Hi Cutie Card

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in DIY | 0 comments

Hi Cutie Card


If there’s one thing this winter has given me (besides dry skin and a burning desire for sun), it’s gotta be the abundance of time indoors to get my creative juices flowing. Although I love all kinds of crafty inspired endeavors, like this version of DIY chalkboard art, sometimes its just enough to make a simple card.  With Christmas and Valentine’s Day over and done with, I found myself wanting to work on a card just for the sake of cuteness. And what could be more cute than this precious Doodle Owl design from Miss Kate’s Cuttables?


Hi Cutie Doodle Owl Card

Doodle Owl was offered as a free shape of the day and I scooped it up just as soon as I spotted it. Ha, ha… I guess that makes it a “spotted owl”- lol! (don’t judge my humor, I have been cooped up waaaay too long)

Hi Cutie Doodle Owl Card


I used the print and cut method with this design, using the PNG file and my Silhouette Cameo. (Miss Kate Cuttables designs come with PNG, JPEG and SVG files which makes them easy to use in a variety of ways!)


Hi Cutie Doodle Owl Card

 I also broke out my other favorites like my scalloped punch, baker’s twine, Stickles and heat embossing tool; finishing off the edges with some ink.

Hi Cutie Doodle Owl Card

Oh, and I can’t forget my wood grain embossing folder… I use that EVERY. CHANCE. I. GET.

Hi Cutie Card w/ Doodle Owl

All this was accomplished while watching Monday night’s episode of The Bachelor. I’d say this turned out way better (& cuter) than the relationships on this show so far. Just my opinion… I’d love to hear yours ;)

*not affiliated with Miss Kate Cuttables in any way, just really like her designs as well as the free shapes and inspiration she provides*

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DIY Chalkboard Art for Artistically Challenged

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in DIY, Home Decor, Tutorials | 0 comments

I have been itching to make my own chalkboard art, just like the kind you can spot all over Pinterest these days, however my artistic ability (or lack thereof) has delayed this project from actually happening. {more about that in this previous post that also involves stenciling ;)} That is until today, when I spotted this great design from Lori Whitlock over at the Silhouette online store. I immediately knew this was the perfect design to achieve the look of hand drawn chalkboard art.

I had already purchased the chalkboard at Kohl’s a while back.


I started out by “seasoning” the board, rubbing the whole thing with the side of chalk and then wiping it away so it looks like it’s been used a bit.

I went on to measure the area inside the frame and created a rectangle shape in Silhouette Studio using those dimensions. Then I opened the file and sized it to fit within the rectangle.

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The design was then cut out of vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo which I then weeded to keep the negative space so that I could use it as a stencil. (Meaning I removed the vinyl that was the actual lettering)

Using transfer tape, I applied the vinyl stencil to the chalkboard and rubbed it thoroughly to get it to stick. Peeling the transfer tape off took a bit of patience but was definitely doable. Peeling at an angle from the corners helped.

DIY Chalkboard Art

I then used a chalk marker to fill in the letters. With the bigger letters, it helped to outline them first and then fill in the middle. For the shadow outline, I later took a cotton swab and removed some of the chalk so it was a lighter shade and more shadowy looking.

DIY Chalkboard Art | Any Given Day Inspiration

As a final touch, you can spray with a light coating of hairspray to help keep the chalk in place. When you want to redo the chalkboard, just wipe with a damp cloth and start all over again.

This is a great alternative for anyone who just can’t hand letter themselves but still wants to create their own “art”. For my first time around using this method I think it turned out pretty decent. I am definitely keeping my eye out for any other designs that I may be able to use in the future. Let me know if you try this yourself… I’d love to know how it turns out!!

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DIY Custom Sidelights Using Frosted Vinyl and Silhouette Cameo

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in DIY, Tutorials | 13 comments

DIY Custom Sidelights Using Frosted Vinyl & Silhouette Cameo


I am super excited to share this project with you. It’s only been in the works for about seven years now. Okay, not exactly THAT long but it has been some time now.

