Vinyl meets the Instapot

So let me preface this post by admitting I don’t cook. It’s not that I can’t, I don’t like to do it. And I married someone who cooks, so I’ve been able to get out of it all these years. So my friends and mom have been raving about this pressure cooker telling me it will change my life as I know it.

I didn’t believe them.

So I got one for Christmas. And I started using it. And magical things happened. Magical food things happened. So something I’d never thought I would admit in a million years has happened. I kind of like this cooking thing. It’s not too bad.

In honor of my new skillllzzzzzz, I felt the Instapot needed to be spruced up a bit. Plus I saw some decorations online so I fired up the Maxx and got to work…

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Yep, that’s Ryan Gosling. And there are so many memes about him flying around the internet and I saw someone selling similar ones on Etsy so I knew I could make my own.

So this was the photo I found on the internet:

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And I brought it into Photoshop and fooled around with the levels and threshold and got this:

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There were still a lot of rough edges that I knew wouldn’t cut very well so I want to play around with this a little more because I want to be able to do this on my own with other images. For this project, I ended up tracing one already done (so unfortunately, I can’t share the file). But I got to thinking, it might be fun to try to draw the above image with the pen tool and see what I get. Or if I run a cross-hatch filter on it, it would be neat to engrave. There are tons of possibilities.

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So excuse the horrible iPhone pictures, but here are some of the dishes I’ve made in the past couple weeks. The family has given me thumbs up on most of the meals and they are a pretty picky bunch:

Photo Jan 19, 6 04 30 PM sweet and sour chicken

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meatloaf

Photo Jan 12, 6 15 18 PM

mongolian beef

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lasagna (this one was weird! You put everything in the pan raw, noodles and cheese and meat and then it just cooks it all!) Photo Jan 10, 6 06 57 PM

sesame chicken

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garlic pasta with zucchini and peas

Sorry. Didn’t mean to turn TeamKNK into TeamInstapot…. but I’ll tell you what, I love that thing! Almost as much as my Maxx ­čśë (see what I did there?) I may be late to this bandwagon, but I jumped onto it.

Materials

KNK Maxx

Make the Cut software

black vinyl

instapot (heh heh heh)

red blade

Directions

  1. Find cool images or draw your own
  2. Throw food into instapot and start it.
  3. Cut out vinyl and stick to side of instapot (though I kinda recommend you not doing this while it’s on because that little sucker gets HOT)
  4. Follow Ryan’s advice and kick back and relax.

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Let the fun begin!

Today marks the beginning of my favorite time of year, winter in Wisconsin.

Christmas is officially over so now it is time to clean and spend time doing things that I love. (I actually love cleaning too)

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I have 2 grandchildren, 17 great nieces and nephews, and a handful of extra special little ones in my life. I can’t tell you how much joy it brings to me to be able to make them special gifts. 2 of my nieces live one house apart and each have 3 kids, a boy and 2 girls each, all close in age . The 2 youngest girls are best friends so I was asked to make them these shirts. The glitter heat transfer vinyl is so much fun to work with.

img_5478-min img_5477-min A friends son is 40 and single, she asked me to make a shirt for his nephew and this is what I made.

img_5472-min A friend going to Mexico requested a shirt…

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And school football shirts for her 3 little grandsons, school colors are orange and black.

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And when you have a granddaughter and a bunch of grandnieces who could resist this…

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So, yes, I have had a bit of fun already, more to come!

 

Materials

Glitter vinyl

Thermoflex Plus vinyl

Heat press

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

Red capped blade

Force  50 for Thermoflex

90 for Glitter vinyl

Speed  450

I read somewhere that if you want vinyl to weed easy use multi cut and cut it with 2 passes. I tried it because the thermoflex is stretchy and it did make a difference.

 

Time to start making those Christmas cards

I actually did mine this past winter but decided to make these two that I saw on line. Sorry for the cruddy photos, my new camera arrives tomorrow. It is hard to believe it is November, it was almost 70 in Wisconsin today.

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Cardstock

Vinyl

Cuttlebug

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force

Vinyl 36

Cardstock 90

Speed 400

The first picture I cut the snowflakes from a silver glitter vinyl, the bird from red glitter vinyl and the deer and  tree from indoor vinyl. The paper is Cordination textured cardstock. The second card is all Coredination card stock run through the Cuddlebug to emboss and I used some stickles on the snowflake.

Here are the files for an A6 card in KNK snowflake-card and MTC snowflake-card-2

Homecoming… or HoCo…

as I learned it was called. This month my son asked me to help make him a sign to ask a girl to the Homecoming Dance. He told me he wanted the theme to be Sponge bob, so he downloaded the picture of the pirate from the internet and printed it out. From there, we used MTC to design the sign (drew a rectangle the size of the sign and designed inside that rectangle.) We also downloaded a free sponge bob font from the internet. Here it is:

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Sorry the color is so bad on the picture. We worked on it the night before he presented it to her. We cut the vinyl out in green and then he wanted to use a marker to draw the square where she could check off her answer (notice there was no option for no) and he wanted a speech bubble.

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He says this is a horrible picture of him, but here he is at school asking her to the dance.

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I was told she isn’t a fan of taking pictures, but she did say yes and they had a great time together. Just as an aside: He has been in love with her since Kindergarten, but they have remained friends through out the years. He will probably clobber me for telling the inter webs that, so ssshhhhh. ­čÖé ­čÖé

Machine:

KNK Maxx 24

Materials

Tagboard from Dollar Tree (50 cents! And vinyl goes on it great!) They also sell the foam core for a buck and that works great too!

green vinyl… from my closet… that dark and scary place

Spongebob font from www.dafont.com. It’s free. Cuts okay, the letter spacing is a little funky, but my son told me I wasn’t allowed to fix the kerning issues that were bugging me. ­čÖé

Until next month!

baseball love

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It’s July. Little League is winding down, but MLB is still going strong. My son plays on a travel ball team and while they aren’t currently doing tournaments, he still practices a few times a week. I saw a shirt on Facebook that had the word love with the ball as the o and bats as a v. I thought, I could easily do that in Make the Cut. So I did. Except I made the o a heart and just put some baseball seams in it.

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A tip you probably already know: Whenever you have to layer more than one color in vinyl, it helps to cut the whole thing in one color and then use transfer tape to transfer the other colors to the design. For example, I cut this all in black and then took everything that wasn’t supposed to be black off the vinyl and used transfer tape to put the red in the right spot and then layered the white on top of the red. I didn’t do so great layering the heart, but it was close enough.

Machine:

KNK Maxx

f- 32

v-350

Materials:

vinyl: red, black and white

baseball ribbon

6″ cork circle… I think I bought them at dollar tree. Not sure, I’ve had them for awhile.

The file isn’t perfect, but it’s free, so feel free to modify it to suit your needs. When I have more time, I want to play with the seams a little more on the heart.

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