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!



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


Canvas Tote Blanks

Heat Proof Tape

Maxx Air Settings

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

I speak fluent sarcasm…

I know, I’ve used this site a million times. But it’s free! And the files cut beautifully.

So I bought some of those 8×8 canvases at Michael’s and knew I wanted to decorate them. I found the perfect saying for me and fired up good old Maxx and had this done in about ten minutes. Which was good, because I was hurrying to get done before I lost my light to take pictures. I was actually going to give this as a gift, but now I sort of want to keep it since I DO speak fluent sarcasm, in case you haven’t noticed.

Machine: KNK MAXX 24 35/300.

You know, I don’t think I’ve changed any settings in the past year on my Maxx. I just use it for vinyl and it cuts perfectly every time.





What do an Elephant and a tooth brush holder have in common?

My youngest daughter,  Tashja, loves elephants. When she was 4 she had to have a blood clot removed from her brain and a friend gave her an elephant. The rest is history.

The tooth brush holder in her bathroom worked fine for years until all of the sudden the toothbrush handles seemed to get fatter and they no longer fit. So I started looking for a replacement and found a plain white one. I immediately knew that an elephant would fix that.



tooth brush holder


clear transfer tape


15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force  32

Speed 500


I had several elephant files to choose from and decided this little elephant would be perfect. I cleaned the tooth brush with rubbing alcohol to make sure it was free from any dirt or oils.  I cut the vinyl, and then used clear transfer tape to layer the vinyl and then to apply it. The whole process took less than 5 minutes!

Draw and Cut – Make a Card with Zing and Make the Cut

Photo of layered draw and cut cardSince many people are still using an original Zing/Zing Air and Make the Cut software, I thought I’d give you a little card making inspiration. I’m going to show you how easy it is to make this cute draw and cut card.


  • Red Capped Blade
  • Make the Cut
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Colored Card Stock
  • Fine Sharpie Pen
  • Scoring Board (optional)
  • Paper Trimmer (optional)
  • SVG Line Drawing of your choice (here’s a link to mine)

Settings for Zing and MTC:


  • Force -20
  • Speed – 9 or 10
  • Multicut – 1
  • Offset – 0


  • Force – 160
  • Speed – 9 or 10
  • Multicut – 2
  • Offset – .25

I decided to make a video tutorial for you this time around. It’s my first try so feel free to let me know if you think it is helpful…. or if you’d rather have everything written out instead. (Hopefully I will get a little better with the camera and not cut off the top of my head!)

Tis the season for new babies!

In the last month I have had so many requests for baby plaques with the birth info. I often get asked to create something unique.






Paint Vinyl

Clear transfer tape


15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Speed 450

Force 36

This was an 11×14 piece of pine wood that I stained with an ebony stain. I then dry brushed over the top with a white acrylic paint until I was happy with the way it looked. I like to let my paint and stain dry a few days before applying vinyl. I then designed the file in KNK Studio, cut it, applied it with clear transfer tape and it is done!   I absolutely love making these. I love babies and feel a bit of a connection every time I make one.