Better late than never…

Sorry about posting so late in the day, but this is late in more ways than one. Over a year ago I converted a drawing into a cutting file and made an adorable owl treat box. I was already to post and do you think I could find the cutting file anywhere? So, I finally recreated the file, remade the owl to make sure it worked, and here she is. And here is her file owl box.knk

Materials

Cardstock

Double sided glue tape

vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

Red capped blade

Force 90 cardstock

36 vinyl

Speed 450

She was very easy to make. I used cardstock for everything but the black part of her eyes which is vinyl. I like to use the double sided tape for boxes like this because it seems to have a stronger hold.

 

Never to early

I have probably mentioned more than once, I love winter. It is a slower paced time of the year for me and I am able to find time to do some of the things that I love. I always try to start my Christmas cards early so that I am not trying to fit them in at the busiest time of the year.

This is one of the cards I decided to make, so simple! I tried it with both paper and vinyl and while both cut fine gluing the paper wasn’t fun so vinyl won hands down. Here is the file which is sized for an A6 card. deer in birch trees 2017  deer in birch svg

Materials

Vinyl

Cardstock

Clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

Red capped blade

Speed 300

Force 33

Here is a picture taken out our window. We have a couple of crab apple trees. They hold their little apples and they drop all winter. The deer come and dig through the snow for them.

This little piggy

Okay, it isn’t a little piggy, it is a fairly big piggy. I make “birth canvases”, plaques with the babies name, date of birth, weight, etc. Some one asked me if I could put that same information on a piggy bank that she had bought. I said of course.

 

Materials

Large piggy bank…it is about a foot tall

vinyl

clear transfer tape

Settings

15″KNK MAXX

red capped blade

Force 34

Speed 300

This bank was big enough that the surface that I was applying the vinyl too was fairly flat. I measured the area where I planned to apply the vinyl. I then opened KNK Studio, chose a font and typed in the information that I was provided. And then it was simply arranging it and sizing it to fit. After cutting it and weeding I applied the clear transfer tape. I then applied it to the bank starting in the center of the vinyl and working out. I applied the information on both sides of the bank. I love doing the baby birth items. It is fun to see their names& how big or little they were. The biggest to date was 11 pounds and the smallest 11 ounces.

Check Out My Etchings

A few years ago my friend made me an etched glass coaster that was personalized with my initial.  It is a square heavy glass candle base that has a recessed circular area for the candle – or in my case for the glass.  I use it every day and it is a treasured reminder of my friend and our friendship.  When I was thinking about what to give to my co-workers for Christmas gifts, I decided to make similar etched coasters for them.  This is a picture of my etched coaster.

Optimized-Original

Materials Used:

Oracal 631 Vinyl

Standard Material Red Cap Blade

Armour Etch glass etching cream

Painters Tape

plastic trash bags

Heavy square glass candle bases from Michael’s

Settings:

Machine used:  KNK Force, Blade: Standard Material Red Cap, Blade Tension: 1, Passes: 1, Cutting Depth: 18, Cutting Speed: 15

Instructions/Comments:

My friend was generous enough to share her cutting files with me so I was able to use them and didn’t have to start from scratch to come up with a design for the border and the little flower beside the initial.

Because I needed to make 12 of these coasters, I previewed several script fonts to find one that I liked all of the letters I was going to use.  In the end I picked one that I liked most of the letters and then ‘adjusted’ the other letters to my liking.

I wanted the vinyl mask I cut to fit the shape of the coaster as closely as possible so I measured and drew and tweaked an outline around the border design until it was as close as I could get it.  To test the fit of the mask, I used the test pen to draw my various versions on paper and could place the coaster on top of the drawing to check the fit.

Optimized-Drawing

The vinyl masks for the center initial and the small flower were cut separately and then put on the coaster.  After all of the pieces were in place, the remaining glass was covered with painters tape and pieces of plastic trash bags so the glass was completely covered top and bottom.

Optimized-Ready to etch

The etching cream was applied with a small plastic spatula to two or three of the coasters at a time and allowed to sit for about 30 minutes before being scraped off.

Optimized-Etching

The coasters were then washed under running water and the mask and tape and plastic removed under the running water.  Here are the completed coasters.  Yes, we have a few other people whose names begin with “J” besides me. Optimized-Finished When I weeded the masks for the initials, I saved the vinyl initials and used them to make tags for the coasters.  I sewed gift bags out of Christmas fabric, wrapped the coasters in bubble wrap, placed them in the bags, and pinned the tags onto the bags.

Optimized-Bagged&Tagged

The coasters were a hit plus it was a good ‘advertisement’ since the store where I work is now selling the Zing – soon the Zing Orbit – and we will be teaching people how to cut fabric for appliques with them as well as all the other fun things we can cut and make.

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…

Photo Jan 16, 4 57 43 PM

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:

Ryan_Gosling_-_Cannes_Film_Festival_-_02

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

ryanping

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.

Photo Jan 16, 4 57 07 PM Photo Jan 16, 4 57 00 PM

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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