Canvas Art with Loads of Fun Laundry Quote

Canvas Quote Art Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

Canvas Quote Art Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you get your fill of food and family time today.

I need to give a big congrats to the Silhouette Portrait Giveaway winner, Kelly Crumpler Kelly! Woo Hoo, you’ll be making all your gifts with the Silhouette Portrait this year, won’t you Kelly?!

Speaking of making your own gifts, I’m on a bit of a DIY art kick lately. I think creating your own art is creative, frugal and fun! Today I have a tutorial for creating this laundry quote canvas art, but frankly you can use your own favorite quote! Or create personalized name art for one of the kids on your gift list!

The easiest way to create quote artwork is using a Silhouette craft cutter to cut your letters out. If you don’t own one, I’m happy to announce that Silhouette is offering their BEST SAVINGS right now on a new Silhouette Cameo (12″ width cutter) or the Silhouette Portrait (up to 8″ wide cutter). You can take advantage of the Silhouette Black Friday Deals by using my discount code “HANDY“.

Here are those amazing deals on Silhouette cutters:


Silhouette CAMEO® Holiday Bundle $229.99   (You save $176.92 or 43%)

  •  Silhouette CAMEO® electronic cutting tool
  • Power cable/AC adapter
  • USB cable
  • Silhouette Studio® software
  • $10 download card
  • 12 in x 12 in cutting mat
  • Silhouette blade
  • Basic Instruction Guide
  • CAMEO instructional DVD
  • Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software
  • $25 download card
  • CAMEO dust cover
  • Silhouette hook tool
  • Silhouette scraper tool
  • Silhouette spatula tool
  • Silhouette pick-me-up® tool


Silhouette Portrait® Holiday Bundle: $129.99    (You save $156.92 or 55%)

  • Silhouette Portrait® electronic cutting tool
  • Power cable/AC adapter
  • USB cable
  • Silhouette Studio® software
  • $10 download card
  • 8 in x 12 in cutting mat
  • Silhouette blade
  • Basic Instruction Guide
  • Portrait instructional DVD
  • Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software
  • $25 download card
  • Portrait dust cover
  • Silhouette hook tool
  • Silhouette scraper tool
  • Silhouette spatula tool
  • Silhouette pick-me-up® tool


CAMEO & Portrait Holiday bundle: $299.99.    (You save $229.99 or 43%)

Silhouette CAMEO® electronic cutting tool

  • Power cable/AC adapter
  • USB cable
  • Silhouette Studio® software
  • $10 download card
  • 12 in x 12 in cutting mat
  • Silhouette blade
  • Basic Instruction Guide
  • CAMEO instructional DVD


Silhouette Portrait® electronic cutting tool

  • Power cable/AC adapter
  • USB cable
  • Silhouette Studio® software
  • $10 download card
  • 8 in x 12 in cutting mat
  • Silhouette blade
  • Basic Instruction Guide
  • Portrait instructional DVD

Plus:  2 $25 download cards

You can use the Silhouette for so much more than you ever imagined. I use mine a lot for cutting letters like I did for the laundry sign.

Canvas Quote Art Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

But, you can also use it for creating custom temporary tattoos, fabric and cardstock shape cut outs, flocking iron ons, stenciling on wood, glass etching, faux pen & ink etching, 3-D paper projects, printable foil labels and much much more!


Today we’ll focus on the tutorial for creating your own quote canvas art!


Canvas Quote Art Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

  • 12″ x 12″ canvas (or make your own canvas)
  • Silhouette adhesive backed cardstock
  • Acrylic paints (white, yellow, golden yellow)
  • Paint brush
  • Palette knife
  • X-acto knife
  • Fine tipped permanent marker
  • Mod podge matte finish
  • Scrapbook paper


Type out your quote in the Silhouette studio software. Send the art to cut on adhesive backed cardstock using your Silhouette. [Read more...]

Pen & Ink Sketch Decorative Plates + Silhouette Portrait Giveaway

Pen and Ink Sketch Decorative Dessert Plates | Pretty Handy Girl

Pen and Ink Sketch Decorative Dessert Plates | Pretty Handy Girl

My goodness, November is flying by! Get it…flying…insects. I crack myself up. But seriously, I have been having a blast coming up with new creative gift ideas that you can make. This idea for making pen and ink sketch decorative dessert plates turned out better than I expected! The only downside is that they really are only for decoration. The paint used on the plates can be cured, but the manufacturer states that it technically isn’t food safe.

