Multi-Section Shaker Card

Hi there fellow KnK-ers!

Usually shaker cards are squares or circles so that adding the foam tape walls will be as easy as possible, but what if we build up our walls with shapes cut from our KnK machines? We can have any shape of shaker card we like but we could also chose to have more than one cavity to fill with different shaker elements.

Here is a card I made for my Mum’s Birthday. I chose 3 different colours of sequins to match my patterned paper but the fun thing is, the sequins will never get mixed together as they are within their own section:

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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 =  100
  • Passes = 1


Pic 1. Below are the pieces you will need to cut to complete your shaker card. You will need to cut your card base once, then cut the solid Mum/Mom piece once in acetate and once in your chosen patterned paper. You will also need to cut the Mum/Mom outline once in the same cardstock as your card base then cut it several times to build your shaker walls, I cut 9 of these for my card:

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Pic 2. Glue your front outline onto your acetate piece and set it aside to dry. Next, adhere your other outline pieces one by one on top of your patterned piece using wet glue so you have a little wiggle time:

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Pic 3. Fill each section with different coloured sequins, you could use glitter, small beads or confetti instead. The trick is not to add to much:

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Pic 4. To seal your shaker sections, carefully add glue to the top of your shaker walls and pop your acetate panel into place:

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If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing, access my Free Cut Files and read my Terms of Use, you can find my blog here:

Here are today’s Cut Files:


Mum Shaker Card Cut File by Bird


Mom Shaker Card Cut File by Bird

Boxes of Chocolate for Halloween! FREE FILE

I love the colors of fall, and I enjoy decorating for holidays. We’ve had simply fabulous color here in Michigan this fall. I made a variety of craft projects for Halloween home decor using starch, cheesecloth, taffeta and some shimmery white fabric. Other than cutting the fabric into ghostly circles, I did not use my KNKs very much. I was starting to feel bad for neglecting my wonderful Maxx.

This project is something I’d been wanting to do for a while – in fact the chocolates have been hidden away for about a month!!! Well, it was finally time, so I rolled out my 24″ Maxx Air and cut 2 – 12″x12″ sheets at a time and had plenty of materials for this project in no time at all.


These little boxes were made to fit four truffles or pieces of fine chocolate.


Salted caramels….mmmmmm mmmmmm mmmmmmmmm. Oh, sorry…mouth watering uncontrollably.


I had to keep them hidden because my DH is a chocolate addict! Seriously, it is him. He can usually sniff out chocolate, no matter the hiding spot. I have to buy my cookie making supplies the very day I am going to bake. This time I hid the chocolate under my mom’s bed and I don’t think he ever found them.

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Settings (Maxx Air):

  • Embossing on the mat:
    • f = 175
    • v = 300
    • passes = 3
    • Offset = “off”
  • Cutting card stock (Offset turned back on and set for standard blade at 0.37)
    • Medium weight, single sided card stock
      • f = 48
      • v = 300
      • mat prep = 1/3 Aleenes + 2/3 water
    • Thicker, double sided card stock
      • f = 75
      • v = 250
      • mat prep = 1/3 Aleenes + 2/3 water


  1. Place paper on mat and brayer it down for good, even contact.
  2. Emboss the fold lines using the embossing tool. (Remember to turn off the offset.)
  3. Cut the boxes and embellishments. (Remember to turn back on the offset before cutting.)
  4. Remove the cut objects from the mat. Fold each of the box’s fold lines over and press with fingers or bone folder. 20141019_164702_opt
  5. Add double sided tape to the overlap joints.  20141021_144029_opt
  6. Adhere the ‘tongue’ piece to the two side pieces, leaving an open end for the candy to be inserted. I used the cut squares as a liner for the candy to sit upon.  20141021_145836_opt
  7. Insert candy. Adhere the last flap to close the box.  20141019_165201_opt
  8. Embellish as desired.   20141021_154012_opt
  9. Share with friends!  :) 20141021_153413_opt

I wish you all a wonderful fall season!

We hope you will consider joining us in Orlando in January for the next KNK Retreat, “Unleash the Magic with KNK“. Master your KNK and unleash your creativity!

These boxes are perfect for any holiday – I made a jump start on my early Christmas gifts too!



WorldWin ColorMates Smooth and Silky Cardstock

WorldWin ColorMates Smooth and Silky Cardstock is a high quality cardstock which has been designed for scrapbooking, card making, and paper crafts.

As you would expect from the name, it has a smooth surface on both sides of each sheet. It is ideal for all aspects of paper crafting as it has outstanding cutting, folding, punching and embossing characteristics.

Smooth and Silky has been constructed with a superior fiber formation made from top quality pulps and dyes worthy of the iconic brand name ColorMates. The colors are richly saturated and as the paper is dyed throughout, it folds, scores and cuts perfectly.

