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.

Word Art Shaped Card

Hello.

 

I haven’t made a card in ages! So I finally got the urge. I downloaded this cute word art from www.lovesvg.com (same place I got the He sees you when you’re drinking quote).

I brought it into MTC and broke apart the words so I could move them around a bit. I overlapped the “YOU” with the other two lines and welded them together.

 

I also duplicated the YOU so I could cut it out in a different color and lay it on top.

I used the offset feature to make a background and then did it again and sized it big enough to make a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card. I copied that image and mirrored it to the left of the original and then welded those two images to make the card base.

Right after I cut all the pieces out, my computer did this horrific crash and I realized I didn’t save the file. I don’t think MTC starts making backups until you save, at least I couldn’t find one.

So boys and girls save your files. If I get a chance to recreate it, I will add the file here. It was pretty easy to do.

Last year we planted a bunch of succulents in our yard and they are blooming (along with some other flowers we didn’t plant, but they look cool). So I took the photos using those as a back drop.

My kids didn’t get the “Happy YOU day” as a birthday card. Please tell me you get it and it’s not totally lame.

Machine

Zing (10/10/ 110) 2 cuts for the glitter paper.

red blade

Materials

DCWV paper (Hate that stuff because of the white core)

Michaels cheap paper

Butterfly punch from Martha Stewart

Vinyl meets the Instapot

So let me preface this post by admitting I don’t cook. It’s not that I can’t, I don’t like to do it. And I married someone who cooks, so I’ve been able to get out of it all these years. So my friends and mom have been raving about this pressure cooker telling me it will change my life as I know it.

I didn’t believe them.

So I got one for Christmas. And I started using it. And magical things happened. Magical food things happened. So something I’d never thought I would admit in a million years has happened. I kind of like this cooking thing. It’s not too bad.

In honor of my new skillllzzzzzz, I felt the Instapot needed to be spruced up a bit. Plus I saw some decorations online so I fired up the Maxx and got to work…

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Yep, that’s Ryan Gosling. And there are so many memes about him flying around the internet and I saw someone selling similar ones on Etsy so I knew I could make my own.

So this was the photo I found on the internet:

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And I brought it into Photoshop and fooled around with the levels and threshold and got this:

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There were still a lot of rough edges that I knew wouldn’t cut very well so I want to play around with this a little more because I want to be able to do this on my own with other images. For this project, I ended up tracing one already done (so unfortunately, I can’t share the file). But I got to thinking, it might be fun to try to draw the above image with the pen tool and see what I get. Or if I run a cross-hatch filter on it, it would be neat to engrave. There are tons of possibilities.

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So excuse the horrible iPhone pictures, but here are some of the dishes I’ve made in the past couple weeks. The family has given me thumbs up on most of the meals and they are a pretty picky bunch:

Photo Jan 19, 6 04 30 PM sweet and sour chicken

Photo Jan 16, 6 18 33 PM

meatloaf

Photo Jan 12, 6 15 18 PM

mongolian beef

Photo Jan 11, 7 12 01 PM

lasagna (this one was weird! You put everything in the pan raw, noodles and cheese and meat and then it just cooks it all!) Photo Jan 10, 6 06 57 PM

sesame chicken

Photo Jan 09, 5 39 13 PM

garlic pasta with zucchini and peas

Sorry. Didn’t mean to turn TeamKNK into TeamInstapot…. but I’ll tell you what, I love that thing! Almost as much as my Maxx 😉 (see what I did there?) I may be late to this bandwagon, but I jumped onto it.

Materials

KNK Maxx

Make the Cut software

black vinyl

instapot (heh heh heh)

red blade

Directions

  1. Find cool images or draw your own
  2. Throw food into instapot and start it.
  3. Cut out vinyl and stick to side of instapot (though I kinda recommend you not doing this while it’s on because that little sucker gets HOT)
  4. Follow Ryan’s advice and kick back and relax.

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Christmas tags

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Wow! I feel like I hit the jackpot! I found this site that had links to all kinds of free Christmas stuff. The post is kind of old, so some of the links are dead. http://thevinylcut.com/free-christmas-design-images/?doing_wp_cron=1481845965.9857211112976074218750#.WFMs0rHMyuU

But I found this one:

Paper Cut Holiday Gift Tags

And there was a free file and everything… so I knew I had my project for this month! I needed some quick and easy tags for gifts for some of my co workers.

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Ha ha. Nothing like taking pictures to see there was a few spots I forgot to weed…

I cut them out with my Zing on some craft paper and used some red baker’s twine to finish them. Instead of writing in the to/from like the original blog poster did, I just quickly stamped it in.

Materials:

KNK Zing

red blade

Kraft card stock

red/white baker’s twine

to/from stamps (I think I bought them at Joann’s)

Directions

  1. Import svg file into Make the Cut.
  2. cut out file
  3. weed the tiny little pieces out and don’t say too many bad words.
  4. stamp to/from on them
  5. tie baker’s twine on them
  6. have a drink and some sort of Christmas-y snack of your choice.

Until next year!

Painted tiles…

So I found this really cool website: https://lovesvg.com/free-svg-cut-files/ and downloaded a file and decided to make a coaster.

So even though the Zing is pictured here, I actually used trusty old maxx to cut the vinyl and I reversed weeded it and placed it on the tile.

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I had bought a box of Sharpie oil based markers awhile back and I hadn’t had the chance to use them so I felt like this was the perfect project to give them a go.

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They color on the tile so nicely. It comes out looking like paint, rather than a marker. You have to shake them a whole bunch to get them started, but I really liked how vibrant the colors were.

I let it dry for a bit and then peeled the vinyl off:

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You can see a couple areas where I may have peeled the vinyl off too soon, so it’s probably a good idea to wait longer than I did to peel it off. All in all, I like the look. It’s kind of a stamped look and when you run your fingers over it, the paint dries kind of raised.

I will definitely be trying this with some more images as it was relaxing and enjoyable to do.

Machine used: Maxx 24″

Materials:

4.25×4.25 white smooth tile

sharpie oil based markers

vinyl

 

Homecoming… or HoCo…

as I learned it was called. This month my son asked me to help make him a sign to ask a girl to the Homecoming Dance. He told me he wanted the theme to be Sponge bob, so he downloaded the picture of the pirate from the internet and printed it out. From there, we used MTC to design the sign (drew a rectangle the size of the sign and designed inside that rectangle.) We also downloaded a free sponge bob font from the internet. Here it is:

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Sorry the color is so bad on the picture. We worked on it the night before he presented it to her. We cut the vinyl out in green and then he wanted to use a marker to draw the square where she could check off her answer (notice there was no option for no) and he wanted a speech bubble.

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He says this is a horrible picture of him, but here he is at school asking her to the dance.

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I was told she isn’t a fan of taking pictures, but she did say yes and they had a great time together. Just as an aside: He has been in love with her since Kindergarten, but they have remained friends through out the years. He will probably clobber me for telling the inter webs that, so ssshhhhh. 🙂 🙂

Machine:

KNK Maxx 24

Materials

Tagboard from Dollar Tree (50 cents! And vinyl goes on it great!) They also sell the foam core for a buck and that works great too!

green vinyl… from my closet… that dark and scary place

Spongebob font from www.dafont.com. It’s free. Cuts okay, the letter spacing is a little funky, but my son told me I wasn’t allowed to fix the kerning issues that were bugging me. 🙂

Until next month!