With that disclaimer out of the way, think about how you could commemorate an event with a personalized plate. Or you could use the same stenciling technique on the outside of a pitcher, mug, glasses or anywhere that the food wouldn’t be in contact with.


Pen and Ink Sketch Decorative Dessert Plates | Pretty Handy Girl

  • Dessert plates (bought mine at a thrift store for $1 each)
  • Porcelaine Chalkboard paint
  • Porcelaine gold paint
  • Scissors
  • Credit card or spatula for burnishing
  • Sponge applicator or paint brush
  • X-acto knife
  • Decorative stencil cut outs (used my Silhouette to cut bug shapes)
  • Transfer paper

Optional: Porcelaine or glass ink pens for writing


Instructions: [Read more...]

Handy Girl Daily News: Vote, Shop & Save


I’m just dropping in to give you the Handy Girl Daily News…well, since this is the first one (and possibly the only one for 2013), maybe I should drop the “daily” word from the title. Anywho, just needed to make a few announcements:

OPC’s Better Half Before & After Contest Voting:

Remember when I donned my judge’s wig and judged a weekly Before & After contest?


Well, the weekly winners have all be chosen and now it’s the grand finale of One Project Closer’s annual Before & After contest! Voting starts tonight at 10 pm EST for the grand prize winner! All of the weekly winners will go against each other for the grand prize ($150 gift card). Voting will take place Thursday night (sept 26) at 10 pm EST through Sunday at midnight. You can vote once per day for your favorite.

You might recall that Kim from The Kim Six Fix was chosen by me for a weekly winner.

If you thought that was an amazing “after”, you should really check out all the other amazing Before & Afters and vote for your favorite.


Shop for a Good Cause:

I’m all about strong women. No matter the size (or age) I celebrate women who aren’t afraid to fight. I’d like you to meet Cami, she’s one tough little chica.


She beat cancer at age 4, but unfortunately she’s now battling it a second time. You can help Cami and her family by doing a little shopping at P.S. I Adore You this month. Hurry, there’s only two days left and she needs all the help she can get!

You can also help Cami (or possibly another child who needs a bone marrow transplant) by getting on the BeTheMatch donor list. It’s super easy, you just enter your information on the website and they send you a kit in the mail to do a cheek swab. Easy! Can you imagine if you were given the chance to save a child’s life? What if it was your child that needed saving? I hope you’ll take a few moments to sign up.

To read more about Cami and the fundraiser, visit my friend Shelley at House of Smiths.


Silhouette Discount Announcement:

Finally, I have big plans for November! I’m planning an entire month of DIY Cheapskate Gift Ideas you won’t want to miss. There will be tutorials all month long to help you keep more money in your pocket without being a grinch when it comes to gift giving.

One of the projects will be created using my Silhouette and the new glass etching kit.


If you have been waiting to purchase a Silhouette, now is the time to do it! If you purchase the Cameo (my favorite Silhouette machine), you save a whopping $69 on the machine and the glass etching kit ($30 off the machine and the etching kit for FREE!)

If you don’t have the budget for the Cameo, you can save even more on the Portrait. Save $89 on the machine and glass etching kit ($50 on the Silhouette Portrait AND  get that Glass Etching Kit for FREE!) You can’t beat this deal.

Visit Silhouette now and remember to use the promotional code: HANDY when checking out!

Okay, that’s all folks!


Disclosure: I receive a very small percentage of any sales made on Silhouette products when the promo code: HANDY is used. 

Glitter Cut Out Valentine Name Tags


On friday, I shared my tutorial for making You Rule Candy-Free Valentines.

I also created a tutorial for making those cute tags. If you have a Silhouette or other craft cutter, I have a few tricks for making the cut out tags. In particular, I want to show you how to attach the centers (technically called the counters in typography) of letters so they don’t drop out after being cut. You could simply glue them back in, but when you are making 50 tags that can become time intensive. I guess an alternative would be to  simply change your child’s name to something like Nick where there are no letters with centers. ;-) Yeah, maybe not. Here’s how I dealt with those pesky letters with centers: [Read more...]

Make a Rustic Farm Crate Sign


Last month, I was a little nervous to try a new power tool. I know…I know…shock and disbelief! But, y’all came to my rescue and helped share all your tutorials for using the Silhouette and other craft cutters. You really have to see all the wonderful projects that were linked up, like Atta Girl’s Tricycle Chair:

And Vintage Revival’s Wood Grain Lamp:

and I yelled “Stick a Fork in Me I’m Done Procrastinating!” when I laid eyes on All Things Thrifty’s Knife and Fork curtains:

After reading all your project tutorials, I was able to get a handle on my fear of the unknown and try out the Silhouette. [Read more...]

