Yes, ANOTHER panda card

Are you getting sick of them? I just keep finding cute pandas and make things with them. I found this one on my favorite go-to site,

So first, I cut it out with paper. Look at this mess. And then when I tried to glue it, I made an even bigger mess.

Here’s the card:

Nope, you don’t  have smudges on your monitor. It’s my glue mess on the card. I glued the eyes on backwards, I didn’t get the feet on right and it was a big mess.

You can see how it didn’t even glue down all the way, which I’m sure is user error…

So then, I happened to be on this site and I saw Nancy had done the cute Lucy card in vinyl. And the duh thought bubble appeared above my head and so I thought, this would be so much easier:

Oh look, all the pieces are in the right place and you don’t have to worry about them being upside down (ignore that I forgot to weed the feet when I took this picture).

And even though the vinyl is shiny and I’m getting a reflection in the picture, it is so much cleaner and nicer.

And it was super easy to transfer it on to the card stock in one big piece with transfer tape. A little tip: Don’t put the transfer tape all the way to the edge of the vinyl (like around the ears and feet) if you aren’t using clear transfer tape. It makes it much easier to line up. (I might have learned this the hard way).

Anyway. I’m sorry it was yet another panda… but this guy is pretty cute!


Zing (paper) and KNK Maxx (vinyl)

Stuff you need:

Cardstock, glue sticks, vinyl, patience and sanity.

Until next time.

P.S. I noticed this was my 87th post!! Thanks for sticking with me. I really enjoy doing this. I am waiting for KNK to release a new great machine so I can upgrade, because it’s time. I’ve more than got my money’s worth from the two I have.





I have an adorable little great niece whose name is Lucy and she just celebrated her third Birthday. When it came time to make her Birthday card I pretty much knew what I wanted.





15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 35

Speed 450

Isn’t she cute! I forgot to take a picture of the card I made for Lucy so this is a remake, but Lucy’s card had the number 3 in the balloon. After making this card I tweaked the file so that the dress sleeves were more solid and the top of the dress had no little pieces. Here is the updated file lucy

Rotary Tool Wood Engraved and Painted (Spanish)

Rotary Tool Wood Engraved and Painted, Omayra Duarte

We have a new member in our family, it’s a girl! Now, I wanted to bring her a present but I also wanted to bring to my granddaughter (oldest of the two) a present as well. I was wondering what gift would make her feel as special as she is. I didn’t want her to feel excluded, lol. So I decided to make her a Rotary Tool Wood Engraved and Painted illustration with her name on it. Using my KNK Force and the Rotary tool, I was able to make her truly happy. When she read her name on that piece of wood, She was so excited, you could see the joy in her face. I felt that I had gone above and beyond my goals.

This is how the wood looks when the engraving is finished. I LOVE it!!!! I decided to paint the wood but you can just apply a layer of varnish, leaving the wood in it’s natural state.

Rotary Tool Wood Engraved and Painted, Omayra Duarte

This is another project that assures me I have the BEST machines.

Rotary Tool Wood Engraved and Painted Materials:


  • Blade Offset = 0
  • Passes (Multi-Cut) = 3
  • SD = 30
  • ED = 95
  • US = 25
  • CS = 15
  • PS = 15
  • LS = 40


  1. First, I choose the design that I wanted to use and then I wrote my Granddaughter’s name.
  2. Then, I marked the center of the wood that I was using, Due that I used the Center Point as a Cut Mode.
  3. After that, I taped the wood to my mat to secure it.
  4. Once the mat was in place, I then established the Origin exactly on the middle of my wood.
  5. When everything was set, I turned on the Rotary tool and then clicked on the cut icon to make the Engraving.

The results were very nice and clean. I LOVE it!


Rotary Tool Wood Engraved and Painted, Omayra Duarte

Tenemos un nuevo miembro en nuestra familia. Así que quise traerle un regalo pero me estuve preguntando que regalo llevarle a mi nieta para hacerla sentir especial también. Por lo que decidí hacerle una Madera Grabada y pintada con su nombre utilizanto la Herramienta Rotatoria. Así que utilizando mi KNK Force y la Herramienta Rotatoria pude hacerla muy feliz. Cuando ella leyó su nombre en la pieza de madera, ella se puso tan contenta que me hizo sentir que había alcanzado mi meta, Hacerla sentir Especial!

