A fun New Tile

I have made a lot of monogrammed tiles with the family name as gifts but quite often I have people say that they are a blended family, or not married but have children, etc, and wish they could have a personalized tile. A customer recently asked if I could come up with a tile that would work for her family. She was married, had  children, but her husband was not the father of the children. Then she helped me design this tile.

She wanted a darker tile and wanted the word Family in lime green. I made a second tile for another family using a lighter tile and Red for the word Family.

When I designed the tile I put small rectangles around the word family. I then cut all of the black and cut the rectangles. Then I cut the green and cut the rectangles. I then lifted the black using transfer tape and once it was lifted set it on top of the word Family making sure that I set the black rectangles on top of the green rectangles. Then I lifted the green and placed the whole works on the tile. It was very simple to do using that method.

The fonts used are Robo Passion Conflict for “Together” and Centsb for “we make a” . The word Family was borrowed from a different file, and the names are from a purchased font called Lavender Script. All of the font chosen cut very well using my Klic n Kut Maxx and are also fonts that tend to weed well.

Tiles make such nice gifts and I think they are fun to make!


Family Reunion and Digital KNK

I really do not like stamping. When I do stamp I tend to mess it up. Plus it involves buying a stamp that you will only use a few times and then have to store. Quite often I will see something that has been stamped and will want to make it. My solution is to recreate the stamp in KNK Studio.

With this Happy Birthday “stamp” I just typed Happy Birthday and then did a break path. This way I could resize and reposition each letter exactly how I wanted it. I did some node editing in the H for Birthday because I wanted the top half of the H taller than the bottom half, if that makes sense. When I had the “stamp” exactly how I wanted it I chose File, Export image and save the image. Then I imported it into Word and printed off a sheet of the Happy Birthday stamp. I now had a dozen perfectly “stamped” images and no mess to clean up, not stamp to put away.

When I realized this was what my post would be about, a light bulb went on. Now a days it seems like I have more light bulbs turning off than on. :O) But I thought if I can do it with words, I can do it with images. This card was made using a cutting file from www.MyScrapChick.com. I assembled the  pieces on my screen in KNK Studio so that they were put together the same way the finished product would be. I added the 1,2,3 on the Balloons by adding text and putting it where I wanted it. Then I added the words, again, just picking a font and typing. I created a rectangle the same size as the card I was planning on making and then resized everything and placed it exactly where I wanted it on the card. I deleted the rectangle, went to File, export image, imported it to Word and printed it.  Viola! Remember that you can re-color the file to the colors you desire prior to exporting the image.This would be a quick way to make personalized invites without having to cut and assemble 20 invites.

Now, on to the Family Reunion. We have had an exciting week! My youngest daughter Tash joined our family when she was 3. Her parents had placed her for adoption when she was 2 and she was in foster care for almost a year before she joined our family. Tash has multiple disabilities, but to us she is perfect. :O)  Her adoption paper work supplied us the names of her parents and the fact that she had a sister who was almost 2 years older, and the sisters name and date of birth. Through the years I always wished that the parents could know how well their little girl was doing.  I did search for them online to no avail. When my grandkids were 2&4 I thought how devastated Gavin would be if suddenly his little sister “disappeared”. So  New Years Eve 2010 I did a search on Facebook for the sister. It had never occurred to me prior to this to look for her. And lo and behold there she was…on Facebook…living in Israel. I sent her a message through Facebook and she replied. She had been looking for “Nati” (Tash’s name is Natashja, they called her Nati which we did not know, we call her Tash) and had even hired a private detective. Her mother was deceased and the dad did not want to be part of her life. Her sister was caring for her Grandmother who was terminally ill. This past fall her Grandmother passed away and Tash’s sister booked a flight to the USA to see her baby sister. It was so awesome. Tash doesn’t really “get it” but her sister was so happy to see Nati again, to see that she was alive and well, to be able to hug her. So, we are now blessed with another member of the family. She may live in Israel, but part of her will always be here.

