Pencil Signs- Teacher Gifts

I saw this idea a while back and wished I had seen it while my two were still in school! We always tried to make whatever Christmas gift we gave the teachers each year, whether it was ornaments, baking or whatever. These would have been a great idea!

I started out with some 2 x 4’s. Chris cut them down and into “pencil: shapes and then a friend of his sanded them down all nice for me!

I taped them off separating where I wanted the coloured part of the pencil, the eraser and the metal band with painter’s tape.

And painted…. many coats… of the yellow for the coloured part and pink for the eraser.

When that was FINALLY done lol, I retaped them so I could paint the metal band section. Because my silver metallic paint was kind of see through I painted it first with light gray paint to eliminate probably hundreds of coats of the silver!

Here they are after painting on the metal bands.

I used the name of a friend’s wife who is a T.A. on my example, cutting her name using my Cricut and black vinyl.

I applied a few coats of varethane then screwed a few eye hooks to the top for the twine, tied a nice bow to the twine and applied the vinyl.

And that’s it! A really cute Pencil sign for a teacher!

Sandie

Christmas Gifts – A couple of Cricut Mugs

Are you sick of my Cricut projects yet lol? I know I’m not sick of “playing” with it yet lol!

These are just a couple of mugs I made this week for gifts.

The first one is a tribal wolf mug. Just a plain white mug with the tribal wolf done in black. The wolf is a free pattern I found on Pinterest, uploaded into Design space, resized and then cut and applied to my mug.

I thought the image was pretty cool and my father-in-law really likes wolves!

The second is me hopping on the Red Truck fad lol. While I do think is way overdone right now, I do like how the red truck looks with the bit of country flair to Christmas decor… so I had to make at least one “Red Truck” project.

I found the red truck design in Design Space and then just added text, again finding the font in Design Space.

I laid how I wanted it to look and adjusted the sizing in Design space and then cut the vinyl and layered it.

This is my Red Truck Christmas Mug!

Sandie

Grinch Mugs – Cricut Project

I only have one this to say about these mugs…. Holy Crapadoodle!!!!!

I bought 4 mugs thinking I might try to sell them on the local buy and sell site and that if they didn’t sell, they would make cute stocking stuffers. Well, they did sell…. and now I literally have people clambering for them lol!

All last night, and when I woke up this morning, I kept receiving messages about the mugs. After they first sold and I continued receiving messages about them, I changed my add to SOLD, but that I would try to get more mugs and make more and that if anyone wanted to be added to a list for mugs I would take their names and number of mugs. That list has gone crazy!!!! Not only does my listing for the mugs have 726 views, I have people on my “waiting” list (last total) wanting another 54 mugs!!!! While a little bit exciting, it is also a little bit daunting! Fingers crossed I can get more mugs lol!

To make the mugs…. I found some awesome green, sort of sparkly, mugs at the “Big” dollar store when we went to town on Friday. They just screamed Grinch to me so I bought 4 of them…. boy do I wish I had the foresight to buy all of them lol!

I found a free Grinch Face pattern and downloaded it to use with my Cricut.

This is what the pattern looked like in Design Space.

I cut out the vinyl.

Added the yellow for the eyes.

And then adhered it to the mugs… and then all the craziness started to happen lol!!!!

Sandie

Minnie Mouse Christmas Countdown Sign – Cricut Project

Kim loves almost anything Disney lol. Originally it was Tinkerbell but it sort of expanded from that. Now that she has a little one of her own I think it is going to blossom even more!

When I started to think about making them a Countdown to Christmas sign, a Disney character popped into my head. Knowing how much she likes Minnie, and considering that was the theme for my granddaughter’s first birthday, it seemed the perfect theme!

I was able to purchase and download a “Disney” font package from etsy.ca which helped tremendously and there are a ton of Free Minnie Mouse “heads” you can download on Pinterest.

