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Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #133 Down on the Farm

Happy Monday everyone!  Just in case any one may have “a bad case of the Mondays” (line reference from the movie Office Space), this week’s challenge over at FCCB should perk you up!  The challenge is to make a project using a farm animal. Since it is fall and many are heading to their local farms to gather pumpkins how perfect is this theme!  Head over and link up some farmin’ fun.

For this project I found a  mirror picture frame on clearance at Target for only $4.98!   I was thrilled and turned it into a chalkboard wall hanging.  I used chalkboard spray paint and painted the mirror (after I sanded down the mirror so the paint would stick).  I then took out the glass from the 4×6 picture frames and cut down some paper from the Stampin’ Up Design paper series Domestic Goddess (which I used for the whole project and isn’t that paper just perfect!), and adhered it straight to the photo insert with my ATG.

Using my Cricut Cartridge, Country Life, I cut out the hens at 2 1/4 inches from page 43 and 44 only using the main cut and layer 1 and 2 in shift position. I then added some cream burlap twine around each hen’s neck, added some buttons and stamped a sentiment from Closet to My Heart stamp set, It’s Your Day using a silver ink I found in the Michael’s $ bin . . . bad idea (had to try to fix with silver Sharpie- once again Sharpie saves the day!).   Sometimes the $ bin can come back and haunt you. 🙂 I used Pop Dots and my ATG on the hens and used Glue Dots mini and medium sizes for the buttons.

For the banner, I cut it out from Country Life as well at 1 3/4 inches.  I wrote the lettering with a silver Sharpie and ran some burlap twine through it and added the buttons at each end using Glue Dots mini size. I adhered the banner with Pop Dots.

I love how this project turned out regardless of my stamp ink issues.  The colors and patterns are fun and I feel I turned a boring picture frame into a  functional and fantablous gift for my sister-in-law.

Don’t forget to mosey on over to FCCB’s challenge and see what the rest of the amazing DT has in store for you and link up a fun project! 

Thanks for sharing a piece of “down on the farm with Cricut” pie with me.


DIY Chalks Up to Being So Much Fun!

Happy Saturday all!

Today is just a quick post on a quick DIY project I did today.  Chalkboard Picture Frame!  This project is sooo easy and fun.  One of those instant gratification jobs!  Once again the power tools in the garage were fired up and the hubs helped cut down a 1/4 inch of plastic sheeting he happened to have lying around (perks of being married to an Engineer) to fit a picture frame I found on sale at Michael’s!   You could just as easily use a sheet of glass to do the same.  I just happen to find only a frame that I HAD TO HAVE!

I then used a small power sander and lightly sanded the surface to prep the area for the paint to stick.  You would need to use that on glass to etch it for the paint to stick as well.

Then I just sprayed one layer, let dry and then another layer.  Once dry (in about 30 minutes), the hubs helped me secure it to the frame and . . . Tada!

I also found chalkboard pens at Jo-Ann’s the other day, but wanting to get a coupon to get them ($14 for 4 colors).

Thanks for sharing a piece of “doing it yourself with the hubs can be so much fun” pie with me!