Hi. My name is Nancy and I live in Wisconsin. I have been married to Sam for 44 years and I am mom to 5 grown children. I also have 2 grandchildren , Gavin 12 and Hailey 9. We live in the country and have 2 dogs, a cat. I love making cards and paper piecing. I also enjoy making tiles.
Not sure how it got to be the end of June already! I have so many things I want to do this summer and it seems like the only things that are getting done are the day to day things that need to be done.
This is the time of year that people want teacher gifts, graduation gifts and wedding gifts. I have been busy making all of the above. Living in Wisconsin agriculture is huge and it is a course taught at our local high schools. This was a request for a favorite ag teacher.
The barn yard was a silhouette I found online and converted to a KNK file. I added the teacher’s name to the barn to make it personalized.
It was a simple matter of sanding and staining the wood and letting it dry. I like to let stained wood set as long as possible so I try to have popular sizes stained ahead. I then just chose my fonts and typed the saying. I believe I used magnolia sky for ag teacher. I cut black vinyl and transferred it to the board using clear transfer tape. Not complicated and what a wonderful gift!
https://burtonavenue.com/blog/ has tons of free files, she send out new files almost every day. They are free for personal use but you can buy a commercial license at a reasonable price if you decide to make items and sell them.
I have been fortunate. I can’t even tell you when I first bought my KNK. I know it has been well over 10 years ago. When our youngest son joined our family 32 years I had to quit my job and stay home to care for him because he had significant health issues. So our family of 7 learned to live on one income. I saved for a long time to be able to purchase my first KNK. When I first starting making plaques with my KNK every roll of vinyl was a major purchase. But every penny I made went back into materials, and now I have an over abundance. I decided to pay it forward.
The county that I live in has a Relay for Life, a walk to benefit cancer research. My second son was diagnosed with stage 3 malignant melanoma 6 years ago. The treatment he had nearly killed him, but he survived! And the list of friends and family members who have battled cancer is unfortunately too long to list. So I decided this year to make plaques for our local relay and have them sell them at the relay and have the money go toward cancer research. I have spent about 1 month, on and off making over 60 signs. Here are some of them.
The designs are both purchased and my own designs. I hope that each and everyone of you who are fortunate enough to have their own KNK pay it forward in some way. Make a plaque for a benefit, send a card to a friend. It doesn’t have to be 60 plaques, just something to brighten someone’s day.
Did you ever send a card to a complete stranger? Thanks to Facebook, I have sent a few. A couple of weeks ago there was a request to send a card to a WWII vet for his 102nd birthday. He hoped to get 102 cards. I sent one and it turned out to be one of over 10,000 cards he received. How awesome is that!
This card was made for a little girl named Emma. Emma is 7 and has terminal cancer. She wants to get cards from your pets. Well, my 2 dogs and one cat would not cooperate so I took charge. I actually had this card made, minus the “Hi Emma” so it was as simple as adding Hi Emma from vinyl.
This was a My Scrap Chick purchased file. I simply cut the cat from cardstock, used chalk to shade the face, a white paint pen to do the details, and assembled. Paper piecing is therapeutic! The Hi Emma is vinyl.
If you want to send Emma a card, here is her address for cards.
I have a friend who has been with her husband for years and had no luck getting pregnant. But, it happened and baby Graysen will be here before we know it. His dad is a hunter and so I decided to make this set of 12×12 plaques. It is a thin 1/4″ birch which I stained with a quick drying stain, the color was briarsmoke and it is a brown/gray. Anytime I use stain I like to allow a few days before doing anything. I decided to try to paint these rather than vinyl but was nervous with all of the words on some of the plaques. So I started with a plaque with words and thought if it didn’t work I would use vinyl. So I cut the vinyl for each one and used the vinyl as a stencil for my paint. I should have taken pictures but I really didn’t think they would turn out.
I used an acrylic paint and a makeup wedge which I bought in a pack from the dollar store. I dabbed it in the paint and then dabbed the paint on the excess vinyl until it was almost paint free. Then I dabbed to cover each letter, adding a small amount of paint as needed. By the time I got to the end of the plaque it was dry enough to do a second coat. Because the coats are so thin I think I did about 5 coats and then peeled the vinyl off immediately. And it worked!!! Woohoo!!! It was time consuming but also therapeutic.
1/4 inch birch
15″ KNK Maxx
red capped blade
I will share the file when I am able or once again you can email me at email@example.com.
The cutting files, in KNK format, for this project can be downloaded from the following link: KNK Format