Show Time

Since my Viking sewing machine dealer thought I did a good job at the quilt show where she had a booth last September, she invited me to help out in her booth at a sewing expo the first part of this month.  The September show was 2 days and the one this month was 3 days.  Plus the booth this month was more than twice as large.  This meant that there needed to be more samples for display and more items for sale.

She liked the book I made for the September show which I posted here and asked me to make another one for a quilt pattern for which she would be demonstrating the techniques in her classes and displaying the quilt in the booth.  Previously I had put the pages in a three ring binder.  For this one we used a scrapbook and I used my KNK Maxx Air to help create a customized cover sheet and the pages for the scrapbook.  Because the pages were 12″ x12″ the cover was 12 1/2″ x 14 1/8″.  I used poster board for the base of the cover and cardstock for the pages.  As I did in the “Story of the Owl”, I created silhouettes of the machine embroidery hoops to frame the openings in the pages.  Actual sewn out samples were sandwiched between two cardstock frames so both sides of the sample could be seen and touched.  In order to make a hinge for the pages I cut a strip of flexible vinyl – the kind you can buy by the yard – and inserted it at the left edge between the two layers of the pages.  Holes were punched to fit on the posts of the scrapbook.

These are pictures of the pages in the scrapbook.  This time I also added page numbers cut from vinyl.  I used the Print and Cut function of the Make the Cut software to create the word labels and mats for each page.



The shiny stuff on the left edge of the pages is the vinyl hinge.

This is what the scrapbook cover looked like.


All of the lettering was cut from the same vinyl as the page numbers.   In order to get the placement of the vinyl correct, I used the KNK Studio software to lay out the cover, used the print option to get a paper copy of the ‘plan’, assembled the pieces of the printed ‘plan’, taped the ‘plan’ to my light table, placed the poster board over the ‘plan’ and had a perfect template for putting the vinyl lettering on the poster board.  Then I added my pictures with their cardstock mats and the scrapbook cover was complete.

My dealer has had a booth at this expo for several years and wanted to show her returning customers as well as new customers her appreciation for their business.  She asked me to make some embroidered items to be gifts with purchase.  These pictures show what those gifts were.


Although you can’t see them in this picture, the red medallions had SS10 crystal rhinestones on them instead of the red confetti hearts on the pink and white medallions.


This is just a sample of the pencils.  There were actually 60 pencils made.

For a bit of fun to help distribute these gifts, I cut 2″ hearts from red, pink, and white cardstock, wrote the names of each of the gifts on the hearts and then folded them in half and closed them with a Valentine sticker.  Of course the hearts were cut using my KNK Maxx Air.



All of the folded hearts were placed in a container and as purchases were made, the buyer selected a heart and opened it to reveal their gift.

I created several other embroidered items to be displayed.  Since they were all from designs by one designer we displayed them in a group on a large sheet of fabric covered foam board.  The display needed to have some signs and lettering so, of course, I used my KNK Maxx Air, some cardstock and some more vinyl to create them.

This is a picture of the diisplay board in the booth.


The shape of the “Clever & Crafty” sign is a built in banner shape in the Make the Cut software.  I did some node editing to get the exact shape that I wanted and then added some detail lines and shading with colored pencils for a 3D look.  Most of the vinyl lettering is two layers of vinyl.  The top layer was hand placed on the bottom layer since the majority of the letters in the top layer were single letters.  The bottom layer was created using the Transform/Outline function in the KNK Studio software.  It could also have been made using the Shadow Layer function in the MTC software.  I was fortunate to be able to closely match the fonts I used with the fonts the designer had used on the design pattern inserts.

I enjoyed participating in the show and am pleased that I could use the versatility of my KNK Maxx Air, the KNK Studio software, and the Make the Cut software to enhance the displays and create other items to be used in the booth.

Love a bit of Bling

KNKUSA has a new rhinestone product called Rock-It Rhinestone Flock.  It is black and feels almost like a very short velvet.  Sandy McCauley was very enthusastic about it and since I had gotten some in my bonus package with my Maxx Air, I decided that it would be perfect to use for my post this month.

I designed a rhinestone motif using the word “Love”.  Just to dress it up a little I replaced the “o” with  concentric hearts.  In the center of the hearts is a 5mm x 5mm heart shaped hot fix red rhinestone.  There are three hearts.  The outer one is crystal rhinestones, the center one is rose rhinestones, and the inner one is siam rhinestones.  The remainer of the word is also siam rhinestones.  I used 6SS rhinestones because I like the detail that I can get with the smaller stones.

Since this material was new to me, I cut a Rhinestone Sizing Template to determine the size I would need to make the circles for my 6ss rhinestones.  I found that a 2.8mm circle worked the best.  Once I knew that, I was ready to place the circles on my design using the Transform/Fit Object to Path function of my KNK Studio software.  I used the Loki Cola font and modified it a bit in addition to replacing the “o”.

