Hot Mess

One of the new “crazes” is the “hot mess”. It looked like fun so I thought I would give it a try.

You start with a board painted white. Then you start adding brush strokes of color.

You continue adding colors until the entire board is covered.







15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 35

Speed 400

Then you add your stencil, this will be the design that shows through at the end.


I chose a rooster and a cow. Then you paint the entire board white again. Paint away from the design to help eliminate bleeding under the stencil and use light coats until you have the coverage you desire. Mine is pretty white, some people like to have the colors show through subtly.

I then used a brush dipped in gray paint and then wiped almost dry and made random brush strokes over the board. When everything is dry, peel off the vinyl.

And here is the end result. It was fun to try. Here is the file for the cow and the rooster in KNK, SVG, and MTC   hot mess rooster and cow




Craft Room Remodel – Adding a Personal Touch

Photo of Craft Room RemodelIt’s cold in the north… very cold! But that’s okay because I’m updating my studio, and this craft room remodel is keeping me busy in my cozy, happy space. I’ve spent the past couple months organizing, sorting, adding in new furniture, and decorating my space. I painted the walls bright white, and Hubby helped me add lights, lights, and more lights.Photo of Ikea Alex Drawers - Craft Remodel

All of the new furniture I added to my room is from Ikea. I am in love with Ikea Kallax and Alex units; they are minimalistic, sturdy, and functional. (If you want to see more about my craft room remodel, you can take a look here.) They also make a perfect canvas for a little personalization with vinyl.

Next to my work desk resides my Zing Orbit (or original Zing) on top of one of the Alex six-drawer units. This sits out in my room in such a way that the back of the drawer unit shows. This large, smooth white surface was begging for some vinyl… and I was happy to oblige.

Photo of Alex Drawers with Create Joy Vinyl for Craftroom RemodelI used my “Create Joy” file with black for the outlines and gold for the fill. It turned out well, but I thought it still needed something. So, I used Inkscape’s inset command (I usually design in Inkscape, but you could use MTC or SCAL for the inset) to cut a yellow piece slightly smaller than the gold. Close-up of Vinyl EmbellishmentThe gold gives a little extra bling around the yellow.

After decorating the back of the drawer unit, I decided the face of the drawers needed a little love. If you’d like the SVG (no font included) click here.Photo of Alex Drawers with Numbers

Next, on to the sewing area for a little flower embellishment on my Ikea Finthorp” condiment and utensil” buckets.

And finally, tiny squiggles on my not for cosmetics… “cosmetic organizer”.

Photo of small desk top organizer drawers





Intermediate Vinyl

Transfer Tape

Red Capped Blade

Settings for KNK Zing and MTC:

Force – 25

Multicut – 1

Speed – 11


Craft Foam Bears Make Beautiful Decoration for Valentine Basket

Craft Foam Bear Make Beautiful Decoration Valentine Basket Craft Foam Bear Make Beautiful Decoration Valentine Basket                            Craft Foam Bear Make Beautiful Decoration Valentine Basket

This time is all about Valentine’s day. So, I wanted to make some candy baskets. So I thought, “Maybe, Craft Foam Bears Make Beautiful Decoration for Valentine Basket”. And yes, I LOVE it!

The materials that we are going to use Craft Foam Bear Make Beautiful Decoration Valentine Basket are:

  • KNK cutter machine
  • Blue Cap Blade
  • Candy
  • MTC
  • Ribbon
  • Silk Flower
  • Cardstock
  • Craft foam (when you buy craft foam online, please make sure that it is 2mm. I bought supposedly 2mm and it was thinner than a paper. But at least I could use it to make the big hearts)
  • Glue gun or Superglue
  • Basket
  • Foil paper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Vinyl

Settings for Groove-e Machine:

  • Force = 50
  • Speed = 150

Steps to make the Bear:

  1. I made the templates tracing in MTC a bear from freepik. Clic this link to find the bear. To make the templates, I have to do each part of the bear in a different layer.
  2. Once, I had all the pieces ready to cut. I cut those according to the color to form the bear. So the body was brown, the nouse beige and the heart red.
  3. Then, I started thermoforming some of the pieces of the bear. Thermoform is just to preheat your regular iron and place the craft foam on top of it until it gets a puffy shape. I just thermoformed the snout, nose, belly, arm, feet, even the tail that it is attached to its body. I did not thermoform the head or the body.
  4. After that, I glued the nose and painted the mouth with acrylic paint and put it aside.
  5. Then, I proceed to paint the eyes, the ears and to paint the border of all my pieces with a darker paint.
  6. Finally, I proceed to glue all the pieces making my final project that was the bear.
  7. And my final touch was to add the phrase “Love u” using vinyl. The vinyl is a little bit hard to add it to the craft foam but when it is on the craft foam it won’t come out unless you peel it.
  8. When everything was done, I made an arrangement with candies and added the final touch, which was the craft foam bear.