Silhouette Deal and Project Idea Link Party



I was so excited to receive my package from Silhouette recently. I couldn’t wait to try the machine out. I opened the package, read all the instructions, plugged it in… and then I froze. Seriously! I know — I’m not afraid of power tools but I honesty wanted to make something really cool with my new Silhouette Cameo and couldn’t think of a single thing to make with it. I sent out a plea to some of my blogging friends begging them to share their ideas with me. They graciously sent me some of their project links. Then I started searching Pinterest and created a board of Silhouette (and other Craft Cutter) projects.

It was like getting a crash course in using a Silhouette from the pros! I was all ready to proceed and then WHAMMO! I got hit by the crud (see my post from yesterday). As I am taking time to recover, I hope you’ll take me under your wing and share some of your Silhouette and other craft cutter projects with me in the linky collection below.

If you don’t own a Silhouette Cameo (and really want to get your crafty hands on your own), I have the inside scoop on a promotion going on now until the end of September!

silhouette cameo discount code = HANDY

You can get:

1 Silhouette CAMEO + 1 package of printable gold foil + 1 package of printable silver foil + 1 package of printable white sticker paper

= $269.99 (by clicking here and using the discount code: HANDY at checkout)

These are brand new Silhouette products that are finally back in stock after they sold out after release! (Hot Potatoes I tell ya!) And, if you already own a Silhouette, here is a promotion for that special bundle of printable foils and white sticker paper for only $19.99 (normally $26.97)

The discount will run through the 30th of September, so get your mouse clicking now.

Please share your craft cutter projects so I can learn some of the cool things I can make with my new Silhouette. I’m an eager student! (Linking back to this post would be greatly appreciated so you can share the knowledge.)

Disclosure: I receive a small commission when the special Silhouette discount code: HANDY is used. I was not told what to write (other than the discount details.) I actually reached out to Silhouette to ask them about sending one of their machines for a product review since I had heard many good things about it. I’ll be sure to give you my feedback when I do try it.


Trick or Treat Bags Using Elmer’s #GlueNGlitter and Recyclables


My kids like to raid our recycling bin. They make the most imaginative things out of milk jugs, strawberry pints and toilet paper rolls. In fact, my five year old has been making his own Halloween costume from paper bags and tape. So, when #CollectiveBias sent out a challenge to make trick or treat bags with Elmer’s Craft Bond Glue Spots and Elmer’s Foam Board, I knew right where to head for supplies: Walmart AND the recycling bin! I hereby invite you to join me (and my escort) as we gather the supplies for this project.



Start by removing the handles from the paper grocery bag and then cuff the top of the bag by rolling it under two times.

Pick out two sheets of newspaper (I used the obituaries. Truly Halloweeny don’t you think?!) and bring the paper bag and newspapers outside and spray them with spray adhesive.

It is important to wrap the paper bag with the newspapers as soon as possible for a maximum bond.

Wrap the bag neatly like a present with the newspaper. Use clear packing tape to tack any loose edges down. Also add a strip of packing tape to the inside of the bag cuff for extra support for the handle (should your child bring home pounds of candy!)

Take out your sharpie pen and draw lines in a spiderweb pattern on the bag.

Set the bag aside and collect the orange foam board, x-acto knife (with a fresh blade), pencil and the letter print out.

Set the letter on top of the foam board. I usually line the edge of the letter up with the edge of the foam board for less material waste.

Press firmly with the pencil as you trace around the letter. When you remove the print out you should see an indented outline.

Using the x-acto knife, cut out your letter shape. Use a metal ruler to cut straight lines. If your knife starts to tug and pull at the foam board, put a new blade in.

Clean up any ragged edges with the x-acto knife.

Use a few Elmer’s Craft Bond glue spots to affix the Elmer’s foam board letter to the bag.

To create a little spider, glue two pom-poms together with another glue spot. If you have black twisty-ties you are good to go aren’t you special, you don’t have to color them. (I only had white ties so I colored them with the black sharpie.) Wrap four twisty-ties around the middle to create the spider’s eight legs.

Use another glue spot to glue the spider to the bag.

Print out a bat silhouette downloadable template and layer it on top of black poster board. Cut out a few bat silhouettes.