To cut the Rock-It Rhinestone Flock, I removed the backing from the material and placed it, sticky side down, directly on my sticky mat.  I had tried cutting it with the backing in place, but found that I prefer removing the backing before cutting.  Since the Rock-It is repositionable, you can use the backing as your storage medium.  You do not need (or want) to stick it to a piece of cardboard.  In order to know which way to replace the backing on the Rock-it, I clipped off about 1/4″ of one corner of it and the backing before I pulled them apart.

I copied my design from KNK Studio and did a Paste in Place in the MTC software in order to cut it on my Maxx Air.  I used a blue blade (thick material blade) with 2 passes, a blade offset of 0.75, a speed of 200, a force of 70, and a blade height of 25 Post-It Notes.   After the Rock-It was cut, I brayered it on the mat (a suggestion from Sandy McCauley) before pulling it up and the majority of the circles stayed on the mat and were easily scraped off.

Even though I designed the template to be used with three different colors of rhinestones, I made the choice to cut only one template and to place the crystal and rose stones by hand since there were not very many of them and I was most likely not be going to fill the template more than a few times.

When the template was cut, placed back on the backing material, filled with rhinestones, and the design ironed onto my shirt, this is what it looks like.

Love Rhinestone Shirt

Love Rhinestone Shirt

Here is a close up of the rhinestone design which is difficult to get a good picture of.

Love Rhinestone Design

Love Rhinestone Design

The file for cutting the template in KNK, MTC, and PDF formats can be found here.   Love with Heart Cutter Files_JudyKay  Enjoy!

Valentine’s Day Plate with Subway Art

Are you ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day next month?  Or are you like me with not quite all of my Christmas decorations put away?

I’m patting myself on the back for grabbing these plates when I first saw them at Michael’s with all the rhinestone bling already on them.  Because I did, I am actually going to have a month to enjoy this plate before Valentine’s Day comes and goes…and even have time to make and share them with special friends.  Isn’t that a novel way to begin 2013?  The good news is that there is still time for you to do the same.  The project is quick and easy!  Optimized-VPlate1

Supplies:  1 red plate, 1 – 9″ square of White Vinyl, and Transfer Tape

I cut the vinyl on my new KNK Maxx Air machine from Make-the-Cut software, using a standard material blade (red capped).  The settings used were: Force: 19; Speed: 150; Blade Offset: .35, One pass.

The biggest challenge to this project might be centering the heart within the plate, so I am including pictures of how I did it:

1.  After cutting the vinyl, cover the vinyl (still on the backing) with a layer of Transfer Tape.
2.  Closely cut the Transfer Tape and Vinyl backing to the shape of the heart, being careful not to cut the heart perimeter.VPlate6

3. Lay the heart shape into the plate center for a visual of where you desire final placement.
4. Carefully remove the backing from the vinyl; With the sticky side of the vinyl facing the plate; center and carefully place it on the plate; burnish for a smooth application.  VPlate7

SubwayArtHeartCuttingFiles in KNK, MTC & SVG Formats

PDF Listing of Fonts used in Valentine Subway Art Design

Winter Wonderland Card – 5 KNK Applications!

FIVE KNK Zing applications for making ONE card… it was not intentional! 😛 It was just one of those things that happened as I designed this card for my friend Marty’s Winter Wonderland swap. It was on my to do list to try cutting and ironing fabric onto a card at some point. And with the theme being what it was, I knew there would need to be some glue and some glitter! But the rest was just stuff that happened as I went about designing this project. In the end, the five KNK Zing applications were:

  • Cutting the snowman, tree, and hat from fabric
  • Drawing snowflakes with a Quickie glue pen using the Zing
  • Cutting double-sided adhesive to create the snow bank
  • Cutting the tree trunk and snowman arms from wood paper
  • Cutting a rhinestone template for the snowman’s other features

  • Ingredients for this card:

    KNK Zing
    Silvery gray cardstock from Recollections
    Light blue and green patterned cotton fabric
    Black cotton fabric
    Thermo-web Heat n Bond
    Creative Imaginations Thin Wood Veneer Paper
    Ranger Ink – Frayed Burlap
    Sookwang Be Creative Tape (double-sided adhesive) Sheets
    Quickie Glue Pen
    Fairy Dust Glitter – Sugar Shimmer
    Rock-It Rhinestone Template material
    Rhinestone Transfer Tape
    SS6 Siam Ruby Rhinestones
    SS10 Jet Black and Orange Rhinestones
    SS16 Jet Black Rhinestones
    Cutting file designed in Make The Cut


    (1) Cut a base card: 5.5″ x 8.25″, score in the middle and fold.

