My Life Scripture

Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV English Standard Version) Holy Bible
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let the reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Brother Scan N Cut: Orientation and Pattern Cutting/Session 1

Brother Scan N Cut CM 100
This was a Christmas gift from my husband!  He and I plan to use this new crafting tool with our hobbies.  I make cards and he works with HO model trains.  It will be interesting to find ways to use this electronic cutting tool with my paper crafting and his model train layout!
My plans are to learn how to use the Scan N Cut and then share my knowledge on this blog.  Over the next several weeks, I want to discover all the ways the SnC can be used.  Today's post is about using the machine for the first time and learning how to find, cut, and use the patterns that are included in the machine.
The Scan N Cut came with several important pieces.  The Operation Manual is very informative and fairly easy to read and use.  I have been viewing YouTube videos about the machine, too.  The mats come in a variety of adhesive mats, from high tack to low tack.  There is a mat for every material that can be safely cut with the SnC.  This machine came with a low tack, standard mat, and a high tack adhesive fabric support sheet.  There is a booklet showing the patterns available on the machine and a booklet give basic instructions for making a quilt. A package of iron-on fabric applique contact sheets, too

The basic tool kit that came with the SnC include:  spatula, touch pen (stylus), standard cut blade holder (turquoise) (with blade installed), and deep cut blade holder (purple) (with blade installed), and accessory bag.
Opening Screen
3 buttons on left--top/power--middle/home--bottom/tools
2 buttons on right--top/load & unload mat--bottom/start and stop function
Installing blade holder
A blade came already installed in the holder.  I turned the blade dial to #5.  Notice the blade holder carriage.  The blade holder mechanism is in the up potition.
Slide the blade holder into the carriage as shown.  Press the blade holder mechanism down.  The blade holder is now installed and ready to be used.
I am using a standard mat.  Tip..Before removing the clear plastic cover, I used a permanent marker and labeled the outside of the cover.  After using the mat, I will replace the plastic cover as shown.  This will help to preserve the tacky surface of the mat.
Loading the mat
Place the mat between the guides.  Press the top right button and the mat will load.
The mat can be loaded from the top or the bottom.  I switch from top and bottom loading to help conserve the adhesive on the mat.
Selecting a pattern to cut
Use the Home button on the left to get this screen. Use the stylus to select the Pattern function.
Pattern index screen.  There are 6 categories of patterns available.
I will be using the top middle and top right groups for my project.
Use the stylus to select the desired group.
There is a large selection of images available, too!
I will be using the dress.
The image size can be altered at this screen.  When the desired size has been chosen, press the OK button and the image will appear on the screen already positioned on a mat.
I have chosen the dress, a flourish, and a word.  I plan to make multiples of this project. 
I will be cutting this mat 3 times on 3 different colors.
Use the stylus to position the images.
Before cutting, I use this screen to make adjustments on cut speed and pressure.
Use the Tool button on the left side of the control panel to select the screen.
Use stylus to change the speed and pressure.
I used the #3 cut speed and left the cut pressure at 0.
This combination cut cardstock...beautifully!!
Be sure to press OK!
Images are cut and extra paper removed.
Be sure to remove the images immediately!
The standard mat is very sticky! 
If the images are left for any length of time, they will be very difficult to remove.
More images!
Again, remove images quickly from mat!
Images ready to be used.
Notice the mat.  I have used it several times.  After each use, I used the spatula to clean the surface.  Then returned the plastic cover to protect the surface.  The mat shows the cut lines, but I haven't cut through the mat!! Yea, me!!  There is lots of adhesive left, too!!
Working on my project using the images!
Completed projects!
Close up!
5 x7 inch Card base--Martha Stewart
Patterned Paper--"Abrianna" K&Company
White paper--Colorbok
Flowers--Jolees Boutique
Double sided foam adhesive was used to give dimension.
Inside card!
Everything was cut using the ScanNCut!
There are numerous helpful videos, blogs, and facebook groups concerning the
Brother ScanNCut!
This is the a site that I recommend...
This site has written information...
Something Extra!
Here is a paper crafting tip that I recently used!
Using baby bottle nipples on bottles of glue!
For instructions, please visit...
I followed the directions and it works!!
Have a wonderful day!
Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you have found it informative!



Monday, October 13, 2014

First Timer at the Big Apple Festival!

Craft Fair Booth
Big Apple Festival
Cornelia, GA
Saturday, October 11, 2014

This was my first craft fair booth!  I had a wonderful time meeting lots of folks and selling some of my cards and paper crafting projects!  I had lots of help and inspiration from my darling daughter, Amanda Davidson.  I could not have taken on this project without her help!

Here is a list of the items that I had to sell:

Single cards-displayed on a wall of chicken wire and PVC pipe with cards held on with wooden clothes pins!  Thank you, Amanda, for creating this really cool way to display cards!

Notecard Box with Notecards-This was one of my most popular items!  Each handmade box held 4 handmade cards.  I stamped a variety of sentiments on label paper, cut out the sentiments, and put them in a plastic box with dividers.  Customers that bought cards chose the sentiments they needed/wanted.  The sentiments were free with purchase.

Cascading Cards--had lots of compliments on the cards, but did not sell a single one of these.

Card-in-a-Box--lots of compliments and sold some, too!

Bookmarks and Christmas Tags-another popular item, sold lots of these items!

Exploding Box--had lots of compliments and sold some, too!

Portfolio Notecard Sets--not as popular as the Notecard Box with Notecards, but did sell a couple.

What I learned...

*I plan to reorganize my booth so that it will set up quickly! I will always ask for help!  

