Reindeer Appliques for Christmas

Reindeer are one of my most favorite animals in the whole world. I mean, who doesn’t love Rudolph? Besides there’s also Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Donner, Blixen, Comet, Cupid…….and of course we can’t forget Clarice! Am I right?

For this project I resurrected an old cut file I made several years ago for Christmas cards. I’d been promising myself I’d learn how to make appliques, and with Christmas around the corner, I finally had the impetus to just do it!

Since the file wasn’t going to be used to cut card stock this time, I had to make some adjustments to the design. Paper piecing just wouldn’t ‘cut it’ – lol! First I had to copy the design from KNK Studio, paste it to MTC, and then I could make some adjustments. The primary task was to weld all of the main body pieces together so that I had one shape for the deer body. The one on the right was the finished product. I used this file to cut the fabric which had been prepared with a backing of Fuse-n-Bond (for appliques). Then I exported the design to an .svg file so I could import it into my embroidery software.  mtc

What I love about Fuse-n-Bond is that you can use an embroidery machine (if you have one), a simple sewing machine to manually satin stitch it, or you can simply iron the applique onto the selected background material and leave it as-is.


Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 86
  • v = 200
  • p = 3


  1. Prepare the fabric by heat pressing Fuse-n-Bond to the back side.
  2. Create/edit/open the design file you want to cut.
  3. Brayer the fabric with Fuse-n-Bond to a very sticky mat. 20161204_153337_opt
  4. Cut the file from various fabrics as needed. 20161204_162123_opt
  5. Option 1 – If applying with an embroidery machine as an applique, you will need to create your matching design in the embroidery software.

    1. Place background fabric into hoop.
    2. Next, stitch the outline to show where to position fabric.  20161204_164152_opt
    3. Stitch applique onto background, then repeat for other fabric pieces. 20161204_164743_opt
    4. Finally, satin stitch the edges. 20161204_172529_opt
  6. Option 2 – Sewing machine

    1. Apply ‘lowest’ layer first using a heat press or iron and work your way to the top. 20161204_164229_opt
    2. Stitch out the edges using a satin stitch on your machine.
    3. Next, decorate as desired.
  7. Option 3 – Heat application only

    1. Apply ‘lowest’ layer first using a heat press or iron and work your way to the top.
    2. Then decorate as desired. 20161204_174043_opt

I cannot decide which way I like him better! Since he’s going to be used for holiday decorations I might make some each way. Wishing you and your family the happiest of holidays!


Patriotic Hurricane Lamp – Free SVG

Patriotic Hurricane LampWith Memorial Day weekend upon us here in the U.S., and July 4th celebrations not far off, I decided it was time to think about some appropriate decor. I opted for a patriotic hurricane lamp, since I have had this glass sitting for quite some time, just begging to be “vinylized”.

I used a file I recently designed. Help yourself if you’d like the “America” SVG.

  • Materials:
  1. Glass hurricane lamp
  2. Intermediate Vinyl (I used Red, Light Gray, Blue, Yellow, Bright Green, and Dark Gray.)
  3. Transfer tape
  4. Blue capped blade
  5. Make The Cut software
  • Settings for KNK Zing:
  1. Speed – 10
  2. Force – 18
  3. Multicut – 1

Measure the circumference of your glass

  • Steps:
  1. Measure the circumference of your glass to determine design size. My lamp measured 17 inches. I made the “America” about 6.5 inches, and the string of pennants half the circumference.
  2. Make sure glass is clean and dry.
  3. Apply transfer tape and peel backing.
  4. Cut and weed vinyl.
  5. You may want to duplicate some of the flowers, etc. to add to the pennants. I also duplicated the string of pennants so that it went all the way around the lamp.
  6. Re-size as needed. (You might also need to use shadow layer for some parts of the drawing if the details are too small for the size you are cutting. I found some of the smaller pieces were just too small for the size of my project.)
  7. Import SVG into Make The Cut.
  8. If desired, add stones, sand, or other filler to bottom of lamp.
  9. Add a candle… and celebrate America with your patriotic hurricane lamp.Patriotic Hurricane Lamp





It’s in the mail! Free Christmas Card file.

I’ve always altered/embellished a purchased card or made my own greeting cards from scratch. I love that my KNK die cutting machines allow me to explore and create in entirely new ways. They also significantly speed up the process!

I like clean and simple, and this card style adapted from a Pin fits my requirements perfectly. It uses our machines’ ability to write, emboss, and cut in a three step file.
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I used a simple rounded rectangle for the reverse side of the card front. In some of the cards, it is simply card stock that shows through the ornament shape, but in others I used Christmas fabrics and then covered them with the rounded rectangle.

