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:

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!


Paper (duh… right?)

glitter glue

embossing folder swiss dots

Machine Used:


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!


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

you’re tearrific part 2


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.


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.


It comfortably holds 3 teabags.


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.


K&C double sided designer paper



Martha Stewart punch

clear stamp


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

Promotion gift card holder

I can’t believe my baby boy is promoting from 8th grade and will be attending high school in the fall. I wanted to make him a gift card holder that wasn’t too girly so I came up with this:


I used that black/gold leaf paper from DCWV and I used maroon paper (worldwide cut mates) since maroon and black are the colors of the school. I ended up outlining the numbers with black puffy paint and as you can see, I’m not the best at it, but the numbers and patterned paper weren’t going too well together.

Here’s a top down picture so you can see the “layers” of what I did:


The graduation cap was a free svg I found online and I just used a brad and some embroidery thread for the tassel.

I used the Zing for this project. I just drew a rectangle in MTC around 2016 in a serif font, I believe it was times new roman. I used foam tape to stick it on the gift card (I have a sizzix die I used for the gift card holder) and then cut out the graduation cap and stuck it on with foam tape.


A year or so ago

my granddaughter was born. And in 20 days she will be 7…how does that happen? I only have 2 grandkids, Gavin is 9 and Hailey is turning 7. She is definitely a princess but when her classmates each had to write one sentence about what the liked about Hailey every single one of them¬†said that she was good at soccer. So she is a tough little princess, the best kind to be. But then this is a post about my KNK, not my grandkids so I will move on.

My little princess is having a beauty themed birthday party. Although they will pamper themselves and do their nails, they will also be working on T-shirts which will be my next post. The theme of the party is that every one is beautiful just the way they are. My daughter asked me to do several projects, which makes me very happy. :O)

The first is the invitation. She wanted a mirror shaped invitation. I just welded a scalloped oval and a handle together and then made an oval to fit inside of the scalloped oval. I still haven’t mastered print and cut so I did a cut and print. I designed the word part in KNK Studio to make sure it fit into my oval. I then saved the words as a jpeg and imported them into word. I printed them onto a plain piece of white paper. ¬†¬†¬† I then used 2 removable glue dots and attached my oval which I had cut from textured card stock. And then off to the printer. IMG_4737 IMG_4740 I made the mirror from gemstone cardstock paper and chip board¬†to make it a bit more sturdy. If you haven’t used the chipboard from KNKUSA¬†you should try it, it cuts like a dream! The oval is white textured card stock.

IMG_4741 And then it was just gluing the pieces together.

IMG_4739 Here is the file for the mirror, and good news, it is in KNK, SVG and MTC format!mirror invitation (2)

And what should have been a separate post in itself, THE FORCE IS WITH ME!!!  IMG_4742

It was terrifying, I love my KNK Maxx and KNK Studio. To have to learn how to use a new machine and a new program was overwhelming. But I have a super power named Sandy McCauley and she has videos on how to do anything KNK and MTC related and if you still can’t figure it out there are many forums to help. So I now can use MTC to change KNK files into SVG and I can use the Force to cut. It is such a quiet machine and although it is hard for me to even say, it cuts better than my Maxx. I did buy the rotary attachment but it will take me some time to get brave enough to use it. :O)


Gemstone paper

Coredinations textured cardstock

KNKUSA chipboard




KNK Force

Red capped blade

2 passes for cardstock

3 passes for chipboard

Starting Depth 80

End depth 80

Cut speed 40

Up speed 40

Plunge speed 40

Lift speed 40

Blade offset 0.0

The settings seem complicated compared to the Maxx but they really aren’t. It is just that the ability to change all of these settings gives you the ability to cut so many medias. But for day to day paper and vinyl you don’t have to change a lot of settings.