Happy 9th Birthday Hailey Grace!!!

Today is my granddaughter’s ninth birthday! She is just a sweetheart. Usually my daughter asks me to help her with the birthday preparations but a year ago I purchased a used KNK Maxx and it is now at her house. She designed this invite in KNK Studio. She then mirrored the image, sized it for her invite, saved it as a jpeg, imported it into word, and printed her invitations. Because it is a Nancy Drew themed mystery solving party she mirrored the image so the recipients had to hold it to a mirror to read it. It thrills me that both my daughter and granddaughter enjoy creating thing just like me! And oh how I loved Nancy Drew! I think her books were the first books I owned as a child, they were my treasures!



KNK Studio



She also decided to make the girls shirts.

Although her birthday is tomorrow we will celebrate all week Happy Birthday Hailey Grace!!!

A year or so ago

my granddaughter was born. And in 20 days she will be 7…how does that happen? I only have 2 grandkids, Gavin is 9 and Hailey is turning 7. She is definitely a princess but when her classmates each had to write one sentence about what the liked about Hailey every single one of them said that she was good at soccer. So she is a tough little princess, the best kind to be. But then this is a post about my KNK, not my grandkids so I will move on.

My little princess is having a beauty themed birthday party. Although they will pamper themselves and do their nails, they will also be working on T-shirts which will be my next post. The theme of the party is that every one is beautiful just the way they are. My daughter asked me to do several projects, which makes me very happy. :O)

The first is the invitation. She wanted a mirror shaped invitation. I just welded a scalloped oval and a handle together and then made an oval to fit inside of the scalloped oval. I still haven’t mastered print and cut so I did a cut and print. I designed the word part in KNK Studio to make sure it fit into my oval. I then saved the words as a jpeg and imported them into word. I printed them onto a plain piece of white paper.     I then used 2 removable glue dots and attached my oval which I had cut from textured card stock. And then off to the printer. IMG_4737 IMG_4740 I made the mirror from gemstone cardstock paper and chip board to make it a bit more sturdy. If you haven’t used the chipboard from KNKUSA you should try it, it cuts like a dream! The oval is white textured card stock.

IMG_4741 And then it was just gluing the pieces together.

IMG_4739 Here is the file for the mirror, and good news, it is in KNK, SVG and MTC format!mirror invitation (2)

And what should have been a separate post in itself, THE FORCE IS WITH ME!!!  IMG_4742

It was terrifying, I love my KNK Maxx and KNK Studio. To have to learn how to use a new machine and a new program was overwhelming. But I have a super power named Sandy McCauley and she has videos on how to do anything KNK and MTC related and if you still can’t figure it out there are many forums to help. So I now can use MTC to change KNK files into SVG and I can use the Force to cut. It is such a quiet machine and although it is hard for me to even say, it cuts better than my Maxx. I did buy the rotary attachment but it will take me some time to get brave enough to use it. :O)


Gemstone paper

Coredinations textured cardstock

KNKUSA chipboard




KNK Force

Red capped blade

2 passes for cardstock

3 passes for chipboard

Starting Depth 80

End depth 80

Cut speed 40

Up speed 40

Plunge speed 40

Lift speed 40

Blade offset 0.0

The settings seem complicated compared to the Maxx but they really aren’t. It is just that the ability to change all of these settings gives you the ability to cut so many medias. But for day to day paper and vinyl you don’t have to change a lot of settings.


Thank You Note and Keepsake



I am going to be Grandma for first time! I can’t beleive it and I am soooo happy and I am making a lot of things for the Baby Shower of my daughter-in-law. It’s going to be a GIRL, so I already started making the Invitations, the Thank You notes, and the favors. This is what my post is about.

The Thank You note that you see was made with vellum paper, cardstock, ribbon, a paper flower, and vinyl. Using my TERRIFIC Groove E and the engraving tool, I engraved the vellum, (F=60 and V=300). Then I changed the engraving tool for the red cap blade to cut the vellum. After it was cut, I cut one of the borders with a decorative scissor. Then I cut cardstock with the same shape of the vellum and painted just the border of the card stock. The word “Thank you” was made with vinyl and I cut it with the red cap blade (F=25 and V=150). Then I embellished with ribbon and paper flower.








For the keepsake, I made everything exactly as explained above but in miniature size. Instead of writing the word “Thank You” I wrote the name of the baby, which is going to be “Carlea” and put that inside a box frame that I decorated with the colors of the baby shower.


Fairy Packet

Fairy Wings

Recently at our house there was a party to celebrate a young fairy getting her new wings. As any fairy mother knows, when their  baby grows up, they outgrow their wings.  Much as human children get a new set of teeth, fairy children get a new set of wings.  This is a very joyful event, and much ceremony and preparation is involved in the presentation of the new wings.

 Of course for festivities such as this, only the most fancy and proper invitations will do.   So we designed this fairy packet to hold all the invitation material that the invited fairy’s friends needed to attend the festivities.

Fairy Packet Front

We used standard white card stock for the outside, and then decorated it with tea stain and stamps and markers.  Then we backed the cut out section with glitter paper to show through, and lined the inside with plain white paper to make it all nice and neat.

Fairy Packet Side

We had lots of things to put inside the packet.  A small book, stickers, coloring sheets, pins, letters, photos and invitation.  It held quite a bit of fairy paraphernalia!

Inside of Packet

We turned to the magic of the KNK Studio software to create our design for the packet.  We found a raster image in public domain on the web that we used as a starting point.  The image was vectorized, and then modified to create the final image used on the packet.  You can find more detailed information on how the packet was made and put together in this YouTube video:


We are happy to report that the fairies had a very lovely time at the party.  And yes, the Fairy Fancy Beauty Spa sign is courtesy of the KnK Maxx as well.