Carry Me

I am again using my wonderful KNK Force to allow me to make something for the store where I work.  We have a new line of embroidery threads and want to do something special and eye catching to promote the sales.  I was asked to put together some mini collections.  Immediately I started thinking about what I could make with my Force to present these mini collection.  This is what I came up with.

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I thought that four would be a good number of threads to start with and since we also sell them individually, the customers can purchase additional colors as they want.

Materials Used:

Recollections Kraft Cardstock Paper

Liquid scrapbooking glue

Settings:

Machine:  KNK Force

Blade:  Standard Materials Blade (red cap),  Blade Tension 2,  Passes 2, Starting Depth  60,  Ending Depth 75, Cutting Speed 25,  Blade Offset  0.25,  Blade Overcut  .50

Additional Info:

Here are pictures of the parts of the box prior to assembly, and after assembly.

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I’m thinking that Snoopy makes a great background for photos of things he has cut!!  (Snoopy is my Force).  I used inspiration from several cup carriers that I’ve seen on the internet and then did my own thing using both my KNK Studio and Make the Cut software to prepare the files for cutting.

I am delighted that the box parts cut beautifully on my Force.  The large ends of the handle piece (the one with 2 holes) are folded at 90 degrees and glued to the inside of the bottom of the box.  The spools of thread are placed in the box and then the insert (the one with 4 holes) is placed over the handle and the spools to hold them in place and to help keep them from falling out.  I will be putting labels on the sides of the box to describe what is inside and to dress them up a bit.

 

Road Trip

As many of you know, I really enjoy being able to combine my hobbies/crafts in my projects.  This month’s project is no exception.  The shop where I work participated in a Shop Hop this past weekend.  The theme of the Shop Hop was “Road Trip”.  Each of the participating shops created a design for a quilt block that represented a location in Colorado that could be visited on a road trip.  Since there were many people in the shop at any one time, I wanted the customers to be able to readily identify the staff for any questions or requests for help.  We had recently gotten a design collection that included a cute embroidered car that I decided would make an appropriate Road Trip “badge” for us to wear.  I embroidered the cars and added a card stock back piece with the words “Road Trip Guide” on them.  After Shop Hop was over, we pinned our cars on the border of our Road Trip quilt which was designed to look like a road.

Optimized-RT GuideTags Materials Used:

Black cardstock

Silver vinyl

Settings:

Machine Used:  KNK Force

Cardstock:  Blade – Red Cap Standard Material, Blade Tension – 2 1/4, Passes – 2, Cutting Depth/Ending Depth – 40, Cutting Speed – 25, Blade Offset – .25, Closed Path Overcut – .45

Vinyl:  Blade – Red Cap Standard Material, Blade Tension – 1, Passes – 1, Cutting Depth/Ending Depth – 18, Cutting Speed – 15, Blade Offset – .25, Closed Path Overcut – .45

Details:

A jewelry finding pin was hot glued to the back of the embroidered cars.  The cardstock back piece was created in my Make the Cut and KNK Studio software.  I used a screen captured image of the outline stitching of the car to create a silhouette of the car.  I then made a slightly smaller copy of that silhouette using the Shadow Layer feature with a negative number.  The bottom edge of the Shadow Layer image was extended and shaped with curves to resemble a road.  The words were fit to the path of the curves at the bottom of the back piece.

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 A cutout was created using two circles and a skinny rectangle and Boolean joined to the backpiece.  Thus the back piece could be fitted over the pin on the back side of the car and could easily be removed.

A Simple Christmas

It is not too early to begin preparations for Christmas.  I designed a simple Christmas card that is easily and quickly made.  The words and decoration are cut from vinyl making it possible to get very fine details.  I used an eight pointed star created in KNK Studio for the decoration on my card.  The card itself was designed in Make the Cut. You could just as easily use an ornament, a holly spray, a Christmas tree, a manger scene, a gift, or any other thing that symbolizes Christmas for you.  You could also not put any decoration on the card.

