Brother Scan N Cut CM100DM

    Brother ScanNCut CM100DM Home and Hobby Cutting Machine with a Built-in Scanner

    I’ve been hearing about this cutting machine for awhile from crafters.

    At first I wasn’t understanding the significance of it . . . plus the price knocked me off my chair. Yes, it is a bit pricey, but you decide whether it is worth it to you. If it saves you time from fussy cutting and the cutting of your pieces without effort on your part, then it may be well worth it.

    I’m warming up to it. It all depends upon how you want to use it. For me, if I have a printed out image of a printable I got online or purchased, I want to get going on my project instead of spending so much time cutting out. That’s why we purchased cutting machines or dies for die cutting machines. It’s a time saver — especially if we’re going to make several.

    Yes, you can do the same thing on the Silhouette Cameo which I am doing . . . so why am I looking at the Brother ScanNCut machine?

    I’m reviewing it for you . . . and if you haven’t bought a cutting machine, it is worth knowing about.

    It is easy to use right out of the box. It’s easy to set up and has a user-friendly interface. It was originally designed with fabric cutting in mind . . . but paper crafters found it was a time saver for them as well.

    You won’t need design cartridges or your personal computer. There are over 600 built-in designs plus you have the ability to scan anything. Many people stamp and color those stamped images and then use this machine to cut it out for them. So I can see the value of using this machine for stampers who are making dozens of cards.

    I am interested in seeing what users of this machine have to say about it. I’m wavering a bit while reviewing this machine. I see the value for certain projects and the ease of getting your images scanned and cut out . . . It makes sense to me. Time is valuable and some people just don’t like fussy cutting . . . and at times I can’t blame them.

    The reviews are mixed. I think some people have legitimate complaints while others haven’t taken the time to experiment with the machine . . . and there are positive comments where people haven’t even tried it out yet. So . . . all I can really say about this machine is to do your research . . . check out YouTube videos to see it in action and decide if this cutting machine is right for you and the projects you work on most.

    I do like the ease of use. The mats are expensive and don’t retain their stickiness to hold the paper in place. Some have solved the problem by taping their paper on the mat with painters tape.

    As with any cutting machine, you have to take the time to learn how to use it. Each machine has its pros and cons. Yes, and they all have quirks. The thing is, get a machine that is within your budget and works with the products you use the most. One person made a valid point when she said that she wanted a cutting machine that didn’t require more purchases in order to use the machine. Yet, if you’re a stamper, you’ll buy more stamps . . . and you’ll always want more designs of some sort to create new products . . . so, that it is bit of a stretch for me.

    There are people who love their Silhouette Cameo, then there are the Cricut Explore and Cricut Explore Air people who love their machine . . . then the Cricut die cutters people and the Big Shot die cutters people . . . now there are the Brother ScanNCut people.

    I’ve concluded that it isn’t necessarily the machine, but the people . . . those who take the time to learn the machine they’ve purchased . . . or return it, if it doesn’t work as they thought it would or should. And, there are defective machines . . . so get it checked out, if it isn’t working properly.

    For me, I’m sticking with my Silhouette Cameo . . . yes, I’m one of those people. It does what the Brother ScanNCut does only differently. The Silhouette Cameo does have a bit more of a learning curve . . . but I have found it well worth it.

    Let me know what you decide. I’m really not pushing any product. I’m here to check things out, tell you about them and allow you to make up your own mind. I know it does take time to decide. All machines cost money . . . even the Big Shot plus the die cuts or the Cricut with the cartridges . . . It is all an investment. Only you know what is best for your crafting and your budget.

    Here are some links you may find helpful . . . it’s all part of your research:

    I hope this review was helpful. I wish you all the best in your crafting endeavors.

    Sharon

    Bunny Bums

    Have you noticed that the back end of a bunny is used in many food and craft creations?

    I think the concept is cute.bunnybum

    The bunny is running away . . . and when you look at the elements involved . . . quite easy to make.

    Yes, it’s easier with a template or with various punches, but you can make circles and ovals and an interesting scalloped or starburst type of edge on a circle for the tail. Or use a cotton ball.

    From the image on the right, you can plainly see what it takes to have a bunny going into a rabbit hole. Just circles and ovals. These you can cut out with a punch or with scissors.

    Knowing the basic concept allows you to make bunnies in different sizes using different mediums. Now see how easy it would be to make pancakes bunny bums for Easter breakfast. Or have this concept on cupcakes . . . and, of course, paper crafts . . . a box or card . . .

    It’s all getting down to the basic parts that make up the image you want to create . . . and you don’t have to be an artist to do it. Many people use whatever they have around the house . . . a can for the circle . . . or a piece of jewelry . . . you have circles and ovals . . . you don’t have to go out and buy anything . . . and you may be able to find things online.

    There is a great sense of accomplishment when you discover you can make it yourself.

    Yes, there will be a bit of trial and error, but you’ll be able to get these designs done . . . and for the little toes, just use a marker or colored pencil . . . or frosting . . . depending upon what you’re making. Cutting those out would be a bit too much.

    I know we do think of what would be easier . . . and yes, punches are great as are templates . . . but when you get into crafts as a business or it’s something you do all the time, you’ll find ways of making what you need.

    If you want to buy stuff, here are some links you may find helpful:

    Just have fun and discover your creativity.

