February Daily Art Journal

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For 2017 I decided to try something a bit different for myself and work in smaller art journals every day. I did this so that I would get back in the habit of art journaling daily, which I got out of doing at the end of last year because I got so busy with work. By having it small (3.5" x 5.5") it's not too hard to squeeze something onto the page each day.  Now of course some days I could actually complete the page, other days I barely got something on, but the the point of creating a habit was a great one.

Here's a bit more about the art journals I'm using and what I did in February:

(click here to see it on YouTube)

Now I know you want to see more about the little journals I used. They are these Moleskine ones and they come in a set of 12, plus the box that keeps them all together...well, until I add my art to them and make them too big to stuff into the box!

 

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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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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.

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Snow Birds Art Journal Page

This week the Gelatos® Color of the Week is Metallic Blueberry and that beautiful shimmery blue color reminds me of winter so I went through my Gelatos stash and found some great colors that go with it to use for an art journaling page. Besides Metallic Blueberry, I choose Elderberry and Metallic Grape. 

Winter Colored Gelatos

 

First off, here's how the page turned out:

Snow Birds

Supplies: Gelatos - Metallic Blueberry, Elderberry, Metallic Grape; Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Gel Medium, Gesso, PITT Artist Pens - Raw Umber #180, Black #199, Tag, White Cardstock, Patterned Papers, Wreath Diecut (download it for FREE right here), Sewing Machine Stitching, Brush, Pallet Knife, Bird Stamp, Ribbon

 

Here's what I did to create it.

I collaged some papers onto the page using Gel Medium. Once it was dry I scribbled my Metallic Blueberry Gelato over it.
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I sprayed on a spritz of water and used a foam brush to move the Gelatos over the page.
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 Next, I mixed together some Glass Bead Glitter Gel and Metallic Blueberry Gelatos.
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I applied it with a pallet knife randomly all over the page.
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Then I mixed the Glass Bead Glitter Gel with Elderberry Gelatos and applied it to the page as well.
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 Then I did the same thing with  Glass Bead Glitter Gel and Metallic Grape Gelatos.
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Doesn't that look so yummy!! I added a touch of just plain  Glass Bead Glitter Gel and let the whole page dry.
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Next, I used my ScanNCut to cut out a wreath (which you can download for free HERE) out of wood veneer paper, white washed it with some diluted Gesso, and then added a bit of  Glass Bead Glitter Gel all over it.
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 Next, I took one of my favorite bird stamps and rubbed the Metallic Blueberry Gelatos over it. Then (and this is where the magic happens) I huffed on it a few times.  -You know, the way you do to fog up your glasses or a window. Then I stamped it onto a piece of white cardstock.   I love using the MISTI to stamp with since if the image wasn't dark enough I'd repeat the same process on top of it and it lines up perfectly!
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I used a Raw Umber #180 PITT Artist Pen to color the bird's legs on the stamp and then stamped them onto the paper.
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I repeated that process to create 3 birds.
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 Next, I took an XS tip Black #199 PITT Artist Pen and made sketch marks around the birds.

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And lastly, I printed out a nice wintery saying onto a tag and added the left over  Glass Bead Glitter Gel + Elderberry mixture around the edges.  After everything was dry I assembled it all together, adding some stitching on the bottom of the tag.
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Wishing you many creative days this New Year!

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell and Brother ScanNCut to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

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DIY Christmas Ornament (Faber-Castell Gelatos Color of the Week: Iced Currant)

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I love making Christmas ornaments to add to the tree. Here's one using this week's Faber-Castell Gelatos® Color of the Week: Iced Currant:

Supplies:

Gelatos - Iced Currant, Green Tea

Glaze Medium

Plastic Bulb Ornament

Pallet Knives

Spray Bottle filled with Water

Craft Mat

Muslin

Canvas

Alphabet Stamps

Ink

Fabric Glue

Adhesive Runner

Ribbon

Wire

Beads

Paper Towels

Heat Gun (optional)

 

Instructions:

Watch this video or follow the instructions below:

 

Start by cutting off about 1/4" chunk of Iced Current Gelatos with a pallet knife. Use the pallet knife to mash it down onto your craft mat.  


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Mix in about 2 tablespoons of Glaze.
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Use your pallet knife to drip it into the bulb.
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Rotate the bulb so that the Gelatos + Glaze mixture covers it completely.
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Allow it to sit upside down to help it spread out, then put it upright, placing the mixture back inside and allowing it to spread around again.  You may need to do this a few times to build up a good coverage.  When finished allow any remaining mixture to drain out and allow the bulb to dry.

