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. 🙂 🙂

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. 🙂

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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It’s a windmill! (Almost)

The property that we own was at one time a farm. The only thing left of the old farmstead is the silo. 6 years ago, my husband built a barn, it is red, white and blue. Once the barn was up he often commented that it would be nice to have a windmill. This past month I found a great windmill at a great price in Shipshewana, Indiana. I bought it and it arrived in days. Some assembly required…the dreaded words. My husband is pretty handy, after all he built a barn, and the instructions said the windmill could be assembled in 2 hours. So many days later we have this

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a 30 foot windmill laying on it’s side. It needs to get stood upright, cement footings poured to level and anchor it, and then we need to rent a lift to get to the top of the windmill and add the spinning thing. (Are you still following me?) Apparently you can’t put the spinning thing on prior to standing it up as it may bend the frame. After looking at the tail section for a week my husband suggested we add to it. It came with a red vinyl edge , as did each fin on the spinning part. Here it is covered with transfer tape.

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He wanted it red, white and blue like the barn. So I added a white and blue stripe and then personalized it with our name and the year we married. Now I can’t wait until it is up and spinning.

 

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Materials

Outdoor vinyl

Transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force  46

Speed  250

I hope that everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July.