you’re tearrific part 2

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I saw this cute die on the sizzix web site so I decided to draw my own using Inkscape and MTC. Usually you can easily trace these in MTC, but I hadn’t drawn anything in awhile and there were very few curves in this, other than the handle. I did trace the cup and spoon attachment though, which is why I can’t share those. I changed up some things as well so not to step on any copyright toes.

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The sides kind of taper in at the top, which was a bit of a trick to draw, but I think I got it. It’s not perfect, but it worked.

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It comfortably holds 3 teabags.

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Here’s the file if you want to make one. It just includes the teabag holder. I used a Martha Stewart punch for the front and I have some coffee/tea clear stamps I used for the “you’re teariffic” part.

Materials:

K&C double sided designer paper

glue

twine

Martha Stewart punch

clear stamp

Machine:

KNK Zing

red blade: 10/10, 90

 

So I gave it to the aide that works in my classroom and she seemed to like it a lot. ūüôā

Name Tags Plus

These name tags were intended to be used for a Fourth of July celebration.  In reality they could be made in any color and used for almost any occasion.  They are very simple and quick to make. Optimized-TagwRibbons Materials Used:

Cardstock in Red, White, and Blue

Paper Glue

Ribbons in various colors/patterns

Silver Glitter Pen

Settings:

Machine Used:¬†KNK 15″ Maxx Air

Cardstocks РBlade=Red cap standard materials blade, Force=50, Speed=100,Passes=1, PIN=25

Instructions:

The three colors of cardstock were cut and layered with the paper glue.¬† The top layer was stamped with ‘patriotic’ rubber stamps and black ink.¬† Instead of stamping the top layer, items such as stars or star bursts could be cut from vinyl and used.¬† The name was cut from white cardstock, embellished with a silver glitter pen, and glued to the top layer.¬† The name could also be cut from vinyl instead of cardstock.¬† A hole punched in the upper left corner provides a place to attach ribbons and a bow.

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The longer ribbons can be used to tie the tag to all sorts of things such as a napkin wrapped set of utensils, a drinking glass, a small gift, etc. and serve as place cards.  The tags could also be used as worn name tags by attaching a pin to the back.

You could also make some Fourth of July cupcake wrappers from the files that are on Sandy McCauley’s site.¬† You will need to scroll down a bit to find the link.¬† It is a zipped file in several formats and contains other occasion cupcake wrappers in addition to the Fourth of July ones.

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Cutting files for the Flag Tags are here.  Flag Tag Cutting Files_JudyKay

Starting Early

Every year I tell myself that I am going to begin doing things to get ready for Christmas earlier than I did the previous¬†year.¬† So far it hasn’t happened.¬† Last year I had some beaded crystal snowflake ornaments¬†that I had made to give my co-workers at the sewing store.¬† Of course I waited until the last minute to decide on that as a gift.¬† I tried to think of a way to present them that would protect the ornaments as well as show them off nicely.¬† It was too late to try to find boxes.¬† The ornaments varied in size so I didn’t have time to cut and assemble different size boxes for them.¬† Finally a trip to the Dollar Tree gave me an idea which worked but wasn’t quite what I wanted.¬† I had what I thought to be a great idea but again it was too late to do the cutting and assembling so I used my Dollar Tree idea and wrapped the ornaments in several layers of tissue paper and tied a ribbon around them.

Here is a picture of what I really would have liked to been able to make to present the ornaments last year.  Perhaps the idea and the free files will prove useful to some of you.

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Materials Used:

Cardstock – Green smooth cardstock and Texturized light Aqua cardstock with a pearlized finish

Vinyl – Metallic Vinyl in Gold and Silver

Double Sided Adhesive Tape

Clear Plastic Plate from Dollar Tree 5.75″ in diameter

White Craft Glue

Rayon Embroidery thread in Gold color

Gift ribbon in Silver color

Large hand sewing needle

Short silver twist tie

Settings:

Machine used – 15″ Maxx Air

Blade used – Red cap standard material blade

Force Р50 for green cardstock, 60 for aqua cardstock, 17 for vinyl

Speed – 80

Instructions:

These are the parts I used to used to present the ornaments last year.

