Painting Wooden Signs with Vinyl Stencil

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In an effort to get right to the point of this tutorial, I wanted to go over a method for painting wooden signs. Most of the signs that I have made before have been painted wood with vinyl overtop of them. Some customers, however, like a cleaner look of it all painted. This is extremely beneficial if you are going to hang the sign outside.

1. Start with a painted surface. I used a chalkboard paint and then “distressed” it with a light blue overtop, so it looked like a worn chalkboard.

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2. Cut your vinyl. I used black vinyl (confusing, I know), because it’s what I had the most of. I used an outdoor vinyl, because I needed it to be a strong stickiness. Peel off the letters, leaving just the background and inside of the letters o/e/d/g/a/etc.

In addition, for this project, I didn’t use my good transfer tape (since I didn’t really need it). I used Press and Seal wrap instead as a cheaper alternative. I don’t like to use this all the time, but it worked for this project.

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3. Press the vinyl “stencil” onto the wooden board.

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4. Carefully peel off the transfer tape. It’s ok if you have some uneven bubbles, but it’s best if you get get them out.

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5. Using Mod Podge (matte finish), paint a layer onto the wood, where you will put the paint. I didn’t do a thick layer on this project, but I think that it would be best to do more than a thin layer.

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6. When it is mostly dry (but not all the way), you can get ready to paint the letters.

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7. Paint the letters using 2-3 coats (depending on the paint).

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8. Before the paint is completely dry, peel off the vinyl carefully. Look at the great, clean lines.

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9. Peel off the insides of the letters

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11. Overall, it is a clean look. There were only a few places of bleeding paint, and that was due to the vinyl bubbling. You can easily fix this with a paint brush and steady hand.

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Tutorial Tuesday with Doyle Dispatch

Have a Hoppy Spring Silhouette Tutorial

You would never believe that with the snow that we have had in Virginia, we are into our first full week of spring. Crazy, right?

Well, it is! And to continue the decoration that I started with my Luck o’ the Irish sign, I thought that we needed one for the springtime. Since I am Jewish and Tim is Christian, I didn’t want a purely Easter sign (although I love the pastel colors), so I decided to use the colors and have a bunny theme. Hey, normally I try to keep it far from feminine in our house, but this is my one corner to cutesy it out.

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So, I used the essentially the same steps as I originally found on The Sensory Emporium, but I wanted to write my own tutorial since I have changed a few things.

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Start by piecing out the words that you will want to use. I have “Have a,” then “hoppy” will go inside the bunny (so I saved it for later), and then “spring.” You can also see that I was playing around with what I wanted my bunny to look like. I found these images through a Google search (you can actually do a safe search to be sure that you are allowed to use the images), then I traced them. To find directions on tracing shapes, look at my tutorial hereHave a Hoppy Spring Tutorial - The Doyle Dispatch

Next, I wrote “HOPPY” in all capital letters and placed it inside the bunny.Have a Hoppy Spring Tutorial - The Doyle Dispatch

Then I chose my font and readjusted the size. I am currently obsessed with Oh {Photo} Shoot!, which I believe I got for free from a Hoppy Spring Tutorial - The Doyle Dispatch

Then, I ungrouped the letters, which allows me to move, resize, and alter each letter individually.

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Before I did too much readjusting, I duplicated Mr. Bunny, as I would need another copy of him later. I then readjusted all of the letters so that they will go past the outline of the bunny.
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Next, I selected the image of the bunny and all of the letters and clicked Object –> Modify –> Crop.
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As you can see, this then cuts off all of the extra parts of the letter that are outside of the bunny. This also gets rid of the bunny (which is why you needed to have an extra copy of him earlier).Have a Hoppy Spring Tutorial - The Doyle Dispatch Have a Hoppy Spring Tutorial - The Doyle Dispatch

Then, you can slide the duplicated bunny over again and do some last adjusting of the letters. Have a Hoppy Spring Tutorial - The Doyle Dispatch

This isn’t the most simplistic font, so I had to clean up a few points.Have a Hoppy Spring Tutorial - The Doyle Dispatch

Then, I figured out what I wanted to cut on one color of my vinyl and I put it on the page. Have a Hoppy Spring Tutorial - The Doyle Dispatch

I always like using as little vinyl as possible, so I get creative with my spacing.

