KNK’s Back In Stock! And check out the engraving one can do!

Zing

For those of you who’ve been waiting for the KNK Zings and 24″ Maxx Airs to be back in stock, they finally are! This also applies to the UK web site. For those living in Canada, we expect them to be available some time next week. If you’re interested, in purchasing, I’m an affiliate seller with KNK USA and this is the link to use: http://knkusa.com/?ap_id=skhaley

Now for the engraving project:

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Last Friday, I made a video for a KNK Zing owner who needed to engrave a sheet of dog tags on her Zing. And then repeat and repeat. So, I knew she needed some kind of template set up so that she could position the dog tags on the template and then be able to engrave all them at one time with perfect alignment. I didn’t have any metal dog tags, so I used some stars cut out of craft plastic. It turned out really well and so did her dog tags, apparently. So here’s the video if you’re interested in how this works:

Engraving on the KNK Zing

And here’s a closeup of the engraving done with the KNK engraver:

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To check out the engraver, use the this link and then click on Accessories at the top. The engraver can be found under under any of the top three Accessories links.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Metric Workaround Solutions in MTC

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Make The Cut wasn’t originally targeted for anyone living outside the United States. It was a basic vector program written by a brilliant guy for his wife who owned a Cricut and happened to scrapbook! Fast forward a few years and now Make The Cut is owned and used by thousands of customers around the world who are still attracted to its simplicity but also hooked on its functionality. Not only does it have easy-to-learn auto-tracing functions which rival those of far more expensive programs, but some of its other features are just plain COOL to use! I’ve covered a lot of these in other prior posts here. Just look up MTC in the Category feature on the left column here.

The main problem for the non-US owners is the inability to easily work in metric. The main display for shape dimensions and location remain in inches. It’s my understanding that adding a metric version would require a huge re-write and that’s not on the table right now. So, last spring a member of the MTC forum (Lesly Holliday) came out with a handy template file that had ruler shapes and a grid drawn to metric dimensions. For the past few months, I thought about what if anything might still pose a problem when using this file. I came up with some modifications and decided to start from scratch by designing longer rulers to reach the full 12″ boundaries of the KNK Zing mat and also put the rulers and the grid on their own page for several reasons which I’ve covered in detail in a video linked below.

Before we get to the metric mat template and video, note that there are several existing metric workarounds already present in MTC:

(1) The dimensions of a shape can be entered in either cm or mm in the W: and H: fields by simply adding the units after the values. For example to re-size a shape to be 15 mm wide, enter the value like this:

Metric Resize

(2) While the display will convert the sizing to inches, the dimension can be verified by using the Measure tool under the Node Edit menu. I’ve previously made a video on using this feature after being contacted by someone cutting rhinestone templates which are, traditionally, designed in metric:

Determining shape dimensions in metric units

(3) Newer features in MTC have metric options already. For example, if you are shadowing a shape, doing nested duplication, drawing with the Fat Path opton, or using the Erase Tool. All of these will either require values to be entered in mm or give you the option of in, cm, or mm.

Now, back to the metric template, download the file from here and open it in Make The Cut. You’ll see that metric rulers and a metric grid have been set up on their own page and the file is ready to use. You might want to immediately save under a new name so that you can preserve the original. Now you’re ready to watch the video where I explain how best to use this file:

Using the Metric Mat Template File

Be sure to note how you can switch between Portrait and Landscape, why you might want to set up a Tiny Mat, and why it’s important to leave the metric rulers and grid on their own separate page. Most importantly, please provide suggestions using the Comments section below for any enhancements which might make this metric template more usable for your needs! :)

This Summer: Team KNK Retreat!

It’s official! Team KNK is bringing you a new Klic-N-Kut Retreat over the weekend of August 9 – 11 and will be held in Chandler, Arizona. It will provide you with a variety of learning activities led by 4 members of our Team KNK Design Team (including me) and a special guest instructor. We will share techniques, knowledge, and experience to Light your Fire with your KNK!

Phoenix Retreat

We are planning an action-packed weekend for those who wish to:

  • Master their Klic-N-Kut
  • Explore KNK Studio
  • Learn more about Make-the-Cut
  • Try new applications
  • Try new materials
  • Make complete projects you can take home
  • Have fun… and more…

 

 

The cost of the retreat is $395. For this price, you will receive 2 excellent meals, refreshments throughout the weekend, 6-7 classes, 3-4 demonstrations and Make-n-Takes, lots of time for one-on-one assistance, class notes and files, dozens of free videos to take home, free goodies, cutting materials and prizes! We will be requesting topics and will also be featuring your favorite projects from Team KNK (www.TeamKNK.com).

