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.

It’s not a Hallmark

Hallmark has wonderful cards, but they don’t personalize the cards the way we can. A friend of ours had a massive stroke right after Christmas. He loves to golf and ride motorcycle, things that are encouraging him to work very hard at his rehab. Shortly after his stroke he celebrated a birthday and a card popped into my head. Dick has a good sense of humor but I decided to “run the card past my husband” before sending it to make sure he thought it would be okay.

Materials

Paper

 

Vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 35

Speed 400

It was as simple as cutting the vinyl and applying it to cardstock.  Dick loved the card, when he moved from the hospital to a rehab center he took it with him and has it on display.

The font is King Basil

The golfer was a file from My Vinyl Designer

And it all came tumbling down…

Last year I posted pictures of a windmill my husband put up on our property. It took him months to get it done. I personalized the tail with our name and date of our marriage. I always wished I had made it bigger but once it is 30 feet up in the air there is no going back…or so I thought. The perfect storm of a very wet spring and straight line winds and down it came.

It pulled 3 foot long cement pillars out of the ground. It was all salvageable except for the 4 bottom “feet” and the tail. So I had a chance to do it again and here it is.

Materials

vinyl

paper transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

force 36

speed 300

I used the wet method to transfer the vinyl to the tail. You use paper transfer tape and a spray solution (Action Tac). You apply the paper tape to the vinyl and remove vinyl from the backing. Then you spray the surface with Action Tac and lay the vinyl onto the surface. The solution allows you to move the vinyl around a bit and get it exactly where you want it. Then you run a squeegee over the paper tape and it removes the solution and any bubbles. You end up with perfectly smooth vinyl and none of the annoying bubbles. Now we just need to get a boom lift to get the top back onto the 30 foot tower. My husband used 4 times the cement on each foot and says it isn’t coming down again. Let’s hope he is right!

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.