Vintage Vibe Tag Book

I love making and working in art journals, I really love making small ones. This month I'm over at Roben-Marie's blog creating a fun small tag book using colorful supplies combined with vintage items.

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Sometimes inspiration can come from the simplest of things like cleaning off your art table

This little colorful tag book was inspired by some tags laying on my art table one day when I was cleaning up. I had fun playing and combining bright colors with vintage items. You can head to Roben-Marie's blog to check out a full article and video tutorial by clicking the button below..

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I hope you enjoy this fun little tag book!

With love and creativity,

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Need more inspiration? Check out my Junque Art Studio Play series. You can also follow along on Instagram and sign up for Creative Updates.

Happy Earth Day with StencilGirl and Resketch

Happy Earth Day everyone! I'm excited to be a part of this fun blog hop with StencilGirl and Resketch and share this fun little project with you.

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I love notebooks and journals and the books from Resketch are wonderful. Not only are they cute but Resketch uses recycled paper in their books which makes them even better. I decided to make my little book a quote book. I also wanted to add some art and color to it so I pulled out my StencilGirl stencils and a few other supplies..

Supplies Used

StencilGirl Stencil - Vines L496
Resketch Book
Gelatos
Cosmetic Sponge
White Gesso
Pencil

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To get started I added color to the page with Gelatos. I colored a few swipes of color on my page and then blended with a cosmetic sponge. I like using the Gelatos on paper that is lighter weight.

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Nest I added a stencil design on top of the color using white gesso and the Vines stencil from StencilGirl.

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I wanted the notebook paper to show so I left part of that page with no color. I wrote the quote with a pencil in a quirky childlike print. I also added detail around some of the leaves with the pencil.

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And that's it! A quick and easy way to create an art journal with quotes. I hope you enjoyed the project and I hope you find some time to create.

Keep reading all the way to the end to visit the other awesome artists on the hop and to enter the giveaway!


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And what would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!

One lucky winner will receive both StencilGuts AND a Resketch Gift Pack !

What do you have to do to enter? Just leave a comment below.

Then visit these amazing artists’ blogs and comment for more inspiration and extra chances to win! The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN! One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Wednesday, April 25th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments. Winner will be announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page on Thursday, April 26th.

Blog Hop Order

Mary C. Nasser
Tina Walker
Belen Sotelo
Debi Adams
Torrie Gass
Cindy Gilstrap (you are here)
Kiala Givehand
Janet Joehlin
 

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy creating!

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Looking for more inspiration? You might also like my Free Artsy Tips & Tricks classroom. It's free to join. I hope to see you there!

Abstract Canvas with StencilGirl and Lindy's Gang

Welcome to the StencilGirl and Lindy's Gang blog hop! I'm so glad you found your way here. I'm excited to show you how to create an abstract piece of art combining the wonderful products from StencilGirl and Lindy's Gang. It's quick and easy and I hope you will give it a try.

Let's get started

First gather your supplies. Here are the things I'll be using but you can use the StencilGirl stencils and Lindy's Gang colors of your choice.

Canvas - I used a 6"x6"
Book pages or any paper of your choice
Gel medium or glue stick
White gesso
Scraper
Cosmetic sponges
Lindy's Magical Shaker - your choice I used Cuckoo Clock Cardinal
Small water spritzer bottle
Lindy's Flat Fabio Spray - your choice I used Orange Creamsicle and Tweedle Dee Denim
StencilGirl Stencils - your choice I used Soulful Scribbles L605 and Deconstructed Zinnia S290
Versa Mark embossing ink - or ink of your choice
Lindy's Embossing powder - your choice I used Purely White
Heat Gun
White Sharpie paint pen - or pen of your choice


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Step 1:

Start by covering your canvas with old book paper or the paper of your choice. This is just going to add some interest peeking out from behind the layers. You can use gel medium or a glue stick to adhere the paper to the canvas.

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Step 2:

Apply gesso on top of the paper. Scrape the gesso so it's thin enough to see through in some places. Let dry.

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Step 3:

Sprinkle some of the Lindy's Gang magical shakers on your canvas. Then spritz lightly with water and watch the "magic" happen. You can play with how the color reacts by tilting the canvas and letting some of it run. So fun! Let dry.

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Step 4:

Spray Lindy's Flat Fabio spray in a puddle at the top of the canvas. Tilt the canvas to let the spray run down. Let dry.

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Step 5:

Stencil a shape onto the canvas. Spray the Lindy's Gang flat fabio spray onto a palette. Pick up the color with a sponge and apply through the stencil. You could also spray through the stencil but you don't have as much control of how much color goes on. You can also tape off the stencil so you don't stencil shapes you don't want. Let dry.

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Step 6:

Don't forget to use your supplies in different ways. Take out the sprayer portion of the Lindy's Gang flat fabio and "draw" or make marks with the color. Let dry.

