Another Swim Club card

When I first started making cards I was always “on the hunt” for either the stamp or the punch that I could use for making a card that I saw online that I wanted to replicate. Now, nothing makes me happier than to see a card on Pinterest and realize I have everything that I need to make that card…my KNK Maxx!  I recently boxed up all of my stamps and a variety of other supplies that I haven’t used in a long time and gave them to my niece. She is a stay at home mom who just moved to a different state with her husband and 3 little kids because of a job opportunity for her husband. I hope that she will enjoy making cards as much as I do! One thing that I have mentioned before is I HATE stamping. Maybe because I so seldom do it, I am not good at it. It drives me crazy to mess up a card with a sloppy stamp. So I use KNK Studio to design my “stamp” and then I either send it to Word and print it, or I cut it from vinyl. pinterest card

This is the card I saw on Pinterest…this is the card I made.


Materials used

Coredinations Paper


KNK Maxx



15″ KNK Maxx

Red blade

120 force

400 speed

I cut the card from Coredinations paper. The black gift was  cut from the Black Magic collection. When you emboss it and sand it another color pops through. I printed the Happy Birthday on white Coredinations paper. I then cut the gifts with my KNK Maxx and ran them through my Cuttlebug. Such a cute, simple card! I did cut the Happy Birthday from vinyl to test it and it cuts just fine!

Enjoy the file! 5×7 Birthday card Gifts



A Spin on Greeting Cards, Part 2

I first began working on the spinning platform used in Judy Keating’s post this past Wednesday, early in October 2011.  I am very appreciative to Judy for the  how-to video created, explaining how the platform works and installs in the card.  These are the results of my first finished card, using the platform.

All designs for creating this card are included in the links at the end of this post, except for the skeleton.  It is a design from Digital Designs by Stephanie.  There are 2 options included for the front of the card, one with the jack-o-lantern and another with a plain pumpkin.  In the picture below the moon is covered with yellow glitter and “BOO!” is covered with black glitter.  The ghost eyes are vinyl placed on top of the ghost figures.

Many of you are aware that I am always looking for another way to uniquely share gift cards with my friends and family.  I made the following card for my daughter’s birthday.  The entire card was made with cardstock, all cut on my 15″ MAXX.  A little pizzazz was added to the front with glitter.

 While she appreciated the gift, what was really fun was the presentation of the gift card in a small envelope, attached to a pedestal, that swung around as the card was opened.  Everyone at the party wanted to open and close the card to see how it worked.  I didn’t think to take pictures before signing the card, so the samples below have our personal greeting.

All designs for creating this card are included in the links at the end of this post, except for the dancing candles.  They are My ScrapChick Designs.   The hearts on the gift card envelope are stickers.

Download Spinning Platform Halloween Card in KNK, MTC, and PDF file formats

Download Spinning Platform Birthday Card in KNK, MTC, and PDF file formats



Two Sided Tri-Color Banner

Purple Number/Letter Side of Banner

Orange Surround side of banner

Last month I posted some signs and banners that I made for a party.  Today  you’ll find the step by step process for making the two sided tri-color happy birthday banner that was featured in that post.  I like making these for several reasons.  First, the three colors can make some nice  graphic statements, especially if you utilize color triads as in this example.  Second, you can use inexpensive paper.  Third, while they look complicated to make, they are fairly simple but do require you carefully follow multiple steps.   To make it easier to follow, they are numbered below.  When you’re done, you’ll have a sturdy banner that will last for many years.

Here are the materials and tools you’ll need: three colors of paper, grommets and grommet set, spray adhesive (my constant companion), and string or ribbon.   A brayer will help make everything adhere well, and you’ll want some small weights to hold template paper in place (more on that later).

In designing your banner, you’ll  choose one color to be your background (bottom layer) color,  one color to be your letters and one color to be your surround.  You will also use all interior waste peices, so don’t discard them!

1.  Start by cutting out all your background color pieces with the grommet holes.  Cut one for each letter/number/icon you have.  For a banner that says “Happy Birthday”  you would want 14 pieces:  one for each letter, and one for the space between the words “happy” and “birthday”.  Set these in a pile.

Base Banner with Grommet Holes


2.  Cut out all your letter/number/icon color pieces. I used the free font called “Big Top”. You’ll need to install it if you use the file.  You’ll have 14 pieces, 13 with letters, and one without (the spacer).

  •  Weed the interior sections from those letters that have them, turn the interior sections over, and label them as to their top, bottom and what letter they go to.  Place them on a piece of waste paper,  labeled side up (wrong side up).
  •  Weed the letters from the banner pieces.  Set them aside.
  •  Weed the zig-zag banner with the letter cutout from the mat.  Set these aside.  Remaining paper can be discarded.

Labeled interior sections of letters



3. Cut out all your surround color pieces.  Cut one more than the total number of background pieces.  The extra piece will be used as a template.

  • Weed the interior sections from the surround.  Set these aside.
  • Weed the zig-zag banner with the surround cutout from the mat.  Set these aside.  Remaining paper can be discarded.