PS: I am not an artist in painting. If you see the eyes and mouth are not perfect, lol. But I just wanted to show the AWESOME projects that we can make with our KNK Machines even if we are not artists.

Final Results:



Esta vez es todo sobre el día de San Valentín. Quería hacer unas canastas con dulces, Así que pensé: “Tal vez, unos ositos en foami hace una decoración bonita para las canastas de San Valentín. Y sí, ME ENCANTAN!

Los materiales que vamos a utilizar para este proyecto son:
  • Cortadora digital KNK)
  • Cuchilla tapa Azul
  • Dulces
  • Cinta
  • Flor de seda (para algunos arreglos)
  • Cartulina
  • Foami (cuando compren foami en el internet, asegúrense de que sea de 2mm. Compré spuestamente 2mm y era más delgado que un papel. Pero al menos lo pude utilizar para hacer los corazones grandes)
  • Pistola de pega o Superglue
  • Canastas
  • Pintura acrílica
  • Vinil

Ajustes para la máquina Groove-e:

  • Force = 50
  • Speed = 150
Pasos para hacer el oso:
  1. Hice las plantillas trazando un oso de freepik. Haga clic en este enlace para encontrar el to find the bear. Para hacer los moldes, tienen que hacer cada parte del oso en una capa diferente.
  2. Una vez, tuve todas las piezas trazadas, corté estas según el color para formar el oso. Por lo que el cuerpo lo corté marrón, la nariz crema  el corazón rojo.
  3. Luego, comencé a termoformar algunas de la piezas del oso. Solo termoformé el hocico, la nariz, el vientre, el brazo, los pies, e incluso la colita aunque esta se encuentra unida al cuerpo. No termoformé la cabeza ni el cuerpo.
  4. Después de eso, pegué la nariz y pinte la con pintura acrílica y la puse a un lado.
  5. Luego, procedí a pintar los ojos, las orejas y pintar el borde de todas mis piezas con pintura acrílica un poco mas oscura que la pieza.
  6. Finalmente, Procedí a pegar todas las piezas formando mi proyecto final que era el oso.
  7. Mi toque final fué agregar la frase “Love u” usando vinil. El vinil es un poco dificil de pegar al foami, pero una vez esté en el foami no se despegará.
  8. Cuando todo estuvo terminado, hice un arreglo con dulces y agregué el toque final que fué el ositoa en foami.

PD: No soy una artista en la pintura. Si notan los ojos y la boca no son perfectos, jaja. Pero solo quería mostrar los proyectos IMPRESIONANTES que podemos hacer con nuestras Máquinas KNK aún cuando no somos artistas 😉

Beautiful, Inexpensive and Special Valentine Embellishment

Beautiful, Inexpensive and Special Valentine Embellishment

Valentines is a very Special Occasion to take Advantages of our KNK Cutting Machines to make Beautiful, Inexpensive and Special Valentine Embellishment. Though, this is just one of the many creations our machines allow us to make. This is a Beautiful and Inexpensive Gift that everyone would want to receive.

Using Craft foam, you could create these beautiful heart-shaped balloons to personalize any gift. And to make this Beautiful, Inexpensive and Special Valentine Embellishment. I will explain how with the use of a regular iron you will make a piece of Craft foam looks more puffy and beautiful.