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Materials Used:

Matte vinyl in silver

Sparkle vinyl in gold

Cardstock

Textured Cardstock

Double Sided Adhesive Tape

Settings:

KNK 15″ Maxx Air

Standard Materials Red Cap blade for all cutting  Force: 15 for vinyls, 55 for flat cardstock, Speed: 80, Single pass,  Pin: 25 for cardstock, none for vinyl

Instructions etc.:

The completed card is 5″ x 7″.  The textured cardstock was used for the card base with the smooth cardstock being used as the mat for the vinyls. The matte silver vinyl photographed as almost white but it is really a silver color.  The files can be downloaded from the following link.  Merry Christmas Card_JudyKay

 

 

Designing an “Art Wall”

My friend Cherrie has 7 grandchildren who often present her with art work that they have created.  No matter how large her refrigerator was, it would not accommodate such a wealth of talent.  On the enclosed patio, there was a blank wall that was just begging to have some kind of decoration.  Since the family occasions and dinners are often held on the patio, it was a perfect place for the grandchildren’s artwork to be displayed.  That way everybody in the family would have opportunities to appreciate and enjoy the creativity of all of the grandchildren.

In order for the “Art Wall” to be orderly and neat, Cherrie purchased a picture frame for each grandchild that would hold up to a letter sized piece of paper.  The frames can be hung either in landscape or portrait orientation so the art could be created however the grandchild wanted.

After the arrangement of the frames was decided, there was a lot of blank space left over.  The wall measures 115 inches wide by 54 inches tall.  Being a KNK Maxx owner, Cherrie decided that the wall would be a perfect place to add some vinyl sayings around the picture frames.  Using her KNK Studio software, Cherrie laid out the entire wall (yes, you can create a  sign blank that large).  The picture frame spaces were added to the sign blank in their exact positions and the coordinates of the lower left corners were noted to help with positioning them on the wall.  The chosen sayings were created using a variety of fonts and colors to be cut from wall vinyl.  The coordinates for placing the vinyl on the wall were also easily found on the KNK Studio screen taking the guess work out of that.

Here is a photo of the completed wall with artwork in the frames.  Cherrie is a Mickey Mouse fan and the grandchildren are well aware of that.

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The lettering on the corners of the frames is the grandchildren’s names.  Cherrie curved the names around the corner so they would be readable whether the frame was hung in landscape or portrait orientation.  The frames can also be switched around so the latest artwork can be hung in the center position no matter which grandchild created it.

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Here is a screen shot of the file created in KNK Studio to layout this fantastic accomplishment.

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Congratulations, Cherrie!!!  This truly is a work of art in many ways!  Thank you for letting me share it.

Flowers are Popping Up

I recently had the privilege to spend some time with Sandy McCauley and to learn from her how to use the portion of the PopUp Card Studio Software that creates the 180 Degree Open type of popup cards.  Thus today’s post is a greeting card in which I used both types of popup mechanisms.  I also used my KNK Studio software and my Make the Cut software for creating shapes and text as well as editing the popup card shapes.

Here is a picture of the front of the card.

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When you open the card flat (it is a top fold card) here is what you see.

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A close up of the popup flower portion from the “front” side.

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The front base really is the same color as the popup flower.  The camera, however, saw it differently.

On the “back” side of the popup flower here is what you see.

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And if you look at the opened card from the side, here is what you see.

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Materials Used:

Various Cardstocks and Printed Scrapbook Papers in several colors

Double sided scrapbook tape 

Wall Vinyl

A flower brad

McGill stylus with 8mm round end

Settings:

Machine:  KNK 15″ Maxx Air

Red Cap blade (Standard Material)

Force:  45 for Printed Scrapbook Papers, 72 for Cardstocks  (some cardstocks required two passes because of a textured surface), 13 for Vinyl

Speed:  80

Blade Height:  25 PIN

Comments:

Creating this card was a challenge which I thoroughly enjoyed.  I could not have done it without Sandy’s help and instruction.  The same card could be used for many different occasions by just changing the words that were cut from the vinyl.

The files to create the card are available by clicking on the link below.

Flower Card Cutting Files_JudyKay