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Chalk Couture just upped the game!

Leadership Conference was this week and boy did our leaders come back with some game changing news! Our pastes are 50% bigger and our prices are lower! They are releasing 50 new transfers and they finally have FABRIC INK! I am so excited!

One of the biggest changes is our new starter kit. They’ve added 3 more transfers and 2 more jars of paste. The transfers they’ve added are ridiculously adorable. The best part is – it’s still only $99!

I drug my feet way too long before I finally took the plunge and signed up. Don’t be like me. This will change your business and save you time! Sign up Here or contact us for more information!

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4 Ingredient Oreo Dessert

I am such a slacker! Last weekend, I posted a cup of coffee on social media as a teaser for this recipe! I wrote a draft of this article but never added the pictures and published it! That will lead to my next post about to-do lists. I’m in the market for an app for that so if anyone can hook a girl up, let me know! Anyways… anyone who knows me knows I LOVE coffee. What better way to use coffee at 10pm than in an oreo dessert! I was inspired by a recipe I found on Crafty Recipes – it is insanely super easy and really on takes 4 ingredients!

As recommended, I opted for the Devil’s Food Cake because I knew it would pair nicely with the coffee ingredient.

You can use anything to poke the holes in the cake. I used the end of a frosting spatula.

Make sure to follow the directions when making the pudding in order for it to be the right consistency. I tried to use a smaller amount of milk, but had to add the rest to it because it was too thick at first.

How do you make this deliciousness you ask? Follow the directions below!

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate Box Cake Mix (I used Devil’s Food Cake)
  • 2 4oz boxes of Oreo Cookies ‘N Cream Pudding
  • Crushed Oreos for topping
  • You will also need the ingredients listed on the box of the cake and pudding

Directions:

  1. When mixing the ingredients for the cake, substitute the water with coffee. It makes it so much richer! So good!
  2. After you bake the cake, let it cool before you poke holes.
  3. Wait until you are ready to use the pudding before you mix it. This will allow it to not thicken up before you spread it over the cake.
  4. Pour the pudding over the cake and spread it into all of the holes.
  5. Refrigerate the cake for at least 2 hours.
  6. When you are ready to serve the dessert, take it out of the refrigerator and add the oreo toppings.

Let us know if you try this recipe! Doesn’t it sound amazing?

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Framing Wooden Sign DIY

Framed Wooden Signs are very popular decorations right now! Most people just run to the local Hobby Lobby and buy one from the wood section. However, there are those DIYers that love to make it themselves – and honestly it’s not that hard to do!

First, decide what size sign you want to use. Shane cut this sign to be 12×18. We’ve found that birchwood seems to be the best for signs.  Once you cut it and sand it, you can paint the sign that is going to be the front. I decided to go ahead and decorate my sign while Shane cut the frame.

When you measure the frame (1×2), make sure you take into account the added length of the frame. I didn’t do that so that means Shane had to cut twice. Sorry, honey!

Once you’ve cut the frame, paint it or stain it. Once it is dry, line the frame around the sign. Use a nail gun to attach the 1x2s to the sign. And Voila! You have a beautiful framed wooden sign!

Have you framed a wooden sign before? If you try this tutorial, leave us a picture of the finished product and let us know what you think!

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Chalk Couture vs Oracle 813

Before I learned about Chalk Couture, I absolutely loved Oracle 813! Don’t get me wrong, I still love Oracle 813 for the personalized signs; however, Chalk Couture is SO much easier! In case you missed the live comparison, check out this cute 30 minute video where our 4 year old demonstrated Chalk Couture while I work with 813.

In the video, there were a few questions and products I wanted to address *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. It does not cost anymore to you, but I do get a small profit for you using my link.*

What is Oracle 813?
Oracle 813 is a stencil vinyl. Instead of weeding everything on the outside of the design like you do with other types of vinyls, you weed the actual design. When you place this on your board, it gives you a stencil. Some people use this method with Oracle 651, but it is so much easier with 813! You can get Oracle 813 here.

What type of transfer tape do you use?
I use to use the clear transfer tape that typically comes with a starter pack of vinyl. Then I found Paper Transfer Tape! This stuff is amazing! It is so much easier to work with and adheres to the vinyl better. If you are interested in using Paper Transfer Tape, you can get it here.

What kind of paint do you use on wooden boards?
I started out using acrylic paint until I tried chalk paint for the first time. Chalk paint is seriously amazing. It dries faster than acrylic. It is thicker than acrylic so it can be used with Chalk Couture templates. It gives cleaner lines when you paint with it. You can get Waverly Chalk Paint from your local Wal-Mart. You can also get a combo sample pack of FalkArt Chalk Paint here. or Americana Decore Chalky Finish Sampler Set here.

What do you use to paint the stencil?
Makeup sponges are where it’s at! Seriously, they work so well! You don’t need a lot of paint to do it. You can see how I use the makeup sponges in the video above. When you are finished painting, you can rinse them out and re-use them or throw them away because they are so cheap! You can get 100 pack here for less than $10!

How do you seal your signs?
If the sign is going to stay inside on the wall and not be touched much, I typically don’t seal it. However, if it is going outside or it is a holiday sign that will be moved to the attic, I like to seal it with Annie Sloan wax. You want to make sure you get the clear wax. This link is for a bigger jar so it will last you awhile.

Do you use any of these products? What are you most interested in trying?

