Embroidered Valentines

It is almost Valentine’s Day. When I needed to come up with a project for one of the classes I teach at the sewing/quilt store where I work, I decided to combine my hobbies again and make Valentine cards that used both the cutter and the embroidery machine.

This is the end result.

Materials Used:

Cardstock – red, pink, and white

Felt squares

Cotton Fabrics

Batting

Soft-n-Stable (a foam batting)

Embroidery Threads

Double-sided tape

Tear Away Stabilizer

Red Cap Standard Material Blade

Rotary Cutter with Pinking Blade

Settings:

KNK Force  Blade: Red Cap

Cardstock:Blade Tension – 2, Passes – 1, Cutting Depth – 60-65 depending on thickness of cardstock, Blade Offset – red cap blade, Overcut – .38

Scrapbook Paper: Blade Tension – 1.5, Passes – 1, Cutting Depth – 35, Blade Offset – red cap blade, Overcut – .38

Husqvarna/Viking EPIC Embroidery Machine

Information:

Kits were prepared that contained three cardstock blanks.  Two of the blanks had heart openings cut into the front of the card.   The third card had a square of felt to be embroidered and sewn to the front.  An extra piece of card stock was included in the kit to be glued over the inside of the front of the card to hide the stitching.  Each kit contained an envelope that was cut from Valentine themed scrapbook paper.  The envelopes were folded with the printed side to the inside and the plain white side to the outside.

The embroidered felt square was embroidered, trimmed with the rotary cutter with the pinking blade and then stitched to the front of the card with a long straight stitch.  The two cards with the hearts were embroidered and as the last step of the embroidery, the prepared card blank was positioned over the embroidery and stitched to the fabric in the embroidery hoop.

Card blanks and felt squares were available in red, pink, and white.

 

 

Beautiful and Personalized Glass Gifts for Valentine’s Day

personalized glass gifts

Beautiful and Personalized Glass Gifts for Valentine’s Day. I am already getting ready for Valentine’s Day. I decided to make some personalized glass gifts for my family as well as myself, lol. While I was doing the gifts for my mother and sister-in-laws. I said, “heeey!” why not to make a glass of wine for myself. So I did a wine glass using some vinyl and two different fonts. But believe me, that glass of wine is just for decoration because I do not drink… LOL. Using the design that I made with the first letter of my name (initial) in a dynamic font followed by my name in regular print, I also made a notepad to match the glass. But the notepad is not for decoration, lol.

The other gifts are two candle holders glued together. The design images were chosen from the MTC Gallery.

Materials to make the Personalized Glass Gifts:

Settings:

  • Blade = Red
  • BT = 1.5
  • P= 1
  • CD = 20
  • UP= 25
  • PS= 24
  • CS= 35
  • LS= 40

Instructions:

For the glass of wine:

  1. First, I chose a fancy font to write the initial letter of my name.
  2. Then, I chose a different font to write my name.
  3. To that name, I  added shadow
  4. After that, I put the shadow on top of the initial letter and highlighted both.
  5. Then, I clicked the icon Boolean Join and chose the second button (B-A Difference). What this does is that it gave me a gap so the name is not going to be on top or touching the vinyl of the initial letter.
  6. Once everything is done and ready to cut, I then cut them using the respective color of the vinyl.
  7. Then, I applied the clear transfer tape first on top of the name and then on the initial letter matching the place and the shape that the shadow made.

For the candle holder:

  1. I visited the Gallery from MTC and chose an embellishment and the word Love.
  2. Then, I resized it and put in the place that I thought would look good.
  3. After that, I wrote the letter “U.”
  4. When everything was the way that I like it, I sent the design to my machine to cut.
  5. And then, I applied the clear transfer tape and placed it on the candle holder.

Print and Cut Kitchen Jar Labels – Spruce up Your Kitchen with Cute and Practical DIY Labels

We spend part of our winter in Arizona, and the rest of the year at our Michigan home. I have found that leaving baking supplies in plastic during the intense Arizona summer while we are in Michigan, is not a good idea. The heat causes the food to absorb an odor from the plastic containers. I prefer to keep my dry goods in glass jars anyway, so I will begin transferring dry ingredients to the jars this winter.

