SCANNCUT SX ROLL FEEDER 2

SDX roll feeder 2 is here!

I have just seen a post from Makers Superstore that they have the roll feeder 2 and spare leader sheets in stock! (As with the original roll feeder, this accessory is for SDX machines only). Now we can cut rolls of heat transfer vinyl as well as self adhesive vinyl! πŸ™‚


What’s the difference between the original roll feeder and the new one?

Here is the information from the official Brother website πŸ™‚

Reverse it – now you can use reverse rolled, as well as forward rolled materials on your Roll Feeder II, such as heat transfer vinyl.

In the thick of it – you can now cut materials from 0.15 mm up to 0.5 mm thick on the roll feeder II (roll feeder I range 0.21 mm – 0.35 mm).

Easier feed for reverse rolled and more delicate materials with the included Leader Sheet.Compatible with ScanNCut DX range only – please check Brother Solutions Center for compatibility.

Here’s a link to the roll feeder 2 manual – https://download.brother.com/welcome/doch102314/cadxrf2_d_om01en.pdf

Please note important information in the manual:

● This attachment was specially designed for the ScanNCut DX model. It cannot be used with any model other than the
ScanNCut DX.

● In order to use the roll feeder function, the dedicated application CanvasWorkspace (PC Version) must be installed on your computer.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Ok so I have thought long and hard about posting this video…but I’m going to do it. As you know, I love to help out other people with their ScanNCut, and am very community minded, and make videos in my free time to help others out as well as doing Facebook Lives for free.

It’s important that you all watch this short video https://youtu.be/XHmuoXfBa5U

I still have all my YouTube videos (I keep them backed up in several places) and am still deciding on the best place to re upload them to….so I’ll keep you updated on that.

I have several new tutorials coming out shortly, so I’ll keep you updated on those as well. As soon as I’ve decided on the appropriate platform (I still have full access to YouTube, so may upload them there), I’ll post links πŸ™‚

I’ve uploaded the video as Create and Craft are still misleading customers over the ScanNCut (Dean Wilson claimed on today’s weekender show the CM900 is still being updated when in fact the CM900 was discontinued by Brother in September 2020..if you want to check with Brother, I highly suggest you do that because as you know, I am passionate about making sure we all have the most accurate information..

I don’t like Create and Craft misleading customers, and getting my YouTube channel deleted just shows them in a very unpleasant light. This isn’t the only unpleasant thing they have done…they have attacked other people in the past – see this article..before anyone says it’s a coincidence…it isn’t….I’ve had to make crosswords for magazines in the past, and the software prevents any offensive or swear words from appearing in the article.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6826271/Sedate-world-crafts-rocked-apparent-crude-insult-rival-magazine-wordsearch.html

FREE ScanNCut Facebook live class tomorrow 25th August 2021!


A little heads up that Makers Superstore have a Bank Holiday special price on the SDX135 tomorrow – it’s normally Β£499 but the special Bank Holiday price will be Β£399 so Β£100 off! How amazing is that!


As I have the SDX135, I thought I could do a free class for everyone – as you know I don’t mind helping other people out and answering their questions on using the machine.



The SDX135 is the model above the SDX900 in the entire ScanNCut SDX range – it has a couple more fonts than the SDX900 AND has that all important large 5″ screen (I’ll attach a photo so you can see just what a difference the bigger screen makes), as well as the updated mat feed roller system.

I have a SDX135 (as well as my SDX2200) and I love it as I couldn’t do without that large 5″ screen!

It’s been a busy time but as I have some spare time now and my SDX135 is out on my desk and I have some projects to do so I thought I may as well do a FREE Facebook live class tomorrow at 1PM (UK BST)

Makers Superstore have very kindly agreed to let me take over their Facebook page again (so I don’t annoy my friends and family! lol) – hope you can join me!

https://www.facebook.com/Makers-Superstore-104804484280818

So hope you can join me, we could have a look at the machine and do some questions and answers and I also have a heat transfer vinyl design to cut out, so maybe I could go through that on the live as well. πŸ™‚

Hope to see you at 1pm tomorrow! (If you can’t make that time, then once the live stream has ended, it will be available to watch at anytime). πŸ™‚

Fantastic offer on the ScanNCut SDX135!

Just gone on to the Makers Superstore website site to see what’s new..they have a new SDX135 offer and some new usbs added to the website. πŸ™‚

If you’re thinking of getting a ScanNCut or upgrading, read this first πŸ™‚ My honest advice if you are thinking of upgrading is to get the SDX135 over the SDX900 because of the screen size. Look at the photo I’ve added to see the difference the 5″ screen makes. And plus I know for sure the SDX135 has the new, improved mat feed roller system πŸ™‚

They have a brilliant offer on the SDX135 at the moment, – I already have the SDX135 and it’s a fabulous machine. I’m going to treat myself to a USB or two though πŸ™‚

You’ll be able to put the self adhesive vinyl in the bundle to good use by putting it on the mugs – the t shirts will be good for getting some HTV and putting it on. Plus you get a couple of USBS in with the bundle.

I just cut and pasted the offer from the Makers Superstore site:

Β£499

Brother ScanNCut SDX 135 Pro Machine4 x Sublimation T-Shirts – Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
4 x Sublimation Mugs 11oz
1 x First Edition 52 Sheet Vinyl Pack – Gloss or Matt
2 x First Edition Digital Dies USB (Assorted Designs)
1 x SDX 135 Business Guide

I have the SDX135 – it’s a brilliant machine, it will cut, draw, foil, pierce, draw calligraphy, emboss just the same as all the other SDX machines…it just has less patterns, scans a 12″x12″ area only, and doesn’t have the .pes capababilty…but it does have more a couple more fonts than the SDX900.

And also crucially it has that large 5″ screen – I honestly think if you buy a ScanNcut like the SDX900 with the teeny tiny screen you will regret it – even if you use Canvas Workspace, you will still strain your eyes on the tiny screen of the SDX900….I am adding a photo of the huge difference in screen size between the SDX900 and the SDX135 ..

For comparison the SDX135 screen is 5″, the CM300/600/700/800 screens were 3.75″ and the SDX900 is teeny tiny at 3.47″..all my information on screen sizes came direct from Brother here –

https://sewingcraft.brother.eu/en/products/machines/scanncut/scanncut-machines

SDX900

Digital background papers

If you like printing background papers or rice papers, then I have some money saving tips for you πŸ™‚

For any textured backgrounds, check out the websites pixabay.com and freepik.com – you will be able to use and alter these backgrounds in the free program My Craft Studio as well! πŸ™‚

Pixabay and Freepik have a huge range of texture backgrounds (as well as anything else you can think of!) – bricks, hessian, marble, glitter, wood, floorboards, metals, everything AND SO MUCH MORE! πŸ™‚ – and you can get what you need FREE!

Some of the patterns on Freepik are available to purchase, but I’ve saved hundreds by downloading the free backgrounds instead of buying usbs with stock artwork on.


Here’s a marble example: https://www.freepik.com/free-vector/realistic-liquid-marble-background-with-gold_13118034.htm#page=1&query=marble%20gold&position=4

For paper to print on:
Lots of us use Ice matte photo paper – available single or double sided, in a range of gsm’s to suit your projects – https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=ice+paper+matte+photo&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

For RICE PAPER – I use Artway Chinese Sumi paper – 48 sheets in a pad – Β£8.99 on Amazon
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07ZRRWYBT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Ink Lily Alcohol pens markers generic Chinese markers

Re: my last post on the Hethrone 80 set of markers from Amazon…update!

OMG – the pack of 80 generic Chinese alcohol markers that I bought for Β£19 appear to be the *same* as Ink Lily Pens (priced at Β£349 for 180 pens on Create and Craft or Crafting.co.uk

They have the same numbers and names – the difference at the moment seems to be that the Amazon have bullet tipped nibs, while the Ink Lily markers have brush tips. I do have already have quite a bit of information to share on the Ink Lily markers, so keep an eye out for upcoming blog posts….

Create and Craft give you some stamps, and classes – but OMG what a MASSIVE price difference!

** CLICK ON EACH PHOTO TO SEE THE INK LILY REFILL COLOUR – THE NAMES AND NUMBERS ARE AN EXACT MATCH!

**I’m going to be buying the rest of the sets on Amazon you can bet!

I’m going to add links to the individual colour refills so you can see I am correct – the barrels are different shapes – I do have a friend who has Ink Lily pens, so if anyone does doubt they are one and the same cheap pens that are on Amazon, I would be happy to do a video/photo comparison!

Compare these colours from my generic Hethrone set from Amazon to the Ink Lily refill numbers and names (links below slideshow)








*Ink Lily refills have the same name and numbers as the generic Chinese markers!*

https://www.crafting.co.uk/ink-lily-refill-black-120.html

https://www.crafting.co.uk/ink-lily-refill-azalea-purple-87.html

https://www.crafting.co.uk/ink-lily-refill-baby-blue-66.html

https://www.crafting.co.uk/ink-lily-refill-blue-grey-1-bg1.html

https://www.crafting.co.uk/ink-lily-refill-blue-grey-9-bg9.html

https://www.crafting.co.uk/ink-lily-refill-bronze-green-42.html

https://www.crafting.co.uk/ink-lily-refill-cherry-pink-5.html

https://www.crafting.co.uk/ink-lily-refill-cobalt-blue-71.html

https://www.crafting.co.uk/ink-lily-refill-chocolate-92.html

https://www.crafting.co.uk/ink-lily-refill-cool-grey-3-cg3.html

https://www.crafting.co.uk/ink-lily-refill-cosmos-7.html

https://www.crafting.co.uk/ink-lily-refill-cream-36.html

https://www.crafting.co.uk/ink-lily-refill-dark-green-51.html

https://www.crafting.co.uk/ink-lily-refill-deep-olive-green-43.html

https://www.crafting.co.uk/ink-lily-refill-green-grass-47.html

https://www.crafting.co.uk/ink-lily-refill-lavender-83.html

https://www.crafting.co.uk/ink-lily-refill-azalea-purple-87.html

https://www.crafting.co.uk/ink-lily-refill-peacock-green-61.html

https://www.crafting.co.uk/ink-lily-refill-salmon-pink-25.html

Alcohol markers that don’t break the bank!

Just wanted to share details of some lovely markers I bought from Amazon!

I am just getting into colouring in stamps , only have a few Promarkers which I really like, and I didn’t want to spend hundreds of pounds on markers so I checked out some of the sets on Amazon – I took a chance on this 80 set of alcohol markers for Β£19.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heth…/dp/B08N3Y7W2K/ref=sr_1_5…

I was so pleased when I tried them out! πŸ™‚They are EXCELLENT value for money, stunning vibrant colours, really nice for the price, come in a nice plastic carrying case as well, one end is a broad nib, one end is a fine tip.

The range of colours is superb and they lay down colour really well! They don’t smell much either like some alcohol markers.

