Gnomes on a Clipboard. Why not?

I am a teeny bit obsessed with gnomes. It started last Christmas. I made quite a few of them. They sold really well.

So, of course, I couldn’t help myself. I have gnome fever again this year. I decided to change up the look a little.

Here are a few more gnomes I’ve made …. so far.

Refrigerator magnet
Bean bag type gnome
Paint brush gnome – just had to do this! Lol

My latest project is the reason for this post. I purchased the image of the 3 gnomes from the Silhouette Design Store with a commercial license. I knew I would be using them quite a bit, they are so darn cute.

So last night, I cut a larger stencil from contact paper with my Silhouette machine. I used it, a chalk paste mesh stencil of snowflakes, and my own DIY chalk paste to create this cute design on a clipboard from Dollar Tree I had painted with chalkboard paint.

I could have wiped it off with a damp cloth and used the clipboard again, but it turned out so cute, I sealed it with an acrylic clear coat and made it permanent.

It can now be used as decor or as a clipboard …. or both!

Stencil over Burlap – love it!

I was inspired by another crafter to paint and stencil over burlap sooo…

  • Dollar Tree 6”x 6” sign with beaded hanger (Love these – they come in natural wood and black)
  • Christmas tree wood cut out – come in a pkg. of 5, I think)
  • I have a stash of burlap bag so used a piece of one
  • Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint “January” (or any brand of white chalk paint will work)
  • Farm cow image printed on card stock

I hot glued the burlap on the back side of the sign. Worked well but next time I think I will use Emer’s adhesive spray. You could turn the sign back around later and have a different sign so I might glue burlap on both sides next time and do a reverse stencil of some kind in the natural burlap for a different look.

Update: I did do the back, too, stenciling a farm cow. I now have 2 signs in one!

I used the natural frame. I dry brushed a bit of white paint over it and the beads for a little different look.

I then used scotch tape and taped the Christmas tree onto the burlap to help hold it and daubed white chalk paint all around the stencil and the burlap.

That’s it! How cute! You can hang on the wall or even on a tree. These would make cute stocking stuffers Zoe Christmas gifts. Great project to do with kids.

Wedding Invite on Canvas – Using a Silhouette Machine and Annie Sloan Paint

I created this project in July 2014.

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Wedding Invite on Canvas W/SilhouetteI love my Silhouette Portrait machine and all it can do. I scanned Katie and Richard’s wedding invitation and saved it as a jpg. Then I put the image into my Silhouette software and traced it. I copied and pasted each section into a new design, making sure I welded the lettering. I then turned each section sideways and enlarged them to fit on a large stretched canvas. I cut each section using contact paper.

Next I painted the canvas with Old White Annie Sloan chalk paint. I applied the contact paper lettering and painted over everything in Old white again. This is to make sure there is no bleed through with the final color.

Once dry, I used Annie Sloan Graphite and when that dried, I peeled off the contact paper lettering. As a final step I will add a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax and now Katie and Richard will have a large vintage look wall hanging with the exact fonts from their wedding invitation.

I’m still amazed that you can trace and cut lettering from an image with the Silhouette. 20140706-125426-46466661.jpg

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Family Rules with a Silhouette Machine and Annie Sloan Paint

I created this project June of 2014.

My daughter-in-law, Daphney, wanted one of those Family Rules signs on a board.  I’d been on the lookout for some old barn wood but wasn’t having any luck.  Then my neighbor mentioned a board he had that might work.  It was actually more like a box with a frame around two boards stapled together, so I removed the frame (OK-Danny removed the frame added more staples to the boards) and now I had the old board thing I was looking for.   Continue reading