I have recently purchased some matte inkjet printable vinyl. This is just what I needed to make these cute kitchen jar print and cut labels. Sugar Jar

 

Materials:

  1. Inkjet vinyl (I purchased from HH Sign Supply)
  2. Image
  3. Printer
  4. Make the Cut Software
  5. Glass Jar
  6. Red – capped blade

Settings for KNK ZIng:

  1. Force – 40
  2. Multi-Cut – 1
  3. Speed – 10

Steps:

  1. Import design and pixel trace in MTC. Import Pixel Trace
  2. Print design Printed Image
  3. Complete Print and Cut
  4. Clean the glass jar. I like to clean the area which is going to receive the label with rubbing alcohol.
  5. Apply label to glass jar.

Tips and things I learned during this project:

  1. I was having trouble with my Print and Cut, even though I usually get a perfect result. So…. this should have been common sense and I almost hate to mention it. But, perhaps someone else will make the same mistake, so I will swallow my pride and tell you that I failed to consider that I was using a new computer and hadn’t calibrated the software yet. When I finally figured out what was wrong, I simply looked at my X Y values in MTC on my other computer and plugged them in. Perfection! Calibrate
  2. The printed vinyl seems to be waterproof. (I used an Epson printer with pigment ink. Your results may be different, depending on the ink used.) Vinyl is Waterproof
  3.  Some of the detail of my original image didn’t show up in the printed version, even though I printed at a high quality. While I still like the result, I will keep that in mind when I choose/ design my next image.

My local Walmart only had one of these jars. I will be making be making more labels when I am able to purchase more of these cute jars.

 

 

Never to early

I have probably mentioned more than once, I love winter. It is a slower paced time of the year for me and I am able to find time to do some of the things that I love. I always try to start my Christmas cards early so that I am not trying to fit them in at the busiest time of the year.

This is one of the cards I decided to make, so simple! I tried it with both paper and vinyl and while both cut fine gluing the paper wasn’t fun so vinyl won hands down. Here is the file which is sized for an A6 card. deer in birch trees 2017  deer in birch svg

Materials

Vinyl

Cardstock

Clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

Red capped blade

Speed 300

Force 33

Here is a picture taken out our window. We have a couple of crab apple trees. They hold their little apples and they drop all winter. The deer come and dig through the snow for them.

DIY Decorated Cloth Napkins with Inkjet Heat Transfer – KNK Print and Cut

It’s fun to use DIY decorated cloth napkins for those special occasion dinners. In fact, why not use them everyday and save the cost and waste of paper napkins! For this project I used inexpensive cloth napkins which I found at Walmart. An inkjet transfer is used to add the design.

Cloth Napkins with HTV

Materials:

  1. Cloth napkins
  2. Inkjet transfers (I used Jet Pro Soft Stretch)
  3. Make the Cut Software
  4. Red Capped Blade
  5. Heat Press or Iron

Settings for KNK Zing:

  1. Force – 40
  2. Speed – 10
  3. Multi-Cut – 2

Steps:

  1. Import Pixel Trace  Import Pixel Trace
  2. Mirror Image
  3. Print out image. (Follow instructions in MTC manual if not sure how to complete Print and Cut.)
  4. Cut, using Print and Cut.
  5. Iron napkin and fold so that the surface that is exposed will be the portion you want to apply the image to. Press again while folded. (I used a 13 X 13 inch napkin and folded in eighths.) Fold and Iron Napkin
  6. Place image face down on napkin. Place Inkjet Transfer Face Down
  7. Check instructions for the Inkjet Transfer. (For Jet Pro Soft Stretch and heat press, set at 350 degrees and press for 25 seconds.)
  8. Carefully peel paper off napkin.

Two Upper Peninsula Napkins

 

Anyone from Northern Michigan understands the pride felt by those that are “born and bred” in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Since my husband and I were not born in the U.P., we are not considered “Yoopers” by the locals. However, we do enjoy the benefits of living in this beautiful part of the country, and the design I used embraces our “transplant” status.