I saw they are now down to one in stock, so check out the prices and reviews on similar alcohol markers, I am going to be getting some skin tones next!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=alcohol%20markers…

I have been trying them out and am super happy with them, I coloured in some stamps I had with them – I *really* like the jug in the inbuilt patterns on the machine – I just looked and actually every ScanNCut has the jug pattern (except for the US model SDX85) – so what I did was use the paper piercing kit to punch out one of the background patterns and then cut the jug from this in size that would look good with my stamps.

Super chuffed with the markers, will be using them a lot more! πŸ™‚

Makers Superstore Super Sale!

OMG Makers Superstore have 10% off EVERYTHING at the moment!

Go to their site – makerssuperstore.com

Use discount code MATES10 at checkout (not in conjunction with any other offer)

This includes the SDX2200D! 😍😍😍😍 which is now at the BEST PRICE EVER! £539.99 ONLY UNTIL MIDNIGHT THURSDAY 24th June 2021!


Here’s why I love my ScanNCut SDX2200D and my SDX135

They are standalone, so no need to connect to a computer to operate, editing, resizing etc can be done on the machine itself – so can never be bricked (this is the reason why I originally chose the ScanNCut over the Cricut) -large 5″ clear screen

Free online editing software with no monthly subscription to pay.

1345 inbuilt designs on the SDX2200D – 682 on the SDX135

Inbuilt scanner for accurate fussy cutting – allows you to scan in shapes and drawings and create your own cut files!

Whisper quiet – and a joy to use!

Optional roll feeder accessory that allows matless cutting of ANY vinyl (not just “smart” vinyl” – which is really just vinyl with an extra backing that acts as a mat).

Get in there! 😍😍😍😍😍

Unboxing the amazing ScanNCut SDX135!

I know a lot of people still have their machine in the box – so with that in mind, to show you how quick and easy it is to get going, I recorded an unboxing video opening my new amazing SDX135 – the best of the mid range machines on the UK ScanNCut market.
https://youtu.be/12Jh4Miyxbc

I am loving using the SDX135, very happy with it, uses all the new SDX kits and it has the large 5″ screen, has the amazing autoblade feature etc – what’s not to love!

There is a fantastic free pattern for the dust cover on Canvas Workspace, so after recording the video, I cut the pattern out of self adhesive vinyl and decorated my new machine! Quick, easy and so much fun!

Hopefully it will encourage some of you open those boxes and get playing with your machines! πŸ™‚


In the UK the SDX135 is only sold by Makers Superstore – which is *the* place to get the best ScanNCut machines, and all the accessories and kits you could wish for! Their site can be found at http://makerssuperstore.com

To see why I always recommend Makers Superstore, see their independent reviews page here:
https://www.reviews.co.uk/company-reviews/store/www-makerssuperstore-com

Happy crafting!

TOP OF THE RANGE SCANNCUT NEWEST SCANNCUT

I get lots of lovely crafters out there asking me what is the top of the range, or newest ScanNCut, so thought I would do a general quick post, just to clear up some misinformation.

1) Just because a machine is the latest out, doesn’t automatically mean it’s top of the range…always carefully check the specifications first!

2) The current and ONLY TOP OF THE RANGE SCANNCUT to date (June 2021) is the SDX2200D, exclusively sold in the UK by Makers Superstore. (see explanation below)

3) There are only two official UK retailers in the UK, Makers Superstore who sell the SDX2200D and the SDX135 (the two best models, see explanation below) and Create and Craft who sell the SDX1200 and the SDX900. Both retailers are the fully aware of each other’s product range, as they both attend regular meetings with Brother Manchester.

Here is a list of the current SDX machines in range order, from BOTTOM of the range to the TOP of the range, and what makes each one different. To compare the rest of the features for each machine, number of patterns etc, please see comparison list which came from Brother. My notes for each machine are the differences between each one.

BOTTOM OF THE SDX RANGE – SDX900 – smallest screen of all the SDX’s – 3.47″ (smaller than CM300, 600, 700 and 800q screens which are 3.7″, so the SDX900 has a 1″ smaller screen all round). Screen size is 1.53″ smaller than the rest of the range. Least number of built in fonts = 7 (sits in the SDX range where the old CM300 used to be). 1MB internal memory for storing files (please note that updates WILL NOT make your machine run out of memory – previous updates are overwritten by the new update file – I have that in writing from Jonathan Quinn who is the engineer at Brother Manchester). Reads 600 shapes on mat at any one time.

MID RANGE MODEL – SDX135 – large screen 5″, 9 fonts, reads 600 shapes on mat at any one time, new mat feed roller system (to fix mat feed problems users had with the SDX1200 and it’s equivalent worldwide model numbers) – I have to find out what it was, but there was one more extra thing that the SDX135 had over the SDX900, but I can’t remember what it was offhand – but it definitely has one more thing that the SDX900 doesn’t). 1MB internal memory for storing files.

MID/HIGH RANGE MODE – SDX1200 – large 5″ screen, 1303 patterns, 17 fonts, comes with black autoblade, fabric blade, mini pen holder only with coloured pens, fabric pens. Low tack/standard mats. 1.5mb internal memory for storing files. Enhanced .pes/phc file capability. Reads 900 shapes on mat at any one time.

TOP OF THE RANGE IN SPECIFICATION MODEL – SDX2200D – 1455 inbuilt patterns (includes Disney designs) 17 fonts, 5″ large screen – only machine that contains inbuilt rhinestone patterns, only machine that has inbuilt roller feed patterns that cut direct from the machine (NO OTHER SCANNCUT CURRENTLY DOES THIS EXCEPT THE 2200D) – 2MB internal memory for storing files, new mat feed roller system (to fix mat feed problems users had with the SDX1200 and it’s equivalent worldwide model numbers) – Reads 900 shapes on mat at any one timecomes with a trial rhinestone kit as standard(tools and rhinestones) so that you can make the inbuilt rhinestone designs, and the universal pen holder as standard (as well as the mini pen holder, coloured pens, fabric pens). Enhanced .pes/phc file capability. Comes with low tack/standard mats.

Here is something I have in writing so in black and white about the SDX2200D from the head of Brother ScanNCut UK, based in Manchester.

“As with many manufacturers, Brother are constantly developing and improving the products that we make.
The SDX1200 was launched 18 months ago and the SDX2200D more recently in January 2020.
Given the above, I can confirm that as part of our natural product development cycle, there are a number of mechanical and software differences between the two models and the SDX2200D is fitted with a different roller mechanism to the SDX1200.”

So there you have it, the SDX2200D IS the top of the range! πŸ™‚

Whatever machine you have, happy cutting! πŸ™‚

The SDX135PRO has arrived in my craft room!

Look what arrived this morning!I

I have a new baby…a beautiful SDX135PRO 😍😍😍

I’m so excited to unbox, set up and start cutting and making! πŸ™‚

I thought I could do an out of the box video, so hopefully should have that up in the next couple of days – I’ll put together some information about the machine specs as well for you all.

If you’re interested, pop over to the Makers Superstore website, they have some information up, and I’m planning on putting lots more information up on my blog about this machine.

Look out for lots of makes, videos, lives etc, as I can’t wait to put this beauty through it’s crafty paces!

FREE LIVE CLASS ON INSTAGRAM AT THE CAMBRIDGE CRAFT FESTIVAL

I’m demonstrating the paper piercing kit live on the Cambridge Craft Festival Instagram page today (Saturday 5th June) at 2pm (UK time)!

It’s going to be a fun 30 minute live FREE lesson, focusing on making a quick and very easy paper piercing project – I would love you to join me!

https://www.instagram.com/cambridgecraftfestival/

There are a range of other things going on their Instagram page tomorrow which I’ll be watching throughout the day.

Hope to see you there! πŸ™‚

ALL ABOUT STICKERS MAKE-YOU-A-MASTER-CLASS PRODUCTS AND LINKS

FOR ALL CM SERIES MACHINES AND ALL SDX MACHINES

SCANNCUT PRODUCTS AND LINKS

I’m using the SCANNCUT SDX2200Dhttps://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Brother/ScanNCut-SDX2200D-DisneyTM-Machine/1J

Brother ScanNCut Printable Sticker Starter Kithttps://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Brother/ScanNCut-Printable-Sticker-Starter-Kit/3H (works on both the CM series and SDX series machines)

For SDX users who want to make stickers, I recommend the PRINT TO CUT activation card (check with Makers Superstore for stock status).

See my video here on the Print to Cut activation card – https://youtu.be/BiL3CCVxntw – use self adhesive sticker sheets and use the half cut setting (always test cut first)

STICKER SHEETS I USE

Evergreen Goods A4 White GLOSSY Self Adhesive Sticky Back Label Sheet, Inkjet and Laser Printing, 50 Sheets per Pack – https://amzn.to/3bMCu5j

Evergreen Goods – 50 Sheets of Quality A4 White MATTE Self Adhesive/Sticky Back Label Printing Paper Sheet – https://amzn.to/3vemWPt

BENECREAT 30 Sheets Transparent Self Adhesive Sticker Waterproof A4 Blank Clear PET Film Label Sticker for Laser Printer Office Supplies – https://amzn.to/3hXJHnd

Premium A4 Holographic Self Adhesive Laser Printable PP Film Sticker Sheets – 10 Sheets – https://amzn.to/3uahcFc

OTHER PRODUCTS I PERSONALLY USE AND LOVE:

CARD AND PAPER:

Inkrite PhotoPlus Premium Paper Matt 120gsm A4 (100 Sheets) – for printing decoupage, card toppers etc -https://amzn.to/3451ssj

GLUES AND TAPES

Pinflair Stencil Glue for retacking mats – https://amzn.to/3hJ3oPc

Pinflair Bookbinding Glue (for glueing card and paper) – https://amzn.to/3f5IKqW

Pinflair All Stick Glue – https://amzn.to/3bHwWZF

Pinflair Glue Gel (for decoupage – foam pad alternative) – https://amzn.to/3wtfYpR

6mm Red Double Sided Adhesive Sticky Tape Easy Lift Super Strong EXTRA LONG 50m – https://amzn.to/2SjQCMn

SCANNCUT STICKER MAKE-YOU-A-MASTER-CLASS

I hope you will all be able to join me for my next FREE Facebook Live over on the Makers Superstore Facebook page this coming Thursday 27th May at 7PM UK time:

ALL ABOUT STICKERS MAKE-YOU-A-MASTERCLASS – FOR ALL CM SERIES MACHINES AND ALL SDX MACHINES – learn how to make and cut stickers on multiple types of sticker paper, and more!

Come and make stickers with me here! https://www.facebook.com/Makers-Superstore-104804484280818

This class will definitely be suitable for every CM user – you can easily create stickers on your machine, and I want to share how to do that! πŸ™‚ Stickers are great for personalisation, small businesses, or adding a personal touch to your projects!

I like my students to be able to get started making as soon as my class ends, so there will be FREE FREE FREE! DOWNLOABLE GIVEAWAYS worth Β£10 (approximately $15) FOR EVERY PARTICIPANT (strictly time limited as I want to thank everyone who joins me for the live class)

To access the free downloads, you will need to sign up for a FREE Dropbox account here:

https://www.dropbox.com/en_GB/basic

Once you are signed up, you will be able to click on the link which will be provided at the end of class, then download from there – here’s some help on how to do that if you are new to Dropbox:
https://help.dropbox.com/installs-integrations/sync-uploads/download-entire-folders

Don’t worry if you’re in another timezone etc or can’t make it – the full class will be available to watch again at time to suit you once the live stream has ended! (Please be aware though that the free downloads will be strictly time limited).

