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



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.



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.




Outdoor vinyl

Transfer tape


15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force  46

Speed  250

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

Heat transfer vinyl

About a year ago I bought a heat press. I love cutting vinyl and thought that I could have a lot of fun with heat transfer vinyl. From what I read on line you can have a lot of success using an iron but a heat press is definitely faster and less work. I don’t use it as much as I would like to but when I do it sure is fun.

A friend has a sister who is a Chicago Bears fan, we live in WI, we are not Bears fans. So her sister asked for a Bears shirt for Christmas and this is what we came up with. :O)

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The red Glitterflex HTV is so pretty on this shirt

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For a little princess in my life

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And for the little princesses Aunt I made a hoodie using Thermoflex







KNK Maxx

Red capped blade

Force 50

Speed 400

2 passes for Glitterflex

The fun thing about the shirts is that the majority of them are just using a font to create the verse and then mirroring it so that it appears correct on the shirt. Most of the shirts cost under $10 to create, including the price of the shirt. The hoodie was a bit more.

And the stockings were hung…


Every year I change up the theme for my Christmas decorations. I have three main themes I work with, classic shiny, country casual and Nordic inspired. My newest theme Nordic, needed some different stocking holders to fit the clean modern winter feel. Since we do not get snow in Florida, I have to provide my own!

I found these metal stocking holders in my local Target store. They had metal initials with magnetic bottoms you could add to personalize the holders. Since they did not have the letters I needed (and the stockings are already personalized), I decided to craft my own to match the Nordic décor theme.

Reindeer play a major role in all my Christmas decoration themes so I decided to add another herd on top of my mantel. I looked for cardstock that would have the look of metal and lucked upon some perfect cardstock at my local crafts store. Add some white glitter cardstock for snow and blue for the winter reindeer and I was ready to cut!


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

KNK Zing/Zing Air/Maxx Air Thick Material Blade

Embossing Tool

Pen Tool

Heavyweight cardstock for brace

Glitter cardstock and “metal” look cardstock for winter scene

Small magnets


After measuring the stocking holder base, I designed a background in Make the Cut! using the half round rectangle in Basic Shapes. I then created a support brace for the background as a box so that it could hold the magnets. I cheated a little here and used the box generator from Template Maker. I chose the counter display box, input my measurements into the generator, and downloaded a perfect SVG file into Make the Cut. (free MTC file for the background and base here; Stocking Hanger Scene Background.

Maxx Air Settings for cardstock

  • Blade = Red Blade, Blade height = 25
  • Force =85
  • Velocity = 300
  • # Passes = 2
  • Blade Offset = .35

Maxx Air Settings for glitter cardstock

  • Blade = Blue Blade, Blade height = 25
  • Force =100
  • Velocity = 100
  • # Passes = 3
  • Blade Offset = .35

I cut the background out of the “metal” cardstock. Since this was a heavy weight card with a laminated foil design, I upped my force and did two cutting passes to get a clean cut.

For the brace support I used an 80lb white cardstock. First, I embossed the score lines with the Embossing Tool and then I used the Pen Tool  with an air erasable marker to highlight the score lines for easier folding.  The lines stayed long enough for me to easily see the score line positions on the white cardstock. Last step was to change to the Red Blade and cut the brace. Made the folds and constructed the braces.


Using several purchased designs of reindeer and snowflakes (I got some snowflakes from the MTC Gallery) I cut out the shapes from the glitter cardstock using a Blue Blade as the glitter cardstock was very heavily textured.


Layered up the motifs on the background and glued in place. After the scenes were dry, glued the brace to the back making sure to center the brace.


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Dropped two .75” magnets in the base to attach to the metal stocking holder, centering the scene. This way they can be easily removed after Christmas.


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I really like the new look, and if I wish I can change them up every year as I please.

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It’s a Pintrest Christmas

I had some one send me this picture and ask if I could make a wood plaque for them so they could make this sign that they saw on Pintrest.




MDF wood from Home Depot

Rustoleum 2X spray paint


15″ KNK Maxx

Red capped blade

Force 46

Speed  400

Obviously the one in the picture was hand painted but she wanted to make a sign like it so that she could put her grandchild’s footprints on the plaque.


I get my wood at Home Depot and they are nice enough to cut it to size for me. I usually get it cut into 12″x24″ pieces and then if I need it smaller my husband cuts it. But, Home Depot will cut it any size for you. This plaque was 8″x 12″.

I then spray painted the plaque with white Rustoleum 2X spray paint. I like to let the paint dry for at least 24 hours. I then use a fine sanding block and lightly sand it. This makes a huge difference in having the vinyl adhere. I use a micro dusting cloth to remove any dust.

I designed the file in KNK Studio. The ovals represent the size of the little ones feet. It gave me a perspective for sizing the other pieces. The other “pieces” were either drawn in KNK Studio or used the basic shape tool.


I cut the pieces from outdoor vinyl.

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Here is the file twas the night before Christmas

So when you see something on Pintrest that you like don’t be afraid to try making it, you still have 10 days until Christmas Eve to make some awesome gifts. Enjoy the Holidays!

Tis the Season

I was working on a Christmas card for todays post, I even ordered a cute embossing folder so that I could make the cutest card that I had saw on Pintrest. After 2 attempts and the card still looking pathetic I decided to move on to plan b. The decision was helped in part by an email that I received about a sale at Lettering Delights. They had a cute set of 3 gift boxes  called LD Holiday box. It has an angel box, a wreath box, a snowflake box and a top for the box, all for $1. How could I go wrong! I decided on the snowflake box, it cut like a dream. It  was an easy box to make as it cut perfectly and the Double sided adhesive tape makes a strong, clean bond.

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White textured cardstock

Blue Textured cardstock

Standard (red cap) blade

Double Sided Adhesive


15″ Maxx

Force 100

Speed 500


We have had a warm fall so far. Last year on December 1 it was 2 degrees, today it was 40 degrees. So instead of snow we are still enjoying the leaves on the ground. Today we had some visitors to add to the beauty of autumn. To those of you who aren’t familiar they are two male ring necked pheasant.