A Tag/An Ornament

If you are a frequent visitor to our site, you know that I enjoy being able to combine my sewing and cutting hobbies when making a project for a post.  I have used both again for the project this month.  I cut Christmas shapes out of a thin plastic and then decorated them by sewing lines of outline stitching on them.  They can be used as tags for gifts or as ornaments or possibly both after the gifts have been opened.  I used my KNK Studio software and my Make the Cut software to create and cut the shapes.


Materials Used:

Thin clear plastic – I used some clear poly plastic that is .12mm thick

Water soluble mesh embroidery stabilizer – “Wet N Gone”

Various 40 wt rayon and polyester embroidery threads to match yarns

Various fine metallic yarns in gold, silver, white, and red


Machines used – 15″ KNK Maxx Air, Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro sewing machine

Blade – Red Cap Standard Material Blade

Force – 40 for the plastic, 14 for the vinyl

Speed – 80,  1 pass


The mat I used was very sticky and I still put some strips of painter’s tape on the edges of the plastic pieces to hold them in place during the cutting.  The shapes I used are very basic and include a hole for a ribbon or cord.


The water soluble stabilizer was placed under the cut plastic shape to provide traction during the sewing process as well as to prevent damage from the feed dogs.  Since the yarn that I used is too heavy to be used in the needle of the sewing machine, I employed a method of sewing known as Bobbin Work.  The heavier thread/yarn is wound onto the bobbin and regular weight thread is used in the needle.  A special bobbin case that can have tension adjustments made to it is used.  The piece being sewn is placed with the right side down so the bobbin thread appears on the right side when the stitching is completed.


In order to more easily see the clear plastic that I was sewing on, I outline the piece on the stabilizer with a marker that also washes away.  When the stitching was complete, I soaked and rinsed the pieces in warm water to dissolve the stabilizer and markings.

I cut names out of vinyl to personalize the tags/ornaments.

Cutting files for the basic shapes can be found here Tag Shapes Cut Files_JudyKay

A Simple Christmas

It is not too early to begin preparations for Christmas.  I designed a simple Christmas card that is easily and quickly made.  The words and decoration are cut from vinyl making it possible to get very fine details.  I used an eight pointed star created in KNK Studio for the decoration on my card.  The card itself was designed in Make the Cut. You could just as easily use an ornament, a holly spray, a Christmas tree, a manger scene, a gift, or any other thing that symbolizes Christmas for you.  You could also not put any decoration on the card.


Materials Used:

Matte vinyl in silver

Sparkle vinyl in gold


Textured Cardstock

Double Sided Adhesive Tape


KNK 15″ Maxx Air

Standard Materials Red Cap blade for all cutting  Force: 15 for vinyls, 55 for flat cardstock, Speed: 80, Single pass,  Pin: 25 for cardstock, none for vinyl

Instructions etc.:

The completed card is 5″ x 7″.  The textured cardstock was used for the card base with the smooth cardstock being used as the mat for the vinyls. The matte silver vinyl photographed as almost white but it is really a silver color.  The files can be downloaded from the following link.  Merry Christmas Card_JudyKay



Yes I can drive a stick

Hey all,


It’s funny, I’m not sure I still can drive a stick. I don’t even drive an automatic that well. But I saw this saying and knew I had to recreate it. So I found a spooky font on daft and a free witch graphic on the web and then cut it out in black vinyl.

I’ve never stuck vinyl to cork before, but guess what, it works. I don’t know where I got these cork circles, but I apparently have a collection of them in my cabinets. I was originally going to cut this saying out and stick it on my car, but I thought it would make a cool little hanging sign.  cork circle is about 7.25″

Apparently I don’t have “Halloween” themed ribbon, but luckily I had orange and black.

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^There’s the file if you want to make one.

I used the KNK Maxx 24, f-300 and v – 30. (Wow, come to think of it, I may have the f and the v mixed up. I haven’t adjusted the settings on Mr. Maxx in two years because I’ve only been using it to cut vinyl. No specific reason, I just found a perfect setting for vinyl and am just way too lazy to change it. Besides, I use the Zing for all of my paper stuff.

Until next month! Stay classy KNK-ers!


A Different Kind of Gift Card

Last Christmas I made many Mug Mats for gifts using a set of embroidery designs from KimberBell designs.  At that time I was aware that the CD contained SVG files that would have allowed me to cut my applique fabrics on my 15″ Maxx Air but I did not use them.  With the announcement of the Force, I realized that I could use those SVG files to create unique “Gift Cards”.

Here is a picture of two of the seasonal mug mats I made.


This is a picture of the “Gift Cards” that I made that include the Mug Mats as part of the cards.



Cardstock in various colors

Thin plastic sheets to fit inside the frame for the Mug Mat.

Double Sided Adhesive Tape

Craft Glue

Embroidered Mug Mats

Holographic and Metallic vinyl


15″ Maxx Air

Cutting cardstocks – Blade: red cap standard material blade,  Force: 72 – 75, Speed: 80, 25 PIN

Cutting Vinyl – Blade: red cap standard material blade, Force: 14, Speed: 80, 25 PIN


The card is constructed from two pieces of cardstock.  The larger one is the card base and the smaller one is the frame that is attached to the card front.  The thin plastic sheet is taped to the inside of the frame before it is folded on the score lines.  The folds are made, the mug mat placed inside the frame.  The corners the frame are glued together where they overlap.  Double sided tape is placed around the outside edges of the front of the card.  The assembled frame is poisitoned on the front of the card and secured with the double sided tape.  A small note is attached to the flap about removing the mug rug from the card.


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I used the SVG files that correspond to the mug rug to cut cardstock images to be placed on the inside of the cards.  Words were cut from vinyl and added to the inside of the cards.


The frames are approximately 1/4″ thick as shown in the photo below.


The file for the card and attached frame can be found here Picture Frame Card_JudyKay



Zip to Open

Sometimes I would like to create a greeting card that is just a little different than the ordinary style of a folded piece of cardstock inserted into a traditional envelope.  The card shown in this post is one answer to that.  The envelope is part of the card to my way of thinking and if I were going to mail it, I would put in into a traditional envelope to be addressed and mailed.  If I were presenting it in person, I most likely would not use an additional envelope.

Here is a picture of the front of one of these types of cards – a Zipper card – that has not been embellished.  I am intending to create a Birthday card for a young lady whose favorite color is pink.


You can see that there are two lines of cuts across the top portion of the card.  The bow is made from two separate pieces of ribbon which are attached to the back of the center ends of the “Zipper” as shown in the photo below.


I used craft glue to securely attach the ribbon to the inside ends of the “Zipper”.  When the bow is untied and the two sections pulled in opposite directions, the “Zipper” opens by tearing the perforated strips from the front part of the card.  You can see an example of this in the photo below.


The contents of the card/envelope can then be removed.

The back of the card is cut the same size as the front but without the “Zipper” and attached to the front with 1/4″ double sided tape.

I originally created the files as a gift card holder.  The free files contain both the Greeting Card with Insert size as well as a size for standard Gift Cards.  Of course either size would easily hold a $100 bill or a personal check. The files can be downloaded from this link.  Zipper Cards Cutting Files_Judy_Kay

Materials Used:


Craft Glue


1/4″ Double Sided Tape


Machine Used:  15″ KNK Maxx Air

Cutting cardstock: Standard Materials Blade (Red Cap), Force – 50, Speed – 80, PIN – 25, 1 pass