Many Thanks

You can never have too many thank you cards, right?

I needed some cards and I needed them quick. I’m a teacher and I am always needing thank you cards. I saw this design at www.lovesvg.com and I knew it would make a perfect card. The problem is, it needed four different colors. I’m starting to use vinyl a whole lot more on my cards. It’s easier to weed and it’s easier to stick and a whole lot less messy. I am sick of seeing my glue marks all over my cards. The vinyl just looks and cuts cleaner.

Anyway, I realized I didn’t have any brown or red vinyl and so I thought, what if I just used markers and colorthe vinyl the colors I wanted it to be? Well, guess what? It works. And it looks pretty good. I used paint pens, the ones that you use for rocks or other surfaces and I used matte white vinyl. I’m not sure if it would work as well on shiny vinyl, but hey, I wasn’t sure this would work and it did.

I did learn it is easier to color after you weed because you can see the image better and you can sort of ink the sides of the cut pieces so you don’t see white after you weed. I did it both ways and this way was clearly better. You do have to wait a bit for the ink to dry and I even thought about giving it a little spray with acrylic to make sure the color sets. I didn’t for these cards, I’ve been rubbing my fingers all over it and none is coming off.

Anyway, I’m sure someone out there has thought of this idea, but it sure worked for me in a pinch today!

Materials

110# cardstock for card base, matte white vinyl and paint pens (I got these off Amazon).

Machine

Zing with SCAL: used vinyl project setting

red blade

Send a card

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.

Materials

Cardstock

vinyl

clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Speed 450

Force

120 cardstock

36 vinyl

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

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!