Giving

When ever I can I like to give back. In the small town that I grew up in they have a group at the middle school called the Wise Guys. They are all middle school boys whose sole purpose is to do good, be kind. I first found out about them 2 years ago when a young father in the community passed away during surgery. He left behind 3 young boys and his wife was expecting their first daughter. The Wise Guys decided to plan a special day for the 3 boys. They planned a day of  sledding and then out to eat. Each of the 3 boys was able to bring a friend along. I was so touched by this that I told their advisor that I would help in a fund raiser. They developed an order form and sold personalized monogramed 12×12 tiles and the proceeds went for the trip. They sold 61. This year, the community lost a young boy. He was with his dad in a milk truck. For those of you not familiar it is a bulk tank truck that goes from one farm to the next to pick up the milk. It was a winter day and there was an accident and the young boy was killed, the father critically injured. The little boy had a sister in the 6th grade so once again the Wise Guys decided to give her a special day. They contacted me to see if I would be willing to do another fund raiser. This time I gave them several choices to pick form. They sold 140…needless to say, I have been busy.

Materials

12×12 floor tile from Home Depot

vinyl

Clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

speed 400

force 30

Although it was a lot of work it was very rewarding. And they are finally done and delivered!

Mother’s Day is almost here

Years ago I made a plaque that  said  “To the world you may be just someone, but to someone, you may just be the world.” It is one of my favorite sayings. So when I saw on Pintrest where someone used this saying but substituted Mother for someone I knew I had to make another plaque. This could also be used for a Mother’s Day card.

Materials

blank wood plaque form Michael’s

paint

vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Speed 450

Force 30

I used 3 fonts for this plaque, Euphemia, arrow crafter and V Carmb. It was a simple as typing the words, selecting the words and breaking path, rearranging and resizing the words until I was happy with the design, and then determining how I was going to use the design. I had this plaque that I purchased at Michaels and it seemed like the perfect fit. I painted the plaque and let it dry. I then cut the vinyl and used clear transfer tape to transfer it to the painted plaque. I am not having any luck uploading the file to this page but will keep trying. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day. I am Blessed to still have my mom!

Stencils from vinyl for an easy peasy Le Boudoir wood plaque

Spring Break is over, boo hoo. I don’t feel like I even got a break. Why not? Because my dear husband volunteered to paint my mom’s house and even though I only spent 4 days over there during break I feel like I had zero time for myself for the entire holiday. Well, until today when I finally got to finish my stencil project.

Mom selected a dark pinkish red for her master bedroom, and it is a much bolder look than I would have expected from her. My mom is in Florida for the winter so she hasn’t even seen it yet. I jokingly told her that she wasn’t allowed to call it her bedroom – it is now the boudoir.

I used Harrington font and created the border from a variety of basic shapes that I skewed and welded together. Next I traced the chandelier from a free image and voila!

Materials:

Settings for vinyl (Maxx Air):

  • f = 28
  • v = 300
  • p = 1

Steps:

  1. Create your design in your favorite software
  2. Cut the vinyl and weed the waste
  3. Use transfer tape to pick up the design and transfer to the wood plaque   vinyl stencil
  4. Use a squeegee to adhere the vinyl to the wood, remove the transfer tape  
  5. Paint as desired   stencil peeled off
  6. Remove stencil vinyl  
  7. Fill in with color or simply cover with the Matte coating   stencil area filled in with color
    The copic marker spreads by just touching the wood and fills in the color. The painted area keeps it locked in. I coated the entire plaque with matte coating.

I’m going to mount it over the bedroom door before she gets home from Florida – tee hee hee. lol

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!

 

In reverse

So many of the “hand painted signs” that you see are actually made with a vinyl stencil.

Materials

wood

wood stain

vinyl

spray paint

clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 38

Speed 500

For this project I used a 12×12 piece of wood which I had stained black. I then designed my saying and centered it in a 12×12 square and cut it out. I weeded the letters out of the square and used clear transfer tape to transfer the 12×12 square of vinyl to the 12×12 square wood plaque. I then used a hard squeegee and  made sure the vinyl was adhered to the wood plaque. After removing the transfer tape I went over the vinyl again with the squeegee. I then debated whether to use a brush to apply the paint or use spray paint and decided to use spray paint. I sprayed several “misting coats” until all of the lettering was white. Spray paint dries very quick so I was able to remove the vinyl after a few minutes