We’re all mad here…

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I don’t know about you, but I love finding free cut files on Pinterest. I ended up at this site where I found this cool cheshire cat:


Problem was, it was in a .studio cut format, which is Silhouette format and unable to be opened in Make the Cut.

So I went to the Silhouette site and downloaded the new software (which is needed for this file to open correctly). http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/software/silhouette-studio

I had no idea how to use it, but I bumbled around and figured it out. Basically, here are the steps I did:

  1. Set the page size to 8 1/2 x 11 and resize the graphic to fit.
  2. Ungroup the graphic and select everything but the outer part of the cat. Regroup.
  3. While you have the innards selected, select arrange>bring to front.
  4. Next you have to fill the objects. I filled the outer part with black and changed the line color to black (otherwise it is red).
  5. I filled the inner selection with white, also changing the line color to black.
  6. Now I had a graphic I could print.
  7. I don’t know if this works on PCs, but on Macs, when you select print, you have the option to print to .pdf.
  8. I printed it to .pdf and now I could bring it into Make the Cut.
  9. I imported it into MTC as a .pdf and at the bottom it gives you a message that it is detecting raster graphics and it wants to open it in pixel trace.
  10. I did that, using a threshold of 244 to trace.
  11. I cut the graphic in black vinyl (v-300, f-31) on the KNK Maxx 24.
  12. Weeded it and applied it.

So really it is quite a few steps to convert .studio files, but it worked for me. Awhile back, I was able to use a super old version of Silhouette Studio to save studio files as .svg. But they took that option out and this file would not open in the old version.

If there is a better way, please, please let me know. This way works, but it is a little time consuming.

edit: Right after I added the picture, I noticed that I forgot to weed the apostrophe for we’re, so it looks wrong. I fixed it now, just too lazy to take a new picture. ūüôā


Every once in a while I get asked to make a “memorial” tile or plaque. They are never easy to make, but yet they also make me happy that I am able to make them for the family. None have touched me more than this one. It was for baby Gabriel¬†. The image I selected for this post is not the picture that was included in the finished product, it was of a private moment between mom and baby. The family had pictures taken as it would be the only pictures they would ever have of their sweet adorable baby. I was amazed at the strength the family had at what was undoubtedly the worst moment in their life. Tears just seeing it again. IMG_3869 Materials


Mat for picture frame


KNK Maxx

red capped blade

force 40

speed 350

I simply selected the font, Lavenderia regular, typed the words, and arranged them to fit the mat or the frame. I then cut the saying from vinyl and applied it using clear transfer tape.


Christmas 2015


I try to start each year preparing for the next, it rarely goes according to plan. If I actually get things done ahead I tend to forget where I stashed them. :O) IMG_3694 So here is my attempt to get some cards done. I traced this cute little Joy with the Snowman and he cut so nicely from vinyl. I haven’t actually made the card yet, but he will be an adorable card.

I hope all of you had an awesome Christmas! My 38 year old son came home to WI from San Diego just in time for a snowfall and made this.

IMG_3693 It’s been a few years since we had a real snowman.

You can download the KNK Studio file here.

Happy New Year!



KNK Maxx

Red capped blade


Force 40

speed 350

Challenge in Review – Paper Entry

Are you prepared? here is another (paper category) challenge entry that will BLOW your MIND! 


Elonah created this paper sculpture (which you can see is on display). From the pictures, it looks like it was built on-site! Oh, how I wish I could have seen it in person!!!!


Elonah, who used her 24″ Maxx for the project, provided this description:

The project consists of two origami-like figures that are slightly larger than life size. The faceting makes the paper strong which allows it to support itself without any internal structure. I developed the cut files myself and then separated the designs to fit to the machine’s maximum cutting width.

It took nearly 48 hours over 5 days to cut and assemble the project.  The entire project was cut using a combination of the KNK Standard Material Blade and Embossing Tool on 285gsm Fabriano Etching Paper.


Did you say “Wow”? Did your jaw drop? Did your eyes pop? Yeah, me too!

“Sealing up” those Holiday Memories

At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year.
— Thomas Tusser



Thank you for visiting Team KNK and reading this post!¬† Today our project is a mini book created from 6×9″ envelopes.¬† Our design focus is on three simple shapes (bird, heart and star) that repeat throughout the project. The above cover photo shows the bird.


Page 2 features the heart.


Pages 3 and 4 show the star and the bird.


Pages 5 and 6 show the heart and star (attached to the black pull out tag).  See how the shapes repeat and bring a familiar flow to this project?


Pages 7 and 8 feature the star shape.  You again see the reverse side of the star and now the heart that peeks out from the kraft pull out tag.


The final layout of this mini book features the bird, but you still see the star and heart from the tag pull outs.  Note how I embellished the hearts and stars differently each time they were featured?


I created each shape node by node.  I am amazingly quick at just starting with points, converting to poly-arc and curving lines.  I get lots of practice.  I usually import a clip art shape into my screen to use for scale and then I tweak the shape to suit my needs.

If you would like to create your very own version of an envelope book, here is  an instructional video that I created for a recent class.



Blue cap / thick materials blade


I keep my 15″ KNK Maxx settings at Overcut 15 & Trailing Blade 20 because I only use my machine to cut paper.

Please visit the KNK Gallery on my website to see more projects that I have created using my Klic N Kut.

Photos:  Courtesy of Petrini Photography


Printed Papers by Theresa Collins Designs

Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper

Ribbons, buttons, rhinestones and envelopes from Designer’s Stash

Thank you for visiting TeamKNK!  Your comments and feedback are appreciated.