I seem to be on a banner kick, so I bring you yet another one.
These pictures are horrible. I totally procrastinated and it’s dark and believe it or not, I took these in my dim living room with no flash. I’m actually impressed with this little Canon camera I bought a couple months ago, and considering my lighting conditions are horrible, these pictures could be a lot worse.
I’m so embarrassed. For one, I was supposed to post last Friday. I made this project three weeks ago and was so excited that I had my project done already… and then forgot to post it. My excuses get worse: I took pictures of it and can’t find them anywhere!! The only picture I have is horrible and it isn’t even finished here. I since added to the blank square. So on Monday, when I go to school, I will take pictures of it and get a nicer shot of it.
This even has my dog’s foot in it because she decided to back into the picture, but I was able to crop that part out.
Anyway, I wanted a banner to hang in front of my desk, so I used the chipboard from the KNK store and cut it into 4″ squares. And since it is 12×12, you get 9 squares from a sheet, (did I do that math right, because I’ve since learned I’m not smarter than a 5th grader in math), and look at that, my name and a blank square is perfect for this so I only used 1 sheet. I like this chipboard as it is very sturdy, but also very easy to trim. I haven’t tried cutting it on my Zing, but I’m sure it would do just fine. I glued 4×4 sheets of a pretty damask paper I found from my DCWV stash and cut the letters out of DCWV red glitter paper. It is glittery, I promise. I made the letters a little big, I should’ve made them about 3″ and I made them about 3.5.” I had to “smoosh” the M’s or they didn’t fit. I also didn’t center them on the squares because I was debating having the ribbon go across the top, but I ended up going behind the squares. I inked the edges with black ink (as well as my fingers… and some of the table), and used foam tape to stick the letters on. Then I cut holes in the top and threaded the ribbon through. The other version I saw of this had ribbon bows tying each square together and I think I should’ve done that instead, but it’s fine the way it looks.
Since the panda is our mascot, I used print and cut to cut him out and I used foam tape to stick him in the middle. As I said before, I’ll get a better picture of the finished project and you’ll even see my messy desk! Bonus! I have it taped it front of my desk and since I was new to the school, it was a nice way to announce myself and a pretty way to dress up my desk.
Teaching 5th grade is really fun! It’s really hard work, but I’m really enjoying it and I absolutely love my new school. I promise I’ll be on time next month!
Machine used: Zing, red blade, 10/10, 105 (don’t use my settings, I am very lazy about changing blades)
So my son just finished his first season of high school baseball. He did pretty good. He worked hard and I’m very proud of his mindset to keep trying, no matter what. He did not give up, even coming into the season recovering from a major broken wrist and being weak from a total of 11 weeks of some sort of cast.
Boy also grew 3 inches during the season and towers over me. Anyway, the parents wanted to give the coach a gift card and a signed card from the boys so I came up with this.
Originally it looked like this, but it just looked too plain, so I added the thanks in brannonball font. Looks baseball-ish, no?
The inside was blank and all the boys signed their names and gave it to the coach. I wasn’t able to get a picture of it all signed, but it was neat to give a personal something that I created that only took minutes to make.
I used: KNK Zing, red blade. Don’t even regard my settings. I need to change my blade again so I won’t even post them.
Best of all, all the files are free! Though they deserve a cup of joe or two for all of their hard work… anyway, I went to that site for inspiration again and came up with a card so quick and easy, I had it done in no time. Well, except for the part where my printer jammed. And then locked up my computer.
Okay, maybe disregard the done in no time comment.
So I took two files and opened them up in MTC:
Uh oh. Those images might be a little big. Anyway, I took the hat out of the first one, duplicated it and used it for the base of my card and did a good old print and cut for the inside.
You know how I like the foam tape, so I stuck the pieces on with that. Of course the angle I took the picture made sure to show off said foam tape, so please disregard photographer error there… or creator error. Does it matter? It’s the same person.
I have a color laser printer and my one beef is it doesn’t take paper weight over 60# and I really like to use the 110# for card bases. So this one feels a little flimsy. The other option would’ve been to print and cut a liner for the inside. Oh well, maybe next time.
I used some glitter glue to dress it up a little bit and an embossing folder too.
Anyway, feels good to be making cards again!! I missed it!
Until next time!
Paper (duh… right?)
embossing folder swiss dots
red-capped blade that is so desperately dull and I’m like the girl who likes to drive the gas tank down to the last drop.. just change it already!
10/10; 110 (but see above for why you should not use my settings)
So let me preface this post by admitting I don’t cook. It’s not that I can’t, I don’t like to do it. And I married someone who cooks, so I’ve been able to get out of it all these years. So my friends and mom have been raving about this pressure cooker telling me it will change my life as I know it.
I didn’t believe them.
So I got one for Christmas. And I started using it. And magical things happened. Magical food things happened. So something I’d never thought I would admit in a million years has happened. I kind of like this cooking thing. It’s not too bad.
In honor of my new skillllzzzzzz, I felt the Instapot needed to be spruced up a bit. Plus I saw some decorations online so I fired up the Maxx and got to work…
Yep, that’s Ryan Gosling. And there are so many memes about him flying around the internet and I saw someone selling similar ones on Etsy so I knew I could make my own.
So this was the photo I found on the internet:
And I brought it into Photoshop and fooled around with the levels and threshold and got this:
There were still a lot of rough edges that I knew wouldn’t cut very well so I want to play around with this a little more because I want to be able to do this on my own with other images. For this project, I ended up tracing one already done (so unfortunately, I can’t share the file). But I got to thinking, it might be fun to try to draw the above image with the pen tool and see what I get. Or if I run a cross-hatch filter on it, it would be neat to engrave. There are tons of possibilities.
So excuse the horrible iPhone pictures, but here are some of the dishes I’ve made in the past couple weeks. The family has given me thumbs up on most of the meals and they are a pretty picky bunch:
sweet and sour chicken
lasagna (this one was weird! You put everything in the pan raw, noodles and cheese and meat and then it just cooks it all!)
garlic pasta with zucchini and peas
Sorry. Didn’t mean to turn TeamKNK into TeamInstapot…. but I’ll tell you what, I love that thing! Almost as much as my Maxx 😉 (see what I did there?) I may be late to this bandwagon, but I jumped onto it.
Make the Cut software
instapot (heh heh heh)
Find cool images or draw your own
Throw food into instapot and start it.
Cut out vinyl and stick to side of instapot (though I kinda recommend you not doing this while it’s on because that little sucker gets HOT)