How to Stencil a Pallet Sign and Free Cut File

How to Stencil a Pallet Sign and Free Cut File

Pallet signs sure have been popular on Weekend Craft the past few months. So I thought today I would show you how I stencil pallet signs. This was also great timing because its Silhouette Challenge time and this month's theme was home decor with the added bonus of using wood. Needless to say this month's challenge was right up my alley. Now I get request all the time from family and friends to make them a project that they have seen on the site and this was on of those occasions. You may have seen this sign before here when I was getting ready to head to a show.

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DIY Zip Code Pallet Sign

DIY Zip Code Pallet Sign

Recently it was my friends birthday and she loves pallet signs. So it seemed like a no brainer to make her one. She recently bought a house in the coastal beach town of Bristol, RI. Now if you live in Bristol you are proud of it especially in the summer. The town is known nationally as the oldest 4th of July celebration celebrating since 1785. The oldest continuous celebration of it's kind.

Also it's the second Monday of the month. You know what that means right? It's the Silhouette Challenge! This months theme is Summer so make sure you stick around until the end for 14 Summer projects all made from a Silhouette! 

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Engagement Party Banner

Engagement Party Banner

Back in October my brother and his girlfriend got engaged after being together for 10 years! So an engagement party was definitely in order. We kept it small with just immediate family at my house, which is small so I couldn't fit much more than that! The week before Michaels was having one of their crazy sales on scrapbook paper with an additional coupon for your whole purchase. So needless to say I had a lot of paper on hand including this gorgeous metallic gold. 

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DIY Personalized Notebook

DIY Personalized Notebook

In April I travelled to Salt Lake City, Utah for the blogging conference SNAP! The conference was made up of craft minded bloggers and what do us bloggers do best? We craft for each other. I signed up for a SNAP secret sister. The conference was over 3 days and with a gift for each day and on the third day revealing yourself as the secret sister. Today I am going to be sharing with you guys the gift from day two which happened to be a notebook that I customized with vinyl. This gift was perfect because the Silhouette Challenge theme this month is DIY Gifts. So make sure to stick around until the end for 16 other DIY gift projects.

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ExtraCared for Onesie

ExtraCared for Onesie

I don't often write about my 9 to 5 (because really who wants to hear about that) but today is an exception because recently my two worlds merged for a few hours. I helped throw another baby shower at work (click here to see a bunny themed work baby shower).  I work at CVS along side designers that work on the ExtraCare loyalty program. So when one of the designers was pregnant it just seemed naturally or punny to make an ExtraCare onesie.

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Where the Wild Thing Are Pallet Sign

Where the Wild Thing Are Pallet Sign

I have the best news in the world! One of my close friends is having triplets! YES TRIPLETS! Talk about instant family and I am so excited for her. So when she asked me to help her make a pallet sign for the nursery how could I refuse? And this happened at the perfect time because the Silhouette Challenge Theme this month is Word Art, how perfect. Make sure you stick around the end for 22 additional work art projects. 

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Chalkboard and Vinyl Christmas Signs

Chalkboard and Vinyl Christmas Signs

Can you believe that it's already December?! Do you know what that means? It's the last Silhouette Challenge of 2014! We always like to make these challenges the best by thanking you guys for crafting with us through out the year. This week we will be giving away not one but TWO Silhouette cutting machines! First place will win a Cameo and second will win a Portrait! So make sure you stick around until the end of this post. 

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Thanksgiving Chalkboard Tray and Silhouette Challenge

Thanksgiving Chalkboard Tray and Silhouette Challenge

Today I want to share with you an easy DIY chalkboard tray that you can easily pull together in an afternoon for Thanksgiving. It's a simple and thoughtful way to dress up your table or make an impression as a host gift. Make sure to stick around to the end for 18 other DIY gifts as part of the Silhouette Challenge.

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Fall Leaves Favor Tags and Silhouette Challenge

Fall Leaves Favor Tags and Silhouette Challenge

It's my favorite time of year, fall. Leaves are changing, there's a crispness in the air and pumpkin flavored everything is at my finger trips. Having lived in Savannah, GA for a few years made me cherish this season. I never knew I loved it so much until I spent two years with out it. 

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Pallet Signs and the Silhouette Challenge

Pallet Signs and the Silhouette Challenge

It's that time again! Silhouette Challenge time! This months theme was all about home decor. Which is very appropriate since I just moved into my new home. Do you know I don't even have one thing hanging on my wall yet? I just can't decide what sort of style I am leaning towards. Anyway I had two big events coming up (Signature Finishes opening and Brimfield) where I needed to create some pallet signs to sell. So I thought I would share those with you this month. 

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Back to School: Printable School Subject Labels and Silhouette Challenge

Back to School: Printable School Subject Labels and Silhouette Challenge

While I am not in school nor do I have any children that are I was a little stumped as to what to create. I thought back to prepping for back to school and even the first week of school and I remembered always covering all my books with my Mom or Dad with brown paper bags. Then I would go to town decorating them (no surprise there). Now even to this day my handwriting is atrocious. I would ask any one else (besides my brother who has even worse handwriting than me, sorry Jeff) to write the subject on the book cover before I decorated it. 