If you want to get materials ahead of my class in order to get started straight away, these are the items I will be using in my class:

SCANNCUT PRODUCTS AND LINKS

The machine I use is the SCANNCUT SDX2200D – https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Brother/ScanNCut-SDX2200D-DisneyTM-Machine/1J – PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO USE ANY MODEL OR SERIES OF SCANNCUT πŸ™‚

To make the stickers, you will definitely need if you are a CM user:


Brother ScanNCut Printable Sticker Starter Kit – https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Brother/ScanNCut-Printable-Sticker-Starter-Kit/3H (works on both the CM series and SDX series machines)

For SDX users who want to make stickers, I recommend the PRINT TO CUT activation card (check with Makers Superstore for stock status).

See my video here on the Print to Cut activation card – https://youtu.be/BiL3CCVxntw – use self adhesive sticker sheets and use the half cut setting (always test cut first)

THIS IS A LIST OF STICKER SHEETS I PERSONALLY USE AND LOVE
Evergreen Goods A4 White GLOSSY Self Adhesive Sticky Back Label Sheet, Inkjet and Laser Printing, 50 Sheets per Pack – https://amzn.to/3bMCu5j

Evergreen Goods – 50 Sheets of Quality A4 White MATTE Self Adhesive/Sticky Back Label Printing Paper Sheet – https://amzn.to/3vemWPt

Premium A4 Holographic Self Adhesive Laser Printable PP Film Sticker Sheets – 10 Sheets – https://amzn.to/3uahcFc

BENECREAT 30 Sheets Transparent Self Adhesive Sticker Waterproof A4 Blank Clear PET Film Label Sticker for Laser Printer Office Supplies – https://amzn.to/3hXJHnd

FREE CUTTING FILES FOR YOUR SCANNCUT!

A friend told me about this so thought I would share – these FREE designs are absolutely STUNNING!

https://designbundles.net/free-design-resources/craft/shadow-box-bundle-8-layered-items-and-bonus?fbclid=IwAR1zQQ9l7gKtpuu3fzG_az2CwPlJyjNJ0h4-CVmgUiOLG1m8MlEYYjUFIx0

Here is what this bundle contains:

“This Shadow Box Bundle is a collection of 8 layered shadow box designs. These can also be used as light boxes or just layered greeting cards.

What you get:

  • 8 Shadow boxes with 3,4 or even 5 layers, saved separately in SVG, EPS, DXF and PNG formats (black)
  • For each product you will also get a document with all the colored layers
  • BONUS! 11 SVG cut files (check out the previews)

– trees,

-zentangle owl

-zentangle fish

– sunflower

– heart monogram

– dragonfly

The colored previews are only for preview purposes, in the bundle you will get black SVG, EPS, DXF and PNG layers for each file and black and white bonus SVGs. All colored layers are gathered in a document in each folder.

– I think they are time limited so make sure you download yours asap!

Aren’t these gorgeous! 😍

I can’t wait to try some of these out!

While we’re on the subject of beautiful freebies, I wanted to give a shout out to an amazing designer who generously gives away so many wonderful FREE files – that’s Birds Cards.

I LOVE Birds Cards files – they are BEAUTIFULLY designed!

Check out all the wonderful freebies the wonderfully talented lady from Birds Cards has to offer!

https://www.birdscards.com/free-svg-cut-files/

Happy crafting!

πŸ™‚

MAY IS FOR MAKING!

Makers Superstore has a special sale on running through the whole of May to celebrate “MAY IS FOR MAKING!”

Check out their site if you haven’t already – makerssuperstore.com


This means the top of the range SDX2200D is Β£599!

The SDX135PRO is now Β£449!


Both of these fabulous machines have the lovely large 5” screen and the new mat feed roller system as well as that fantastic autoblade feature together with all the crafty goodness you could ever wish for!

The offer applies to everything on their site I think and I will be checking it out myself πŸ˜€

Makers Superstore have *everything* you need for your ScanNCut – so whether you have the CM300, CM600, CM700, CM800Q, CM900 or a SDX machine such as the SDX900, SDX135PRO, SDX1200 or the top of the entire Brother range the SDX2200D, then Makers Superstore have something for you! πŸ™‚


What’s not to love! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Paper Piercing Facebook Live Class

Thanks to everyone who came to my Facebook live for Makers Superstore last night!

Here are some of the wonderful patterns I pierced out last night on my ScanNCut SDX2200D with the paper piercing kit, which I absolutely love for the beautiful texture it gives to projects!

I’ve had the kit since September 2019 and I have made so many lovely projects with it – it is my favourite add on kit πŸ˜€

It works on ALL models of the SDX ScanNCut family, so in the UK that’s model numbers SDX900, SDX135PRO, SDX1200 and SDX2200D.


It’s available to buy through the Makers Superstore website – http://www.makerssuperstore.com

If you missed out on the live, then it’s now available to watch at anytime at your convenience over on the Makers Superstore Facebook live page here –

https://www.facebook.com/104804484280818/videos/490886561935311

Hope you enjoyed my free class and happy piercing! πŸ™‚

Free Facebook live on paper piercing :-)

I’m taking over the Makers Superstore Facebook page again on SUNDAY 11th APRIL at 7pm UK time to do another FREE class in my own free time πŸ™‚ , this time on the paper piercing kit, and I will have LOTS of hints and tips for using it, as well as general hints and tips for getting the best out of your machine πŸ™‚

Join the class here – https://www.facebook.com/events/124820129608586

Don’t worry if it’s silly o’clock where you are, once the live stream has ended, it will be available to watch at your convenience!

You can use the designs in your projects either side depending on whether you want texture or not…you can also stitch the finished designs if you want to…gives a whole new element to ScanNCut projects which I love.

I can’t tell you how many bits of card stock I have punched holes through πŸ™‚ It’s super addictive and I love the finished results! Here is one of the first projects I made…I have made so many with the paper piercing kit!

Paper piercing gives a beautiful texture to projects, the designs can be used on either side depending on whether you want more texture or not…..you can use the holes to stitch the designs…the kit allows you to create piercing patterns for any design you want…I use it a lot so would love to show you how it works.

It’s also fantastic for creating pierced edges along borders and pierced mats and layers!

To get the FREE downloads, you’ll need to have a Dropbox account – here is how it works:

Sign up for a FREE DropBox account https://www.dropbox.com/en_GB/basic….

I’ll make sure a link is posted in the live so you can get the free files to download –

How to download a file or folder from Dropbox https://help.dropbox.com/…/sync…/download-entire-folders

Hope to see you all there for some making fun and giveaways! πŸ™‚

All things Vinyl Facebook Live!

I’m loving the ScanNCut vinyl autoblade! Hope you can all join me for my Facebook live tomorrow at 7pm UK time over on the Makers Superstore Facebook page! I’m taking over their Facebook page again πŸ™‚ for lots more ScanNCut crafty fun – I’m giving away some free svgs for the project, have lots of hints and tips for you as well on all things vinyl – both self adhesive and heat transfer vinyl (HTV for short) , so looking forward to seeing you there!

πŸ™‚

Free ScanNCut Facebook live with a giveaway for everyone!

Hi all,

As you know, I love to help other people with their ScanNCut machine, so I’m planning on a FREE class on Facebook on Sunday 21st March at 2pm – covering ALL models of ScanNCut – so I’ll have all my machines out and ready – and I’ll also answer any questions you have about the SDX series models – I’ll also be doing a giveaway worth Β£15 to EVERY person who joins in for the session!

I’ll post more details nearer the time, but hope you can join me there and please private message me with any questions!

Can’t wait to see you there!

πŸ™‚

ScanNCut DX Playbook review

Today I’m writing about the new ScanNCut DX Playbook! Β  In the UK, this is only available exclusively through Makers Superstore – their website is http://www.makerssuperstore.com

The gist of this review is –

This book is EXCELLENT and extremely informative and comprehensive –

NO – all the content CANNOT be found online or elsewhere – there is nothing else out there that covers the inbuilt functions as comprehensively as this book does….I’ve already been there, read the book, seen the YouTube videos, got the ScanNCut t shirt….sorry couldn’t help that joke!

YES it is DEFINITELY well worth the price point as it contains so much excellent content – the book plus pattern collection activation card plus usb with extra bonus content and tutorials….so with that said, here is more information for you πŸ™‚

First of all, ignore the title “ScanNCut DX Innov-is Edition Playbook” – this book is for ALL DX series machines, so in the UK that would be ALL the SDX series – so the bottom range SDX900, through to the SDX135PRO, SDX1200 and the top of the range SDX2200D.

Looking at the online blurb, I originally thought the playbook contained just basic content and a bit about using .pes files on the ScanNCut but it’s not – it’s a really fantastic, well thought out manual designed to hold your hand and help you become best friends with your ScanNCut.

It landed on my doorstep yesterday, and I was really surprised – there is a lot more content in there than I thought there was!  And most of that content actually isn’t covered on the internet, or on YouTube, so I was really delighted about that!


It’s written by Cindy Hogan, a Brother Brand Ambassador based in the USA.  Cindy has been using Brother machines for many years, and is very well known in the embroidery world for her excellent manuals on PE Design, which is digitizing software for embroidery machines.   As Cindy normally writes manuals for software, this manual is very much focused on using the functions on the machine itself.


I’ve had a really good read through it – there is some fantastic content in the book, especially for new or users intermediate or those who wish to become more confident and comfortable when using their ScanNCut.

However, this book isn’t just for those of us who also use embroidery machines, far from it!  Yes, there are chapters on using embroidery machines and .pes functions etc, but the majority of the book is designed to help you learn your machine inside out, from the beginning, in steps you can take at your own pace.


The book has about 250 A4 size pages and is packed full with useful content.  You also get the PigPong Lettering Collection activation card (which normally costs Β£39.99) separately – and there are some projects in the book that you will create using the activation card, plus other projects, and the book takes you through those step by step.

Inside the book there is also a USB flash drive, which contains the videos and files for the projects inside the book, as well as a glossary – which I love as it isn’t just a description of various ScanNCut terms but this actually takes you through every single screen on the machine and explains both what the menus and options on the screen mean, and  what they do.  I am an experienced user but even I am going to print this extra bonus content out to put in a folder with the playbook. it’s a brilliant reference guide.

The only thing I had trouble with was working out how to open the usb (it’s a little card with a hinge), so here is a video I found helpful – once you know how to do it you’ll be fine!

Opening the flash drive usb https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhU8VKxEocU

The book also helps you become more comfortable with using Canvas Workspace – there are step by step instructions on setting up your Canvas Workspace account, and how to connect your ScanNCut to your wireless internet.  There are also chapters on updating the machines firmware, and activating pattern collections and uaing the premium function settings.  All this information is step by step, and in depth, meaning you can’t go wrong as you have the book and pictures to follow while you get everything set up.