    (2) Insert glue pen into Zing Pen Tool. While you can insert glue pens directly into the grip on the Zing, I needed to make sure my snowflakes were drawn in very specific locations. Using the pen tool would center the pen in the same location I used for the blade when I calibrated the laser. I then used WYSIWYG mode in MTC to draw the snowflakes after setting the origin for my cut by putting the laser light in the very tippity corner of my card front.

    (3) Cut out the snow bank from Sookwang double-sided adhesive sheets. Peel one side, apply to the bottom of the card, and then peel off the other side. Apply glitter to both the snowflakes and the snow bank. Brush away excess glitter.

    (4) Cut out tree trunk and snowman arms from wood veneer paper. Darken with Ranger Frayed Burlap ink. Glue into place on the card.

    (5) Apply Heat n Bond to the reverse side of the three fabrics. Cut out the tree, snowman body and snowman hat, using the KNK Zing fabric blade. Arrange in place on the card and then press with home iron set to cotton setting.

    (6) Cut the rhinestone template and then, because of there being so few holes, just place the various stones into the template by hand. (Cutting a template probably wouldn’t be necessary if this were just one card. But because I was making ten cards, the template worked great!) After arranging the stone, lift with rhinestone transfer tape and then press with a hot iron for 10 seconds.

    The settings I used are covered in the Zing User Manual, available here.

    That’s it! LOVE my KNK Zing and had fun using it in so many different ways!

    It’s Early but, not too Early

    I know it is still August and there are two months plus before Halloween.  However, if I get my mind  started thinking about holidays and get some things done ahead of time, it can eliminate some of the last minute panic and rush.  Or it can just make me think that I have some time left so why not do more.  A bit of crazy logic but that is usually how my mind works.

    This post is about some cute items for Halloween.  The files are available from the My ScrapChick site.  There are three items in the set of files; a lidded box, a treat bag, and a card.  They were so cute I had to make one of each of them.

    I started with the lidded box.  Since I didn’t have any card stock that I thought was sturdy enough, I used some of the chipboard from KNKUSA to make the base for the box and lid.  You can see the various parts of the lid and box in the photo below.  For the lid there is a top, 2 side pieces, and a liner for the inside of the lid.  For the box there is a bottom, 2 side pieces, and a liner for the inside of the box.  The liner pieces have been sized so the are just a bit smaller than the top and the bottom and they fit perfectly inside of the lid and box.  The chipboard is very sturdy but still cuts easily and cleanly using two passes and a very sticky mat.

    Because the chipboard is so heavy, I decided to do the scoring by hand.  I have a tool which I got from KNKUSA that has interchangable tips.  One of these tips has a small ball on the end and works great for scoring chipboard and paper also.  I believe it is currently being sold as a Double Ended Burnishing Kit

    I cut a second set of box and lid pieces from patterned scrapbook paper to cover the box and lid.  Since I wasn’t going to line the box, I didn’t cut the liners for the lid and box from the patterned scrapbook paper.  In addition I cut the spider web and spider that are included in the file.  A few embellishments, some ink and chalk for the edges and spider web, a bit of Glossy Accents and Perfect Pearls for the spider, and my box was ready to be filled with treasures and surprises.  You can see in the photo that the spider web is raised above the lid by using adhesive foam squares.  The spider was also mounted on the web using the foam squares.

    Next I cut the pieces for the Treat Bag.  I used some heavy card stock for the base of the treat bag and using the same file, cut two sets of pieces out of patterned paper to cover the base card stock both inside and out.  This is a photo of all the pieces for the treat bag.

    After assmbling and embellishing, I ended up with this for my treat bag.

    I decided that the spider on the Treat Box should have some bling.  I used green glitter and green rhinestones in 6ss and 10ss sizes from KNKUSA.

    Finally, I cut the pieces for my card using the same heavy card stock that I had used for the Treat Bag plus I cut a second set of pieces from the same file out of patterned scrapbook paper to cover the outside of the card.  For the inside of the card, I borrowed a copy of one of the side pieces from the Treat Bag and resized it to 98%.  I cut the newly sized piece from white cardstock to use inside of the card to stamp a sentiment.  The cutting file for the card includes a spider web, two spiders connected by shadow layer for the word “creepy” and the word itself.  This photo shows all the pieces for the card.  The white circles go behind the spiders’ heads for their eyes and mouth.

    When assembled and embellished, the card looked like this.

    I used a clear acrylic stamp to add a sentiment to the white card stock on the inside of the card.  In this photo you can see the adhesive foam pieces used to mount the spider web to the front of the card.

    All of the cutting for these items was done on my 15″ KNK Maxx.  Following are the settings I used:

    Chipboard: V=150, P=135, 2 passes, Thick Material Blade (Blue Tip), and a sticky mat

    Scrapbook Paper: V=150, P=85, 1 pass, Standard Material Blade (Red Tip)

    Heavy Card Stock: V=150, F=110, 2 passes, Standard Material Blade (Red Tip)