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


Machine Used: KNK 15″ Maxx Air

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


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.


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.



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

Paper Lantern for a Beach Wedding

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My daughter got married last weekend and I crafted my fingers off, creating special gifts and décor for the wedding beach theme. Custom paper lanterns for the reception tables was one of the more complex tasks made easier with my KNK Maxx Air cutting machine.


KNK Zing/Zing Air/Maxx Air Standard Material Detail Blade

Force Embossing Tool

KNK Zing/Zing Air large 14″ X 24″ Mat (Blue Grid)

Stardream Cover Weight 105# Paper

Bazzill Cardstock

Gold Vellum

Xyron Adhesive Machine

Double Sided Tape

EK tools Chisel Tip Glue Pen

LED Tea Lights

Adhesive Velcro

Wood bases; ⅝” plywood cut to 5½” squares

Adhesive Velcro

Wood bases; ⅝” plywood cut to 5½” squares

I designed the lantern frame in Make The Cut! and used several purchased SVG files for the overlay units.  (Get your free lantern frame file here! Tall Rectangle Lantern)

After creating a shadow layer of the sand dollar and starfish units. I then welded the shadow layer to the frame along with the coral branch.


The completed frame was then embossed and cut from the Stardream 105# paper. The score fold lines were embossed first using the Force Embossing Tool and after changing to the Red Blade, the cut layer was executed.

The seahorse, sand dollar and starfish were cut from the Bazzill cardstock in their original sizes. Since the vellum was just simple rectangles I just cut them with a ruler and rotary cutter so I could cut multiple layers of vellum.

I needed to make eleven lanterns. My lanterns were 10” tall and 11.8” wide on each lantern side, so I cut them out in halves. Therefore, I needed to cut 22 lantern halves and each half fit on one piece of the custom size paper I ordered. In addition, each frame needed to be embossed and cut, so machine settings had to be changed at each layer. I also needed 22 seahorses, 22 sand dollars and 22 starfish overlays to complete the project.

That is a lot of mat and paper changing. So to help me remember the settings for each step, I kept the information for each paper type and tool in the Project Notes in the Make The Cut! workspace for the project file. This proved invaluable to help keep the project moving along and it is documented for future use as well.

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Maxx Air Settings

Lantern: Emboss/Score

  • Blade = Force Embossing Tool
  • Force =185
  • Velocity = 200
  • # Passes = 4
  • Blade Offset = 0
  • Lantern: Cut
  • Blade = Red Blade
  • Force =117
  • Velocity = 200
  • # Passes = 2
  • Blade Offset = .25

Seahorse, Starfish and Sand Dollar

  • Blade = Red Blade
  • Force =90
  • Velocity = 200
  • # Passes = 2
  • Blade Offset = .25

Lantern Assembly

  • Pre-fold all score lines on the lantern halves before attaching together.
  • Run the double sided tape on the inside of the lantern around the outside of the rectangle openings in the frame. Apply your vellum “glass”.


  • Apply Xyron adhesive to the overlay shapes and then apply to the outside of the frame and vellum.


  • Apply double sided tape to a tab and circle the rest of the tab with the liquid glue. Line up and press to adhere. Apply adhesive to the remaining tab and complete lantern.
  • Mount the LED tea lights to the wooden base with Velcro so you can remove them to turn the lights on and off.
  • Slide the completed lantern on the base and you are done!


The lanterns were a fair bit of work since I did eleven of them, but the tables looked wonderful with the soft glow from the lights. This lantern can be customized to any theme by welding shapes for your special occasion to the lantern frame.

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Woven Backgrounds

I recently saw pictures of some clever cards that used a background of woven strips of paper.  Even though I spend a lot of time cutting pieces of fabric with a ruler and rotary cutter, I knew I would not be able to cut the quantity of same sized strips that would be needed to create a woven background.  But I knew my 15″ Maxx Air would do the job for me.  And it did!!  Quickly and beautifully!

