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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.
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And then click on the Unify button.
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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.

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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.
Picnic Blanket - Step1a

 

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.
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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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Get Your Patriotic Decor Ready!

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It's that time of year again for us in the USA to dust off our patriotic decor for the upcoming summer patriotic holidays to pay tribute to those who have sacrificed to give us the freedoms we have and then to celebrate our independence.  How's your decor holding up? Do you need to replace some of it?

Here are a few various patriotic projects you can quickly whip up using craft vinyl and your ScanNCut.  When working on multiple projects at once I like to plan out what designs I'm going to need cut out of each color of vinyl and get them all organized on the same "mat" in ScanNCut canvas and then send them over to my ScanNCut using the wireless transfer.  -I love that new feature! While previously using a USB stick to bring my designs back and forth from ScanNCutCanvas to my ScanNCut wasn't hard, THIS is even easier and faster!

 

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

You can watch this video of the whole process, or follow along with the instructions below:

 

1. Load your designs onto the ScanNCut and cut them out. Be sure to do a test cut first to ensure you are only cutting through your vinyl and not through the backing.

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2. Weed the negative areas out of the vinyl design.Weed Vinyl1

Repeat until they are all weeded and ready to be used.
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3. If you've cut out any embellishing designs (like I did with the stars in the example below) use transfer paper to layer them on top of your vinyl design. 
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4. Apply transfer paper over the entire design, burnish it well with your spatula, remove it from the backing, then take it to your project, burnish it again, and then remove the transfer paper.  I really like using the clear grid transfer paper because it makes it much easier to line things up.
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You don't always need to use transfer paper though. If your design is simple, and you want a random pattern, just use your vinyl cut outs like a sticker and place them where every you'd like.

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And snap, we're done! Such fast projects!

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Happy crafting!

 

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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Fun Kids Craft Projects

Here are the kid's art projects I did with my 2 yr old niece this year for Christmas gifts.   

 

This first one is a canvas we painted for her little brother. 

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I started off by using my Silhouette Cameo to cut out some vinyl text and then applied it to the canvas with transfer tape.

Erin Bassett - Kid's Art - Painted Canvas

Then I just let her have at it with a foam paint brush!

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And of course we cleaned up with some Wet Ones Wipes

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I let it dry, and then peeled off the vinyl letters.  There were a couple of spots where the paint got under the vinyl, but I just went over them with a white Zig Painty FX pen to fix them.

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We also used her hands and foot to create a reindeer print for other family members.

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Fun and easy kids crafts!

 

Sponsor: Zig/Kuretake, Wet Ones

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My cute laptop!

You guys know I go to a lot of events, and most of the time I have my laptop with me...and every time it gets noticed.  Why, you may ask? -It's cute!

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GelaSkins was nice enough to send me both a laptop skin and an ipod skin of my choice...and I love them. I picked the "my pop" design, but they also let you upload your own graphics or photos to use! I'd love to make one with digi-scrapbooking graphics and some photos, I think it would be really cool to make as a gift for someone!

They were really easy to apply to both my laptop and my ipod and I've had them on for months now & they aren't showing any wear and tear.

Right now GelaSkins is having a buy 3 get 1 free deal, check it out by clicking HERE or on the gaphic below:

 

GelaSkins - Protection with Style. Not Bulk.

 

 

Thanks Lori for sending me the photo of me teaching my online class while we were in UT. 

Sponsor: GelaSkins

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Beautifying with Cricut Vinyl {+ peeks at my container garden}

Erin_Bassett-Welcome PlantMy project for the Mixology Crafts blog today is beautifying a flower pot I've had for quite awhile.  {You can get the free tutorial on how I created it here.}

The plant that's in the "welcome" pot is a basil that I got a Trader Joe's for super cheap and thought that we would have used it all up right away, but there was a bit left that I planted and it took off like crazy.  The container is close to 5 gallons so although it doesn't look like it from the photo, it's quite large now.  

In other "exciting" gardening news...my jalapeƱos are getting bigger!!  I'm so excited!

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Sponsor: ProvoCraft

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