I speak fluent sarcasm…

I know, I’ve used this site a million times. But it’s free! And the files cut beautifully.


So I bought some of those 8×8 canvases at Michael’s and knew I wanted to decorate them. I found the perfect saying for me and fired up good old Maxx and had this done in about ten minutes. Which was good, because I was hurrying to get done before I lost my light to take pictures. I was actually going to give this as a gift, but now I sort of want to keep it since I DO speak fluent sarcasm, in case you haven’t noticed.

Machine: KNK MAXX 24 35/300.

You know, I don’t think I’ve changed any settings in the past year on my Maxx. I just use it for vinyl and it cuts perfectly every time.





What do an Elephant and a tooth brush holder have in common?

My youngest daughter,  Tashja, loves elephants. When she was 4 she had to have a blood clot removed from her brain and a friend gave her an elephant. The rest is history.

The tooth brush holder in her bathroom worked fine for years until all of the sudden the toothbrush handles seemed to get fatter and they no longer fit. So I started looking for a replacement and found a plain white one. I immediately knew that an elephant would fix that.



tooth brush holder


clear transfer tape


15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force  32

Speed 500


I had several elephant files to choose from and decided this little elephant would be perfect. I cleaned the tooth brush with rubbing alcohol to make sure it was free from any dirt or oils.  I cut the vinyl, and then used clear transfer tape to layer the vinyl and then to apply it. The whole process took less than 5 minutes!

Tis the season for new babies!

In the last month I have had so many requests for baby plaques with the birth info. I often get asked to create something unique.






Paint Vinyl

Clear transfer tape


15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Speed 450

Force 36

This was an 11×14 piece of pine wood that I stained with an ebony stain. I then dry brushed over the top with a white acrylic paint until I was happy with the way it looked. I like to let my paint and stain dry a few days before applying vinyl. I then designed the file in KNK Studio, cut it, applied it with clear transfer tape and it is done!   I absolutely love making these. I love babies and feel a bit of a connection every time I make one.

DIY Custom Doormat

It’s time for a new doormat! I’ve been looking at the ugly one by our front door long enough! A ragged door mat doesn’t make a very good first impression for guests. This DIY custom doormat is just what I needed.Photo of doormat with bike.

This project can be done with different kinds of mats, depending on your needs. Since we live in a rural setting, ours needs to be able to remove sand and mud from shoes, so I chose one of those really scratchy mats. I found mine at IKEA and it is quite large (about 24 X 35 inches), and according to the tag, the natural fiber is coir. I had to Google to figure out what coir is; turns out, it’s made from the husk of the coconut. Who knew!Photo of Corner of doormat to show detail.

To complete the project, you’ll need a stencil. I cut mine from outdoor vinyl. I think if I did it again, I might try cutting from poster board and then spray adhesive to the back. The vinyl was difficult to remove from the transfer tape, and I had a hard time getting it to stick to the mat. However, a different type of mat might not have caused this problem.

I used fabric paint for the design. The plan was to use spray paint, but by the time I got the stencil stuck down, I was afraid to move it. So I poured some fabric paint in a cup and dabbed it on with a sponge brush. This actually worked quite well.


Settings for Zing Orbit and Make the Cut:

  • Force – 23
  • Speed – 12
  • Multicut – 0

Steps:Photo of Welcome Doorma

  • Import design.
  • Load vinyl and cut design.
  • Weed vinyl and apply transfer tape. Optional – Rub sticky side of transfer tape with a cotton cloth to make it less sticky before applying to the vinyl.
  • Apply vinyl stencil to mat and remove transfer tape
  • Stick vinyl to mat. Slowly, carefully remove transfer tape.
  • Pat vinyl down to adhere as firmly as possible it to doormat.
  • Use sponge brush to carefully dab paint on mat.
  • Let dry and remove stencil.



Just a KNK

You don’t have to have any other tools other than a KNK to make awesome things.

I love Re-Store! They have awesome deals and they help people. One of my area Re-Stores has cabinet door seconds. They come in all sizes. I generally will pick up a bunch and then use them when the perfect project comes along. Many of the things that I make are things that people see on Pintrest and then they ask me “Can you make this?”. That is how this project came about.


Cabinet door


clear transfer tape


15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 34

Speed 500

I used 2 fonts, Daydreamer and calibi bold. It was a simple matter of typing the saying, changing the words that I wanted in Daydreamer , and welding the saying because of the script font. I then grouped each word so I could rearrange them the way that I wanted them. Once I had everything where I wanted it I then selected the whole thing and dragged it to the size that I wanted. Then I cut the saying from vinyl, weeded it, applied clear transfer tape, and applied it to the door. So simple!