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Once that was cut out, I realized that I wanted a little extra to the finished sign, so I highlighted the text and used the offset tool to outline the letters. Have a Hoppy Spring Tutorial - The Doyle Dispatch

Then, I sent these backgrounds to the cutter. Have a Hoppy Spring Tutorial - The Doyle DispatchI am so excited with how it turned out!

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Personalized Coffee Cozy

This winter, I was all about the homemade gifts. You will see a post soon about my sugar scrub recipe (mmm…), but I wanted to show you how I created this personalized coffee cozy and mug.


First, I cut out 2 of the fabric sleeves by using the template from Skip to My Lou. I also cut a felt sleeve in a coordinating color. I then pieced them so that the felt sat on the bottom with the two pieces with the correct-sides facing each other.


I sewed around the two long sides and one of the shorter sides.


Then I turned everything inside out. The felt will now be in the middle. Make sure to push the corners out with a skewer or pencil tip.



After that, I wanted a cleaner edge, so I sewed along the border. Next, I sewed up the open end.


Next, take a hair elastic and sew/tie it together in the middle. I used the thick hair elastic. I also put a button on it.



Because I wanted it to be reversible (you will see why), I put a button on the other side as well. The elastic will work on both sides.


Next, I picked out a font for the personalization. I picked the bottom one (actually, Tim picked it out once I narrowed it down).


I used my t-shirt vinyl iron-on material to cut out and iron on to the cotton.



I let it cool, and here is how it looked on both sides.


Isn’t it cute? When L is in the planning stage, she can have it be on “Bride.”




When she is married, she can switch it to “Mrs.”




I also loved how it turned out so much, that I cut out some additional indoor/outdoor vinyl to add to the coffee/cup set that I got from Starbucks for her. The best part? She didn’t know that I personalized the mug myself until I spilled the beans! She thought it came like that!




This tutorial was featured on Totally Tutorials and DIY Supplies.

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Hello Goodbye

I have a confession to make. I am addicted to my Silhouette. I have an entire Pinterest board with inspiration projects and how to’s, and I love being able to chat with other Silhouette owners on my Facebook group (Clueless Cameo Club). By the way, the Cameo Club is public, so come and join us in the conversation.

Well, I love the Hello/Goodbye vinyl from Pinterest. While we were putting up holiday decorations today, I felt that the door just needed something else. After all, I had just taken down our monster from Halloween.

Well, it only took about 30 minutes to find the font that I wanted to use, make some adjustments using the Weld and Point Delete functions on the software, and I had my signs. I love how they turned out!



Clipart with Silhouette Software

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When I was on one of my Thirty-One Facebook groups earlier, we were talking about the differences between the Silhouette machines and the Cricuts. I absolutely love the software that comes free with the Silhouette, and I thought that it would be a great topic to show how to take a Clipart picture and turn it to a cut-able image.

I want to preface this post by saying that I am not an expert in this software, and there may be other ways to accomplish this goal. I have found a way to make it work for what I want to do. If you know of other ways, please let me know in the comments.

1. Do a search to find your image. I love Google Images, by the way. Cute snowman, right?2. Once I have found my picture, I will just do a screenshot to get that image. On my Mac, I use Shift+Command+4, and it lets me select the rectangle that I want to take a picture of.

3. Open up the Silhouette software.

4. Drag in the screenshot image.

5. With this image, there is a Low Resolution Warning. I just chose to ignore it. Based on what you want to make, you may not want to ignore it.

6. In the upper left corner, click the symbol for Tracing.7. The Trace tools will open up.

8. Click “Select Trace Area” and highlight the image that you want to trace. The grey box will open up and the image will appear yellow. The yellow lines are the trace lines.

