Halloween gifts

I suck at coming up with post names. I’m sorry, but I do.

How are ya? Well, by the time you’re reading this, I will have loaded my car up with 471 tests and delivered them to the education center. They will be gone. Out of my office. What are these tests, you ask? (If you didn’t, just skip on down to the next paragraph, I won’t be offended). I’m in charge of testing kids who speak another language other than English to find out what their English proficiency level is. I’m not sure how other states do this, but I have to do this by law or our school is out of compliance. It is a huge undertaking as the Kinders and 1st graders have to be tested one to one and it takes at least a half hour to administer the tests. My school has around 170 K’s and 1st graders so…. when you try to do the math, your eyes roll back into your head. At least mine do. Anyway, since this is a HUGE job, I have three helpers that really rock and help me get this done. So I wanted to do something special for them. Were you beginning to wonder if there was a point to all my rambling here? Don’t forget I told you to move to the next paragraph.

So I made them these:


I love stores like Dollar Tree and 99 cent store. I went there and managed to spend a bunch of money, but I came home with a ton of cool stuff!! I get a lot of my ideas wandering the aisles of these places because I think about what I can create with the neat things I see.

I bought some plain orange plastic trays and decorated them with black vinyl (cut with Maxx) so they look like this:



Just as an aside, do you see that pumpkin decoration in the top left corner? When I first got my chihuahua mix dog Duke, he fit in that pumpkin so I took a picture of him in it. When I uploaded the pictures from my camera, I noticed I didn’t pay attention to the nose of the pumpkin and a certain appendage was sticking out of it. I’d post the picture here because it’s really funny, but I don’t want to offend anyone.



This time I apparently didn’t notice the hard water stains on the tray before I took the picture. I considered photoshopping the spots out and then decided, “nah, I keep it real here.”

Then I saw these cute little orange buckets so I knew I could do something cool with them so I did their name on one side and a cute pumpkin face on the other.

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Are you wondering why I use the Maxx for vinyl and the Zing for cardstock? Well, I’ll tell you: I’m extremely lazy. I have the Maxx set up so perfectly with vinyl that I do not want to change it. I don’t even have to do test cuts, I just stick it in and go. The other thing is once you start cutting paper, it dulls your blade faster and you won’t get as clean cuts for vinyl. So I definitely recommend getting a blade holder and a blade that you use exclusively for vinyl. I put that blade in Maxx over 6 months ago and have cut a ton of vinyl, but since I haven’t used it for paper, it still cuts beautifully.

Finally, I wanted to make them a set of Halloween cards, so I cut out some of those same shapes in paper and put together some cards:

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I don’t understand their love for candy corn, but those three were eating it constantly. I personally hate candy corn. It’s disgusting. It’s right up there with Peeps. There are very few candies I won’t eat, but candy corn and peeps are…. ewww. I just shudder thinking about them. So I bought them some candy corn to fill the buckets at the bottom.

I hope they like their stuff. I sure appreciate everything they did, and while they got paid for it, I wanted to do something extra special for them to show them just how much I appreciate them.

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Materials Used:

I got the graphics here: http://burtonavenue.blogspot.com/2013/10/freebie-friday-halloween-silhouettes.html They might not be free anymore, but any graphics will do.

Cool Halloween fonts

(I used LD Frightmares) Which is currently $1.

Worldwin Cutmates Paper


Make the Cut


black vinyl




force: 100

speed: 10/10

.35 offset


force: 40

velocity: 250


1. Find graphics you like.

2. Find cool stuff  you want to decorate.

3. Cut out vinyl.

4. Get beverage of choice.

5. Apply vinyl to objects. I can’t say enough about using the masking tape method to make a hinge and make your vinyl easier to apply. I have a post somewhere that talks about that and has pictures!, but not sure which one. I will look it up though.

(You really don’t have to get your beverage of choice. I felt like getting two or three or four of them when my Mac kept crashing Parallels the other night.)

Well, I think that’s everything. See you next month!