That’s only a small part of the book though!

A large part of the book is dedicated to all the amazing scanning features that are built in to the machine, again there are pages and pages of in depth, step by step instructions on how to expertly use all the various scanning features – there is a *lot more* you can do with the scan function rather than just dragging a cut file over to the right area of a piece of paper or card!  This section is *excellent* and so (here’s that word again!) in depth and informative.  It goes right through every single scanning function comprehensively so you can get the best results, and on top of that, there is more content about scanning on the actual USB for you to print out if you choose (and yes I will be doing that! as it’s so helpful!

The vast majority of the content in this book has been written to help you with all the machines inbuilt functions  and this isn’t covered in such great depth on the internet, online, on Youtube, or other instructional videos or demonstrations  –  the content in the book is *extremely* comprehensive. 


The playbook also gets you started on the basics of using Canvas Workspace in conjunction with your machine.  There is too much in the book to mention everything and it’s not something that you’re going to pick up and use once or twice, I genuinely think new and intermediate users will go to this book time and time again.

The playbook/pattern collection/bonus usb content really is *worth every penny of the price* – it’s written by someone who has extensive knowledge of producing instructional manuals for Brother and this book as I said covers much more than other instructional content – it goes places other ScanNCut instructors and demonstrators Β haven’t been before, right to the heart of the machine (in detail!).Β 

I love it and it’s going to sit right next to my ScanNCut SDX2200D as a reference guide! πŸ™‚

ScanNCut DX Print and Cut


Hi all – I’ve just uploaded a new video to Youtube – https://youtu.be/BiL3CCVxntw

I’ve been using the new ScanNCut DX Print to Cut function and OMG I seriously love it – I can’t stop printing and cutting, I’m obsessed now!

Now the function is designed for the SDX machine – however there is a workaround for the CM series – which I am making a video on at the moment- look out for my video though because I have a few tips – but bear in mind it won’t work in the same way as the DX machines.

In the UK the activation card is available through http://www.makerssuperstore.com

I highly recommend you also buy the Enhanced Image Tracing Premium Pack 2, as it allows you to trace images more accurately, cut landlocked areas etc.

You can use any printer, inkjet or laser to print off the printed image pages. I’m so in love with Print and Cut, I bought a laser printer!

I have several friends who have spent in the region of Β£7,500 (YES REALLY!) on all the usbs with printed images to cut on, so this is going to literally save them thousands of pounds now.

Basically, once you have registered the activation card (I show how to do this in my video) – You can take ANY FREE IMAGE ON THE INTERNET, yes that’s right FREE FREE FREE IMAGES! (Obviously use copyright, royalty free images so you don’t get yourself into any hot water). You can also use your own images or photos. So download a free image – try www.pixabay.com – images with transparent backgrounds are best – think of any object or image you like and you will find a FREE image!

😱😱😱

Can you tell I’m excited yet?

Here are some of the images I have printed and then cut so far…



Canvas Workspace will automatically trace the images and put cut lines around the image for you, including landlocked areas!!

Then you can RESIZE AND DUPLICATE BOTH THE IMAGE AND THE CUT FILE TOGETHER – (no more having to mess about with printing and trying to work out how big your images are compared to your cut files.)
– MIRROR IMAGE/FLIP YOUR CUT FILES (you can create double sided printed pages this way – video for this will follow at a later date)

– CREATE PAGES FILLED WITH MULTIPLE IMAGES IN TWO MINUTES IN CANVAS WORKSPACE.

Print those pages off, pop them on the mat and then…

OMG do you know what the ScanNCut DX does? This is the best bit! IT AUTOMATICALLY POSITIONS THE CUT FILE OVER THE IMAGES AND THEN CUTS THEM OUT!

😱😱😱

*No dragging cut files over printed images – no aligning any shapes etc – the machine just DOES IT! How fantastic is that!

It is the most magic ScanNCut thing I’ve seen for a long time, I can’t get over how it automatically positions the cut file over the image…you can put the paper anywhere on the mat…no need to worry about lining it up with a corner…the machine reads the registration marks on the paper and knows where to cut!

You can also bring in your own photos or images into Canvas Workspace and put shapes round them and RESIZE THE PHOTOS AND THE CUT FILES TOGETHER.

I print on Wilko Navigator 120gsm paper (Β£4 for 250 sheets) or matte photo paper – you can also get double sided matte photo paper if want to double sided print to cut)Β Β 

Happy printing and cutting! πŸ™‚

SDX900 SCANNCUT

OK guys so here is some information you need to know before the new SDX900 is launched tomorrow on Create and Craft.


I’m posting this because I’m passionate about getting truthful and accurate information out there so people can make an informed purchase.

As you know, the CM900 is now discontinued, and the SDX900 has been launched by Create and Craft to replace it.

I don’t like the name SDX900, as that implies it is a improved CM900 with autoblade.

HOWEVER be aware THE SDX900 IS NOT, I REPEAT, NOT A CM900 WITH AUTOBLADE.

PLEASE READ BELOW CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU BUY THE SDX900 AS IT IS NOT COMPARABLE WITH THE CM900 IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM, AND NOT IN A GOOD WAY.

I don’t know if the SDX900 has the new mat feed roller system or not.


The SDX900 screen is TINY, and I mean TINY. It’s only 3.47″ and that’s measured on the diagonal. The original CM300 actually has a larger screen than the new SDX900 (3.70 inches)

I am really disappointed with the screen size on the SDX900. I’ll add some comparison photos to this post

The SDX900 is meant to be a replacement for the CM900 – but the CM900 has a much larger screen, – 4.8 inches! and 1303 patterns, .pes capability, scans 12×24″ mat so be aware the SDX900 is NOT a CM900 with autoblade..

Don’t be fooled though by anything Mel or Create and Craft might tell you that this is a replacement for the CM900 – because the SDX900 is definitely not comparable with the CM900 – the SDX900 has only 682 patterns, 7 fonts, no .pes capability and doesn’t scan a 12×24 mat – the only benefit is autoblade, and the ability to use the new kits.

Lots of us here have are very unhappy with Create and Craft…some people spent over Β£500 and ordered their SDX1200 on the 19th September and still haven’t got their machine!

IF YOU WANT A MID RANGE, BUDGET MACHINE, then the SDX135PRO is a MUCH better buy than the new SDX900.

The SDX135PRO has the same patterns (682) as the SDX900, and the same basic specs as the new SDX900 (so doesn’t read .pes, no scan 12×24 mat etc) – but DOES have more fonts, the new mat roller feed system as I said, AND THE LARGER 5″ SCREEN

There are more improvements on the SDX135PRO over the SDX900 but I’m waiting for Brother to email me a full list.

The SDX135PRO has a 5″ screen (same size as the SDX1200 and the SDX2200D)…by comparison the SDX900 screen is only 3.47″

The SDX135PRO (and the SDX2200D) are only available through Makers Superstore.

Yes Create and Craft might have a lower price on the SDX900 tomorrow….but you’ll regret not buying the SDX135PRO with the larger screen and the better features!

The current top of the entire Brother ScanNCut range is the SDX2200D which obviously has a higher price point than the SDX135PRO.

Makers Superstore also have a much better service than Create and Craft – ask your fellow users here, and read INDEPENDENT reviews of Makers Superstore here:

https://www.reviews.co.uk/company-reviews/store/www-makerssuperstore-com

SDX135PRO 5″ LARGE screen


SDX900 3.47″ TINY SCREEN
CM300 3.70″ screen
CM900 4.8″ screen

ScanNCut DX Vinyl Auto Blade kit

I’ll be updating this page with lots of photos and a full review on the new vinyl auto blade kit shortly….the gist of my review is that it cuts *beautifully* and the tiling feature is fabulous!

Giant size vinyl projects here we come! Great for walls, windows, cars, vans etc πŸ™‚

This new vinyl auto blade does a fantastic job of cutting intricate, fine details on both self adhesive vinyl AND heat transfer vinyl.

Before I go any further, please note that the Vinyl Auto Blade Kit is for SDX/DX machines only – so in the UK this kit will work on the

SDX135PRO, SDX2200D, SDX1200 and SDX900.

In the UK, the vinyl auto blade kit is sold exclusively through www.makerssuperstore.com, who sell the two ScanNCut machines that I personally recommend, the SDX135 and the SDX2200D, as well as a FULL range of accessories and kits for both the CM series and the SDX series machines – how fabulous is that!

There are two versions of the kit available – the standard vinyl autoblade kit which contains –

  • Vinyl Auto Blade and Vinyl Auto Blade Holder
  • All Occasions Activation Card x 21 Designs
  • Access to Canvas Workspace vinyl features.



And the Disney vinyl autoblade kit which contains

  • 55 Designs – 21 All Occasions/34 Disney
  • Includes SDX Vinyl Auto Blade and Vinyl Auto Blade Holder
  • Access to new tiling weeding functions in Canvas Workspace

I recorded a couple of videos at the end of last week and they are now live on YouTube!

So here’s the first video: unboxing the kit, a look at the patterns etc:


And how to activate the vinyl autoblade kit; how to activate the Disney patterns; how to access the patterns and transfer them to your machine; how to access the patterns in Canvas Workspace; how to use the tiling function and more!

Hope you find the videos useful, and I would love to see photos of your projects created with the vinyl autoblade!

As ever, happy cutting! πŸ™‚

Eclipse Card Tutorial

To create this fun, colourful card, I used the following materials:

Pattern AR-0133 which is a fantastic chameleon design on my SSDX2200D, available in the UK exclusively from Makers Superstore –

www.makerssuperstore.com

You can also use any other pattern of your choice πŸ™‚


Makers A4 Super Smooth Extra White Cardstock 50 Sheets 300gsm (super smooth card is fantastic for ink blending!

https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Makers/A4-Super-Smooth-Extra-White-Cardstock-50-Sheets-300gsm/108

Ink blending tools:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Woodware-Blending-Rubber-Stamping-Scrapbooking/dp/B076551BKM/ref=sr_1_6?crid=2E08REZS8MTH&dchild=1&keywords=ink+blending+tools&qid=1599759149&sprefix=ink+blending+%2Caps%2C182&sr=8-6

Tim Holtz Distress Oxides (I highly recommend that you use google to find the best prices)

Warm colours: Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, Abandoned Coral, Wild Honey.

Cool colours: Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron.


Cut a piece of the super smooth cardstock in half so you have an A5 sized piece.

Ink up your cardstock in your preferred style and colours. For my projects, I’ve used linear ink blending (used a ruler) and overlapped the colours.

Chose the chameleon pattern on the machine – I resized my chameleon to fit the A5 piece of cardstock – in inches – 7.38″ wide by 4.91″ high (mm measurements are 187.5mm wide by 124.7mm high).

From the machine, send the file across to Canvas Workspace – to do this tap “save” and then tap the icon that with a laptop and wifi icon.

In Canvas Workspace, open up the file you just sent across. (On the web based version of Canvas Workspace, you’ll find your file in the “My Projects” tab. If you’re using the offline/downloadable version of Canvas Workspace, then go to FILE, EDIT, IMPORT FROM YOUR CUTTING MACHINE, FCM IMAGE.