Beautiful, Inexpensive and Special Valentine Embellishment for Gift Boxes

Materials needed to make the Beautiful, Inexpensive and Special Valentine Embellishment are:

Settings for Groove-e Machine:

  • Force = 50
  • Speed = 150

Steps to make the Hearts Balloons:

  1. First of all, I search MTC for a heart and add an additional part to make them looks like a balloon.
  2. After everything was how I wanted, I cut it out of Craft foam.
  3. Now, to make them puffy, I preheat my regular iron and placed the craft foam on top of it until it gets the puffy shape.  Beautiful, Inexpensive and Special Valentine Embellishment for Gift Boxes (Spanish)
  4. After that, I glued the heart on top of a cardstock to cover the back of it and the heart looks pretty. Though don’t forget, we cannot pre-cut the hearts of cardstock because when we put the craft foam on the iron, the heat of the iron causes it to shrink. Beautiful, Inexpensive and Special Valentine Embellishment for Gift Boxes (Spanish)
  5. After that, I glued some ribbon to the hearts to make them looks like balloons.
  6. Then, When everything was done, I then measured the real size of the heart to cut the vynil to make it personalized.
  7. When I finished making the balloons, I then started making the Beautiful, Inexpensive and Special Valentine Embellishment for Gift Boxes.

Steps to make the Gift:

  1. Then to begin the gift, I used a frame and removed the back of it.
  2. Then, using the craft foam I made a box. But the front of the box is the frame with the glass and the back is the back of the frame. (Carol, in this picture I am just using cardstock to illustrate how I made the box. But it was done with foam board.
  3. Before closing the box, I glued a teddy bear, and then the balloons made with the craft foam. The back of the box is the back of the real frame.


El día de San Valentín es una ocasión Especial para aprovechar nuestras maquinas KNK para crear adornos Hermosos, economicos y especiales para una caja de regalo. Este es un regalo hermoso y económico que todos querrán recibir.

Usando foami, puedes crear estos hemosos globos de corazon para personalizar cualquier regalo. Explicaré como con el uso de una plancha regular podrás hacer que una pieza de foami se vea mas hinchada y hermosa.

Los materiales necesarios para hacer este Hermoso, económico y especial decoracion para una caja de regalos son:

Ajuste para la maquina Groove-e:

  • Fuerza = 50
  • Velocidad = 150

Pasos para hacer el Globo:

  1. En el programa MTC busqué un corazón y le agregué una parte adicional para que pareciera un globo.
  2. Cuando todo estaba como yo deseaba lo corté utilizando foami y mi máquina Groove-e.
  3. Luego, para hacer mullido, precalenté mi plancha y coloqué el foam encima de ella hasta que tuviera la forma deseada. 
  4. Luego, pegué el globito encima de una cartulina para cubrir la parte posterior para que el corazón se vea mán bonito. No podemos cortar el corazón de la cartulina poque al nosostros calentar el foami este se encojerá.
  5. Luego, pegué un poco de cinta en los corazones para que se vean como globos.
  6. Cuando todo estuvo hecho, entonces medí el tamaño real del corazón para cortar el vinil y personalizarlo.
  7. Cuando terminé de hacer los globos, comencé a hacer el regalo.

Pasos para crear el regalo:

  1. Utilicé un marco de retrato y le quité la parte de atrás.
  2. Luego, hice una caja con el tablero de espuma donde el frente de caja es el marco con el vidrio y la parte posterior es la parte que cubre el marco de retrato.
  3. En el interior, pegué un osito de peluche y los globos hechos con el foami.


Handmade Napkins Decorated with Heat Transfer Vinyl

Photo of Handmade Napkins Heat Transfer VinylSometimes it’s nice to have a set of cloth napkins. No need to save them for special occasions; they are fun for everyday use. A lightweight cotton fabric works great, and can be quickly cut and hemmed. Make these handmade napkins decorated with heat transfer vinyl.

I used this tutorial, written by Theresa on the Spoonflower blog for tips on sewing the napkins. I really like the way she explains her mitered corner method. It reduces bulk at the corners and provides a nice finished look.

I cut my napkins from 34 inch wide fabric, which enabled me to create 4 from a yard. I cut 4 squares at 17 inches and kept the hems fairly small to give me finished napkins that are about 16 inches square. (Of course, you can simply purchase blank napkins and add the HTV, but making them is more fun!)


Settings on Zing:

  • Force – 25
  • Speed – 10
  • Multicut – 1 or 2


  • Cut and sew napkins as described above.
  • Import file in cutting software. Don’t forget to mirror design to prepare for HTV application.
  • Cut and weed heat transfer vinyl.
  • Use iron or heat press to apply heat transfer vinyl to napkin, according to manufacturers instructions.

Enjoy your new napkins or give to a friend!Handmade Napkins Decorated with Heat Transfer Vinyl