Hit Me With Your Best Shot #46

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Happy Tuesday!! Hope your week is off to a great start!  Ours sure is…We want to start off this party with a huge THANK YOU to ALL of you who come back week after week and link up with us!  Last week was our biggest link party to date and we could never have done it without all of you.  OVER 330 Link Ups…YOU ROCK!!  We truly love all of our bloggy friends and are so inspired by what you create and share with us. Please keep sharing about our party with your friends and help to make the party even more fun with even more amazing ideas.

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Hit me Week 46

Merry Christmas Sign by Dolen Diaries
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This week’s “Heavy Weight Champion” is…

10 Forgotten Money Saving Skills from Graceful Little Honeybee


My Knockouts!

Popsicle Stick Snowflakes by Making Home Base

Christmas Wall Art by Create & Babble

Petal Burlap Wreath by Find It Make It Love It

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Vintage Car Christmas Sign

Disclaimer: This project was submitted as an entry in the Cricut Design Star challenge. In exchange for participating in this challenge, I received my Cricut Explore for free and I could also win a prize if my project is selected from the Cricut Judging Panel as a winner. This post also contains affiliate links.

I’m SO excited to be in a new house for Christmas this year and to have a playroom to decorate with bright fun colors for the boys! My boys love “old times cars”. I thought it would be fun to add a touch of a “old times” vibe with a Vintage Car Christmas Sign made with reclaimed wood from our stash.

I started out with this frame. You can find the full details on how to make one just like it here!

Since I was going for a vintage look with a foam brush I painted a light layer of cream paint leaving spots of wood showing through.

After that dried I brushed on an even lighter layer of white over the top of all of the cream. I am loving the shabby chic-ness of this!

I opened my Cricut Design Space™ and found this adorable vintage looking car {Holiday Cakes Collection Automobile}; Merry Christmas {Jubliee Collection}; Tree {Christmas Cheer Collection}. We love National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and this reminded me of the iconic cutting down the Christmas tree scene.

Once I had my images the way I wanted them I cut the stencil out on cardstock with my Cricut Explore™ and traced around the stencil with a pencil.

Now it was time to paint! I love painting signs like this, it’s totally my grown-up version of a coloring book. I loved to color as a kid! My colors are:  Martha’s Tartan Red & Green Olive, and Apple Barrel’s Barn Red which is brown on the tree trunk. After everything was all painted I felt like it needed a little sharpening with a black edge so I took a black sharpie and traced the outer edges.

I love how my Vintage Car Christmas Sign turned out! I can’t wait to use my Cricut Explore™ to create more fun holiday projects! Have you ordered one yet!?! Check out this Cricut Explore® Machine + Basic Starter Set !