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Step 7:

Apply VersaMark ink through a stencil with a sponge. Make sure you cover all the shape with the ink.  (You can use any type of ink, you just need the surface wet. Just remember a colored ink might show through in the next step.) Remove the stencil (don't let the embossing ink dry)

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Step 8:

Sprinkle Lindy's Gang embossing powder on top of the wet embossing ink.

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Step 9:

Shake off excess powder. Tip: shake off on a piece of paper and then fold the paper in half and put excess powder back in container.

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Step 10:

Use a craft heat gun to heat up the embossing powder. It will turn shiny when completely embossed. So watch carefully and don't overheat a section.

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Step 11:

Repeat steps 7-10 to stencil and emboss additional shapes on your canvas.

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Step 12:

Add a border with flat fabio spray and a sponge.

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Step 13:

Add details with a white sharpie paint pen or pen of your choice. Let dry and you are all done!


Finished Canvas

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I hope you had fun following along on this quick and easy abstract canvas project! StencilGirl and Lindy's Gang products are a perfect combo to create so many things! Use your imagination and just play!

Don't forget to keep reading to enter the giveaway!


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One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to Lindy’s Gang AND a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl® Products!

Enter to win by leaving a comment below. Then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment to win.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN! One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments! (One comment per blog please.)

You have until Tuesday, April 24th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments. Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl®'s Facebook page and Lindy’s Gang’s Facebook page on Wednesday, April 25.

Blog Hop Order:

April 18
Mary Beth Shaw
Gwen Lafleur
Mary C. Nasser
Debi Adams
Tina Walker
Kate Palmer
Cindy Wille
Natalie May
Pascale Bernard
Anat Weksler
Bertheas Peggy aka Nirvana
Elena Martynova

April 19
Belen Sotelo
Cindy Gilstrap (you are here)
Kiala Givehand
Torrie Gass
Janet Joehlin
Valerie Ouellet
Aga Baraniak
Sivan Amedi
Aleksandra Mihelič
Joanna Marquet
Phoebe Tonosaki
Caroline Parent

April 20 (these links are not available until the 20th)
Carol Baxter
Sandee Setliff
Karen Gaunt
Louise Nelson
Sherry Canino
Kerry Fellowes
Yulianna Efremova
Kasia Bogatko-Skoczypiec
Olga Bielska
Olga Ravenskaya

Thank you so much for taking the time to participate in the blog hop! We so appreciate you being here! Good luck in the giveaway!

Happy Creating!

 

Looking for more inspiration? You might also like my Free Artsy Tips & Tricks classroom. It's free to join. I hope to see you there!

Gone Fishing With StencilGirl and Etchall

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Welcome to the StencilGirl and Etchall blog hop! I am so excited you found your way here, and I hope you are enjoying all the wonderful projects that you can create with these two amazing companies! So let's go fishing! No not that kind of fishing. Just the I have the munchies kinda gold fish snack fishing. And that's where this little project started...I was hungry, eating gold fish, looking at stencils, and well... it turned into today's project. LOL

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I decided to use one of my favorite stencils from StencilGirl combined with the etchall products to create this cute and easy jar for snacks! I love gold fish snacks and I love them even better stored in a cute container! The Aidan's School Stencil is one of my favorite stencils. It was created by MaryBeth's grandson and I love that the whole family gets involved in the creative process. It's a perfect stencil for the gold fish snacks! (Warning: this project can cause hunger and unavoidable snacking!)

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Let's Get Started

Supplies needed:

  1. Glass jar with lid
  2. Aidan's School Stencil from StencilGirl
  3. etchall stencil spray
  4. etchall etching creme
  5. etchall squeegee
  6. Painter's tape
  7. Rubber gloves
  8. Ribbon or piece of fabric (optional)
  9. Gold fish snack (or snack of your choice)
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Step 1:

Following the directions on the stencil spray you will want to spray your stencil with the etchall stencil spray. Let dry. This is very helpful in keeping the stencil down and can be removed from the stencil when done or used over and over. Be sure and do this outdoors or in a well ventilated area.

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Step 2:

Stick the stencil on your jar making sure to rub around the shapes to adhere the stencil flat. Using painter's tape or a low tack tape you will want to mask off any images on the stencil that you don't want to etch on the glass. Since the glass is curved I also masked any fish shapes that were not flush with the glass. If the image is not flush the etching creme will seep under the outline and distort the shape. 

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Step 3:

Gather your etchall creme, squeegee, and rubber gloves. You will want to protect your hands from the creme. Double check your stencil and make sure all edges around the shapes are stuck down good.

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Step 4:

 

Apply the etching creme over the stencil using the squeegee. Put a generous coat on it and make sure all the shape is covered. Try not to rub across the shapes too hard to prevent the creme from seeping under the edges. Let the creme set for 15 minutes.

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Step 5:

After letting the creme sit for 15 minutes remove the excess with the squeegee and put back in the jar. You can reuse the creme. Leaving the stencil in place wash off the remaining creme with water.

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Step 6:

Remove the stencil and finish washing the jar. Dry well and you are done! Be sure and wash any excess creme from your stencil too.


