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!

Perfect Applique Pieces

Since my post last month about learning to use the Zing to cut fabric applique pieces, I’ve been using both the Zing and Force to practice and learn more about that.  The most important piece of information that I can share with you is that you MUST have a sharp blade to get clean cuts!!!  I struggled for a long time one day and was getting very frustrated trying to cut some fabric pieces until I used a new blade.  What a difference that one thing made!  And, yes, I can see exactly what pieces I cut by the markings on my mat since I neglected to reduce the blade settings when I put in the new fabric blade.

This is a picture of the finished applique on the back of my shirt jacket.  Isn’t he a cute little guy?  Actually he measures just a bit over 7″ square.

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Materials Used:

Quilting weight cotton fabrics with Steam-A-Seam Lite fused to the wrong side.

Settings:

Machine used: KNK Force, blade: Fabric, Blade Tension: 2.5, Passes: 1, Starting/Ending Depth: 10, Cut Speed: 25, Blade Offset: .75, Overcut: .5

Information/Instructions:

The embroidery design is from an Anita Goodesign collection “Casual Friday” that will be released in December.  I am fortunate to work at a store that gets previews of soon to be released designs.

In order to prepare the applique piece cutting files, I open the design in my Viking Premier+ software and manually trace the applique piece shapes.  Then I export those shapes as SVG files.  The shapes are imported into Make The Cut and cut directly to the Zing or exported as SVG files to be used on the Force.  That description makes it sound as if it is a complicated and involved process but after the first couple of times it really goes quite quickly and since I have a background in computer programming, I enjoy doing it.

Here is a screen shot of the applique pieces as they appear in MTC.  As you can see from the picture, a lot of the fabric is overstitched with threads in the embroidery process.

optimized-pieces In order to introduce the store customers to the “cool” way to create perfect applique pieces, I am teaching two classes this week in which they will be making an embroidered pot holder with pre-cut pieces.  They will prepare their fabrics ahead of time by fusing Steam-A-Seam Lite onto the wrong side.  During class, we will cut the applique pieces for them to use in their embroidery using the Zing.

This is what they will be making.
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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.

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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.