Wednesday, June 8, 2011

DIY Keep Calm and Carry On Tutorial

Ok I have to start this out really quick with something very exciting 
It will only take a second of your time 
and I promise I will love you forever
I entered a giveaway contest for a FREE photoshoot 
with the most amazing photographer that I seriously love 
and have been following forever

So It would totally make my year if I won this to have some pretty
photos in my home and gallery wall

Ok so I was thinking that since I have such amazing Followers and readers
that you would want to help me out right?!
it seriously takes 2 seconds
so all you have to do it click HERE like her photography fan page 
and then Like MY picture HERE under her June contest album

Thank you thank you so much

And while you are there make sure to check Ciara out she is amazing 
And don't forget to spread the word to get others to like my picture
Oh and one more plus....
If you go and vote by liking her and my picture
Then you get an extra entry on my giveaway 
that is going up tomorrow 
EEEKKK isn't that so exciting?
It is because I LOVE you! and don't forget it

Now on with the fun tutorial
I have been loving the Keep Calm and Carry on plaques 
that I have been seeing everywhere
especially on some fun etsy shops
But...I thought instead of buying one I would take a stab at it 
and make one for cheaper

And that I did since I had everything on hand
It was FREE 
Nothin better than that right?!
Wait ok I guess it was 99cents cuz I bought a crown image
from the silhouette store 
but now I gt to use that as much as I want

These are the supplies you will need:
-A roll of vinyl (or already cute vinyl if you don't have a silhouette)
-A silhouette or cricut or access to one
-Paint (colors of your choice) I chose green, white and YELLOW
our new bedrooms colors
-Sponge brushes
-Distress ink
-Sand paper
-and Wood

And anything else your cute, creative self wants to put on it
Make it yours
Make it fit you and your home and the room you want it to go in
Don't be scared to try something new

And here is what I did....

First I got myself a piece of wood
I already had this laying around the house
I bought three of them already cut on sale at the quilted bear last fall
I knew I would need them 
I have now used all three
And this size was PERFECT for this project
It was right what I wanted

Then I painted it white
This is the color I want the letters 
"Keep Calm and Carry On" to be
so I paint that color first
Then you let that completely dry

I know I know I hate waiting to let the paint dry too
I am so impatient when it comes to painting projects
because I just want them to be done!
I just want to see how much I am going to love it
But we all have struggles
and mine is patience 
Ty will attest to that :)

Once the white was completely dry it was time to do the crown
I decided to add a little YELLOW here
So I just painted a small area big enough for the crown to fit
Then you let that completely dry 

While the paint was drying I hoped onto my computer 
and cut myself come vinyl and a crown from my silhouette library
I just used Arial font and searched crown in the silhouette store

Since I wanted all of this to be painted 
with no vinyl 
I am only using the vinyl as a stencil
So once it is dry I placed all the vinyl on using transfer tape 
to keep it all strait

The next step is to paint over all the other paint and vinyl 
the main color that you want your sign to be
I chose Green
Then again you put your patience cap on 
and wait for the paint to completely dry
I probably put 2 coats on paint on
and then
I let this dry over night

Then ya know what is next!
It is time to peel off the vinyl leaving the white exposed for the lettering
and the crown yellow
Isn't it kinda cool how that works

For some projects I like to just use the vinyl and 
others like this one it just seemed
like all paint was the trick to getting the look I wanted
and I did get that look!

And the very last step 
is to sand the edges, corners and lightly sand the top
I wanted a kind of shabby chic worn look 
and sanded the top so the green bled into the white letters a little bit

This is all preference
Do what YOU want
I am just here to give ya some guidelines and show how my
own personality shines through
But you can copy it exact if you want to
That would be pretty flattering
Just email me a pic so I can see your fab work

You can also use the distressed ink a bit on the edges and corners
I just might be adding a little bit of that soon too
we shall see

So all my fabuloso readers out there

I seriously can't wait to have this up in my room
I want to see it everyday
be reminded to enjoy life
count my blessings
Calm down and just be happy

Remember if you have any questions you can always email me
I would love to answer them all for you
My email is in my contact me tab up at the top or 
just simply leave a comment 
I love emails I love comments 

My Keep Calm and Carry on sign is linked up to all the linky parties
in my "Where I link" tab and here
The DIY Show Off

Don't forget to VOTE HERE and 
of course FOLLOW ME simply by
clicking the follow button on my side bar

Thank you for reading and have a beautiful day
Check back tomorrow for another fun Giveaway!!!

Can I say it one more time thank you if you VOTED!


  1. got my vote:)
    ps this is way cute!

  2. Apparently I still need a facebook lesson (twitter too). I love your Keep Calm sign. I'll be featuring it this week.

  3. I love the "Keep Calm and Carry On", so darling! I voted for you, under Joni Smith Black. Good luck, I hope you win :)

  4. I tried to like your photo on FB but I couldn't. I think something is wrong with my computer or with FB? I dunno, I tried to comment on FB for TT&J yesterday and had a similar problem. Ugg. Good luck though- I hope you win!

  5. I voted for you, I hope you win! Great tutorial!

  6. I did it! Wow, you have 90 votes so far, awesome!

  7. It is super cute! I might be the only one left on earth that doesn't own a silhouette machine. I think I need one!

  8. Liked and voted! Hope you get your photos! :D
    Now I just need a silhouette machine to make your tutorial!

  9. That's awesome. :) Great tutorial, too. I'd love for you to link this up over at my {wow me} wednesday link party going on over on my blog right now. :) Following from Fingerprints on the Fridge. :) {I'm LDS, too.} :)


  10. Thank you so much for sharing this and linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    Hope to see you again this weekend!

  11. LOVE!




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