Love Birds card created on the Brother ScaNCut for Tattered Lace

AW Love Birds

Today I am sharing some instructions, as promised, for my latest TV show samples created for Create & Craft TV and the Brother ScanNCut.

This one is a really easy make using the Brother ScanNCut USB, Best of 2016 from Tattered Lace (cutting files in FCM format). A fabulous set of files that sold out very quickly. This has to be my favourite set yet. Well worth grabbing a copy when it returns.

I mounted it onto an embossed background but it would look lovely placed onto a printed background scene too.


  • Tattered Lace Brother ScanNCut USB 8 – Best of 2016
  • Sentiment stamp (Victoria Nelson – Village Fete collection – Summer Kite set)
  • 8 X 8 inch white card blank, A4 sheet black card and ready made chipboard sentiment tag
  • Inkpads: Stazon (black), Distress Ink (Victorian Velvet)
  • Tattered Lace 8 X 8 inch embossing folder – Chains
  • Organza ribbon (pink), PVA pearls (Cosmic Shimmer, black)
  • Glitter glue (Cosmic Shimmer, Autumn Twinkles)
  • Fine tipped marker and chisel tipped alcohol maker (black)

How to make it:

  1. Emboss the card front and apply and blend Distress ink to the raised pattern, outside edges inward, using a sponge or cutNDry foam.
  2. Load the Love Birds design from the USB and cut from black card. Settings will depend on your card thickness and density (I used speed 5, pressure 1, standard blade depth 5).
  3. Snip off the bird house. Lightly shape the birds and glue the branch to the card front. Use 3D glue gel in some areas for depth. Glue on the bird house in the new position.
  4. Stamp the sentiment onto the tag. Using the fine tipped pen add faux stitching to the tag and card front. Use the chisel tip marker to edge the tag and card front too. This frames the design.
  5. Finally attach the ribbon and bow, glue on the tag with 3D glue or foam pads, add PVA pearls, and finish with glitter glue on the birds and branches.

Halloween Canvas using the Day Of The Dead Collection from Sheena Douglass

AW Spooky Canvas


Oooh I do love Halloween. I so enjoy making spooky projects. I created this canvas for a couple of my friends. I used Sheena Douglass ‘Day Of The Dead’ stamps and dies, and I coloured the image so it looked like them. I also used Sheena’s Festive Ivy and Christmas Foliage dies to decorate.


  • Stretched canvas approx. A4 size
  • A4 sheet white stamping card (Sheena Douglass)
  • Black, white and green card
  • Brother ScanNCut CM300 machine
  • Silhouette Cameo machine
  • Die cutting machine (EBosser)
  • Sheena Douglass Day Of The Dead Collection (Eternal Love stamp and Dancing Skeleton, and Pawprint memories dies)
  • Sheena Douglass dies (Festive Ivy and Christmas Foliage)
  • Other dies: acorn (Spellbinders) and leaves (Tattered Lace)
  • ScanNCut files: built in designs for the ‘Happy’ and ‘Halloween’ text
  • Silhouette files: JM Rush for spiders (Spider Web Lantern), Bats Flying and Spooky Banner
  • Gesso (black)
  • Inkpads: Versafine (Tuxedo Black), Distress (Gathered Twigs and Tea Dye)
  • Spray and Sparkle (Crafters Companion Diamond Pearl)
  • Pebeo Gilding Wax (King Gold)
  • Spectrum Aqua watercolour pens (pinks, oranges, greens, teals, turquoises, greys, yellows and reds)
  • Brown pencil (to colour bats)
  • Black fine tipped marker (to enhance shading & detail to stamped image)
  • Stickles glitter glue (Crystal)

Cemetery Halloween Lantern created on the Silhouette Cameo

AW Cemetery Lantern 1AW Cemetery Lantern 2


I created these Halloween lanterns using my Silhouette Cameo and files from Carina Gardner (from the Silhouette store).

I had so much fun creating these and they are a quick make (compared to the other lanterns – see my posts below).

Carina has a range of spooky candle holders in the Silhouette Store . All are easy to construct, so great for last minute makes to decorate on Halloween Eve.


