Sign Spectacular

I recently helped a student organization at the local university with their final fundraiser of the year. Knowing that I own a KNK Maxx Air digital cutting system, they asked me to help by making signs to point their ‘customers’ to the event location.

The student organization needed 10 double sided signs that could be reused for future events. The students ordered the sign blanks and school mascot logos, and I ordered the rest of the supplies from

Using the university approved font loaded to Make-the-Cut, I created the first element of the sign. I made extras, which is good because I lost an “F” along the way when a piece of the weeded vinyl fell on it and pulled it off the backing paper. For the permanent parts of the sign I used MacTac 8300 Pro Intermediate Outdoor Vinyl.


I applied Paper Transfer Tape to pick up the designs and place them on the sign blanks. Here you can see I placed the transfer tape across a row, and then cut down the middle with scissors to speed up the process.


After lifting the design with the transfer tape, I placed one end on the sign and used the squeegee to easily and quickly adhere the vinyl across the sign with virtually no bubbles.

For the temporary part of the sign, the arrows, I used MacTac 8900 Pro Glossy Wall Vinyl. I applied the arrows using the same technique. The arrows were later removed so the signs can be used this coming weekend with new temporary decals for a Car Show event.   20150417_213521_opt


Settings (Maxx Air):


  1. Design the objects and or words in Make-the-Cut.
  2. Cut the objects using the appropriate settings for your machine.
  3. Weed the excess vinyl with a Piercing Tool.
  4. Apply Paper Transfer Tape, using a Squeegee to ensure good contact.
  5. Lift the vinyl from the backing paper.
  6. Apply vinyl die cuts to the sign using a Squeegee.
  7. Remove the transfer tape carefully.

Zing and Quilling

A couple months ago I was in Joann’s craft store and I picked up a little quilling kit and I thought it might be fun to give it a try.



It came with this little quilling thing, but it was broken. Mr. KrapiKreate took it apart and fixed it for me though. 🙂 It doesn’t look pretty, but it works. 20150414-IMG_7320 20150414-IMG_7321 20150414-IMG_7323

So I started making stuff. These are my first attempts and I promise the glue marks don’t look as bad as they look in these pictures. Sometimes my camera is TOO good at picking up details:

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Then, I was reading this post: and I thought to myself, hmm. I think I could apply that to quilling. The set I bought only came with 5 colors and I have a million colors in my stash. The thought of trying to cut 1/8″ strips with my paper trimmer scared me. Immensely.

I followed Michele’s steps, except I changed the distance to .125″, since that is the size of the quilling strips.


Notice how I didn’t have it cut out the sides. With strips that thin, it’s easy for them to get messed up. I don’t want to pick them individually off the mat either, so I left the sides in tact, because it’s also easy to store them as flat strips. When I want to use a color, I just tear the piece off and cut the ends so they are neat. 20150414-IMG_7313

I made a cute little pink balloon. Again, excuse the yucky glue marks. 20150414-IMG_7314

The quilling shapes make fun cards. 20150414-IMG_7309

They give them some dimension. Which I like. 20150414-IMG_7311


Here’s the file, if you want to see what I did. It’s pretty easy to make a set any size and amount you want using MTC.

Machine used: Zing; 10/10; 115, one pass

Materials used: paper.

5….4….3….2……..1 – The countdown has begun

Yes, there are only 5 days left to register for the next retreat, which will be held in Appleton, WI June 12-14. Reserve your seat NOW before they all magically disappear!

Come join Michele and Nancy from Team KNK!!!! Master your Klic-N-Kut digital cutting system and Make-the-Cut software! Registration is open until April 20, 2015 or until all the seats are taken.

The cost of the retreat is $395. For this price, you will receive 6-7 classes, 3-4 demonstrations and Make-n-Takes, 4 fabulous meals, lots of time for one-on-one assistance, class notes and files, free goodies, cutting materials and prizes! We will request topics of interest and will also feature favorite projects from Team KNK.

appletonWI The room will open at 2:00 pm on Friday with the Meet and Greet starting at 3:00 pm and class at 4:00 pm. Dinner will be served at approximately 6:00 pm, followed by classes, demos, and an evening workshop. Saturday will be packed with classes, demos, challenges, games, lunch, dinner, and an open workshop in the evening. On Sunday, we’ll have one more class followed by brunch and some final Q&A, farewells, and then parting gifts – concluding by 1 pm.

