{Assorted Stuff I’ve made…

I feel guilty coming to you without a Valentine’s somethin’ somethin’ so I’m going to show you quickly a project I made last year for my kids’ teachers. I didn’t post it anywhere so you’ll be the first to see it (well, besides the teachers).

Excuse the crummy picture. I made little Valentine’s buckets, decorated them with hearts and filled them up with a little candy, sticky note pads, and a stamp of the initial of the teacher’s name.

Okay, now I want to show you what I really want to show you…. ready?

I made little iPod gift card holders. Do you know how hard it is to shop for a tween-age boy? And do you know how hard it is to hand him over a pink gift card because they didn’t have any other colors? Luckily he didn’t care. It’s all about the money, yo. Or should I say tunes.


For my father-in-law, we bought him a gift card to an Italian restaurant, so I made his gift card holder out of grapes:

I know the picture shows all my glue marks and smudges and I hate that because it doesn’t look that bad in real life.



This one I posted on my blog already, but wanted to show you another neat thing you can do with your KNK machine:

We had a family service for my step dad a week ago and I got it in my head to make little cards to pass out to everyone. I took 8 1/2 x 11 card stock and used my machine to cut out a rectangle for a 4×6 picture. I didn’t do an actual print and cut due to time restraints (I got the idea 2 hours before the service) so I typed the text in Photoshop and printed and hoped for the best. As you can see, it isn’t perfectly centered over the picture cut out but I’m hoping no one noticed. And then I ran out of the darker blue ribbon and had to use that sort of bluish-green stuff. Hopefully no one noticed that either.

I designed the card in Photoshop, overlaying a black and white picture over a color one and then erasing the black and white bird so you could see it in color. I typed the text at the bottom and saved it as a 4×6 image. Uploaded it to Costco and ¬†shazaam, had something I hope looked like more than two hours to make. I was gluing the pictures into the frames on the way to the service.

Well, my lunch hour is over and I have to get back to work! I hope you have some neat ideas to do with your KNK machine. I believe I have all these files in .KNK format and I can convert them to .MTC and stick them in my public folder if any of you are interested.

Happy Cutting!!

P.S… I’ve been using a KNK machine for over 3 years and I still make stupid mistakes. I couldn’t figure out why the start and end cut were off… turned out I didn’t have one of my pinch wheels in the right place. So know that little stuff like that can happen and throw the whole thing off. I posted this earlier, but I firmly believe that 99% of the errors are human ones. So keep at it and know that it still happens to experienced users as well.


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About deb_m

By day, a teacher. By night, a geeky crafter. I have one hubby, 2 kids, and 4 dogs. I like to take pictures and like it even more when they don't suck. I use a KNK Maxx 24" machine, a Zing, and a Cameo.

11 thoughts on “{Assorted Stuff I’ve made…

  1. What a cool and thoughtful post! I love your gift card ideas. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  2. You did an incredible on such a short time frame. Great job! I love the gift cards and the Valentine treat basket too. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thank you for sharing so many ideas! I just love the gift card holders. My family loves them, so I can not ever have enough unique ones!

  4. The baskets would hold a lot of valentine goodies. I love the gift cards too! Just took a Photoshop class on making cards with photos. Yours is touching

  5. Thanks for sharing all your projects. I really enjoyed them. The memorial card was beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Deb, you are so talented. I was wondering if you colored in the B&W, but erasing it makes more sense. What a nice thing to do for your stepdad.

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