    Sharon

    Brownie S’More Recipe

    It’s Always Time To Make S’Mores

    This is an easy recipe using brownie mix, Oreo cookies, marshmallows and graham crackers. Does that sound yummy?smore-oreo-brownie-bar

    Any combination of ingredients for s’mores seems to always be a winner.

    Do you see the layers: graham cracker base, brownie, Oreo Cookies, marshmallows . . . there’s more brownie in there, but it got gooey with marshmallows. The on top it a lightly toasted marshmallow . . .

    If you like what you see and want to make these for your family, read on!

    Let’s get started with the Ingredients:

    • Your favorite brand of brownie mix
    • Mini Oreo Cookies
    • Marshmallows — size of your choice
    • Graham Crackers

    Let’s Assemble these S’Mores:

    1. Preheat oven to 325° F
    2. Prepare the brownie mix according to the box instructions.
    3. Line a 9 x 13 glass baking dish with parchment paper.
    4. Lay graham crackers all along the bottom of the dish.
    5. Spread a layer of the brownie mix over the graham crackers. Be sure to cover as much of the graham cracker as possible.
    6. Place a layer of Oreo cookies on top of the brownie mix.
    7. Layer the marshmallows over the top of the Oreo Cookies.
    8. Use the remaining brownie batter to cover the marshmallows and along the sides of the Oreo Cookies. Spread this as evenly as possible.
    9. Bake for 45 minutes or so depending upon your oven. Check after 30 to 35 minutes.
    10. Remove from oven and place a layer of marshmallows on top.
    11. Place under the broiler until the marshmallows begin to turn a golden brown.
    12. Allow them to cool before cutting into them. This may take an hour or more.

    There you have it . . . a S’More Brownie with Oreo Cookies and Graham Crackers — And Marshmallows!!

    Feel free to alter the recipe however you wish. Add ingredients or take out ingredients. This is a treat I want your family and friends to absolutely love.

    Until next time,

    Sharon

    Paper Craft Coffee Mug Tutorial

    I can’t tell you how many coffee mug or tea cup tutorials I’ve watched . . .

    And each one has something I’m not thrilled about . . . until now!!!

    Yes, I have finally found a great paper craft coffee mug for just about any occasion that makes excellent hostess gifts for weddings, showers and just about any celebration . . .

    I definitely like to have something to put in a bag of goodies.

    This is truly excellent for any celebration . . . we always have a mug of something to drink from time to time . . . coffee, tea, hot chocolate . . .

    Here’s the video . . . then I’ll ramble on a bit more . . .

    These are easy to make without any die cuts or punches or whatever . . . Yes, you can use stamps to make the gift tag and the colored pens . . . or just do it your way . . . that’s why you made the mug in the first place.

    I was thinking about curling the handle a bit before attaching, but this did come together quite nicely without that added step. Now, did you get the dimensions for the mug and handle? You’ll need two pieces of two-sided decorator paper of your choice the larger (mug) piece is 8 and 1/4 inches by 4 and 1/2 inches. And the handle piece is 1 inch by 4 and 1/2 inches.

    There’s scoring . . . starting with what you want for the bottom of your mug . . . just so the pattern of your paper is going the right way . . . score at 1 and 1/2 inches. Then turn your paper so the pattern is upright (check the video) and score at every inch: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

    Just follow along with the video . . . pause if necessary and you’ll be able to crank out these mugs while watching television or listening to music. If, you’re lucky, you may get the family involved . . .

    You can embellish them or keep them relatively plain . . . it all depends upon the occasion and what you have available to make these mugs stand out . . . I’m always pleased to see these placed on a shelf . . . because they’re too pretty to throw out.

    I do hope you found this video informative and helpful . . . you can place all kinds of goodies in them with or without a separate bag . . .

    These would be great for Easter . . . maybe putting something inside that wouldn’t be a sugary treat . . . there are plenty of little things that would be appropriate . . .

    This should give you a few ideas . . . and to think ahead for the next holiday . . . or celebration you have on your personal calendar.

    Have fun and happy crafting!

    Sharon

    Mickey and Minnie Mouse Gift Boxes

    We all love Mickey and Minnie Mouse and when I can find free templates for making different kinds of boxes, I’m right there to share them with you, too.

    Here’s a nice gift box with a gift tag. One in pink for Minnie and one in blue for Mickey.Mickey-MinnieMouse

    Minnie is now going to steal the show with a box shaped like a purse, a dress and a high heel shoe.

    Here’s a Minnie Mouse Pop Corn Box and a Mickey Mouse Pop Corn Box — remember to print out 2 of each to make one box.

    Yes, it is exciting to get free printables you can print out and make for a child’s birthday party or for fun hostess gifts throughout the year.

    I love making boxes and saving the templates for future use. Being a crafter I like to see how things are made and designed and then once I understand the basic construction, I can create something entirely new from the samples I’ve collected. You can do the same. I’m sure you’re way ahead of me with that idea.

    I’m not sure where I heard this, but I remember watching a “how to video” and the woman said that once you learn the mechanics of box making, you can make any shape or size box you can imagine. This is a remarkable concept and I believe it is wonderful advice.

    I have seen crafters make all kinds of 3D items that can be filled with treats or small toys. I believe everything is possible when you stop to think about it and begin experimenting with scraps of paper. Before long, you’ll have some interesting original pieces you can share online and with family and friends.

    So much is truly possible . . . you just have to believe.

    Until next time,

    Sharon