Showing posts with label Personalized gift. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Personalized gift. Show all posts

Monday, July 4, 2016

DIY Personalized Etched Cutting Board Tutorial + Free .studio File

Hello my Crafty Friends!

Today I want to share with you a fun wedding gift I made for a beautiful couple that got married this past weekend. I hope they love it as much as I loved enjoyed making it. This project was super simple and easy to make and I'll show you exactly how I did it!

How cool looking is this cutting board!? 
I think I might have to make one for myself now ;)

For my DIYer friends, I have numbered each picture and will explain step by step how I did it. Hopefully the steps are easy enough to follow!

  • 1. Buy yourself a glass cutting board. I found this one at the Dollar Store. Yes, the dollar store... Don't worry it's going to go from drab to FAB!
  • 2. Flip the board onto its front side. (You will be etching the smooth glass surface on the back.)
  • 3. Peal away the backing. 
  • 4. In this case the backing was vinyl and pealed off really nicely.

  • 5. Use Goo Gone or any type of adhesive remover to remove any glue residue left behind.
  • 6. Use warm soapy water and wipe the board clean.
  • 7. Use an electronic cutting Machine to cut out your design (I used the Silhouette Cameo). The script font I used is called Arabella and the type font is Bernard Mt Condensed. I also used inexpensive vinyl (the kind you line drawers with) because you will be discarding it. No need to waste the good stuff! Make sure you reverse the image as this is done on the bottom/reverse side of the glass.  I then used painters masking tape to transfer the vinyl and keep my pieces together.
  • 8. Peal off the backing from the vinyl.

  • 9. Flip over your vinyl and centre it on the cutting board. Make sure you are using the smooth glass surface (bottom of the board).
  • 10. Remove the painters tape and ensure the edges are stuck really well to the glass. You do not want any thing to seep under the edges or you may not get a crisp design.
  • 11. Use Armour Etch Cream and a paintbrush to apply the mixture to the exposed glass areas.
  • 12. Follow the instructions of the Armour Etch. I like to leave mine on a little longer than instructed to ensure a deeper etched look, about 15 minutes.

  • 13. Rinse off the cream using warm water.
  • 14. Once the cream is off peal the vinyl back. 
  • 15. Dry off your board and add clear non slip pads to each corner of the bottom of the cutting board.
  • 16. Flip it over and you are now ready to use it!

For those of you that have a Silhouette and would like the Design I used I'm giving it away for FREE!

All I ask before you download...
is to read my free files RULES!!!
  1. If you choose to download all I ask is you become a follower. (Any social media link to the right of this pg would be appreciated)
  2. Note my files are for personal use only! (Personal use means... only for you to use (no trading, or sharing of my files... let me do that!) 
  3. If you want to share, send your friends over to my blog for the download. 
  4. I'm OK with people sharing my files on their own sites as long as there is a direct link back to this blog...Please give credit where credit is due! (a message to me would also be appreciated)
Here is what the design you download will look like, play with it and add your own fonts and designs to make it your own! 

Click on the link for your FREE Spoon, Knife and Fork Cutting Board Design 
Note this file will only work with Silhouette Studio Software!

Here is one last look at this beauty! 
I'm pretty sure it won't be the last one of these I make ;)
Is it too soon to start thinking of Christmas gifts!?!

Hope you liked my Personalized Etched Cutting Board Tutorial, and if you downloaded my file and plan on using it I definitely would love to see it! Feel free to share it with me by leaving me a link to your work, emailing it to me or sharing it on my FB page!

 I find sometimes it's the smallest gifts made from the heart are the ones that mean the most!

I'll be posting the cute wedding card I made for the beautiful couple next... stay tuned :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Personalized Bookmark Shakers for the Teachers


Today is the last day of school for my kids! I'm am so excited to have them home for the summer and the best part is that I don't have to worry about packing lunches for a while! Oh, the small things that excite me ;)

So for today I want to share with you the fun Bookmarks I made for the kids teachers.

I saw this idea a while ago on You Tube and thought these would be perfect for the teachers. Here is the link to the video for those interested. I did make them a little different then the video instructed.

Here is how I made mine.
First of all I personalized the inside clear bag with each teacher's name using black vinyl. Here is a link to the font I used. The vinyl was cut using my Silhouette Cameo. Next because I do not have a laminator, I used some self laminating sheets that I found at the Dollar Store and just cut them down to size. They worked well, but because I cut close to the edge of the inside bag I wasn't sure how they would hold up. For extra reinforcement, I used my fuse tool to secure the edges. I guess if you didn't have a fuse tool you could also stitch the edges with a sewing machine. Before finishing off the tops of the bookmarks I filled them with various sequin colors, chunky glitter and microbreads. To seal the tops I used clear scotch tape, then wrapped coordination washi tape along the top edge. I finished them by adding an eyelit in the center to add some decorative ribbon, this also secures the layers together.

