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.

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™‚

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™‚

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˜€

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 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™‚