Thank you so much

Hello fellow KnK-ers!

Today I’d like to share a Thank You card that I made with very minimal supplies, having a Zing means that I can create cards such as this one below using just card, paper and adhesive. If you would like to re-create it, the cut file is available at the end of the post.

Thank You Swirly Set

These are the Materials I used:

These are the Zing Settings I used:

  • Blade = Standard
  • Blade Height = 25 post-it notes
  • Offset = 0.30
  • Speed = 10
  • Force =  80 paper/100 card
  • Passes = 1

Assembly: Using a square card from my stash, I added 2 layers of patterned paper to the front. I cut the larger pieces inside the cut file from some grey card and the smaller pieces from some white card and glued them together. I adhered the corner pieces directly to my card front then added some small pieces of 3d foam pads behind the middle element to give it some dimension and make it really stand out.

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Here is today’s Cut File:

Thank You Swirly Set by Bird

Thank You Swirly Set Cut File by Bird

Engraving again! with my KNK and the Engraving Tool

I hope you’re not getting tired of engraving projects – I haven’t exhausted my opportunities for trying different materials yet! For this project, I’m engraving Plexiglass for a photo frame.

I picked up the frame at a local thrift store and applied a coat of Rustoleum Hammered Metal in Black. I love upcycling and found a couple of other things for future projects while I was there.

Engraving on Plexiglass Materials:


  • f = 120
  • v = 200
  • p = 2


  1. Create your design.
  2. Apply engraving fill as desired.
  3. Tape the plexiglass to the mat.    Tape to the mat
  4. Engrave. I love watching my design appear!   Watch the magic happen.
  5. Lightly blow with air or brush away the shavings with a soft cloth.
  6. Assemble into your picture frame. I placed a red piece of cardstock behind the plexiglass.

I envision this application working well together with shadow boxes and photograph backgrounds – its a whole new way of personalizing. Oh, oh, oh and I’d love to engrave a border for holiday photos! Good thing I bought 25 sheets of this stuff!


T-Shirt with Scrap vinyl

Omayra, KNK, T-shirt

I had some small extra pieces of Iron on vinyl that I had put away thinking that I could use them to make something. I bought a black T-shirt but I thought it was too plain and I wanted to make it look different. I quickly thought about my extra pieces of Iron on material that I almost  threw away. But I knew that I could not just throw those small pieces away because I have a machine that I can use to cut them and make something else beautiful. So this was what I did.


Settings (Groove-e):

To cut the Premium DecoFlock material:

  • Blue Cap Blade
  • F = 20
  • V = 150
  • p = 1

To cut the DecoSPARKLE Material:

  • red Cap Blade
  • F = 20
  • V = 150
  • p = 1

To cut ThermoFlex Plus material:

  • red Cap Blade
  • F =15
  • V = 150
  • p = 1


  1. I choose two files from the software Make-the-Cut
  2. I cut the pieces using the respective colors to form the flower, the leaves and my bird. The bird and the leaves were cut using the Premium DecoFlock. This material provides  the 3- dimensional look and feel of  soft velvet.
  3. Once I cut all the pieces, I placed them on the shirt as I show on the picture Post 6 22 2015 shirt scrap
  4. Then, I used a heat press machine to attached the vinyl to my T-Shirt
  5. Finally, I used a dimensional paint to paint a little bit underneath the bird so he doesn’t look like he’s in the air.

Post 6 22 2015 shirt


Baseball All-Stars

Any Little league families out there? This is our last year. My son is 12 and will age out once the season is over. The regular season ended and then all the kids vote for All Stars Teams that will play other leagues in the city.

The night before All-Stars is announced, the manager and coaches of the team go to each person’s door and hangs a star and sprinkles confetti everywhere. I made the stars last year and I asked to do them again this year because I knew I could use my KNK Maxx to create them:


This is my son’s star. I had to make 13 total, but I also got to help deliver them at midnight which was a lot of fun.


I bought the stars at Party City and used black vinyl for the 2015 MTLL and the name. The font is called CK Rugged. 20150618-IMG_7972 20150618-IMG_7973

I used royal blue vinyl for “All Stars 11-12″ and the script is Brannonball, which is free on the internet. 20150618-IMG_7974


I used the KNK Maxx for the vinyl as I have it set perfectly for vinyl (and have for the past year so I haven’t changed the blade and it still cuts great!)

My settings were v-250 f-30

But wait, there’s more:

We do little goodie bags for the boys so I picked up some plain brown bags at Michaels and put each boy’s name in blue card stock. I sure love that world win cut mates. It cuts like butter. I used the Zing for the card stock and my settings were : 10,10 and 120 (definitely time to change that blade).

20150618-IMG_7975 20150618-IMG_7976 But wait… there’s still more:

20150618-IMG_7982 20150618-IMG_7979 20150618-IMG_7980 The moms get little star pins to wear with their boy’s name and jersey number on them. I used that same CK rugged font and cut with blue and gold vinyl as shown above. I put stickles on top when I was done. I tried using that bigger glitter (you can see some of it on the number and on the star), but the letters would not stick to it.

And finally:

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I found these cute plastic mugs at Dollar Tree and decorated them for the Moms to use at games. I stuck with that same font again, because I like it. I ran out of white and had to use gold for the back, but I think it worked out okay.

Our first game is Tuesday night. The boys have been practicing every day to get ready. Whatever happens, it was fun creating all these things so the boys (and their moms) have a great experience!

Until next month! Stay classy KNK-ers!






KNK Secrets Revealed – retreat goodie bag

Appleton, WI is the original home of Harry Houdini, hence the retreat theme of “KNK Secrets Revealed”. Each participant received a bag of goodies for cutting, embossing, punching, and engraving – and they even got to decorate their bags while we were there!

Below is my sample bag, front and back.

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Rhinestone Design:


Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 60
  • v = 500
  • p = 1


  1. Create the design using the rhinestone feature in Make-the-Cut.
  2. Remove the Rock It Rhinestone Flock backing sheet and apply directly to the mat.
  3. Cut the rhinestone template from the Rock It Rhinestone Flock.
  4. Remove the template and scrape away the circles.
  5. Apply the template to a bead tray.
  6. Brush in the stones using a Shur-line edge and trim brush.
  7. Apply rhinestone transfer tape and pick up the stones.
  8. Using a heat press or dry iron, apply to bag.

Heat Transfer Design:


Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 35
  • v = 300
  • p = 1


  1. Create the design in Make-the-Cut.
  2. Mirror image the design.
  3. Cut and weed the design.
  4. Using a heat press or dry iron, apply to bag.