Grama, Do you know what rhymes with China?










My grandson Gavin is 5 and his little sister Hailey is 2. They make me smile a lot. They both like Angry Birds so when I found this terrific site www.theladywolf.blogspot.com I had to try the Angry Bird Files. She has tons of great SVG files  FREE and every one that I tried cut perfectly on my KNK Maxx. The black background on the birds is cardstock, the rest is vinyl. They were super easy to make and Gavin loved them.




Both kids like a cartoon called Max and Ruby. And because I try to keep things “even” between the kids I made Hailey the Max and Ruby card. Both Max and Ruby are entirely cut from vinyl. They have some pretty fine cuts but cut perfectly on the KNK Maxx.

So are you still wondering about China? Gavin is in a pre-K program and they are working on rhyming words. Recently Gavin and Hailey’s mom must have told them that Hailey’s “privates” have a different name than Gavin’s “privates”. So when Gavin came running out of pre-K and told me “Grama, do you know what rhymes with China?” I almost died. But when I thought of the look on his teachers face when he said “Miss Summer, Do you know what rhymes with China?” I couldn’t stop smiling. :O)









Tiles are so easy to make, are great gifts, and are relatively inexpensive. I usually get  my tiles at Home Depot and have learned to make sure that they are American made. I have also bought some great tiles at ReStore, the Habitat for Humanity resale shop.

The first tile was a saying that I saw online. It was printed and framed. Well, you know that when you have a KNK your mind works differently. You not only see the saying but you immediately scrutinise the font. I didn’t note what font I used, but it was a basic font that came with KNK Studio. I typed Believe in Yourself, did an outline of  Be and You to make them bolder than the rest of the letters, and then cut out the saying.  This tile is a 3×6 tile and the embellishment is from an embellishment set from My Vinyl Designers. I usually make a rectangle the same size as my tile when designing tiles so that I can make sure that everything is the right size and in the right place prior to cutting.

This tile is also a result of a tile that I saw online. Generally tiles come in basic earthy neutral colors. But, add some alcohol ink and you have color!

I used Adirondack Cranberry,Eggplant,and Wild Plum. Because I have had alcohol inks rub off metal before  I used my embossing heat gun to heat set the ink because I was told that would help. I also sprayed it with a clear Matte spray. This did alter the way the alcohol ink looked prior to spraying. It may have worked better if I had sprayed a very fine mist several times. I am fortunate that my husband has a drill press so I use that to drill my tiles for hanging.

I used CentB font for the large L and Passion Conflict for Lilly.  


Just when you thought Christmas was over…

I bought some ornaments last year on after Christmas clearance. Some were clear and some frosted. I tried the pledge and glitter trick on one and wasn’t thrilled. It was an uglier version of what a store-bought glitter ornament would look like.

Then I tried alcohol ink on a clear ornament. That turned out better but was plain.So when I decided to make personalized ornaments.  I used one of the alcohol ink ornaments that I had made as a base. The H on the ornament it CentB font, Harper is PC Dazzle as is the back of the ornament. I like PC Dazzle because it cuts well at any size and weeds well. With the ” H”  I scored all of the edges with my exacto knife prior to removing it from the backing. This helped it lay flat on the round ornament.










So that worked for the girls, but what about the boys? Gavin would not like purple. So I made this ornament for him. I stole his face from a My Scrap Chick file.

















And then, because I had seen an ornament on-line and said “I can make that” (ask my family how often I say that) I made this Hello Kitty ornament.








All of the ornaments were made by cutting vinyl on my wonderful KNK Maxx. The first two are made with Oracal 631 and the Hello Kitty is Oracal 651 only because I wanted the glossy finish. The vinyl is available at www.knkusa.com.

So, go get those clearance ornaments before they are gone and for about 25 cents you can make some great personalized ornaments for the little ones in your life.