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thoughts from a mother of boys, a marathoner, a triathlete, a crafter, a wife, and a scientist


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Mini-Chalkboard Art

 

I love chalkboard art.  I love that it can be changed really easily, just erase it and write something new.

 

The problem I have….

 

I have horrible handwriting and I can’t draw a stick figure.

Mini-Chalkboard Art @ MamaSonshine

Ok, seriously, look at the one on the left, would you want that on your dresser if you were a kid?  Can you say SCAR-RY.  Nothing about it says ‘I love you.’
Mini-Chalkboard Art @ MamaSonshine

But I found these super cute little chalkboards at the craft store and a chalk marker and wanted to make something for my son.  So I thought I would turn to my Silhouette Cameo and some vinyl to make a stencil.

Mini-Chalkboard Art @ MamaSonshine

I just colored in the lines of the stencil using the chalk marker.  Much cuter, and way easier than writing.

Mini-Chalkboard Art @ MamaSonshine

I made two stencils because I have two chalkboards.  There is no way I would have been able to draw this moon by hand.

Mini-Chalkboard Art @ MamaSonshine

The marker says it will come off with water, but as you can see with the moon one, it doesn’t really come all the way off if you leave it on for a while.

Mini-Chalkboard Art @ MamaSonshine

Ian really likes his little signs, even if he can’t read them yet.  They are super easy to make, and super easy to change the sentiment.

 

 

 

 

Dawn Marie

 

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Thank You Coach Gift and a Giveaway for Silhouette Goodies

I can make anything with paper, but vinyl still scares me.

What about you?  Do you vinyl?

If not here is your chance to try!  I have teamed up with some other wonderful bloggers to give you a chance to win a gift certificate to purchase some vinyl and other awesome Silhouette goodies.

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T-Ball is over, which makes me a little sad.  This year I volunteered to be the parent that took care of getting a thank you gift for our coaches.

I collected money and went out and purchased gift certificates for a self-serve frozen yogurt store.  I used sketch pens in my Silhouette Cameo to write the sentiment and dollar amount on the gift certificate.

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Looks way better than my own hand writing!  I of course had to make envelopes out of fun baseball paper to hold the certificates.

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I used my Cameo to cut out the envelopes and I also cut out “Thanks Coach” and glued it to the front of the envelope.

Of course being the over-achieving-silhouette-owner that I am, that just wasn’t enough.

I recently talked about my new love of glass etching and thought how awesome it would be to etch a picture frame with the word “Coach” and have a spot for the team picture and a spot with some baseball subway art.

I made up the subway art in a horizontal 5×7″ size, as our team pictures were also 5×7″.  I thought I could find a frame with two horizontal 5×7″ spots, but in a vertical orientation.

Boy was I wrong!  All the pre-cut mats for horizontal pictures were horizontal, making a long picture.  That just would look good with what I had in mind.

I found these (buy one get one free!) frames that had a horizontal 5×7 and lots of blank space.  And I realized I could do the subway art with vinyl!

 

 

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I used vinyl as a stencil to etch the word “coach” in the glass.  Vinyl is such a great etching stencil, it gives nice clean edges so none of the etching cream leaks under the stencil.

I had to do an offset of the text, to get the look I wanted.  I etched it on the inside of the glass, so the outside is all smooth.

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The colors of our baseball organization are blue and yellow, so I used blue vinyl for the subway art.   It was so easy to apply, and it gives it a look that says “this is the way I purchased them at the store.”

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I forget how easy vinyl is to work with, my mind always first goes to paper.  What can I make out of paper?  Maybe now I will ask “Can I make that out of vinyl?”

I can’t over how easy this project was!  Although, if you notice in the bottom left corner it just says “base” with a blank space before it, I did have some difficulty with fonts.  It really says “1st, 2nd, 3rd” but the font was too thin, so I had to redo it in a different font.  But that was just a minor flaw, and was quick to fix.

 

 

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I also made some cupcake toppers for our end of the season party, to go on the cupcakes my sister made.  (but they are made from paper)

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The frosting on the cupcakes looks like grass, cause you know, that’s what the field is.

