Cheerful Card

I have a dear friend who recently lost the majority of the contents of her apartment due to water and smoke damage when the apartment above hers burned.  She will be moving to another apartment in the complex in a few days.  When she does I am going to send her a card I made using a file from My Scrap Chick.  They have some wonderful files and I can often find one that fits the occasion I am wanting to make a card or box or something else for.

This is the card I made for my friend – card front

Card inside

Materials Used:

Various Cardstocks

Vinyl – Oracal 631 type

Uni-ball Signo white ink pen

Settings:

Machine & Blade used:  KNK Force & red capped (standard Material) Blade

Cardstocks:  Blade Tension 2, Passes 1 or 2, Cutting Depth 60 – 75, Cutting Speed 25

Vinyls:  Blade Tension 1, Passes 1, Cutting Depth 20, Cutting Speed 20

Comments:

The words were handwritten with the Uni-ball Signo white ink pen.  The Firefly’s eyes, antennae, the bulb screw base and filament were cut from vinyl.  The remainder of the pieces were cut from cardstock.

 

 

Rock-It Rhinestone Flock

 

Who doesn’t like sparkles? Adding rhinestones to a quilt gives it an extra pizzazz and grabs your attention. Rock-It Rhinestone Flock makes creating hundreds of rhinestone designs easy.

Hot fix crystals are a fun way to add sparkle to your quilts, but it can be tedious applying thousands of crystals one by one. Using a rhinestone placement template, you can recreate a design across several areas of your quilt while applying multiples all at once. On most of my quilts I average 3000 to 5000 crystals in various sizes. Rhinestone templates help speed up the process by days!

Rock-It Rhinestone Flock is easily cut with KNK cutting machines. Rhinestone SVG files are designed replacing cut lines with small holes corresponding to the standard crystal sizes. Most cutting design software programs like Sure Cuts A Lot, have a rhinestone tool to help automate this process turning a regular design or font into a rhinestone outline or even a filled object.

Materials

Rock-It Rhinestone Flock

Rhinestone Transfer Tape

Maxx Air Settings

Blue Blade, Force + 60-75, Speed = 400, Passes = 2, Blade Height = 25

Force Settings

KNK Force Thick Material Blade, Blade Tension = 2, Passes = 2, SD = 50, CD/ED = 50, CS = 25.

Remove the flock material from the backing sheet and apply directly to the mat before cutting. This helps the weeding much easier as when you pull the flock from the mat the circles remain.

Once the template is cut and weeded, apply the sticky side of the material to a backing board. You can use cardstock or the original carrier sheet for your backing. To use the template pour some rhinestones on and sweep into the holes with a brush. Pick up your design out of the template with a sticky heat resistant Rhinestone Transfer Tape. This allows you to place your crystal motif onto the quilt and use an iron to heat set the crystals all at once!

Parked Ticked

That’s right – Parked Ticket, not Parking Ticket.  In the accounting system used by the store where I work, there is the ability to ‘run a tab’ for customers while they are in classes and need to purchase supplies.  The system’s name for those ‘tabs’ is Parked Tickets.  It is a very handy feature to have.  Unfortunately, with several employees working at any one time and customers asking different ones to add items to a Parked Ticket for them, we sometimes ended up with multiple Parked Tickets for the same person on the same day.

The owner wanted something to remind both customers and employees that a customer had a Parked Ticket in the system.  She thought if we had some kind of a token that we gave to the customer when we created a Parked Ticket that it would remind all of us that one existed.  She asked me if I could make something on my “magic cutter” – my KNK Force.  This is what we ended up with.

Materials Used:

Cardstock

Copy Paper

Laminating Sleeves

Settings :

Machine:  KNK Force, Blade:  Standard Material Blade (red cap),  Passes:  1, Blade Tensions:  2 – 2 1/2 (depending on cardstock),  Cutting Depth:  40 – 65 (depending on cardstock), Cutting Speed:  25, Blade Offset:  Red Blade,  Overcut:  38

Information:

Car shapes were created in Make the Cut.  The cars were cut out of cardstock and a ‘sign’ pasted on one side.  They were then laminated so they would have a rectangular shape, be all the same size, and would be more durable than just cardstock.  A hole is punched into one corner so they can hang on a hook by each of the cash registers.  When a Parking Ticket is started for a customer, they are handed one of these ‘reminders’ and their name is written on it with a dry erase marker so it can be identified in case of a mix-up.  When they check out, the employee knows to look for the Parked Ticket instead of starting a new ticket and can erase the name and return the car to the parking lot (the hook by the register).  So far it has worked well and both customers and employees find it helpful.  And, I enjoy finding ways to make creative and helpful things with my Force.

