It Rocks!

In Wisconsin many communities have “rock” related Facebook pages such as Shawano Rocks or The Fox Valley rocks. The idea behind the pages is for people to decorate small rocks and to place them around the community for others to find . Once you find a rock you can hide it again or keep it. My 6 year old great niece, Olivia, loves finding and keeping them.

I found a bag of dark washed rocks at the dollar store and decided to get them. My intention was to let the little ones decorate them and hide them. But as they sat in my craft room waiting for their journey to the children, I couldn’t resist and decided to decorate some of them.

 

I had a scrap of turquoise glitter vinyl that I thought would really pop on the dark rocks. The scrap was only about 4×6  but I was able to do the rocks and have some left. I used clear transfer tape to transfer them on to the rocks. I can’t wait to give them to Olivia to hide and she can decorate the rest of the rocks!

 

Materials

Glitter vinyl

Clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

Red capped blade

Speed 450

Force 45

These “rocks” were small so the lettering is small, most words are 1″ x .30″ but they cut and transferred fine.

I speak fluent sarcasm…

I know, I’ve used this site a million times. But it’s free! And the files cut beautifully.

https://lovesvg.com/2018/04/i-speak-fluent-sarcasm-6280

So I bought some of those 8×8 canvases at Michael’s and knew I wanted to decorate them. I found the perfect saying for me and fired up good old Maxx and had this done in about ten minutes. Which was good, because I was hurrying to get done before I lost my light to take pictures. I was actually going to give this as a gift, but now I sort of want to keep it since I DO speak fluent sarcasm, in case you haven’t noticed.

Machine: KNK MAXX 24 35/300.

You know, I don’t think I’ve changed any settings in the past year on my Maxx. I just use it for vinyl and it cuts perfectly every time.

 

 

 

 

Earrings

Sorry for the late post. I knew what I wanted to make but haven’t had a spare minute to make it. My son’s girlfriend decided we should try making earrings so we bought the basic supplies. We then decided it may be a winter craft project because so far it has been to nice out to sit inside.

I saw a lot of leather earrings and then found that Cricut made a faux leather. You know if it cuts with a Cricut it will cut better with a KNK. Because I was in a hurry these are a rough draft. I used the red capped blade and should have used the blue or maybe even the fabric. The faux leather has a felt like back and cutting it with the red capped blade resulted in a lot of “fuzzies” that need cleaning up. The fuzzies are hard to cut with a scissors so I may apply some type of sealant to the back to hold them down. They aren’t “awesome” but it was fun trying something new and I will continue to work with the faux leather.

Materials

Cricut faux leather

jump ring

earring hook

Settings

red capped blade (I would suggest blue)

15″ KNK Maxx

Force 90 4 passes

Speed 500

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…

Photo Jan 16, 4 57 43 PM

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:

ryanping

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.

Photo Jan 16, 4 57 07 PM Photo Jan 16, 4 57 00 PM

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

Photo Jan 16, 6 18 33 PM

meatloaf

Photo Jan 12, 6 15 18 PM

mongolian beef

Photo Jan 11, 7 12 01 PM

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

Photo Jan 09, 5 39 13 PM

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 😉 (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.