Etching Memories

Last July it was 10 years that my mom our family’s guardian angel.  I wanted to do something special for my siblings in her memory.  I have always kept my birthday cards from my mom and dad and I am glad I did because I could get her signature from the card.

Materials:

Settings:

  • Force: 140
  • Speed: 9/10
  • Offset:  None
  • Passes:  2
  • Engraving Tool Height:  25 post-its

Steps:

  1. Scan in the writing that you want and import it into your cutting software, I use MTC. 
  2. Use an engraving fill to fill in your text.  I used a previous post by Michele to create mine.
  3. In MTC place your object where you want it on the virtual mat the tape down your piece of metal to your actual mat in the same place you have in on the computer.  I always use WYSIWYG when engraving.                                  
  4. Send the file to your cutting machine.                                       
  5. Frame the engraving with a picture of your loved one.                        

The years fly by…

8 years ago my sweet, adorable, smart, funny…well perfect little granddaughter was born. My son-in-law thinks it is rude of me to say she is the best little girl in the world…I believe that it is every grandmothers right. :~)

Every year I have been able to use my KNK Maxx to make Birthday party items.

The party theme was Mermaids and it was a swim party. I made an awesome invitation in the shape of a mermaid tail but didn’t take one picture…I know! The cake topper was made using glitter vinyl and chipboard (it’s on sale!) I cut two pieces of the glitter vinyl, one of them mirrored for the back and one piece of the chipboard. The KNK chipboard cuts like a dream. The cinch bags were made just using HTV and were given as a party favor. And then there is Hailey’s shirt (I had a picture of her wearing it but who knows where???) The shirt is all  Glitterflex ultra vinyl.

Materials

Glitter flex ultra

glitter vinyl

chipboard

Settings

15″KNK Maxx

Chipboard

red capped blade

2 passes

force 120

speed 300

Glitterflex

red capped blade

2 passes

force 70

speed 300

Glitter vinyl

red  capped blade

force 90

speed 300

Here is the file for the mermaid and crown in KNK, MTC and SVG  mermaid and crown

Rock-It Rhinestone Flock

 

Who doesn’t like sparkles? Adding rhinestones to a quilt gives it an extra pizzazz and grabs your attention. Rock-It Rhinestone Flock makes creating hundreds of rhinestone designs easy.

Hot fix crystals are a fun way to add sparkle to your quilts, but it can be tedious applying thousands of crystals one by one. Using a rhinestone placement template, you can recreate a design across several areas of your quilt while applying multiples all at once. On most of my quilts I average 3000 to 5000 crystals in various sizes. Rhinestone templates help speed up the process by days!

Rock-It Rhinestone Flock is easily cut with KNK cutting machines. Rhinestone SVG files are designed replacing cut lines with small holes corresponding to the standard crystal sizes. Most cutting design software programs like Sure Cuts A Lot, have a rhinestone tool to help automate this process turning a regular design or font into a rhinestone outline or even a filled object.

Materials

Rock-It Rhinestone Flock

Rhinestone Transfer Tape

Maxx Air Settings

Blue Blade, Force + 60-75, Speed = 400, Passes = 2, Blade Height = 25

Force Settings

KNK Force Thick Material Blade, Blade Tension = 2, Passes = 2, SD = 50, CD/ED = 50, CS = 25.

Remove the flock material from the backing sheet and apply directly to the mat before cutting. This helps the weeding much easier as when you pull the flock from the mat the circles remain.

Once the template is cut and weeded, apply the sticky side of the material to a backing board. You can use cardstock or the original carrier sheet for your backing. To use the template pour some rhinestones on and sweep into the holes with a brush. Pick up your design out of the template with a sticky heat resistant Rhinestone Transfer Tape. This allows you to place your crystal motif onto the quilt and use an iron to heat set the crystals all at once!

St. Patrick’s Day card

I really, really, really, really, really like this site:

https://lovesvg.com/free-svg-cut-files/

Best of all, all the files are free! Though they deserve a cup of joe or two for all of their hard work… anyway, I went to that site for inspiration again and came up with a card so quick and easy, I had it done in no time. Well, except for the part where my printer jammed. And then locked up my computer.

Okay, maybe disregard the done in no time comment.

So I took two files and opened them up in MTC:

Uh oh. Those images might be a little big. Anyway, I took the hat out of the first one, duplicated it and used it for the base of my card and did a good old print and cut for the inside.

You know how I like the foam tape, so I stuck the pieces on with that. Of course the angle I took the picture made sure to show off said foam tape, so please disregard photographer error there… or creator error. Does it matter? It’s the same person.

I have a color laser printer and my one beef is it doesn’t take paper weight over 60# and I really like to use the 110# for card bases. So this one feels a little flimsy. The other option would’ve been to print and cut a liner for the inside. Oh well, maybe next time.

I used some glitter glue to dress it up a little bit and an embossing folder too.

Anyway, feels good to be making cards again!! I missed it!

Until next time!

Materials

Paper (duh… right?)

glitter glue

embossing folder swiss dots

Machine Used:

Zing-a-ling

red-capped blade that is so desperately dull and I’m like the girl who likes to drive the gas tank down to the last drop.. just change it already!

Settings:

10/10; 110 (but see above for why you should not use my settings)

Stencils from vinyl for an easy peasy Le Boudoir wood plaque

Spring Break is over, boo hoo. I don’t feel like I even got a break. Why not? Because my dear husband volunteered to paint my mom’s house and even though I only spent 4 days over there during break I feel like I had zero time for myself for the entire holiday. Well, until today when I finally got to finish my stencil project.

Mom selected a dark pinkish red for her master bedroom, and it is a much bolder look than I would have expected from her. My mom is in Florida for the winter so she hasn’t even seen it yet. I jokingly told her that she wasn’t allowed to call it her bedroom – it is now the boudoir.

I used Harrington font and created the border from a variety of basic shapes that I skewed and welded together. Next I traced the chandelier from a free image and voila!

Materials:

Settings for vinyl (Maxx Air):

  • f = 28
  • v = 300
  • p = 1

Steps:

  1. Create your design in your favorite software
  2. Cut the vinyl and weed the waste
  3. Use transfer tape to pick up the design and transfer to the wood plaque   vinyl stencil
  4. Use a squeegee to adhere the vinyl to the wood, remove the transfer tape  
  5. Paint as desired   stencil peeled off
  6. Remove stencil vinyl  
  7. Fill in with color or simply cover with the Matte coating   stencil area filled in with color
    The copic marker spreads by just touching the wood and fills in the color. The painted area keeps it locked in. I coated the entire plaque with matte coating.

I’m going to mount it over the bedroom door before she gets home from Florida – tee hee hee. lol