  • Silhouette Files: Cemetery Candle Holder by Carina Gardner (downloaded from the Silhouette store)
  • Silhouette Cameo cutting machine
  • 1 X A4 (approx 8.25 X 11.75 inch) sheet black card
  • 1 X A4 sheet vellum for each (yellow)
  • Stickles glitter glue (Crystal)
  • Battery operated tea light or candle (flameless)

How to make it:

Cut the lantern in black card and the liner from coloured vellum. It is very easy to make as there is just one piece each for outer and inner liner. Construct by applying glue to the tabs.

Finish with glitter glue on the trees for a bit of sparkle.

Skull and Spider Web Tea Light Lanterns created on the Silhouette Cameo

AW Skull Lantern - Silhouette

AW Spider Lantern - Silhouette

I created these Halloween lanterns using my Silhouette Cameo and files from Jennifer Rush Designs (from the Silhouette store). I also used the Festive Ivy die from Sheena Douglass to decorate.

I had so much fun creating these. Off to get some more spooky projects finished.


  • Silhouette Files: Spider Web Lantern and Skull Lantern from JM Rush Designs (downloaded from the Silhouette store)
  • Silhouette Cameo cutting machine
  • 4 X A4 (approx 8.25 X 11.75 inch) sheets black card for each lantern
  • 1 X A4 sheet white card (for skulls)
  • 1 X A4 sheet vellum for each (orange or yellow)
  • Festive Ivy die (Sheena Douglass)
  • Stickles glitter glue (Crystal and Icicle)
  • Pebeo gilding wax (King Gold, Empire Gold and Silver)

How to make them:

  1. Cut the lanterns and web layers from black card. Cut the windows from coloured vellum. Cut the skulls from white card. Construct following the instructions on Jennifer’s tutorial blog posts (links in the materials list above).
  2. Rub gilding wax over the lanterns, buff up when dry to give them a metallic effect. You may find this easier to do before adding the web frames.
  3. Die cut and emboss the ivy from black card. Rub over sparingly with gold gilding wax to give a metallic effect. Shape with a ball tool and glue in place to decorate the lanterns.
  4. Finish with glitter glue for a bit of sparkle.

Halloween pumpkin tea light holder created on the Brother ScanNCut

AW Pumpkin Lantern - SVG Cuts

I created this pumpkin lantern using my Brother ScanNCut and the Jack O’ Lantern SVG files from the Haunted Forest Collection (SVG Cuts). I used oriental papers and the Festive Ivy die from Sheena Douglass to decorate.

I had so much fun creating this. It looks lovely with the flickering electric tea light (no flame) glowing from inside. It would also work well if filled with sweeties for Trick or Treat callers.

I love this collection of SVG files and think that I will create the magnificent Haunted House next.


  • SVG cutting files – Jack O’ Lantern from the Haunted Forest Collection (SVG Cuts)
  • Brother ScanNCut CM300 cutting machine
  • 2 sheets 12 X 12 inch card (1X black, 1X orange – Tonic)
  • 1 X A4 (8.25 X 11.75 inches) black paper
  • Patterned papers (thin card): 2X A4 double sided pattern for pumpkin and flowers, 1 X A4 for hat panels (Sheena Douglass Oriental Collection)
  • Festive Ivy die (Sheena Douglass)
  • Stickles glitter glue (Crystal)
  • Pebeo gilding wax (King Gold)

How to make it:

  1. Cut the pumpkin from orange card.
  2. Cut the flowers and the pumpkin panels from decorative card.
  3. Cut the hat from black card and hat panels from contrasting patterned card.
  4. There is a fabulous video on YouTube by SVG cuts on how to construct all the elements for this collection (SVG Cuts Haunted Forest Tutorial Video). Construct and glue together following the tutorial. I used a ball tool and embossing mat to shape my floral elements.
  5. Die cut and emboss the ivy from black paper (I used 4 layers of paper in one pass). Rub over with gilding wax to give a metallic effect. Shape with a ball tool and glue in place to decorate the hat.
  6. Finish with glitter glue for a bit of sparkle.

