KNK Adds Sparkle to Patriotic Holidays

My KNK Maxx Air is the perfect helper to allow me to add some extra sparkle to the patriotic holidays.  Sandy McCauley recently posted some new rhinestone videos that explain and illustrate how to use Make the Cut and KNK Studio to add radiant and spray fills to a rhinestone design.  What a great way to get some extra sparkle and to really enhance a plain rhinestone or iron-on vinyl design!  Since Memorial Day is fast approaching and will soon be followed by Flag Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day, I decided to put my newfound knowledge to use by making a patriotic sparkle shirt for myself.  I combined the radiant rhinestone effect with letters I cut from Glitter Flex Ultra Iron-On Vinyl for an extra dose of sparkle.  The photo below shows my finished shirt.

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 Materials Used:

Glitter Flex Ultra Iron-On Vinyl

6SS Crystal Rhinestones

Rhinestone Motif Rubber (green)

Rhinestone Transfer Tape

Make the Cut Software


15″ KNK Maxx Air

To cut rhinestone rubber:  Blue blade (Thick Materials Blade), F=66, S=150, Blade Offset=0.75, Knife Point setting, 2 Passes

To cut Glitter Flex Ultra Iron-On Vinyl::  Red blade (Standard Materials Blade), F=50, S=90, Blade Offset=0.35, Knife Point setting, 2 Passes


Although I was using two different iron-on materials on my shirt, I did not want to do two separate fusing operations.  In order to accomplish this, I cut spaces for the Iron-on vinyl in the rhinestone rubber template.

Template Ready to Fill-Optimized

I then brushed my rhinestones into the template and removed any that had wandered into the letter spaces.  The letters were cut from the vinyl, weeded, and the attached backing was trimmed to about 1/16″ so it would not be on top of any of the rhinestones.  The letters were positioned into their spaces.  The remaining backing on the letters was enough to hold them into place so I could apply the rhinestone transfer tape.

Template Filled-Optimized

I applied the rhinestone transfer tape to the entire design.  Placing it over the rhinestones and the vinyl letters with the attached backing.  When I lifted the rhinestone transfer tape off of the template, I made sure to do it slowly and had to do a little bit of lifting on the vinyl letters since the backing on them was very stiff.  I placed the rhinestone transfer tape with the attached design onto the transfer tape backing sheet until I was ready to iron it on my shirt.

Ready to Iron On-Optimized

To create my radiant design I used the Rockwell Extra Bold font.  Check the sizes of the letters you plan to use since I discovered that they were not all the same height.  I used a 3mm shadow layer and spaced the rhinestones out so there was not a solid line.  The directions in Sandy’s videos are very clear and easy to follow.

If at all possible I prefer to store my vinyl, rhinestone rubber, and rhinestone transfer tape flat rather than rolled up into a tube.  If these multi-layered materials are stored rolled up they can develop bubbles or ripples when they are unrolled.

Use this link to download the files for the template and the vinyl letters.  Cutting Files-USA_Judy_Kay

Have I lost my noodle?

I shoulda had a V-8!! Or have I lost my noodle?? Either way I so wanted to give you inspiration to use something that is not of the norm to create a lovely Thanksgiving decor item for the front door. My first inspiration was the beautiful cereal box lettering that you can design in the awesome Make the Cut software and cut on the over the top KNK Zing. And my second inspiration was this wreath that you can purchase at Williams-Sonoma for $99.95, or not……….



Materials Used to create wreath:

Burlap fabric

Ceramic Pumpkins (Dollar Tree 10)

Cereal Box


Duct Tape

Fine Glitter

Floral Moss (Dollar Tree)


Hot Glue Gun/sticks

KNK Zing Cutting Machine

Make The Cut Software

Straight Pins

Swim ‘Noodle’


The settings for cutting cereal box on the KNK Zing:

Thick Blade (sharp)

Force: 93

Speed: 8  up: 10


Please click on the following You Tube link below to view a complete Team KNK video tutorial on how to create a lovely Thanksgiving Wreath.


Thank you so very much for stopping by for another Team KNK Tutorial. We would LOVE to see and or hear of projects that you’ve created with a KNK product that was inspired by our design team. You are irreplaceable!!!  HUGE cyber {{{HUGS}}}  be blessed

~Beyond Measure



{Countdown to trick or treat

Hey People!

How’re ya? I’m surviving. This is a really busy time of year for me, but it will calm down soon. Probably by January. At least I can hope.

