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DIY Reindeer Antlers

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Tis the season for fun and whimsy! These antlers are fun to make since you can dress them up and embellish them any way you want. I can just picture someone making personalized ones for their whole family and then taking family photos for holiday cards…too cute!

Supplies:
ScanNCutDX machine and accessories
ScanNCut Brayer
Craft Felt: 4 dark brown, 1 light brown, 1 white, 1 red, 1 green
Hot Glue Gun and Glue
Embroidery Thread
• Embellishments
• FREE Cut file: https://www.erinbassett.com/Freebies/Cut_Files/Antlers.fcm


Instructions:
Note: In the instructional video that accompanies this project I show how I create my own designs on my tablet and then turn them into ScanNCut files. You can download the finished ScanNCut file for free here: https://www.erinbassett.com/Freebies/Cut_Files/Antlers.fcm and then skip down to step 3.

You can also watch a video of how to create this project here: https://youtu.be/AfJ4x3Q7niQ

  1. On your tablet in a drawing app, create a design and save it as a .jpg Antler

    2. Open ScanNCut Canvas Workspace (https://canvasworkspace.brother.com) click on the main menu and select “project,” 2
    then click on the “image tracing” icon. 3

     Select “normal tracing.”
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Choose the .jpg file you created and click “ok”
Make any adjustments if needed.
To save it, or transfer it to your ScanNCut machine: click the main menu button, select “download” and then choose “ScanNCut Transfer,” then “close.”
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3. On a Standard Cutting Mat, adhere your felt using the brayer.
Place the mat between the guides and on your ScanNCut click the “load” button.
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4. Click on “retrieve data” then choose the WiFi icon.
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5. Make any adjustments, such as deleting the patterns you are not cutting at this time.
You will need to cut the 4 antlers out using the dark brown felt, the large ear pieces on the light brown felt, the smaller ear pieces on white felt, the bow and holly berries on red felt and the holly leaves on green felt.
To delete patterns: click on “edit” and select the pattern you want to delete. Next click on the trash icon to delete it.
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6. To make sure your patterns are arranged properly to cut on the felt click the “scan mat” icon, then “start.”
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and then click on “edit” then “Object edit” to make any necessary changes.
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To resize: click the “resize” icon and then click the + or – buttons.17To rotate: click the “rotate” icon and then choose how you want to rotate it.16


When finished editing, click “ok” in all the screens and then select “cut.” Make sure the auto-blade is inserted into the blade holder.
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7. When finished cutting, unload the mat and remove the felt pieces.
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8. To get the pattern for the bow: in CanvasWorkspace, click on the “filter” icon, type in “bow” and select “all categories.” Click on the bow project and then click on the “edit in CanvasWorkspace” icon.

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9. Select the butterfly type pattern and delete it.
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Select the bow, left click and choose “ungroup” and then click on the bow and drag it to a new location on the mat. The perforation marks should be left behind. Select all of them and delete them.
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Send the bow pattern to the ScanNCut using ScanNCut Transfer.
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10. Cut out the bow.
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11. To get the pattern for the holly berries: go into “patterns” on the ScanNCut machine.
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Choose the layered patterns icon, then choose the holiday icon.
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Next choose the holly berries,
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change the size if desired,
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then select the “d” pattern and click “set” to add it to the mat. Next select “add” and select “e” and click “set to add it to the mat.
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Send the patterns to the ScanNCut using ScanNCut Transfer.
Apply red felt to the cutting mat, insert it into the machine and cut the berries out.
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12. To get the pattern for the leaves: delete the berries and then choose “add” and select each of the leaves, “set” them on the mat, and then cut them out. 40

 

To assemble the antler headband:
13. For the antlers…
Add embroidery stitches to desired pieces of felt.
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Using hot glue, glue the edges of each of the front and back antlers together leaving a large area open.
46E0EEDE-C808-4ADD-B285-8B40FC7FDB5EStuff the inside of each antler and then continue to glue all the edges closed except for the bottom edge
Apply hot glue to the inside bottom edge and then adhere it to the headband. Repeat for other antler.


14. For the ears…
Apply a small amount of hot glue to the backside of the white ear and adhere it to the center of the light brown ear.
Apply hot glue to the left bottom corner of the ear and fold it to the bottom middle of the ear. Apply hot glue to the right bottom corner of the ear and fold it to the bottom middle of the ear.
Apply hot glue to the bottom edge of the ear, fold it backwards and adhere it to the headband, repeat steps for the other ear.
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15. For the bow…
Apply hot glue to each of the side tabs and then fold them in so the tabs adhere in the center.
Wrap the long tab around the center of the bow and use hot glue to adhere it in place. Adhere it to the headband.
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16. For the leaves…
Apply a small amount of hot glue to the tip along the center cut overlap the piece on the other side of the cut line. Repeat for the remaining leaves. Embroider leaves if desired and adhere them to the headband.
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17. Use hot glue to add any other embellishments to the headband.

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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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Quilted Rhinestone Decor

Rhinestone Decor

I love the way this project turned out. It's such a fun addition to my art studio and a great way to use up any scraps you have laying around.

Supplies:

Instructions:

(Note: I used pieces of fabric that were longer than 8" and then trimmed them down, but the correct measurements are listed in the instructions for my 4 ½” x 6 ½” frame...if you use a different size frame adjust your fabric sizes accordingly.)