Select the Chameleon and now UNGROUP it. This will separate the outline from the inner elements. Select the INNER ELEMENTS ONLY (so leave the outline unselected) and change these to DRAW lines. Leave the outline as a CUT file. Now select everything (so both the inner element shapes, and the outline) and GROUP these back together.

Now EXPORT/TRANSFER the chameleon file back to your machine.

Scan in your inked card stock, and drag the chameleon over the top of the cardstock until your happy with the placement.

Next, insert a pen into the universal pen holder (I’ve used a glitter pen from the Scribbalicious range available from The Works). Select the “fill shape” function on the machine (shaped like a pen nib). Select DRAW, and you will find only the inner elements appear on the machine’s screen filled in with blue – this is what the machine is going to draw out.

Once the machine has drawn out and filled in the inner elements, WITHOUT DELETING ANYTHING OFF THE SCREEN OR UNLOADING THE MAT, take the universal pen holder out of the machine, and swap the pen to a different one – I’ve used a metallic pen again from the Scribbalicious range available from The Works).

Put the metallic pen/universal pen holder back in the machine. Deselect the fill function by clicking on the pen nib icon again. Select DRAW once again to draw and the machine will draw an outline around those filled shapes! Magic!

Once the machine has finished drawing the outlines, take out the universal pen holder from the machine, and replace with the blade holder. Select CUT to cut the chameleon outline.


Once the machine has finished, take everything off the mat. πŸ™‚

I’ve cut three more chameleon outlines out of black cardstock and glued them together then offsetting the inked/drawn chameleon slightly glued to those to create a bit of contrast and to help the chameleon “pop” up from the card base a tiny bit.

To create the finished card, simply fold an A4 piece of cardstock in half and burnish down the fold to create your card base. Glue the outer inked piece to the card base first, then glue the chameleon into the opening and you have your eclipse card!

Add any sentiment you like to finish πŸ™‚

SDX135PRO – available NOW EXCLUSIVELY through Makers Superstore!

There has been a new model added to the ScanNCut family – the SDX135PRO! πŸ™‚

So if you’ve wanted upgrade to the latest SDX series for a while, but maybe don’t quite have the budget for the top of the range SDX2200D, then this is the mid range ScanNCut to go for, especially now the CM900 has been officially discontinued – you’ll still be able to use almost everything from your CM series machine on this, so all the kits, the manual blade holders etc (the only exception is the mats, as the SDX range uses a different style mat), but everything else will work!

In the UK, it’s available exclusively through Makers Superstore:

https://www.makerssuperstore.com/scanncutnewin

Check independent reviews for Makers Superstore here πŸ™‚https://www.reviews.co.uk/…/store/www-makerssuperstore-com

This machine has a great range of fabulous specifications!

New Updated Mat Feed Roller System (same as the SDX2200D) πŸ™‚
Auto Blade Technology
Extra Large LCD Touchscreen – 5”/12.7cm
682 resizable built in designs
9 Built in Fonts
Cutting area – 11.7 x 11.7″ (297 x 297mm), 11.7 x 24″ with optional mat (297 x 610mm)
Built in Scanner – 12”x 12” Scanning Area (305mm x 305mm)
600DPI Scan to USB (for scanning photos, documents etc)
Up to 3mm cutting depth with fully automatic blade
2 Year Warranty

PLUS being a SDX series machine, there are a WHOLE RANGE of fabulous additional extras available for it – so all the accessories, kits and pattern activation cards from the CM series will work, as will the vinyl roll feeder, paper piercing kit, the calligraphy kit, the new Print to Cut activation card feature, the new vinyl autoblade kit, and the new fabric mat!

So if you’re thinking of upgrading, this is definitely a machine that will grow with you and will be a fantastic addition to your craft room and is a fantastic upgrade to the CM300, CM600, CM700, CM800Q and CM900 machines!

Let me know what you are going to make with yours! πŸ™‚

CM900 DISCONTINUED IN UK

Just wanted to give everyone a heads up on the latest ScanNCut news from Brother.

You all know I do love the ScanNCut πŸ™‚ so I always make sure I keep up to date with what’s happening, and what’s coming up with Brother.

Ok so the first bit of news is a bit of both good and bad and comes direct from my Brother source.

THE CM900 HAS NOW OFFICIALLY BEEN DISCONTINUED IN THE UK.

And there is a BRAND NEW SDX MODEL in the ScanNCut family – the SDX135 PRO!


(I posted that I thought that the CM900 was going to be discontinued a short while back, as all the new kits have been for the SDX only – the CM900 was already discontinued a while back in Australia, so I knew it was just a matter of time..)

Now I don’t know about the CM300 yet, I will do my best to find out..it MAY be that Brother decide to keep it on for a while as a very basic entry level model, but I have asked Brother direct and will post when I get more information on that.

Now if you own a CM series (and along with my SDX I also own the CM900) then DO NOT PANIC, because Makers Superstore ARE stocking ALL the accessories for the CM series, mats, blades, kits etc so you’ll be OK for those and Makers Superstore are a VERY reliable source!

So you WILL be able to keep on cutting with your CM900, just like you can on the other CM machines that are no longer sold in the UK (ie the CM600, CM700, CM800Q).

Along with everything you need for the ScanNCut CM series, Makers Superstore also stock a FULL RANGE of accessories and kits for the ScanNCut DX series (so SDX2200D, SDX135pro, SDX1200) πŸ™‚

Check this independent review page here:

https://www.reviews.co.uk/…/store/www-makerssuperstore-com

I did ask Brother just over a year ago about the mats and blades for the CM series, as I want to see us CM users are alright, and this was their reply..

“Anyway, our factory are providing accessories for some years after the production of last machine”

So I’m sure we can rely on Makers Superstore to provide us with CM series mats and blades for a while yet! πŸ™‚

Plus if you’re thinking of upgrading to the SDX series, so I’ll post the features and specifications about the new SDX135 PRO in an upcoming post! πŸ™‚

New ScanNCut kits and accessories out now!

OMG just seen this! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

https://www.makerssuperstore.com/scanncutnewin

You all know how much I love my ScanNCut accessories it’s like ScanNCut central in my craft room LOL!

Makers Superstore have the brand new SDX accessories available for despatch from this Wednesday 16th September πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

https://www.makerssuperstore.com/scanncutnewin

So – all these items will work on all models of the SDX series, (but not the CM series).


Vinyl Auto Blade Kit πŸ™‚

There are two versions of the new vinyl autoblade kit:

1) Vinyl autoblade with All Occasions activation card.

2) Vinyl autoblade with All Occasions activation card AND Disney activation card patterns.

New autoblade especially for vinyl – I have seen this in a Youtube video somewhere and it’s *a lot* smaller and finer than the current standard autoblade in the black holder and is designed for fine, intricate details – I can’t wait to try this!

There is also a Disney version, so you get the all occasions card PLUS the Disney activation card.

Disney version in this video –

The vinyl autoblade kit gives us access in Canvas Workspace to a tiling function, so we can make HUGE vinyl designs for walls etc πŸ™‚ hahaha got to love that! Here’s how it works:

Also gives us access to create weeding boxes so makes designs easier to weed and saves on vinyl waste –

There are also spare vinyl auto blades on the site πŸ™‚

New Frozen 2 patterns activation card πŸ™‚

New rhinestone patterns activation card. πŸ™‚ I absolutely love rhinestones so was really pleased to see this! Look at that fabulous unicorn!

Also there are two fabulous new additional functions available by purchasing the activation cards below:

Print to Cut Function for the ScanNCut allows you to precisely cut sheets of design with ease. “Includes: Activation Card for ScanNCut Print and Cut

Use Adobe Illustrator? The Plugin Auto Position Adjustment For use with Adobe Illustrator and SDX Series” AND ScanNCut Link has been designed for use with Adobe Illustrator software to transfer your custom-made designs directly to your ScanNCut SDX machine. “Transferring your .AI files allows you to have even more flexibility in creating your next project! Add registrations marks to help align your projects when cutting with this function.”

Happy cutting and creating everyone! πŸ™‚

ScanNCut DX software update version 1.51 & Canvas Workspace update (August 2020)

So I’m a very happy bunny….there is a fantastic new update for the SDX series of machines giving us some fabulous new features! πŸ™‚

Brother have released a new software update (version 1.51) for the SDX series of machines – so in the UK, for models SDX2200D and SDX1200, as well as a new update for Canvas Workspace. The update is the same for ALL SDX/DX models – so wherever you are in the world, please check for the new update! πŸ™‚

The actual machine updates I am posting about are for the SDX machines ONLY – the CM series has NOT been updated with this functions. (I have spoken about the in and outs of why the CM series is not being updated in previous posts).

In brief, the SDX series (known as DX in the US and other countries) has been updated with three new fabulous features!

1) The ability to resize designs by percentage (this is fantastic and I’m really delighted with this new feature!) You can easily switch between standard measurements and percentages by toggling the percentage icon on and off on the resizing screen.

2) a great new function to add weeding boxes to your vinyl designs (again brilliant if you’re like me and love adding vinyl to your projects – and weeding boxes really cut down on vinyl waste!) – so set your half cut setting to on, click “cut”, hit the wrench icon and scroll down and you’ll see the new weeding box tool in the settings. You can either leave the box the size it is, or increase the spacing around your design.

3) The ability to easily access your activation card files on the machine through the “My Collection” function – it’s now fast and easy to batch download your activation cards from Canvas Workspace to your computer so that you can pop them onto a USB. Once you’ve done that, pop the USB into your ScanNCut and you will be able to easily identity and access the individual activation cards and patterns through the “My Collection” feature.

(PLEASE NOTE: the “My Collection” feature below is very buggy at the moment, and I’ve no doubt that Brother will roll out another update asap to correct it – I’ve already sent Brother Tech a video showing them the bug but once it works properly it will be brilliant!)

In addition, both the browser based version Canvas Workspace and the Canvas Workspace for PC (the downloadable version) have also been updated with various new features: here is a quick overview.

Preview images now are available for .fcm files, meaning you can see exactly what your file is before you open it.

Canvas Workspace for PC has an improved weeding box function (for vinyl projects).

The browser based version of Canvas Workspace has a new function so that you can batch download all the files from the activation cards in one go (the activation cards are purchased separately). This is fantastic if you’re like me and like to store your files on a USB (most of the time I’m too lazy to switch the computer on!) – so now you can download and transfer your activation card patterns to USB in a jiffy! πŸ™‚

To see how to use the new features – please see the handy dandy reference guide that Brother have uploaded for the update:

Click to access sdx_afv1.5_01_endefrnlitesptruzhtkoja.pdf

Happy cutting!

ScanNCut DX Rolling Tote

So there was an offer on at Makers Superstore at the weekend, so I decided to treat myself to the ScanNCut rolling tote!

It’s amazing! It’s *huge* and stores so much stuff – also if you wanted to you could fit TWO machines in there (one on the bottom and another on the top in the cradle to protect the one in the bottom), plus mats and some accessories! I love the luggage tag as well, I’ll post some photos below.

