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.
When I was asked to be a member of the Team KNK design group I did mostly cards. Since then it seems like I am doing mostly tiles. But with both cards and tiles I have found that I LOVE vinyl!
I was asked to make a tile for a 60th wedding anniversary. It is the diamond anniversary and the color is diamond white. I used Oracal 651 because the white is glossy, shiny like a diamond.
Then, a customer of mine had a baby…I love babies! He had to stay in the hospital a bit due to oxygen levels but is doing fine now. I made this tile for him. The animals are from a My Scrap Chick file. I like paper piecing but vinyl piecing is so much easier. :O)
And last but not least, my second son, Matthew, graduated May 25th as an orthodontist. This is his third graduation since high school, first college, then dental school, now orthodontist. We are very proud of him. He will be a Navy orthodontist !
Of course everything was cut using my KNK Maxx! It is amazing how much fun I have had with this machine.
Tiles are so easy to make, are great gifts, and are relatively inexpensive. I usually get my tiles at Home Depot and have learned to make sure that they are American made. I have also bought some great tiles at ReStore, the Habitat for Humanity resale shop.
The first tile was a saying that I saw online. It was printed and framed. Well, you know that when you have a KNK your mind works differently. You not only see the saying but you immediately scrutinise the font. I didn’t note what font I used, but it was a basic font that came with KNK Studio. I typed Believe in Yourself, did an outline of Be and You to make them bolder than the rest of the letters, and then cut out the saying. This tile is a 3×6 tile and the embellishment is from an embellishment set from My Vinyl Designers. I usually make a rectangle the same size as my tile when designing tiles so that I can make sure that everything is the right size and in the right place prior to cutting.
This tile is also a result of a tile that I saw online. Generally tiles come in basic earthy neutral colors. But, add some alcohol ink and you have color!
I used Adirondack Cranberry,Eggplant,and Wild Plum. Because I have had alcohol inks rub off metal before I used my embossing heat gun to heat set the ink because I was told that would help. I also sprayed it with a clear Matte spray. This did alter the way the alcohol ink looked prior to spraying. It may have worked better if I had sprayed a very fine mist several times. I am fortunate that my husband has a drill press so I use that to drill my tiles for hanging.
I used CentB font for the large L and Passion Conflict for Lilly.