Participation in all classes and demos is optional, so you can head out at any time to enjoy the local attractions. We encourage you to bring your laptop and/or cutter, but it’s not a requirement to join us as we will have extras and will seat everyone for sharing, as needed.

Your hotel room and travel expenses are separate. We bring you a wonderful deal with the Holiday Inn of $99 per night plus tax. A full breakfast buffet features eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, waffles and much more. If you live locally, you are not required to stay at the hotel. If you would like to be paired with a roommate, please note it in the application. You must mention Klic-N-Kut when you call the Holiday Inn Appleton directly at (920) 735-9955.

The deadline for room reservations is May 20, 2015.

If you would like to have a guest join us for any of the meals, please include the request in your application. We will provide you with actual pricing after we have a final dining count. This weekend retreat is available for up to 25 attendees and we’ll have a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Reserve your spot today by completing both of the following steps:

  1. Complete the application online. Please complete all of the questions – each retreat is customized to the responses you provide. If you prefer, you can email to let us know you wish to attend. After receiving the email, we will send you a short application form to complete, scan and return. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please contact Michele at Sometimes email gets lost!
  2. Send $195 deposit by check, money order, or PayPal to Michele Harvey, the event organizer. If your preference is PayPal, please use the email address

The deadline for making a deposit is April 20, 2015. The balance of $200 will be due by May 20, 2015. If you prefer to make three payments, arrangements can be made.

The Holiday Inn Appleton is conveniently located:

The Holiday Inn® hotel in Appleton, WI provides a lodging experience like no other in the Fox Valley. Conveniently located 1.5 miles from Appleton Outagamie County Airport (ATW), our Appleton hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to help meet your transportation needs.

While staying with us in Appleton, hotel guests are conveniently near the corner of Highway 41 and College Avenue (exit 137) and within minutes of many area businesses including Pierce Manufacturing, Proctor & Gamble, Illinois Tool Works, Kimberly-Clark, Appleton Paper, and many more. We provide free high-speed Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and seven meeting rooms to meet your event needs and our friendly sales and catering professionals are happy to help make your event a success.

Leisure travelers can enjoy a day of shopping at Fox River Mall, a Broadway performance at the Performing Arts Center, a day of family fun at The Building for Kids Children’s Museum, or even a Packers game at famous Lambeau Field, just a 30-minute drive away.

Our hotel has something for everyone. Kids can swim or play video games while mom and dad relax in our over-sized whirlpool and the family can relax at our outdoor courtyard or enjoy a meal in our Pub & Grill, where kids eat free. 

Flowers are Popping Up

I recently had the privilege to spend some time with Sandy McCauley and to learn from her how to use the portion of the PopUp Card Studio Software that creates the 180 Degree Open type of popup cards.  Thus today’s post is a greeting card in which I used both types of popup mechanisms.  I also used my KNK Studio software and my Make the Cut software for creating shapes and text as well as editing the popup card shapes.

Here is a picture of the front of the card.

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When you open the card flat (it is a top fold card) here is what you see.

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A close up of the popup flower portion from the “front” side.

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The front base really is the same color as the popup flower.  The camera, however, saw it differently.

On the “back” side of the popup flower here is what you see.

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And if you look at the opened card from the side, here is what you see.

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Materials Used:

Various Cardstocks and Printed Scrapbook Papers in several colors

Double sided scrapbook tape 

Wall Vinyl

A flower brad

McGill stylus with 8mm round end


Machine:  KNK 15″ Maxx Air

Red Cap blade (Standard Material)

Force:  45 for Printed Scrapbook Papers, 72 for Cardstocks  (some cardstocks required two passes because of a textured surface), 13 for Vinyl

Speed:  80

Blade Height:  25 PIN


Creating this card was a challenge which I thoroughly enjoyed.  I could not have done it without Sandy’s help and instruction.  The same card could be used for many different occasions by just changing the words that were cut from the vinyl.

The files to create the card are available by clicking on the link below.

Flower Card Cutting Files_JudyKay