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.

Simple, quick, and sweet!

I seem to have a lot of 8×12 scraps of wood and there always seem to be fun things to do with them. I saw this idea on a Facebook page and decided to make it for a niece. I believe the fonts are King Basil and Euphemia.

Materials

wood

Rustoleum spray paint

vinyl

clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 36

speed 500

It was a simple matter of choosing the fonts & welding the script font. I then made an 8×12 rectangle and  sized and arranged the words in the rectangle as I wanted them to appear on the wood. Then I cut the words from vinyl, weeded them and used clear transfer tape to apply them to the wood. With in minutes I had this sweet plaque!

I have had my Maxx since they first came out and love it. I was so excited to hear that KNKUSA is coming out with a new and improved Maxx! Check it out by clicking here.

It Rocks!

In Wisconsin many communities have “rock” related Facebook pages such as Shawano Rocks or The Fox Valley rocks. The idea behind the pages is for people to decorate small rocks and to place them around the community for others to find . Once you find a rock you can hide it again or keep it. My 6 year old great niece, Olivia, loves finding and keeping them.

I found a bag of dark washed rocks at the dollar store and decided to get them. My intention was to let the little ones decorate them and hide them. But as they sat in my craft room waiting for their journey to the children, I couldn’t resist and decided to decorate some of them.

 

I had a scrap of turquoise glitter vinyl that I thought would really pop on the dark rocks. The scrap was only about 4×6  but I was able to do the rocks and have some left. I used clear transfer tape to transfer them on to the rocks. I can’t wait to give them to Olivia to hide and she can decorate the rest of the rocks!

 

Materials

Glitter vinyl

Clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

Red capped blade

Speed 450

Force 45

These “rocks” were small so the lettering is small, most words are 1″ x .30″ but they cut and transferred fine.

Man card

I always struggle when it comes to masculine cards. I make many cards that could be for a guy or a girl, but few that say MAN CARD. I saw this card on Pintrest  and as you know, with a KNK, if you see it, you can make it.

When I am looking for an image to recreate I always Google ____ silhouette. In this case I Googled Gear Silhouette . I found an image I  liked, copied and pasted it into KNK Studio, scanned it, vectorized it, and i t was ready to cut. And it cut so nicely!  The file is at the end of this post.

Materials

Gemstone paper by Coredinations

Glue dots

Black and gray cardstock

Printer

hand punch

Settings

15″ kNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 100

Speed 500

I could have done a print and cut or done the lettering in vinyl but I took the easy was out. I saved the words as a jpeg, imported it into Word, and ran it through the printer. I then cut it to size and used one of my few paper punches and cut the corners. I used mini glue dots to  attach the gears to  the card. Here is the file gear card  You could easily turn this into a Father’s day card!

 

Sometimes you have to, just because you can!

I saw a saying that I thought was cute and decided to design  my own and make it. I am old school and still use KNK Design Studio. I needed an image of a pig so I Goggled pig silhouette and found numerous pigs. I selected the one I wanted and imported it into KNK Studio. I then scanned it and vectorized it. I decided on the font Fishfingers lite and typed my words. I then selected the words, broke path and then made each word the size I wanted and placed the words inside the pig and selected make path.

Then it was simply cutting the vinyl and applying it to the painted board.

Materials

12×12 wood board

Rustoleum 2X spray paint

Vinyl

Clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 36

Speed 500

Here is the file ink KNK and SVG

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What do an Elephant and a tooth brush holder have in common?

My youngest daughter,  Tashja, loves elephants. When she was 4 she had to have a blood clot removed from her brain and a friend gave her an elephant. The rest is history.

The tooth brush holder in her bathroom worked fine for years until all of the sudden the toothbrush handles seemed to get fatter and they no longer fit. So I started looking for a replacement and found a plain white one. I immediately knew that an elephant would fix that.

 

Materials

tooth brush holder

vinyl

clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force  32

Speed 500

 

I had several elephant files to choose from and decided this little elephant would be perfect. I cleaned the tooth brush with rubbing alcohol to make sure it was free from any dirt or oils.  I cut the vinyl, and then used clear transfer tape to layer the vinyl and then to apply it. The whole process took less than 5 minutes!