At the shop we are getting ready for people to make their Christmas projects. In fact we have sold out of several bolts of Christmas themed fabrics already. To help people make some projects and to give them the tools to work with we are having an event next week where they will be making several items. As a thank you for participating in the event, the coordinator asked me to make something in which she could put some small gifts for each person. I remembered a Christmas tree shaped box that would be perfect for this purpose.
Cardstock – Green and Dark Brown
Double Sided Scrapbooking Tape 1/8″ wide
Clear plastic sheets
Machine used: KNK Force, Red cap standard material blade, 2 passes, Starting Depth – 35, Ending Depth – 45, Cutting Speed – 40, Blade offset – Red Blade, Blade Tension – 1.75
When I made the sample box, I was not happy with how the trunk of the tree turned out. The tree and trunk were joined together and the trunk just was too cumbersome and wouldn’t cooperate and stay together. Since the opening flap of the box is the bottom of the tree it was going to cause problems when people were opening and closing the box. I decided to make the trunk a separate piece and to glue it to the bottom flap. That also gave me an opportunity to make the trunk a different color which I think looks better than having the whole box one color.
Here is a picture of the unassembled parts:
No, those are not chocolates on the right side of the picture. They are the little boxes which are the trunks of the trees. There is an unassembled one at the top right. When the box is assembled, the flaps are at the top (open edge) of the box and are inserted into a slot in the fold on each side of the bottom flap. The flaps are then attached to the adjacent box parts with double sided tape. The small round holes near the peak of the box are for attaching a ribbon for decoration. The triangular pieces at the bottom right are the plastic which is the ‘window’ in the box.
Each side of the box measures about 5 1/2″ so it is big enough for a few sewing related goodies. It could also hold an assortment of other types of treasures. Maybe even chocolates.
At the store where I work we have special events to introduce new things to our customers. In September, we will be hosting one that features embroidery projects from a company named Kimberbell. The ladies in charge of the event decided to give each attendee a special memento to remind them of the event. A plastic glass was selected and I was asked to “help” create the cutting files for a vinyl design to be placed on the glass. The design that was selected is one that will be used on a project at the event.
American Crafts Adhesive Vinyl (Black)
Oracal 631 Vinyl (White and Green)
KNK Force Red Blade, Passes 1, Blade Tension 1, Cutting Depth 18, Cutting Speed 15, Overcut .42
Since the entire design is not visible in the photo, here is a screen shot of the design in Make the Cut.
I made liberal use of the Shadow Layer tool in MTC to bulk up the spider’s legs and the letters. The bow was borrowed from a built in shape in Sure Cuts A Lot and bulked up also with the Shadow Layer tool. I’ve learned that the next time I want to have some curvy or swirly lines, I can easily draw them in SCAL rather than struggling as I did this time in MTC.
Now to teach the ladies doing the event about cutting vinyl, weeding, and using transfer tape. Only 14 more glasses to do!
I have a dear friend who recently lost the majority of the contents of her apartment due to water and smoke damage when the apartment above hers burned. She will be moving to another apartment in the complex in a few days. When she does I am going to send her a card I made using a file from My Scrap Chick. They have some wonderful files and I can often find one that fits the occasion I am wanting to make a card or box or something else for.
This is the card I made for my friend – card front
Vinyl – Oracal 631 type
Uni-ball Signo white ink pen
Machine & Blade used: KNK Force & red capped (standard Material) Blade
Cardstocks: Blade Tension 2, Passes 1 or 2, Cutting Depth 60 – 75, Cutting Speed 25
Vinyls: Blade Tension 1, Passes 1, Cutting Depth 20, Cutting Speed 20
The words were handwritten with the Uni-ball Signo white ink pen. The Firefly’s eyes, antennae, the bulb screw base and filament were cut from vinyl. The remainder of the pieces were cut from cardstock.
Who doesn’t like sparkles? Adding rhinestones to a quilt gives it an extra pizzazz and grabs your attention. Rock-It Rhinestone Flock makes creating hundreds of rhinestone designs easy.
Hot fix crystals are a fun way to add sparkle to your quilts, but it can be tedious applying thousands of crystals one by one. Using a rhinestone placement template, you can recreate a design across several areas of your quilt while applying multiples all at once. On most of my quilts I average 3000 to 5000 crystals in various sizes. Rhinestone templates help speed up the process by days!
Rock-It Rhinestone Flock is easily cut with KNK cutting machines. Rhinestone SVG files are designed replacing cut lines with small holes corresponding to the standard crystal sizes. Most cutting design software programs like Sure Cuts A Lot, have a rhinestone tool to help automate this process turning a regular design or font into a rhinestone outline or even a filled object.
Rock-It Rhinestone Flock
Rhinestone Transfer Tape
Maxx Air Settings
Blue Blade, Force + 60-75, Speed = 400, Passes = 2, Blade Height = 25
KNK Force Thick Material Blade, Blade Tension = 2, Passes = 2, SD = 50, CD/ED = 50, CS = 25.
Remove the flock material from the backing sheet and apply directly to the mat before cutting. This helps the weeding much easier as when you pull the flock from the mat the circles remain.
Once the template is cut and weeded, apply the sticky side of the material to a backing board. You can use cardstock or the original carrier sheet for your backing. To use the template pour some rhinestones on and sweep into the holes with a brush. Pick up your design out of the template with a sticky heat resistant Rhinestone Transfer Tape. This allows you to place your crystal motif onto the quilt and use an iron to heat set the crystals all at once!
That’s right – Parked Ticket, not Parking Ticket. In the accounting system used by the store where I work, there is the ability to ‘run a tab’ for customers while they are in classes and need to purchase supplies. The system’s name for those ‘tabs’ is Parked Tickets. It is a very handy feature to have. Unfortunately, with several employees working at any one time and customers asking different ones to add items to a Parked Ticket for them, we sometimes ended up with multiple Parked Tickets for the same person on the same day.
The owner wanted something to remind both customers and employees that a customer had a Parked Ticket in the system. She thought if we had some kind of a token that we gave to the customer when we created a Parked Ticket that it would remind all of us that one existed. She asked me if I could make something on my “magic cutter” – my KNK Force. This is what we ended up with.
Machine: KNK Force, Blade: Standard Material Blade (red cap), Passes: 1, Blade Tensions: 2 – 2 1/2 (depending on cardstock), Cutting Depth: 40 – 65 (depending on cardstock), Cutting Speed: 25, Blade Offset: Red Blade, Overcut: 38
Car shapes were created in Make the Cut. The cars were cut out of cardstock and a ‘sign’ pasted on one side. They were then laminated so they would have a rectangular shape, be all the same size, and would be more durable than just cardstock. A hole is punched into one corner so they can hang on a hook by each of the cash registers. When a Parking Ticket is started for a customer, they are handed one of these ‘reminders’ and their name is written on it with a dry erase marker so it can be identified in case of a mix-up. When they check out, the employee knows to look for the Parked Ticket instead of starting a new ticket and can erase the name and return the car to the parking lot (the hook by the register). So far it has worked well and both customers and employees find it helpful. And, I enjoy finding ways to make creative and helpful things with my Force.