Carry Me

I am again using my wonderful KNK Force to allow me to make something for the store where I work.  We have a new line of embroidery threads and want to do something special and eye catching to promote the sales.  I was asked to put together some mini collections.  Immediately I started thinking about what I could make with my Force to present these mini collection.  This is what I came up with.

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I thought that four would be a good number of threads to start with and since we also sell them individually, the customers can purchase additional colors as they want.

Materials Used:

Recollections Kraft Cardstock Paper

Liquid scrapbooking glue

Settings:

Machine:  KNK Force

Blade:  Standard Materials Blade (red cap),  Blade Tension 2,  Passes 2, Starting Depth  60,  Ending Depth 75, Cutting Speed 25,  Blade Offset  0.25,  Blade Overcut  .50

Additional Info:

Here are pictures of the parts of the box prior to assembly, and after assembly.

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I’m thinking that Snoopy makes a great background for photos of things he has cut!!  (Snoopy is my Force).  I used inspiration from several cup carriers that I’ve seen on the internet and then did my own thing using both my KNK Studio and Make the Cut software to prepare the files for cutting.

I am delighted that the box parts cut beautifully on my Force.  The large ends of the handle piece (the one with 2 holes) are folded at 90 degrees and glued to the inside of the bottom of the box.  The spools of thread are placed in the box and then the insert (the one with 4 holes) is placed over the handle and the spools to hold them in place and to help keep them from falling out.  I will be putting labels on the sides of the box to describe what is inside and to dress them up a bit.

 

Road Trip

As many of you know, I really enjoy being able to combine my hobbies/crafts in my projects.  This month’s project is no exception.  The shop where I work participated in a Shop Hop this past weekend.  The theme of the Shop Hop was “Road Trip”.  Each of the participating shops created a design for a quilt block that represented a location in Colorado that could be visited on a road trip.  Since there were many people in the shop at any one time, I wanted the customers to be able to readily identify the staff for any questions or requests for help.  We had recently gotten a design collection that included a cute embroidered car that I decided would make an appropriate Road Trip “badge” for us to wear.  I embroidered the cars and added a card stock back piece with the words “Road Trip Guide” on them.  After Shop Hop was over, we pinned our cars on the border of our Road Trip quilt which was designed to look like a road.

Optimized-RT GuideTags Materials Used:

Black cardstock

Silver vinyl

Settings:

Machine Used:  KNK Force

Cardstock:  Blade – Red Cap Standard Material, Blade Tension – 2 1/4, Passes – 2, Cutting Depth/Ending Depth – 40, Cutting Speed – 25, Blade Offset – .25, Closed Path Overcut – .45

Vinyl:  Blade – Red Cap Standard Material, Blade Tension – 1, Passes – 1, Cutting Depth/Ending Depth – 18, Cutting Speed – 15, Blade Offset – .25, Closed Path Overcut – .45

Details:

A jewelry finding pin was hot glued to the back of the embroidered cars.  The cardstock back piece was created in my Make the Cut and KNK Studio software.  I used a screen captured image of the outline stitching of the car to create a silhouette of the car.  I then made a slightly smaller copy of that silhouette using the Shadow Layer feature with a negative number.  The bottom edge of the Shadow Layer image was extended and shaped with curves to resemble a road.  The words were fit to the path of the curves at the bottom of the back piece.

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 A cutout was created using two circles and a skinny rectangle and Boolean joined to the backpiece.  Thus the back piece could be fitted over the pin on the back side of the car and could easily be removed.

Burger w/o Cheese

I have a friend who has gotten hooked on Smashburgers.  She lives in Tennessee and comes to the Denver area once or twice a year.  She has been known to dine at Smashburger 4 times in a week.  Last week she was in town to help promote the products she represents that we sell at our store.  When I saw the hamburger box card in the SVG Cuts Sunday with Dad collection I knew it would be a perfect Thank You card for her.

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Since she is allergic to dairy products I left off the cheese.

Materials Used:

Various card stocks

Chalk for shading

White gel pen for sesame seeds

Scrapbook glue

Wall vinyl

Settings:

Machine Used:  KNK Force

Blade Used for cardstock:  Red cap blade, Passes 1 or 2 depending on thickness of cardstock, Blade Tension – 2, Starting Depth – 65, Ending Depth – 65, 70, or 75 depending on the thickness of the cardstock, Cutting Speed – 25

Blade Used for Vinyl:  Red cap blade, Passes 1, without mat, Blade Tension -1, Cutting Depth – 25, Cutting Speed – 15

I chose to do the scoring by hand rather than having it done by the Force because I am very new to using the Force.  I will practice using the dual tool feature for my next project that uses cutting and scoring.

The file cut very well and was easy to assemble.  I did open the SVG files in Make the Cut and re-export them to position them where I wanted them on the mat.

I have been intrigued by the box cards since I first saw them and now that I have made one I realize that they are not at all difficult to cut and assemble. Here is a view of the card from the top.

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The back of the card includes a space where you can put a message.