I’m using it to store my kits and spare mats and blades in – I love everything ScanNCut and jokingly call my craft room “ScanNCut Central” and I’m happy now because I know exactly where all my ScanNCut kits are and they are all nicely organised πŸ™‚

I absolutely love the rolling tote – now if I need to take my machine anywhere on the go, I know it will be nicely protected and the cradle will make it easy to get the machine in and out, and I can fit everything I need in it.



Amazing ScanNCut offer from Makers Superstore!

I’ve been away for a while as have been very busy with family…just come online to see the fabulous SDX2200D is now just Β£479.99 at Makers Superstore – they have 20% off on EVERYTHING including the SDX2200D !!! But only until minight this Sunday (26th July 2020) – see here! – http://www.makerssuperstore.com


That is an FANTASTIC price for an AMAZING machine (I have three ScanNCut machines but the SDX2200D is my GO TO machine – it is seriously AWESOME), and 20% is a great discount for all the goodies on the Makers Superstore website…my favourite place for all things ScanNCut – Makers Superstore sell all accessories, kits and MORE for both the CM range and the SDX range and have really fast despatch and delivery times (think 2/3 days rather than weeks!) πŸ™‚

The SDX2200D TOP OF THE RANGE of ALL ScanNcut machines and has an new and much improved mat roller feed system compared to the SDX1200 (which I also have). Can you tell LOL how much I love mine…I’ve been busy lately cutting stencils – I’m really into stencilling and distress inks at the minute and am loving being able to create and cut any stencil I want, saved a bomb on buying expensive stencils…really enjoying myself. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

If I didn’t have three machines already I would definitely be buying another SDX2200D…don’t think hubby would believe me if I tried telling him they made babies ….but I’m sure I will need to stock up on some spare blades and mats! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Makers Superstore Facebook Live – postponed :-(

Sorry everyone, sadly I’m going to have to postpone tonight’s Facebook live for Makers Superstore as I have a family issue I have to deal with….apologies but I will be rescheduling the live free class as soon as I can!

I will let you know the new date for the free class as soon as I can, it will be held over on the Makers Superstore Facebook page here –

https://www.facebook.com/Makers-Superstore-104804484280818/live_videos/


The stream will be available to watch anytime once the livestream has ended, so no need to miss out if you’re in a different timezone! πŸ™‚

I’ll be covering how to get gorgeous CLEAN CUTS with your machine…lots of troubleshooting tips, tricks and machine demos to help you get the best cut possible from a variety of materials – this is a FREE CLASS for all models of ScanNCut!

I’ll do my best to help you all as much as I can!

Special offers from Funky Pen

I’ve had a message from the guys over at Funky Pen – they have some special greyboard (construction board) offers going on – ideal for those 3d projects!

I’m a big fan of Funky Pen – they have excellent products at great prices, and fantastic customer service! πŸ™‚ Their website can be found at http://www.funkypen.co.uk

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“We also have a 3for2 mix&match offer across a range of kids craft & colouring, notepads and pens that can be viewed here and is running until later this week – funkypen.co.uk/3for2


And finally as a heads up, from Wednesday 1st July, we have an offer which is ideal for users of our 12×12” 750Micron and 1000Micron Greyboard that like the smaller packs.

There will be 50% OFF on the following 3 product codes when the coupon code β€˜GBHALF’ is entered at checkout:GB12SQ15MIX1000750 – MIX PACK – 30 Sheets of 12×12″ Construction board – 15 Sheets 750mic & 15 Sheets 1000mic Greyboard (Normally Β£9.99 – Β£4.99 with code) funkypen.co.uk/GB12SQ15MIX1000750


GB12SQ100025RM – 25 Sheets of 12×12″ Construction board 1mm 1000mic Greyboard (Normally Β£10.98 – Β£5.49 with code) funkypen.co.uk/GB12SQ100025RM


GB12SQ75035 – 35 Sheets of 12×12″ Construction board 0.75MM 750mic Greyboard (Normally Β£10.98 – Β£5.49 with code) funkypen.co.uk/GB12SQ75035


The discount code (GBHALF) is live now if you wanted to share (early access) but it won’t be published on funkypen.co.uk/promotions or our facebook page until later tomorrow/Wednesday morning.”

Scan N Cut Educational Videos and tutorials

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If you’re new to the ScanNCut or want to learn more about using the machine, then whether you use a CM series or SDX series machine, you’re in luck!

There are so many FREE educational videos, resources and tutorials out there, on EVERY aspect on using the ScanNCut – over the last six years, many talented ScanNCut users have put free tutorials out there – to save you having to trawl through Youtube or google, I’ve put a list together of the most helpful resources and Youtube channels – remember – the ones I mention are just a *few* of the hundreds of resources out there – everything you need to know about the ScanNCut is out there! πŸ™‚

First of all – READ THE MANUAL! πŸ™‚ In your box, you will have a quick start guide which will get you started – but did you know an indepth manual for your machine and ALL the kits πŸ™‚ can be found on the Brother Solutions Centre website?

Go to the website below: choose your country – product search – cutting machines – select your ScanNCut model – manuals – select “operation manual”

https://support.brother.com/g/b/index.aspx?noautojudge=true


I highly recommend printing the manual off and keeping it in a folder next to your machine for easy reference. I also store all the manuals on a USB for backup.


I have my own YouTube channel – Independent ScanNcutter –
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXXWfTUsfRcMXImk17cQxxQ

And I do regular Facebook lives for Makers Superstore – previous Facebook live videos can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Makers-Superstore-104804484280818/videos/

FACEBOOK:

There is a LOT of help from other users on Facebook – here are some recommended groups that have free educational content for beginners, intermediate and advanced users.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/CreateWithSue/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SNCwJennifer/

To find the educational content for these groups, first of all join the group, then head over to the “units” section.

Also there are dozens of other ScanNCut user groups out there with literally tens of thousands of fellow users who will happily help you and give you some advice πŸ™‚

YOUTUBE

Brother Crafts have over six years of educational videos on their channel, covering dozens and dozens of techniques, tips and tips:

https://www.youtube.com/user/BrotherCrafter/

For beginners, I HIGHLY recommend Julie Fei Fan Balzers videos – they are extremely clear and easy to follow:

https://www.youtube.com/user/milkcannyc

For all aspects of using Canvas Workspace – see the following excellent channels:

Every Canvas Workspace project has a free video showing you how to cut and put the projects together:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGh4jSF_Og6AKNcLD4gpK_Q

Brother’s official Canvas Workspace channel (suitable for beginners) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPeOOvP1z5VGaPzb6_hQvKQ

Gentleman Crafter also has superb, very easy to follow videos on how to use both the machine and Canvas Workspace:
https://www.youtube.com/user/GentlemanCrafterUK/playlists

Applelover53 has dozens of excellent videos on all aspects of using Canvas Workspace to edit, and to create your own projects – videos are suitable from beginners upwards:
https://www.youtube.com/user/applelover53

Beverleigh’s Crafty Chaos HQ channel also has lots of Canvas Workspace tutorials where she teaches you how to create projects from scratch:

https://www.youtube.com/user/beverleigh1965

Papered Chef – again, lots of excellent videos, particularly helpful for cutting stamped images and for fussy cutting patterned papers.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjhFhblp_H3I-kaMfP_116A/playlists

ScanNCut tutorial – creating Olson face mask plastic templates

I’ve had several requests since my Facebook Live on making masks for Makers Superstore for a beginners video showing how to create a plastic template from an existing face mask pattern from beginning to end.

I’ve just uploaded a video on this to YouTube; there are links to materials and supplies as well as lots of other information in the description box below the video, but I will add them here as well.


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DISCLAIMER – This face mask does not protect the person against coronavirus. The goal is to stop the spread of droplets to reduce the spread of the virus. Strictly follow all recommendations from the government and health organisations to keep you, your family and loved ones safe.

Download Olson face mask pattern: https://www.unitypoint.org/filesimages/COVID-19/UnityPointHealth-OlsonMask-Instructions.pdf

Sew the Olson Face mask pattern (PLEASE NOTE – I HIGHLY RECOMMEND ADDING A LAYER OF NON WOVEN INTERFACING TO YOUR MASK) – https://www.sewcanshe.com/blog/simple-step-by-step-tutorial-for-the-olson-mask-pattern

I cut my templates from doeflex – you could also cut template plastic – google for the best prices.

SDX users – use black standard blade and autoblade settings. CM users – try turquoise standard blade starting at blade depth 4, pressure 1 *you will need to test cut to get settings right*

I use ORACAL 651 self adhesive vinyl for most of my projects, which I apply with DeTape medium tack clear transfer tape – I purchase from https://www.mdpsupplies.co.uk/ (excellent prices and good customer service)

Facebook live video on making a face mask from inbuilt shapes on ScanNCut. https://www.facebook.com/104804484280818/videos/283671089479289/

Accompanying blog post for above with links to materials and supplies: https://scanncutuk.com/2020/06/12/scanncut-face-masks/

The machine I’m using is the SDX2200D – at the time of recording (June 2020) this is the top of the range ScanNCut – in the UK this machine is available exclusively from http://www.makerssuperstore.com

Heat Transfer Vinyl

I’ve had several messages today asking me where I buy my heat transfer vinyl and how much I pay for it – I’m really happy to share information on this!

I buy a lot of vinyl, both heat transfer, and self adhesive vinyl from the following places: ALL OF THESE PLACES SELL TOP QUALITY VINYL THAT CAN BE APPLIED WITH AN IRON, WASH AND DRY WELL ETC.

Also, for most top quality plain coloured HTV, if you paying more than about Β£1.50 for aHTV sheet then you are being ripped off – I saw the Dalton Manor heat transfer vinyl show today on Create and Craft and the 12″x12″ sheets work out to about Β£4.50 a sheet – I’m sorry, bit that is a rip off price so check these websites below and do your price comparisons before you buy.

One of my FAVOURITE places is GM Crafts – http://www.gmcrafts.co.uk

they stock a WONDERFUL range of heat transfer vinyl – lots of starter kits and bundles, they stock plain colours, glitter, chrome, patterned, rainbow, metallic, inkjet printable vinyl and even light reactive vinyl which looks white indoors, and changes colour when you get it outside in the daylight. They also stock heat reactive vinyl which changes as you touch it (I have to try this vinyl!) as well as 3D bubble up vinyl, and glow in the dark vinyl. How fun is that! πŸ™‚

They do 12″ wide vinyl as well which is perfect for use on the ScanNCut!

Check out and compare their fantastic prices which include free UK delivery! They have EXCELLENT prices on all their products, can you see why I love to shop on this site? πŸ™‚

AND – GMCrafts have a downloadable cutting and pressing guide for all their types of vinyl – https://www.gmcrafts.co.uk/product-guides-media/

My next favourite is MDP supplies – https://www.mdpsupplies.co.uk/

  • large range of heat transfer vinyl – you can download a useful guide from the site telling you how to apply the vinyl, and whether it is hot peel, or cold peel.

They sell A4 size sheets, mini rolls, by the meter etc.

