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Caution Our Dogs Can’t Hold Their Licker Sign

We have two little dogs at home, Kasey and Kniko (the K is silent), who are both Chiweenies.  They’re adorable, and they love to lick, which can be a little annoying at times.  One of them is very quick about it too.  I thought this quote, Caution My Dogs Can’t Hold Their Licker, was pretty funny, so I created an SVG of it.

I made a little sign for our entryway using a Dollar Tree sign I’d picked up at Christmas.  Instead of using the front of it, I flipped it over and used the back, this way it would look sort of like a reverse canvas sign.

I painted the outer edge grey, and the inside a light taupe color called Lake Fog by Martha Stewart.  Once dried, I did a light sanding over everything to get the wood as smooth as possible for painting in my letters, and hopefully preventing the paint from running.  I then added a layer of water-based clear coat over everything to seal it.  I knew I was taking a risk by doing this, because I wasn’t sure if my paint would adhere to it when it was time to fill in my letters.  I was worried though, that if I didn’t, my vinyl stencil would peel the paint off when I removed it.

For my stencil I used clear shelf liner from the Dollar Tree.  It works great!  The only issue is if you use clear vinyl for your stencil, it’s hard to see the letters when you put your clear transfer tape, or vinyl, over top.  I used a light grey marker I had on hand to outline the outermost letters of my stencil so I could still see where my letters were, and where to place it on my sign.  To fill in my letters I used a black paint pen, and went over each letter twice.  The first time was looking a little weird from the clear coat, but the second time darkened them in just fine.

As you can see from the photo, my paint did run under my vinyl a bit, so I did some touching up with my Lake Fog color, and a fine tip paint brush.

To finish it off, I did a another layer of clear coat over my phrase, and hot glued on a little bow that I made out of jute string.  I think it turned out pretty cute, and was super inexpensive to make!

You can find my Caution Our Dogs Can’t Hold Their Licker here: https://www.craftycanadastudio.com/product/caution-our-dogs-cant-hold-their-licker/

You can find other versions of this phrase here: https://www.craftycanadastudio.com/?s=caution&post_type=product

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Thank You Gift Tag

This cute little gift tag would be the perfect addition to a Thank You gift!  It features three pretty flowers, which I’ve used pop dots under for my tag, to give it a little dimension.  I also added rhinestones for my flower centers for some sparkle.

I’d recommend cutting your tag at four inches wide, or more.  The font is somewhat delicate, and will cut better the bigger it is.  If you have a sticky mat, and a sharp blade, it would probably do OK a bit smaller.

I used my new Cricut Maker to cut out my Thank You tag, and chose the medium cardstock setting.  I think I could have gotten away with the light cardstock setting though, and perhaps I wouldn’t have had any issues with my letters lifting while cutting.  I should have used the new mat my Cricut came with as well, as mine has definitely seen better days!

You can find my Thank You Gift Tag SVG here: https://www.craftycanadastudio.com/product/thank-you-gift-tag/

 

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DIY Dollar Tree CREATE Sign

I wanted to create a little sign to add to the shelf on my new peg board, so I used an old Valentine’s Day sign that I had gotten from the Dollar Tree earlier this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I removed the hearts, and gave it a quick sanding.  I then painted it with my Americana Decor chalky finish paint in Vintage.  It’s a really pretty, light dusty green color.

I wanted my letters to pop out a little, like chipboard, so I used some cereal boxes which I’ve been collecting for projects like this.  I cut down all of the cereal boxes we go through, because they’re so easy to cut with my Cricut to create chipboard letters and embellishments.

My first tip when cutting out cardboard is to place it picture side up on your mat, so the blade cuts through the cereal box graphic first.  I found when I put it logo side down, the blade doesn’t always cut through that piece of paper.  If you do this, and want your finished letter to be plain cardboard on top, and not the logo, simply flip your image before you cut it in your program.

I cut out three of each letter to glue together, plus one in my paper of choice.  I have the Cricut Maker and it has different options of materials to cut out.  Cereal Box is actually one of the options, but I find it doesn’t cut deep enough, so I use the light chipboard option.  Once the letters are done cutting, I don’t touch anything, and I push the Cut button again on my Cricut to go around each letter a second time just to make sure everything cuts out all the way through.

Once all my letters were cut out, I mod podged them all together.  I gave each one a good press to get out any air bubbles (I rolled over each of mine with a glue stick), and you could also put them under something heavy for a little while to give them some extra pressure and drying time.  I didn’t bother with that step, and mine stuck together just fine.

Then, to finish off your chipboard letters, glue on your top scrapbook paper letters, or simply paint each letter.  To mount my letters onto my piece of wood, I set them in place first get them where I wanted them, and hot glued each one on.

I love how my chipboard letters turned out.  They’re thick, durable, and easy to make.  It’s a little time consuming with all the cuts, but well worth it.  They were perfect for create my Dollar Tree sign makeover!

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Sweet As Can Bee Garland

This cute garland was made using my Bee and Flower SVG.  I flattened my image in my Cricut program, and did a print and cut several times of each image.  I used white card stock to print them onto.  I kept the white background behind each because I thought it made them pop a little more.

I added black gems to the bee’s feelers, and purple gems to the center of each flower, to give them a little sparkle.  I then attached each one onto a long string, which I pre-measured, with my hot glue gun.  This would be super cute as a baby shower decoration, or for a toddler’s bee themed birthday!

I also made this quick card using my Sweet As Can Bee SVG.  This graphic comes with a white background for doing print and cuts, which is what I did.  For the card, I simply cut a piece of white card stock at 4 inches by 8 inches, and folded in the middle.  I the cut a piece of yellow with black polka dotted paper at 4 inches wide and tall, and attached it to the front with double sided tape.  I also cut a black piece of card stock at 2 inches by 4 inches, and attached it to the bottom of my card, along with 1/4 inch strips of yellow paper glued on top.  I rounded the corners using a corner punch.  My Sweet As Can Bee image was then stuck on with pop dots to make it pop off the paper a little.

These are quick, simple, and cute projects that can be done with this bee SVG.  Other ideas include cupcake toppers, gift tags, signs, and t-shirt decals.

To create your own projects, you can find these SVG files here:

Bee and Flower SVG: https://www.craftycanadastudio.com/product/bee/

Sweet As Can Bee SVG: https://www.craftycanadastudio.com/product/sweet-as-can-bee/