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Free Kitchen Printables – Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Happy Monday! No, I’m not normally super happy & giddy on Mondays but today, I feel a little more sunshine-y because I have some goodies for you.

Last week, I was working on some wedding goodies for my wedding shop on Etsy. I was making an “Eat, Drink, and Be Married” design for a client and a light bulb went off. I should make something like this for our home! So, I decided to make some prints for our kitchen :)

Free Kitchen Printables from thegreytabby.com - Eat. Drink, and Be Merry

Sharing is caring so I decided to make these prints available as FREE downloads for all of you guys and gals!
Free Kitchen Printables - Eat, Drink, & Be Married

You can download the files by clicking on the pictures below. They’re all 8″ x 10″ PDFs and you’ll need Acrobat Reader to view them. You can print them on regular old card stock (8.5″ x 11″) without having to scale or shrink the images. Then, trim, frame, and, well, eat, drink, and be merry!

Free Kitchen Printables from thegreytabby.com - Eat, Drink, and Be Merry Free Kitchen Printables from thegreytabby.com - Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Free Kitchen Printables from thegreytabby.com - Eat, Drink, and Be Merry Free Kitchen Printables from thegreytabby.com - Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Fine print: these prints are for personal use only. If you love ’em, share the link to ’em! But please don’t sell them. Thanks!!

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Freebie Friday – To My Husband: A Printable Love Note Card

Happy Friday! The past couple of days have been oh-so-fun because Wednesday was my hubby’s 30th birthday. Yep, the big 3-0! We’ve had loads of fun so far and a lot more fun planned for this weekend. But I’ll post more about that next week so keep your eyes open for pics!

Now, let’s get to why I named this post Freebie Friday. It’s because I have a freebie for you guys! I made a birthday card for my husband and posted it on Instagram. My caption was “Handmade cards rule and store-bought cards drool.” That’s the truth, right?? :) Anyway, when I posted the card on Instagram, I got quite a response from my followers. So I decided to make it available as a free printable!
Freebie Printable Card - To My Husband: A Love Note Card
The card is blank on the inside so you can give it to your hubby for his birthday, your anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or you can stick it in his lunch box on a plain ol’ Tuesday before he leaves for work. You can download it here:
Free Printable - To My Husband: A Love Note Card

The file is a PDF and you’ll need Acrobat Reader to view it. You can print it on regular old card stock (8.5″ x 11″) without having to scale or shrink the image. Then, cut & fold along the lines. The finished size is A2 (5.5″ x 4.25″). Enjoy!

Fine print: this card is for personal use only. If you love it, share the link to it! But please don’t sell it. Thanks!!


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I just stumbled upon this oh-so cute giveaway from Too Crewel: embroidered lyrics from the song Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. What I love most about it is that it isn’t the most commonly used lyric, “Home is wherever I’m with you.” So unique! I absolutely adore it and hope I can win this bad boy and hang it up in my office!

Too Crewel.

You know those songs that you literally feel like you can listen to over and over again, and never get sick of? The song Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is one of those songs to me. They have the best voices, and together they sound so perfect. I swear every time you listen to it you hear something new.

 Recently I, of course, decided to do an embroidery from the song including some of my favorite lyrics.

“Holey moley me oh-my, you’re the apple of my eye…”

(reverse)

And guess what, guys? I’m giving this piece away! I’m sad to part with it, but hey, I’ve always got the song!

Dates Open:
August 8, 2012-August 15, 2012
giveaway closed!

How to Enter:

  • Comment on this post with your email address (so I can contact you if you win!) and you’re favorite song (I’m always looking for new…

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DIY: Carved Rubber Stamp Tutorial

I just LOVE rubber stamps! I love how you can reuse them over and over again to decorate greeting cards, stationary, mailing supplies, gift wrap, and countless other things.  And, when I learned how to make my own, I was so excited!

DIY Carved Rubber Stamp
Now I can make whatever design I’d like and, what’s even better, it’s pretty darn easy to make them! Here’s what you’ll need:
DIY Carved Stamp Supplies

Rubber block

Pencil

Bone folder

Lino carving tool with wooden handle (can be found at most craft supply stores)

A cute design

Tracing paper (not pictured)

X-Acto knife & cutting mat (not pictured)

When you have your design printed out, trace it onto tracing paper using a pencil. Lay your tracing face down on your rubber block and gently press it down using your bone folder to transfer the image. If you don’t have a bone folder, you can always use the dull side of a butter knife or any other flat object you might have in your craft room.

Use your X-Acto knife to trim down the block, centering your image. Then, begin your carving! Remember to carve on top of your cutting mat, just in case your hand slips. You don’t want to ruin any table surfaces!

DIY Carved Stamp
DIY Carved Stamp

And ta-da! This is what it’ll look like when you’re done. Don’t worry about the pencil marks, though. They’ll gradually fade after a few uses.

Have you carved any stamps yourself? I’d love to see them! Just comment below with a link to your pictures <3

Ooh! And don’t forget to enter my giveaway! It ends this weekend so be sure to enter now:
http://thegreytabby.com/2012/08/05/giveaway/

Craft on, friends!


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DIY Photo Canvas Print

Hello & Meow, friends!

Last weekend, I found a tutorial on, where else? Pinterest! I loved it so much that I decided to try it out and when I finished, a few people asked me how to make it. So I decided to share it with all of you!

Prints on canvas look SO great but they’re equally expensive! Using this print transfer method, you can save loads of money and have pride in saying that you made it yourself.

First off, you need your supplies:

L to R: wood furniture polish (odd but yes, I’ll explain why!), gel medium, paint brush, wrapped canvas, and a reversed image photocopy of a picture

I was lucky to find the gel medium on clearance for only $1.50 (retail was $7.95) and I got a 4 pack of 6×6 canvases for only $7.50, thanks to coupons! As for the photo, I chose a picture that I took at the Huntington Library a couple years ago. I decided to print a 5×5 image (to get a 0.5 inch white border on the sides). Be sure to reverse the image! We’ll be placing the image face down on the canvas so it’ll come out how you originally shot the photo.

First, apply and spread some of the gel medium with your paint brush. Spread it nice & even without leaving too much excess.

I added a tad bit too much gel medium here. Oops!

Place your picture face down in the center of the canvas and press the image firmly into the canvas. Then, grab a cup of tea, surf Pinterest for a bit, and let your canvas dry overnight!

After you’ve let your canvas dry, spray it with some water and start softly rubbing the paper off with your finger or a cloth. The harder you rub or the coarser the object you use to remove the paper (cloth or sponge), you risk removing some of the ink. Sometimes that’s a good thing; it’ll make your photo look weathered and vintage!

Once you’ve removed most of the paper, you’ll notice that the photo still looks a little cloudy with some paper residue still stuck on. That’s where the wood polish comes in! Just dab some of it on a cloth and wipe down the canvas. The picture will look crystal clear afterward.

And voilà! You got yourself an awesome canvas print! Hang it with pride and when your friends ask you where you purchased your oh-so-gorgeous canvas, flash them a huge smile and say “I made it myself!”

I love the weathered work so I used a rough washcloth to wipe the paper off of my canvas. I even scratched it with my nails a little. Love the vintage look!