Anyone who has sidelights (those windows directly to the side of the entry door) has probably wrestled with the dilemma of wanting to let in light while preserving some degree of privacy. This has been my mission ever since I moved into my house seven years ago. Curtains were an option, although a little too “grandmom-ish” for my taste. I also had my heart set on custom shutters I originally spotted in blogland a few years back. While I still like the idea of these, we never seem to have the extra cash laying around to invest in them, not to mention the fact that we have two dogs who may very well put a beating on them after one visit from the mailman. So with curtains and shutters out for the time being, I had to approach a more creative solution. Once I came across Frosted Vinyl (etched glass vinyl), I knew it could be somehow incorporated  to achieve my goal. Once again, I called on my trusty companion, my Silhouette Cameo, to help me achieve style with function.

I’m going to walk you through the steps I took to complete this project.

First, select a pattern. I chose to use the same Silhouette file that I used for my Stenciled Lampshade, geometric background. I took the easy way out here but there are plenty of awesome patterns in the Silhouette store that would work for this project.

Next step involved is creating the cut file in Silhouette Studio. Here’s an video showing the steps:

Now it’s time to actually cut your vinyl. Start by selecting vinyl from the cut menu but you may have to adjust your settings a bit. Remember to ALWAYS do a “test cut” before you start cutting. Weed out any vinyl that will be negative space.

Frosted Vinyl Cut for Sidelights

Once your vinyl is cut, you can start to apply it to your sidelights. These are the items you should have on hand to complete this:

  • Transfer Tape
  • masking (or painters) tape
  • squirt bottle with solution of water and drop of dish detergent
  • pan scraper (or credit card) 
  • lint free towel

Use the transfer tape to cover the frosted vinyl.

Cover Frosted Vinyl with Transfer Tape

Next, tape in place using a hinge method.

Frosted Vinyl Sidelights Tutorial

Using a pan scraper or credit card, firmly rub the entire surface. This is going to ensure that the vinyl is adhering to the transfer tape.

After that, lift the sheet away from the glass and spray the glass surface lightly but thoroughly with the soap solution.

At this point, carefully remove the backing (not the transfer tape) from the vinyl exposing the sticky side of the vinyl. Lay this down on your window. The soap solution will allow you to move the decal a bit until it is in place while preventing air bubbles.

Starting from the center out, firmly rub the entire surface using a pan scraper or credit card. This will also help to remove any air bubbles. As you press, water will seep out the edges so have a towel handy to wipe it.

Frosted Vinyl Sidelight Tutorial

When you have pressed out as much water as possible, let it sit for a while. I left mine overnight which worked perfectly. That way any remaining water will have dried and the vinyl will have time to adhere.

Last step is to simply remove the transfer tape and stand back and admire your work :)

Frosted Vinyl Sidelight Tutorial


Here’s the view from inside…

Frosted Vinyl Sidelight Tutorial

And from outside…

Outside view of sidelights


Outside View Sidelights


Now keep in mind, this project only took me seven years because I had to figure out all the details like pattern, material and how to cut it. Fortunately for you I have ironed out all the details for you right here so hopefully you can knock this out in a weekend. I would love to hear if you give it a try! Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to follow via email or Bloglovin’.

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Silhouette Cameo Tutorial | How to Customize Shape Using Knife and Weld Tools

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in DIY, Tutorials | 0 comments

How to Customize a Silhouette Shape Using Knife and Weld Tools


Recently while participating in the Weekly Shape Challenge over on the Silhouette blog I came across a shape I needed to alter in order to fit with the project I had in mind which involved altering a shape and then cutting it out of vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo. You can see my project here in this blog post. I did most of the altering using the knife and weld tools in Silhouette Studio. Since these tools open up so many options once you know how to use them I thought I would do a quick tutorial showing you how easy they are to work with.

Doesn’t this just inspire you to go out and customize a shape? There are so many options out there to chose from! Do you have a favorite design feature in Silhouette Studio or questions on any features… I’d love to hear what you have to say!





My Family Flock- Silhouette Weekly Shape Challenge

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in DIY | 8 comments


DIY T-shirt with Iron-on vinyl

 You can find my video tutorial on

How to Customize a Silhouette Shape Using the Knife and Weld Tools


I couldn’t resist when I saw this week’s Shape Challenge over on the Silhouette blog. Yes, the banners are tempting to work with but those birds are what really caught my eye and I had just the idea for what to do with them. I love birds and this flock immediately made me think of my family. Okay, so I don’t really have ten birds people in my family but I knew I could fix that using a couple of tools in Silhouette Studio.  As luck would have it, I also happened to have some heat transfer and a new t-shirt laying around that would make this project complete.

