Cuttin' Up Designs

Digital Cutter Designs, Klic-n-Kut Distributor and Educator, and Copic Markers Educator

Cuttin' Up Designs - Digital Cutter Designs, Klic-n-Kut Distributor and Educator, and Copic Markers Educator

Dallas Retreat announced!

Texas

Come join Michele Harvey from Team KNK, and learn to master your Klic-N-Kut and Make the Cut software!

The cost of the retreat is $395 which includes:
✩ 4 great meals ✩ 6 – 7 classes
✩ Demonstrations ✩ Make-n-Takes
✩ free goodies ✩ one-on-one assistance
✩ class notes and files ✩ cutting materials

Favorite projects from Team KNK will also be presented!

Your hotel and travel expenses are separate. Rooms are $89 a night, plus tax. When you call to reserve a room, be sure to mention “Cuttin’ With KNK” to get this group rate.

DEADLINE TO RESERVE A ROOM: June 22, 2016

( 972 ) 580-1120
Springhill Suites by Marriott DFW East/Las Colinas/Irving
5800 High Point Dr.
Irving, Texas 75038

Hotel Amenities:
✩ free breakfast buffet ✩ fully equipped fitness center
✩ on site parking ✩ heated indoor pool
✩ whirlpool
Conveniently located near DFW Airport with free shuttle service to and from the East airport entrance.

The Lonestar lll room will open at 3:00 PM with the first class starting at 4:00PM. Dinner will be served, followed by classes, demonstrations, and an evening workshop. Saturday will be chock full of classes, demonstrations, challenges, games, lunch, dinner, and an evening workshop. On Sunday, we will have one more class, followed by brunch and some final Q & A and parting gifts. The event will conclude at 1:00PM.

Participation in all classes and demonstrations is optional, so you can head out any time to enjoy the local attractions. We encourage you to bring your cutter, but it’s not a requirement to join us as we will have extras and will seat everyone for sharing as needed.

If you would like to have a guest join us for a meal, please include the request in your application. We will provide actual pricing after we have a final count. This retreat is available for 25 attendees, and we will have a waiting list in case of cancellations.

***Reserve Your Spot***
1) Complete the online registration here. Please complete all of the questions – each retreat is customized to the responses you provide. If you prefer, you can email Michele at cuttinwithknk@gmail.com to let us know you wish to attend. We will send you a short application form to complete, scan, and return. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please contact Michele.
2) Send $195 deposit by check, money order, or PayPal to Michele Harvey. If you use PayPal, please use cuttinwithknk@gmail.com.

THE DEADLINE FOR MAKING A DEPOSIT IS June 22, 2016. The $200 balance will be due July 8, 2016.

See Y’all in Texas!

Registration Form

The KNK Force

What is the KNK Force?

The KNK Force is a dual-head, computerized plotter with a twist. Most “conventional plotters” use a solenoid for a cutting head. The KNK Force uses a motor. This means it is a true 3 axis cutter!

Early rendering of the KNK Force cutting head

Early rendering of the KNK Force cutting head

Why two heads? For twice as much action! In one step you can stipple and emboss, emboss and cut, engrave and cut, draw and emboss… the possibilities are endless!

The KNK Force is for makers. Whether you’re a crafter, DIY enthusiast, student, teacher, inventor or business owner, the KNK Force is the perfect tool for you!

The KNK Force is Powerful!

With our new head design, we have approximately 8.8 lbs of force (both up and down). That’s over 5X the cutting pressure of the KNK Zing and Zing Air! And with our new blade holder design, we still have the ability to cut delicate materials, like vinyl.

The KNK Force Has a Rotary Tool Option!

One of the motivations behind our new head design was the ability to use a rotary tool. In order to properly control a spindle, we needed to be able to do a few things:

  • Control the plunge speed
  • Control the depth
  • Lift the weight of a heavy rotary tool

This optional attachment greatly expands the range of materials the Force is capable of cutting and engraving. We’ve been cutting materials, such as wood and PVC at 1/8″ thickness. With a few more adjustments to the firmware, we should be able to achieve 1/4″ with some materials!

The KNK Force has a Camera!

Image showing a reg mark and how it appears to the user on their computer monitor or smart device

Image showing a reg mark and how it appears to the user on their computer monitor or smart device

We’ve always taken the stance that traditional craft cutter optic eyes have some shortcomings. For example, they have difficulty recognizing registration marks in low-contrast situations. We’ve developed our own take on an “optic eye” by using a built-in camera. This grants us the ability to do both automatic and manual print and cuts as well as easily calibrate any combination of accessories in the dual cutting heads.

The KNK Force is Smart!

Early stage screen capture of the KNK C3 software

Early stage screen capture of the KNK C3 software

The KNK Force has a built-in computer, allowing you to open and cut existing SVG files. Also, you can control the KNK Force from virtually ANY device with an operating system! Plus, you can seamlessly switch from one device to another. Send the file from your PC or Mac, then switch to your smartphone or tablet, while standing right next to the cutter!