Armed with all of that, and some of the fonts in Design Space, I put together the pattern for this Christmas Countdown sign for them!

Here is the pattern as shown in Design Space….

I bought a wooden canvas from the dollar store and base painted it a light blue colour. Don’t ask me why… for whatever reason, blue seemed the right colour for a Disney themed project lol… even though it is a Christmas sign… weird, huh?

Once the paint dried, I also gave it a quick, watered down a bit, coat of glitter glue…. just because it is a Christmas sign lol.

While the glue was drying I did the cutting and weeding of the vinyl.

I laid out my design on the now glittery blue wooden canvas to firm up the layout.

To apply the vinyl and make sure it stayed where I placed it, I held the piece down while folding back almost half of the backing paper. I stuck it to the surface and then removed the rest of the backing paper and the vinyl stayed where I wanted it to be! I did the same with all of the pieces, except for the stars because their placement didn’t have to be as exact.

Here is the finished Minnie Mouse Christmas Countdown Sign for Kim and Family!

Sandie

Fence Board “Home” Signs – UPDATE

Since I redecorated, the sign I made for our main floor doesn’t match any longer. I had to repaint it! Like I don’t have enough to do already, right lol?

I decided to paint it in the dark burgundy colour because it is leaning on the light gray wall.

I base painted the one sign with the dark burgundy paint, the cream coloured one on the left, with the green writing and let it fully dry.

This time I decided to do the lettering on my Cricut to save some time lol! I found a nice sort of scroll-y maple leaf to replace the plaid on I painted the first time and added that to the pattern with the letters H, M and E in Design Space.

I did the usual cutting and weeding and then applied it to the base painted wood and put the twine back on for my updated HOME sign!

Sandie


I spent last night having grandma time with my granddaughter and it was wonderful but boy did she wear me out lol. How did we ever keep up with our own kids way back when lol? I did get a post done beforehand but apparently forgot to change it from just being a draft lol…. here it is….

These were fun to make… and easy… just time consuming because well, the whole waiting for paint to dry thing lol.  I made one for the front porch and one for the Craft Room and I am happy with how they turned out!

Sandie

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“Pothead” Joke Mug – Cricut Project

I have seen many versions of this mug and couldn’t help myself lol! I know a few people who qualify under both versions of the meaning of this mug and thought it would make a perfect joke gift for them!

Once I created the pattern, it was very quick to cut and weed and add to a dollar store mug!

Here is the pattern I designed for them. Very simple. I found a coffee maker image and then just added the “Pothead” text to it.

I cut and weeded the vinyl and then applied it to the mug before heat setting it.

Here is the completed mug! A cute, dual meaning mug which makes a cute Christmas gift!

Sandie

Family Tree Wall Art – Cricut Project

I have seen so many of these on Pinterest in those Floating Picture Frames that I decided I really wanted to do one as a Christmas gift this year!

I chose to do one for Kim and her little (for now) family… no spoiling the surprise!!! I will keep the pattern I designed in my Design Space so that when the family grows I just have to add names to cut and add to the “family tree!”

I went into Design Space and looked for a tree with the branch and tree shape I had in mind and then chose fonts and everything I wanted to make the family tree look how I thought it out in my head. Even curving the word “family,” something I learned to do a few weeks ago lol!

Here is the pattern as designed in Design Space…. you can’t see their names very well because of how Design Space presents wording in white but it definitely stands out once it’s hung on a wall!

I cut and weeded all the pieces.. and let me tell you that was a joy!!!! I was on the last name…. and when I was trying to remove the inside piece on one of the Y’s, it went flying off of the backing paper and I still haven’t found it!!!! I had to go back to the craft room and recut that piece! I am sure you can guess how impressed I was lol!

Once the vinyl pieces were ready, I applied them to the inside pieces of the floating frame and put the frame back together so that the vinyl was sandwiched between the two pieces of glass… and now the Family Tree Wall Art is ready to be gifted come Christmas Day!