Happy Fall!

This was another customer request. It is so easy to do, just selecting some fun fonts and sizing each line so that the finished product fits the piece of wood you plan on using.

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

speed  500

Force   36

Materials

12×24 wood

rustoleum 2X paint

vinyl

This plaque was made using wood, paint and vinyl. I painted the plaque and let it dry for 24 hours. I then used Klic n Kut Studio to design the saying. I typed the whole saying and then went line by line and selected the font I wanted for each line. The words pumpkins and cornstalks were made by selecting transform and then fit text to arc. This has to be done prior to breaking path. I then went to arrange and selected break path. I  went back and selected arrange, make path (ctrl/H) for each line. I then made a 12×24 rectangle ,which represented the size of the wood , and started resizing each line to fit where I wanted them. The rectangles are just guides to line up each line. Here is the file for anyone who would like it. It is in KNK format, SVG and MTC

every year I fall for pumpkins

A great plaque, a sad story

I hesitated sharing this story because it is not pretty. But if it makes one person extra cautious when going through a divorce it is worth sharing.

My niece started selling real estate with the same company as my son-in-law so he became her mentor. My niece lives in the same town that she  grew up in and she has 3 kids and was a teacher for a period of time so she knows a lot of people. One of these friends was her first “sale”. The couple had 3 kids, the eldest was about the same age as my nieces eldest who is 11. My son in law said they were the nicest family. So they bought the house and moved in. My niece had me make this sign for the family.

A few months later the husband was arrested for domestic abuse. The wife filed for divorce, the husband got out on bond. Long story short, he went for supervised visitation with his kids and as his wife dropped off the kids he killed her in front of his parents and then committed suicide. Domestic abuse happens every day, in every walk of life. Leaving is the most dangerous time.

Materials

Wood

Stain

vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

red capped blade

force 36

speed 500

The sign is 12×18. It was stained with a gray wood stain and allowed to dry for several days. The laurel wreath design is from My Vinyl Designer. It was cut using my 15″ KNK MAXX and applied to the board using clear transfer tape.

 

Lucy

I have an adorable little great niece whose name is Lucy and she just celebrated her third Birthday. When it came time to make her Birthday card I pretty much knew what I wanted.

Materials

Paper

Vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 35

Speed 450

Isn’t she cute! I forgot to take a picture of the card I made for Lucy so this is a remake, but Lucy’s card had the number 3 in the balloon. After making this card I tweaked the file so that the dress sleeves were more solid and the top of the dress had no little pieces. Here is the updated file lucy

Teacher Essentials, A Magnetic Teacher Availability Sign Board

Every teacher has a small amount of time per day that is meant for catching up on paperwork, meeting with students and lunch! To keep interruptions at a minimum, this magnetic teacher availability door sign lets students know if the teacher is available to see them.

My daughter is a high school theatre teacher, so I made this acting inspired magnetic availability board for her classroom door.

Materials

KNK Zing/Zing Air/Maxx Air Standard Material Detail Blade

KNK Zing/Zing Air/Maxx Air Thick Material Blade

Pressure sensitive vinyl – I used Oracal 651.

Vinyl Transfer Tape

Magnetic Dry Erase Board

Ink Jet printable Magnet Sheets

Maxx Air Settings

Vinyl – Force = 42, Speed = 300, Blade Height = 25, Passes = 1, Standard Material Blade (Red)

Magnet Sheet – Force = 190 Speed = 300, Passes = 1, Blade Height = 19, Thick Material Blade (Blue)

Process Details

Create your design by deciding on the number of reasons for “busy” and draw the appropriate number of rectangles to surround the words that will fit the space of your board. Choose other designs to reflect your favorite teacher’s subject or personality. Cut and weed vinyl, apply transfer tape.

I found applying the vinyl tricky as the lightweight board kept moving around on me. So, I created a makeshift jig by taping down some straight edges on my worktable to hold the board steady. To get the vinyl lined up evenly I then used a variety of tape to mark guidelines for spacing.

For the indicator arrows, I found a free arrow pdf and printed it on the magnet paper. Using a Print and Cut process in my software, I cut them out. (I also chose to laminate my printed sheet before cutting to make the arrows more durable).

I did not want to waste an entire sheet of magnet paper, so I printed as many as I could fit. This gives the teacher extras in case some get lost. To store them, I affixed plastic adhesive file label holders to the back of the board.

Hoping my daughter gets some peace and quiet for at least a few minutes each day utilizing the availability time board!

Multi use card

I struggle to come up with something different and easy for cards. In our family we have about a dozen birthdays each month. I make all of my own cards and also make cards for my mom. So something simple is great. I came up with this design. I used the ginsu knife to cut a rectangle in half diagonally and used the shape tool for the rest of the design. Because I wanted to use double sided card stock I mirrored one half of .the triangle part of the card. I typed the words I wanted to use for the cards and resized them to fit into the smaller circle. I then cut them from vinyl and applied them to the cards.

Materials

double sided cardstock

vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

red capped blade

Speed 500

Force 100

These cards were fast and fun to make. Here is the file multi use card 7 2018    multi use card svg