The Tassel was worth the Hassle…

I’m very excited. My daughter is graduating from high school next month. She was accepted into many colleges, but ended up taking the one 15 minutes from home because she was accepted into a nursing program where after four years she will have her degree AND be ready to take the nursing exams. So I’m super excited for her.

I found this website with this cute little centerpiece and I knew I wanted to make one:

https://dailydoseofdiy.com/diy-graduation-decor-centerpieces/

The colors of her school are green and gold so I used green paper and lined it with glittery gold washi tape. I used gold (okay it was yellow) tissue paper for the inside.

Super easy to make and her directions are fantastic.

I opted not to use the paper tassel and instead made one with gold embroidery thread.

It’s neat at night with a battery operated tea light inside:

I used my Zing for the project.

Today I also noticed that the lovesvg site I love to use has some great graduation and baseball images that they recently posted so I will definitely do something with those.

Thanks for reading!

Supplies:

Recollections paper

gold washi tape (apparently this stuff gets old because it didn’t want to stick.)

gold embroidery thread

yellow tissue paper

tea light candle.

 

Sometimes you have to, just because you can!

I saw a saying that I thought was cute and decided to design  my own and make it. I am old school and still use KNK Design Studio. I needed an image of a pig so I Goggled pig silhouette and found numerous pigs. I selected the one I wanted and imported it into KNK Studio. I then scanned it and vectorized it. I decided on the font Fishfingers lite and typed my words. I then selected the words, broke path and then made each word the size I wanted and placed the words inside the pig and selected make path.

Then it was simply cutting the vinyl and applying it to the painted board.

Materials

12×12 wood board

Rustoleum 2X spray paint

Vinyl

Clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 36

Speed 500

Here is the file ink KNK and SVG

i like pig butts.KNK   i like pig butts (2)

Paper Home Decor, Mother’s Day, Parties Centerpieces

This is a Paper Home Decor, Mother’s Day, Parties Centerpieces, etc that we can use to embellish any home or party table. This beautiful project was done using recycling material, regular colored copy paper, spray paint, and some other materials to embellish. During the process, to determine the correct size. The first cut I made was very small, so I formed a butterfly with those small pieces. The tree has two different flowers that I formed using the exact same file. I did it so you can see that with just one file, you can make different flowers, just depends on the way that you glue them. The two flowers and the Butterfly were made using the same pieces

Materials:

  • KNK Digital Cutting Machine (I used the KNKGroove-e)
  • Red cap blade
  • MTC
  • Newspaper
  • Colored copy paper
  • Paper towel
  • Card Stock
  • Glue gun
  • Empty almond can
  • Spray paint
  • Scissor
  • Crayons
  • Angel Hair (the one that we use on Christmas)

Settings:

  • Blade = Red
  • F = 12
  • V = 200
  • To cut the card stock, I used the same settings but two passes instead of one. And the card stock cut perfectly.

Instructions:

  1. First, I rolled some pages of a newspaper to make the branches of the tree. 
  2. After having all the needed pages from the newspaper rolled. I made the arrangement gluing the pieces with hot glue in the almond can to form the Tree. In the beginning, I thought that it looked more like a TV antenna LMAO.
  3. Then, I proceeded to paint it, using spray paint
  4. While the tree was drying, I opened MTC and started to cut the flowers, leaves and the bird.
  5. Then I formed the flowers and painted the border of them with crayons (I was at work and did not have chalk. But I recommend a color that you can blend)
  6. Then, I glued all the flowers to the paper tree.
  7. Finally, I put a dot of hot glue on the flowers to make a water drop on them.
  8. The bird was cut with a decorative cardstock and the nest was made using angel hair, the same one that we use on Christmas, and painted with spray paint. And the eggs were done using paper towels.