*It was a great idea to buy a 'Square' to accept debit and credit cards!  I purchased the reader on Friday, worked through the process to register and get the reader to work.  The 'Square' provided a way for several of my customers to purchase more items!

*Took notes about what my customers asked for and I didn't have.  I will use this information to create cards for the next booth.

*Customers had lots of $20 bills!  Plan my change accordingly!

*I had each item in its own plastic bag.  This was a great idea because it was a rainy morning and the plastic kept the item dry.  I plan to do this every time.

*Wore an apron with pockets!  Great idea!  My iphone and 'Square' was always handy and safe.

*Have a buddy to watch my booth for a little while.  I didn't have time to walk the fair.

*Place like-items together with price on a label in front of the group.  I didn't have to price each item individually. 

*Have my business cards available for customers to take.  I did this and was pleased with the number of cards that were taken.

*I had a tent to cover my booth.  Next time, I plan to have a couple of tarps to hang on the sides, too.

I am sure there are more ideas and tips!  I am keeping a list!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pretty as a Peacock!

Melody and Amanda
Melody, my daughter's best friend, celebrated a milestone birthday yesterday.  I created an Exploding Box and Notecard Portfolio (with 18 cards) to celebrate!
Top of Exploding Box
The peacock and embossed surface are from the Cuttlebug embossing folder and matching cutting die "Persia"
The Exploding Box is created using DCWV Handmade Paper Stack.
I found this fabulous stack on clearance at Michael's Craft Store.
The paper has a beautiful color and wonderful texture and it was on clearance!
A cake embellishment pressed into a piece of dry foam is used in the center.  Small silk flowers are pushed into the foam with liquid adhesive.  Little gift embellishments are added.
Every side of the box is decorated with embellishments and/or sentiments.  DCWV Handmade Paper Stack is used for all layers.  Edges were rounded with a paper punch and inked with Tim Holtz Distressed Ink.  "Happy Birthday" is a Cuttlebug cutting die.  "50" is from a Sizzix alphabet/number set.
Notecard Portfolio
This is a notecard portfolio that I created to hold 18 cards.  I enlarged the original size and made a 'book' binding to hold the bulky cards and envelopes.  The top decorations are made using the Cuttlebug embossing folder/cutting die set "Persia", "Happy Birthday" is a Cuttlebug cutting die, and the name is made from Cuttlebug alphabet cutting die set "Olivia".
Open Notebook Portfolio
Back of Notebook Portfolio
Happy Birthday, Melody!

Follow the links for photos and step-by-step directions to both projects...

Thank you for visiting my blog!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Handmade Notecard Box

These handmade boxes were created using a project in CardMaker magazine.
The boxes are inspired by Noelle McAdams
"CardMaker Magazine", Autumn 2014, pages 44-45

The original measurements in Noelle McAdams project were too small for A2 cards with embellishments and envelopes.  I adjusted the measurements and added a step.  I enlarged the measurements to create a second box that will hold a Card-in-a-Box and a Cascading Card...with lots of embellishments!
This is a box with 4 A2 cards with embellishments and envelopes.

Directions for creating the Notecard Box...

Step one--Cut a 12 inch x 7 1/2 inch piece of card stock (the heavier the better).  For thin paper, I add a piece of card stock on the inside to make the box more substantial.
The paper is laying on a score board.
Step two--Score the paper at 2 1/2 inches, 3 5/8 inches, 8 3/8 inches, 9 1/2 inches.  Must be accurate! I have used a black marker to show the score marks for demonstration purposes only.   Tip--Make all score marks on the 'wrong' side of paper.  This will help to create the box with the desired side on the outside.
Step three--Turn the paper vertically.  Score at 1 inch on the left side (this is the bottom of the box).  Score the paper on the right side at 1/2 inch.  This is the top of the box.  I added this step to create a finished opening at the top.
Step four--Add a strip of 1/2 inch adhesive to the top of the box.
Step five--Cut along the score lines from bottom edge stopping at the 1-inch score.
Step six--add adhesive to the edge of the bottom flap of box
Step seven--turn the paper to the 'outside' and add adhesive to the two bottom flaps and along one edge of the back of the box (as shown)
Step eight--fold all score lines.  Be sure to fold the top score line, too.  I forgot to do it for the picture.
Step nine--remove the adhesive backing and fold the top down to form a 'finished' top.  Tip..I find it is easier to do this step at Step four.
Step ten--Create both sides of the box by adhering the pieces together as shown.

Step eleven--Bring the back pieces together.  Overlap the edges and press to adhere the double-sided tape.
Step twelve--Remove the backing and adhere the bottom flap to box.
The box is finished and ready to be embellished as desire!  Tip--If you wish to use thin paper, it is possible to make the box stronger by adhering reinforcement paper on the inside of the box. Measurements-(cut two) 4 5/8 inches x 5 7/8 inches.
The box is large enough for 4 heavily embellished cards and envelopes.
A set of A2 cards with envelopes and a Notecard Box to match!


Measurements for creating a Box that will hold a Cascading Card.  There is enough space to add lots of embellishments.

Step one--cut a strip of card stock at 18 inches x 10 inches.
Step two--score at 4 inches, 5 1/2 inches, 12 1/2 inches, 14 inches.
Step three--score 1 1/2 inches at left (bottom) and 1/2 inch at right (top)
Inside reinforcement for thin paper....(cut two) 6 7/8 inches x 7 5/8 inches

Step one--cut a strip of card stock at 16 inches x 9 inches
Step two--score at 3 5/8 inches, 4 7/8 inches, 11 inches, and 12 1/4 inches
Step three-score at 1 1/4 inches at left (bottom) and 1/2 inch at right (top)