It Rocks!

In Wisconsin many communities have “rock” related Facebook pages such as Shawano Rocks or The Fox Valley rocks. The idea behind the pages is for people to decorate small rocks and to place them around the community for others to find . Once you find a rock you can hide it again or keep it. My 6 year old great niece, Olivia, loves finding and keeping them.

I found a bag of dark washed rocks at the dollar store and decided to get them. My intention was to let the little ones decorate them and hide them. But as they sat in my craft room waiting for their journey to the children, I couldn’t resist and decided to decorate some of them.

 

I had a scrap of turquoise glitter vinyl that I thought would really pop on the dark rocks. The scrap was only about 4×6  but I was able to do the rocks and have some left. I used clear transfer tape to transfer them on to the rocks. I can’t wait to give them to Olivia to hide and she can decorate the rest of the rocks!

 

Materials

Glitter vinyl

Clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

Red capped blade

Speed 450

Force 45

These “rocks” were small so the lettering is small, most words are 1″ x .30″ but they cut and transferred fine.

What do an Elephant and a tooth brush holder have in common?

My youngest daughter,  Tashja, loves elephants. When she was 4 she had to have a blood clot removed from her brain and a friend gave her an elephant. The rest is history.

The tooth brush holder in her bathroom worked fine for years until all of the sudden the toothbrush handles seemed to get fatter and they no longer fit. So I started looking for a replacement and found a plain white one. I immediately knew that an elephant would fix that.

 

Materials

tooth brush holder

vinyl

clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force  32

Speed 500

 

I had several elephant files to choose from and decided this little elephant would be perfect. I cleaned the tooth brush with rubbing alcohol to make sure it was free from any dirt or oils.  I cut the vinyl, and then used clear transfer tape to layer the vinyl and then to apply it. The whole process took less than 5 minutes!

Just a KNK

You don’t have to have any other tools other than a KNK to make awesome things.

I love Re-Store! They have awesome deals and they help people. One of my area Re-Stores has cabinet door seconds. They come in all sizes. I generally will pick up a bunch and then use them when the perfect project comes along. Many of the things that I make are things that people see on Pintrest and then they ask me “Can you make this?”. That is how this project came about.

Materials

Cabinet door

Vinyl

clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 34

Speed 500

I used 2 fonts, Daydreamer and calibi bold. It was a simple matter of typing the saying, changing the words that I wanted in Daydreamer , and welding the saying because of the script font. I then grouped each word so I could rearrange them the way that I wanted them. Once I had everything where I wanted it I then selected the whole thing and dragged it to the size that I wanted. Then I cut the saying from vinyl, weeded it, applied clear transfer tape, and applied it to the door. So simple!

 

In reverse

So many of the “hand painted signs” that you see are actually made with a vinyl stencil.

Materials

wood

wood stain

vinyl

spray paint

clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 38

Speed 500

For this project I used a 12×12 piece of wood which I had stained black. I then designed my saying and centered it in a 12×12 square and cut it out. I weeded the letters out of the square and used clear transfer tape to transfer the 12×12 square of vinyl to the 12×12 square wood plaque. I then used a hard squeegee and  made sure the vinyl was adhered to the wood plaque. After removing the transfer tape I went over the vinyl again with the squeegee. I then debated whether to use a brush to apply the paint or use spray paint and decided to use spray paint. I sprayed several “misting coats” until all of the lettering was white. Spray paint dries very quick so I was able to remove the vinyl after a few minutes

Blinded by the light! Where is that Visor?

This month we took another trip to Disney World. We live nearby and have annual passes so we go often. As usual I forgot to bring a hat and the sun was really getting to me. Of course, Disney has a million hats to sell you at the park, but I prefer a lightweight visor. For our next trip, I am determined to remember to pack a visor and decided one of those foam visors would be the perfect style.

I found a foam visor at my local craft store and realized I could just as easily cut one on my Maxx Air. I scanned the visor into Make The Cut! with the Pixel Trace tool and went to town decorating it. I will make up a few and store them in my car so I don’t forget one next time!

 

Materials

Craft Foam – I used a 3mm craft foam, it required some extra blade to get a good cut.

Vinyl – Gemstone Metallics

Clear Transfer Tape

Coil Cording – This is hard to find, but you can use a coil wrist keychain bracelet or coil shoelaces cut to size. Amazon is a good source for these. Coil-Bracelet-Keychains

Mickey Visors – Download the Disney Visor project file/SVG to make your own.

Since our next trip is around St Patrick’s Day I designed a Mickey and Minnie head filled with shamrocks. I am giving away the design in in the project/SVG download, but I will walk you through my design process.

  • Create your fill pattern by duplicating your image and offsetting the rows. Join all rows.
  • Layer your mouse head over the fill and move it around until you get a pleasing fill inside the shape.
  • Perform a Boolean Join B-A.
  • Create a Shadow Layer of the mouse head. I made mine thin, mitered at .0360.
  • Layer and align the shadow layer and the Boolean join result in step 3.
  • Join the layers.
  • Create a weeding rectangle and join to the mouse head. Now you are ready to cut!

 

 Maxx Air Settings

Gemstone Metallics: Red Blade, Force = 42, Speed = 250, Passes = 1, Blade Height = 25

Craft Foam 3mm: Blue Blade extended to the depth of the foam, Force = 80, Speed = 200, Passes = 2, Blade Height= just barely above the surface of the foam (start with 25 in testing) Note that the project file has a Punch Hole layer. This is included as a reference only; these holes are too small to cut in craft foam. Hide this layer before cutting the foam.

To assemble:

  • Apply the vinyl to the visor using the Clear Transfer Tape.
  • Glue the cord support circles to the outside of the visor tips.
  • Punch holes through the tips with an awl.
  • Thread the coil cording through the holes.

Make several with different decorations and embellishments for a fun way to keep your eyes shaded from the blinding sun!