They also stock a selection of 12″x12″ sheets – https://www.mdpsupplies.co.uk/cricut

They also have a helpful guide for pressing every type of vinyl they sell – https://www.mdpsupplies.co.uk/datasheets/garmentfilmsettings.pdf

Hope this helps and have fun exploring all the different types!

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ScanNCut face masks!

A big thank you to all the lovely crafters who joined me over on the Makers Superstore page yesterday for my Facebook live on using the ScanNCut to cut fabric for face masks!

If you missed it, or want to watch it again to see how to make the masks, then you can find the video here :

https://www.facebook.com/104804484280818/videos/283671089479289/

DISCLAIMER – This mask (or face mask) does not protect the person against coronavirus. The goal is to stop the spread of droplets to reduce the spread of the virus. Strictly follow all recommendations from the government and health organisations to keep you, your family and loved ones safe.

*** NOTE – at the moment – Makers Superstore are offering a BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE on all their fabrics (Please check their website for current offers) ***

You need basic sewing skills and a sewing machine to complete this project. A fancy sewing machine is very nice (!) but a basic model will do the job well.

You can use ANY ScanNCut in the CM series or the SDX series to do this – my preferred machine of choice is the SDX2200D, at the time of posting (June 2020) – this is the current TOP OF THE RANGE of the ScanNCut family πŸ™‚

If using SDX series – then use the BEIGE THIN FABRIC AUTOBLADE and your machine will take care of the settings!

If using CM series – use standard blade for quilting cotton and you will have to test cut – here are some cutting guidelines for you –

Brother have helpfully provided a guide on the basics of fabric cutting for both the CM and SDX series – this has suggested settings for the CM series and a troubleshooting guide:

https://download.brother.com/welcome/doch100985/SNC_DNC_fcb01en.pdf

Brother also have a basic guide to quilting which explains the difference between lengthwise, crosswise and bias grain – as this is a sewing project, we need to cut our fabric on the crosswise grain – see here for an explantion on grain lines, bias etc.

https://download.brother.com/welcome/doch100523/snc2_bqg02en.pdf


To make this facemask, I’ve used my ScanNCut SDX2200D (my preferred machine of choice!), sewing machine AND

FABRIC:

I’m making with these cotton fat quarter bundles from Makers Superstore -www.makerssuperstore.com

If you’re new to fabric, then a fat quarter is 1/4 of a yard/meter of fabric – made by cutting half a metre of the full fabric width and then cutting this piece in half vertically (cutting it by the width). Fat quarters allow you to get a better cut of the design rather than just a quarter of a meter/yard cut across the bolt of fabric horizontally.

You need a GOOD QUALITY QUILTING COTTON – thin or loosely woven cottons are no good for making face masks!

Winnie the Pooh 5 fat quarter pack –

https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Craft-Cotton-Company/DisneyTM-Winnie-the-Pooh-Woodland-Fat-Quarter-Pack-X-5/4H

Frozen 5 fat quarter pack –

https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Craft-Cotton-Company/DisneyTM-Frozen-2-Watercolour-Fat-Quarter-Pack-X-5/3O


ITEMS NEEDED

Any ScanNCut plus sewing machine (could handsew if you really needed to)

High tack fabric support sheet (optional – can cut paper or doeflex templates (label doeflex with self adhesive vinyl)

The CM900 and SDX machines come with a high tack support sheet in the box – replacements can be found here –

https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Brother/ScanNCut-4-X-High-Tack-Adhesive-Fabric-Support-Sheets-12-X-12/2V


Fabric – approximately 2/3rd of a fat quarter (see above for the fabric I used in my livestream)


NON WOVEN fusible interfacing – I use:
Vilene F220 standard iron on interfacing – it comes in both white and black – google around for the best prices.

Elastic, ribbon or cord.
Thread
80/12 sewing machine needle (I use Schemtz brand which are excellent quality)
Scissors
Sewing pins or clips.
Iron/ironing board or ironing pad.

Frixion Erasable Rollerball PenΒ  (ink vanishes when hit with a hot iron) – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Frixion-Erasable-Rollerball-Assorted-Colours/dp/B005349ER8/ref=asc_df_B005349ER8/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309920235837&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=18429344498370846850&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9045025&hvtargid=pla-424440815957&psc=1&th=1&psc=1

NOSE BRIDGE STRIPS ARE A *MUST* TO ENSURE A GOOD SEAL ACROSS THE TOP OF YOUR FACE MASK – (if you wear glasses and they fog up while wearing the mask then you don’t have a seal)

These are the ones I use:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B087M6JMSW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Optional: I like to also sew and quilt, so to precut my fabric to go on the mat, I do use a rotary cutter, quilting ruler and self healing mat, but this is *entirely optional and not necessarily required* – this is the sort of items I use.

https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/EZ-Quilting/Quilters-Tools-Essential-Kit/GF

PREP: Iron fabric (can lightly starch if you would like – I use Mary Ellen’s Best Press)

Pre cut fabric ON GRAIN – (fabric folded selvedge edge to selvedge edge) –

2 x 12″ WIDE by 8″ HIGH pieces of fabric (matching fabric – same fabric for both sides)


2 X 12″ WIDE by 8″ HIGH pieces of Vilene F220 fusible interfacing.


Create pattern – for my size (adult)

For the mask, you will need to cut TWO x Vilene F220 fusible interfacing and TWO x fabric pieces.

Select Basic Shapes – BA-A093 Perfect shape to create the style of face mask we’re going to make today!

Turn OFF aspect ratio – resize to 6.75″ high x 11.02″ wide (adult size – for other sizes, use fantastic resizing feature on ScanNCut then cut out of PAPER first to gauge size required)

Cut TWO x fusible interfacing on NEW LOW TACK MAT OR USED STANDARD TACK MAT – AND BEIGE THIN FABRIC AUTOBLADE.

*** DO NOT USE NEW STANDARD TACK MAT OR HIGH TACK SUPPORT SHEET TO CUT INTERFACING – IT WILL JUST STICK TO THE MAT AND CAN’T BE PULLED AWAY CLEANING (WILL SEPARATE)

** PLACE FUSIBLE INTERFACING GLUE (rough) side UP and SMOOTH SIDE DOWN ONTO MAT. (You don’t want to loose any fusible glue dots that might stick to your mat so do it this way)

Cutting fabric – you can either cut a paper or doeflex and cut the fabric the old fashioned way BUT I am going to show you how to cut fabric on the ScanNCut

Mat with high tack support sheet attached & BEIGE THIN FABRIC BLADE on SDX (standard turquoise blade for CM series)

Just place fabric square on the mat (BE AWARE OF THE GRAIN) and smooth it down with (I use the Brother brayer – does the job perfectly)

https://www.makerssuperstore.com/search?query=brayer

Scan in your fabric – MAKE SURE YOU HAVE NO LOOSE THREADS ON THE EDGES OF YOUR FABRIC THAT MAY GET TANGLED UP IN YOUR MACHINE’S ROLLERS

Position cut file over fabric – HAS TO BE ON GRAIN VERY IMPORTANT FOR SEWING PROJECTS – cannot rotate shape because otherwise you will be cutting on bias, which is stretchy, and your fabric will go out of shape, too much stretch is no good for a face mask!

CUT AND REPEAT


FUSE INTERFACING TO WRONG SIDE OF BOTH FABRIC PIECES – GLUE SIDE DOWN – (if you make mistake and get glue on your iron, then run it hot over a tumble dryer sheet and this will clean all the glue off – isn’t that magic?)


READY TO SEW!

I’m going to use my 1/4″ foot (if you don’t have one, use 1/4″ guide on bed of your sewing machine).

Right sides together, sew down both curved edges.

Rotate fabric to match seams. – TURN TOP SEAM TO THE LEFT, BOTTOM SEAM TO THE RIGHT TO NEST THE SEAMS – PIN IN PLACE

Turn piece upside down – nest/ match seams again – making sure seam is straight on both sides – PIN IN PLACE

CHECK WHICH END IS TOP OF YOUR FACEMASK IF YOU ARE USING A DIRECTIONAL PATTERN – AT THE TOP* – start sewing and backstitch about two and half inches in – backstitch at end.

Sew straight across the bottom.

TURN INSIDE OUT, ROLL SEAMS AND PRESS. PREPARE YOUR THE SEAM ALLOWANCE ON OPENING -FOLD IN RAW EDGES TO MATCH REST OF SEAM AND PRESS and PIN.


PREPARE TO INSERT NOSE BRIDGE STRIP – from seam – measure out and mark 1.75″ on both sides (nose bridge piece is 3.50 inches long).

INSERT NOSE BRIDGE STRIP – one pin across bottom, one pin across either end.

I like to use ZIPPER FOOT to top stitch – I use the edge of this as a guide.

Start TOP STITCHING at top right hand side – pivot and turn – BE VERY CAREFUL AS YOU APPROACH NOSE BRIDGE STRIP.

At start of nose bridge strip, (use needle wheel to test you are NOT going to hit the metal bridge strip – YOU WILL BREAK NEEDLE AND POSSIBLY DAMAGE THE TIMING ON YOUR MACHINE – YOU DON’T WANT ANY BROKEN NEEDLES FLYING INTO YOUR EYE) pivot and stitch DOWN four or five stitches

PIVOT AGAIN

MAKE SURE TOP OF NOSE BRIDGE STRIP IS FLUSH WITH TOP SEAM – run edge of zipper foot along the edge of the nose bridge piece until you reach next pin/mark – work out where end of nose bridge strip is – sew along to end –

PIVOT (use needle wheel to test you are NOT going to hit the metal bridge strip – YOU WILL BREAK NEEDLE AND POSSIBLY DAMAGE THE TIMING ON YOUR MACHINE – YOU DON’T WANT ANY BROKEN NEEDLES FLYING INTO YOUR EYE) pivot and stitch UP four or five stitches until you can get zipper foot to fit flush with edge of fabric again.

Continue to top stitch – go over beginning of stitches five or six stitches to secure.

Basic mask is done!

TIES/CORDS/ELASTIC.

More than one way to do this –

One way – decide which side of mask you want to be FRONT.

Insert elastic.

Turn over edges about 1/2″ inch – sew (backstitch at start and end) – again I use zipper foot.

Or can insert ribbon or cord – use pony beads to make adjustable.

Hope you found this useful! πŸ™‚

Face masks – ScanNCut style!

Let’s use our ScanNCut the full and make something we all need – face masks!

I wanted to do something different from the normal tutorials already out there I can offer you something different from Applelover53 to save repeating techniques that are already out there πŸ™‚

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So….This Thursday at 4pm UK time over on the Makers Superstore’s Facebook page, as I will be covering all about making facemasks and how to make them fun with the ScanNCut!


https://www.facebook.com/Makers-Superstore-104804484280818/

I have lots of tips and techniques to share – super easy and no fancy equipment required – just your ScanNCut, a basic sewing machine, cotton fabric, thread and elastic, cord or ribbon.


Hope to see you there! πŸ™‚

Blooming June Competition Time!