Here is a picture of the first weaving piece.


Materials Used:



Machine used:  15″ Maxx Air

Red (standard material) blade, Force – 70, Speed – 200, 1 pass, 25 PIN


The first thing I needed to do was to create a file of parallel lines which were the distance apart that matched the width of the strips I wanted to create.  This was so very easy using Make the Cut software!

Begin by drawing a straight line the length that you want.  I used the pencil tool and held down the Ctrl key as I moved my cursor to keep the line straight.  If the line isn’t the length you want, you can unlock the padlock for the object dimensions, type in the length, and press enter to change the size of the line.


To make multiple lines, use the Duplicate function and specify the spacing as the width of the strips.  Remember to add one to the number of lines to get what you want.  For example, if you want 20 strips, draw 21 lines.


Then position your shape where you want it based on the size of your paper.  I chose to cut 11″ lines on 12″ cardstock so I would have a border all around the strips.  Then I could decide which borders I wanted to remove.  It is much easier to do the weaving when the strips are attached at one end than when they are all loose.  Of course, you can line them up and put some painters tape over one end to hold them also.

Here are some examples of the results of my attempts at weaving.  I used two different colors of cardstock that I thought would photograph well.  You could use more than two colors for your weaving or even use some printed papers instead.  For a formal occasion card it would be attractive to use metallic or even glittered cardstock/paper. Keep in mind that the heavier the paper is, the more difficult it will be to snuggle the woven strips together.  If you are very creative, you could weave a plaid background.  Or even use strips of different widths.




The two pictures with the pink base are two different pieces of weaving.  The two green photos are actually the back and front of the same piece.

As you can see you would want to put some kind of a frame over the weaving to neaten or dress it up.  To give you some ideas, I used the Cookie Cutter tool in my Adobe Photoshop Elements to “cut out” some shapes,




So now it is up to you to make your own woven creations.  I remember making paper lanterns when I was in grade school.  By leaving a border all around and cutting strips in the center of your paper you would have what you needed to create a lantern.

Have Fun!!!


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.


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

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.


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.


Custom Fabric with Foam Stamps and Paint


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I taught a class last week at a major quilt show on the possible uses of cutting machines in quilting. My goal is to bring the convenience and custom work we can do with cutters to the art quilter. One of the many topics was fabric printing with custom foam stamps.

I chose a simple shape from my files to cut from craft foam. It is best to keep the shapes simple when using this material as it is difficult to cut intricate designs since the foam can tear when releasing from the waste material.


KNK Zing/Zing Air/Maxx Air Thick Material Blade

KNK Zing/Zing Air 12″ x 12″ Mat Set (Blue Grid)

Craft Foam – from the Dollar Tree store

Grafix Craft Plastic Sheets, 12-Inch by 12-Inch, 25/Pkg, Clear .020 from Amazon

Lumiere Fabric Paint  – Dharma Trading Company

Adhesive to glue the foam to a stamping base

Maxx Air Settings

  • Blade Offset = .35
  • # Passes = 1
  • Velocity = 200
  • Force =20  – I started at the recommended 10 from the manual, but got a much better result at 20
  • Blade = Blue Blade, Blade height = 13

After cutting the shape from the foam I ran the foam shapes through my Xyron 1200 Sticker machine to apply an even coat of permanent adhesive to the foam shapes. Using the Grafix plastic, I cut squares larger than the shapes to use as stamp blocks and adhered the foam shapes to the plastic.

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Loaded up the new stamp with the Lumiere paint using a foam brush.

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Positioned the stamp on my fabric and pressed firmly into the fabric. Since I made my stamp base out of clear plastic I was able to see where to stamp the next image in my design easily.

Cleaning any excess wet paint from the stamp base between stampings, helps to keep the stamped images clean and not transfer paint to any unwanted areas.

Once all the images are stamped, cover with a clean paper towel and press with a hot iron to heat set the paint.

The end result is unique original fabric to use in your next project!


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