 

ESPAÑOL

Esto es una decoración ya sea para el Hogar, para el día de las madres, como Centros de mesas para fiestas, etc. que podemos utilizar para decorar cualquier mesa en el hogar o fiesta. Este hermoso proyecto se realizó utilizando material reciclado, papel fotocopias de colores, pintura en aerosol y algunos materiales para decorar. Durante el proceso para determinar el tamaño correcto, el primer corte que hice fue muy pequeño. Así que formé una mariposas con esas piezas pequeñas. El árbol tiene dos flores diferentes que formé utilizando exactemente el mismo archivo. Lo hice para que puedan observar que con un sólo archivo, pueden hacer diferentes flores. Sólo depende la forma que le des al papel. Los dos tipos de flores y la mariposa se hicieron usando las mismas piezas.

Materiales:

  • Cortadora Digital KNK  (Yo utilicé la KNKGroove-e)
  • Cuchilla tapa Roja
  • MTC
  • Papel Periódico
  • Papel fotocopia de Colores
  • Papel toalla
  • Cartulina
  • Pistola de pega
  • Lata de almendra Vacia
  • Pintura aerosol
  • Tijeras
  • Crayolas
  • Pelo de Angel (el mismo que utilizamos en navidad)

Ajustes:

  • Cuchilla = Roja
  • F = 12
  • V = 200
  • Para cortar la cartulina, utilicé la misma configuración pero utilicé dos pasadas en lugar de una. La cartulina cortó perfectamente.

Instrucciones:

  1. Primero, enrollé algunas páginas de papel periódico para hacer las ramas del árbol 
  2. Después de haber enrollado todas las páginas de periódico, En la lata de almendra pegué todas las piezas hasta formar el árbol. Al principio, pensé que se parecía más a una antena de TV, jajajaja.
  3. Luego, procedí a pintar el árbol utilizando pintura en aerosol
  4. Mientras el árbol se estaba secando, abrí el programa MTC y comencé a cortar las flores, las hojas y el pájarito.
  5. Luego formé las flores y pinté el borde con crayolas (me encontraba en el trabajo y no tenía tizas. Pero yo recomiendo un color que puedas difuminar).
  6. Luego, pegué todas las flores al árbol de papel.
  7. Finalmente, formé unas bolitas con pega caliente en las flores para que parecieran gotas de agua sobre ellas.
  8. El pajarito fue cortado en cartulina decorativa y el nido fue hecho con cabello de ángel, el mismo que usamos en Navidad, y pintado con pintura en aerosol. Los huevitos se hicieron utilizando papel toalla.

 

 

Deco Film HTV – Happy Mother’s Day Card

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who has days where the simplest tasks turn out to be… not simple. Today was that kind of day.

Today, my phone didn’t cooperate; my camera didn’t cooperate; none of my cutter software combinations cooperated. It’s kind of hard to blame technology when NOTHING is working right. Could it be the operator?? It was that kind of day!

Consequently, it’s now nearly 9:00 p.m. and the project that should have been completed by early afternoon is finally done. Sometimes, it just takes perseverance… or as Sandy says, “GRIT”! Yup, it was that kind of day!

Having said that, let me continue by confessing that although I am going to share this project for the Zing Orbit and SCAL, in reality I also used my original Zing with both MTC and SCAL. But… that was just because… it was that kind of day!

Photo of Mother's Day card with watercolor paper and gold deco film. HTV

In spite of the difficulties I had while making this card, I am very happy with the way it turned out. It honestly IS a simple project.

I want to thank Deb for her recent post where she shared with us a site that has some awesome free files. I used one for this tutorial and I think it worked out great. (Please… if you use any of the files from lovesvg.com for products you sell, be sure to purchase their commericial license. And if you use a lot of free files for any purpose, you may want to give a donation. I’m sure they put a lot of work into their files.)

