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 made Mayan a few personalized onesies and his mom sent me a picture of him wearing one!
Isn’t he adorable!
These were made simply using a font called Arrowcrafter and HTV (heat transfer vinyl)
And here we go from adorable baby to adorable Gnomes!
I purchased a file from a company that does files for sewing appliques. They have converted many of their files to cutting files. But unfortunately although the files are in cutting format I have found many of them “uncuttable.” This seems to happen often with people who create but do now own a cutter to test their files on. I spent a fair amount of time cleaning the file up so I could cut it, but that being said, I think the end result is adorable!
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.
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!