ScanNCut Canvas Christmas Cracker Card

So this is the last in the series of three Christmas shaped cards. I don’t have a Big Shot or Cuttlebug, so I used my score board to add score lines to the White end sections of my cracker, hope you like it.







The video is Here


Quilt Stencils

Someone left me a comment on my Youtube channel, asking if I would show how to make quilt stencils, well to be perfectly honest I didn’t know what they were but after searching Google Ive found some.

They just appear to be a stencil like any other but with narrow drawing channels.

So Ive had a bit of a play this afternoon and Ive made this as my first attempt.  I made my diagonal lines to thick, so I know I need to adjust them next time but the stencil still worked.

I am not a quilter but Ive drawn it out onto fabric with batting in-between and sewn on the drawn lines.

What do you think?

I am going to have a play with some more designs when I get time, but for anyone out there who quilts do you think this looks ok as a starting point.

Lots of Ideas for Future Projects

I mentioned recently that I seem to have lots of ideas going around my head for projects at the moment, so while the weather has been fowl here in the UK recently ( I know it’s been far worse in other parts of the world) and Ive had extra time on my hands I have been making and recording videos that will be made live over the next few months. 

Here are some of the things I have been working on, they include cards, decorations, a sewing project, scrapbook layout and a whole series on stickers from design to print and cut. I realise that they won’t suit everyone but I hope that the techniques I show will inspire you to use them in other ways.


Just saying Thank you

I get lots of messages from people here on my blog, and comments on my Youtube channel and through private message thanking me for my projects and tutorials and saying that I am a good teacher and that I give inspiration and courage to use the ScanNCut machine.

Ive never been a teacher (not clever enough) and I am not an expert, I am someone who has had a few electronic cutting machines over the years and I suppose I am curious about what I can make with them and accompanying software.

I show projects Ive made in the past, I get ideas from the internet, Pinterest and just everyday life and I like to share them here because having an electronic cutting machine opens up a whole new world of creativity, and we all need that in our busy lives don’t we?

I never thought when I posted my first ScanNCut video, which was to help someone with a problem, that I would be here some 3yrs later with a Youtube channel that has grown massively and is still growing everyday.

In the last few days I received an email from someone who I am not going to name, but the heart felt comments made me sit back and think about what I do with my blog and channel and the ScanNCut machine, the comments are so heart warming and humbling.

I just want to say publically a big thank you, not only to this person but to everyone who takes the time to follow my blog, subscribe to my Youtube channel and to ask me for help and ideas.

I know not all the projects I post are for everyone, but Its hopefully the techniques I show that will enable you to use them in your own projects.

You all keep me going and push me on with suggestions for videos too.

This is what the person wrote to me:-

I have to tell you how much finding you online has meant to me.

Like you I sew on a Janome machine, and use Embrilliance on a Mac. I’m new to machine embroidery and the Scan’NCut, but watching your videos has given me the confidence to learn and experiment.

I made your dust cover for my SnC, and even pulled my serger out of the closet (it hadn’t been used in years) to help with the assembly. I downloaded some dingbat files and rediscovered how charming they could be. I have been making several zippered pouches, but liked your pattern better than most.

I’ve tried some of your ideas for split letters in Canvas. Watching you work through things there helped me better understand the interface.

I hadn’t sewn in more than 25 years; coming home from work I found little energy or interest to go into my work room. But it’s all been coming back, and I’m so happy to have you as my teacher. The satisfaction of perfecting technique, and mastering new skills is wonderful.

Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and making it accessible to so many. I think of you with gratitude with every project.

So once again Thank you to all of you.