Here’s how the image started out…


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And here’s what I made it into using my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the altered Banners Set of 6


DIY Family Flock Tshirt with Iron-on Vinyl


By simply cutting off some of the birds, rearranging them and switching out the end of the branch to match I was able to create a custom design that matched my family.


DIY Family Flock T-shirt with Vinyl


Don’t I have the cutest “flock” around?!?  I think I will consider this a Mother’s Day present to myself :)

String Eggs~ A Quick & Easy Easter Centerpiece

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Home Decor, Tutorials | 2 comments

String Egg Tutorial Easter Centerpiece Idea



String Eggs are a quick, easy and FUN way to add a touch of color and whimsy to your Easter holiday or even just Spring in general.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started…


String Egg Tutorial Supplies



I used Sta-Flo liquid starch that I found at Walmart- they seriously have everything! (You can also find it on through the text link)

I grabbed some yarn at AC Moore that was kind of a mix between string and yarn. It’s called Sugar n’ Cream and comes in several spring-like colors.





First thing you’ll want to do is to cut your string into manageable pieces. I did each one about 24-36 inches.

And blow up your balloons. This is the hardest part… seriously, if you get through this it will be smooth sailing from here on out!

Next, pour some liquid starch into a shallow dish. I used a pie plate which gave me a lot of surface area to spread my pieces out.

Place about 3-5 pieces of yarn/string  in the starch at a time. Allow them to get totally saturated.

When you take the string out of the liquid but while still holding it over the bowl, run your thumb and forefinger down the piece to remove any excess starch.



String Egg Tutorial


 To start wrapping, it helps to cross over the end to hold it in place.



 Keep wrapping, spreading out string and crossing when possible.



Add enough pieces to cover the egg so that there are no major holes or until it looks good to you.

Don’t worry too much if the ends stay exactly in place. When the eggs dry and harden you can tuck the ends under the other string to create a finished look.

Set the eggs aside for about 24 hours and let them dry. It helps to turn them mid-way so that all sides get a chance to dry.

When eggs are dry and hardened, you can pop the balloon and gently remove it. Then go ahead and tuck those ends.


String Egg Tutorial


 Now grab a bowl, basket, vase or cloche, throw them in and TaaDaa- you have an EASTER CENTERPIECE!!

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I Want to Paint it Black- My Guy Friday

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in DIY, Home Decor | 6 comments

I see a red white door and I want to paint it bla-ack!

Black Interior Doors

My Guy hates that song and I must say he has pretty decent taste in music so I usually just go along with him. I think he would say I have pretty decent taste in decorating so HE usually just goes along with me. See where I’m going with this? Yes, I have caught the bug to paint all interior doors on the first floor of our house BLACK! It started innocently enough while browsing home decorating blogs and Pinterest. I wasn’t looking to change the color of my doors but the contrast is so striking with the white trim it just captivated me. Okay, that and the fact that I realized if the doors were black I’d have less finger print marks to wipe off- if I’m being really honest here. And when “I say I caught the bug to paint” I guess I really mean “I caught the bug to have *Dennis* paint”. He really is the better painter and luckily he is such a willing partner to my ideas! He jumped right into this project before the holidays and got partially through. He’ll be finishing up this Spring when we can redo our entrance door (inside & out) as well. Here’s a peak at what we have done so far…

Black Interior Doors


Black Interior Doors-Pantry

Dennis was even sweet enough to switch out the hardware for me as well. We replaced the brassy looking originals with satin nickel finish. I can’t believe what a difference it makes!

Interior Black Doors Hardware

I honestly wouldn’t have thought of doing this color on my own if I hadn’t seen it done already. We have such great resources for online inspiration these days! Where is your favorite place to look for inspiration?

This post is the first in a series I am starting called My Guy Friday. Every other Friday I will share a project that wouldn’t have been possible (or probable) without my husband, Dennis. He’s my handyman , craft assistant, IT guy and   biggest supporter and I hope through these  posts you get to know a little about the man who put the “Given” into Any Given Day Inspiration.



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Favorite Font Combos for PicMonkey

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in DIY, Slider Image | 0 comments

I really don’t know what I would do without the online photo editing website, PicMonkey. It is where pretty much all my photos are run through before I post them here on the blog. Best thing about it is that it makes this process EASY- one of my favorite characteristics. You can do color correction, blemish removal, overlays and add text just to name some of the good stuff found here.

