A long awaited baby!

I have a friend who has been with her husband for years and had no luck getting pregnant. But, it happened and baby Graysen will be here before we know it. His dad is a hunter and so I decided to make this set of 12×12 plaques. It is a thin 1/4″ birch which I stained with a quick drying stain, the color was briarsmoke and it is a brown/gray. Anytime I use stain I like to allow a few days before doing anything. I decided to try to paint these rather than vinyl but was nervous with all of the words on some of the plaques. So I started with a plaque with words and thought if it didn’t work I would use vinyl. So I cut the vinyl for each one and used the vinyl as a stencil for my paint. I should have taken pictures but I really didn’t think they would turn out.

I used an acrylic paint and a makeup wedge which I bought in a pack from the dollar store. I dabbed it in the paint and then dabbed the paint on the excess vinyl until it was almost paint free. Then I dabbed to cover each letter, adding a small amount of paint as needed. By the time I got to the end of the plaque it was dry enough to do a second coat. Because the coats are so thin I think I did about 5 coats and then peeled the vinyl off immediately. And it worked!!! Woohoo!!! It was time consuming but also therapeutic.


1/4 inch birch

Briarsmoke stain


Cosmetic wedge


15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 36

Speed 300

I will share the file when I am able or once again you can email me at nanyk4@frontiernet.net.

The cutting files, in KNK format, for this project can be downloaded from the following link:
KNK Format

Just for the record

I am always checking Pintrest to find Birthday cards that I like. I saw one similar to this and knew it would be easy to create in KNK Studio using the shape tool. Everything on this card , except for the font, was created using the basic shapes.

The fun we use to have with records! I remember saving my money until I could afford a portable record player. I took it with me to our area pool and we laid and tanned and listened to the Beatles!!

This card is made of both cardstock and vinyl. The font and the gold is vinyl, the rest is card stock. I have include the file for the card in KNK


15″ KNK Maxx

card stock vinyl


15″ KNK Maxx red capped blade

Speed 450

Force 36 vinyl

90 cardstock

The cutting files, in KNK format, for this project can be downloaded from the following links:
KNK Format
SVG Format

Beautiful Butterflies Using Foami (Video en Español)

KNK, Goma Eva, Foami, Omayra, knkusa,

These Beautiful Butterflies Using Foami is a very easy project to do using our KNK Cutters machines. This Butterfly can be altered to make different styles as well as different types of faces, as the examples shown below. This is a project that you can use in Centerpieces, Decorations for main tables, Gift Baskets, etc. The important thing is TO NOT limit yourself, our digital cutters are really good for making a lot of beautiful and unique projects.

KNK, Foami Butterflies, Omayra, KNKusa,

What do we need to make these Beautiful Butterflies Using Foami?

Settings for Groove-e Machine:

  • Blue Blade
  • Force = 25
  • Speed = 150

Steps to make the Butterfly:

  1. Cut the pieces of the Butterfly using your Digital cutter machine.
  2. Then, paint the border pieces of the butterfly, using a darker acrylic paint for the foami, to add shadow to the pieces. Example, if you are going to paint the border of a pink foami, then you are going to use acrylic paint on a darker shade of pink.
  3. Now, paint the face of the butterfly.
  4. And finally, with the glue gun, glue all the pieces together, to form the butterfly.
  5. I glued the butterfly to a wing that I found in the dollar store (this is totally optional)

Steps to make the centerpieces:

  1. Glue the butterfly to a wooden stick
  2. Place a piece of floral foam to a base, I used a foam plate as a base for this project.
  3. Stick the wood stick with the butterfly in the floral foam
  4. Then, with tissue paper cover all the floral foam.
  5. Finally, make a bow with ribbons and place it underneath of the butterfly

This is a very cheap, cute and unique centerpiece for any occasion.

The picture below shows an example of the final project on a cake table. The butterfly
was also cut using cardstock and placed on Minnie’s bow.

KNK, Omayra, Foamy, Goma Eva

And the picture below shows the whole decoration, using the butterflies as centerpieces too.

Video en Español

Our family has expanded by four paws

Hello. I think I’ve mentioned this, but last June, my daughter and I started fostering kittens for the San Diego Humane Society. Over the months, we fostered 22 kittens. Unfortunately, two passed away, but it was a good feeling that we were able to help 20 kittens find their homes.

The day after Christmas, there were 5 puppies available. I had never fostered puppies, but decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, we lost one the first night and the rest were not doing so well. We got them on antibiotics and well… let’s say that these guys have thrived. They were nearly a week old when I got them, eyes closed and had to be bottle fed every three hours, kept warm and had to be stimulated to go to the bathroom.

Tomorrow they go get spayed and neutered and then go to their forever homes. I found them all homes, so I will get to visit and get updates. And well, one is going to stay with us.

My daughter started an Instagram account (@sdfostermoms) if you want to see Lucy’s sister and brothers (Sally, Charlie Brown and Linus)

and the kittens we fostered.

So I designed this little sign to use for our “little announcement.” I kind of messed up because the sign turned out blurry in the picture, but I’m an amateur, so still learning.

I used SCAL 5 and my mac. Hooked up the Zing-a-ling and it was so easy! I just used the “vinyl wall decal” setting. Unfortunately, I cannot get my KNK Maxx 24 to work with SCAL. I hope to fix that soon, otherwise it has just become a very big paper weight because I no longer have a PC. I may have to upgrade Parallels, but I’m hoping to get it to work.

I actually designed this file, looking at some ideas I found on the Internet. It’s a SCAL 5 file. Please use it for personal use only. I used Kimberly Geiswein fonts, so I believe you have to buy a commercial license if you would like to use her fonts for things you sell.

I cut it out with white vinyl. It fits on 8 1/2 x 11 paper (I used black chalkboard paper) and then mounted it on a 9 1/2 x 12 piece of chipboard.


Zing; SCAL 5, vinyl wall decal settings



More Mayan and Valentine’s

I made Mayan a few personalized onesies and his mom sent me a picture of him wearing one!

Isn’t he adorable!

These were made simply using a font called Arrowcrafter and HTV (heat transfer vinyl)

And here we go from adorable baby to adorable Gnomes!

I purchased a file from a company that does files for sewing appliques. They have converted many of their files to cutting files. But unfortunately although the files are in cutting format I have found many of them “uncuttable.” This seems to happen often with people who create but do now own a cutter to test their files on. I spent a fair amount of time cleaning the file up so I could cut it, but that being said, I think the end result is adorable!





clear transfer tape


15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 36

Speed 500