Baby Clothesline Shower Card

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This card is a favorite of mine to make.  It just so happens this year I have been making it a lot since it seems to be the year of the baby.  I first made this card over a year ago and since then I have discovered how to embellish it more and more.  Everyone I have given this card to has loved it.  One of my friends guessed it was from me before she even read the inside.

Materials:
KNK Zing
Standard Blade (Red Cap)
Double-sided Scrapbooking Adhesive Tape
Recollections cardstock
Scrapbook paper
Embroidery floss
Hot glue
Foam glue dots
Embossing folders
Tim Holtz distress ink(Walnut stain and Broken china)
Mini clothes pins

Settings:
Recollections Cardstock:
Force:  65
Offset:  .25
Passes:  1
Blade height:  25 post-it notes
Speed:  10/10

Scrapbook paper:
Force:  50
Offset:  .25
Passes:  1
Blade height:  25 post-it notes
Speed:  10/10

Steps:

  1.  I created a file using basic shapes, shapes from the MTC gallery, and found a saying on-line.
  2.  I cut all my shapes out and print and cut the saying and the name for the front.          Edited. IMG_8301_3930
  3. Fold your card and place the saying piece inside the card using the Double-sided Scrapbooking Adhesive Tape
  4.  Embossing the clothes line posts and the onesies adds a cute little touch then distress inking the posts and the clouds make them really stand out.          Edited. IMG_8303_3932
  5. I used the Double-sided Scrapbooking Adhesive Tape to attach the blue sky and the clothes line poles but don’t pull the backing completely off the poles.       Edited. IMG_8304_3933
  6.  Place the grass at the bottom using the Double-sided Scrapbooking Adhesive Tape
  7.  Place the embroidery floss under the poles and pull the backing off to secure the embroidery floss ends under the poles.  Tie two small bows out of floss and hot glue them to the poles in-line with the “clothesline.”      Edited. IMG_8305_3934
  8.  Place the foam glue dots on the back of the clouds and place them wherever you see fit.
  9. Using mini clothes pins attach the onesies to the clothes line.                Edited. IMG_8308_3937

Neat Trick for Leather Appliqué

I am working on a big leather appliqué project, a leather western show jacket which will hang in a booth at the International Quilt Market and Festival. The leather appliqués I designed have two sections that must nest together, with some impossibly tiny points.

Cutting leather with our machines can be easily achieved if the leather is properly stabilized. In this case, a paper backed light fusible was used as I need to sew through the appliqués and do not want glue build up on my needle.

So the cutting and sewing is taken care of, but how do I get the parts of each appliqué aligned correctly before fusing to my project? If only there was something like the transfer tape that we use for vinyl, but heat proof so I can iron on it.  Wait a minute, there is! Rhinestone Transfer Tape to the rescue!

Materials

Rhinestone Transfer Tape

After cutting out my leather appliqués, I cut squares of the Rhinestone Transfer Tape about 1” bigger all around than the two-part appliqué. Peel the tape from its backing and lay down sticky side up. Position the first section upside down (right side of section to sticky side of tape).

Before and After

Start laying in the second section next to the first. Use a stiletto and tweezers to guide the section into place as you stick it down. If you need to make adjustments, lift the section and coax into place with the tweezers. Press down from the back on all areas to make sure everything is adhered.

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Flip over and replace the tape backing until you are ready to use the appliqué.

Completed unit

When you are ready to fuse the appliqué, remove the backing and press into place on your project. Iron at the recommended temperature and time for the fusible you are using. If you are fusing to leather like I am or any other material that might be damaged by direct contact with a hot iron, use a pressing sheet to protect your project. Carefully remove the transfer tape and sew.

Apply

I love finding new uses for the products I already have, and this trick will save me loads of time and aggravation!

Done

 

Promotion gift card holder

I can’t believe my baby boy is promoting from 8th grade and will be attending high school in the fall. I wanted to make him a gift card holder that wasn’t too girly so I came up with this:

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I used that black/gold leaf paper from DCWV and I used maroon paper (worldwide cut mates) since maroon and black are the colors of the school. I ended up outlining the numbers with black puffy paint and as you can see, I’m not the best at it, but the numbers and patterned paper weren’t going too well together.

