Schools out for the summer…

I was thinking back to when I first bought my KNK and the changes that have come about since then. In the beginning, there were very few “designers” so the number and type of files were very limited. Every time something new came out we were so happy. I remember buying a scalloped circle file and believe it or not it came in different sizes 1″, 2″ etc.

I never thought the day would come when I could actually design my own files. And the easiest files to design are files that contain font’s only.

IMG_4051 Materials

Chalkboard

vinyl

Settings

KNK Maxx

Red capped blade

45 force

400 speed

This sweet 8×10 chalkboard was made by simply typing the words using Jenna Sue font. TaDa! I think it is an awesome gift for the teacher who spent the whole school year making her students feel special.

 

Memorial Day Wishes

Memorial Day, which started after the Civil War in 1868, was created to honor Americans who died while fighting for their country (International Business Times).

I was inspired for today’s project by this American holiday and thoughts of my family members who have served or are serving.

I finally decided to pull out the punch tool and see what I could create. This project was not without challenges. First and foremost, I could not find a single sheet of craft foam in my creative room (I recently cleaned and organized – surprise)!

For my first attempt I tried to use the dashed line style but the lines would not get short enough and I was concerned they would not make a “punch”. However, I did love how it looked with a pen (this may become an embroidery design in the future).

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Next, I tested the monogram using the rhinestone feature and it appeared to be a much better choice.

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I placed a piece of cardboard in the Maxx, since I could not find my craft foam. The problem that subsequently ocurred with the cardboard was that the pinch wheels pressed the corrugated sheet down flat in two channels and as it continued to move it back and forth, it skewed so badly that it was actually weaving back and forth through the machine.

It started punching from the right side and moved toward the left. You can see that it started wiggling all over the place!

It started punching from the right side and moved toward the left. You can see that it started wiggling all over the place!

I was back to using a mat, instead of cardboard! I looked for my ’embossing’ shelf liner but couldn’t find that either. Not to be discouraged, I combed the room and finally decided to try a piece of craft felt. Eureka! It worked. I used a flag design I made years ago, and added the text.

Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 15
  • v = 150
  • p = 1

Instructions:

  1. Select or create your design. I used the font Melior for my text. Capture
  2. Enlarge the design 4-6 times the size of the desired final project.   Capture2
  3. Use the rhinestone option in Make-the-Cut to create small, evenly spaced circles.   Capture4    Capture3
  4. Resize the design to your desired project size.   Capture5
  5. Punch away!   20150525_010038 (614x800) 20150525_010058 (603x800)

 

Engraving License Plate Blanks with Fill

I just can’t get enough of KNK ENGRAVING! These acrylic license plates are a lovely medium to work with – very easy to engrave and very striking when done.

Some license plates are a solid glossy color, while others are a mirror or reflective glossy color. The black in these photos are solid while the red are mirror-like.   Engraving License Plates

Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 60
  • v = 150
  • p = 3

Instructions:

  1. Use a very sticky mat. Place the license plate blank on the mat between pinch wheels. Use painter’s tape to ensure it will not move during the engraving. I used the grid on the mat to place my plate and to set the origin. This made it easy to turn off the machine and work on the plates at different times (unlike when you create a template to place an engraving object into).
  2. Adjust the settings for engraving. Be sure to uncheck offset.
  3. Engrave your design(s).
  4. Remove all of the shavings and clean the license plate. I used a non-ammonia glass cleaner.

Engraving on Black License Plate

The solid fill engraving shows up clearly. The first plate I engraved had only an outline and I can’t even get a clear picture of it. The solid fill makes a profound difference.

New Anniversary Invitation

Post May 18 This is a new invitation for our 25th Anniversary. The Invitation was made using my WONDERFUL KNK Groove-e machine.

Materials:

Settings:

  • V=600
  • F=160

Steps:

  • Design what you want on your invitation.
  • Follow these steps that our Friend Michele did on a video to make our design ready to Emboss in MTC. (Michele Step by Step instructions on Videos and PDF)
  • When your design is ready to be Embossed, attach your Vellum Paper to a card-stock (I used staples).
  • Once your machine is finished Embossing you will see how beautiful it looks. It has really good details.
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  • Then, you will outline the Front of your design with white marker that is made specially for Vellum.
  • Invitation, Omayra, KNK, Vellum
  • Now, you will start painting your design on The Back. Never ever use water based paint on Vellum paper. I use Crayola oil paint so my Vellum never becomes wrinkled. I painted the back with silver oil crayon.
  • The following step, you can do it either after the machine has finished the Embossing or at the end when you have painted your invitation. This step is to Punch the border of your invitation to make a jagged edge. Remember to put a Craft foam underneath.The KNK cutter machine can do the punches but I did not have the Punch tool, so I have to do it with my hands, lol ;(
  • PonchThis is a close-up of the front of the invitation so you can see how pretty it looks after the whole process.

Front Half

 

POST 25 Anniversary Invitation

 

Turtle Tote

 

 

So I have some new pets. This is Chum the Bum: IMG_0001

 

And this is Luke Skywalker:

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They are musk turtles. I recently acquired an aquaponics tank where you plant something on top of the tank and the nasty aquarium water feeds the plants and the plants clean the water and drop it back in the tank. It’s actually a cool little set up. I decided I wanted turtles though, and I knew nothing about them.

P.S. I didn’t name them, my 2nd graders did since they live in my classroom. Note that I veto’d the name Gummy Bear. I was not naming my turtle Gummy Bear.

Luckily, a lady at work knew a ton about turtles and she and her husband helped me set up the tank, plant the flowers and order the turtles (I bought them online, who knew??)

So I decided to make her a little gift. I apologize for the crummy pictures, I thought my post was due next Friday and I got a little reminder today (Thursday night) that it was actually today. D’oh.

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This is a Lettering Delights file http://www.letteringdelights.com/clipart:snips_snails_and_turtle_tales-13662.html

and I thought it would be perfect to use as a note card holder. IMG_0006

 

Of course the cards have little turtles on the front. I forgot to take a picture of them, but it was just a silhouette turtle file I had in my collection.

Anyway, I hope she likes it. I know the Minions and I are enjoying Chum and Luke. They are funny little guys. They still hide from us a lot, but as they get used to us (and figure out we are the ones that feed them), I have a feeling they will become more social.

P.S. I’m aware of the salmonella issue, so the Minions aren’t allowed to touch the turtles (anyway I discovered the hard way Luke Skywalker bites) and I only grow flowers, not vegetables or anything edible in the plant area.

Materials

KNK Zing

 

(force: 110, speed 10/10, 1 pass)

card stock: patterned paper from DCWV and green paper from my scrap stash. Most likely  Colormates, since that’s my favorite stuff.

file: Lettering Delights (see link above)