The room will open at 2:00 pm on Friday with the Meet and Greet starting at 3:00 pm. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm, followed by classes, demos, and an evening workshop. Saturday will be packed with classes, demos, challenges, games, a buffet lunch and an open workshop in the evening. For dinner, we encourage you to stretch your legs and visit one of the local eateries, and while you’re out and about you have the opportunity to stop in at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby to do some shopping. On Sunday, we’ll have one more class followed by some final Q&A, farewells, and then parting gifts/prizes. Participation in all classes and demos is optional so you can head out at any time to enjoy the local attractions. We encourage you to bring your laptop and/or cutter, but it’s not a requirement to join us as we will have extras available and will seat everyone for sharing, as needed.

Your hotel room and travel expenses are separate. We bring you a wonderful deal with Windmill Inns & Suites of $89.00 per night plus tax, single or double occupancy (kids stay free). A hot breakfast at the hotel for up to two people is included in the $89.00 room rate. If you live locally, you are not required to stay at the hotel. If you would like to be paired with a roommate, please note it in the application you receive after notifying us of your intent to participate. You must mention Klic-N-Kut when you call the Windmill Inns & Suites directly at (800) 547-4747.

Windmill Inns & Suites
3535 West Chandler Blvd
Chandler, AZ 85226

The deadline for room reservations is August 2.

If you would like to have your spouse join us for either of the meals, please include the request in your application. We will give you pricing after we have a final count (approx $20/lunch and $35/dinner) This weekend retreat is available for up to 25 attendees and we’ll have a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Reserve your spot today by:

1. Emailing cuttinwithknk@gmail.com. to let us know you wish to attend. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please contact Michele at michele@cuttinupdesigns.com. Sometimes emails get lost! After receiving the email, I will send you a short application form to complete.

2. Sending $145 deposit by check, money order, or PayPal to Michele, our event organizer. You will receive Michele’s address privately after submitting your application.

The deadline for making a deposit is May 29, 2013. The balance of $250 will be due by June 26, 2013. If you prefer to make three payments, arrangements can be made.

Phoenix

Bringing a spouse or family? Several restaurants and a shopping mall are within walking distance. There are thousands of options for you and your families to enjoy the local area – for example, here are the home game listings for the Arizona Diamondbacks:

  • Tuesday, August 6 vs. Rays (6:40 p.m.) Sunday, August 11 vs. Mets (1:10 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, August 7 vs. Rays (6:40 p.m.) Monday, August 12 vs. Orioles (6:40 p.m.)
  • Friday, August 9 vs. Mets (6:40 p.m.) Tuesday, August 13 vs. Orioles (6:40 p.m.)
  • Saturday, August 10 vs. Mets (5:10 p.m.) Wednesday, August 14 vs. Orioles (12:40 p.m.)

Buy your tickets ahead of time!

Looking for other ideas? Try these websites:

http://phoenix.about.com/od/events/a/festivals08.htm
http://www.10best.com/destinations/arizona/phoenix/
http://www.downtownphoenix.com/what-to-do
http://www.thehotsheetblog.com/2011/08/10/free-things-to-do-in-greater-phoenix/
http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/101-Things-To-Do-Phoenix/166425053369357

I Love the Erase Tool in MTC!

Reason #20: Erase Tool
Reason #21: Inverse Erase Tool

These are two more reasons to check out Make The Cut software! The ability to simply drag the mouse to erase parts of a vector image and, equally handy, to add to a vector image provide easy modifications to your cutting files. The eraser size can be anything from 0.03 mm thick (we’re talking eyelash on a ladybug thin!) to, basically, unlimited.

And not only can the Erase tool be used to erase or add to images, but the 0.03 mm provides a great tool for slicing and dicing shapes. While there is a Knife tool available for this purpose, I personally prefer using the Erase tool in most cases, because it results in a closed shape, rather than leaving it open. Here’s the difference:

The Knife tool always does a straight line cut. The Erase function has the option of a freehand movement or you can hold the Ctrl key while using and achieve a straight line erase, as show in the right heart above. Of course there are situations where the open path resulting from the Knife tool could be exactly what is needed. The nice thing is that you have a choice!

As always, videos are the best way to show you how these cool tools work! So, have a look at how the Erase tool was put to use in several different ways in these two demonstrations:

Erase and Inverse Erase

Using the Inverse Eraser to Edit a PNC Trace

If you have any questions, feel free to post a comment here. As always, MTC is available for sale in my online store here. Also, be sure to check out other free MTC videos available at this link, as well as the downloadable user manuals for MTC, which have been recently updated!

And the winner is….

Andrea!!!

Congratulations, Andrea! My random number generator picked Lucky 13 and you were the 13th poster! You have won the $25 gift certificate to KNK USA and VDBC’s quarterly membership!

Thanks to everyone who posted comments yesterday! And thanks to Chris for asking me to do this again! It’s always fun! :)

Andrea, Chris and I’ll be contacting you by email with your prizes!