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.

Happy New Year!

Winter, my favorite time of the year! Christmas is over and we have had below zero temps for the last 10 days or so. The reason I love winter is because for me it is time to stay inside and create! The week between Christmas and New Years is a vacation with out leaving my house.

My Scrap Chick is one of my favorite sites to purchase cutting files. They often have sales where you can get a sweet paper piecing file for 50 cents. They also have a weekly freebie if you sign up for their emails.

This sweet card was made using one of their files. Generally, if I am going to make a card like this I will cut enough for 6-12 cards. It doesn’t take  a lot of time to  assemble them and  I have a large family to share them with. The bird is paper except for the glasses which are vinyl, as is the Happy Birthday.

Materials

Cordinations paper

vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

force 34 vinyl   90 paper

speed   400

I hope 2018 is a year filled with good  health and time to enjoy the things that you love.

Fa la la

My daughter is new to the KNK world so when she wanted to cut heat transfer vinyl she came to visit. She had found a free svg file that she liked. Here is the link to that file. It was near and dear to her heart because for years we had two llamas, Leo and Alf.

The picture doesn’t do it justice. The entire image, other than the black base layer is glitter vinyl. It is adorable in person.

Remember to mirror the image if making this file with HTV.

 

 

Materials

Glitter flex II heat transfer vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

Red capped blade

Force 45

Speed 400

Multicut 2

Earrings

Sorry for the late post. I knew what I wanted to make but haven’t had a spare minute to make it. My son’s girlfriend decided we should try making earrings so we bought the basic supplies. We then decided it may be a winter craft project because so far it has been to nice out to sit inside.

I saw a lot of leather earrings and then found that Cricut made a faux leather. You know if it cuts with a Cricut it will cut better with a KNK. Because I was in a hurry these are a rough draft. I used the red capped blade and should have used the blue or maybe even the fabric. The faux leather has a felt like back and cutting it with the red capped blade resulted in a lot of “fuzzies” that need cleaning up. The fuzzies are hard to cut with a scissors so I may apply some type of sealant to the back to hold them down. They aren’t “awesome” but it was fun trying something new and I will continue to work with the faux leather.

Materials

Cricut faux leather

jump ring

earring hook

Settings

red capped blade (I would suggest blue)

15″ KNK Maxx

Force 90 4 passes

Speed 500

It’s back to school time!

It has been so many years since the bus stopped at our house but it is still an exciting time of year for so many families. I have one mom who has asked me to make plaques for many of the special events in her son’s life. This year it was for the first day of kindergarten.

Materials

Wood plaque

Spray paint

vinyl

clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

red capped blade

Force 36

Speed 450

 

Because of the number of colors involved I use small rectangles as registration marks so that when they are placed directly on top of the coordinating set everything lines up perfectly. Sorry, they are a little hard to see. If you use the arrange/array feature in KNK Studio it lines up the rectangles perfectly for you.

New beginnings

My son recently bought his own practice and moved from San Diego to Wisconsin.Then they got a kitten to keep their older cat company. Their older cat had a skin condition which made it scratch and caused sores. So like any good cat person, his better half Annie, had a dress made so the open area would be covered and ordered a matching dress for the kitten. I applied the logo to the dresses. The kitten in a Savannah hybrid, her name is Lily. The older cat , Mia, has since healed and the kitten has outgrown her dress.

 

And then because at one time I had ordered 200 koozies ( just in case I ever needed a koozie) I made some Koozies with their logo.

Materials

Heat transfer vinyl

heat press

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

Speed 350

Force 33  2 passes

red capped blade

 

Both were pretty simple. My son had designed the logo and sent it to me as a jpeg. I was able to trace it and turn it into a KNK file. I then mirrored the image and cut it from the heat transfer vinyl.  When cutting htv I use a lower force but do a multiple cut with 2 passes. It seems to weed better this way. I don’t do a lot with htv and my heat press compared to regular vinyl, but everytime I make something with HTV I am so happy that I invested in a heat press.