you’re tearrific part 2

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I saw this cute die on the sizzix web site so I decided to draw my own using Inkscape and MTC. Usually you can easily trace these in MTC, but I hadn’t drawn anything in awhile and there were very few curves in this, other than the handle. I did trace the cup and spoon attachment though, which is why I can’t share those. I changed up some things as well so not to step on any copyright toes.

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The sides kind of taper in at the top, which was a bit of a trick to draw, but I think I got it. It’s not perfect, but it worked.

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It comfortably holds 3 teabags.

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Here’s the file if you want to make one. It just includes the teabag holder. I used a Martha Stewart punch for the front and I have some coffee/tea clear stamps I used for the “you’re teariffic” part.

Materials:

K&C double sided designer paper

glue

twine

Martha Stewart punch

clear stamp

Machine:

KNK Zing

red blade: 10/10, 90

 

So I gave it to the aide that works in my classroom and she seemed to like it a lot. ūüôā

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.

 

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I get the weekly Splitcoast Stampers email with a project for the week and I knew when I saw it, I wanted to make it.

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/news/comments.php?id=1921_0_1_0_C

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There’s a .pdf file that you can download and print and cut out… but you know that’s not how I do things. ūüôā

I imported it into Make the Cut as a pdf (it’s two pages). When you import it, you have to click “break apart” because all of the lines are solid. Then, select the lines you need to be score lines and copy them to a new layer and change them to dashed lines.

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Then cut out and decorate.

Since the file specifically says not to share it electronically, I won’t put my file here, but as you can see, it’s very simple to do if you want to make one.

I did forget to put a clasp on it, but I think I’ll just put some velcro on it and it is an easy holder for small cards or treats.

I used the KNK Zing

Settings: 10/10, force 100. Red blade

I used card stock I found on clearance at Michaels. I think for future ones, I’d use solid card stock or two-sided because a lot of white shows, but I liked the paper, so it’s all good.

 

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.

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Black cardstock

Silver vinyl

Settings:

Machine Used:  KNK Force

Cardstock:  Blade РRed Cap Standard Material, Blade Tension Р2 1/4, Passes Р2, Cutting Depth/Ending Depth Р40, Cutting Speed Р25, Blade Offset Р.25, Closed Path Overcut Р.45

Vinyl:  Blade РRed Cap Standard Material, Blade Tension Р1, Passes Р1, Cutting Depth/Ending Depth Р18, Cutting Speed Р15, Blade Offset Р.25, Closed Path Overcut Р.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.

Burger w/o Cheese

I have a friend who has gotten hooked on Smashburgers.  She lives in Tennessee and comes to the Denver area once or twice a year.  She has been known to dine at Smashburger 4 times in a week.  Last week she was in town to help promote the products she represents that we sell at our store.  When I saw the hamburger box card in the SVG Cuts Sunday with Dad collection I knew it would be a perfect Thank You card for her.

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Since she is allergic to dairy products I left off the cheese.

Materials Used:

Various card stocks

Chalk for shading

White gel pen for sesame seeds

Scrapbook glue

Wall vinyl

Settings:

Machine Used:  KNK Force

Blade Used for cardstock:  Red cap blade, Passes 1 or 2 depending on thickness of cardstock, Blade Tension Р2, Starting Depth Р65, Ending Depth Р65, 70, or 75 depending on the thickness of the cardstock, Cutting Speed Р25

Blade Used for Vinyl:  Red cap blade, Passes 1, without mat, Blade Tension -1, Cutting Depth Р25, Cutting Speed Р15

I chose to do the scoring by hand rather than having it done by the Force because I am very new to using the Force.  I will practice using the dual tool feature for my next project that uses cutting and scoring.

The file cut very well and was easy to assemble.  I did open the SVG files in Make the Cut and re-export them to position them where I wanted them on the mat.

I have been intrigued by the box cards since I first saw them and now that I have made one I realize that they are not at all difficult to cut and assemble. Here is a view of the card from the top.

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The back of the card includes a space where you can put a message.

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The file from SVG Cuts includes an envelope that is large enough to accommodate the size of the card when folded.

BTW, my friend loved her card.