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Review: DIY Face Mask Styles & Features

Like many of you, I’ve been busy making face masks lately. I knew I needed to make a lot of them and use up some of my fabric stash (such a great stash buster!) but I didn’t just want to whip up a bunch of them and then be frustrated by how they fit or functioned. I decided I needed to test out a few designs and then see which style and features my family preferred. I wanted them to fit well, have a wire nose piece, be able to insert and remove a filter easily, and of course be comfortable. 


So these are the three styles I came across on the internet that I thought I’d try out.

The top one’s shape fit the best for both my face and my husband’s. I added a 4 inch pipe cleaner to the nose. For the ties I ripped up one of my husband’s old T-shirts (ssshhhhhh!) which is easy since I didn’t have to sew them and they are super comfortable.

The middle one was easier to make, but didn’t fit very well and I didn’t add a nose wire. To top it off, the elastic ear pieces were not very comfortable at all.

The bottom one fit a little better, but since the ties were made out of fabric it didn’t have as secure of a fit as the top one had. I’d didn’t add a nose wire to this one though, so maybe that would help it.

Now, for the filter pockets...I included them on each design.


The top one has a fairly large filter pocket that runs almost the whole backside of the mask. The middle and bottom masks entire back sides can hold filters. 


I only added a nose piece to the top one because I didn’t think to do it earlier with the other two. To add it I use a pipe cleaner and inserted it before I did the top stitching. I made sure to sew at each end of the pipe cleaner to keep it from shifting out of the position I had it. 


So, in case you couldn’t figure it out, my favorite design is the top one. It’s the most comfortable by far and fits the best thanks to the shaping and the nose wire. The filter pocket is easy to use too. Now I do have to say that cutting and sewing wise this mask is more complicated since it has the shaping and multiple layers, but it’s totally worth it since we wont mind wearing for longer time periods and because of the secure fit I think it will be safer.

Now, you’re probably wanting to know what patterns I used so I’m linking the ones I was inspired by below. I decided to not make a tutorial for this project because there are already thousands of them out there and I don’t think I’d be contributing anything new to the discussion on how to make them. 

Top mask -  Inspired by: but I used a pattern a friend gave me and added a nose wire and the T-shirt ties.

Middle mask - Inspired by:

Bottom mask - Inspired by:


If you have any questions please comment below and I’ll try to get to them as soon as I can.




We've had such a busy week with Vacation Bible School and visiting with family that I was completely surprised by receiving an advanced copy of the book I wrote during November and December last year.



I was super excited to show my Grandma it when it arrived since I had dedicated the book to her.  She was the person in my young life that was crafty and creative and she took the time to share that with me.  -Thank you Grandma!


I'm so excited to share more about the book as the launch date draws closer, but in the meanwhile you can see more about it on Amazon:



Creating A Mixed Media Card Using The ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

Have you played with the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder yet?  I love it!!!
Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder


Here's a video tutorial on how I created this card:



I used the Universal Pen Holder to draw out the heart with a Distress Marker on watercolor paper and then used a wet brush to pull the color out of the heart and fill it in. I also added some splatter by watering down some other colors of Distress Ink and flinging it onto my page with a fan brush.

  Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

After that dried I put an Ultra Fine Point Sharpie into the Universal Pen Holder and had it draw the word "family" onto the card. I love that I can scan in the card and then place "family" exactly where I want it to go and then just have it draw it out! (Note: on my first test of creating this I used a Distress Marker to write "family," as shown in this photo, but it was a little too thick of lines for my liking so I did another one with the Sharpie and liked it a lot better)
Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

And then I pulled out my favorite little alphabet stamps and added "our" to it and then finished it off with a couple pieces of washi tape.
Alphabet stamps and Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

Here a peek at what else I did with this mixed media card, check out the full project tutorial and don't forget to enter to win a fun creativitE +ScanNCut giveaway HERE!

Using the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 


Craft Vinyl Home Decor Project & ScanNCut Giveaway!

Hey everyone, exciting stuff happening on my blog this week for National Craft Month!  

First up is a great home decor project I want to share with you. I found these great frames when I was out shopping and thought how fun they would be to use at home or in my art studio since they have little clips you can hang photos or artwork on. The frames are great on their own but I thought it would be cool to jazz them up a bit by cutting a warm cuddly phrase out of craft vinyl and applying it to the glass.