Use a glue spot on the center of each bat to glue them to the bag. Fold the bats wings up for more dimensional interest.

Add stickers (or pre-punched paint chip stars using Elmer’s Glue-All multi-purpose glue) to the bag.

I incourage you to decorate your bag anyway you like. Bust out your craft supplies for inspiration.

If spiders and bats aren’t your thing. How about spooks and spirits?

To add the handles, follow the directions on your grommet kit. 1. Punch a hole in the bag at the top of the bag using a hole punch. 2. Insert a long grommet through the hole. Lay a short grommet on top. 3. Hammer the grommets together using the metal rod tool that came with the grommet kit.

Cut off the sleeves from a t-shirt. Cut two 2.5 – 3″ wide strips. Then stretch the sleeve loop in opposite directions. This will make the shirt material roll.

After you have stretched and rolled the sleeve loops, cut them at the seam. Then thread each end through the grommets on the bag and tie a double knot on the inside of the bag.

Now gather up your little trick-or-treater and give him this unique candy collection bag! My sons’ had the biggest smiles on their faces. Definitely worth the effort to make these bags.

This eency weency spider is my favorite!

Way more personalized than these generic plastic pumpkins, don’t you think?!

Which one is your favorite? I can’t decide, because I love them equally as much. Spook or Spider?

Eeeeeekkk, we can hardly wait for October 31st!

Disclosure: This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer’s #gluenglitter #CollectiveBias #CBias. The ideas and opinions shared in this post are purely my own from my own crazy creative head.

Follow up: Well, my youngest loves his bag so much that he told me, “Mom, we should decorate every side with a different holiday.” And that is exactly what he did today during quiet time. I just want to stop time and keep him five forever!

Creating Silhouetted Gifts

Now that the Christmas hype has died down and my cold has lost its grip on my sinuses, I’m back with a quick little tutorial on creating a special silhouetted gift for your child.

Thank you to my dear Pretty Handsome Guy for his guest post. I’m glad you all enjoyed a good laugh at his expense.


Christmas morning my boys were greeted by magical North Pole snow footprints (baking soda) leading up to the tree.

In an effort to keep the Santa myth alive, the two presents from Santa were constructed in a different style from the other presents under the tree.

My six year old exclaimed Christmas morning, “MOM! Santa knows what we look like!” So, I think I fooled them again this year.

X-acto knife (optional) and cutting surface
Profile picture of your child
White sheet of letter size paper
White cardstock paper
Black cardstock paper or construction paper
Chalk, Bistro marker, or White paint pen
Glitter spray
Glitter glue

Start by creating your child’s silhouette. (My silhouettes took many steps in Adobe Photoshop, but I’ll give you instructions for the easy way.) Simply take a photo of your child turned sidewards (preferably in front of a blank wall.) Then enlarge the photo on a copier to the size you want to use. Lay the paper on top of the black cardstock and cut them both at the same time. I prefer to use an X-acto knife for the cutting, but you can use scissors if you like.

Unless you have a graphic program or a template to draw perfect ovals, you will need to draw one freehand. Wait, wait, don’t freak out. You can do this!

First, fold a letter sized paper into fourths.

Draw a curve on the paper with the fold sides inside the curve.

Cut along the line.

Open up your paper to reveal your oval. If you don’t like it, try it again.

Once you are happy with your oval, trace the folded oval onto white cardstock paper and cut it out.

Wrap your present (be sure to use wrapping paper that your child has never seen in your home!)

Spray the back of your cardstock oval with spray mount and adhere it to the present.

I added some glitter spray to the wrapped package to give it a little extra sparkle! (I know, it doesn’t really show up in the photo.)

So, here is a close up of the glittery goodness:

Spray the back of your silhouette head with the spray mount and lay it inside the oval.

Next, add a bead of glitter glue around the edge of the oval. Note of caution: Allow the glue to dry before setting your package upright or it WILL run. Of course I learned the hard way and had to unglue my package from the shelf it was sitting on. Drat!
Here are the presents before I added the “To & From” on them.
You can write your child’s name on the silhouette using chalk, bistro marker or white paint pen. Or leave it blank if you wish, your choice.
That’s it, not too hard, but the results are stunning. You could use this gift wrapping technique for any special present.
I have to share with you a little something that warmed my heart Christmas morning. My oldest carefully cut off the fronts of all the presents that I gave him to preserve the creative gift wrap designs.
He saved them all including his silhouette from Santa.
In stark contrast, my youngest tore into the packages as any other eager four year old boy would.