Así es como se ve la madera una vez grabada. Me ENCANTA!!! Yo decidí pintar la madera pero ustedes solo pueden aplicar una capa de Varnish y dejar la madera natural.

Rotary Tool Wood Engraved and Painted, Omayra Duarte

Este es otro proyecto que me asegura tener Las MEJORES máquinas.



  • Blade Offset = 0
  • Passes (Multi Cut) = 3
  • SD = 30
  • ED = 95
  • US = 25
  • CS = 15
  • PS = 15
  • LS = 40


  1. Primero, decidí el diseño a utilizar y luego escribí el nombre de mi nieta.
  2. Luego, marqué el centro de la pieza de madera que estaba utilizando, ya que estaba utilizando “Center Point” como Modo de Corte (Cut Mode).
  3. Luego de eso, Con cinta adhesiva aseguré la madera al tapete de corte.
  4. Una vez el tapete estaba en su lugar, establecí el Origen exactamente en el medio de mi madera.
  5. Cuando todo estaba listo, prendí la Herramienta Rotatoria y luego hice clic en cortar para hacer el grabado.

El resultado fue limpio y nítido, Me Encanta!

Teacher Essentials, A Magnetic Teacher Availability Sign Board

Every teacher has a small amount of time per day that is meant for catching up on paperwork, meeting with students and lunch! To keep interruptions at a minimum, this magnetic teacher availability door sign lets students know if the teacher is available to see them.

My daughter is a high school theatre teacher, so I made this acting inspired magnetic availability board for her classroom door.


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

KNK Zing/Zing Air/Maxx Air Thick Material Blade

Pressure sensitive vinyl – I used Oracal 651.

Vinyl Transfer Tape

Magnetic Dry Erase Board

Ink Jet printable Magnet Sheets

Maxx Air Settings

Vinyl – Force = 42, Speed = 300, Blade Height = 25, Passes = 1, Standard Material Blade (Red)

Magnet Sheet – Force = 190 Speed = 300, Passes = 1, Blade Height = 19, Thick Material Blade (Blue)

Process Details

Create your design by deciding on the number of reasons for “busy” and draw the appropriate number of rectangles to surround the words that will fit the space of your board. Choose other designs to reflect your favorite teacher’s subject or personality. Cut and weed vinyl, apply transfer tape.

I found applying the vinyl tricky as the lightweight board kept moving around on me. So, I created a makeshift jig by taping down some straight edges on my worktable to hold the board steady. To get the vinyl lined up evenly I then used a variety of tape to mark guidelines for spacing.

For the indicator arrows, I found a free arrow pdf and printed it on the magnet paper. Using a Print and Cut process in my software, I cut them out. (I also chose to laminate my printed sheet before cutting to make the arrows more durable).

I did not want to waste an entire sheet of magnet paper, so I printed as many as I could fit. This gives the teacher extras in case some get lost. To store them, I affixed plastic adhesive file label holders to the back of the board.

Hoping my daughter gets some peace and quiet for at least a few minutes each day utilizing the availability time board!

Graduation card

I know this is a little late, but I’ve been a little behind this year. I’m really into watercolor pencils right now so I used them to make this card. I downloaded the graduation cap from the internet. It was in two parts:

So when I stuck it on the card, I used foam tape for the top part and glued the bottom part right underneath. It’s hard to see that in the card, but I think it gave it a little pop. I use my die cuts and my machine simultaneously. Each has it’s own pros and cons. One pro of using the machine is you can easily set it to duplicate an image and you can cut out a whole sheet of something, which is what I did. Also, you are not limited to the size of the die cuts, with a machine, you can size the image any size you want.

I’m using the same card format for my daughter’s thank you cards, which we are also behind on and need to write… of course, I have to finish putting them together too.

A little hint: if you do make water color cards, they tend to warp when they dry, so it’s a good idea to put them under a heavy book for a day or so. I forgot to do that with this card and it’s a little warped.


KNK Zing

red blade: 10/10


water color paper/pencils

kraft and black paper

foam tape