I made Mayan a few personalized onesies and his mom sent me a picture of him wearing one!
Isn’t he adorable!
These were made simply using a font called Arrowcrafter and HTV (heat transfer vinyl)
And here we go from adorable baby to adorable Gnomes!
I purchased a file from a company that does files for sewing appliques. They have converted many of their files to cutting files. But unfortunately although the files are in cutting format I have found many of them “uncuttable.” This seems to happen often with people who create but do now own a cutter to test their files on. I spent a fair amount of time cleaning the file up so I could cut it, but that being said, I think the end result is adorable!
We have had some crazy weather here in Wisconsin. Last week Monday school was closed because of the amount of snow that we had that day. Schools are reluctant to close because by law the students are required to go a certain number of days and although “snow days” are built into the annual calendar you don’t want to exceed them. Wednesday and Thursday the Governor declared a State of Emergency as we had -50 wind chills. Everything closed, even mail delivery was cancelled. The following Monday we had freezing rain, all roads were glare ice. County trucks out salting the roads were sliding into each other. And this is when little Mayan decided to come into this world! Now I don’t know this family, but they live fairly close and this event was well covered by local media. Mason was delivered in the front seat of the car by his dad with his 3 older siblings in the back seat!
So, I decided to make them a few gifts. I reached out to baby Mayan’s mom, Pilar and got the info I needed. First I made the birth plaque…
Then I decided to make a family gift…
Then a couple of personalized onesies…
Mayan’s sister Anah is 4 so I made her this.
Mayan’s due date was yesterday, another day of no school due to freezing drizzle topped by 7″ of snow. I was fortunate to have all the supplies on hand and plenty of time as I wasn’t about to venture out!
A friend’s son had a long awaited baby. With my KNK MAXX I was able to whip up a personalized gift and something to make Grandma happy also. From design to finished product these took me less than an hour. It was simply design, mirror image, cut, weed and press!
Heat transfer vinyl
15″ KNK Maxx
red capped blade
Force 40 multi cut (2)
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who has days where the simplest tasks turn out to be… not simple. Today was that kind of day.
Today, my phone didn’t cooperate; my camera didn’t cooperate; none of my cutter software combinations cooperated. It’s kind of hard to blame technology when NOTHING is working right. Could it be the operator?? It was that kind of day!
Consequently, it’s now nearly 9:00 p.m. and the project that should have been completed by early afternoon is finally done. Sometimes, it just takes perseverance… or as Sandy says, “GRIT”! Yup, it was that kind of day!
Having said that, let me continue by confessing that although I am going to share this project for the Zing Orbit and SCAL, in reality I also used my original Zing with both MTC and SCAL. But… that was just because… it was that kind of day!
In spite of the difficulties I had while making this card, I am very happy with the way it turned out. It honestly IS a simple project.
I want to thank Deb for her recent post where she shared with us a site that has some awesome free files. I used one for this tutorial and I think it worked out great. (Please… if you use any of the files from lovesvg.com for products you sell, be sure to purchase their commericial license. And if you use a lot of free files for any purpose, you may want to give a donation. I’m sure they put a lot of work into their files.)
Watercolor paper or cardstock. (My paper was 140 lb and a little heavy for the intricacies of the design I chose.)
Contrasting cardstock or paper for lining the card.
Adhesive to secure cardstock lining. (I used 3M foam mounting tape.)
Ribbon and/or other decorative elements.
Embossing machine and folder – OPTIONAL
Design of your choice. (I used this one from lovesvg.com)
In SCAL, draw a rectangle 8.5 inches X 4.25 inches. Import your design.
Center the design where you want it on your card. Draw an oval or circle around it.
Make sure each of the elements is on its own layer with the rectangle on the bottom. Select the rectangle and oval. Path > Back Minus Front.
Select the design element. Right Click > Appearance > Add Shadow Layer. Adjust layer until it overlaps the edge of the cutout slightly. You may need to resize it a bit. If you resize it, make sure you select both the design and the shadow so that they resize in proportion to each other. The shadow should overlap, but the design itself should fit within (or meet up to the edge of) the circle.
Now, select just the design and mirror it. Right Click > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Turn off the design layer.
Select the shadow layer and rectangle. Path > Union.
At this point, you might want to clean up some nodes. I deleted any tiny little cutout portions that I knew were too small to cut properly.
Load your paper and mat, and cut. Carefully remove paper from mat.
Use scoring board and bone folder, or other method for folding card in half.
Turn off your card layer and turn on the design layer. Double check to make sure it is mirrored. Adhere HTV to mat with shiny side down. Check manufacturer’s instructions for cutting. (You might need the blue capped (thick material) blade for some.) Cut design.
Remove and weed design.
Open card flat. Carefully line HTV up on shadow layer portion of card.
Lay Teflon sheet on top and use heat press or iron according to manufacturer’s instructions. (I used a heat press at 305 degrees for 10 seconds, removed clear lining, and repeated for 3 seconds.)
Cut a contrasting piece of paper or cardstock for inside of card. I used my embossing machine and folder to emboss this piece, but that is up to you.
Adhere to inside of card with foam tape or other adhesive. Tie a ribbon as shown, and/or add other design elements.
Now, if you are blessed to still have your mom, give her this beautiful card and tell her how much she means to you!
I have had friends ask me if I could make personalized coffee cups and while I have told them yes, I also tell them they are not dishwasher safe. I would use the permanent vinyl and it would last through many hand washes. But I wanted something I didn’t have to worry about so when I found an inexpensive mug press I bought it! Such fun!!!
HTV heat transfer vinyl
mug heat press
15″ KNK Maxx
red capped blade
multi pass 2
When cutting HTV I always use the multicut. I simply typed the sayings, resized them to fit the mug, mirrored the image and cut it. Once it was cut and weeded it was just a matter of applying it to the cup and placing it in the heat press. I used 350 degrees for 60 second but each press will have it’s own settings. My son in law and niece are realtors so I thought they might enjoy these cups.