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Settings (Maxx Air):

  • Writing (Pilot G-2 0.7 Gel Pen)
    • f = 30
    • v = 200
    • p = 2
    • offset = 0
  • Embossing (WorldWin CutMates)
    • f = 150
    • v = 300
    • p = 3
    • offset = 0
  • Cutting (WorldWin CutMates)
    • f = 50
    • v = 300
    • p = 1
    • offset = 0.35 (old blade) or 0.25 (new blade)


  1. Open the Christmas Ornaments Cards/Tags file.
  2. Hide the emboss and cut layers. Insert the gel pen into the Pen Tool, then into the KNK.
  3. Send the “Write” layer to the machine using the appropriate settings.
  4. Exchange the Embossing Tool for the Pen Tool. Unhide the “Emboss” layer, hide the “Write” layer.
  5. Send the “Emboss” layer to the machine using the appropriate settings.   20151129_180516 (1024x549)
  6. Exchange the Blade Holder for the Embossing Tool. Hide the “Emboss” layer and unhide the “Cut” layer.
  7. Send the “Cut” layer to the machine using the appropriate settings.   20151129_180714 (1024x871)
  8. Adhere the fabric and/or card stock to the back of the card front, covering the ornament cut-out shape.
  9. Fold at the embossed fold line. Press with a bone folder.

20151129_185839 (741x1024) Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas (a little early)!

Halloween Ghoulies are everywhere!


Be sure to scroll down for the quick ghoulie eyes (includes free file) project.

When my kids were little, I cut halloween silhouettes from construction paper, poster board, and foam board with a pair of scissors or a utility knife. Boy, am I glad those days are over.

For the window decorations this year, I decided to do something a little different. I used chalkboard vinyl for the silhouettes and faux glass etch for the ghosts in the windows. In keeping with our ‘fun’ theme, I used Monsters Inc. as my inspiration for the living room windows.

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Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 34
  • v = 350
  • p = 1


  1. Create the files in MTC.
  2. Test cut the vinyl using a shape with curves and corners.
  3. Cut silhouettes from chalkboard vinyl and ghosts from faux glass etch vinyl. I hate to waste vinyl, so I filled in all of the spaces with some pawprints and eyes that I’ll be using for a different project. 20151011_120059 (670x1024)
  4. Apply to windows, picture glass, or any other surface compatible with the vinyl.

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This is where my dog likes to sit, so I kept the ghosts above his line of sight.

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You can’t quite make it out, but you know something is there because you can clearly see the eyes! Oh, those eyes!

Get ready for Halloween with some quick and fun projects! I saw this idea on Pinterest using t.p. rolls. There’s no way I was going to use a razor sharp blade to cut eyes out of that! But of course I don’t have to because I have my mighty KNK digital cutting systems to do the work for me!

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  1. Black WorldWin CutMates or ColorMates Smooth & Silky card stock
  2. Standard (red cap) blade
  3. Adhesive
  4. Glow sticks

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • f = 67
  • v = 350
  • p = 1


  1. Cut the Eyes! file from 12 x 12 card stock. 20151003_135446 (1024x876)
  2. Cut the card stock into 6 x 6 squares. 20151003_140559 (1024x993)
  3. Place adhesive along the top or bottom edge.
  4. Curve over a tube/cylinder. I start with a large one and shape the paper slightly, then graduate to a smaller one and then one that is the final size. If the paper is stiff, I use a fine mist sprayer with water to soften it. The WorldWin card stock will not be damaged by a fine mist of water, but the color may leak out onto your cylinder. 20151003_141101 (1024x864)
  5. Adhere the top edge to the bottom to create a cylinder. 20151003_141538 (1024x905)
  6. Place the activated glow stick inside the cylinder and place the eyes around the yard or house. 20151003_143335 (1024x632)

How cute are those little ghoulies?


6 more days…


So if you need a last minute gift, this is an easy and fun one you can make with your KNK machine and some vinyl. I got the cookie tray at the dollar store. The ones I saw on Pinterest were made with silver trays, but all I had was this black one, so I used it and I think the shiny gold vinyl looks really good on it. When my parents owned a sign shop, they gave me a huge roll of it and I’ll probably be using it for the rest of my life.


So all I did was measure the tray and then create the title and numbers in Make the Cut. It was easy peasy lemon squeezy.


I stuck a magnet to the bottom of one of those little gift boxes and now I have an easy count down to Christmas that the kiddos and adults will love.


I didn’t realize my cookie tray had a dent in it until after the photographic evidence showed me it was there. Ah well, it will still serve its purpose.


The Details

Machine Used: KNK Maxx 24″

settings: 30, 250

Software: Make the Cut

Vinyl: gold leaf and red from my parents’ sign shop

Fonts: MTF Dear Santa: the christmas tree dingy, the ornament on the “C” (free)

LDJ Fungle: “countdown” (not free)

LDJ Martian Mania: the numbers (not free)

Mountains of Christmas: the Christmas title (free)

I really wanted to share this file with you, but then I had to go and use paid-for fonts and the Lettering Delights people might get a little mad at me. And then I thought cookie cutters come in so many sizes that it might not be useful to share the file anyway.

P.S. A cool tip: cut out the numbers where you want them placed on the tray. Don’t cut them out individually. It uses more vinyl, but I was able to lay all the numbers down in one shot and they were aligned because I had aligned them in make the cut. (When entering the text, choose separate by space).

“See” you next year.