Just seen this competition on the Makers Superstore page and thought I would share….I know a member from one of the Facebook groups won the last one…who wouldn’t want to win Β£50 credit to spend on ScanNCut goodies! πŸ™‚

To enter, send the photos of your makes to team@makersretail.co.uk

I’ve made some amazing makes with the embossing kit – you can line emboss as you see in the photos below but you can also region emboss to get the embossing folder look (to see my makes have a look at my Instagram page – nutsaboutthescanncut)

Good luck!

Makers Superstore current offers! :-)

Makers Superstore current Covid-19 situation (despatch time) and offers:


www.makerssuperstore.com

Despatch and delivery – currently they aim to despatch within 48-72 hours, next working day delivery once order is despatched.

OFFERS:

Have a current three for the price of two offer on cardstock – code 342

https://www.makerssuperstore.com/paper-and-card

Scroll down the page as they have some offers on and special card making kits available.


I use and LOVE their pearlescent cardstock – it’s 300gsm, and is coloured to the core – absolutely beautiful quality and cuts fantastic on the ScanNCut.

(Here are some photos of some of the projects I’ve made with it – highly recommended as it gives a BEAUTIFUL finish to your projects! πŸ™‚

They also have an offer on packs of A4 cardstock at the moment (30 A4 sheets per pack) Β£7.50
https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Makers/A4-Card-Pack-30-Sheets-225-GSM/XW

and offer on 30 sheets of their core and premium cardstock – Β£9.99

https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Makers/12X12-Premium-Cardstock-30-Sheets-260-350-GSM/10D

They also have a special offer on tool sets – I also use all of these – they are very useful and I love the spatula (it’s a huge improvement on the plastic spatula that comes with the machine!)


Brother ScanNCut Tools Kit Scraper, Brayer/Roller, Precision Tweezers, Spatula and Hook Set Β£39.96
https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Brother/ScanNCut-Tools-Kit-Scraper-Brayer-Roller-Precision-Tweezers-Spatula-and-Hook-Set/109\

I checked last night and found that Makers Superstore currently have some bundle offers on the ScanNCut SDX2200D – https://www.makerssuperstore.com/digital-cutting

If anyone is thinking of buying, or upgrading their machine, the SDX2200D is the current TOP OF THE RANGE machine – more patterns, better hardware than previous SDX machine (updated mat feed roller mechanism), updated software.


Their current machine bundle offers are:


ScanNCut SDX2200D FOILING BUNDLE
– Β£650
https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Brother/ScanNCut-SDX2200D-Machine-with-Foil-It-Collection-and-80-Sheets-of-Cardstock/10E


SDX2200D ScanNCut

PLUS

Foil It Collection – Foil Transfer Starter Kit, Foil Transfer Sheets Collection – Pink, Red,Green, Blue, Gold, Silver (4 sheets of each colourway) – 50 Sheets x A4 Super Smooth Cardstock – 300GSM 30 Sheets x 12×12 220-350GSM Cardstock – Coloured, Pearlescent, Kraft & Vellum (colours may vary)

ScanNCut SDX2200D EMBOSSING BUNDLE – Β£675
https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Brother/ScanNCutSDX2200D-Machine-with-Emboss-It-Collection-and-80-Sheets-of-Cardstock/10F

SDX2200D ScanNCut

PLUS
Emboss It Collection – Embossing Starter Kit, 3 x 12×12 Template Sheets, 4 x Metal Sheets, 50 Sheets x A4 Super Smooth Cardstock 300GSM30 Sheets x 12×12 220-350GSM Cardstock – Coloured, pearlescent, kraft and vellum (colours may vary)


ScanNCut SDX2200D – BLING IT BUNDLE – Β£685
https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Brother/ScanNCutSDX2200D-Machine-with-Bling-It-Rhinestone-Collection-and-80-Sheets-of-Cardstock/10H


SDX2200D ScanNCut πŸ™‚

PLUS Rhinestone Starter Kit3 x Template Sheets 12″ x 12″ (305 mm x 305 mm),10 x Transfer Sheets 12″ x 12″ (305 mm x 305 mm), 50 Sheets x A4 Super Smooth Extra White Cardstock 300GSM30 Sheets x 12×12 220-350GSM Cardstock – Coloured, pearlescent, kraft and vellum (colours may vary)

Makers also have some individual kit bundles on sale: ALL of these kits work on both the CM series and SDX series machines.


Foil It Collection: Β£59.99
https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Brother/ScanNCut-Foil-It-Collection/10A

Foil Transfer Starter Kit PLUS 6 Sets of Foil Transfer Sheets: 1 x 4 Foil Transfer Sheets of 3.9” x 7.8” (100mm x 200mm) Pink, 1 x 4 Foil Transfer Sheets of 3.9” x 7.8” (100mm x 200mm) Red, 1 x 4 Foil Transfer Sheets of 3.9” x 7.8” (100mm x 200mm) Green, 1 x 4 Foil Transfer Sheets of 3.9” x 7.8” (100mm x 200mm) Blue, 1 x 4 Foil Transfer Sheets of 3.9” x 7.8” (100mm x 200mm) Gold, 1 x 4 Foil Transfer Sheets of 3.9” x 7.8” (100mm x 200mm) Silver

Emboss it Collection: Β£72.99
https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Brother/ScanNCut-Emboss-It-Collection/10B

Embossing Starter Kit PLUS 3 x 12″ x12″ (305mm x 305mm) Template sheets, 2 x 7.9″ x 6.1″ (200mm x 155mm) Metal sheets – Brass2 x 7.9″ x 6.1″ (200mm x 155mm) Metal sheets – Silver

Bling It Collection: Β£79.99:
https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Brother/ScanNCut-Bling-It-Collection/10C

Rhinestone Starter Kit PLUS 3 x Template Sheets 12″ x 12″ (305 mm x 305 mm) and 10 x Transfer Sheets 12″ x 12″ (305 mm x 305 mm)

ScanNCut self adhsive vinyl & transfer tape, heat transfer vinyl.

I’ve had to top up my vinyl stash recently: I was running low of colours (my photo shows all I had left) so I thought I would share some places where I shop and what I buy:

I’m a new and very happy customer of Crafty Cutter – I had excellent customer service and their products have excellent prices (A4 sheets of Oracal 651 which is self adhesive vinyl) at just 0.55p a sheet which is the right price and not a rip off price).

I will definitely be shopping there again, really great prices and they sell a fantastic range of self adhesive and heat transfer vinyl.

https://www.craftycutter.co.uk

MDP Supplies – really reliable, really fast, the price you pay is for next working day delivery. Excellent range of all types of vinyl, transfer tape etc.

https://www.mdpsupplies.co.uk/

My go to transfer tape for vinyl is Detape – they are 50 meter rolls that are reusable many times over. I normally buy the 12″ roll size so I can do projects as large as my mat if I want to. The tape is also reusable many times over so really very economical. πŸ™‚

https://www.mdpsupplies.co.uk/clear-application-tape.aspx

I also love GM Crafts for vinyl – they have a huge range of different types of self adhesive vinyl and heat transfer vinyl. Quick delivery as well and great customer service.

https://www.gmcrafts.co.uk/

My go to self adhesive permanent vinyl is Oracal 651 for most projects. For walls I use Oracal 631 which again is self adhesive but is removable (and won’t damage your paint when you peel it off).

May is for Making – Brother Foiling Starter Kit

Hope you can all join me for another Facebook Live tomorrow – Wednesday 20th May at 4PM UK time over on the Makers Superstore Facebook page (if you miss it, or the time is inconvenient, then the stream will be available to watch again at any time, once the live stream has ended)

https://www.facebook.com/Makers-Superstore-104804484280818/

I will be teaching a FREE lesson on how to use the foiling kit with your ScanNCut – this fabulous kit works on all CM and SDX series machines!

I’ve had my foiling kit a long while – the kit contains 50 designs accessible through Canvas Workspace and contains lots of lovely designs, sentiments, backgrounds, borders, frames for toppers etc.

I’m going to sharing LOTS of projects and I will be teaching:

The basics of using the kit, settings etc.

Foiling a design

Foiling a custom background design.

Multi coloured foiling πŸ™‚

Foiling preprinted background papers

And even how to foil your rubber stamps – did you know you can also do that on your ScanNCut? πŸ™‚

Hope to see you there and looking forward to chatting with you all!

Learn to use your ScanNCut

My top tip for today – Did you know there are detailed manuals that are easy to follow for your ScanNCut, kits and acessories on the Brother Solutions Centre?

Print them out and store them together with all the guides that came with the machine, in a folder next to your machine for easy reference – I’ve decorated mine with self adhesive vinyl using onboard fonts FO-A009, FO-A012 and pattern LO-AC05. (Onboard patterns may vary depending upon machine model).

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ScanNCut tutorial – cutting designs with multiple layers.

I’ve just uploaded a new Youtube tutorial – how to cut inbuilt designs that have multiple parts/layers.

I also show how to cut, weed, and apply self adhesive vinyl.

I love this particular Mickey Mouse design – it’s so modern, fresh and fun!

It would also look fantastic in HTV on a t shirt πŸ™‚

This design is one of the onboard patterns on the SDX2200D, which is the current top of the range ScanNCut (in the UK it is exclusively available through Makers Superstore) – http://www.makerssuperstore.com

May is for Making!

I’ve teamed up with Makers Superstore this month and am going to be bringing you a very special Facebook live FREE tutorial on using the embossing kit, this Wednesday 6th May, at 4pm!

The fabulous embossing kit works on both the CM series machine, and the SDX series, so matter what machine you have, you will be able obtain fantastic results!

So please join me for the live stream – I’m going to be covering all the essentials you need to know to make stunning, and I mean *stunning* embossed projects on both cardstock and parchment on the ScanNCut and the class is going to be 100% FREE OF CHARGE!

I’ll be posting sneak peaks of the projects tomorrow….and announcing a FREE super special addition for the kit that will only be available if your purchase through Makers Superstore!

Looking forward to seeing you there! πŸ™‚


ScanNCut SDX2200D Disney edition

While I was updating my blog, I noticed that I had a lot of search terms on my blog on where to buy the SDX2200D Disney ScanNCut in the UK.

It’s available here in the UK *exclusively* through Makers Superstore –

http://www.makerssuperstore.com

Makers Superstore have the most AMAZING customer service so that’s why I’m so happy to recommend them!

Makers Superstore also sell the full range of blades, mats, kits and accessories for the *entire* ScanNCut range – so whether you’ve got a CM series machine or a SDX series machine they have everything you need and their products are sent as next working day *as standard*, so you don’t have to wait three weeks for your goodies to arrive πŸ™‚

I got my hands on the amazing SDX2200d ScanNCut last Saturday – so if there is anything at all you want to know about it, give me a shout and I’ll be happy to help! πŸ™‚

Free class time change

Sorry due to unforseen circumstances I was unable to do 1pm. however great news is that my FREE ScanNCut class is now at 3pm (UK time) today over on the Makers Superstore Facebook page – I don’t work for them, I do the free classes to help my fellow crafters get to grips with their ScanNCut πŸ™‚


I have some things to cut out anyway, so come and craft with me at 3pm today!


https://www.facebook.com/Makers-Superstore-104804484280818

Hope to see you there! πŸ™‚