Halloween Tea Light Holders cut on my Silhouette Cameo and Brother ScanNCut

AW Halloween Play

I have been making some Halloween electric tea light holders using my cutting machines. The skull and spider lanterns were cut on my Silhouette Cameo using files from JM Rush (from the Silhouette store), the pumpkin lantern was cut on my Brother ScanNCut with files from SVG cuts (Haunted Forest Collection). I used some oriental papers and the Festive Ivy die from Sheena Douglass to decorate.

Working on some more spooky projects today.

Will be blogging later if anyone wants more info and links to the files and details of materials used etc. xxx

Floral Card created with Brother ScanNCut embossing on parchment

AW ScaNCut Emboss

Good morning. I have just been playing with the new embossing kit for the Brother ScanNCut. I love it. I made this for one of my lovely crafting friends.

Have you seen the deal on the ScanNCut CM900 at the moment? Create & Craft Club members get a 20% discount. FAB price and includes lots of extras including luxury card bundle.


  • ScanNCut CM300 machine
  • ScanNCut Embossing Starter Kit
  • Design activation card for ScanNCut (included in starter kit)
  • ScanNCut Canvas web App
  • ScanNCut standard mat
  • Parchment (Create & Craft)
  • 8 X 8 inch white card blank (Lynda Chapman)
  • 7.5 X 7.5 inch pink patterned paper (DCWV Floral Stack)
  • Floral corner punch (EK Tools Eden set)
  • Pergamano Pricking tools (scallop and 2 pin)
  • Approx. 3mm ball hand embossing tool
  • Alcohol ink markers (light green and pink)
  • Used tumble drier sheet
  • Pergaglue and acrylic glue
  • Pergamano mapping pen and sticky ink
  • Fine crystal glitter
  • Parchment embossing and pricking mat
  • Pergamano snips

How it was done:

Screen shot of the design on ScanNCut Canvas:

AW Floral Embossing Screen Shot

  1. I activated the embossing designs in ScanNCut canvas (from the activation card included in the embossing starter kit). I created a new project and loaded designs to the mat: floral spray (LE-A06) and Text (LE_D03) line embossing designs, and the border from the basic shapes. I copied and pasted the floral spray and arranged the designs on the mat and downloaded to a USB stick.
  2. I loaded onto the machine, grouped the designs and adjusted the size to approx. 7 inches square to fit my card blank.
  3. I attached my embossing mat to a new standard tack mat. Note: take care when sticking down – avoid creating air bubbles. When I first tried the embossing my parchment ripped. When I check it was where I had large air bubbles beneath my mat. It was a little tricky to peel off again. I was worried that it was stretching as I pulled it off the mat but it soon regained it’s shape ok. When finished I left the embossing mat in place before covering and storing for future use.
  4. I then embossed the design using speed set at 1 and pressure at -2 with the smallest embossing tool. I rubbed over the parchment with the tumble drier sheet before embossing (this helps the ball tool to glide more easily). Without unloading the mat I repeated using a pressure of -1. I was delighted with the results.
  5. I repeated embossing the floral sprays for cutting out and decoupage.
  6. I then manually embossed on the back with a ball tool to add a little shading to the leaves and flowers.
  7. I coloured the leaves and flowers on the back with alcohol pens to add some subtle colour.
  8. I pierced around the outside of the frame using the scallop piercing tool (from the front), and around the extra flowers with the twin piercing tool, ready to cut out.
  9. I cut around the frame and extra flowers using Pergamano snips. I am a parchment novice and really struggle with getting a neat little picot snip. I know the theory but I guess practice will make perfect. Tip: With handle end overhanging the waste side (i.e. the bit you want to trim away) put the scissor points into 2 adjacent holes. Careful not to go too deep (definitely one of my problems) – you snip using the very tips of the scissors. Lower the scissors so that they are angled flat to the parchment, twist slightly and snip.
  10. I outlined my card blank with green alcohol pen, punched the corners of my decorative paper and glued down. The parchment was glued down using Pergaglue – a tiny dot on the frame borders and behind the flower centres.
  11. I then lightly shaped the flowers, added a little more pink alcohol pen around the snipped edges, and glued in place.
  12. I using the mapping pen and sticky ink to draw over the lettering and flower centres, then added fine glitter for a bit of sparkle. I added dots of Pergaglue onto the frame borders and glittered. This dried to give little 3D glittery ‘gems’.

