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Photo Puzzle Gift using the KNK Zing and Lori Whitlock 12 pc puzzle svg

A fun way to send a lovely message…puzzling but lovely. LOL!

I was so excited to give Lori Whitlock’s great 12 pc puzzle .svg a try.  I thought it would be fun AND I needed to send a quick “hello” note to my Mom who lives several hours away.  What better way to say, “Hi” than a cute photo of one of the grandkids?  Well, I think receiving cash is a great way to get a hello…but…I sent this instead.  LOL!

I heart this big printer DH bought me!

First, I printed a photo of my son with a penguin onto thin chipboard. I love that photo! We had it taken when we did a behind the scenes tour at Sea World last summer.  I’m using the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II printer.

You can bend my stamps. They don’t mind at all.

After it was finished printing, I stamped directly onto the chipboard with the “You’re One of a Kind” sentiment from my Sweet Popsicle Puns stamp set.  Try bending these stamps. It’s a great way to create a unique look.

I’m a little off on my cutting area. Well, sometimes that’s how it goes, right?

I cut it using my KNK Zing die cut machine.

It’s fun to make your own puzzles.


A penguin and a puzzle? Jackpot!  LOL!

I’m still learning to use the KNK Zing and I had the blade turned up a bit high and also didn’t have the cut centered quite right. Regardless, I think it turned out so cute!  (Why didn’t I just use the print and cut function?  A great question!  I am still asking myself that very thing.  Would you believe that it didn’t occur to me?  True story.  I’m still pondering my thinking process on that one.  Bizarre!)

Piece this mystery together for a sweet photo.

I put the puzzle into a clear pillow box, tied it with a ribbon and then added the “Shore do Miss you” sentiment from Joy’s Life newest stamp set, Pun in the Sun.

That’s right, make your loved ones work for the message! LOL!

I’m sending this to my Mom who lives many hours away. I think it’s such a cute and unique way to send a happy hello. Consider using this same idea for invitations! I’ve done that before and they were a huge hit!

I wrote this post while participating on the Lori Whitlock Design Team.

Happy Crafting!

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  1. CathyinMN says:

    What a unique and fun idea! I’m sure your Mom will love it!

  2. Great idea!!!!

  3. Oh I just LOVE this idea Joy!! My girsl would get a kick out of making some of these fun messages for their friends as well. Hmmm, come to think of it, that is a fabulous idea… we will definitley be doing this! 🙂

  4. What a GREAT idea!!! These would make such fun christmas gifts!!

  5. CHADatKNK says:

    Awesome Puzzle!! I really do love that feature about MTC. A little tip: I usually make my actual puzzle cut file smaller than the printed image. That way, I have some “wiggle room” in case of a little misalignment. No one ever knows the wiser 😛

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. What a GREAT suggestion, Chad! Thank you! I’ll definitely try that next time. 🙂

  6. Joydee1963 says:

    Joy,That’s a great project,Love it,Joy

  7. This is a really nice project! Do you remember how thick the chipboard was that you used?

    1. Hi Michelle!
      I wish I could remember exactly. Ugh! I do know that it was slightly thicker than cereal box. It could have even been double cereal box thickness. I’m sorry I didn’t list it in the project! Ack!

  8. Thanks for the reply!

    That enough to give me a basic idea for now. I seem to recall finding a different article after I commented on this one that mentioned using the Cameo to cut chipboard that was about as thick as a cereal box. From what I understand, this machine is sturdier, so it should be able to handle something as thick as a cereal box.

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