These bookmarks are fairly large they measure approximately 9 inches long by 2 inches wide. But you can make them to suit whatever size you like.

Hope you like my Personalized Bookmark Shakers for the Teachers. They are so much fun and interactive, all you want to do is shake them! I think these would make great gifts for any reader in your life.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Winter Wonderland - A 3D Lit Winter Wall Decoration | SVGCuts

Did you have your first snowfall yet? Here in Edmonton we've had it for about a month now! Last week it came down pretty hard. Even though we all complain about the cold weather, Winter is actually quite beautiful! It was also the inspiration for my latest project... A 3D Lit Winter Wall Decoration. 

Isn't it "Cool"?!?

Winter Wonderland - A 3D Lit Winter Wall Decoration | SVGCuts Files

In order to make it a Wall Decoration, I added a hole to the backside from which to hang it from. Also on the bottom of the back panel, I created a cut out that folds open to allow you to insert some battery operated tea lights. This frame looks just as good as a tabletop decoration if you chose not to hang it. 
This is what it looks like with a soft glow during the day. 

Winter Wonderland - A 3D Lit Winter Wall Decoration | SVGCuts Files

Here is the list of files you will need to recreate this project:

Letter O (altered, and used to make the frame) - SVG Cuts - 3D Letters SVG Kit
Snowflakes - SVGCuts 
Winter Wonderland - SVG Cuts - Free Designs

To create the Frame - I enlarged the letter O from the 3D Letters and altered the front and back pieces of it. (see the second image)

For the Front - I selected random snowflakes and if they didn't have an offset to them I created one. I then centered the "Winter Wonderland" within the center of the "O". Next, I placed snowflakes all around the empty spaces. Once I was happy with their placement, I welded only the offset of my snowflakes with the outside "O" frame. I then cut out all the pieces and decorated each of them with glitter and rhinestones. Each snowflake was glued onto its offset. For embellishments, I added a ribbon and sequin trim to finish it up. 

This frame measures 11.25" W x 10.5" H
All cut on the Silhouette Cameo

 TIP: Go easy on the glue when adding glitter to your snowflakes. Paper tends to curl when wet. To avoid the curl, you can also use the Xyron sticker maker to add a layer of tackiness, then glitter!

And now in complete darkness! COOL right?
I love to make things light up :)

Winter Wonderland - A 3D Lit Winter Wall Decoration | SVGCuts Files

I hope you enjoyed my Winter Wonderland Wall Decoration!

If you like this idea but want to make it more personal,  it's easy to change the Word Art in the center. It could say, "Merry Christmas" "Happy Holidays" in English or a different language. Make it personal, with your Family's Last name or as a gift for someone else... the possibilities are endless!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)

Friday, June 21, 2013

DIY Custom Canvas Bags | Teacher Gifts

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, I thought I better get busy making some teacher appreciation gifts! The kids were very blessed to have amazing teachers once again this year. As a little thanks for all that they have done for my children, I always like to make something personal that will remind them of the kids. I hope they like them as much as I had fun making them!

This was my very first time creating something with the heat transfer material. I have to say I LOVE it! I want to create more with it! It was super easy!!!

Here is the front side of the bag, I'm not sure if I will ever get tired of seeing variations of this phrase... for now, I still love it! I think the teachers will too! Click here to see another project I made using the "Craft On" version.  

DIY Custom Canvas Bags | Teacher Gifts

To the other side of the bag, I added the teacher's name. Mrs. Archer and Mrs. Attema are awesome!

DIY Custom Canvas Bags | Teacher Gifts

When they open look on the inside, they will see the kids' names... hopefully, when they see that, they will have only good memories of them... lol!

DIY Custom Canvas Bags | Teacher Gifts

The next few pics are of my daughter's bag for her teacher.

DIY Custom Canvas Bags | Teacher Gifts

DIY Custom Canvas Bags | Teacher Gifts

Here is a better look at the front design on the bag! Love those little book worms ;)

DIY Custom Canvas Bags | Teacher Gifts

Want to know how to make your own?

You will need...
Silhouette Machine and SDE software
Files (worm and apple) SVGCuts 
Silhouette Heat Transfer Material
Canvas bag (Tulip - Grab & Tote)

  • First, create the image you want to be cut on the Silhouette... here is how I did it...
    • For the image I created, I used a Couture font. Wrote the out phrase and lined it up as pictured above.
    • Next, I worked with the apple and worm file to create a border around the images by grouping different layers together and using the offset and modify functions. 
    • Once I was satisfied with the images, I resized them and positioned them next to the phrase, and made sure everything was lined up properly.
    • Group all your images together.

  • Now all that is left to do is follow the directions for the heat transfer material. Ensuring that you flip your image horizontally so that your image looks backward and setting blade depth is set correctly for the transfer material. I would advise you do a test cut first to make sure your settings are all correct. Iron on as directed. 
That is it... it's that easy! Hope you've enjoyed this DIY tutorial and project, let me know what you think and if you have any questions.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting :)