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.

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!

Baseball card

So my son just finished his first season of high school baseball. He did pretty good. He worked hard and I’m very proud of his mindset to keep trying, no matter what. He did not give up, even coming into the season recovering from a major broken wrist and being weak from a total of 11 weeks of some sort of cast.

Boy also grew 3 inches during the season and towers over me. Anyway, the parents wanted to give the coach a gift card and a signed card from the boys so I came up with this.

Originally it looked like this, but it just looked too plain, so I added the thanks in brannonball font. Looks baseball-ish, no?

The inside was blank and all the boys signed their names and gave it to the coach. I wasn’t able to get a picture of it all signed, but it was neat to give a personal something that I created that only took minutes to make.

I used: KNK Zing, red blade. Don’t even regard my settings. I need to change my blade again so I won’t even post them.

 

You’re tea-rrific Mom

Hope you all wished your Moms a Happy Mother’s Day. This was the card I made mine. I found a cute teacup svg silhouette online and traced it and easily duplicated and mirrored it into a card.

You know I love that svg love website, so I downloaded a cute little saying for the inside. I could’ve easily done a print and cut, but I was lazy, so I just printed it out in my laser printer and glued it on the inside.

I decorated the outside of the card with some sizzix die cuts I have. It’s funny that I have a machine that can create anything my brain can come up with (and that I have a drawing for) and yet I have sizzix dies… which take up space… and are only one size.

Machine Used: KNK Zing, red blade

Materials

DCWV paper

sizzix dies (Tim Holriz tattered dies and letters)

embossing folder: swiss dots

 

I guess I’m in a rut with all my shaped cards… and that’s probably what I’m going to show you next month as well.

Until next time,

stay classy KNKers! 🙂

Tweet card

So I found this cute file on the internet. https://www.printablecuttablecreatables.com/product-category/freebies/

It was the lovebirds file. So I took the base image and sized it (to stay within an A4 envelope. I think it’s a4; 4.25 x 5.5 inches), duplicated it with a vertical mirror and viola! Cool little shape card. It cut beautifully on my KNK Zing.

 

On the inside, I stamped, “What’s the word, bird?”

Only, I forgot to take a picture of that part. It’s kind of funny, on the patterned paper, the eye cut out almost in the center of that flower and it makes the eye look kind of different.

Oh and my latest cute free font find on dafont.com: Always in my heart.

Even the name is cute. And it cuts out really nice, so if you have a million fonts in your collection (like me) and you need just one more, there it is.

Materials Used

Paper: DCWV Hippychic stack

Glue. You know, the assorted stuff you use to assemble a card. ha ha.

Machine Used

KNK Zing

red blade

f 90

 

Until next time,

Stay Classy KNK-ers! (cause I usually don’t, 😉

 

St. Patrick’s Day card

I really, really, really, really, really like this site:

https://lovesvg.com/free-svg-cut-files/

Best of all, all the files are free! Though they deserve a cup of joe or two for all of their hard work… anyway, I went to that site for inspiration again and came up with a card so quick and easy, I had it done in no time. Well, except for the part where my printer jammed. And then locked up my computer.

Okay, maybe disregard the done in no time comment.

So I took two files and opened them up in MTC:

Uh oh. Those images might be a little big. Anyway, I took the hat out of the first one, duplicated it and used it for the base of my card and did a good old print and cut for the inside.

You know how I like the foam tape, so I stuck the pieces on with that. Of course the angle I took the picture made sure to show off said foam tape, so please disregard photographer error there… or creator error. Does it matter? It’s the same person.

I have a color laser printer and my one beef is it doesn’t take paper weight over 60# and I really like to use the 110# for card bases. So this one feels a little flimsy. The other option would’ve been to print and cut a liner for the inside. Oh well, maybe next time.

I used some glitter glue to dress it up a little bit and an embossing folder too.

Anyway, feels good to be making cards again!! I missed it!

Until next time!

Materials

Paper (duh… right?)

glitter glue

embossing folder swiss dots

Machine Used:

Zing-a-ling

red-capped blade that is so desperately dull and I’m like the girl who likes to drive the gas tank down to the last drop.. just change it already!

Settings:

10/10; 110 (but see above for why you should not use my settings)