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Friday, December 4, 2015

Christmas 2015

O Come Let Us Adore Him measures 1x10x36.  I painted the board white, then put down the vinyl as a stencil.  Then I painted the lettering Americana Zinc.  I ripped off the vinyl and sanded the edges and distressed with an ink pad in the color of Pumice Sone.
Merry and Bright measures 1x12x12.  I painted the board white, then put down the vinyl as a stencil. I painted the lettering Americana Zinc and Americana Napa Red.  Then ripped off the vinyl.  Sanded the edges of the board and inked it with the color pumice stone.
Over the River and Through the Woods measures 1x12x24.  I painted the board white, used vinyl as a stencil and painted the lettering Americana Napa Red, Americana Zinc, Americana Medium Hauser Green, and Americana Winter Blue.  Rip off the vinyl, sand, and then I inked the edges with a distressing ink pad in the color of pumice stone.  It's a bit gray in color.
Oh deer! measures 1x6x24.  I painted the board white, used vinyl as a stencil and painted the lettering Americana Napa Red and Americana Zinc.  Rip off the vinyl, sand, and then I inked the edges with a distressing ink pad in the color of pumice stone.  It's a bit gray in color.
Joyful and Triumphant measures 1x6x36.  I painted the board white, used vinyl as a stencil and painted the lettering Americana Napa Red and Americana Winter Blue.  Rip off the vinyl, sand, and then I inked the edges with a distressing ink pad in the color of pumice stone.  It's a bit gray in color.
These little snowflake blocks measures 2x4x4 each.  I painted the blocks black, put on my vinyl stencils, painted the snowflake white, and ripped off the vinyl.  Then sanded the edges and across the top a little.
This little Joy block measures 2x4x8.  I painted the block black, put on my vinyl stencil, painted the wording white, and ripped off the vinyl.  Then sanded the edges and across the top a little.
I made this pallet with 1x4x17" pieces of wood.  You'll need 5 of them and braces for the back.  Plus screws.  The finished size is 17x17.  First, assemble the pallet, then paint it white.  Then I used distressing ink in the color want and inked the edges and across the boards slightly.  Then you hammer 5 nails into the board, only about 1/2 way each.  You'll place them at the outer points of the star.  Then I took this chevron burlap ribbon that I got at Hobby Lobby, and starting at the top nail, wound it around the nails until I got the shape of a star.  Tie a bow at the top and it is finished!  
Christmas Time is Here measures 1x12x24.  The paints I used are white, Americana Zinc, Americana Winter Blue, Americana Medium Hauser Green, and Americana Napa Red.  I painted the board white, put down the vinyl stencil, painted the wording the colors I wanted to.  Then ripped the vinyl off.  When it was finished, I sanded the edges and across the top lightly.  Then distressed the edges and across the top of the board with a distressing ink pad in the color walnut. 
Good Tiding measures 1x12x24.  The paints I used are white, Americana Zinc, Americana Winter Blue, and Americana Napa Red.  I painted the board white, put down the vinyl stencil, painted the wording the colors I wanted to.  Then ripped the vinyl off.  When it was finished, I sanded the edges and across the top lightly.  Then distressed the edges and across the top of the board with a distressing ink pad in the color walnut. 
 
Be of Good Cheer measures 1x12x18.  The paints I used are white,  Americana Winter Blue, and Americana Napa Red.  I painted the board white, put down the vinyl stencil, painted the wording the colors I wanted to.  Then ripped the vinyl off.  When it was finished, I sanded the edges and across the top lightly.  Then distressed the edges and across the top of the board with a distressing ink pad in the color of walnut.  

White Christmas measures 1x12x18.  The paints I used are white,  Americana Zinc, Americana Winter Blue, and Americana Napa Red.  I painted the board blue, put down the vinyl stencil, painted the wording the colors I wanted to.  Then ripped the vinyl off.  When it was finished, I sanded the edges and across the top lightly.  Then distressed the edges and across the top of the board with a distressing ink pad in the color of walnut.  

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Day of the Dead

I had to sneak in one last Halloween project before it is upon us this weekend!  My friend Chelon inspired this one!  I used a 1x12x12 board and framed it with pieces of 1x2 boards.  I painted the board inside white, then stenciled on the sugar skull.  Then I hot glued paper flowers, I found at Hobby Lobby, around the corners.  I painted the 1x2 boards black, and the used wood glue to attach them to the 1x12x12 board.  I love how it turned out!

