Oct 152013
 

Several weeks ago, I purchased a Silhouette Cameo.  Don’t ask me why.  It was a spur of the moment thing.  I don’t do scrap booking but I love the way people use them to make stencils and labels, etc.

My New Toy!

Oh how I LOVE new toys!

One restless night, I was browsing Amazon and lo and behold, there was a bit of a “sale” on these things. From my understanding, Cameos NEVER go on sale.   Impulse got the best of me and it arrived a few days later.

Where it sat,
in the box,
in my office,
for many weeks.

Every day, I kept asking myself
“Why did I buy that?”

Finally, I was inspired by something I had pinned last year.   I had a boring little oak chair sitting in my garage that was too low and too wide for the couple of desks I have already sold.  I decided this little lovely would be my test piece for a Silhouette printed stencil and paint project.  Being cheap thrifty, I decided to go the Con-Tact paper route since I already had both a patterned and a clear roll.   Debbie at Painted Therapy has a wonderful tutorial on how use your Cameo to create subway art with Con-tact paper.

My other inspiration has been the various knock-offs of Pottery Barn’s numbers subway art.
I thought it would look cute on the seat of the chair.  Pottery-Barn-Numbers-on-Black-Canvas

I lightly sanded the chair and wiped it down with de-glosser.  For the seat, I had a sample of brown paint that was close to the colour of the wood.  I added one coat.   I painted the rest of the chair with ivory home-made chalk paint I also had on hand.

Original chair

Original chair

First coat of white and brown

First coat of white and brown

Brown seat

Brown seat

Now for the numbers!  I first created the layout in PhotoShop because for me, there was no learning curve.  I loaded the JPEG into the Silhouette program and figured out I needed to use the “trace” tool and away I went.  Well not exactly right away, I had a few failed attempts because I didn’t load the paper properly and I had to adjust the cutting tool setting.  In the end, it was painless.

Below are the numbers after I pulled off the surrounding paper.   I then cut a clear piece the same size and placed it, sticky side down on top.

Using an old credit card, I pressed very hard to ensure it was completely covering the numbers with no air spaces.

Once I removed the non-sticky backing, I carefully placed the numbers and clear Con-tact paper on the chair seat.

Only the numbers remaining

Only the numbers remaining

Transferred using clear Con-Tac paper.

Transferred using clear Con-Tact paper.

I smoothed it out again with a credit card until there were no bubbles.  BUT when I started to take the clear sheet off, the numbers wanted to come too and some of them are a bit fragile.  I did my best.

THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP!!!

Paint over the stuck on pattern (numbers) with the BACKGROUND paint colour.  In my case it was the brown paint.  Why?  Because it will create a seal over the edge of the stencil.  By doing so, the topcoat paint colour will not seep under the stuck on stencil and you will get nice crisp lines!

However, the trouble I had when removing the clear sheet of contact paper did leave a few gaps that even the brown coat did not seal.  I planned on distressing the chair so I did a bit of extra sanding where the problem occurred.  (Note;  I think the problem may have occurred because the clear sheet was REAL  Con-Tact Brand and it was more sticky than the Dollar Store brand but I don’t know for sure.)

Regardless, I love the end result and essentially, it cost me ZILCH!
I think it would be cute in an entryway or a little boy’s room.

What do you think??

You can download the full-sized jpeg  HERE!

Love it!

Love it!

Not perfect but very cool!

Not perfect but very cool!

Painted numbers

Painted numbers

So now that the Cameo is out of the box, plugged in, tried and tested, I think I’m ready to create!  I already have a project started so keep posted!  For now, I will tell you it will be on a large canvas next to Mr. Nice’s snooker table!

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Big Ass Snooker Table in need of some ART!

Yes, we have a humongous full sized snooker table.
What can I say… he’s British!

🙂

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Sep 122013
 

Do you ever feel that way? I sure do!

This week, I was bound and determined to do, among other things, get rid of junk out of my office and get myself organized. For several weeks, although I am churning out work on both this blog and other projects, I am living in a MESS. I won’t even post a picture of my very large office space because quite frankly, it is a rather embarrassing mess of clutter and STUFF!

This sort of mess is not allowed in the rest of the house so how does it happen here.

Oh wait! Everything that was cluttering other rooms gets dumped in this room, pending some future destination.

As sentimental as I am about 60 year old board games that were old back when we played them, a time comes when some things just gotta go. (Just not that weird and quirky Snakes and Ladders game that seems oh so politically incorrect in this day and age!)

Regardless of my efforts, I did tackle a couple of little projects. I loved the Mod Podge graphic transfer on my little table a couple of weeks ago and was itching to try it again. Below is the before and after:

While I was at it, I updated a very plain tray left at my home after a book club meeting and
turned it into something I LOVE!
(Sorry forgot the before picture but let’s just say it was cheap plain balsam wood.)

French Pastry Tray

French Pastry Tray

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Aug 312013
 


graphic table before It’s Saturday of our Labour Day weekend and I am finally getting in a “Let’s get at it!” mood. Jet lag and fuzzy brain have caused some serious procrastination at my house this past week.  Before I start to use my new toys from yesterday’s post, I thought I would finish up a little project I started before our vacations.

I picked up this cute little table off an auction site called MaxSold.com along with a couple other items for $5. I love the oval pie crust top and the interesting detail of the base. I wonder if it might have been part of a nesting table set due to the curved support bar at the bottom. It was my latest Home Made Chalk Paint project. The recipe I use is 2/3 paint and 1/3 calcium carbonate with a bit of water. I mix the calcium carbonate and water to make a smooth paste then I gradually add the paint and stir until nice and smooth. Apparently you can use any paint. For this I used ceiling paint in BM Navajo White.  It happens to be the shade of all the trim and ceilings in my home so if I keep this table, it should blend in.

graphic table I wanted to make this table unique by trying my hand at transferring a graphic on to the top.  Being the crazy, procrastinating researcher, I finally decided to try a Mod Podge transfer method  since I had a jar of it.  Karen at The Graphics Fairy has amazing FREE vintage graphics.  I selected a Patisserie or bakery sign.  The graphic must be printed in reverse and on a laser printer for this method.ere is the table painted, lightly distressed and ready to go.  Note the fancy dollar store art brush.  It literally took me a couple of minutes to paint the Mod Podge on over the printed parts then turn over and smooth out the paper.  I initially used my finger and then really smoothing it out with the top of a Glysomed hand cream jar that happened to be handy.

All the websites say the hardest part is waiting for it to thoroughly dry. They were right! I had to hide it in my office so I would stop looking at it and went off to work on something else.

The Waiting Game

The Waiting Game

After waiting about 6 hours and I just HAD TO find out if I was successful AND OMG!! It is amazing!!!! SO fun! SO EASY! And one of the things I did while I was waiting was prep another table for another graphic. I may be hooked! graphic table done

The potential is amazing! Colour photo copies! Photos! What do you think would be fun to try?

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