 

Check Out My Etchings

A few years ago my friend made me an etched glass coaster that was personalized with my initial.  It is a square heavy glass candle base that has a recessed circular area for the candle – or in my case for the glass.  I use it every day and it is a treasured reminder of my friend and our friendship.  When I was thinking about what to give to my co-workers for Christmas gifts, I decided to make similar etched coasters for them.  This is a picture of my etched coaster.

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Materials Used:

Oracal 631 Vinyl

Standard Material Red Cap Blade

Armour Etch glass etching cream

Painters Tape

plastic trash bags

Heavy square glass candle bases from Michael’s

Settings:

Machine used:  KNK Force, Blade: Standard Material Red Cap, Blade Tension: 1, Passes: 1, Cutting Depth: 18, Cutting Speed: 15

Instructions/Comments:

My friend was generous enough to share her cutting files with me so I was able to use them and didn’t have to start from scratch to come up with a design for the border and the little flower beside the initial.

Because I needed to make 12 of these coasters, I previewed several script fonts to find one that I liked all of the letters I was going to use.  In the end I picked one that I liked most of the letters and then ‘adjusted’ the other letters to my liking.

I wanted the vinyl mask I cut to fit the shape of the coaster as closely as possible so I measured and drew and tweaked an outline around the border design until it was as close as I could get it.  To test the fit of the mask, I used the test pen to draw my various versions on paper and could place the coaster on top of the drawing to check the fit.

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The vinyl masks for the center initial and the small flower were cut separately and then put on the coaster.  After all of the pieces were in place, the remaining glass was covered with painters tape and pieces of plastic trash bags so the glass was completely covered top and bottom.

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The etching cream was applied with a small plastic spatula to two or three of the coasters at a time and allowed to sit for about 30 minutes before being scraped off.

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The coasters were then washed under running water and the mask and tape and plastic removed under the running water.  Here are the completed coasters.  Yes, we have a few other people whose names begin with “J” besides me. Optimized-Finished When I weeded the masks for the initials, I saved the vinyl initials and used them to make tags for the coasters.  I sewed gift bags out of Christmas fabric, wrapped the coasters in bubble wrap, placed them in the bags, and pinned the tags onto the bags.

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The coasters were a hit plus it was a good ‘advertisement’ since the store where I work is now selling the Zing – soon the Zing Orbit – and we will be teaching people how to cut fabric for appliques with them as well as all the other fun things we can cut and make.

Oh Christmas Tree

One of the recent free files offered by My Scrap Chick was a set of three Christmas Trees.  The trees are very attractive and could be used in many ways.  I chose to make them as multi layered decorations similar to the way that they are pictured at the My Scrap Chic website.  The main difference between their sample and mine is that they glued their tree layers together and I stitched mine together on the sewing machine so my layers are only one piece of cardstock where theirs are two pieces glued together.

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Materials Used:

Green Cardstock

Green Sewing Thread

Liquid Glue

Settings:

Machine used: KNK Force, Blade: Standard Material Blade (red cap), Blade Tension: 2, Passes: 1, Cutting Depth: 65, Cutting Speed: 25, Blade Offset: Red Cap, Blade Overcut: .38

Instructions/Comments:

The trees were cut in sets of 5.  Then stacked in their set.  The top tree was marked using a Centering Ruler with a line down the middle of the tree where the stack would be stitched.  This is a ruler that I’ve had for several years and it is very handy to mark the center of a lot of projects.  I like that it has metric as well as Imperial measurements on it.

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The stacks were then clipped together and sewn on my sewing machine using a size 90 embroidery needle and cotton thread in the needle and bobbin with a stitch length of 3.0.

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I used a wide foot to give the machine more gripping area to keep the stack from shifting.  After they were sewn, I secured the thread ends by tying a knot at each end on the bobbin side and put a drop of liquid glue on the knots before trimming the tread ends.

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Two layers were folded away from the center layer to give the trees dimension so they would stand up.  A bit of white paint could be added to the trees to look like snow.  Using the cutout from the tree would make a good aperture for a card front.

My Scrap Chick is very generous with their files and they cut really well.  Thank you ladies!