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.


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


  • 15 KNK MAXX
  • red capped blade


  • 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?




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:


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:


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.




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.


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)