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Silhouette Challenge: Handmade Gift Exchange– Monogrammed Glass Etched Pie Plate and Matching Tea Towels

Silhouette Challenge: Handmade Gift Exchange– Monogrammed Glass Etched Pie Plate and Matching Tea Towels

The Silhouette Challenge has coordinated another great event! Similar to the card swap a few months ago and handmade gift exchange was organized. Each participant was randomly paired up with a partner. You were challenged to get to know your partner and create a handmade gift for them. 

My partner is Melissa Stout from  The Stamp Doc. We had a great time getting to know each other and secretly coming up with gifts that we would both enjoy. Melissa loves to cook and I had been dying to etch some more glass! So it worked out perfectly.

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Silhouette Gift Basket Giveaway!

Silhouette Gift Basket Giveaway!

Where has the weekend gone! What a busy weekend it was and it's even going to be a busier week and even yet month (May)! Instead of a project like I usually do on Mondays I thought it would be great to continue our month of giveaways! We have teamed up with 10 other bloggers to offer a $100 Silhouette Gift Basket! Enter to win between April 28th and May 2nd. Make sure to come back every day for an additional entry when you tweet about the giveaway. 

Also check out each of these ladies blogs by clicking on their photo. Happy Monday and good luck!

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DIY Mother's Day Wreath and Silhouette Challenge

DIY Mother's Day Wreath and Silhouette Challenge

It's that time of the month again! Time for the Silhouette Challenge where 40 Silhouette loving bloggers get "together" to craft keeping in mind a theme and share the results. This month's theme, which is very appropriate with this gorgeous weather, is Spring! Make sure to stay until the end to see 40 other inspirational projects!

I didn't know what I was going to do for this challenge for the longest time. I had originally thought about making flowers but then I peaked at next months challenge, which the theme is flowers, I decided to go back to the drawing board. Don't worry it's nothing a trip to Michaels can't fix. 

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Silhouette Challenge Card Swap

Silhouette Challenge Card Swap

A few weeks ago I posted about a card swap I was participating in with the Silhouette Challenge. How it worked was I created 26 cards and mailed them to Kristy, from Please Excuse My CrafterMath, she sorted through all the cards and mailed back 26 handmade cards from other Silhouette Challenge members. How fun?! Right?! 

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3D Easter Card

3D Easter Card

The first day of April is just around the corner. Can you believe that? Easter is less than a month away so its time to start cranking out cards to send to my family and friends. This year I wanted to do something a little different. I have seen on the Silhouette online store some 3D cards so I figured why not give it a try. Now I don't have much card making skills besides the card swap I participated in last month. 

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March Silhouette Challenge– Wedding Shower Gift Heart Map

March Silhouette Challenge– Wedding Shower Gift Heart Map

It's that time again! Time for the Silhouette Challenge! This month's theme is paper. Make sure you stick around until the end to see 43 other inspirational projects.

Now choosing a project to complete for this challenge was actually kind of hard. With paper the options are just endless. Recently I used an old atlas to make cards for a cardswap. When I was choosing pages from the map book I had set aside Massachusetts and Texas knowing that I wanted to do something with them for an upcoming wedding. You see one of my best friends is getting married in July she is from Mass and her fiance is from Texas. With their relationship initially being long distance their states are a significant part of their story.

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Oh The Places You'll Go Card and a Silhouette Portrait Giveaway!

Oh The Places You'll Go Card and a Silhouette Portrait Giveaway!

Cards are something that I have always tried to make. Let's face it cards are expensive and if you aren't sentimental the ones off the shelf usually end up in the garbage a month or two after receiving them. This is why I try to make cards. One I think they are a little more meaningful and two I like to make a card that you would want to put out on display! 

This month I joined up with a group of 26 crafters and bloggers for a card swap. How it works is that I make 26 handmade cards mail them out to the organizer and two weeks later I will get back 26 unique handmade cards. How fun! Now I have been diligently working on these cards for the past couple of weeks and am finally ready to mail them out and anxiously await for the unique 26 to come back in the mail. I'll be sure to share them in the coming weeks. 

Make sure to stay until the end of this post for a chance to win a Silhouette Portrait!

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February Silhouette Fabric Challenge– Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags

February Silhouette Fabric Challenge– Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags

It's that time again! Second Monday of the month and time for the Silhouette Challenge! This months theme is fabric. Read until the end and you will find 44 of my blogger friends and their projects!

Now hearing this months theme was intimidating. I am a crafter but I am not a sewer. It is actually on my list of something to learn but later... Let's say 2015. I have seen so many of my favorite bloggers and crafting friends (Thinking Closet and TitiCrafty) using freezer paper as stencils. So I decided to give it a try with some tote bags I had bought at Joann's on sale. 

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How to turn a window shutter into a mail organizer

How to turn a window shutter into a mail organizer

It's that time again!  Time to join up with over 30 bloggers for the Silhouette Challenge, to share projects we have been working on this past month. I am proud to commit to a challenge a month for 2014. Each month will revolve around a different theme and January just happens to be organization. Which also happens to be one of my New Years Resolutions, since half my life is sitting in boxes in my garage since I moved, organization has been something that was missing for most of 2013. This is the year that those boxes will come out of storage, the year that I will create a studio space to craft and the year to blog. So make sure you stay tuned and read to the end of this post to see some great projects from some of the best Silhouette bloggers out there. 

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