Thanksgiving Crafts 2015

I LOVE how my Thanksgiving crafts turned out this year!  
So happy with the table trough.  I made it out of a 1x6x8 board.  I was able to get all my cuts for this box out of one board.  2 sides are 24", the bottom is 22.5", and the 2 sides are 5.5" each.  I screwed it all together and stained it with Minwax Early American stain.  After a couple of days of drying, I put on the Gather Together stencil and painted the lettering in white.  Just one thin white layer.  Then I ripped off the vinyl and it was done!
 Or so I thought....I added these handles from Hobby Lobby to spruce it up a bit a week later.  Love it even more now!  It can hold up to 6 quart sized mason jars, but I only have 5 in mine currently.
 This grateful sign is made on a 2x8x8.  I painted the entire block brown, put on the stencil and painted the lettering white, and ripped off the vinyl stencil.  Then I distressed it by going over the edges and top with sandpaper.
 First We Gobble Then We Wobble is made on a 1x12x12 board.  I painted the entire thing white, then put on the vinyl stencil.  Then I painted, orange, Spanish olive green, and brown for the lettering.  I ripped off the stencil, sanded a bit and went over it with a walnut stain on the edges and across the top.
 The next two are both 1x12x15.  I painted both boards black first.  Then put down the stencils, then painted on all my colors.  I then ripped off the vinyl and sanded over them to distress it a bit.  

  This board is made on a 1x12x17.  I painted it brown, then put on the vinyl stencil and painted in the colors.  I'm not super happy with the colors and may redo it later.  Then you just rip off the vinyl and sand the edges.  Pretty easy.  :) 

A Few Projects for a Friend

 A friend asked me if I could make a bunch of projects for their new home.  I'm always up for crafting for others!  I also always love her ideas, she has so many great ones!  This project is HUGE!  It measures 24" wide by 46" tall.  I made it on a piece of MDF.  I painted it white, then put down a vinyl stencil, and stenciled the lettering black.  Then I ripped off the vinyl and took an antiquing ink pad in the color of pumice stone, which is basically gray and rubbed the edges and then across the entire project.  I love how it turned out!
 This one is a pallet and measures 30"x30".  It is made with 1x6x30 boards.  5 of them.  I painted them gray, then put down a vinyl stencil and stenciled the lettering white, then pulled off the vinyl and sanded the edges and across the wording lightly.  
 This project measures 14"x46".  Perfect for over a door.  I painted the wood white, then put down the stencil and did the lettering black.  I ripped off the stencil and went over it with the same gray ink as the first project.
 This map of Africa is made on a 18x24 board.  There's a red heart over Uganda which is hard to see in this picture.  I painted the board white.  Stenciled Africa in black.  Pulled off the vinyl and put another tiny stencil over Uganda and stenciled red.  Then pulled off that vinyl and went over the entire thing in the same gray ink as the first project.  
This project was more labor intensive!  It is a pallet.  IT IS HUGE!  It is beautiful!  It measure 55x36.  I used 1x6x55 boards.  7 of them.  I used 3 colors of stain to get the variety of colors in the wood.  After the stain was dry and set, I put a stencil of the world on the board.  Then I painted it white and ripped the stencil off.  No distressing on this one.  I didn't want to ruin the stain.  

Monday, October 12, 2015

Halloween Crafts 2015

 This trio of cute candy corns are cut out of 2x4's.  They vary in size.  4", 4.5", and 5" tall.  I painted them, distressed them, and then added jute rope around the middle one.
 Autumn, Hayrides, and the Pumpkins signs are made from 1x4x24 pieces of wood.  I painted them, used a vinyl stencil to paint the white lettering on.  Then ripped the vinyl off, sanded them, and tied jute rope around the pumpkins board.  
 Harry Potter Marauders Map.  This is on a 1x8x20 board.  I painted it black, then put on a vinyl stencil, painted the lettering white, and ripped it off.  When it was all the way dry, I sanded it.
 This board is made on a 1x12x15.  It is painted Spanish Olive by Craftsmart.  I put on the vinyl stencil and painted the lettering white and ripped off the vinyl.  Then sanded lightly.
 I put a spell on you (above), and Ghosts and Goblins (below), are both 1x12x18.  I painted both black, then put on vinyl stencils.  Then painted the lettering white and ripped off the vinyl.  They are both lightly sanded around the edges because I wanted to keep the wording crisp.

 Beetlejuice is 1x10x13.  It is done exactly the same as the 2 crafts above.  
The BOO porch sign is made from 1"x4"x5'.  I painted it all black, put on the huge stencil, and painted the lettering white.  Then pulled it off and heavily distressed it.  I love how it turned out!  

Crafts for Family Rooms

 This large family rules board  I made for a friends home, is 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide.  It is made on MDF and first I painted it white.  Then put on a vinyl stencil, painted the lettering black, then pulled the vinyl off when it was dry.  Then I sanded the edges, and took stain and rubbed it around the edges and a bit across the top.
This pallet is 24" tall by 30" wide.  I built the pallet of 1x4x30's and then stained them all.  I cut the stencil out of vinyl and painted the heart yellow.  When that was dry I added the love in turquoise on top.

Crafts for Grandma's House

 These cute little stacker blocks are made from 2x3's measuring
2x3x5
2x3x7
2x3x9

Then I painted them black, white and gray.  When dry, distress the edges with a sander, and slap vinyl on.  Lastly stack them up and tie a cute ribbon around them all.  

