Blue Ribbon Birthday Fun

Someone inquired about how to do the pleated circle on my last project .  Also, this year my daughter has requested a horse birthday party.  From all of this I have decided to make blue ribbons to put on the goodie bags (which I will be making also) for all the kiddos.  I love making these because they are so easy and can be used for so many things.  I made some last year when my grandparents celebrated 70 years of wedded bliss and I also used them for teachers gifts.  I found a pleated star and plan to make that for the 4th of July.  I have included the file for pleated blue ribbon.  The file was easy to make using straight lines and basic shapes.

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Materials Used:



  • Force:  165
  • Off-set:  none
  • Passes:  3
  • Embosser Height: 25 post-its
  • Speed:  10/10


  • Force:  65
  • Off-set:  .25
  • Passes:  1
  • Blade Height:  25 post-its
  • Speed:  10/10


  1. Create your file or open the one I have provided (blueribbonbirthdayfun).  If you want text on the center circle you will need to add that.
  2. Print and Cut the center circle if you have text.   Edited. IMG_8197_3520
  3. Emboss the paper so the lines are horizontal.  I tried making the lines vertically in previous projects and for some reason the mat shifted.  (Your embossing lines should be parallel to the clamp bar.)
  4. Without taking the mat out change your embosser to your blade and cut out the project.  Not taking it out it will ensure that you are starting in the same point and your embossed lines will be in the cut area.                             Edited. IMG_8193_3516
  5. Fold your embossed strips.                  Edited. IMG_8194_3517
  6. Glue your ends together with the Double-sided Scrapbooking Adhesive Tape making circle.  I used all three of my strips but you can use two for a small circle (I forgot to take a picture of all of them glued together in the circle).    Edited. IMG_8195_3518
  7. I placed my circle in the ring of a mason jar lid to keep it in the circle shape and the size I wanted.  For other projects I have used an embroidery hoop.      Edited. IMG_8199_3522
  8. Hot glue one of the circles to the front.  I then flipped it over and put a bead of hot glue around the circle to ensure that it is on there. Be careful not to burn yourself like I did!                                                       Edited. IMG_8200_3523
  9. Flip over and glue the other circle on the back.
  10. Using the Double-sided Scrapbooking Adhesive Tape attach the tails together.    Edited. IMG_8202_3525
  11.  Hot glue the tails to the back of the pleated circle.      Edited. IMG_8203_3526
  12.  Embellish, decorate or hang them to your liking.     Edited. IMG_8205_3528


happy birthday

Isn’t this cute?


(I didn’t make that). I saw it on this website:

And I thought, I could make something similar with a file I previously created. Wow. I guess I’ve been doing this for a few years. Three years ago, I posted about a hat I made for St. Patrick’s Day. See this post:

I took that file and modified it just a bit and came up with this:

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So basically all I did was adjust the base layer so the rim wasn’t as big. I guess you could use the original file and use that part as the birthday cake “plate.”

I also created that fringe around the top and bottom and included that too. If you like the fringe better on the original box, you could use crepe paper and scissors, but I thought this looked just fine.

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When you open it up, you can slip a little gift inside.

I really like the paper straws for candles that were in the original picture, but I used some clear straws I had and made some “flames” that fit easily inside. I cut the straws 2″ to use the flames I included in the file.

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I’m planning to give this to my son with some money, as it is his birthday Sunday.

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The happy birthday border was made using a Martha Stewart punch, but it could easily be made with some block letters and the weld function in Make the Cut.

Remember, this is a free file so depending on the paper you use, you might have to play with the size of the lid a little bit. I used DCWV paper and the top is snug, but it fits.



Make the Cut

KNK Zing

red blade

DCWV cardstock

white copy paper for fringe

washi tape (striped)



cardstock: f- 95, 10/10

copy paper: f-30, 10/10

Using Boolean Join – for MTC beginners

If you are familiar with Microsoft Excel formulas, you already understand the foundation of the Boolean Join function. Boolean Join offers a way to join or subtract overlapping areas of the shapes in your design as you would add/subtract cell values in your formulas.

For this example, I am using a heart and the letter “J”. You can see there is a lot of overlap with these two shapes.   1

Marquee select both objects. An alternate method is to click on one of the objects, hold down the shift key and click on the second object.   2

To access the menu, you have several options:  1) click “Edit” in the toolbar  2) right-click on the objects  3) use a shortcut (CTRL+U). Navigate to “Shape Magic” and then “Boolean Join”. Click on “Boolean Join”.   3

The default selection (A-B Difference) will be displayed in the pop-up window. For this design, I do not want to use this selection.   BJ4

Click on the drop-down box arrow to view all of the options. A graphic and a brief description gives you an indication of what each of the options will do.   BJ5

The B – A Difference provides a desirable result by subtracting the “J” from the heart.  BJ6

To see what the other options might do to your images, click on them. Your objects won’t be changed until you select “Apply”. Here I have selected Intersect. This function removed the pieces of each shape outside of the intersecting components so only the overlap remains.   BJ7

Exclude, on the other hand, keeps the opposite parts. Here it left all of the components outside of the overlap.   BJ8

And finally, Union. Union is not the same as weld, although sometimes they appear to do the same function. Union adds the shapes together to create one new shape.   BJ9

Now I am going to take my new shape and add it to the banner object.   BJ9b

The topmost layer will always be the “A”, then next layer will always be the “B”. The default A-B Difference will result in the banner eliminating the heart in this example.   BJ9c

By moving the banner shape to the topmost layer position, the default will be banner minus heart shape.   BJ9d

