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!


Spring Birthdays

Hi There fellow KnK-ers!

There are lots of Birthdays in my Family at this time of year so today I have made a Spring Flower card. I turned my card into a Birthday card but with a change of sentiment I think it could be suitable for many other occasions. Cutting the Latticed Daffodil was a breeze as I used CutMates Cardstock, it really is second to none when it comes to more intricate cuts. The Cut File is available at the end of this post 🙂

These are the Materials I used:

These are the Zing Settings I used:

  • Blade = Standard
  • Blade Height = 25 post-it notes
  • Offset = 0.30
  • Speed = 10
  • Force =  100
  • Passes = 1

Pic 1. Below are the 3 layers you will find within the Cut File, I cut my card base and card front layer from Smooth and Silky Card then cut my lattice detail layer from Cutmates Card:

Daffodil Card 1

Pic 2. I first adhered the larger layer directly onto my Card Base with double-sided tape:

Daffodil Card 2

Pic 3. Next, I adhered the detail layer with some wet glue to give me some time to wiggle it into perfect placement:

Daffodil Card 3

Pic 4. I cut a simple banner shape then I picked a font from my computer to cut and use as my sentiment. I popped some 3d foam pads behind the ends of the banner to give my card some dimension and with that my card was finished:

Daffodil Card

If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing, access my Free Cut Files and read my Terms of Use, you can find my blog here:

Here is today’s Cut File:

Daffodil Card by Bird

Daffodil Card Cut File by Bird

Easter Egg Card and Tag

Hello fellow KnK-ers!

As we are well and truly into 2015 and looking forward to Spring, I thought I’d look to Easter for my project today. I designed a Card Cover which makes a simple but fun Easter Egg Card also if you like to give chocolate treats at Easter time, I made a matching Easter Egg Gift Tag. The cut files are available at the end of the post 🙂

These are the Materials I used:

These are the Zing Settings I used:

  • Blade = Standard
  • Blade Height = 25 post-it notes
  • Offset = 0.30
  • Speed = 10
  • Force =  80 paper/100 card
  • Passes = 1

I cut the front layer of my card from some white cardstock and the backing layer from some pink paper which I glued together. Once dry, I strategically added some 3d pads behind the Card Cover and popped onto my card base.

To assemble the Tag, simply glue all 3 layers together before adding some thread.

Easter Egg Card Cover and Tag

If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing, access my Free Cut Files and read my Terms of Use, you can find my blog here:

Here are today’s Cut Files:

Easter Egg Card Cover by Bird

Easter Egg Card Cover Cut File by Bird

Easter Egg Tag by Bird

Easter Egg Tag Cut File by Bird

One File, Many Possibilities


Since Christmas always seems to arrive sooner than my completion of all the projects I’ve thought I would accomplish, I’ve made a file that can be used in many ways for lots of projects.  Since my 15″ Maxx Air is capable of cutting lots of different materials and my KNK Studio software and my Make the Cut software can easily resize the files according to my needs at the moment, I am ready to start producing those projects as soon as I decide which one to do first.  Oh wait, I did use the file to make the project for this post so I guess I am on my way.

Last year I made many of the round charger plates with vinyl sayings/graphics.  Later I found some smaller, rectangular platters/plates that I liked and bought a couple of them for my stash.  Today I used one of them for my post project along with that ever versatile and so easy to use vinyl.  This is what I made.

Finished Tray_JudyKay-Optimized

Materials Used:

Metallic vinyl in brushed silver and gold

Rectangular tray from hobby store


Machine – KNK 15″ Maxx Air,  Blade – red cap standard material,  Force – 15,  Speed – 70 (because of detailed design)

As I mentioned above, this design could be used for many different materials and many different projects.  Some that I considered are:

Cut from vinyl and apply to a greeting card.

Cut from velum or cardstock and use as an overlay on a greeting card.  Back the overlay with mylar or foil.

Cut from heavy cardstock, chipboard, thin acrylic, or styrene and use for an ornament.

Cut from the Faux Glass Etch vinyl in various sizes and decorate windows, mirrors, and other glass surfaces.

Enlarge to several different sizes, cut from heavy cardstock, chipboard, thin acrylic, or styrene; mount on stands and display as a “forest” on a shelf or mantle.

Cut from velum and adhere one to each side of a glass candle holder with a battery powered tea light inside.

Cut multiple trees in different sizes from wall vinyl and decorate a wall.

Cut the tree and star from any of the iron-on vinyl materials and decorate clothing, tote bags, and other fabric items.  The tree is symmetrical so if you forget to mirror the file before cutting, it is OK.

I am sure you can imagine many additional uses for the file.  Enjoy!

Christmas Tree Cutting Files_JudyKay



KNK in the classroom

Okay, so it’s not the 3D printer, which is so much cooler. And I want one…

I am teaching 2nd grade this year. They are a fun little bunch. They keep me on my toes, but they are very smart. Here are some ways I used my KNK in the classroom:


Front door. I cut the letters out of the birthday stack from DCWV.


I bought this cute chalkboard apple and decorated it with white vinyl. It makes a cute decoration for my room (and it would make a great gift for any teachers in your life). 20140918-IMG_1622

I used a cute school paper for this. I realize it’s a little busy on my crayon background, but my class is a little busy, so it fits.


I labeled all my guided reading tubs with vinyl letters. Yea, I notice Bill, the level J book is in the H box too.

20140918-IMG_1620 20140918-IMG_1619 These are frames from dollar tree. I put some cute scrapbook paper in the back and put some vinyl letters on the front. I use dry erase pens and they erase easily. In the science frame, the glass broke, so I just stuck a piece of acetate in there and you can’t tell the difference between the others, where I didn’t break the glass. I originally saw this on Pinterest, but people use them as menu boards or note boards at home. I thought of a lot of neat uses for them. For example, you could put them on your child’s door, personalized with his/her name and write them notes…or even just say, “Clean this messy room.”

Anyway, hope you have some ideas. It’s been a little quiet around here. I’m starting to think I smell bad and scared you all away.


KNK Maxx 24″ for white vinyl

KNK Zing for card stock



DCWV cardstock 12×12 stacks, the school one and the birthday one