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The file from SVG Cuts includes an envelope that is large enough to accommodate the size of the card when folded.

BTW, my friend loved her card.

A Touch of Magic

Last week on Thursday and Friday the store I work for hosted a two day sewing event showcasing products by Husqvarna Viking and Jenny Haskins.  The theme for the event was “A Touch of Magic”.  My dear friend Lynn had sent me a Valentine gift made using a miniature paper coffee cup with a lid and that inspired me to purchase some of the cups to make favors for each of the persons attending this event.  Using the Magic theme, I created these cups.

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Materials Used:

Smooth cardstock in white and colors

Holographic vinyl in silver

White iridescent yarn

5mm thick white Silly Winks Foam Sheet

Woodpile brand Slim Sticks from a craft store

4 oz Paper Poly Hot Cups and Lids from Webstaurantstore.com

Flower pins created using nylon organza, Jenny Haskins’ Krinkle Magic, rayon embroidery threads, and jewelry finding pins

Alcohol Inks

Double sided scrapbooking tape

White craft glue

Hot glue

Fabri-Tac glue

Machines Used:

KNK 15″ Maxx Air and KNK Force

Colored cardstocks were cut on the KNK Force using a Standard Material Red Cap blade, a blade tension of 3, 2 passes, a starting depth of 110, an ending depth of 120, a cutting speed of 30, a blade offset of .25, and an overcut of .45

White cardstock was printed on an inkjet printer and cut on the KNK 15″ Maxx Air via Make The Cut Print-n-Cut.  Blade used – Standard Material Red Cap, Force – 50, Speed – 65, 2 passes

Silver holographic vinyl was cut on the KNK 15″ Maxx Air with a Standard Material Red Cap blade at a force of 20, and a speed of 65 with one pass.

Project Creation:

The pieces used to create the cups are shown in this photo:

Pieces-Optimized As seen in the first photo, cups were made in two different color ways: pink and purple.  The flowers were created on the embroidery machine as three different layers, steamed to cause the Krinkle Magic to shrink, stacked and sewn together on the machine, and a jewelry finding pin hot glued to the back. The larger pieces of card stock were used to cover the outside of the cup.  The narrow piece of cardstock with the vinyl lettering is the band placed over the larger piece of cardstock.  Cardstock was glued to the cup with white glue.  The octagonal piece was cut from the 5mm sheet of foam and colored with alcohol ink.  That was hot glued to the seam where the smaller cardstock band was joined.  A slit was cut in the foam and the pin on the flower inserted into the slit so the flower could be easily removed from the cup and worn.

The scalloped circles with the printing on them were created using the Make the Cut software and used the Print-N-Cut function.  These were placed on the tops of the lids with double sided adhesive tape.

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The “magic wands” in the cups are the slim sticks dyed with alcohol inks.  Iridescent yarn was threaded through a hole in the end of the stick, shredded with a toothbrush, glued in place with Fabri-Tac glue and two silver holographic vinyl stars placed back to back for the top.

A total of 40 people signed up for the event.  I made 48 cups so each attendee and the presenters and helpers would each have one.

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Of course the cups were filled with chocolate candies as an extra added treat.

Thanks to Lynn for her inspiration and sharing her files for the cup covers and bands.

 

Beach Wedding Invitations

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My daughter, Brooke is getting married in May to her love. They are having the ceremony on the beach at sunset. Since they met while working on a summer stock play about the great native American chief Tecumseh, their wedding theme incorporates both native American symbols and beach motifs.

I am making a few things for the wedding, the first major project was the invitations. To save some time, I ordered the invitation paper and card pockets from Cards and Pockets. Since the art and design work on the invitations was the best use of my time, the precut cards were a blessing.

But I needed something to decorate the front of the invitation closure and could not find that perfect thing in the shops. I decided to make my own using my new KNK Force and leftover cardstock from the invitation precuts.

Materials

KNK Force Standard Material Detail Blade

Cardstock – I used the Cards and Pockets enclosure cards which are a 90LB slightly textured cardstock.

Ribbon

String

 

KNK Force Settings

  • Blade = Red Blade
  • Blade Offset = .01
  • Blade Tension = 2.5
  • Passes = 1
  • Starting Depth = 90
  • Cutting Depth/Ending Depth = 90
  • Cutting Speed = 25

I was using leftover enclosure cards from the invitation stock so the colors would match, and wanted to get as many sand dollars as possible out of the cards. I created a SVG in Make the Cut, using the card size of 3.5” x 6.5”, I sized my sand dollar image to fit as many as I could on one card. The C3 software for the Force does not yet allow the moving or rotating of cut files, so I made 2 versions for exporting the SVG, a portrait and a landscape. This way I was able to load up six cards on the Force mat turning some horizontal and some vertical.

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Since I am just beginning to find my way around the Force, I chose to cut each card separately, moving the blade to each card in turn and using the appropriate file for the orientation of the card on the mat.

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This was a simple job for the Force and I am happy to say the cuts were great and I am really pleased at the final look of the invitations.

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