And, I not only made one of these...I made two! So a random lucky blog reader can win one along with a bundle of ScanNCut goodies! -Check out the details at the end of this article.

ScanNCut - Craft Vinyl on Glass Photo Frame - Title


Here's a video on how I created this project:




1. Use the "Scan To Cut Data" feature to scan in the word art or open up the Every_Family.fcm file onto your ScanNCut.

1 - ScanNCut Test Cut


2. Add a test cut to your project mat and then push the "cut" and "start" buttons. Even though you have multiple designs on your mat your machine will perform the test cut first and then pause so you can make adjustments if needed before cutting your vinyl. You want to have it cut through your vinyl but not through the backing so start off with the blade barely coming out of the blade holder, and adjust it from there depending on the results of your test cut.
1 - ScanNCut Test Cut


3. Cut out the phrase on vinyl and remove the vinyl from the machine.  Weed out the design by removing the negative part of the vinyl and leaving the words you will be using on the backing sheet.  For long phrases, like the one for this word art, I like to cut apart the vinyl I'm removing so it doesn't accidently get stuck to letters I want to remain on the backing sheet.  3 - Weed Vinyl


4. Cut off a piece of the grid transfer tape that is a little larger than your vinyl letters an apply it on top of the letters, lining them up with the grid lines.  Burnish the transfer paper onto the letters and then carefully peel back the transfer tape to lift off the letters.
1 - ScanNCut Test Cut


5. Once your have lifted off the letters place the stip onto the glass of the photo frame and burnish it again to firmly affix the letters to the glass.  
1 - ScanNCut Test Cut

Then slowly peel off the transfer tape so that just the letters remain on the glass.
1 - ScanNCut Test Cut


6. Repeat using the same piece of transfer tape for the rest of your design.


Such a quick project, but it sure packs a punch! This would make such a great personalized gift too!!  Later in the week I'll be sharing how I used my ScanNCut to create that mixed media art card I used in this project, so stay tuned for that!


Oh, and speaking of gifts, my friends at Brother ScanNCut is giving one very lucky blog reader a fun prize package! See the details and enter to win below!

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Prize Package - Brother Craft Vinyl DatedGiveaway Duration - March 14, 2016 through March 20, 2016

Brother prize valued at $53.97 PLUS Home Decor Frame valued at $50.00

Brother prize package includes: 

-10 Sheet of assorted craft vinyl (valued at $22.99)

-6 foot roll of grid transfer paper (valued at $17.99)

-6 foot roll of black craft yinyl (valued at $12.99)

Plus you get your own Home Decor Frame that you can personalize with your own family photos and artwork.


Official Rules: To enter to win, just comment below on this blog post by midnight on March 20, 2016. By commenting on this blog post you are agreeing to the official rules and you agree to provide your name and mailing address to Erin Bassett and Brother International for prize distribution. Prize fulfillment will be done by Erin Bassett and Brother International.

Eligibility requirements: Open to USA residents 18 and older only. 

A random winner will be chosen via on March 21, 2016 and contacted that day. If potential prize winner does not claim the prize in 48 hours or forfeits the prize, the prize will be re-awarded. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.


Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 


Family Reunion

It was so neat to go out to Montana for our family reunion.  It was both my niece's & my first time there and we both really loved it for the beauty of the people and nature.

photo credit: Rosa Freedman

While there had been other big Lincoln Family reunions in the past, this was the first one that I've been able to attend. It was really cool to finally meet people that I'd heard stories about growing up and also the ones I had no clue I was related to.  To just be sitting there talking with someone and realize that they had the same green eyes as you was really cool!! (I don't think I've ever been in the same room as so many green eyed people before!)

2015 Lincoln Family Barn
photo credit: Ric Tieman

The day before the actual reunion a lot of us met up at the Lincoln Family barn at the Museum of the Rockies for a group pic. Hello bright Montana sun!!

  Lincoln Barn 1

A BIG thanks to all the family that worked so hard to put this all together and to everyone who attended.  We are so thankful for the new relationships & connections formed!

 PS - For those who follow my blog for art and missed's the art journal post I did on being a Lincoln.