Here’s a top down picture so you can see the “layers” of what I did:

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The graduation cap was a free svg I found online and I just used a brad and some embroidery thread for the tassel.

I used the Zing for this project. I just drew a rectangle in MTC around 2016 in a serif font, I believe it was times new roman. I used foam tape to stick it on the gift card (I have a sizzix die I used for the gift card holder) and then cut out the graduation cap and stuck it on with foam tape.

 

String of Pennants

This craft space needs pennants I do not have one of those “to-die-for” kind of craft spaces. I do love my space… but it truly is more “function” than “form”. In fact, it often isn’t even as functional as I’d like it, because it seems to be in constant stay of disarray.

Someday perhaps I’ll have my dream studio. But for now, I figure the least I can do is “pretty it up” a little.

So… today I created a string of pennants to add a little joy to my space. I’m not much of a paper crafter, but of course I have a large amount of purchased papers that sit and collect dust most of the time. It didn’t take long to find several pretty papers that I knew would work great!

Pretty Paper for Pennants

Just picking out all of this pretty paper made me smile. I think I should do more paper crafting!

  • Materials:
  1. Red capped blade
  2. String or Ribbon (I found mine at our local department store clearance center for $.50)
  3. Natural Kraft Cardstock or other solid color Cardstock
  4. Printed paper
  5. Make-The -Cut
  6. Free MTC “Pennant- Double-Layer Scalloped” File
  • KNK Zing settings: (your settings will vary depending on the paper/cardstock you choose)
  1. Force – 40
  2. Speed – 10
  3. Multicut – 2 to 3 (My paper weight varied so I increased the multicut to 3 at times. This worked better than increasing the force for accommodating the different papers that I cut.)
  • Steps:
  1. Choose a variety of printed papers, as well as some plain cardstock for the back layer.
  2. Download my free file from MTC Gallery. “Pennant- Double-Layer Scalloped”
  3. Cut your papers into 6 X 6 squares and lay them on your carrier mat. A brayer is very helpful to get the paper stuck down evenly. (Make sure the mat is not too sticky or the paper will be difficult to remove.) Paper for Pennants
  4. Cut your pennants. (I found it easiest to use Knife Point setting.)
  5. Remove the pennants from the mat.
  6. Now adhere your solid color to the mat and cut the back, scalloped layer. (I set this layer up for a 8.5″ X 11″ paper because that is what I had. If you have a 12″ X 12″ sheet, you’ll need to duplicate.)
  7. Cut file and remove pennants.
  8. Layer pennants and string onto ribbon.
  9. Hang them up to add a little fun to your space, or use for your next celebrations!

String of Pennants

 

 

 

 

 

Printable Indoor Vinyl – Product Information

Printable Indoor Vinyl from KNK USA is a thin, smooth, matte finish, white vinyl that looks and feels very much like paper. It is 0.15 mm thick, which is slightly thicker than ‘regular’ copy paper thickness of 0.11 mm. Printable Indoor Vinyl is available in two sizes (8.5 x 11 and 12 x 12) for standard or wide format printers. KNK USA offers its Printable Indoor Vinyl in packs of 10 sheets or 25 sheets.

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This vinyl is absorbent, so it will accept inkjet printing ink. If you have a photo printer, you can select the option to lay down more ink for more vivid colors and the vinyl will accept the ink (drying time may be extended). Printable Indoor Vinyl also works with waterproof inks such as the Epson DuraBrite line which makes it smudge-free once it has completely dried.

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Purchase or create your own images or text, or download free images from the web.

Printable Indoor Vinyl is the perfect material for print and cut applications on KNK Digital Cutting Systems. Using MTC it is easy to create an outline for print and cut, with the amount of gap you desire between the image and the cut lines. Apply Printable Indoor Vinyl to card making and scrapbooking projects – complete artistic control is yours!

Create your own print and cut labels for bottles, boxes, packaging and more! After the inkjet ink has dried, cut out the shapes and remove the scrap vinyl. Then you may spray a light coat of clear paint such as Krylon Crystal Clear to increase your design’s longevity and durability. It works well with all finishes – matte, satin, gloss, etc. – as long as it is a light coating (and doesn’t restrict the vinyl’s flexibility.

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