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Monday, October 17, 2011

... and 345 days later....We have some great things planned! A giveaway is one of them!

We love subway art. We think it's a great way to personalize a space. Not only can you choose the size and colors you want, you can also choose the fonts and even more importantly the words or phrases.
This is a piece of Subway Art, I (Shannon) created for my craft room. The words are very special to me. The phrases on the craft room wall are constant reminders of ways I can be who I truly want to be.

Would you like a piece of subway art personalized just for you? In celebration of our upcoming blogiversary, we'll be making one for one of our followers. Do you want to know how to enter?

It's so easy to enter. 
All we want you to do is to help us reach our goal of 1,000 fb "likers" by our blogiversary on November 6th.
So, here's how this giveaway will work. If you have friends that you think would like what we do, please send them to our fb page. Have them leave us a comment that you sent them. 
(Example:  Shannon S, sent me)

We will keep track of all of the referrals. The person who refers the most new people, to Our Seven Dwarfs, will be the winner of our giveaway.
The contest starts now and ends at 11:59pm on November 5th.  We will announce the winner on our blogiversary, November 6th.

The winner will receive a 14"x14" piece of subway art created on 1/2" birch plywood.
We will paint it to the base color of your choice.
You can choose up to 10 words or phrases that you'd like us to include on your sign.
We will paint the words the color of your choice.
If you'd like a distressed sign, we will sand and stain the sign to give it the distressed look, under the polyurethane.
If you'd rather your sign not be distressed, it will have a protective coating.

I didn't take a lot of pictures of me making this project, but just in case you want to know how I did it, here are the steps.

1. I painted a board.
2. Using my Silhouette, I cut out phrases, in various fonts, on vinyl. 

3. I arranged the vinyl on the board. It is important to smooth out the vinyl so it is well adhered to the board.
4. Then, using a foam stencil brush, I painted in the stencils. Right away, I pulled the vinyl off the board.

5. The inside of the letters remained. I let the paint completely dry before removing the insides of the letters.
6. When the paint is completely dry, I distress the board. First, I use my mouse sander and "rough it up a bit".  I then wipe the board down well to remove any of the dust.
7.  When the dust is wiped off, I rub stain on the board and wipe it off well.
8.  When the stain is completely dry, I polyurethane the board.  I usually put about 3 layers of polyurethane on letting it dry a couple of hours between each coat.
9. When the board is complete, I attach a hanging apparatus (this one has a wire on the back).

This is not a quick project. Adhering the vinyl, to the board is incredibly time consuming. The results are worth it.  Plus, if you don't want to spend the time making one, refer your friends and we'll make it for you.

Good luck!

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