Christmas Countdown Board

The countdown to Christmas is on! Here is my take on a simple wood craft using my Silhouette Cameo.

Christmas Countdown

Christmas Countdown

I tied bows and a piece of chalk to the boards and gave them out for Christmas. I made several versions, so it would be appropriate for teachers, people without kids, etc…

Christmas Tree Countdown

Christmas Tree Countdown

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I was giving them out so quickly (since they are kinda no fun to get if there is no more countdown) that I forgot to get better pictures of them.

Shopping Days Countdown

Shopping Days Countdown

Just grab some routed wood, paint, your Silhouette, some vinyl, chalkboard vinyl, and a little creativity in your design, and you are good to go.

Happy Holidays!

Magnet Boards

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My sons rooms have walls just calling to be decorated.  We recently repainted our younger son’s room and needed some new decorations that matched.  These boards are 17″x9.5″.  Just go into your local Lowes or Home Depot and ask them to cut them for you.  I got the flash metal sheeting (12″x8″) at Lowe’s too, it was only .97 cents.  There is more expensive sheeting, so be careful to find the more economical stuff that is not by the paint section, cuz that stuff is pricey.  I did use a router to get that edge.  They are not that much money, and totally worth it if you like to work with wood.  Michael’s may have some routed, unpainted boards (but you will need to adjust your metal sheeting size accordingly).  Paint your board any color you like.  Use some very strong epoxy glue to attach sheeting.  I set paint cans on top of them to be sure they would adhere well.  Then the fun part begins.  Pick a theme you want for your board.  My older son loves video games (much to my chagrin), and our younger one just started soccer, so that part was easy.  I picked some cute shapes in the Silhouette store to match my themes, and cut and placed my vinyl.  If you do not have a Silhouette machine, you can always stencil paint words on the top of your board, and add embellishments or stickers.  I will attach some teeth to the back and hang them up on their walls.  I think I need to make some custom magnets for those, so maybe you will see those later.  Have fun!  Go make something today.Image

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Fall Stationary and Word Art

Need a quick Fall project?  Read on.  I was browsing the Silhouette blog, and the weekly challenge was to use any shape to do with Fall, and make something.  I was inspired by some of their leaf shapes and chose a few that looked like a sketch.  First I decided to do a quick 8×10 Fall-themed wall art piece by selecting a font, the leaves from the Silhouette store, and pulling out my craft paper card stock.  I made the wall art by just simply designing how I wanted it to look on my Silhouette and adding some text to a shape I created that mimicked the shape of the falling leaves, and then selecting the “no cut” option.  Then I simply printed it out and popped it into a frame.  Easy-peasey.

Fall Word Art

But then I decided I wanted to tackle a project I had been wanting to try for a while.  There are a lot, and I mean a lot of Lori Whitlock designs on the Silhouette website.  I love all of her 3 D projects.  She even has a You-tube channel with a lot of tutorials for her projects.  So anyway, I had bought her A-2 stationary set and it had just been sitting in my library looking ominous.  So, in keeping with the fall theme and the shapes I just pulled together for my Fall Word Art, I decided to reuse those on Thank You Stationary and tags.  Now, I was a little intimidated when I opened the file because there are a lot of shapes that go into this.  It is three sections and then there are pieces to cover the sides and bottom.  I ended up going to Lori Whitlock’s website, and finding the diagram to put it together, and after that it was really very simple.  The boxes were no problem but some of the side pieces were throwing me off.   I am sure it is simple to a lot of you, but I had to visualize it with the diagram to be sure I was cutting the right color paper.  So doing a lot of “print and cut” on my Silhouette, I ended up with a nice stationary set to give to a friend.  I hope you will try one of her 3D projects, and tell me what you think.

Fall Silhouette