KNK Studio

I love the fact that if you own a KNK you don’t have to own a lot of other things and are still able to make just about anything. I needed to make a card for a special baby and knew what I wanted on the card. It was a design from My Vinyl Designer.


It is the sweetest saying but I knew it would be difficult to cut and weed from vinyl. So I opened the design in KNK Studio and added the name to the Design. I sized it the size I wanted it to be on the card and then exported the image as a JPEG. I then was able to import the image into Word and print it. I used a white textured cardstock, cut to 8.5×11, on which to print the saying. The result is an adorable personalized card. I made the card 5×7 so that if mom wanted to she could frame it and put it in her nursery.

The second card was made the same way.

IMG_3755 Materials:

KNK Studio





I have been wanting to try this for a while and then this order came in and it was the perfect time to try it. The customer wanted a chevron pattern with words on top. I had made one in the past with a vinyl chevron and vinyl letters on top. But this time I wanted the canvas to be painted with vinyl. So I had a plain white 12×12 canvas from Michaels and I cut a 13″ wide x  12″ tall Chevron pattern from white outdoor vinyl. I cut it wider so that it would cover the sides. (The file was from My Vinyl Designers.) I applied the vinyl to the canvas. Once I had it securely in place I applied a coat of Mod Podge over the entire canvas. I did this because I read that it seals it so paint doesn’t seep under. I then painted it with Rustoleum 2X spray paint and let it dry for a few minutes. I then removed the vinyl. I did notice there was still some seepage but using my exacto knife I was able to scrape  off the paint that seeped through. I then let it dry for 24 hours and applied the verse which was  cut from indoor vinyl.



12×12 canvas

Rustoleum 2x paint


Mod Podge


KNK Maxx

red capped blade

force 46

speed 400

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I love vinyl!

IMG_2637 Good morning !  In Wisconsin we are experiencing a beautiful autumn, my favorite time of year. It is when life starts to slow down a bit and I have more time to spend with my beloved KNK…at least in theory. :~)

Materials used:


14×17 Frame matted to 11×14


Settings on a 15″ KNK Maxx

red blade

40 force

400 speed

Another Pinterest inspired project!  I saw this on Pinterest and loved it. And as with most things I thought “I can do that”. I already had the split letter alphabet from  My Vinyl Designer so the rest was easy. I used Centsb font for the name and date and Hanford Script font for the Mr. & Mrs. If you don’t care to buy the alphabet you can use the ginsu knife feature and split the letter (I use snap to grid to make sure my cut lines are straight). Then make a rectangle the desired size, use the array feature to make sure your 2 rectangles are lined up properly, then weld a rectangle to each half of the letter. Once you get everything in place I use alt 7 to center the name,monogramed letter, date and the Mr. & Mrs. and Ta Da… a split letter monogram! I used Wonder Under to give the burlap some stability.

This makes a great wedding shower, wedding, anniversary, or just because gift. Stay tuned for my next post where I cut PAPER!!!!




A friend sent me an image that she had snagged from Pinterest and asked me if I could make her a tile like the image. sue music   The image had paper with musical notes on it and she wanted that in the background, just like pictured. Well, I wasn’t sure how I was going to accomplish that…but I did! I think I have almost an exact replica. :~) I found some scrapbook paper that had musical notes on it. Once I got it home I realized it was probably the exact same paper.  I then designed the saying in KNK Studio and cut it from vinyl. I like using “outdoor vinyl” on signs as it is meant to be permanent and seems to stick better. I used a 12×12 piece of thin pylwood and stained it. I then applied modge podge to the plywood and applied the paper. When that was dry I applied liquid laminate on the paper. I could have used modge podge but had liquid laminate left over from another project that I wanted to use. When that was dry I applied the vinyl. Here is my version of the plaque.

IMG_2230 Then, because I like that friend I decided to make another Pinterest project. It was a card that I saw and liked and decided to use the same paper for the card. In KNK Studio I designed the saying, saved it as a jpeg, imported it into Word and printed it. I used the KNK to cut the paper for the card…perfect every time.

IMG_2244 And THEN, because I had the modge podge out, and because My Vinyl Designer had a post on Facebook I decided to make my next project. Anyone who has tried to apply vinyl to canvas knows it can be a pain. I have had it where one color stuck perfect, the next not at all. Once again I like the outdoor vinyl but you are more limited by color choices if you like the matte finish. The post said that you should paint your canvas and let it dry. Then coat the canvas with modge podge and let it dry. And then apply the vinyl and it should stick like magic. I didn’t even waste time painting the canvas, I applied the modge podge to a bare canvas and let it dry. I then applied the vinyl. It wasn’t quite magic but I would say it was a 75% improvement.

IMG_2237 And my husband thinks I spend too much time on the computer. :O)



The Barn

We are fortunate enough to live in the country but one thing was missing from our property…a barn. We live in Wisconsin and I have always had a love for barns. 2 years ago my husband decided to build a barn!!! It took him 2 years and one week to get it completed using almost every minute of his free time. It was so worth it. :O) The downstairs is his, complete with a bathroom, the upstairs is mine. He picked out the paint colors and unfortunately…or fortunately, my room looks like a giant Green Bay Packer Fan club room.


I have been waiting for the upstairs of the barn to get done because I had a file from My Vinyl Designer that I wanted to make into a clock. I bought the clock works last year so I would be ready. I decided to make it big, it is over 3 feet across. This meant using the ginsu knife because I have a 15″ KNK Maxx. To ensure all lines were straight across I used snap to grid and cut the file into 3 pieces. I used the array feature to make sure my registration marks lined up so I could make sure the 3 pieces line up properly. Because the walls are just painted particle board  I used outdoor vinyl to make sure it stuck. If we ever decide to take it down we will be doing it because we are painting so we didn’t have to worry about paint damage or damge to dry wall. I let my husband decide where to put the clock and he chose a spot on the top of the steps…yikes. It meant a ladder over the steps and I hate heights. But he was sweet enough to help me with the application, not all of it, but he got it started.

It is up, not perfect but as my husband always says “It’s a barn”. And it isn’t 100% because although I found the hands it may take a bit to hunt down the clock works. Because one wall upstairs is barn red I will probably paint the hands red, time will tell.