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Nativity 4×4 Blocks

Hi, it’s Kaysi from Keeping it Simple again.  I’m so excited to be here today!
With all of the commercial things about Christmas, Santa and gift giving, sometimes we forget why we celebrate the season. My sweet friend made me a block like this last year and I loved it so much that I wanted to make some for my friends.  There are 6 sides that go with the story of birth of Christ.
I just took a 4×4, cut it into a square and then painted it red.  Then I cut the nativity images out of white vinyl.
Here are the 6 sides:
nativity block (3)
nativity block (2)
nativity block (1)
I plan on having my kids help tell the story and find the image that represents the part of the story that is being told.
Merry Christmas to you all!  Thanks for having me again!
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Metallic Vinyl Holiday Decor

It’s Laura here, from KOLA Designs, with another project using one of my favorite Brookie Craft materials – metallic vinyl!! I love the look of “subway art” and wanted to do some Christmas decorations using some great artwork from the Word Collage Cricut cartridge.  These two designs both cut so well using the metallic vinyl (the settings I used on the Cricut were speed: 5, pressure: 3, blade depth: 4, but keep in mind each machine is a little different, and everyone develops their own preferences when it comes to cutting vinyl)  🙂


My plaques were cut out of scrap wood at about 10″ x 12″ and then spray painted.  Once they were dry, I used Brookie Craft’s transfer tape to lift my design from the vinyl backing and right onto the plaque.  The more detail you have in your design, the slower you’ll wanted to go when removing your transfer tape, just to be sure those little letters and details are sticking to your project and not the transfer tape.  Burnishing the entire area very well helps, but you’ll always want to keep an eye out for stow-a-ways on the transfer tape! 😉


Hope you’ve found some inspiration for your own holiday decorations or gifts!!

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Holiday Plate

Hi, it’s Kaysi from Keeping it Simple.  It’s amazing how vinyl can really transform something plain and boring and make it into some so pretty and festive.  Every holiday I make a vinyl plate and put it on top of my piano.  Here is the one that I made for Christmas:
Christmas Plate (1)
I just took a regular plate, an old one that we don’t use much anymore.  Then I spray painted it red.
Thanksgiving plate (1)
Added some green and white vinyl.
Christmas Plate (2)
And now I have a pretty Christmas plate that cost me next to nothing!
Christmas Plate (1)
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Grateful Chalkboard Vinyl Sign Tutorial

On my Thanksgiving Mantle this year I have this little board that says Grateful

Here it is on my mantle

There is chalkboard vinyl on the board so I can change out whatever we are Grateful for.  right now it is showing that I am Grateful for my family.  My kids have been enjoyed changing out the message with how they are grateful and it has got them thinking about being grateful – which is nice!

This is super simple to make. Here are the supplies you will need:

Orange Vinyl

Chalkboard Vinyl

Wood board

Orange Spray paint

Brown Ribbon and chalk (not pictured)

First spray paint your vinyl, cut out a piece of chalkboard vinyl and lettering in your orange vinyl

Place your Chalkboard vinyl on your wood. Rub over the entire area with a piece of chalk – then wipe it off.  I heard that this preps the area to erase easily in the future (I really don’t know if it is necessary)

Add your orange vinyl word and a brown ribbon bow to the end.

Now have your family take turns writing what they are thankful for.  I hid the piece of chalk behind the board on the mantle so the word can be changed out whenever we want.

What are you Grateful for??

Summer is the author and owner of Summer Scraps.  She is constantly inspired by her 3 kids and has great support from her husband.  In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, watching movies and has a secret passion for video games.  Summer loves to share crafts and recipes.  You can also find Summer on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and at her Etsy shop.

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Joy Sign Mask with Sticky Stencil

Have you seen the darling signs all around that have just a word or two on them?  Well I wanted to make a Christmas one for my front porch.  I started out with an old piece of wood that I found on one of my thrifty finds from the junk yard.  Have you ever been to the junk yard?  The one where I do my picking has lots of old wood for way cheap.  I’m sure that there are many different ways you can do these but my friend and I decided to make a sign using the sticky stencil so we could use it over and over again.  All I did was pick out the font I liked then double cut {the sticky stencil is a little thick} each letter out with my electronic cutter.
Here is my wood with the letters JOY on the board ready for some paint.
I love that the letters stick to the wood and make it so easy to paint.  I chose to leave the letters the color of the wood and then spray painted the rest white.  This was a little tricky because the wood was so porous that it sucked the paint right in.  I wanted to keep painting but I knew if I did then it would seep under the letters so, have some patience and do it light to avoid that problem.
It was crazy because the paint wouldn’t cover as well as I would have liked, but it ended up working out.  After the paint dried I pulled the letters off and then sanded it just a little to give it a softer look.
The smaller piece of wood is my friends and she painted her board white and then used the other part of the stencil that I didn’t use and painted hers red. Sorry, no pic of this stage.
I love how this turned out.  I can’t wait to set this out when I get my Christmas stuff up.
Note:Thanks to my friend for letting me stage this since I still have my Thanksgiving decor up!
Look how cute my friends turned out, too.
What word would you put on your sign?

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Gooble Til You Wobble

I love to decorate my mantle for the different seasons and one of my favorite ways is with words blocks.  I always have a different word on my mantle for each season.  This year I made up Some “Gobble Til Ya Wobble” words blocks.  I think they are fun and match my other fall items perfectly.

The blocks are made from wood, covered with fall paper and for the lettering I used brown vinyl.  I then embellished with raffia and brown ribbon.

Here is a close up of these cute blocks

How do you decorate for fall?

Summer is the author and owner of Summer Scraps.  She is constantly inspired by her 3 kids and has great support from her husband.  In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, watching movies and has a secret passion for video games.  Summer loves to share crafts and recipes.  You can also find Summer on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and at her Etsy shop.

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Beware Sign by Summer

Once a month I get together with six of my girlfriends and we exchange something we have made.  Because we are in October I wanted to make/bring something Halloween related.  So I made this wood board that says Beware.

This is super quick and easy to make – so lets get started!

Materials Needed:

Cut the board to the size that you want and sand then paint black.  Then cut your scrapbook paper to be slightly less in size than the board.  I usually cut mine to be 1/4 or 1/2 inch smaller.

Mod Podge the scrapbook paper onto your wood board.

Cut out a fun Halloween word with your vinyl – I cut out Beware

Add the vinyl to your wood board

Now with your black embroidery floss criss cross it around the board – like a spider web.  Then tie into a knot.  You could tie the knot in the back but I like the look of the knot tied in the front.

And there you have it – a fun, quick and simple Halloween Sign.

 

Summer is the author and owner of Summer Scraps.  She is constantly inspired by her 3 kids and has great support from her husband.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching movies and has a secret passion for video games.  Summer loves to share crafts and recipes.  You can also find Summer on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and at her Etsy shop.

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