A long awaited baby!

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.

Materials

1/4 inch birch

Briarsmoke stain

Vinyl

Cosmetic wedge

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 36

Speed 300

I will share the file when I am able or once again you can email me at nanyk4@frontiernet.net.

The cutting files, in KNK format, for this project can be downloaded from the following link:
KNK Format

More Mayan and Valentine’s

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!

Materials

Wood

Stain

vinyl

clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 36

Speed 500

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