ColorMates Smooth and Silky is:

  • solid coloured cardstock with a solid core
  • 90lb in weight
  • 12 inch x 12 inch in size per sheet
  • archival quality – acid free, lignin free, and chlorine free
  • fade-resistant
  • available in a vibrant assortment of colours

Colormates Smooth and Silky

ColorMates Smooth and Silky Cardstock is 90lbs in weight and therefore sturdy enough for your card bases and also ideal for constructing bags and boxes too.

Here are a few of the projects I have made where the use of ColorMates was invaluable:


It’s all in the font

IMG_3406 I love combining two fonts to make a fun plaque. 2 fonts, 4 vinyl colors, done. I will attach the file for this  later today! I always paint my canvases with Rustoleum 2x paint, let dry 24 hours, apply mod podge, let dry 24 hours, then apply the vinyl.




Rustoleum 2X paint

Mod Podge

KNK Maxx

Red capped blade


Force 44

Speed 350

Here is the file always remember that you are braver

Embossing Kit

KNK, Embossing

This is a Thank you card that I am making for our 25th Anniversary. I am using Embossing Rubber from This kit comes with 3 sheets of the embossing rubber and 25 assorted embossing folders. This is a Rubber that cut very easy and nice with any cutter machine. This Rubber has on its back a self adhesive that once your design has been cutter, you can add to the embossing folder without any problem. So your embossing folder will be ready to use in minutes.

As you can see, using this embossing kit you can create your own embossing file. So it is an easy way to have tons and tons of personalized embossing files, due that you can do any design come to your mind. That means that the possibilities are endless and that For every occasion you can have an unique and special design.

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The materials that we are going to use to make this project are:



    • Design what you want your embossing file is going to be
    • Cut the Rubber with your cutter machine using the settings above
    • Remove the Rubber and place it on the plastic embossing folder provided
    • Cut another Image in mirror image to place it on the other side of your Plastic. So now you have the Positive and the negative image to place on each side of your plastic. That means, the positive image on one side and the negative image on the other side.
    • After I create my file, I used a Big Shot to make the embossing. And the results were Terrific.

Happy Cutting!!!

Remember that we will be having our KNK Retreat Next January 2015. Attache the information. You will have free cutting files including this one.

Next KNK Retreat – Orlando, FL January 16-17-18, 2015


Come join Michele Harvey and Omayra Duarte from Team KNK!!!! Master your Klic-N-Kut digital cutting system and Make The Cut software!

The cost of the retreat is $395. For this price, you will receive 6-7 classes, 3-4 demonstrations and Make-n-Takes, 4 fabulous meals, lots of time for one-on-one assistance, class notes and files, free goodies, cutting materials and prizes! We will request topics of interest and will also feature favorite projects from Team KNK.

The room will open at 2:00 pm on Friday with the Meet and Greet starting at 3:00 pm and class at 4:00 pm. Dinner will be served at approximately 6:00 pm, followed by classes, demos, and an evening workshop. Saturday will be packed with classes, demos, challenges, games, lunch, dinner, and an open workshop in the evening. On Sunday, we’ll have one more class followed by brunch and some final Q&A, farewells, and then parting gifts – concluding by 1 pm. An optional, free class on Pop-Up Card Studio will be offered from 2-4 on Sunday.

Participation in all classes and demos is optional, so you can head out at any time to enjoy the local attractions. We encourage you to bring your laptop and/or cutter, but it’s not a requirement to join us as we will have extras and will seat everyone for sharing, as needed.

Your hotel room and travel expenses are separate. We bring you a wonderful deal with The Embassy Suites of $129 per night plus tax. A hot, made-to-order breakfast at the hotel and a nightly Evening Reception is included in the suite rate. If you live locally, you are not required to stay at the hotel. If you would like to be paired with a roommate, please note it in the application. You must mention Klic-N-Kut when you call the Embassy Suites Orlando Airport directly at (407) 888-9339.

The deadline for room reservations is December 18, 2014.

If you would like to have a guest join us for any of the meals, please include the request in your application. We will provide actual pricing after we have a final count (approximately $40/lunch and $50/dinner). This weekend retreat is available for up to 25 attendees and we’ll have a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Reserve your spot today by completing both of the following steps:

1. Complete the application online. Please complete all of the questions – each retreat is customized to the responses you provide. If you prefer, you can email to let us know you wish to attend. After receiving the email, we will send you a short application form to complete, scan and return. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please contact Michele at Sometimes the evil queen intercepts email and all could be lost if we don’t find each other somehow!

2. Send $195 deposit by check, money order, or PayPal to Michele Harvey, the event organizer. If your preference is PayPal, please use the email

The deadline for making a deposit is October 18, 2014. The balance of $200 will be due by December 1, 2014. If you prefer to make three payments, arrangements can be made.

The Embassy Suites Orlando Airport is conveniently located. Its amenities include:

  • All-suite hotel that is less than 1 mile from Orlando International Airport
  • Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and nightly Evening Reception
  • Complimentary 24-hour shuttle service to and from the airport
  • Outdoor heated pool and whirlpool spa
  • Near to world-famous theme parks, Port Canaveral, and other Orlando attractions