November 28, 2011

the fourth day of CHRISTmas

As I mentioned yesterday, I have two more things I wanted to show you for the CHRISTmas series.  That means tomorrow is the last day of the series.  


Today I'm showing you these blocks my parents and I made to help us remember the reason for the season.  They sit on my giant shelf.



My Dad cut some blocks out of some extra MDF he had. My mom painted them white.


Then she cut paper slightly smaller than the front of the block and attached it with spray adhesive.  We like using spray adhesive a lot more than Mod Podge because is doesn't wrinkle up the paper.  Plus, the paper she used had some glitter on it and I think that might have also become messy with Mod Podge.


After that the blocks were turned over to me.  (Thanks Mom and Dad.)  My mom made some that say "Merry Christmas" for her house.  Pretty, huh?  She has this cool giant piece of furniture in her kitchen to place them on.


For my blocks I cut vinyl letters with my Silhouette.  I measured the blocks to cut letters the right sizes and I varied the fonts I used along the way.  I used transfer tape to get them all in the right place.


I applied the vinyl.  I wanted to make sure the manger looked like a manger and not just house so I cut a silhouette of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus to go along with the words.


And I'm kind of excited to have a little more Christmas decor.  Here's how it looks on the big shelf.



Thanks for dropping in.  See you tomorrow.

17 comments:

  1. Clearly you come from an artistic family! Love both of them! Thanks for the inspiration...

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  2. I definately need some more Christ in my Christmas decor--brilliant!

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  3. This looks FANTASTIC!

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  4. I love it! I have seen several of those lately and I am planning on making some myself, very cute idea! I shared on my latest post yesterday that me and my Silhouette have a love hate relationship, right now we aren't speaking! I spend so much time and waste so much product using that thing! I tried to use a cursive print and the thing puts cuts in all different kinds of places that don't show up when you type it. It's like little nicks in the font, have you ever seen that? And then, I have a very difficult time getting the word to transfer, first to come up off of the mat and then with all those little cuts it makes me want to pull my hair out. Then once I get it on the transfer paper I can't get it to come off of there. I should say I am cheap and went with clear contact paper, maybe I should try out the transfer paper. But still just getting it off the mat is hard. Anything that has any kind of intricate design, forget it I can't do it!

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  5. That is beautiful! I love how eye catching it is. Oh and is that a new subway art with the bike? It looks really nice on the mantle and fits your decor so well!

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  6. ooh, I love this. I will have to remember this project once I get a silhouette. :)

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  7. I love this series. I will be highlighting it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com today so more people can see it.

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  8. thank you so much for this series - I love your blocks - Kirstin (KoJo) inspired this http://blessbytone.blogspot.com/2011/11/tutorial-15-advent-calendar.html

    Tone

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  9. These turned out awesome, Cheri! It's awesome how you craft with your whole family :) I've also really been enjoying your series :)

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  10. That is beautiful! I love the manger, is really is the perfect touch. Everyone needs a giant shelf like that (especially me!) :).

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  11. I have a random question. I am finishing up my giant shelf. It is my Christmas gift to myself. I love the stain that Cassie's is done in. Do you know what color the stain is? Thanks!

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  12. Oh my oh my - these are absolutely beautiful!!!!! I love to do blocks myself, but these have to be the prettiest I've seen! I LOVE the stable, and the fonts you've used. You make me covet a Silhouette so so much - hehehehe. I love your blog Cheri - its my go-to place for everything - you are amazing!!!! xxx

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  13. Such a beautiful idea. What do you use to make the letters?

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  14. I was wondering if I could get the dimensions of it so that I can cut me one for myself? email me cghmmh69@yahoo.com thanks

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