up some of my fabric stash (such a great stash buster!) but I didn’t just want to whip up a bunch of them and then be frustrated by how they fit or functioned. I decided I needed to test out a few designs and then see which style and features my family preferred. I wanted them to fit well, have a wire nose piece, be able to insert and remove a filter easily, and of course be comfortable. 

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So these are the three styles I came across on the internet that I thought I’d try out.

The top one’s shape fit the best for both my face and my husband’s. I added a 4 inch pipe cleaner to the nose. For the ties I ripped up one of my husband’s old T-shirts (ssshhhhhh!) which is easy since I didn’t have to sew them and they are super comfortable.

The middle one was easier to make, but didn’t fit very well and I didn’t add a nose wire. To top it off, the elastic ear pieces were not very comfortable at all.

The bottom one fit a little better, but since the ties were made out of fabric it didn’t have as secure of a fit as the top one had. I’d didn’t add a nose wire to this one though, so maybe that would help it.

Now, for the filter pockets...I included them on each design.

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The top one has a fairly large filter pocket that runs almost the whole backside of the mask. The middle and bottom masks entire back sides can hold filters. 

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I only added a nose piece to the top one because I didn’t think to do it earlier with the other two. To add it I use a pipe cleaner and inserted it before I did the top stitching. I made sure to sew at each end of the pipe cleaner to keep it from shifting out of the position I had it. 

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So, in case you couldn’t figure it out, my favorite design is the top one. It’s the most comfortable by far and fits the best thanks to the shaping and the nose wire. The filter pocket is easy to use too. Now I do have to say that cutting and sewing wise this mask is more complicated since it has the shaping and multiple layers, but it’s totally worth it since we wont mind wearing for longer time periods and because of the secure fit I think it will be safer.

Now, you’re probably wanting to know what patterns I used so I’m linking the ones I was inspired by below. I decided to not make a tutorial for this project because there are already thousands of them out there and I don’t think I’d be contributing anything new to the discussion on how to make them. 

Top mask -  Inspired by: https://youtu.be/p4USPU1Trz4 but I used a pattern a friend gave me and added a nose wire and the T-shirt ties.

Middle mask - Inspired by: https://youtu.be/xbGCqFJp7r4

Bottom mask - Inspired by:  https://www.cathiefilian.com/how-to-sew-a-face-mask-with-ties-and-a-filter-pocket/

and https://www.instructables.com/id/AB-Mask-for-a-Nurse-by-a-Nurse/

If you have any questions please comment below and I’ll try to get to them as soon as I can.

 

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Shamrock Banner

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Get ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by making a shamrock banner. This banner can be made so it is displayed horizontal or vertical.

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Make sure you download the free ScanNCut cut files below by clicking on each of the photos and you can watch how to assemble it HERE.

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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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Are you ready for Galentine's Day?

 

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It's the day you can let all of the women in your life feel your love and support for them. Traditionally this happens on February 13th...but I think any day we can uplift each other would be a great day to celebrate!

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you need to whip up a quick sign or card here's what you'll need:

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This project is simple, just put the cutfiles on your ScanNCut, resize if needed.  Place the correlating craft vinyl on your mat and you're good to start cutting them out. Don't forget that you need to do a "half-cut" when you work with vinyl so it will only cut through the vinyl and not the backing. 

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Once the vinyl pieces are cut, remove all the negative parts by peeling that vinyl off of the backing. Next, place the Grid Transfer Tape onto the vinyl, rub it with your spatula and then slowly peel it up. 

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Place the vinyl design down onto your canvas or card and rub over the design again. Slowly peel up the Grid Transfer Tape and you're finished.

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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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FREE Updated Calendar Cut Files

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Just a head’s up that this calendar project cut-file freebies have been updated for 2020!

So download the files HERE...and get the instructions HERE.

Happy New Year!🎉

 

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😉.)

ERIN Sig