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!

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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.

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

 

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Materials

Glitterflex

Thermoflex

Settings

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…

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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!

Materials

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

Glue

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.

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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.

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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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