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.

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!

Tis the season for new babies!

In the last month I have had so many requests for baby plaques with the birth info. I often get asked to create something unique.

 

 

Materials

Wood

Stain

Paint Vinyl

Clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Speed 450

Force 36

This was an 11×14 piece of pine wood that I stained with an ebony stain. I then dry brushed over the top with a white acrylic paint until I was happy with the way it looked. I like to let my paint and stain dry a few days before applying vinyl. I then designed the file in KNK Studio, cut it, applied it with clear transfer tape and it is done!   I absolutely love making these. I love babies and feel a bit of a connection every time I make one.

Baby wipes

On some of the craft sites they have been talking a lot about using the baby wipe method to paint wood so that it looks stained. I finally took the time to look into it and try it. Wisconsin winters it can make it hard to spray paint and other methods of painting often leave brush marks. This method is quick, easy, and looks great.

Materials

Pine wood

Baby wipes

Acrylic craft paint

vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade Force 34

Speed 500

I basically took a baby wipe, dipped it in acrylic craft paint, and then wiped it over the board like you would stain, rubbing with the grain of the wood. Because I was using white paint I did several coats, sanding lightly in between each coat. It was so simple and so quick!  I love being able to see the wood grain through the paint.

I designed the file in KNK Studio using fonts and basic shapes. The lines with circles are just a long thin rectangle and circles welded together. If you make one circle, click on layout and then array you can evenly space the circles. The arrow is made using a free font called arrow crafter. EDIT…just realized this file doesn’t have an arrow but check out the free font, it is awesome!

Then it was just a simple matter of using clear transfer tape and applying the vinyl to the wood. I like to allow any paint or stain a few days to dry, a minimum of 24 hours but longer if possible.

Here is the file how is it possible best girl
how is it possible MTC

 

 

Coffee?

I have had friends ask me if I could make personalized coffee cups and while I have told them yes, I  also tell them they are not dishwasher safe. I would use the permanent vinyl and it would last through many hand washes. But I wanted something I didn’t have to worry about so when I found an inexpensive mug press I bought it! Such fun!!!

Materials

HTV heat transfer vinyl

mug

mug heat press

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 32

Speed 400

multi pass 2

When cutting HTV I always use the multicut. I simply typed the sayings, resized them to fit the mug, mirrored the image and cut it. Once it was cut and weeded it was just a matter of applying it to the cup and placing it in the heat press. I used 350 degrees for 60 second but each press will have it’s own settings. My son in law and niece are realtors so I thought they might enjoy these cups.

Happy 9th Birthday Hailey Grace!!!

Today is my granddaughter’s ninth birthday! She is just a sweetheart. Usually my daughter asks me to help her with the birthday preparations but a year ago I purchased a used KNK Maxx and it is now at her house. She designed this invite in KNK Studio. She then mirrored the image, sized it for her invite, saved it as a jpeg, imported it into word, and printed her invitations. Because it is a Nancy Drew themed mystery solving party she mirrored the image so the recipients had to hold it to a mirror to read it. It thrills me that both my daughter and granddaughter enjoy creating thing just like me! And oh how I loved Nancy Drew! I think her books were the first books I owned as a child, they were my treasures!

 

Materials

KNK Studio

Printer

Cardstock

She also decided to make the girls shirts.

Although her birthday is tomorrow we will celebrate all week Happy Birthday Hailey Grace!!!