Happy 9th Birthday Hailey Grace!!!

Today is my granddaughter’s ninth birthday! She is just a sweetheart. Usually my daughter asks me to help her with the birthday preparations but a year ago I purchased a used KNK Maxx and it is now at her house. She designed this invite in KNK Studio. She then mirrored the image, sized it for her invite, saved it as a jpeg, imported it into word, and printed her invitations. Because it is a Nancy Drew themed mystery solving party she mirrored the image so the recipients had to hold it to a mirror to read it. It thrills me that both my daughter and granddaughter enjoy creating thing just like me! And oh how I loved Nancy Drew! I think her books were the first books I owned as a child, they were my treasures!



KNK Studio



She also decided to make the girls shirts.

Although her birthday is tomorrow we will celebrate all week Happy Birthday Hailey Grace!!!

Fabric Flower Embellishments

It is Spring in Florida and the flowers are starting to bloom. If you are still dealing with old man winter, make some of these colorful fabric flower embellishments to brighten your world!

Fabric flowers can be used on headbands, attached to a pin for a fun brooch or added to a quilt for some 3D effects. Make a bunch attached to floral stems and put in a vase for a perky permanent bouquet.


  • Fabric scraps large enough for your chosen flower petals. Chose two colors for each petal. For my flowers the scraps were 5” square
  • Heat and Bond Ultra (heavy weight) fusible
  • Button or gem for flower center
  • Fabric glue
  • Flower SVG that has different size petals. You can download my Blooming Flowers for free here! Blooming Flowers

Maxx Air Settings

Force = 130, Speed = 200, Passes = 2, Blade Offset = .25, Blade Height = 25

Process Details

  • Cut out fabric squares large enough for your chosen petal size. You will need two squares for each petal. Mix up the colors for a fun funky look.
  • Cut one 5” square of the Heat and Bond Ultra for every petal.
  • Fuse the Heat and Bond Ultra to the wrong side of one fabric square per petal.
  • Peel off the paper backing and lay another fabric square over the first one wrong side down. Fuse. Your fabric square should have the right sides (the pretty sides) showing on each side.
  • Adhere to a very sticky mat, you don’t want the fabric to move around when cutting.
  • Insert your fabric blade and cut out the petals.
  • Stack up the petals, offsetting each one slightly to get a full look to your flower.
  • Sew a button in the center through all layers. Or just glue a gem in the center.
  • Cup the flower in your hand to curl up the petals to shape them. You can curl or scrunch up any petals to give the flower a more 3D appearance.
  • Glue the leaves to the back of the flower with fabric glue.


Now you have some pretty fabric flowers to use as a cute embellishment. Something bright and cheery to chase away any winter blues!



With Sympathy

Those fur babies in our life are important too. My friend’s dog recently passed away unexpectedly and I needed a quick card to send.


This site had the cutest paw prints with hearts in it, so I had an idea for a great card…

Only, I didn’t like the way it looked with the paws so I decided to use the reverse to reflect the paws that weren’t there anymore.

I didn’t do it yet, but I think I’m going to glue the paws with the hearts on the inside of the card. Haha, I just realized I was going to do that as I was typing this up.

This card isn’t warped like it appears to be in the picture. The With Sympathy is a die. Which can be annoying because if you cut the text out with your KNK. you can resize it or use different fonts. I would’ve used my Maxx and cut it out in black vinyl since the letters were so fine. It is much easier for me to use vinyl rather than paper. But I needed something really fast so I went with this, because the ONLY drawback to vinyl is you have to weed and mask it.

Materials used:

Canson Watercolor paper (for card base! That stuff is thick and works great!)

“with sympathy” die

paws svg from www.lovesvg.com

Machine Used: KNK Zing


Black Panther

I have a friend who was excited about taking her son to see the movie Black Panther. So when I saw a file for the Black Panther I bought it and decided to make her son a t-shirt.

I had measured the shirt front to determine what I thought was a good size for the design and then I cut it. When cutting HTV I always use multi-cut and make 2 passes.  I used black ThermoFLEX heat transfer vinyl and silver Glitterflex II. The shirt was a $5 shirt from Walmart.   When I placed the design on the shirt it seemed small so I decided to make it larger and recut. Much better!


ThermoFLEX vinyl

Glitterflex II

WalMart t-shirt


15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 36 for ThermoFLEX 45 for Glitterflex II

Multi-cut 2 passes

Speed 500

Because I didn’t want to waste the smaller cut I decided to apply it to a cinch bag.



DIY Custom Doormat

It’s time for a new doormat! I’ve been looking at the ugly one by our front door long enough! A ragged door mat doesn’t make a very good first impression for guests. This DIY custom doormat is just what I needed.Photo of doormat with bike.

This project can be done with different kinds of mats, depending on your needs. Since we live in a rural setting, ours needs to be able to remove sand and mud from shoes, so I chose one of those really scratchy mats. I found mine at IKEA and it is quite large (about 24 X 35 inches), and according to the tag, the natural fiber is coir. I had to Google to figure out what coir is; turns out, it’s made from the husk of the coconut. Who knew!Photo of Corner of doormat to show detail.

To complete the project, you’ll need a stencil. I cut mine from outdoor vinyl. I think if I did it again, I might try cutting from poster board and then spray adhesive to the back. The vinyl was difficult to remove from the transfer tape, and I had a hard time getting it to stick to the mat. However, a different type of mat might not have caused this problem.

I used fabric paint for the design. The plan was to use spray paint, but by the time I got the stencil stuck down, I was afraid to move it. So I poured some fabric paint in a cup and dabbed it on with a sponge brush. This actually worked quite well.


Settings for Zing Orbit and Make the Cut:

  • Force – 23
  • Speed – 12
  • Multicut – 0

Steps:Photo of Welcome Doorma

  • Import design.
  • Load vinyl and cut design.
  • Weed vinyl and apply transfer tape. Optional – Rub sticky side of transfer tape with a cotton cloth to make it less sticky before applying to the vinyl.
  • Apply vinyl stencil to mat and remove transfer tape
  • Stick vinyl to mat. Slowly, carefully remove transfer tape.
  • Pat vinyl down to adhere as firmly as possible it to doormat.
  • Use sponge brush to carefully dab paint on mat.
  • Let dry and remove stencil.