Happy New Year!

This is my favorite time of year, winter in Wisconsin! It means the yard work/gardening is done and now it is time to stay indoors and make things!!!

I love to make cards. I get inspired by looking at Pintrest and other places on line.

This was a card I saw on Pintrest. I did not want to bother cutting the words from vinyl as I knew weeding would be a pain. So I designed the card in KNK Studio and then saved the words as a jpeg, imported them into Word and then printed the words. The balloons were cut from vinyl using my KNK Maxx but would look just as cute cut from paper.

The second card was made from a file from My Scrap Chick

They offer a free cutting file each Friday and often have 50 cent sales.

This was cardstock embellished with vinyl. Look at the fine detail that I was able to achieve by using vinyl and the Maxx!

Here is the free file for the balloon card which includes a KNK file, an SVG file and a jpeg for the words happy birthday to you




clear transfer tape


15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade


vinyl 36

cardstock 90

Speed 400

Using the clear transfer tape makes it so easy to apply vinyl precisely where you want it!

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. ūüôā

Wood Santa Stocking Countdown to Christmas (Video Paso a Paso en Espa√Īol)

Wood Santa Stocking Countdown to Christmas, Omayra Duarte, knk, Christmas

If you have not done the Countdown to Christmas yet, here you will have an idea to do so. So for my granddaughter, I made a Wood Santa Stocking Countdown to Christmas. Making a little activity she can do to brighten the day while bringing forth that Christmas spirit! She is constantly asking how many days are left till Santa, with this neet little project she can keep track herself, in a fun and enjoyable way!

Materials to make the Wood Santa Stocking Countdown to Christmas:

Settings KNK Groove-e to cut vinyl:

  • Blade = Red
  • F = 8
  • V = 150

Settings KNK Groove-e to cut the Pressure Sensitive GlitterFlex:

  • Blade = Red
  • F = 32
  • V = 150
  • Passes = 2


  1. To make the white thing at the top of the stocking, where it is supposed to fold over and expose the inside¬†of the stocking.¬† I measured the¬†area at the top,¬†focusing mainly on the width, but also the height or how far down I wanted to go. After designed that shape in SCAL and wrote the name of the child, in this case, “Carlea,”.into that same area.
  2. Then, I cut it using the Pressure Sensitive GlitterFlex and transferred it to the wood.
  3. After that, I wrote “Countdown to Christmas” and “Day Left” and cut it out of vinyl.
  4. Next, I measured the Foam blocks and cut the numbers to fix on top of them.
  5. Furthermore, with the glue gun, I glued the velcro to the wood and to the foam blocks
  6. Lastly, I transfer the numbers to the foam block.

Video Paso a Paso en Espanol 

“Cookies for Santa” Personalized Plate-Mug

"Cookies for Santa" Personalized Plate-Mug, Omayra Duarte A “Cookies for Santa” Personalized Plate-Mug makes for a great compliment to Santa’s milk and cookies. It was a great project that I enjoyed doing with my granddaughter. She was very excited when I told her that I would be adding her name to the plate where she would be leaving the cookies for Santa. When she knew that I would add her name to it, she asked me to add “Love you Santa”. "Cookies for Santa" Personalized Plate and Mug, Omayra Duarte

The back of the mug is also to be customized with the same name. This is the name of my niece, she also has a plate with her name.

Materials to make the “Cookies for Santa” Personalized Plate-Mug:

Settings KNK Groove-e:

  • Blade = Red
  • F = 8
  • V = 150


  1. I measured the plate and the mug to know the size of the space that I had to apply the letters and/or design.
  2. I chose what I wanted to add to the mug and the plate.
  3. Then, I cut it out of vinyl.
  4. After it was weeded, I added the transfer tape.
  5. I cleaned the plate and the mug with alcohol and then placed the vinyl on them.

The most Beautiful thing of all was to see the face of my granddaughter and my niece who is just 3 months old.


SVG Santa Milk Cup

Print and Cut Birthday Candy Box


Print and Cut Birthday Candy Box, Omayra Duarte

This is a Print and Cut Birthday Candy Box that I made for the first birthday of my cousin son. This box is matching his decoration, which it was about airplanes.

Inside the box, there is plenty of room to put candies, goodies, mini toys, all other things to use as party favors.

Materials to make the Print and Cut Birthday Candy Box:

Settings KNK Force:

  • Blade = Red
  • BT = 1
  • P= 1
  • CD = 80
  • US = 25
  • CS= 25
  • PS = 40
  • LS = 40


  1. I choose a box and an airplane file from MTC and Imported it to SCAL to weld and finish the Box. I imported the files to SCAL so I could cut the file directly to the machine.
  2. Once I had the files imported to SCAL and it was welded, I wrote the number one¬† (1st )and the child’s name.
  3. After being happy with the results, I printed the file in a regular white cardstock. And then made the cut using my KNK Force.