We’ve also made sure the KNK Force will work directly with other software applications. For example, Make The Cut will support the KNK Force, allowing you to bypass the built-in KNK C3 software. In other words, if you’re used to cutting with a cutter like the KNK Zing Air or MAXX Air, you’ll be right at home.

The KNK Force is Wireless!

A side view of the KNK Force reveals the Ethernet and WiFi Connection

A side view of the KNK Force reveals the Ethernet and WiFi Connection

We wanted the KNK Force to be a true network device. Now you can add it to your home network via Ethernet or connect to it via WiFi (included with every KNK Force).

The KNK Force Has Built-in Storage!

Fold-down table offers compartment-style organization

Fold-down table offers compartment-style organization

The built-in storage and drop down table allows you to store all of your tools, blades, blade holders and other goodies, to help keep your work space clutter free!

Rewards:

$25 – KNK Force T-shirt and a big Thank you!
$575 – KNK Force Super Early Bird Special – Shipping in November 2015
$599 – KNK Force Early Bird – Shipping in December 2015
$599 – KNK Force – Shipping in January 2016
$599 – KNK Force – Shipping in February 2016

Timeline:

Here at KLIC-N-KUT, we’re passionate about making equipment to enhance and enrich the creative process. We create products that we want to use ourselves. We truly love how the KNK Force has turned out, and we’re extremely excited to see what you will create with your own!

Specifications:

In The Box:

  • KNK Force
  • Power adapter
  • Ethernet cable
  • WiFi adapter (installed)
  • Blade holder
  • 2 blades (1 standard material & 1 thick material)
  • Test pen
  • 15″ x 15″ Cutting mat

Risks and challenges

We have been developing and providing our own equipment and tools for well over a decade. We have earned a name for ourselves by providing high quality products and backing that up with phenomenal support.

With any new project, there are always challenges and potential obstacles we might face. However, we are beyond the development stage and parts of the production process have already begun. We are quite certain that we will be able to overcome any potential issues and deliver on time. Should we run into any unexpected issues, we promise to keep everyone updated and aware of our continued progress.

KNK Secrets Revealed Retreat – Appleton, WI June 12-14

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Come join Michele and Nancy from Team KNK!!!! Master your Klic-N-Kut digital cutting system and Make-the-Cut software!

The cost of the retreat is $395. For this price, you will receive 6-7 classes, 3-4 demonstrations and Make-n-Takes, 4 fabulous meals, lots of time for one-on-one assistance, class notes and files, free goodies, cutting materials and prizes! We will request topics of interest and will also feature favorite projects from Team KNK.

The room will open at 2:00 pm on Friday with the Meet and Greet starting at 3:00 pm and class at 4:00 pm. Dinner will be served at approximately 6:00 pm, followed by classes, demos, and an evening workshop. Saturday will be packed with classes, demos, challenges, games, lunch, dinner, and an open workshop in the evening. On Sunday, we’ll have one more class followed by brunch and some final Q&A, farewells, and then parting gifts – concluding by 1 pm.

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 and will seat everyone for sharing, as needed.

Your hotel room and travel expenses are separate. We bring you a wonderful deal with the Holiday Inn of $99 per night plus tax. A full breakfast buffet features eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, waffles and much more. 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 must mention Klic-N-Kut when you call the Holiday Inn Appleton directly at (920) 735-9955.

The deadline for room reservations is May 20, 2015.

If you would like to have a guest join us for any of the meals, please include the request in your application. We will provide you with actual pricing after we have a final dining count. 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 completing both of the following steps:

  1. Complete the application online. Please complete all of the questions – each retreat is customized to the responses you provide. If you prefer, you can email cuttinwithknk@gmail.com to let us know you wish to attend. After receiving the email, we will send you a short application form to complete, scan and return. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please contact Michele at cuttinwithknk@gmail.com. Sometimes the evil queen intercepts email and all could be lost if we don’t find each other somehow!
  2. Send $195 deposit by check, money order, or PayPal to Michele Harvey, the event organizer. If your preference is PayPal, please use the email address cuttinwithknk@gmail.com.

The deadline for making a deposit is April 20, 2015. The balance of $200 will be due by May 20, 2015. If you prefer to make three payments, arrangements can be made.

The Holiday Inn Appleton is conveniently located:

The Holiday Inn® hotel in Appleton, WI provides a lodging experience like no other in the Fox Valley. Conveniently located 1.5 miles from Appleton Outagamie County Airport (ATW), our Appleton hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to help meet your transportation needs.

While staying with us in Appleton, hotel guests are conveniently near the corner of Highway 41 and College Avenue (exit 137) and within minutes of many area businesses including Pierce Manufacturing, Proctor & Gamble, Illinois Tool Works, Kimberly-Clark, Appleton Paper, and many more. We provide free high-speed Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and seven meeting rooms to meet your event needs and our friendly sales and catering professionals are happy to help make your event a success.