A little off topic but do you know the new iPhone is being released today? Are you getting one? I’m due for an upgrade so I am. I want the silver one. I think it’s cool.

Okay, I’ll get down to business here.

I made this:



It’s a countdown to Halloween thing.



You pop out the number blocks to change them.



This is the back view. I’ll bet you know why I had to put the holes there.

If not, make one without them and you will learn real quick why they need to be there.



You can decorate all six sides of the bottom piece if you want to change it.

After I finished, I realized that if you made the outer box generic, you could just make blocks for each season or event, like a countdown to Christmas, or a birthday or a new baby, or when school gets out.

So if you want the file, you can download it HERE.

I drew it myself. So it isn’t perfect, mmmkaaayy? Remember, you get what you pay for and it’s free. I draw this stuff cause I like to, but I won’t claim to be an expert at it. Otherwise, I’d sell the files and make tons of money and retire on a beach in Hawaii.

In my dreams, maybe.



Make the Cut


Tape, glue, whatever it is you use.


Cut out all the pieces in a sturdy card stock. You can ignore the first tab (parts of box to change size…) . I always stick the pieces there so if I want to resize, I can easily. I actually used white Georgia Pacific 110 lb and then cut the pieces out again with a DCWV cardstock and stuck ’em together.

Cut the 4 outside borders

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and glue and fold them as shown:

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Close up of how each piece is glued.

Next attach the two ends together so you have a square, like so:


Then cut the 4 inner pieces and this time after you make the square, fold the top pieces the other way (mountain? Valley? I don’t know what is what, but follow the picture and you’ll be fine). 20130915-IMG_0301



The inner piece sits inside the outer piece as shown. Mine isn’t glued, but yours should be. Just a note: if you decide to double up the card stock like I did, shorten the height of the inner pieces by .06″ Leave the length the same or it won’t work right.


The inner piece is the cut out from the frame. This one doesn’t have holes in it. You can ungroup everything and delete the holes, but you might not have the best time trying to get the cubes out.



Here’s what it looks like with the inner piece. Use the base square to square up the box and glue it down and then glue everything else down. Then glue the front face piece on top.



This was actually my prototype. I found I had to make the cubes a little bit smaller to decorate them like I did.




Okay, so something I should mention.

If you decide to use the pumpkins to put the numbers on, you will have to put the 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 on the first cube and the 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 on the second cube. The only problem with this is that you will be able to countdown from 31 but you won’t have 30. It will work if you put 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 on the second cube and use the 6 as a 9. The problem is your pumpkin will be upside down on any of the numbers with 9 in it. I decided to forgo 30 in mine and I just cut out a 3 piece that I’m going to lightly stick over one of the cubes on the 30 day.







Huh. I thought I took a picture of it at an angle where you could see how thick it is, but I guess I didn’t. Oh well. 20130917-IMG_0312


Until next month!

Stay Classy, Sassy, and a little bit smart…. well, you can figure out the rest.


To Emri Grace, with Love


Hello and WELCOME to the Team KNK designers blog! I’m so thankful that you’re here! You are so very special!

Today’s project is a memories of ‘love’ book for the parents of a new baby girl.  The title of the book is, “To Emri Grace, with love.”The parents will place a photo of their little one inside the front  picture frame plus write little ‘love notes’ to their precious Emri Grace for her to cherish for years to come. It can be a journal entry of –‘precious one, your smile made my heart sing today’–or–‘You are so strong–you stood on your own today!’………making sure to date each entry.

Primary materials  used:

KNK Zing

Make the Cut Software

KNK Zing thick cut blade


spiral notebook (this one is considered to be 5X7)

card stock and cereal box

various ribbon scraps


Xyron Sticker Maker machine

We r Memory Keepers Big bite



straight pin


Today’s project may appear to be more on the advanced side of the spectrum, but with all sincerity, that’s what crafting with the over the top Zing is all about!  Your projects are sure to have the look as if you are a professional.

This is the first time I’ve used my awesome Zing to cut cereal box—can you say ‘one pass’??  I am definitely impressed!!

To view the project tutorial video, please click on the following link:


Thank you for dropping by, we’d love to hear from you plus see what our posts have inspired you to create! Until next time:  HUGE {{{HUGS}}} and be blessed

~Beyond Measure


PS~  Make sure to place a little scrap of paper/card stock in between the ‘frame backing’ and the bottom layer of cereal box so that it leaves an opening to slide your photo inside:)

IMG_0838   Notice that since this is a shabby Chic/ Vintage project, it adds more character if things are not perfect:)