The cards are 4.25×4.25 with handmade envelopes (4.5 x 4.5). I’m really digging that size cards because I like the square format and they are fun and different from the normal A4 size.

Stay Classy KNKers!

Snowman Tic Tac Guts – with Free File!

Need a Christmas favor perfect for school teachers, co-workers, neighbors and the handsome Fed Ex driver who brings you packages from KNK USA?  These thoughtful Tic Tac mints are sure to be well received.

I calculated the sizing needed for my Tic Tac cover by simply tracing the Tic Tac container onto my printed paper.  I wrapped the paper around my mints and once I was sure about the sizing I needed, I created a rectangle with rounded corners in my KNK Software. I then made little notches on my shape so it would know exactly where my score lines need to be… this is a very helpful thing you can do if you plan on assembling several! 

I created this snowman file by welding circles and rectangles together.   Next I used the transform inline function to create an inline mat for my shape.  I then separated the snowman image from the inline mat and began creating the three swirls.  I did this by manipulating and adding nodes to this shape. It may take you a few tries the first time, but the more you practice the faster you will get and the easier it becomes.

Next I placed my snowman with the interior mat onto the rectangle with rounded corners I created and then added a circle onto my shape so his “Snowman Tic Tac Guts” would be visible.

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

See other projects I’ve created with my KNK on the KNK Gallery on my website at susan mast designs

Supply List:

  • Cardstock:  Bazzill Coconut Swirl [T10-1044] and Ebony [T15-1080]
  • Printed Paper:  Echo Park – Holly Berry [VMC30413]
  • Embellishments:  Bazzill Paper Flower [303341], Jewel [303331] and Ribbon [302530]

And if you would like to make your own, here’s link with the file in KNK, MTC, SVG, and EPS formats:

Snowman Tic Tac Guts

Tag Team

I have a friend who loves to paint furniture and does a beautiful job. I have a hard time with painting beautiful wood but yet I love her things. She has a blog called Create~Inspire.
The first thing I “tag teamed” with Lisa on was this wood plaque.

I had made some plaques with rough wood and the vinyl didn’t stick as well as I would have liked. I had painted the plaque black and applied white letters. Lisa took the plaque and painted it white, then she peeled off the vinyl letters. It looks so great!
Lisa likes to do fun things with furniture. She has a cricut but has asked me to cut vinyl for her because she is so limited with what she can cut and what fonts she has. One thing she asked me to cut was a clock face to put on top of a table she planned on painting. So I cut the clock face using basic wall vinyl found at KNK USA. I cut it using my 15″ KNK Maxx, a standard blade, with pressure set at 36 and speed at 200. I always use a slower speed with vinyl. This was a larger piece, 24 inches round, so I used the ginsu knife and cut the file in half and cut it in 2 pieces. Lisa applied the vinyl to the table, panted the table white, removed the vinyl and distressed the whole table. It turned out so cute I bought it from her and it makes me smile every time I look at it. :O)

Mad Hatter Mother’s Day

Mom will go mad with delight over this sweet chapeau to top off her Mother’s Day. This keepsake box is a fun way to give Mom those earings she’s been hinting for or that pendant that would be perfect with her new outfit. Mom will proudly brag to her gal pals over how thoughtful and clever HER child is. Have fun selecting Mom’s favorite colors and create away! Leave it to you (as always) to do the right thing with style. After all, you are her favorite! Happy Mother’s Day!
Cutting files coming soon to Sandy’s website on iloveknk.com

Daffodil Cup Cake Wrapper

Spring is in the air and flowers are blooming! Something fresh and fragrant from the garden…and kitchen! This is a new budding idea on cupcake wrappers to brighten your table. There are three pieces to this wrapper. The leaves, which has an attached stem that is glued to the flower, the petals and the middle – the cupcake wrapper itself. This would be ideal for a spring tea or Mother’s Day event. Look for a bouquet of different flower wrappers coming soon at I Love KNK!