Either way (selecting from drop-down menu or moving layers) works, it is simply user preference and how it makes sense to YOU!   BJ9e

In this next example, I am going to recreate this dashed arrow found in basic shapes.  BJ_3 First, I added the plain arrow basic shape.   BJ_1

Next, I added two rectangles to ‘subtract’ from the arrow shape.   BJ_2

If I attempt to marquee select the two rectangles and the arrow at this point, the function will fail. Boolean Join only allows for 2 objects in each operation.   BJ_5

However, I can Join the two rectangles together to become one object (as viewed by MTC).    BJ_4 Now I can marquee select the combined rectangles and the arrow.  BJ_9

Finally, by selecting B – A Difference, I have created the dashed arrow. BJ_7



Paper Lantern for a Beach Wedding

CWest_BN_Wedding Reception_Table

My daughter got married last weekend and I crafted my fingers off, creating special gifts and décor for the wedding beach theme. Custom paper lanterns for the reception tables was one of the more complex tasks made easier with my KNK Maxx Air cutting machine.


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

Force Embossing Tool

KNK Zing/Zing Air large 14″ X 24″ Mat (Blue Grid)

Stardream Cover Weight 105# Paper

Bazzill Cardstock

Gold Vellum

Xyron Adhesive Machine

Double Sided Tape

EK tools Chisel Tip Glue Pen

LED Tea Lights

Adhesive Velcro

Wood bases; ⅝” plywood cut to 5½” squares

Adhesive Velcro

Wood bases; ⅝” plywood cut to 5½” squares

I designed the lantern frame in Make The Cut! and used several purchased SVG files for the overlay units.  (Get your free lantern frame file here! Tall Rectangle Lantern)

After creating a shadow layer of the sand dollar and starfish units. I then welded the shadow layer to the frame along with the coral branch.


The completed frame was then embossed and cut from the Stardream 105# paper. The score fold lines were embossed first using the Force Embossing Tool and after changing to the Red Blade, the cut layer was executed.

The seahorse, sand dollar and starfish were cut from the Bazzill cardstock in their original sizes. Since the vellum was just simple rectangles I just cut them with a ruler and rotary cutter so I could cut multiple layers of vellum.

I needed to make eleven lanterns. My lanterns were 10” tall and 11.8” wide on each lantern side, so I cut them out in halves. Therefore, I needed to cut 22 lantern halves and each half fit on one piece of the custom size paper I ordered. In addition, each frame needed to be embossed and cut, so machine settings had to be changed at each layer. I also needed 22 seahorses, 22 sand dollars and 22 starfish overlays to complete the project.

That is a lot of mat and paper changing. So to help me remember the settings for each step, I kept the information for each paper type and tool in the Project Notes in the Make The Cut! workspace for the project file. This proved invaluable to help keep the project moving along and it is documented for future use as well.

Repeat Cut Notes_opt

Maxx Air Settings

Lantern: Emboss/Score

  • Blade = Force Embossing Tool
  • Force =185
  • Velocity = 200
  • # Passes = 4
  • Blade Offset = 0
  • Lantern: Cut
  • Blade = Red Blade
  • Force =117
  • Velocity = 200
  • # Passes = 2
  • Blade Offset = .25

Seahorse, Starfish and Sand Dollar

  • Blade = Red Blade
  • Force =90
  • Velocity = 200
  • # Passes = 2
  • Blade Offset = .25

Lantern Assembly

  • Pre-fold all score lines on the lantern halves before attaching together.
  • Run the double sided tape on the inside of the lantern around the outside of the rectangle openings in the frame. Apply your vellum “glass”.


  • Apply Xyron adhesive to the overlay shapes and then apply to the outside of the frame and vellum.


  • Apply double sided tape to a tab and circle the rest of the tab with the liquid glue. Line up and press to adhere. Apply adhesive to the remaining tab and complete lantern.
  • Mount the LED tea lights to the wooden base with Velcro so you can remove them to turn the lights on and off.
  • Slide the completed lantern on the base and you are done!


The lanterns were a fair bit of work since I did eleven of them, but the tables looked wonderful with the soft glow from the lights. This lantern can be customized to any theme by welding shapes for your special occasion to the lantern frame.

CWest_BN_Wedding Reception_Table






Etched Glass Designs with Faux Etched Vinyl

There are so many uses for etched glass designs, and I really love the look. So when I wanted to do something extra special on a transom window in our house, I opted for faux etched vinyl to illustrate a memory from my childhood.

Faux Etch Vinyl Design

My dad was an avid fly fisherman. I have wonderful memories of being at our family cottage and listening from my bed as he came home with his limit of trout. Our cottage was close to the south branch of the Ausable River in Michigan, and fly fishing that river… well it didn’t get much better than that! Best of all was the times he took me fishing with him. Oh what fabulous memories!

I used Inkscape to design this scene to honor my dad. It depicts an evening of fishing with him.

Faux Etching Vinyl Transom Window


  1. Glass window or frame
  2. Faux Etched Vinyl
  3. Transfer paper
  4. Red Capped Blade
  5. Make the Cut Software

transom peeling backing 2

Settings for KNK Zing:

  1. Force – 20
  2. Speed – 10
  3. Multicut – 1


  1. Import or open your file in MTC
  2. Cut and weed your vinyl. (If you want put the vinyl on the back side of the glass, remember to reverse your design… especially if there is text in your design.)
  3. Apply transfer tape.
  4. Make sure glass surface is clean and dry.
  5. Apply to glass, burnish with squeegee, and remove transfer tape Etched Glass Designs

For another project using an etched glass design, look here.

For more on this topic, take a peek at a similar post on my blog.

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