About Nancy

Hi. My name is Nancy and I live in Wisconsin. I have been married to Sam for 40 years and I am mon to 4 grown children I also have 2 grandchildren , Gavin 8 and Hailey 5. I watch them 2 days a week. We live in the country and have 2 dogs, a cat, and 2 llama. I love making cards and paper piecing. I also enjoy making tiles.

Giving

When ever I can I like to give back. In the small town that I grew up in they have a group at the middle school called the Wise Guys. They are all middle school boys whose sole purpose is to do good, be kind. I first found out about them 2 years ago when a young father in the community passed away during surgery. He left behind 3 young boys and his wife was expecting their first daughter. The Wise Guys decided to plan a special day for the 3 boys. They planned a day of  sledding and then out to eat. Each of the 3 boys was able to bring a friend along. I was so touched by this that I told their advisor that I would help in a fund raiser. They developed an order form and sold personalized monogramed 12×12 tiles and the proceeds went for the trip. They sold 61. This year, the community lost a young boy. He was with his dad in a milk truck. For those of you not familiar it is a bulk tank truck that goes from one farm to the next to pick up the milk. It was a winter day and there was an accident and the young boy was killed, the father critically injured. The little boy had a sister in the 6th grade so once again the Wise Guys decided to give her a special day. They contacted me to see if I would be willing to do another fund raiser. This time I gave them several choices to pick form. They sold 140…needless to say, I have been busy.

Materials

12×12 floor tile from Home Depot

vinyl

Clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

speed 400

force 30

Although it was a lot of work it was very rewarding. And they are finally done and delivered!

Mother’s Day is almost here

Years ago I made a plaque that  said  “To the world you may be just someone, but to someone, you may just be the world.” It is one of my favorite sayings. So when I saw on Pintrest where someone used this saying but substituted Mother for someone I knew I had to make another plaque. This could also be used for a Mother’s Day card.

Materials

blank wood plaque form Michael’s

paint

vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Speed 450

Force 30

I used 3 fonts for this plaque, Euphemia, arrow crafter and V Carmb. It was a simple as typing the words, selecting the words and breaking path, rearranging and resizing the words until I was happy with the design, and then determining how I was going to use the design. I had this plaque that I purchased at Michaels and it seemed like the perfect fit. I painted the plaque and let it dry. I then cut the vinyl and used clear transfer tape to transfer it to the painted plaque. I am not having any luck uploading the file to this page but will keep trying. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day. I am Blessed to still have my mom!

The years fly by…

8 years ago my sweet, adorable, smart, funny…well perfect little granddaughter was born. My son-in-law thinks it is rude of me to say she is the best little girl in the world…I believe that it is every grandmothers right. :~)

Every year I have been able to use my KNK Maxx to make Birthday party items.

The party theme was Mermaids and it was a swim party. I made an awesome invitation in the shape of a mermaid tail but didn’t take one picture…I know! The cake topper was made using glitter vinyl and chipboard (it’s on sale!) I cut two pieces of the glitter vinyl, one of them mirrored for the back and one piece of the chipboard. The KNK chipboard cuts like a dream. The cinch bags were made just using HTV and were given as a party favor. And then there is Hailey’s shirt (I had a picture of her wearing it but who knows where???) The shirt is all  Glitterflex ultra vinyl.

Materials

Glitter flex ultra

glitter vinyl

chipboard

Settings

15″KNK Maxx

Chipboard

red capped blade

2 passes

force 120

speed 300

Glitterflex

red capped blade

2 passes

force 70

speed 300

Glitter vinyl

red  capped blade

force 90

speed 300

Here is the file for the mermaid and crown in KNK, MTC and SVG  mermaid and crown

Foxy

Happy Birthday Sandy McCauley!!!!

There are so many cute fox things out there but when I saw this fox image I fell in love with it and decided to make it into a KNK cutting file.

Isn’t he adorable? Here is the cutting file  fox with foliage 2 2017.KNK

Materials

vinyl

clear transfer tape

Cardstock

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

red capped blade

force 38

Speed 400

Cutting file fox with foliage 2 2017.KNK

He was super easy to weed and apply. I layered the white onto the brown and then applied it to the black layer and then to the card. He is sized for an A6 card.

Enjoy!

 

Take me out to the ball game

I saw this on Pintrest and thought “I could make that”. And so I did.

Materials

wood

spray paint

vinyl

clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

red capped blade

Force 38

Speed 400

I saw a design on Pintrest where they  used baseballs and bats to create a flag. I Googled “baseball bat silhouette” and found an image I liked and traced it. I then used the array feature in KNK Studio under arrange to line them up perfectly. I had a baseball file and  did the same with that. I then made a square around the baseballs and rounded the corners.  I made a rectangle the same size as my wood plaque and placed the balls and bats where I wanted them to represent a flag. I then  found a font that I liked and used  it to write the song. I resized it as necessary to fit with in the bats. I then cut both the balls and bats and weeded out the letters. I used clear transfer tape to apply it to a painted board.