Materials:

  • Watercolor paper or cardstock. (My paper was 140 lb and a little heavy for the intricacies of the design I chose.)
  • Contrasting cardstock or paper for lining the card.
  • Adhesive to secure cardstock lining. (I used 3M foam mounting tape.)
  • Ribbon and/or other decorative elements.
  • Embossing machine and folder – OPTIONAL
  • Design of your choice. (I used this one from lovesvg.com)
  • Red Capped Blade
  • Deco Film HTV

Settings for Zing Orbit and SCAL:

Watercolor Paper:

  • Force – 160
  • Speed – 13
  • Multicut – 2
  • WYSIWYG (or Origin Point if you prefer)

Deco Film HTV:

  • Force – 85
  • Cut Speed -13
  • Multi-cut – OFF
  • Origin Point

Instructions:

  • In SCAL, draw a rectangle 8.5 inches X 4.25 inches. Import your design.

Screen shot of step one in SCAL

  • Center the design where you want it on your card. Draw an oval or circle around it.Screen shot for mother's day card 2
  • Make sure each of the elements is on its own layer with the rectangle on the bottom. Select the rectangle and oval. Path > Back Minus Front.
  • Select the design element. Right Click > Appearance > Add Shadow Layer. Adjust layer until it overlaps the edge of the cutout slightly. You may need to resize it a bit. If you resize it, make sure you select both the design and the shadow so that they resize in proportion to each other. The shadow should overlap, but the design itself should fit within (or meet up to the edge of) the circle.
  • Now, select just the design and mirror it. Right Click > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Turn off the design layer.

screen shot for mother's day card 4

  • Select the shadow layer and rectangle. Path > Union.
  • At this point, you might want to clean up some nodes. I deleted any tiny little cutout portions that I knew were too small to cut properly.
  • Load your paper and mat, and cut. Carefully remove paper from mat.
  • Use scoring board and bone folder, or other method for folding card in half.
  • Turn off your card layer and turn on the design layer. Double check to make sure it is mirrored. Adhere HTV to mat with shiny side down. Check manufacturer’s instructions for cutting. (You might need the blue capped (thick material) blade for some.) Cut design.
  • Remove and weed design.
  • Open card flat. Carefully line HTV up on shadow layer portion of card.
  • Lay Teflon sheet on top and use heat press or iron according to manufacturer’s instructions. (I used a heat press at 305 degrees for 10 seconds, removed clear lining, and repeated for 3 seconds.)
  • Cut a contrasting piece of paper or cardstock for inside of card. I used my embossing machine and folder to emboss this piece, but that is up to you.
  • Adhere to inside of card with foam tape or other adhesive. Tie a ribbon as shown, and/or add other design elements.
Now, if you are blessed to still have your mom, give her this beautiful card and tell her how much she means to you!

 

DecoSPARKLE Club Totes

 

I am a member of a club that meets monthly to learn and create with our KNK cutting machines. We call ourselves the Blade Runners and we have a lot of fun together crafting with these wonderful machines. This week we are taking a road trip to a scrapbooking trade show to see what is new and shop!! So, of course, we will need some large totes to carry all our treasures.

Using the club name, Blade Runners, I designed a quick logo to embellish the blank totes. I used DecoSPARKLE heat transfer vinyl so we could really sparkle. This a good application for DecoSPARKLE as it is not stretchy and works best on items that are more stable than clothing.

I had an issue with fitting the club name on the totes as it had to go over the straps. My solution was to layout the weeded club name on the tote and mark with heat proof tape where the letters met the edges of the straps. Removed the transfer and cut the letters apart at the tape lines with a rotary cutter. Then I put the sections back on the tote and lined them up so that the letters fell on either side of the strap and avoided any gaps during pressing.

The totes look great and we have lots of room to carry our finds from the show!

 

Materials

KNK Zing/Zing Air/Maxx Air Standard Material Detail Blade

DecoSPARKLE

Canvas Tote Blanks

Heat Proof Tape

Maxx Air Settings

Force = 70, Speed = 200, Blade Offset = .25, Passes = 1, Blade Height = 25, Minimal Blade exposure