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.

Last minute gift ideas…

I work in a school and our vacation time is kind of challenging this year. Usually, we have about 4-5 days off before Christmas, but this year we went on break as of this past Friday. I kind of scrambled to get some work gifts together. I apologize, they are pandas yet again…

If you have Costco, they are currently selling these insulated cups with lids in sets of 4. I bought a couple of sets and decorated them with a panda face in vinyl. Super quick and easy gift.

Then, I made these little Ghirardelli chocolate holders. For these, I did the black with paper and then did the faces with vinyl.

Here is a side view. It is basically a 2×5 piece of card stock with the ends punched with that punch tag from Stampin’ Up. This could easily be done in SCAL by mirroring two tags from the shapes library and welding them.

After all these years, I’ve officially made the switch to SCAL. I loved MTC, but hated that I had to run it in a virtual windows mode on my Mac. I just upgraded my Mac’s OS and discovered Parallels no longer worked, so I knew it was a good time to make the switch..

So far, I feel like the switch will be pretty painless. Sandy McCauley has a neat document put together to help with the transition. I’ve already played with it this afternoon and I am ready to start cutting with it.

Machine: Zing (red blade, 10/10, etc.)

Materials: cardstock, ribbon, vinyl, Ghirardelli (I may have ate more of it than I packaged.

P.S. Sorry this is late. I tried to post Friday, but there was some sort of glitch and I couldn’t. The awesome Chad fixed it so here I am. 🙂

Holiday tags

Hello all!

I KNOW.  I always use this site! But they always come up with the cutest stuff. I’m not affiliated in any way, but FREE, people. It’s FREE. Unless you want to use it commercially. Then you pay something. But it’s well worth it! Since I don’t charge for the things I make and I just give them away (or keep them), I fall into that Free category. Which is where I want to stay.


Aren’t these the cutest? I knew I had to do something with them. So I made these little tags that you can use on gifts. I ungrouped the svg and cut out the base and the coffee lid the old regular way and then I did a print and cut on the faces. I know it would probably look cute with vinyl, but I did it this way this time. Then I used stickles for some added accent.

Easy, quick way to make some tags for the holiday.


tag for base, Michael’s ‘brand paper for other stuff




KnK Zing

My Zing has served me well, but it’s time to upgrade. I’m eyeing that new Maxx so look for future projects to be made with that. I’m also going to switch over to SCAL because I need software that can run on my Mac. So I look forward to using a new system soon. 🙂

My broom broke

I saw this file at my “go-to” site www.lovesvg.com and I knew I was going to do something with it.

I just cut a piece of chipboard (from the Team KNK store!) into an 8×8 piece and glued a pretty piece of Halloween paper I had from a DCWV stack. I used brown ink for the edges and a piece of wire to hang it.

I used brown and black vinyl. This picture shows the brown vinyl a little better than the other one did.

I also sprayed it with clear acrylic spray to help seal the paper on the edge of the chipboard.

Machine Used:

KNK Maxx 24″, red blade.

Materials Used:

chipboard (12×12)

Halloween paper

black vinyl

brown vinyl

From Miss to Mrs.

Two of the teachers I work with are getting married next month so I was assigned the job of making a card. I struggled with coming up with an idea for this and finally I went to my favorite go-to site… www.lovesvg.com.

(By the way, I don’t get anything free or compensation for using their stuff).

I made a shape card. I used that heavy weight kraft paper from Joann for the base. I really like that stuff. It makes for a nice, sturdy card.

I thought about doing the leaves and lettering in paper, but vinyl is so much easier. Even though I’m limited on my color choices (I need to order some more vinyl from Team KNK so I have more variety!), It made it so much easier to apply and best of all, no glue mess!

Machines: Zing for cardstock (10/10/red blade) and Maxx for vinyl (f 75 v 250)

Materials: kraft card stock, vinyl, transfer tape


Yes, ANOTHER panda card

Are you getting sick of them? I just keep finding cute pandas and make things with them. I found this one on my favorite go-to site, www.lovesvg.com.

So first, I cut it out with paper. Look at this mess. And then when I tried to glue it, I made an even bigger mess.

Here’s the card:

Nope, you don’t  have smudges on your monitor. It’s my glue mess on the card. I glued the eyes on backwards, I didn’t get the feet on right and it was a big mess.

You can see how it didn’t even glue down all the way, which I’m sure is user error…

So then, I happened to be on this site and I saw Nancy had done the cute Lucy card in vinyl. And the duh thought bubble appeared above my head and so I thought, this would be so much easier:

Oh look, all the pieces are in the right place and you don’t have to worry about them being upside down (ignore that I forgot to weed the feet when I took this picture).

And even though the vinyl is shiny and I’m getting a reflection in the picture, it is so much cleaner and nicer.

And it was super easy to transfer it on to the card stock in one big piece with transfer tape. A little tip: Don’t put the transfer tape all the way to the edge of the vinyl (like around the ears and feet) if you aren’t using clear transfer tape. It makes it much easier to line up. (I might have learned this the hard way).

Anyway. I’m sorry it was yet another panda… but this guy is pretty cute!


Zing (paper) and KNK Maxx (vinyl)

Stuff you need:

Cardstock, glue sticks, vinyl, patience and sanity.

Until next time.

P.S. I noticed this was my 87th post!! Thanks for sticking with me. I really enjoy doing this. I am waiting for KNK to release a new great machine so I can upgrade, because it’s time. I’ve more than got my money’s worth from the two I have.