Baseball card

So my son just finished his first season of high school baseball. He did pretty good. He worked hard and I’m very proud of his mindset to keep trying, no matter what. He did not give up, even coming into the season recovering from a major broken wrist and being weak from a total of 11 weeks of some sort of cast.

Boy also grew 3 inches during the season and towers over me. Anyway, the parents wanted to give the coach a gift card and a signed card from the boys so I came up with this.

Originally it looked like this, but it just looked too plain, so I added the thanks in brannonball font. Looks baseball-ish, no?

The inside was blank and all the boys signed their names and gave it to the coach. I wasn’t able to get a picture of it all signed, but it was neat to give a personal something that I created that only took minutes to make.

I used: KNK Zing, red blade. Don’t even regard my settings. I need to change my blade again so I won’t even post them.

 

St. Patrick’s Day card

I really, really, really, really, really like this site:

https://lovesvg.com/free-svg-cut-files/

Best of all, all the files are free! Though they deserve a cup of joe or two for all of their hard work… anyway, I went to that site for inspiration again and came up with a card so quick and easy, I had it done in no time. Well, except for the part where my printer jammed. And then locked up my computer.

Okay, maybe disregard the done in no time comment.

So I took two files and opened them up in MTC:

Uh oh. Those images might be a little big. Anyway, I took the hat out of the first one, duplicated it and used it for the base of my card and did a good old print and cut for the inside.

You know how I like the foam tape, so I stuck the pieces on with that. Of course the angle I took the picture made sure to show off said foam tape, so please disregard photographer error there… or creator error. Does it matter? It’s the same person.

I have a color laser printer and my one beef is it doesn’t take paper weight over 60# and I really like to use the 110# for card bases. So this one feels a little flimsy. The other option would’ve been to print and cut a liner for the inside. Oh well, maybe next time.

I used some glitter glue to dress it up a little bit and an embossing folder too.

Anyway, feels good to be making cards again!! I missed it!

Until next time!

Materials

Paper (duh… right?)

glitter glue

embossing folder swiss dots

Machine Used:

Zing-a-ling

red-capped blade that is so desperately dull and I’m like the girl who likes to drive the gas tank down to the last drop.. just change it already!

Settings:

10/10; 110 (but see above for why you should not use my settings)

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:

Photo Jan 19, 6 04 30 PM sweet and sour chicken

Photo Jan 16, 6 18 33 PM

meatloaf

Photo Jan 12, 6 15 18 PM

mongolian beef

Photo Jan 11, 7 12 01 PM

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

Photo Jan 09, 5 39 13 PM

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!