This is made from a 2x10x10.  I painted the block brown, and then when dry I put the vinyl stencil on.  I painted all the lettering white and the when that was dry, went back and made certain lettering a pretty robins egg blue.  Then rip the vinyl off and sand it when dry.

Craft Room Sign

My goodness, I realized this morning that I haven't posted any crafts I've made since May!!!  I've been so bad about it.  Keeping too busy I guess!  

This is one of my favorites.  I organized the paints in my craft room and needed a super cute sign to go over them  The wall was bare.  I saw this idea for a "class room" and changed it to craft room and it is the truth.  I love my Sonic Rt 44 cokes with lime at happy hour and the sign makes me happy.  

It is made on a 1x12x18 board.  I painted the background black, then put on a vinyl stencil and painted all the words white first.  Then after that was dry went back and highlighted a couple of the words in red.  The white underneath makes the red pop off the black background with only one layer of white and one of red.  Without it, the red would blend into the black too much.  

Monday, May 4, 2015

Ferris Bueller

This Ferris Bueller Sign was super fun to make, and I love how it turned out!  I wish it was for my home, but it was for an order.  

It measures 1x12x18.  
The board is painted a putty color, and the vinyl is red.  After the paint dried, I sanded the edges and went around it with a walnut stain distress ink.  Turned out fun!


Little Blocks of Kind Words

These little blocks were made as choices for an upcoming Young Womens Beehive Girls Camp.  I was given a tight budget to come up with 3 crafts for $1.50.  It was a challenge, but I came up with quite a few options!  These are 4 of the options.  At cost, you can make one of these for about 40¢ each.  Not bad!  I think they'd make cute party favors or teacher gifts, or friend gifts too.
They are each made on a 2x4x4.  Any bright happy color of paint would work and the vinyl is all white.

Teacher Appreciation 2015

 This school year has gone by way too quickly!  When I saw on the calendar last month that it was nearly teacher appreciation week, I got so sad, but so excited at the same time.  I just hate my kids growing up so quickly and all I can think of is how many years I have left until I lose them to college.  Boo Hoo!!  So sad.  But I was excited because I really really love making teacher appreciation gifts.  My kids get excited to help me and they can't wait to take their teachers a new gift each day.  I got WAYYYYY carried away this year with gifts but I sort of had to because we are at the stage in life, with our 4 oldest in school, where many of the teachers our older ones have had when they were younger, now our younger ones currently have.  So we can't do the same gifts every year.  Because the teachers already have them...so we had to come up with a couple new ideas this year and it was sure fun doing that!
This little block is a 2x8x8 painted red, I used vinyl as a stencil and painted the lettering white, then ripped off the vinyl and sanded it to distress it.  Then tied a ribbon around the outside with a knot on top.  The ribbon is from Michaels.  The design is from Lori Whitlock.
 This little block is a 2x8x8 painted red and I used vinyl as a stencil and painted the lettering white, then ripped off the vinyl and sanded it to distress it.  Then tied a ribbon around the outside with a knot on top.  The ribbon is from Michaels.
 Of course every year I have to do a more practical gift too, the hand sanitizer is one every teacher can use, every year.  I just get a HUGE jar from Sam's Club and pull the label off.  I found using a hair dryer to heat up the label first really helps in getting those stubborn ones off quickly!  Then I cut a monogram for the teacher out of whatever their favorite color is in vinyl and tied some ribbons around the top.  Super quick!  Super easy!
 Here's another super easy and quick project.  Just take a mason jar, fill it with their favorite candy, put a label on it that says Teacher Therapy, and tie some jute around the top.  Done!
This project measure 2x6x6 and I wanted to do something that they could use in their home or at school.  I painted the block turquoise first.  Then put on the vinyl stencil.  I painted all the lettering white, then went back when that was dry to add the color to the parts I wanted that on.  Rip off the vinyl when done and sand it and you get a very happy little block! 
 I thought this Dr. Seuss quote was a cute design!  I used the same technique as above.  The board measures 1x12x18.  The design came from Lori Whitlock.
 This project also uses the same technique all the other boards in this grouping have used.  It measures 1x12x24. The design is Lori Whitlock.
 This project also uses the same technique all the other boards in this grouping have used.  It measures 1x12x12. The design is Lori Whitlock.
 This project also uses the same technique all the other boards in this grouping have used.  It measures 1x12x24.  The design is Lori Whitlock.
 This project also uses the same technique all the other boards in this grouping have used.  It measures 1x12x14.  I drilled holes in the top and attached a ribbon so they could hang it on their door or outside their door right away.  :)
  This project also uses the same technique all the other boards in this grouping have used.  It measures 1x12x12.
This one is one that I do every year.  I could only make one this year though because we've had the other teachers in the past.  On this one, I feel like there are too many opportunities for the paint to bleed if I stencil it, so I always use vinyl lettering for this design.