  1. Select two strips of fabric and pin or clip the right sides together. Sew a ¼” seam down one of the long edges. Open and press the seams down with an iron. Rhinestone 1
    Rhinestone 1
  2. Select another strip of fabric and pin or clip it the right side to the right side of one of the previously sewn strips. Rhinestone 3
  3. You should now have three strips of fabric sewn together. Trim the two edge strips in half.  Rhinestone3b
    Rhinestone3bAnd then trim your joined fabric to  4" x 4" Rhinestone3d
  4. Decide which fabric pieces to use for each of the edges and then continue to sew on strips around the edges of the three strip piece using the same method of pinning the right sides together, sewing the edge with a ¼” seam and then pressing the seam open. Rhinestone 4
  5. Prepare a piece of fabric for the rhinestone by cutting it to about 6 ½” x  2½”. Fray the edges if desired. Set aside.  Rhinestone 5b
  6. Download the free rhinestone cut file and open it up on your ScanNCut machine. Rhinestone 6
    Rhinestone 6
  7. Open the Rhinestone Kit and remove the black fuzzy template material. Apply that to the cutting mat, fuzzy side up. Rhinestone 9
  8. Cut out the “create” rhinestone design. Be sure to do a test cut if you are not sure what blade setting to use. Rhinestone 12
  9. Remove the material from the mat, trim down if necessary, and separate just the corner of material from the backing. While firmly holding down the backing, quickly pull off the material. If any circle remain in the fabric, poke them out. Rhinestone 13
    Rhinestone 13
  10. Place the Rhinestone Kit lid down onto your work surface and place the reusable backing board, shiny side up into the lid. Adhere the template you just created onto the backing board. Rhinestone 15
  11. Sprinkle the rhinestones onto the template. Rhinestone 16
  12. Use the brush in a circular pattern over the rhinestones to move them into position. Rhinestone 17
  13. Cut a piece of transfer tape to size, remove the backing, and press it firmly onto the rhinestones. Rhinestone 18
    Rhinestone 18
  14. Lift the transfer tape up to remove the rhinestones from the template. Rhinestone 20a

  15. Place the transfer tape with rhinestones on top of the previously prepared fabric piece. Rhinestone 20b
  16. Following the package instructions, iron on the rhinestones and allow it to cool. Rhinestone 20c
  17. Carefully peel up the transfer tape. Rhinestone 20d
  18. Place the rhinestone fabric piece into the center of your quilted piece. Using the embroidery thread, hand stitch around the rhinestone fabric to secure it in place. Rhinestone 21
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  19. Place the fabric piece face down on your worksurface. Center the batting on top of it. Center the chipboard on top of that. Fold the fabric and batting edges around the chipboard and tape or glue into place. If desired, cover the backside of the piece with a piece of cardstock. Rhinestone 25
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  20. Slide the piece into the frame. Rhinestone 27
  21. Embellish with decorate stick pins. Rhinestone 28
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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.

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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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Valentine's Day Wreath

Get your home Valentine's ready with this easy, no-sew, Valentine's Day wreath!

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Supplies:

ScanNCut Machine and Accessories

ScanNCut High Tack Fabric Support Sheet

Large Valentine Wreath (for base)

Wire Cutters

1 - Yard of Batting

1 - Yard of Houndstooth Fabric

3 - 9''x12'' Pieces of Craft Felt, one red, one pink, one black

1- ¼'' Wood Dowel

White Acrylic Paint

Fiber Fill Stuffing

Ribbon

Pearl Pins

Hot Glue Gun and Glue

 

Instructions:

1 – Place the ScanNCut High Tack Fabric Support Sheet onto your ScanNCut mat and then adhere a piece of felt onto it.

 

2 – Doing a test cut first, cut out 8 red felt and 6 pink felt of pre-installed shape BA-A067 (heart) and 2 black felt shape BA-A030. 

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2017 Valentine Wreath2a

 

 

3 – Disassemble the Valentine's wreath to get the heart shaped base.  You may need wire cutters to remove the decorations.  2017 Valentine Wreath-3

4 – Wrap strips of approximately 5'' wide batting around the heart base, covering it completely.  2017 Valentine Wreath4

5 – Wrap strips of approximately 5” wide fabric over the batting, gluing it into place with hot glue.  2017 Valentine Wreath5

6 – Set 2 red felt hearts aside and arrange the remaining felt hearts as desired and glue into place.  2017 Valentine Wreath6

7 – Paint the wood dowel white and allow it to dry.

 

8 – With the remaining two hearts, hot glue the edges together leaving a gap so you can stuff it. Do the same with the black “feathers.”  2017 Valentine Wreath8

9 – Stuff the heart and feathers with stuffing.  2017 Valentine Wreath9

10 – Apply hot glue to the end of the dowel and insert it into the heart and then glue the heart closed. Repeat with the feathers at the other end of the dowel. 2017 Valentine Wreath10

11 – Hot glue the arrow onto the backside of the wreath.2017 Valentine Wreath11

12 – Attach a ribbon to the top of the wreath and insert pearl pins into the hearts for embellishment. 2017 Valentine Wreath12 2017 Valentine Wreath13

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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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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