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Chop off about 1/4" of Green Tea Gelatos and add a few sprays of water to it as you mash it out.  Keep mixing it until you have a think consistency without any lumps.
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Add in your muslin and stir and flip it all around in the diluted Gelatos to dye it.  Add more sprays of water if you need it.  It's helpful to use a pallet knife or two to do it so your hands don't turn green.
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Once finished, spread it out onto some paper towels and remove some of the moisture. You can use a heat gun to dry it if you're in a hurry.
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Use alpahabet stamps and ink to stamp a word or phrase onto a piece of canvas  and then adhere it to the green muslin fabric strip using fabric glue.
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To adhere the fabric pieces onto the bulb it's helpful to use a dry adhesive on the back side of the fabric so it can be positioned onto the bulb. Use fabric glue to glue the ends together.

 

Reassemble the ornament pieces together and use wire and bead to embellish it.
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And when it's finished, enjoy it on your tree or give it as a gift!

 

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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Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt

It's that time of year when holiday parties abound. What are you going to wear? Here's an easy ugly holiday sweatshirt you can whip up for that fun party!

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Supplies:

ScanNCut Machine and Accessories

Sweatshirt

White Flocked Heat Transfer Vinyl

Iron-On Fabric Adhesive

Fabric

Iron

Pressing Cloth

Ribbon

Buttons

Fabric Glue

FREE Cut-File

 

 

Instructions:

Watch this video or follow along with the instructions below:

 

 

Step 1 - In a photo editing program create the word art you want to use and save it as a .jpg file, or download the FREE cut file here.

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Step 2 – Open up ScanNCutCanvas.


To trace the .jpg file you created, click on the “image tracing” icon, select the file, choose “color” and click “ok.”

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To group all the letters and/or words, select all of them, click on “edit,” and then “group.” You can now move them easily anywhere you'd like on the screen.

Name your project if you're saving the file to your computer. If transferring the design wirelessly to your ScanNCut, click “ScanNCut Transfer” and then “close” and it will magically be waiting for you on your ScanNCut. If you've saved the downloaded free cut file onto your computer you can also transfer it wirelessly or save it to USB and then insert that into your computer.

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Step 3 – Measure the space on your shirt to see what size you need your designs to be.
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Step 4 – Apply the white flocked heat transfer vinyl to your cutting mat and insert it into the machine. Size your text to the correct size and add it to the mat. Add a test cut to the mat and then tell the machine to cut. It will perform the test cut first and then ask you to evaluate how it cut out. If no adjustments are needed proceed with cutting. If you do need adjustments, tell it to stop, make the adjustments and then perform another test cut before continuing on.
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(Note: because the font I choose for “oh snap” is thick and I've overlapped the first letters of the words I can cut through all the layers of the heat applied vinyl without worrying if my letters will be distorted when I go to apply them to the shirt. If you are using another design you may want to only cut through the vinyl and not the sticky protective cover since it will help your transfer the design onto your shirt.)

After you're finished cutting out the text, unload the mat and remove the flocked vinyl. Press the home key on the ScanNCut.

 

Step 5 – Load the pre-installed gingerbread man (AR-1006) onto the screen and adjust the height and width to fit on your shirt.
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Choose shape A to cut out just his outline and add it to the mat.
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Prepare the fabric by adhering iron-on adhesive to the back of it with a hot iron. Remove the paper backing and place the fabric onto the mat with the adhesive side down.

Adjust your blade, pressure and speed before cutting it out. -Once again, performing a test cut is a good idea!

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Cut out your gingerbread man. Remove the excess fabric from the mat. Press the home button.
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Step 6 – Load the zig-zag pattern (BO-B004) from the pre-installed border patterns on your machine.
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Scan in the cutting mat with the gingerbread man on it.

Resize and position your zig-zag to go across his body, like a broken cookie would be, and then cut it out. Unload your mat and remove the gingerbread man.

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Step 7 – If you have space remaining on your left over fabric piece, apply it to your mat and load it back into the machine. Scan it in to reveal where you can position other gingerbread men, resize them if necessary and then cut them out.
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Step 8 – Lay all of your cut pieces out onto your shirt, cover it with a pressing cloth and then iron them on.
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Remember to peel off the protective sheet on the flocked vinyl after it's cooled off from being ironed on.

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Step 9 – Embellish your shirt by gluing trim and buttons onto it with fabric glue.
DIY Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt

 

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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