cute purse

I get the weekly Splitcoast Stampers email with a project for the week and I knew when I saw it, I wanted to make it.

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/news/comments.php?id=1921_0_1_0_C

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There’s a .pdf file that you can download and print and cut out… but you know that’s not how I do things. 🙂

I imported it into Make the Cut as a pdf (it’s two pages). When you import it, you have to click “break apart” because all of the lines are solid. Then, select the lines you need to be score lines and copy them to a new layer and change them to dashed lines.

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Then cut out and decorate.

Since the file specifically says not to share it electronically, I won’t put my file here, but as you can see, it’s very simple to do if you want to make one.

I did forget to put a clasp on it, but I think I’ll just put some velcro on it and it is an easy holder for small cards or treats.

I used the KNK Zing

Settings: 10/10, force 100. Red blade

I used card stock I found on clearance at Michaels. I think for future ones, I’d use solid card stock or two-sided because a lot of white shows, but I liked the paper, so it’s all good.

 

baseball love

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It’s July. Little League is winding down, but MLB is still going strong. My son plays on a travel ball team and while they aren’t currently doing tournaments, he still practices a few times a week. I saw a shirt on Facebook that had the word love with the ball as the o and bats as a v. I thought, I could easily do that in Make the Cut. So I did. Except I made the o a heart and just put some baseball seams in it.

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A tip you probably already know: Whenever you have to layer more than one color in vinyl, it helps to cut the whole thing in one color and then use transfer tape to transfer the other colors to the design. For example, I cut this all in black and then took everything that wasn’t supposed to be black off the vinyl and used transfer tape to put the red in the right spot and then layered the white on top of the red. I didn’t do so great layering the heart, but it was close enough.

Machine:

KNK Maxx

f- 32

v-350

Materials:

vinyl: red, black and white

baseball ribbon

6″ cork circle… I think I bought them at dollar tree. Not sure, I’ve had them for awhile.

The file isn’t perfect, but it’s free, so feel free to modify it to suit your needs. When I have more time, I want to play with the seams a little more on the heart.

djm_baseball love.mtc

 

 

Promotion gift card holder

I can’t believe my baby boy is promoting from 8th grade and will be attending high school in the fall. I wanted to make him a gift card holder that wasn’t too girly so I came up with this:

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I used that black/gold leaf paper from DCWV and I used maroon paper (worldwide cut mates) since maroon and black are the colors of the school. I ended up outlining the numbers with black puffy paint and as you can see, I’m not the best at it, but the numbers and patterned paper weren’t going too well together.

Here’s a top down picture so you can see the “layers” of what I did:

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The graduation cap was a free svg I found online and I just used a brad and some embroidery thread for the tassel.

I used the Zing for this project. I just drew a rectangle in MTC around 2016 in a serif font, I believe it was times new roman. I used foam tape to stick it on the gift card (I have a sizzix die I used for the gift card holder) and then cut out the graduation cap and stuck it on with foam tape.

 

happy birthday

Isn’t this cute?

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(I didn’t make that). I saw it on this website: https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/oh-happy-day-2622736/paper-birthday-cake-box-4332241899

And I thought, I could make something similar with a file I previously created. Wow. I guess I’ve been doing this for a few years. Three years ago, I posted about a hat I made for St. Patrick’s Day. See this post: http://teamknk.com/zing-goes-green/

I took that file and modified it just a bit and came up with this:

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So basically all I did was adjust the base layer so the rim wasn’t as big. I guess you could use the original file and use that part as the birthday cake “plate.”

I also created that fringe around the top and bottom and included that too. If you like the fringe better on the original box, you could use crepe paper and scissors, but I thought this looked just fine.

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When you open it up, you can slip a little gift inside.

I really like the paper straws for candles that were in the original picture, but I used some clear straws I had and made some “flames” that fit easily inside. I cut the straws 2″ to use the flames I included in the file.

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I’m planning to give this to my son with some money, as it is his birthday Sunday.

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The happy birthday border was made using a Martha Stewart punch, but it could easily be made with some block letters and the weld function in Make the Cut.

Remember, this is a free file so depending on the paper you use, you might have to play with the size of the lid a little bit. I used DCWV paper and the top is snug, but it fits.

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Materials:

Make the Cut

KNK Zing

red blade

DCWV cardstock

white copy paper for fringe

washi tape (striped)

 

Settings:

cardstock: f- 95, 10/10

copy paper: f-30, 10/10

We’re all mad here…

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I don’t know about you, but I love finding free cut files on Pinterest. I ended up at this site where I found this cool cheshire cat:

http://pinaforesandpinwheels.blogspot.com/2014/11/alice-in-wonderland-free-silhouette-file.html

Problem was, it was in a .studio cut format, which is Silhouette format and unable to be opened in Make the Cut.

So I went to the Silhouette site and downloaded the new software (which is needed for this file to open correctly). http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/software/silhouette-studio

I had no idea how to use it, but I bumbled around and figured it out. Basically, here are the steps I did:

  1. Set the page size to 8 1/2 x 11 and resize the graphic to fit.
  2. Ungroup the graphic and select everything but the outer part of the cat. Regroup.
  3. While you have the innards selected, select arrange>bring to front.
  4. Next you have to fill the objects. I filled the outer part with black and changed the line color to black (otherwise it is red).
  5. I filled the inner selection with white, also changing the line color to black.
  6. Now I had a graphic I could print.
  7. I don’t know if this works on PCs, but on Macs, when you select print, you have the option to print to .pdf.
  8. I printed it to .pdf and now I could bring it into Make the Cut.
  9. I imported it into MTC as a .pdf and at the bottom it gives you a message that it is detecting raster graphics and it wants to open it in pixel trace.
  10. I did that, using a threshold of 244 to trace.
  11. I cut the graphic in black vinyl (v-300, f-31) on the KNK Maxx 24.
  12. Weeded it and applied it.

So really it is quite a few steps to convert .studio files, but it worked for me. Awhile back, I was able to use a super old version of Silhouette Studio to save studio files as .svg. But they took that option out and this file would not open in the old version.

If there is a better way, please, please let me know. This way works, but it is a little time consuming.

edit: Right after I added the picture, I noticed that I forgot to weed the apostrophe for we’re, so it looks wrong. I fixed it now, just too lazy to take a new picture. 🙂