Embossed Picture

My son’s room is done all in tractors and there isn’t much baby room decor available for that theme.  I wanted to make something unique for his wall and I haven’t embossed metal lately.  To hide the edges of the metal I made a custom “mat” with antique tractor logos.




  • Force:  140
  • Offset:  none
  • Passes:  2
  • Speed:  9/10


  • Force:  115
  • Offset:  .25
  • Passes:  1
  • Speed:  10/10


  1. I created the file for the “mat” by googling the images and pixel tracing them.
  2. I cut out the “mat.”
  3. For the embossing I found an outline of my object, which happens to be a tractor (surprise).
  4. On my cutting mat I taped down some Con-tact shelf liner, that helps give the mat some cushion and enhances the embossing.                 
  5. Since the shelf liner isn’t sticky you need to tape down the metal securely.                
  6. Ensure your pinch wheels are not positioned over the portion of the metal you are embossing.  It will leave tracks.                                          
  7. Set offset to 0 and emboss.
  8. Carefully remove the metal from the mat and trim to size using tin snips or stout scissors.  For easy cutting I placed a box around my picture to help align the finished product.                                                   
  9. Mount the embossing and frame.                            

Tweet card

So I found this cute file on the internet. https://www.printablecuttablecreatables.com/product-category/freebies/

It was the lovebirds file. So I took the base image and sized it (to stay within an A4 envelope. I think it’s a4; 4.25 x 5.5 inches), duplicated it with a vertical mirror and viola! Cool little shape card. It cut beautifully on my KNK Zing.


On the inside, I stamped, “What’s the word, bird?”

Only, I forgot to take a picture of that part. It’s kind of funny, on the patterned paper, the eye cut out almost in the center of that flower and it makes the eye look kind of different.

Oh and my latest cute free font find on dafont.com: Always in my heart.

Even the name is cute. And it cuts out really nice, so if you have a million fonts in your collection (like me) and you need just one more, there it is.

Materials Used

Paper: DCWV Hippychic stack

Glue. You know, the assorted stuff you use to assemble a card. ha ha.

Machine Used

KNK Zing

red blade

f 90


Until next time,

Stay Classy KNK-ers! (cause I usually don’t, 😉


Sugar Skull Banner


When a beloved co-worker and best friend moves on to pursue exciting personal opportunities, what do you do? Have a surprise party and wish them the best! Staff and close friends were asked to contribute to fill a treasure box with cards and small gifts to show our love and appreciation for her service. Cathy has many signature styles in her art and many of the gifts reflected these themes. One recurring theme in her work is sugar skulls, so I decided to make a banner to decorate her studio.

I collected sugar skull SVGs from several websites and modified them where necessary to cut well in paper. Then I created two shadow layers of each skull, one smaller and one ¼” larger. The skull and the larger shadow layer were cut twice, both in white and black cardstock. The smaller shadow layer I cut in a brightly colored cardstock.


Cardstock, Ribbon, Glue and staples

Maxx Air Settings

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

Force = 75, Speed = 200, Passes = 1, Blade Height = 25

Assembled the skulls by sandwiching the inner color layer between the skull front and back. To create the hanger for each skull, I cut a 1” x 5” strip of card stock, folded in half and attached at 8” intervals along my hanger ribbon. The hangers were centered on the back of the skulls and glued in place. Added some bright ribbon tassels on the ends to finish off the banner.


Cathy was overwhelmed by the treasure box and has added all our gifts to her studio décor as a daily reminder of the friends that support her in her new venture. I hope she smiles every time she looks at her sugar skull banner.


Orbit Meets Fabric

I am fortunate to have gotten to play with a new ZING ORBIT!!!  It is a great cutter and the improvements and new features make it a delight to use.  Of course, without the super manual by Sandy McCauley, I would have been lost.  Because of the nature of my job at Sew-Ciety, I have been test cutting fabrics to be used as appliques in quilting projects. The Orbit has performed flawlessly.  Any difficulties I’ve encountered have been due to the old bugaboo “Operator Error”.

Here is a sample of the testing that I have done most recently

Okay, you can ignore the large red rectangle on the upper left.  That was an additional piece of fabric that had been placed there in case my settings for a similar piece on the upper right weren’t working.

Materials Used:

Cotton Batik Fabric

Cotton Quilting Fabric

Cotton Flannel

Lite Steam-A-Seam 2


Machine used:  KNK Zing Orbit , Blade:  Fabric Blade, Speed: 10, Blade Offset: 0.75, Height:  20 PIN

Cotton Batik Fabric:  Force:  60, Passes: 1

Cotton Quilting Fabric (Green): Force:  75,  Passes:  1

Cotton Quilting Fabric (Pink):  Force:  65,  Passes:  2

Cotton Flannel (Both colors):  Force:  70, Passes:  2

Additional Information:

This is what the fabrics looked like before I did any cutting so you can relate the settings to the fabrics.

All of the fabrics had Lite Steam-A-Seam fused to the wrong side prior to being placed on the mat.  The mat is new and the blade is new also.  I was pleased to see that the adhesive on the mat did not ‘bond’ with the Steam-A-Seam and pull the Steam-A-Seam off of the fabric after cutting.  It is necessary to be sure that the Steam-A-Seam is securely fused to the fabric before placing the fabric on the mat.

I wanted to see if it made any difference when cutting the cotton quilting fabrics (green & pink) whether I used more or less force and one or two passes.  In this instance it worked equally well.  The Cotton Batik cuts very easily and is thinner than the Cotton Quilting fabric so the blade length setting is important when cutting different types of fabric.  The Cotton Flannels are thicker and need a blade length adjustment also.

The sizes of the hearts are (smallest to largest) 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch, 1 inch, and 1 1/4 inches, and 1 1/2″ inches.  The stars are 1 inch.  I am intrigued that the 1/4″ hearts cut so perfectly.  That’s why I had to cut more of them up by the stars.

The other part of my testing was that I was cutting from Sure Cuts A Lot which, again, I would have been floundering without the excellent information and instruction from the User Manual by Sandy.  Thanks, Sandy, for all your help!!



Birthday Girl Shirt Using Beads for a Unique Birthday Girl

Birthday Girl Shirt Using Beads

This is a very easy to make Birthday Girl Shirt using beads for a unique birthday girl. This shirt was made with iron-on vinyl and beads for a special look. This is a really fun project to make with your kids. They would love decorating their own shirts with beads. And believe me, they will be very proud wearing a shirt that they created themselves.

Birthday Girl Shirt Using Beads



  • Force = 15
  • Speed = 150


  1. First, I designed what I wanted to press on the shirt using MTC and cut it out of vinyl using my KNK Groove-e. Remember to cut iron-on vinyl in reverse!
  2. After that, I pressed the design onto the shirt.
  3. Then I placed the shirt on the table and started cutting tassels all around the shirt. You have to decide what length to make the tassels. It cannot be too short if you want to put two beads on each string.
  4. First of all, remove the hem at the bottom of the shirt and the sleeves as well. This will help to make the bead process easy.
  5. Once all the tassels have been cut, proceed to pull on all of the strings. Pulling will make the string thinner and curl to cover a little bit of the cut edges.
  6. Then I started to attached the beads. To do this, I just inserted a string into a bead and placed the bead where I wanted it. Then, I made a knot so the bead cannot come off.
  7. Now because I wanted two beads on the same string, I inserted the second bead at the end of the string and made another knot to secure the bead from coming off.
  8. Then I did the same with all of the tassels including the sleeves of the shirt.