4. Glue the zig-zag letter banner pieces to the background pieces.

  • For zig-zag letter banner pieces that have letters with interior space glue the banner pieces only together matching up grommet holes.  Brayer.

Zig-Zag letter banner adhered to background banner

  • Find the matching letter piece and place it inside the letter space without gluing it down (you will remove this later).

Letter inserted without adhesive as template

  • Find the interior spaces pieces of your letter (remember you marked these in step 2) and put adhesive on them.  Position them inside the letter.

Labeled interior letter pieces

  • Without removing the larger letter, brayer all.  The larger letter helps keep pieces from shifting when you brayer.

Interior glued spaces inside unglued letter template

  • Remove larger letter.

Finished Letter Banner


5. Glue the surround cutouts to the zig-zag banner pieces.

Surround Template with surround pieces (in dish)

  • With the zig zag letter piece still facing up, place one zig-zag surround piece without adhesive directly on top, aligning all edges.  Place small weights at top and bottom to hold in place.

Zig-Zag Surround template (no adhesive) weighted down, partially filled

  • Spray one set of surround cutouts with adhesive, and using the zig-zag surround template that is weighted down as your template, place your cutout pieces in place.
  • Brayer.
  • Remove template.

Surround Finished

6. Spell out your message on a pieces of paper, forwards and backwards, including spacers, so you can properly adhere the proper letters to the back of it’s banner mate.  For example:

  • H     A     P     P     Y     6     B     I     R     T     H     D     A     Y
  • Y     A     D     H     T     R     I     B     6     Y     P     P     A     H
  • Refer to this guide when placing letters on back.  Thus the banner with “R” on it will have the number 6 on the reverse side.

    Letter Placement - Letter Mates

7. Flip your banner over so the background only shows.

8.  Carefully checking your mate guide you made in step 6, adhere your letter to the surround side, centering it by using a scrap piece of paper as shown.

Letter Cutout aligned to Zig-Zag surround. Note center line on green paper lines up with center of heart.


9.  Adhere the zig-zag surround piece to the background piece aligning grommet holes.

10.  Insert your grommets and set.  While you can forego grommets, it will rip out eventually.  Using grommets will ensure that it lasts for years to come.  You will have three layers of paper at the holes. thick enough to support the grommets.

Set Grommets for stability


11.  Lace your string or ribbon through the grommets.


Completed Banner



Family Reunion and Digital KNK

I really do not like stamping. When I do stamp I tend to mess it up. Plus it involves buying a stamp that you will only use a few times and then have to store. Quite often I will see something that has been stamped and will want to make it. My solution is to recreate the stamp in KNK Studio.

With this Happy Birthday “stamp” I just typed Happy Birthday and then did a break path. This way I could resize and reposition each letter exactly how I wanted it. I did some node editing in the H for Birthday because I wanted the top half of the H taller than the bottom half, if that makes sense. When I had the “stamp” exactly how I wanted it I chose File, Export image and save the image. Then I imported it into Word and printed off a sheet of the Happy Birthday stamp. I now had a dozen perfectly “stamped” images and no mess to clean up, not stamp to put away.

When I realized this was what my post would be about, a light bulb went on. Now a days it seems like I have more light bulbs turning off than on. :O) But I thought if I can do it with words, I can do it with images. This card was made using a cutting file from I assembled the  pieces on my screen in KNK Studio so that they were put together the same way the finished product would be. I added the 1,2,3 on the Balloons by adding text and putting it where I wanted it. Then I added the words, again, just picking a font and typing. I created a rectangle the same size as the card I was planning on making and then resized everything and placed it exactly where I wanted it on the card. I deleted the rectangle, went to File, export image, imported it to Word and printed it.  Viola! Remember that you can re-color the file to the colors you desire prior to exporting the image.This would be a quick way to make personalized invites without having to cut and assemble 20 invites.

Now, on to the Family Reunion. We have had an exciting week! My youngest daughter Tash joined our family when she was 3. Her parents had placed her for adoption when she was 2 and she was in foster care for almost a year before she joined our family. Tash has multiple disabilities, but to us she is perfect. :O)  Her adoption paper work supplied us the names of her parents and the fact that she had a sister who was almost 2 years older, and the sisters name and date of birth. Through the years I always wished that the parents could know how well their little girl was doing.  I did search for them online to no avail. When my grandkids were 2&4 I thought how devastated Gavin would be if suddenly his little sister “disappeared”. So  New Years Eve 2010 I did a search on Facebook for the sister. It had never occurred to me prior to this to look for her. And lo and behold there she was…on Facebook…living in Israel. I sent her a message through Facebook and she replied. She had been looking for “Nati” (Tash’s name is Natashja, they called her Nati which we did not know, we call her Tash) and had even hired a private detective. Her mother was deceased and the dad did not want to be part of her life. Her sister was caring for her Grandmother who was terminally ill. This past fall her Grandmother passed away and Tash’s sister booked a flight to the USA to see her baby sister. It was so awesome. Tash doesn’t really “get it” but her sister was so happy to see Nati again, to see that she was alive and well, to be able to hug her. So, we are now blessed with another member of the family. She may live in Israel, but part of her will always be here.