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I cut 4.5″ circles from the aqua cardstock to fit the center of the plastic plates (because of the pearlized finish the color completely washed out in the photo).¬† I used a wood burning type tool to melt two holes in the plate to be used to attach the ornament to the plate.¬† The cardstock circle was attached to the plate with double sided tape.¬† A large hand sewing needle was pushed through the holes in the plate to create holes in the¬† cardstock.¬† A silver twist tie was used to secure the beaded snowflake ornament to the cardstock and plate.

These are the additional parts I would have liked to make and use to present the ornaments.

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Cardstock ornament shapes with machine stitching around the edge as a decoration.  The notched edge piece is scored at the base of the notches, the edges folded in at a 90 degree angle and then glued to the bottom half of the ornament shapes.

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A dot of craft glue on each tab holds the strip in place.  Glue was placed on the tabs on the other edge and the second ornament shape placed so it lined up with the first  ornament shape to form a box with a narrow bottom and an open top.

Snowflakes, “Merry Christmas”, and an ornament top were cut from vinyl and placed on the front of the box.

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The plate with the ornament attached was placed inside of the box.

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A hole in the ornament top area provides a place to tie a ribbon to close the box and to add a bit of decoration.

Of course I won’t be gifting my co-workers with beaded snowflake ornaments this Christmas, but I might try to come up with an idea for a circular gift just so I can use this idea.

Files for the ornament box can be found at this link.

Ornament Gift Box Cut Files_JudyKay

 

 

Photo frame

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So I was cruising PInterest, like I do and I found this site:

http://www.lotsofdiy.com/great-idea-for-photos/

So I thought I’d create the file in MTC.

I used a white core paper so the dash lines show a little bit, but I guess I could’ve inked them to take care of that.

Materials:

Zing

  • Cardstock (DCWV Christmas stack used here)
  • embellishments and ribbon
  • glue

 

Directions:

  1. Cut out the file on cardstock and crease the fold lines.
  2. Glue the top and bottom of the frame first. In this picture, the person who made this did the top, then the right side. I found it easier to glue the top and bottom and then gently slip the left and ride sides into those angles.
  3. Embellish as desired.

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Optional: Check out what they did to it. This would be pretty easy to recreate with just a rectangle and some pearls or metal brads for faux screws:

 

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Settings:

Zing

  • f – 98
  • speed: 10/10

Here’s the file:

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A Tag/An Ornament

If you are a frequent visitor to our site, you know that I enjoy being able to combine my sewing and cutting hobbies when making a project for a post.  I have used both again for the project this month.  I cut Christmas shapes out of a thin plastic and then decorated them by sewing lines of outline stitching on them.  They can be used as tags for gifts or as ornaments or possibly both after the gifts have been opened.  I used my KNK Studio software and my Make the Cut software to create and cut the shapes.

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Materials Used:

Thin clear plastic – I used some clear poly plastic that is .12mm thick

Water soluble mesh embroidery stabilizer – “Wet N Gone”

Various 40 wt rayon and polyester embroidery threads to match yarns

Various fine metallic yarns in gold, silver, white, and red

Settings:

Machines used – 15″ KNK Maxx Air, Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro sewing machine

Blade – Red Cap Standard Material Blade

Force – 40 for the plastic, 14 for the vinyl

Speed Р80,  1 pass

Instructions/Information:

The mat I used was very sticky and I still put some strips of painter’s tape on the edges of the plastic pieces to hold them in place during the cutting.¬† The shapes I used are very basic and include a hole for a ribbon or cord.

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The water soluble stabilizer was placed under the cut plastic shape to provide traction during the sewing process as well as to prevent damage from the feed dogs.  Since the yarn that I used is too heavy to be used in the needle of the sewing machine, I employed a method of sewing known as Bobbin Work.  The heavier thread/yarn is wound onto the bobbin and regular weight thread is used in the needle.  A special bobbin case that can have tension adjustments made to it is used.  The piece being sewn is placed with the right side down so the bobbin thread appears on the right side when the stitching is completed.

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In order to more easily see the clear plastic that I was sewing on, I outline the piece on the stabilizer with a marker that also washes away.  When the stitching was complete, I soaked and rinsed the pieces in warm water to dissolve the stabilizer and markings.

I cut names out of vinyl to personalize the tags/ornaments.

Cutting files for the basic shapes can be found here Tag Shapes Cut Files_JudyKay