One of my favorite things here are the fonts. I have a serious crush on many of these fonts and what better way to spread the love than pair them up. Here are a few of my favorite font combos for PicMonkey…

Favorite Font Combos for PicMonkey

The more you explore, the more you find. If you haven’t checked it out for yourself already, you should head right over there and try it out. If you already have, let me know what you think the best part is!

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diy Stenciled Lampshade

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 in DIY, Home Decor, Slider Image | 11 comments


Recently I had been on the hunt for a lamp to add to my living room. It sounds simple enough, right? Wrong! You know when you have that certain idea of what you are looking for but you just can’t seem to find it. Yep, that was me. {I also have the problem of *forgetting* what I’m looking for when I go from one room to another but that’s a completely different problem!} I finally found a lamp that had potential. Right size, color and brightness but it was lacking something. So I did what any decent DIY’er would do… turned it into what you want it to be.

I started out with this uplight from Target. But the darn lampshade was just so plain it looked like an empty canvas to me. And what do you do with canvas? Paint it, of course! Who doesn’t like an excuse to get out some paints and get crafty? Now let me explain here, I consider myself crafty but not necessarily artistic. So stenciling was the best route for me.
DIY Quatrefoil Stenciled Lampshade

I had tried freezer paper stenciling on a pillow for the holidays and it worked really well. Since then I have been itching to stencil something else. For this project, however, I decided to use self-adhesive vinyl since ironing the lampshade didn’t seem too do-able. Using my Silhouette Cameo, I cut out this geometric background pattern and weeded out (removed) the parts that I wanted to paint so that it looked something like this…


Using transfer tape, I then applied the sticky side of it to the lampshade.

DIY Stenciled Lampshade

At this point I put a quick layer of Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage to seal the edges and help reduce bleeding. After letting that dry, I started to stencil the design using Martha Stewart Auburn Copper Paint and a stenciling brush.

DIY Stenciled Lampshade

It’s hard to resist the urge to pile on the paint but when dealing with stencils it’s important to remember that less is more. Each time you load your brush make sure to dab off the excess paint on a paper towel before you begin to stencil again.

Next came the hardest part for me- waiting for the paint to dry!

DIY Stenciled Lampshade

I managed to hold off until the paint was dry to the touch and then began the most fun part of peeling off the vinyl.

DIY Stenciled Lampshade

I left the vinyl pieces along the edge to help line up the next side.

DIY Stenciled Lampshade

I did this on each side until I ended up with this…

DIY Stenciled Lampshade

Although there was some slight paint seepage that I couldn’t seem to avoid, overall I am thrilled with how this turned out. I am not the most patient person so this was a project that I thought would have tested my limits. But with its success I am even more hooked on the idea of stenciling. First a pillow, then a lampshade- next I may just tackle my bedroom wall that I have been eyeing up!

I know I’m not the first person to stencil a lampshade and I’m sure I’m not the last but as with all my posts I hope you found some inspiration in my little project to incorporate into your own life!


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Downton Abbey Inspired Pillowcases

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in DIY, Slider Image | 1 comment


My husband and I are big fans of Downton Abbey. We watch it together so it’s kind of “our thing”. While catching up with the episodes on DVD, this quote was one of our favorites from the night.

Isn’t it charming how they speak? It truly makes everything sound better! Later that week, I tried to use the quote myself to fend off some advances but it just didn’t have the same effect. It got me thinking though, it had very cute, Valentine-y potential. I initially thought to put it on a t-shirt but then settled on this idea since I had just happened to pick up pillowcases on sale at Ikea.

I debated whether to use fabric paint, iron-on vinyl or sharpies but eventually decided to go with iron-on transfers. For these all you need is a computer, printer, iron and transfer paper.


The trickiest thing about using the transfer paper was figuring out how to mirror the image so that when you place it face down the lettering comes out in the right direction. I did my text in Pages then saved as PDF and before printing, selected “flip horizontally” so it came out looking like this:


That way when you put it in place it will look like this:


And after ironing, TA-DA!



And here’s how they look together…


Such an easy project using things most of us have in our house with the exception of the transfer paper which you can buy at any office supply, craft store or purchase on Amazon here. It could also be adapted to any words that hold significance between you and your love :)


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