Vinyl meets the Instapot

So let me preface this post by admitting I don’t cook. It’s not that I can’t, I don’t like to do it. And I married someone who cooks, so I’ve been able to get out of it all these years. So my friends and mom have been raving about this pressure cooker telling me it will change my life as I know it.

I didn’t believe them.

So I got one for Christmas. And I started using it. And magical things happened. Magical food things happened. So something I’d never thought I would admit in a million years has happened. I kind of like this cooking thing. It’s not too bad.

In honor of my new skillllzzzzzz, I felt the Instapot needed to be spruced up a bit. Plus I saw some decorations online so I fired up the Maxx and got to work…

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Yep, that’s Ryan Gosling. And there are so many memes about him flying around the internet and I saw someone selling similar ones on Etsy so I knew I could make my own.

So this was the photo I found on the internet:

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And I brought it into Photoshop and fooled around with the levels and threshold and got this:

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There were still a lot of rough edges that I knew wouldn’t cut very well so I want to play around with this a little more because I want to be able to do this on my own with other images. For this project, I ended up tracing one already done (so unfortunately, I can’t share the file). But I got to thinking, it might be fun to try to draw the above image with the pen tool and see what I get. Or if I run a cross-hatch filter on it, it would be neat to engrave. There are tons of possibilities.

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So excuse the horrible iPhone pictures, but here are some of the dishes I’ve made in the past couple weeks. The family has given me thumbs up on most of the meals and they are a pretty picky bunch:

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meatloaf

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mongolian beef

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lasagna (this one was weird! You put everything in the pan raw, noodles and cheese and meat and then it just cooks it all!) Photo Jan 10, 6 06 57 PM

sesame chicken

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garlic pasta with zucchini and peas

Sorry. Didn’t mean to turn TeamKNK into TeamInstapot…. but I’ll tell you what, I love that thing! Almost as much as my Maxx 😉 (see what I did there?) I may be late to this bandwagon, but I jumped onto it.

Materials

KNK Maxx

Make the Cut software

black vinyl

instapot (heh heh heh)

red blade

Directions

  1. Find cool images or draw your own
  2. Throw food into instapot and start it.
  3. Cut out vinyl and stick to side of instapot (though I kinda recommend you not doing this while it’s on because that little sucker gets HOT)
  4. Follow Ryan’s advice and kick back and relax.

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Christmas tags

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Wow! I feel like I hit the jackpot! I found this site that had links to all kinds of free Christmas stuff. The post is kind of old, so some of the links are dead. http://thevinylcut.com/free-christmas-design-images/?doing_wp_cron=1481845965.9857211112976074218750#.WFMs0rHMyuU

But I found this one:

Paper Cut Holiday Gift Tags

And there was a free file and everything… so I knew I had my project for this month! I needed some quick and easy tags for gifts for some of my co workers.

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Ha ha. Nothing like taking pictures to see there was a few spots I forgot to weed…

I cut them out with my Zing on some craft paper and used some red baker’s twine to finish them. Instead of writing in the to/from like the original blog poster did, I just quickly stamped it in.

Materials:

KNK Zing

red blade

Kraft card stock

red/white baker’s twine

to/from stamps (I think I bought them at Joann’s)

Directions

  1. Import svg file into Make the Cut.
  2. cut out file
  3. weed the tiny little pieces out and don’t say too many bad words.
  4. stamp to/from on them
  5. tie baker’s twine on them
  6. have a drink and some sort of Christmas-y snack of your choice.

Until next year!

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!

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. 🙂

cute purse

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. 🙂

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.