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The Beauty of a Beast

Recently, a customer contacted me to inquire about a canvas for a wedding. Canvases are easy! Absolutely. I’ll do it. No big deal. He wanted the wedding lyrics in the shape of a heart. On a 30×40 canvas. (This post contains affiliate links, by clicking these links I may receive a small commission, this helps support the blog and allows me to continue bringing you great tutorials and giveaways!)

I’ve never personally made a canvas this size, so I said no without hesitation. I never thought twice about the size of the canvas until S brought it inside. Oh. My. Gosh. How did I not realize how big that would be?

My face when Shane brought the canvas inside.

I created the design in Photoshop by creating a heart shape and adding text inside. I was originally going to make a stencil, but when I realized how big the canvas was, I decided to trace the design with a projector. If you go this route, make sure your design is the same dimensions as your canvas. I created a 30×50 image in Photoshop, so I really struggled getting it to line up on the canvas.

I’m pretty pleased with the final result. There are things I will do different the next time, but the customer is happy so I am happy!

Supplies I used:
30×40 Canvas
Acrylic Black Paint Pen

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Front Porch Signs

We had an order placed this weekend for a 6 foot sign for a front porch. We started with an 18 inches by 8 feet piece of wood we had leftover from a table we built. I cut it down to 6 feet and Shane cut 6 inches off the width. (Shane strongly recommends using goggles. We won’t talk about the saw dust that got in his eyes). Once you cut down the wood you are using, make sure you wipe it down really well. Any saw dust left will mix with the stain and leave an uneven coat.

When the board was clean, I stained it with Minwax English Chestnut. When staining, make sure you have something under the board to protect your floors from the stain. I used an old t-shirt to stain the sign. I opted for one layer to give the sign a distressed look.

Once the sign was completely dry, I painted “Welcome” on one side and “Blessed” on the back. This took several coats of white paint to completely cover the stain. After letting the letters dry for about an hour, I sprayed it with Krylon Polyurethane. Make sure you get one that is clear and will not turn your sign yellow!

What a great gift just in time for Christmas! If you are interested, you can order one here or you can make it yourself! If you do make one, be sure to leave a comment and a picture letting us know how it turned out!

-A

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Shambie Designs Christian T-shirts

As many people know, Shambie Designs was created by worship leaders Shane and Ambie Watson. Throughout the years, God has given us lyrics for many songs that we have been able to use to minister to other people. Through Shambie Designs, we have found a new outlet for these lyrics. We are excited to announce that we are now offering Christian T-shirts that incorporate our original lyrics. Of course, you can still order a custom design, but make sure you check out some of the new shirts we have added to the store!


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Mermaid Birthday Party

The princess is officially 4 years old! Hard to believe she’s in the little girl stage and out of the toddler phase. I was not planning on having a birthday party this year, but my little diva had other plans. She invited all of the church nursery before I was even aware there was going to be a party. One of the nursery workers text me in September to find out the details of the party. I told her we weren’t having a party and she said “Well, AB said everyone was invited to her mermaid birthday party in October.”
So, guess what we did!

We had a mermaid birthday party in October. Sigh.


I will have to say though – I’m super excited that she picked this theme. I had a blast making her decorations. I started with a seashell invitation. I really struggled with cutting them out. I figured out what was wrong on the very last invitation. Oh well, they’re still cute. 


Fortunately, her birthday party was the Saturday after my fall break, so I was able to spend my day off making her decorations. Seriously, how cute is this mermaid banner?!


Unfortunately, I completely forgot to take pictures before the little mermaids and Pirates ate all of the food, but the signs are pretty self explanatory. 

And of course, no party is complete without the cake! 

Mermaids and Pirates were definitely a hit for this little girl and her friends! 


-A

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Studio Reveal 

The studio is finally finished! We’ve worked hard this past summer to create a cozy place for you to work on your DIY projects and still feel at home.


We decorated the walls with inspirational quotes to make you feel at home.


We have some of our inventory on display. You may purchase these through our online store or when you are in the studio painting! We also offer custom orders, as well. 

We have a cute sink handy for easy clean up!


And Shane worked hard with a friend of ours to make these awesome tables for us! They are custom designed by our kids. 

 

-A

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The perfect party gift!

Some weekends you have nothing to do and some weekends you have 4 parties in the same day! This weekend is 4 parties in the same day kind of weekend for me. Baby showers, birthday parties, gender reveals… all great opportunities to show someone how much you love them! We like to make your job easier by providing you with the homemade gift you don’t always have time to make.

For the baby shower, I used a small board that I found at Michaels. I painted the background white and the outside brown. After the background dried, I laid the stencil of antlers and painted it brown to match the outside of the board. Finally, I laid the stencil for the name and painted it green to match the nursery.

 

The birthday girl is turning 2 and she loves pink! She is a precious baby girl. I painted the background of the board pink. I got this cute little board from Michael’s, as well. I painted her last initial purple and her name light pink. Then I painted a flower in purple and pink to match. This is going to be so cute in her room!

And finally we have the gender reveal. The mom chose chic for girl and woodland creatures for boy. Now, this won’t always go over so smoothly for gender reveals, but I just so happen to be an insider so I could have the board painted to match the theme. I can’t wait for mom to see how precious this board turned out! I painted the board white and the outside light blue. I painted the woodland creatures and for the letters I painted ombre light blue to darker blue. I am in love with this sign!

 

We love how adorable these signs turned out. If something catches your eye or you have a sign you want us to paint, send us an email or visit the store and we can get the order placed for you. Have a great weekend!

-A