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Ian and his trophy at the end of the T-Ball season

 

 

 

Now it’s your turn to make something!

I’ve teamed up with some amazingly crafty women to allow you a chance to get some vinyl, from Expressions Vinyl and My Vinyl Direct, and other goodies including a fabric blade and interfacing.  There will be one grand prize winner and three runners-up.

Enter below for your chance to win a gift certificate for some vinyl and a whole bunch of Silhouette goodies!

You only have to enter on one of our blogs, but be sure to check them all out.

 

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Surprise at the bottom Etched Drinking Glasses

Way back in the late 90’s my sister got married and I helped her make the bridal party gifts.  She wanted to order etched beer mugs for the groomsmen and I told her we could just do it ourselves.  So we went to the craft store and bought this:

Armour Etch Starter Kit

Armour Etch Starter Kit

You see the rose wine glass?  We made those for the bridesmaids.  And the kit hasn’t changed in the almost 20 years since we bought it.

It was a pain! You tape the stencil to the glass and the etching cream bleeds through and smears and it isn’t pretty.

But guess what….I now have a Silhouette Cameo that cuts vinyl.  And vinyl makes the perfect stencil for glass etching.  They also make stencil material that has a sticky back, or you could use contact paper.

So while searching Pinterest one day I saw some glasses that state “you have just been poisoned” at the bottom of them.  I just knew I wanted to make some, and I knew the perfect machine to make a really good stencil.

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After getting my Silhouette Cameo for Christmas I joined a Facebook group that has allowed me to learn how to use my machine, share my projects, help others learn how to use their machine and push me to try new things.

One of the events they hosted this year was a hand-made gift exchange.  Whomever in the group wanted to participate just signed up and the coordinator matched you with another group member.  You then made each other a hand-made gift.  Sounds like fun, huh?

After chatting with my gift receiver I thought she might just be the person to appreciate this fun gift.  To the Silhouette I go!

Design in Stuido

I measured the bottom of the glasses.  It is important when looking for drinking glasses that the bottom of the glass be completely flat.  Typically when etching on the outside of glass you don’t need to flip the image, but with this design it will be read through the bottom of the glass, so it needs to be flipped on the horizontal.

Cut your stencil out of vinyl, others have had success with contact paper, but I have yet to try it as a stencil.  I used the default vinyl settings and it cut perfectly.

Clean the glassware and wipe with rubbing alcohol.   When completely clean and dry apply stencil.

Stencil Applied

Follow the instructions on the glass etching cream you have purchased.  The etching process is pretty quick to apply it next you a running water source.  That way if you happen to get any on your skin you can quickly rinse it off.

Please remember this is a caustic substance and can eat away at your skin.  Be safe and use precaution and proper safety gear.  Gloves are highly recommended, as is a well ventilated work area next to running water.  If you do happen to get some on your skin rinse under high flowing cold water for at least 15 minutes.

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As per instructions I used a wooden stick to pile on a helping glob of cream and let it sit for about a minute.  I then ran it under cold water until it was all rinsed off.  If you are concerned about the cream etching your pipes, don’t be, but you can run cold water down your sink for 2-3 minutes if you want to ensure you have full diluted the cream.

 

Etched glass

 

I think they turned out pretty awesome, don’t you?

Now while these are awesome drinking glasses, I also wanted to make something a little more personal for her.  My gift exchange partner is going to school to become a forensic investigator!  What an awesome degree huh?  So I decided to make her a some artwork that encompass that goal.

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I used sketch pens to draw the finger print and cut the microscope out of card-stock.  I used dimensional tabs to lift the microscope off the paper.

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I framed it in a frame that had some depth to it so the microscope didn’t get all smooshed.

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In return I also received a box of goodies from my exchange buddy.  Don’t you just love the “Talk Nerdy To Me” bag?

Talk Nerdy to Me Bag

This was a super fun event and I am so excited to get back into glass etching.  I can’t wait to etch my next project.

 

Happy Crafting

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Check out some more projects from the talented women who participated in this event.

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