About deb_m

By day, a teacher. By night, a geeky crafter. I have one hubby, 2 kids, and 4 dogs. I like to take pictures and like it even more when they don't suck. I use a KNK Maxx 24" machine, a Zing, and a Cameo.

Give Thanks

Well hello there KNK-ers!

I seem to be on a banner kick, so I bring you yet another one.

These pictures are horrible. I totally procrastinated and it’s dark and believe it or not, I took these in my dim living room with no flash. I’m actually impressed with this little Canon camera I bought a couple months ago, and considering my lighting conditions are horrible, these pictures could be a lot worse.

Materials:

12×12 chipboard

recollections paper

DCWV thanksgiving/halloween stack

font: merit

leaves: www.lovesvg.com 

I used the leaves from the harvest designs and I ran them through the fiskers to give the leaves some texture and then inked them with some brown and green inks.

I wish I had prettier ribbon, but I didn’t have anything on hand, so I used jute.

Machine:

Zing, red blade 10/10

Until next time!

 

 

Happy Halloween Banner

Hello KNKers! Halloween is my favorite holiday and I liked the banner I made last month so much I knew I wanted to make one for Halloween.

So I did.

I used a cool free font called Frankendork Tall. I put an outline on it to thicken it up a bit and set it off against the paper. The paper is just a DCWV Halloween /Fall stack. I used the chipboard from the KNK store. It’s nice because one 12×12 sheet cuts nicely into 9 4×4 squares. I added some embellishments and ribbon and had a cool little decoration for my classroom.

I used Zing to cut out the letters (red blade, 10/10)

MTC to cut out the letters: It’s so cool that you don’t have to actually install a font in MTC to use it. I really like that feature.

 

Name banner

I’m so embarrassed. For one, I was supposed to post last Friday. I made this project three weeks ago and was so excited that I had my project done already… and then forgot to post it. My excuses get worse: I took pictures of it and can’t find them anywhere!! The only picture I have is horrible and it isn’t even finished here. I since added to the blank square. So on Monday, when I go to school, I will take pictures of it and get a nicer shot of it.

This even has my dog’s foot in it because she decided to back into the picture, but I was able to crop that part out.

Anyway, I wanted a banner to hang in front of my desk, so I used the chipboard from the KNK store and cut it into 4″ squares. And since it is 12×12, you get 9 squares from a sheet, (did I do that math right, because I’ve since learned I’m not smarter than a 5th grader in math), and look at that, my name and a blank square is perfect for this so I only used 1 sheet. I like this chipboard as it is very sturdy, but also very easy to trim. I haven’t tried cutting it on my Zing, but I’m sure it would do just fine. I glued 4×4 sheets of a pretty damask paper I found from my DCWV stash and cut the letters out of DCWV red glitter paper. It is glittery, I promise. I made the letters a little big, I should’ve made them about 3″ and I made them about 3.5.” I had to “smoosh” the M’s or they didn’t fit. I also didn’t center them on the squares because I was debating having the ribbon go across the top, but I ended up going behind the squares. I inked the edges with black ink (as well as my fingers… and some of the table), and used foam tape to stick the letters on. Then I cut holes in the top and threaded the ribbon through. The other version I saw of this had ribbon bows tying each square together and I think I should’ve done that instead, but it’s fine the way it looks.

Since the panda is our mascot, I used print and cut to cut him out and I used foam tape to stick him in the middle. As I said before, I’ll get a better picture of the finished project and you’ll even see my messy desk! Bonus! I have it taped it front of my desk and since I was new to the school, it was a nice way to announce myself and a pretty way to dress up my desk.

Teaching 5th grade is really fun! It’s really hard work, but I’m really enjoying it and I absolutely love my new school. I promise I’ll be on time next month!

Machine used: Zing, red blade, 10/10, 105 (don’t use my settings, I am very lazy about changing blades)

Materials: KNK chipboard, DCWV paper, foam tape, black ink pad.

Mickey Wasted

I’m not sure I get that term, but my friend always uses it when she goes to Disneyland once a week. She loves her some Disneyland. So when it came time for her birthday, the gift was easy peasy. Make a set of Disney cards. I found the svg mickey ears on the internet and cut out a whole sheet of them, enough to make 24 cards (try to punch 24 Mickey ears that fast with a punch… plus you are stuck with one size).

I used black and white papers and cut out the thanks with a die.

The only thing I did different on her set was cut the thanks out in white, which I think I like better. Of course I forgot to take a picture of it. Also on hers I used white paper with black dots, which I think I like better too.

I used the Zing to cut out the ears (10/10; 95)

 

Thank you cards panda style

Hello KNKers! I’m pretty excited because I am changing schools this coming school year. It is the school both my kids attended, two miles from my house, and I’ll be teaching 5th grade. I’ve never taught 5th grade before, but I’m pretty excited.

Anyway, the mascot is a panda and this school has extremely involved parents, so I thought it would be cute to have some ready-made cards on hand for next year. I can also use them for gifts for other teachers to use as well.

I found the panda on the internet and traced him into MTC. Then I duplicated until I had an array of 24 of them and then used print and cut with my Zing to cut them out on card stock. I did print them out on a laser printer and my specific printer is a little bit picky about card weights, but it seems to handle the 60 lb weight okay. Anything more and I get the dreaded paper jam.

However, when I went to cut them out on my mats, they were dirty and no longer sticky! I’ve probably shared this tip before, but it bears mentioning again. I’ve had the best luck with Aleen’s tack it over and over. The ratio is about 1:1 with water, with maybe a little more water. I don’t even measure. I just squirt the glue on the mat and then use a paintbrush and water to spread it out. I put it out in the sun for a couple hours and my mat is as good as new. The first use can be a little bit too sticky, so it’s not a bad idea to stick down a piece of paper you don’t care about and pull it up to test it. I also scrape it with an old credit card and that helps smooth it out and it’s ready to go.

I don’t know if it’s considered cheating, but I did use hero arts metal dies for the “thanks”, the banner, the tree branch  (sizzix) and the cut out with the holes. I could’ve easily used my machine, but I like to use all sorts of stuff when I create. 🙂

I used the Zing (f-95, 10/10) and MTC software.

DCWV patterned paper stack, Worldwin cardstock, foam tape for the pandas and the banners and gingerbread ink for the edges of the banners and patterned paper.

Until next time!