Matchbox Diorama Reindeer Scene show sample created with Cutting Craftorium Christmas USB (SVG Files)

Brother ScanNCut shows coming on Create & Craft TV tomorrow with new Christmas SVG files from the Cutting Craftorium. There is also a coordinating CD with fabulous printables, and a bundle (CD and USB) with both collections.

AW Mathcbox Dioramma 2

AW Mathcbox Dioramma 3

AW Mathcbox Dioramma 4

There is so much on this Christmas USB for creating 3D home decor items for Christmas: sleigh, reindeer, rocking horse, boxes, napkin rings, lantern, crackers, cake stands, and wreaths but to name a few. I have not seen the optional CD with images and background papers to coordinate with the cutting files – will have to catch the shows tomorrow. It will probably be a must to add to my Christmas crafting collection.

This is a fabulous set of cutting files in SVG format. SVG files are so versatile and can be used on many other electronic cutters, not just the Brother ScanNCut, e.g. Silhouette (with the Designer Edition software).

Here is a brief tutorial for my version of the Matchbox Diorama – TV show sample for tomorrow. Anne x.


  • Christmas USB (SVG files) from the Cutting Craftorium
  • Brother ScanNCut CM300 cutting machine
  • Card approx 220gsm: White, light blue, dark blue, Kraft card and Aqua glitter card
  • Waste star cut from the star cake stand (light blue)*
  • Fake snow (Pinflair Snow Dust)
  • Brown pencil and fine tipped metallic silver pen
  • Glitter glue (crystal clear)
  • Faux gems and organza ribbon (aqua)
  • Acrylic glue (Cosmic Shimmer), 3D glue gel (Pinflair)

*I saved this piece from my Victorian Lantern project (see post below). Alternatively cut a star from one of the machine inbuilt designs to make the sentiment panel.

How to make it:

It is a bit tricky to write an exact step by step but hopefully I have given enough info for you to make something similar and adapt it to your own taste x.

Generally my settings for around 220 gsm card is: Speed 5, cut pressure 0 or 1, blade depth 5 or 6. It will vary with card thickness and structure (density etc.). If you are a newbie, or trying out a new batch of card, use the test cut function to try out settings – then record for future reference.

I used the Matchbox Diorama files to create this project.

  1. Cut the Matchbox Drawer in white card (wait before gluing).
  2. Cut the Matchbox Wrap in Kraft card.
  3. Cut the Matchbox Cover (Noel) in white, light blue and glitter card. Glue down the light blue layer onto the Matchbox. Snip away the swirly sections on the white cut out, leaving the border and snowflakes (keep the waste pieces). Glue on top and add gems and bow. Finally snip out the lettering from the glitter card panel and glue in place. Make up the box wrap.
  4. Now cut the elements from the Woodland Reindeer Scene folder. Cut 2 reindeer (Layer 4) from Kraft card. Snip away the antlers from one. Add a little shading with brown pencil and clear glitter glue for sparkle.
  5. Cut 1 each of the grass border (Layer 5), trees (Layer 2) and the foliage (Layer 3) from light blue card.
  6. Load the background (Layer 1) and add a circle (inbuilt machine pattern) to the bottom right, adjust the size to make a moon, and weld. Cut X1 from dark blue card.
  7. Hand cut a panel to fit into the base from the glitter card (or use a rectangle shape from the machine patterns and resize). You want it to have a little clearance all around so cut it approx. 2mm smaller than the box base. Glue in place. Next fold the tabs back on the back panel and box, glue in place and make up the box at this stage.
  8. Next build up all the layers and glue in place. Add a couple of swirls from the box top waste. Write a sentiment on the star with the silver marker. Finally finish with plenty of fake snow and glitter glue.