A fun card to make

I love making cards, and I make them by the dozen. Besides making them for my mom, sisters, and the “swim club” ( a group of elderly women who swim at the same time my kids swim), I have a big family and need a ton just for my self. My mom and dad had 8 kids, who had 17 kids, who had 19 kids and counting…so I send out cards weekly. :O)

This card was made for a special friend, Colleen, who I meet through the KNK group. When I make a card I find it just as easy to make a dozen at once. IMG_4639 IMG_4640 IMG_4641 Materials

Settings

  • 15 KNK MAXX
  • red capped blade

force

  • 46 for vinyl
  • 90 for paper
  • speed 400

The card base is paper, as is the black background for Hello Kitty. Everything else is vinyl. Using the clear transfer tape makes it simple to line everything up. It was fun and easy to make.  Here is the file hello kitty with star balloons  It was sized for an A6 card.

Baseball hat card

So does anyone else watch the Little League World Series? I’m pretty excited because my friend’s son is on one of the teams competing in Williamsport this year.

So I needed a baseball card and I used an image I found on a website selling hats to trace and create this shape card.

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Isn’t that a terrible image to trace from? MTC didn’t think so. I did very little clean up, duplicated the hat, mirror imaged it and welded it. Pretty cool, eh?

 

 

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I sized it so that it will fit in a standard envelope (4.25 x 5.5…think that’s A2? A4? Not sure), but I made an envelope out of some baseball paper I had left over. 20150813-IMG_8873

To get this card to “stand,” you bend the bills out a little bit and it gives it kind of a 3-Dish look as well. 20150813-IMG_8872 I originally planned to have it say “thank you” on the front, but I had this cute baseball stamp so I went that direction and glued a star button on the front. 20150813-IMG_8871

I used Worldwin Cutmates paper for the solid colors and some baseball patterned paper I picked up at Michael’s for the bill and the envelope. I used a swiss dot embossing folder for the blue part of the card.

I used the Zing

The settings were: 100 for the card stock, 80 for the patterned paper, speed 10 and red blade. 20150813-IMG_8869 Here is the file if you want to give it a go:

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Until next time!

 

Thank you so much

Hello fellow KnK-ers!

Today I’d like to share a Thank You card that I made with very minimal supplies, having a Zing means that I can create cards such as this one below using just card, paper and adhesive. If you would like to re-create it, the cut file is available at the end of the post.

Thank You Swirly Set

These are the Materials I used:

These are the Zing Settings I used:

  • Blade = Standard
  • Blade Height = 25 post-it notes
  • Offset = 0.30
  • Speed = 10
  • Force =  80 paper/100 card
  • Passes = 1

Assembly: Using a square card from my stash, I added 2 layers of patterned paper to the front. I cut the larger pieces inside the cut file from some grey card and the smaller pieces from some white card and glued them together. I adhered the corner pieces directly to my card front then added some small pieces of 3d foam pads behind the middle element to give it some dimension and make it really stand out.

If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing, access my Free Cut Files and read my Terms of Use, you can find my blog here: www.birdscards.com

Here is today’s Cut File:

Thank You Swirly Set by Bird

Thank You Swirly Set Cut File by Bird

Turtle Tote

 

 

So I have some new pets. This is Chum the Bum: IMG_0001

 

And this is Luke Skywalker:

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They are musk turtles. I recently acquired an aquaponics tank where you plant something on top of the tank and the nasty aquarium water feeds the plants and the plants clean the water and drop it back in the tank. It’s actually a cool little set up. I decided I wanted turtles though, and I knew nothing about them.

P.S. I didn’t name them, my 2nd graders did since they live in my classroom. Note that I veto’d the name Gummy Bear. I was not naming my turtle Gummy Bear.

Luckily, a lady at work knew a ton about turtles and she and her husband helped me set up the tank, plant the flowers and order the turtles (I bought them online, who knew??)

So I decided to make her a little gift. I apologize for the crummy pictures, I thought my post was due next Friday and I got a little reminder today (Thursday night) that it was actually today. D’oh.

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This is a Lettering Delights file http://www.letteringdelights.com/clipart:snips_snails_and_turtle_tales-13662.html

and I thought it would be perfect to use as a note card holder. IMG_0006

 

Of course the cards have little turtles on the front. I forgot to take a picture of them, but it was just a silhouette turtle file I had in my collection.

Anyway, I hope she likes it. I know the Minions and I are enjoying Chum and Luke. They are funny little guys. They still hide from us a lot, but as they get used to us (and figure out we are the ones that feed them), I have a feeling they will become more social.

P.S. I’m aware of the salmonella issue, so the Minions aren’t allowed to touch the turtles (anyway I discovered the hard way Luke Skywalker bites) and I only grow flowers, not vegetables or anything edible in the plant area.

Materials

KNK Zing

 

(force: 110, speed 10/10, 1 pass)

card stock: patterned paper from DCWV and green paper from my scrap stash. Most likely  Colormates, since that’s my favorite stuff.

file: Lettering Delights (see link above)

 

Bookmarks

Hello fellow KnK-ers!

Today I thought I’d do something a little different and make some bookmarks. I was thinking that it would be really cute to make personalised ones for children with their names on. That’s the great thing about having a cutting mchine, no matter how unique our child’s name is, we can make personalised items to make them feel special. You will find the cut files I used for today’s project at the end of this post 🙂

These are the Materials I used:

These are the Zing Settings I used:

  • Blade = Standard
  • Blade Height = 25 post-it notes
  • Offset = 0.30
  • Speed = 10
  • Force =  80 paper/100 card
  • Passes = 1

The bookmark is made up of 4 layers to add some rigidity and for a contrasting edge, I chose a bright spring green. You will find little reinforcing rings in the file to add around the ribbon hole to strengthen them. I glued all of the pieces directly on top of each other to keep the bookmark as flat as possible so it doesn’t add bulk to the book you are reading.

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How about adding a pocket to a greetings card to slide a personalised bookmark inside. A card and gift all in one 😉

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If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing, access my Free Cut Files and read my Terms of Use, you can find my blog here: www.birdscards.com

Here is today’s Cut File:

BookmarksbyBird

Bookmarks Cut File by Bird