Leisure travelers can enjoy a day of shopping at Fox River Mall, a Broadway performance at the Performing Arts Center, a day of family fun at The Building for Kids Children’s Museum, or even a Packers game at famous Lambeau Field, just a 30-minute drive away.

Our hotel has something for everyone. Kids can swim or play video games while mom and dad relax in our over-sized whirlpool and the family can relax at our outdoor courtyard or enjoy a meal in our Pub & Grill, where kids eat free. 

Any moment now….

We are just about ready to post the next retreats – coming this summer of 2015! The location and date information will be posted here, and on iloveknk.com, the forums and facebook.

Can anyone guess where the next two will be? Here are the announcements, with a little creative alterations of course.

 

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KNK Retreats…what’s up next?

Now that Unleash the Magic with KNK in Orlando is complete, where might we hold the next retreat? We asked you to tell us! Here are the results.

WhereSummary

 

Months

We have two hostesses tentatively lined up so the next retreats will most likely be in Michigan and Wisconsin spring/summer 2015. At this time, there is enough interest in each region to hold at least 1 retreat if we consolidate Regions 1 and 2. Let’s learn and create together!

Please email me at cuttinwithknk@gmail.com if you have any questions.

 

 

Engraving with MTC and KNK digital cutting systems

For those of us with KNK Studio, we have the ability to use fill options for engraving. After transitioning to Make-the-Cut many of us have only used engraving for creating line shapes/outlines. After the retreat in Orlando this weekend Omayra, Danny and I were brainstorming how to make it work. We immediately got out our computers and started making notes. Once we found a solution AND some fabulous alternatives, I was itching to try it out. Unfortunately, I did not bring a machine with me. Danny sensed my anticipation and willingly unpacked his Zing Air and let me play!!! Glorious! I contemplated using photo glass from one of the hotel pictures but luckily had some craft plastic left over from the retreat to play with so I resisted.

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These are some of the patterns we explored:

Circles

 

Stars

Stars at 0.01 mm gap

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Stars at 0.02 mm gap

 

YouTube Video link

PDF instruction set

 

 

One day left to register for Unleash the Magic! in Orlando: January 16-18

 

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to attend the KNK retreat!

 

Come join Michele Harvey and Omayra Duarte from Team KNK!!!! Master your Klic-N-Kut digital cutting system and Make The Cut software!

The cost of the retreat is $395. For this price, you will receive 6-7 classes, 3-4 demonstrations and Make-n-Takes, 4 fabulous meals, lots of time for one-on-one assistance, class notes and files, free goodies, cutting materials and prizes! We will request topics of interest and will also feature favorite projects from Team KNK.

The room will open at 2:00 pm on Friday with the Meet and Greet starting at 3:00 pm and class at 4:00 pm. Dinner will be served at approximately 6:00 pm, followed by classes, demos, and an evening workshop. Saturday will be packed with classes, demos, challenges, games, lunch, dinner, and an open workshop in the evening. On Sunday, we’ll have one more class followed by brunch and some final Q&A, farewells, and then parting gifts – concluding by 1 pm. An optional, free class on Pop-Up Card Studio will be offered from 2-4 on Sunday.

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 and will seat everyone for sharing, as needed.

Your hotel room and travel expenses are separate. We bring you a wonderful deal with The Embassy Suites of $129 per night plus tax. A hot, made-to-order breakfast at the hotel and a nightly Evening Reception is included in the suite 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 must mention Klic-N-Kut when you call the Embassy Suites Orlando Airport directly at (407) 888-9339.

The deadline for room reservations is December 18, 2014.

If you would like to have a guest join us for any of the meals, please include the request in your application. We will provide actual pricing after we have a final count (approximately $40/lunch and $50/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 completing both of the following steps:

1. Complete the application online. Please complete all of the questions – each retreat is customized to the responses you provide. If you prefer, you can email cuttinwithknk@gmail.com to let us know you wish to attend. After receiving the email, we will send you a short application form to complete, scan and return. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please contact Michele at cuttinwithknk@gmail.com. Sometimes the evil queen intercepts email and all could be lost if we don’t find each other somehow!

2. Send $195 deposit by check, money order, or PayPal to Michele Harvey, the event organizer. If your preference is PayPal, please use the email addresscuttinwithknk@gmail.com.

The deadline for making a deposit is November 26, 2014. The balance of $200 will be due by December 15, 2014. If you prefer to make three payments, arrangements can be made.

The Embassy Suites Orlando Airport is conveniently located. Its amenities include:

  • All-suite hotel that is less than 1 mile from Orlando International Airport
  • Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and nightly Evening Reception
  • Complimentary 24-hour shuttle service to and from the airport
  • Outdoor heated pool and whirlpool spa
  • Near to world-famous theme parks, Port Canaveral, and other Orlando attractions

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