Thursday, December 17, 2015

DIY Christmas Sign - The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I made a DIY Christmas Sign for my mantel holiday decor and I would like to share it with you today. 

Here are the supplies that I used.  

We had this board in our garage so I just had my husband cut it down to size to fit on my faux gate fireplace cover

I also used the Silhouette Stencil material for the first time along with some paint and daubers from my stash. 

The first thing that I did was paint my board white. 

Next I had to decide on a red paint. I sampled each one and then took the board to my fireplace to see which color best matched my other decor. 

The red paint that I chose is Napthol Crimson. I added two coats of this paint over the white paint. 

The next step was to cut my sign sentiment using the stencil material. 

(Stencil Tip: On your Silhouette Screen, hit the down arrow and select "load media" and move the right white roller over a notch accordingly so that it can grip the stencil material.)

Once cut, I placed it on the board and used the white paint and sponge daubers to start stenciling the words and snowflakes.  The stencil material has a removable adhesive, so it will stick to your board just enough so that you don't have to worry about it moving on you. 

Here is the entire stencil covered in the white paint. 

I carefully removed the stencil and everything looked great. 

I recommend you clean your stencil immediately and then you can save it for future use. 

Here is the sign right after I pulled off the stencil material. 

I love how the stenciling turned out on my rough and textured board.

I had enough room on each side of the sign to include some trees. 

I cut these trees on my Silhouette cameo using American Crafts white cardstock and used the negative image as a stencil. 

I used some washi tape to help hold down the cardstock and used my white paint and sponge daubers. 

The final step was just doing some light sanding on the edge of the board. 

This is why I painted the board white first. I wanted it to show through when I sanded it. 

I absolutely love how this turned out! 

It sits perfectly on my faux gate.  

Here is a look at my mantel and fireplace for the holiday season. 

I can't wait to make more signs for my home decor!!

Thanks for reading my blog today. 

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Hugs, Shelly

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

September 2015 Project Life Layouts Plus Video

Hi there! Here are my September 2015 project life layouts. 

If you would like to see everything in detail, please watch the YouTube video below. 

Here are the supplies that I used for my September layouts. 

I kept it simple and pulled my stash of goodies from Elle's Studio. I also pulled stamps sets from Elle's Studio and Ali Edwards along with my Archival Ink in the coffee color.  I also pulled some Daily Flash embellishments from October Afternoon. 

Here are my layouts. 

Here is my September month card. I pulled a picture from Pinterest and used an acetate frame to outline it. 

For this card, I cut apart sentiments from the Elle's Studio cards and layered them in the top right corner. 

Andy and Emily went on a lot of bike rides this month. 

I am so happy that Andy captured some pictures for me!

On the picture below, I used an Elle's Studio card with some of their stamps.

On the card below, I just used another Elle's Studio card with the Ali Edward's "Love this" stamp. 

I love the simplicity of this. 

Here is my insert that I have been including each month with extra pictures. 

Here are the last three cards for the month of September.

For this picture, I placed a Project Life overlay over the card and then added the "Let's explore" Ali Edwards stamp to the Elle's Studio card. 

For this card, I used a ticket stub from the event and added the fun times Elle's Studio embellishment at the bottom left corner. 

For my last picture of September, I just used a chipboard frame around the picture. Once again, keeping it simple!

I loved using minimal supplies and keeping these layouts simple. 

I finished this month in record time!

Thanks for looking!

Hugs, Shelly

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas Peppermint Wreath

I want to share my Christmas Peppermint Wreath with you today. 

I saw this wreath on the Dreamy Whites blog and knew that it would be fun to make for my holiday home decor.  

Here are my supplies:
13.8 inch white foam wreath
Wired Ribbon
Folk Art Paint in color Aqua #481
4 Bags of Starlight Mints
Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

First, I painted the wreath form with the aqua paint. 

Once dried, I heated up my glue gun (make sure you have plenty of glue sticks) and began gluing on the peppermints. 

I started in the middle of the wreath form and worked my way around. I left some space open around the seam for my ribbon. 

I had enough mints to do 5 complete rows around the wreath form. 

I love how colorful and festive this wreath looks in my kitchen. 

I love the red and aqua colors together!

This was an easy project that is fun to do while catching up on TV shows or a movie!

I hope you enjoyed seeing this easy Christmas project. 

I hope you will subscribe for future posts. 

Thanks for looking!

Hugs, Shelly

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