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.

Never to early

I have probably mentioned more than once, I love winter. It is a slower paced time of the year for me and I am able to find time to do some of the things that I love. I always try to start my Christmas cards early so that I am not trying to fit them in at the busiest time of the year.

This is one of the cards I decided to make, so simple! I tried it with both paper and vinyl and while both cut fine gluing the paper wasn’t fun so vinyl won hands down. Here is the file which is sized for an A6 card. deer in birch trees 2017  deer in birch svg

Materials

Vinyl

Cardstock

Clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

Red capped blade

Speed 300

Force 33

Here is a picture taken out our window. We have a couple of crab apple trees. They hold their little apples and they drop all winter. The deer come and dig through the snow for them.

This little piggy

Okay, it isn’t a little piggy, it is a fairly big piggy. I make “birth canvases”, plaques with the babies name, date of birth, weight, etc. Some one asked me if I could put that same information on a piggy bank that she had bought. I said of course.

 

Materials

Large piggy bank…it is about a foot tall

vinyl

clear transfer tape

Settings

15″KNK MAXX

red capped blade

Force 34

Speed 300

This bank was big enough that the surface that I was applying the vinyl too was fairly flat. I measured the area where I planned to apply the vinyl. I then opened KNK Studio, chose a font and typed in the information that I was provided. And then it was simply arranging it and sizing it to fit. After cutting it and weeding I applied the clear transfer tape. I then applied it to the bank starting in the center of the vinyl and working out. I applied the information on both sides of the bank. I love doing the baby birth items. It is fun to see their names& how big or little they were. The biggest to date was 11 pounds and the smallest 11 ounces.

Law Enforcement Officiers

Law enforcement officers across our country had a rough year in 2016. There are good cops and bad cops, just like in any profession. But the most loved cop is always the K9 officer. In our neighboring community, Utos their K9 officer, died after a very brief illness, a virus which attacked his heart. I made this for his partner. img_5562-min Materials

3″ ornament

extra fine glitter

poly acrylic

vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force  36

Speed 400

Instructions

I used a clear 3″ flat ornament purchased on line. They can also be found at most craft stores. I removed the top and set it aside. Then I poured some poly acylic into the ornament and swished it around to ensure the entire inside had been coated. Then I set it upside down in a Dixie cup to drain for a minute or two. Next is adding the glitter, once again rolling the ornament to ensure the entire inside is coated. Then I tip the ornament upside down and let it rest in a dixie cup. I generally do a bunch at a time and the poly acrylic that drains is used for the next ornament, same with the excess glitter. I then place them in an egg carton, still upside down and let them dry for a few days. Next I traced the image of shield that I found online. To make a perfect fitting blue line I used snap to grid and then used the ginsu knife feature and cut that section out of the shield. And then it was just adding the words. When cutting letters this small I try to use a basic font so that it cuts and weeds well. I applied everything to the shield prior to transferring it to the ornament. When applying vinyl to any surface that has a curve (although this is a “flat” ornament, it still has a curve) I always start at the center of the design and work out.  You can make a large variety of personalized ornaments by adding vinyl.

Happy 2017!

While some people think the best part of New Years Eve/New Years Day is going out partying and then spending the day recovering, for me it is having 2 days to create.

Materials

vinyl

clear transfer

small paper bags

ribbon

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

red capped blade

Force 37

Speed 500

I am fortunate in that I use my KNK almost every day. So when it is my turn to post I don’t have to hurry up and come up with something, I have problems deciding which of my latest projects to post.

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Our family spends every Friday night at the same eating establishment, Luigi’s! The staff there is wonderful, as is their food. Once or twice a year we try to treat all of the staff, from the dishwasher to the cook. I make goodie bags with candy in them, and one of the bags has a $20 bill. Each person gets to pick a bag and even if they don’t get the money they end up with some good candy. I was planning on doing it for the Friday preceding New Year’s Eve but wasn’t sure what to make. Then Michele posted with her free file “Happy New Year”.

I may have mentioned before, but I buy things on sale, I hate paying full price. So luckily I had all of the supplies on hand. I had one hour to cut 30 of the Happy New Year out of vinyl, weed them, apply them to the bags, put the candy in the bags, punch holes in each bag and tie them shut with ribbon. I knew that I could do it…wrong. But they will be just as nice this coming Friday.

Let the fun begin!

Today marks the beginning of my favorite time of year, winter in Wisconsin.

Christmas is officially over so now it is time to clean and spend time doing things that I love. (I actually love cleaning too)

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I have 2 grandchildren, 17 great nieces and nephews, and a handful of extra special little ones in my life. I can’t tell you how much joy it brings to me to be able to make them special gifts. 2 of my nieces live one house apart and each have 3 kids, a boy and 2 girls each, all close in age . The 2 youngest girls are best friends so I was asked to make them these shirts. The glitter heat transfer vinyl is so much fun to work with.

img_5478-min img_5477-min A friends son is 40 and single, she asked me to make a shirt for his nephew and this is what I made.

img_5472-min A friend going to Mexico requested a shirt…

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And school football shirts for her 3 little grandsons, school colors are orange and black.

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And when you have a granddaughter and a bunch of grandnieces who could resist this…

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So, yes, I have had a bit of fun already, more to come!

 

Materials

Glitter vinyl

Thermoflex Plus vinyl

Heat press

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

Red capped blade

Force  50 for Thermoflex

90 for Glitter vinyl

Speed  450

I read somewhere that if you want vinyl to weed easy use multi cut and cut it with 2 passes. I tried it because the thermoflex is stretchy and it did make a difference.