A lesson learned!

Over the years I have learned that it saves a ton of time if you put things back where they belong. Such is the case with the little card that goes into my camera. It is always in my camera, in the printer, or sitting on top of the printer…until it disappeared on Saturday. I spent the last few days searching because I needed it for this post. I finally found it mingled in with some papers behind the printer. My husband has been doing some paper work and I am guessing he opened the printer to scan something and the card fell behind. So hopefully from now on it will be limited to being in the slot in the printer or in the camera.:~)

Materials Used

Cling vinyl




Red capped blade

55 force

350 speed

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A customer that has a real estate business has pictures or properties that are for sale in her office window. She wanted to be able to put sold in front of them with out having to use vinyl which would have to be applied and removed. So I found this Cling vinyl at www.dickblick.com and used my KNK Maxx to cut nice, neat rectangles. I then cut vinyl, mirroring the image so that it could be seen through the cling vinyl. It did the job perfectly! The cling vinyl is a nice medium weight vinyl that is sturdy but yet not overly thick.


KNK in the classroom

Okay, so it’s not the 3D printer, which is so much cooler. And I want one…

I am teaching 2nd grade this year. They are a fun little bunch. They keep me on my toes, but they are very smart. Here are some ways I used my KNK in the classroom:


Front door. I cut the letters out of the birthday stack from DCWV.


I bought this cute chalkboard apple and decorated it with white vinyl. It makes a cute decoration for my room (and it would make a great gift for any teachers in your life). 20140918-IMG_1622

I used a cute school paper for this. I realize it’s a little busy on my crayon background, but my class is a little busy, so it fits.


I labeled all my guided reading tubs with vinyl letters. Yea, I notice Bill, the level J book is in the H box too.

20140918-IMG_1620 20140918-IMG_1619 These are frames from dollar tree. I put some cute scrapbook paper in the back and put some vinyl letters on the front. I use dry erase pens and they erase easily. In the science frame, the glass broke, so I just stuck a piece of acetate in there and you can’t tell the difference between the others, where I didn’t break the glass. I originally saw this on Pinterest, but people use them as menu boards or note boards at home. I thought of a lot of neat uses for them. For example, you could put them on your child’s door, personalized with his/her name and write them notes…or even just say, “Clean this messy room.”

Anyway, hope you have some ideas. It’s been a little quiet around here. I’m starting to think I smell bad and scared you all away.


KNK Maxx 24″ for white vinyl

KNK Zing for card stock



DCWV cardstock 12×12 stacks, the school one and the birthday one



Quilt & Applique projects – Cutting fabric with KNK

Cutting fabrics with KNK – not just the little stuff, I’m talking about the 24″ x 28″ mat for the Maxx Air!!

I am diving into uncharted waters here, and I’m a little nervous.

I know my KNKs can do the job, I just haven’t attempted this scale before. So this isn’t my typical post. Rather than sharing a project today, I’m sharing a journey.

This all started when my mom moved in with us this summer. Since her retirement, she’s spent every available moment learning and creating sewn and quilted projects. The only problem she has is arthritis and pain in her hands – and she pushes herself to the limit (or past the limit).

My craft room has been rearranged and now we have a craft and sewing room together. While she’s enjoying herself in Florida this month, I raided her project book and started figuring out how to minimize the manual pre-work for her projects. Okay, okay – I also hit every quilt store in the immediate area in search of some new projects we can work on together from scratch.

First step, decipher the lingo and then see if you can decipher the project instructions – it can be challenging for a newbie. I chose well, this is a simple project as far as shapes are concerned.

Use basic shapes or create your own

This particular project needed only two shapes and they were easily found in basic shapes. Here I added the triangle and rectangle that will be used for the project. I used CTRL+D to duplicate the shapes as needed. I am using the large mat so I can cut all of the shapes without taking the mat out of the machine in between fabrics.

Use basic shapes or create your own

Next, I changed the color of the objects to make them easily identifiable. I rotated every other triangle using CTRL-G to minimize fabric waste. I then put each cutting step on a layer and labeled the layer with instructions by double-clicking on the layer title.

Leave yourself lots of instructions to make it easier the next time

Finally, I added notes. The brand and project number is first so we can locate the full instruction sheet in her binder. I don’t have a 48″ mat, so we still need to cut the binding pieces by hand – and the notes are there so we don’t forget that step.

So what did I do? I dug out my 25 year old sewing machine that made all of the kids Halloween costumes, some home decor items and even stitched a few cards over the years. I attempted to sew the topper together, and did an “okay” job. I’m a little lost on attaching the binding (so I’m waiting for my mom to come home from Florida). In the meantime I went a little crazy and bought an embroidery machine. I am practicing my technique in cutting quilting blocks to embroider and add applique pieces. The really nice thing is that applique designs can be exported into several formats used by MTC, making life very simple. The Zing Air will be perfect for applique and quilt block projects while the Maxx is busy with the big stuff.

I actually think we’re going to need more power in the craft room now. My electric bill is going to hit the roof. LOL, oh well. I’m enjoying the time with mom.

3D Printer in the Classroom

I told my students I would bring my KNK 3D printer, the Klic-N-Print 3D, in at the end of the semester so that they could each have a scaled 3D model of their term projects. To introduce the concept, and as a team building exercise, I created these penny mortars (launchers). I gave them the pieces (and some extras just for laughs – cackle, cackle) in a brown bag without instructions. They competed for “1st team done assembling” and “longest penny pitch”. It was quite a bit of fun!

In a few weeks, I will have built penny catapults with several more pieces for the teams. They’ll have to walk through the same steps and we’ll see how much better they are at teamwork by then.

I downloaded the shared file, converted it, saved it to my memory card, and printed it on the KNP3D five times. Simple as can be! This is the test model. For the students I printed the penny mortar in black, red, blue, green, and bright green. There are many more colors to choose from. There is even glow-in-the-dark filament and I have a few halloween designs I’ll be trying out soon….I’m having too much fun!

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The material is made from corn and is biodegradable. It makes it easy to use indoors, and makes it environmentally friendly. I just love the KNP3D!

Print and Cut Adds Dimension

The Print and Cut feature of the Make the Cut software is a very versatile tool for my 15″ KNK Maxx Air.  When I needed to create a greeting card for a card swap, the design I came up with included four different Print and Cut elements.  One element was placed on the front of the card on 1/8″ thick adhesive foam squares.  The second element was glued directly to the inside of the card so the card would still close flat.  The third and fourth elements were printed with the Print and Cut feature but the cutting was accomplished on a manual paper cutter since these elements were the outside and the inside of the card and were printed back to back on the same piece of cardstock.

This card swap theme was “Funny Cards”.  Although I think mine is a bit more corny than funny, it was fun to make and MTC’s Print and Cut feature helped me to add some dimension so the card wasn’t just a flat printed piece of cardstock.


Front-Optimized Inside-Optimized Materials Used:

White cardstock


15″ KNK Maxx Air

Red cap blade (standard material), Force – 70, Speed – 85, Single pass


Since I wanted to print both the inside and outside of the card on one piece of cardstock, I had to do some experimenting with the positioning of the images on the mat in my MTC software to have them line up correctly.  Also I had to learn how to correctly re-insert the cardstock into my printer once the first side had been printed.  Here are screen shots of the MTC files that I used for the inside and the outside of the card.



Although you can see the image of the Print and Cut doctor on the screenshot of the front of the card, that was not actually printed on the card.  The image was there so I could get the placement of the images that were printed in the proper positions.

The Print and Cut elements that were actually cut were the doctor and the duck’s bill.

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When the card was opened and the duck’s bill lifted, the message under the bill could be seen.