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.

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.

Machine:

KNK Zing

red blade: 10/10

Materials:

water color paper/pencils

kraft and black paper

foam tape

Baseball card

Baseball season wrapped up again and I needed some cards for the coaches. I went to my favorite site www.lovesvg.com and found the cutest baseball glove and knew it would make a great shaped card.

I put the fold on the left side. The ball is lifted with foam tape.

I stamped thanks on the ball. Super easy card and only took about 10 minutes to make.

Only problem is…

…it didn’t stand up very well. After I took the picture, I ended up trimming a bit off the bottom to make a smooth edge so it would stand.

Materials:

Cardstock (110# white for the base, 65# for the colors)

Thanks stamp (fiskers)

Machine:

KNK Zing (still chugging along)

red blade

I did four passes on the white paper because it was thicker and it was a bit stringy. It did it though.

110 – f

10/10

The Tassel was worth the Hassle…

I’m very excited. My daughter is graduating from high school next month. She was accepted into many colleges, but ended up taking the one 15 minutes from home because she was accepted into a nursing program where after four years she will have her degree AND be ready to take the nursing exams. So I’m super excited for her.

I found this website with this cute little centerpiece and I knew I wanted to make one:

https://dailydoseofdiy.com/diy-graduation-decor-centerpieces/

The colors of her school are green and gold so I used green paper and lined it with glittery gold washi tape. I used gold (okay it was yellow) tissue paper for the inside.

Super easy to make and her directions are fantastic.

I opted not to use the paper tassel and instead made one with gold embroidery thread.

It’s neat at night with a battery operated tea light inside:

I used my Zing for the project.

Today I also noticed that the lovesvg site I love to use has some great graduation and baseball images that they recently posted so I will definitely do something with those.

Thanks for reading!

Supplies:

Recollections paper

gold washi tape (apparently this stuff gets old because it didn’t want to stick.)

gold embroidery thread

yellow tissue paper

tea light candle.

 

I speak fluent sarcasm…

I know, I’ve used this site a million times. But it’s free! And the files cut beautifully.

https://lovesvg.com/2018/04/i-speak-fluent-sarcasm-6280

So I bought some of those 8×8 canvases at Michael’s and knew I wanted to decorate them. I found the perfect saying for me and fired up good old Maxx and had this done in about ten minutes. Which was good, because I was hurrying to get done before I lost my light to take pictures. I was actually going to give this as a gift, but now I sort of want to keep it since I DO speak fluent sarcasm, in case you haven’t noticed.

Machine: KNK MAXX 24 35/300.

You know, I don’t think I’ve changed any settings in the past year on my Maxx. I just use it for vinyl and it cuts perfectly every time.

 

 

 

 

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.

https://lovesvg.com/2018/02/paws-5910/

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