9. This is when you have to decide what you want to accomplish. If you just want the outline of items to create a silhouette image, you will click “Trace Outer Edge.” This is what it will look like:

10. You will need to drag away the black lines, leaving the red cut lines. This is the result:


11. Don’t want a silhouette? That’s ok. Instead of clicking “Trace Outer Edge” when your image is outlined, you will click “Trace.”

12. You can also play around with the settings before you click “Trace.” Change the thresholds and filters to have different effects. I truly don’t have these mastered yet, but I just play around until I get the desired effect.

Again, if you know some other trick to use with this software, please leave a comment! I am always wanting to learn more about this machine (and I am trying to avoid reading the instructions as long as possible).

Mailbox Vinyl

Updated 11/17:

Yes, I have had more fun with my Silhouette and the premium vinyl: mailbox fun! Now, our mailbox has some great style!


Updates to DIY Page and Free to a Good Home

Hello, readers!

I wanted to let you know that I have spent some time on this rainy, cold week to update the DIY page. Take a look at all of the items that I’ve made (although I keep feeling like I have left so many out)!

Want me to make something for you? These are just the start. Let me know what you are looking for, and I will do it! No cost to you, except for supplies and a post on this blog.

At some point, I may start an Etsy page, but for right now, I’m just having fun making cute crafts to occupy my time and relax my brain.

Also, I have some items that I made with my Silhouette that just don’t have a place in my craft room. I will be donating them to the trash can unless someone wants them:

Monograms with Vinyl


Monograms with Vinyl




I have been having so much fun with my Silhouette and vinyl. I decided to make some monograms and see how it went.

Once I used the software to design the monogram, there were some more steps than just peel and stick, especially with such small parts.


First, I peeled off the extra part of the vinyl that I wouldn’t need.


Next, I placed the monogram face-down on the sticky side of contact paper. The contact paper will act as a way to transfer the monogram to the item.




Then I used a card as a scraper to get out any air bubbles.



When you are ready to transfer the monogram onto the item, peel off the back of the vinyl.



Stick the contact paper/vinyl onto the item (for me, I was monogramming my Cameo).


Use the card/scraper to make it stick.


Carefully pull off the contact/transfer paper.


Put pressure on the monogram to make sure it stays down.




More Vinyl Stickers

Here are the mock-ups for more Virginia Vinyl Stickers:

“VT Virginia Map Vinyl”

“VT Corner Virginia Map Vinyl”

“UVA Virginia Map Vinyl”

“CVL Virginia Map Vinyl”

“RVA Virginia Map Vinyl”

If you want one, please let me know! I’m thinking that they will be $1.50 a piece, just to cover the cost of the vinyl.

RVA Vinyl Sticker GIVEAWAY

I’ve had quite a few busy weeks with teaching, but thanks to Hurricane Sandy, I have the day off of school today. We are still waiting for the 1-5 inches of rain and 50+mph winds to reach us, so while we have power, I decided to be crafty with my Silhouette.

The first week that I had my Silhouette Cameo, I made these two Virginia map crafts.


The colors in this are actually all wrong. The Virginia is in black, and the background is an aqua/turquoise color.


Virginia Love: all three cities in which we have lived.

Well, my neighbor was over at the house visiting (and I was showing off my new machine), and she recommended for me to make a Virginia RVA sticker for my car. What a terrific idea! These RVA stickers are huge right now, and after doing some investigating and Google searching, it seemed like the company that created the logo wants people to use it and spread it around (I love this RVA Generator site). Well, okay then! I’ll use it!

So, I took my map and the RVA logo, and I used my Silhouette software to create a RVA vinyl sticker for the car. Here it is! What do you think?

I’ve ordered the premium vinyl that allows for these items to be attached for indoor/outdoor use (currently I just have indoor vinyl). So, do you think I have something here? Is anyone interested in one of these?


Colors are off again. The map will be in white to stand out on cars.

Let’s make it a GIVEAWAY! If you want one for free, just comment “I’m in RVA!” The first 3 people that make a comment will get one in white for their car! I’m also going to work on one for Charlottesville, VT, and UVA!