About Nancy

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.

Valentines Day is days away

Not too many years ago I would send out a handmade Valentine to all my nieces and nephews and then to my great nieces and nephews. Now, I am lucky if I get cards done for my 2 grandkids. It isn’t about time, it is about not having it in me. Some of you know that I lost my youngest son 10 years ago. He had a severe disability so for 22 years he was my life. When he passed it was a blessing for him, but not for me. And that piece of my heart that is missing is the part that can’t handle things like Christmas, decorating for holidays, etc.  But it is slowly making it’s way back, I almost feel “normal”. My grandson, Gavin was 2 at the time my son passed, he will be 13 in July. He was the little guy who made bad days brighter. Gavin loves pugs. And when I took Gavin and his sister Hailey to the store the other day they were eyeing up the big Hershey kisses. Hence this card.

 

And yes, I will be getting Hershey’s kisses to go with the card.

Materials

Cardstock

vinyl

clear transfer tape

All available at  KNKUSA

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

force 36

speed 500

Wisconsin weather…

We have had some crazy weather here in Wisconsin. Last week Monday school was closed because of the amount of snow that we had that day. Schools are reluctant to close because by law the students are required to go a certain number of days and although “snow days” are built into the annual calendar you don’t want to exceed them. Wednesday and Thursday the Governor declared a State of Emergency as we had -50 wind chills. Everything closed, even mail delivery was cancelled. The following Monday we had freezing rain, all roads were glare ice. County trucks out salting the roads were sliding into each other. And this is when little Mayan decided to come into this world! Now I don’t know this family, but they live fairly close and this event was well covered by local media. Mason was delivered in the front seat of the car by his dad with his 3 older siblings in the back seat!

So, I decided to make them a few gifts. I reached out to baby Mayan’s mom, Pilar and got the info I needed. First I made the birth plaque…

Then I decided to make a family gift…

Then a couple of personalized onesies…

Mayan’s sister Anah is 4 so I made her this.

Mayan’s due date was yesterday, another day of no school due to freezing drizzle topped by 7″ of snow. I was fortunate to have all the supplies on hand and plenty of time as I wasn’t about to venture out!

Materials

Wood Canvas

Wood cabinet door

Onesie

Dollar store Apron

Vinyl

HTV

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force

Vinyl  36

HTV 50 multi cut 2

Speed 500

It’s not Deb, but it’s a Panda!

Yep, it’s me, Nancy…and a panda!

I have a friend who asked me to make a special birthday tile for another friend who loves Panda’s. I looked at panda’s I could trace but all came up short, so I went to Etsy and searched for a panda cutting file. There I found the sweetest panda set. I then designed the tile using the pandas and text.

 

I then decided it was too cute to stop at a tile so I downsized the panda and made some cards!

Aren’t they sweet!

Materials

vinyl

tile

cardstock

clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

force 36

speed 500

Happy New Year!

This is my favorite time of year, winter in Wisconsin! It means the yard work/gardening is done and now it is time to stay indoors and make things!!!

I love to make cards. I get inspired by looking at Pintrest and other places on line.

This was a card I saw on Pintrest. I did not want to bother cutting the words from vinyl as I knew weeding would be a pain. So I designed the card in KNK Studio and then saved the words as a jpeg, imported them into Word and then printed the words. The balloons were cut from vinyl using my KNK Maxx but would look just as cute cut from paper.

The second card was made from a file from My Scrap Chick

They offer a free cutting file each Friday and often have 50 cent sales.

This was cardstock embellished with vinyl. Look at the fine detail that I was able to achieve by using vinyl and the Maxx!

Here is the free file for the balloon card which includes a KNK file, an SVG file and a jpeg for the words happy birthday to you

Materials

vinyl

cardstock

clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force

vinyl 36

cardstock 90

Speed 400

Using the clear transfer tape makes it so easy to apply vinyl precisely where you want it!

Card # 3

I love the dashing reindeer. This was another silhouette that I traced. I cute some reindeer from paper and some from glittered vinyl. I like the 3 D of the paper but hate gluing the scroll antlers, the glitter vinyl was a much better choice. Here is the file leaping deer 11 2018   

leaping deer svg

PS  We have less than a moth until Christmas!

Materials

paper

vinyl

clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Speed 400

Force 34