Hodge Podge

I have so much fun with my KNK Maxx and I am lucky enough that I get to use it almost every day. My daughter’s sister in law and her husband just had their first baby. I saw a “birth announcement”  done in subway style and have always wanted to try it. I started with a plain white 12×12 canvas from Michaels. I used Navy Blue  Craft essential paint from Jo-anns. Next time I will try spray paint as I found it took 3 coats to get a decent coverage. Then I made a 12×12 square in KNK Studio, chose O @Gungsuhche font, and started filling in the square with all of the vital statistics. When I use 2 colors of vinyl I like to place rectangles in the file so that I can cut one color with the rectangles, then the second color with the rectangles and then when I am ready I just need to set one set of rectangles on top of the other and it is all line up perfectly.

This is what the file looked like with out the fill turned on.

This is what the finished product looks like and

here is the little muppet that inspired the canvas,isn’t he a cutie!

I also saw a quote from the Grinch himself that I thought would make a cute Christmas plaque. I had my husband cut a 12×24 inch piece of 1/2 inch plywood. For those of you who don’t have the ability to cut wood you can get 12×24 inch pieces of shelving from almost any home improvement store. You can get it unfinished and paint it like I did or by it laminated with a black, white, or wood grain finish and use that for your plaque. It is fairly inexpensive and saves a lot of time. I painted the wood red using Rustoleum’s Painter’s Touch paint. It is a great spray paint that provides excellent coverage. For both projects I used indoor vinyl which can be found at www.knkusa.com . I like to use 36 force and 250 velocity when cutting smaller vinyl projects such as these.

I would share more info about this plaque but somehow, in less than a few hours time, the file for this plaque is lost somewhere on my computer.








Baby Blessings!

I love to create things for people on a tight budget but make it look like they paid a lot.  Baby items are a great place to demonstrate this!  If you ever go in to a baby specialty boutique store or shop on ETSY you can see this first hand!    You may have seen some things I have done previously but these are new creations!  The first step stool I made was for my neighbor’s new grand-daugther.  And the second one I made was for my friend going to a baby shower.  We originally were going to do something for the baby but we expanded our idea to making a step stool for the “big sister” middle child with their bath theme of Little Nemo.  In MTC studio we imported the images for the step stool, traced them and cut them on my KNK ZING!  Here are the final images of the step stools.  Below is the link for the Ikea step stool in blue. The pink one was from Walmart. Enjoy!


side view of Nemo step stools

The next project was the step stool for my neighbor’s first grandbaby Liliana.

Liliana's step stool

Liliana’s step stool


back side of Liliana’s step stool


I hope I’ve inspired you to try something new!

love hugs and prayers

Carol aka Carolbknits!

Ikea step stool link. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60101063/

Tiles and a Card!

When I was asked to be a member of the Team KNK design group I did mostly cards. Since then it seems like I am doing mostly tiles. But with both cards and tiles I have found that I LOVE vinyl!

I was asked to make a tile for a 60th wedding anniversary. It is the diamond anniversary and the color is diamond white. I used Oracal 651 because the white is glossy, shiny like a diamond.

Then, a customer of mine had a baby…I love babies! He had to stay in the hospital a bit due to oxygen levels but is doing fine now. I made this tile for him. The animals are from a My Scrap Chick file. I like paper piecing but vinyl piecing is so much easier. :O)

And last but not least, my second son, Matthew, graduated May 25th as an orthodontist. This is his third graduation since high school, first college, then dental school, now orthodontist. We are very proud of him. He will be a Navy orthodontist !

 Of course everything was cut using my KNK Maxx! It is amazing how much fun I have had with this machine.

Enjoy your day!

Baby plaques

IMG_1003 A friend of mine recently became Grandma to twin boys! Although they were 8 weeks early and spent a month in the hospital they are now home and doing fine.
The plaques were so easy to make. They are 6×6 wood plaques which you can buy at places like Hobby Lobby. I painted it white and then sprayed it with a matte finish. The border was made by simply making a circle and using the array feature to make it into a square border. The font is PC Dazzle.


I also welcomed a new great niece, Lucia. Her plaque was even simpler. Just circles randomly placed and I used 1 snappy DNA and date prime1 fonts for the name and date. It is so much fun to make personalized gifts, especially when every one seems to be searching for unusual names for their newborns. All of the lettering and embellishments are cut from vinyl, which is available at www.knkusa.com, and were cut using my KNK 15″ Maxx. I usually use about 38 pressure and 250 for speed when cutting indoor vinyl. If it is a large piece of vinyl I slow it down to 150.











Thank You Note and Keepsake



I am going to be Grandma for first time! I can’t beleive it and I am soooo happy and I am making a lot of things for the Baby Shower of my daughter-in-law. It’s going to be a GIRL, so I already started making the Invitations, the Thank You notes, and the favors. This is what my post is about.

The Thank You note that you see was made with vellum paper, cardstock, ribbon, a paper flower, and vinyl. Using my TERRIFIC Groove E and the engraving tool, I engraved the vellum, (F=60 and V=300). Then I changed the engraving tool for the red cap blade to cut the vellum. After it was cut, I cut one of the borders with a decorative scissor. Then I cut cardstock with the same shape of the vellum and painted just the border of the card stock. The word “Thank you” was made with vinyl and I cut it with the red cap blade (F=25 and V=150). Then I embellished with ribbon and paper flower.








For the keepsake, I made everything exactly as explained above but in miniature size. Instead of writing the word “Thank You” I wrote the name of the baby, which is going to be “Carlea” and put that inside a box frame that I decorated with the colors of the baby shower.