Such a fun and easy project!

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If you would like to go one step further you can add a cute piece of fabric or ribbon to add a little color to your jar. 

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I hope you enjoyed this project! It would make a great party favor or house warming gift! The possibilities are endless with all the stencil choices!

Thank you so much for being here! You will want to keep reading below to find out how to enter the wonderful giveaway from StencilGirl and etchall!

Good luck and happy creating!

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StencilGirl & etchall blog hop giveaway

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One lucky winner will receive an etchall® Glass Etching Bee-ginner Kit,reposition/reuse stencil spray AND a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products!

Enter to win by leaving a comment below. Then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment to win. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN! One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments! (One comment per blog please.)

You have until Tuesday, March 20th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments. Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page and etchall’s Facebook page on Wednesday, March 21.

Blog Hop Order

March 14

Mary Beth Shaw
Gwen Lafleur
Mary C. Nasser
Debi Adams
Tina Walker
Cindi McGee
Nadine Carlier
Joe Rotella

March 15

Belen Sotelo
Cindy Gilstrap - You Are Here!
Kiala Givehand
Janet Joehlin
Anita Scroggins
Erin Reed
Candy Rosenberg
Susie Bentz

March 16
Carol Baxter
Sandee Setliff
Louise Nelson
Terry Ricioli
Christie Troxell
Steph Ackerman
Julie McGuffee

A Wish For You

I am so excited to be doing my first design team project for Roben-Marie Smith! I have loved Roben-Marie's work for years so it's such an honor to be representing her products. Pinch me because I'm still trying to take it all in!

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I had so much fun playing with all the fun products in my vintage ledger.

Making time to create is so important and sometimes you just have to schedule it on your calendar!  My wish for you is that you will make some time, grab your art supplies, and follow along and create your own page. You can head to Roben-Marie's blog to check out a full article and video tutorial by clicking the button below..

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I hope you enjoy my process andI would love to see what you make!

With love and creativity,

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Need more inspiration? Check out my Junque Art Studio Play series. You can also follow along on Instagram and sign up for Creative Updates.

An Ikea Cabinet Makeover Using Art Supplies

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Art Supplies Aren't Just for Art

The start of the new year is always a time to try to get organized. Notice I said try! I'm still trying. My organization tends to fall off the rails when I get distracted by making things cute. In my attempt to organize my office space I ended up at Ikea buying a new cabinet. That led me to doing a mini makeover to the cabinet with some personalized knobs. It was super simple using art supplies I had on hand and I love how they turned out. Definitely reflects my quirky imperfect style!

You can see a before and after plus all the details to make these simple knobs to update your own decor over at my Team Tuesday post on StencilGirl.

Speaking of home decor...

Did you know I have art prints in my shop? They are a great way to add fun color and inspiration to a room. All of my art prints from my original art are 20% off through January 31st. You can find them all here. Sale ends tomorrow so don't miss out!

With love and creativity,

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Need more inspiration? Check out my 3 workshops that are now 40% off through 1/31/2018. Use code "newyear" when checking out! Hurry you don't want to miss the sale!

Mixed Media Inspiration With Kiala Givehand and Stencil Girl

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Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the blog hop! I hope your new year is off to a wonderful start and I hope you are starting to make some time to create. One wonderful way to ease back into a creative practice is using prompts. I love using Kiala's Mixed Media Inspiration Deck for this. The cards are a great way to get you started and past the blank page.

StencilGirl and Kiala have teamed up to show you great ways to get started creating. I admit I was having a bit of a hard time getting going after the Holidays, but using Kiala's cards and StencilGirl stencils got me going quickly. Here's how I used the cards and stencils together.


Card #1 Prompt

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I tried to work fast and not think too much about what I was going to use. I started with Mixed Media Art Spray and then grabbed a paper towel and blotted areas to create texture.


Card #2 Prompt

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For card #2 I grabbed a piece of cardboard that was in my drawer and used it as a printing tool. I really like how the lines came out. In two quick prompts I already have a fun background started.


Card #3 Prompt

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For card #3 I switched my tools and used some dry wall tape as my tool to create more pattern and texture.


Card #4 Prompt

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I was excited to pull card #4 because I love adding fabric to my art journal pages. I just applied Multi-Medium Matte gel to the page and stuck the fabric down. I also added a coat of matte medium to the top of the fabric.


Card #5 Prompt

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Card #5 let's go stencil crazy! I used the following stencils from StencilGirl:

Finished Background

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The great thing about the mixed media deck is you can use as many or as few as you want to get you going. I decided to stop here because I really love the background. It's a great base for doodling, adding journaling, or a focal image. I hope you enjoyed the process!


Keep reading for a chance to win stencils and a your own mixed media deck!

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One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products AND a Mixed Media Inspiration Deck™ Empowerment Edition!

Visit these amazing artists’ blogs and comment for your chance to win! The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN! (One comment per blog please.)

You have until Sunday, January 14th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments. Winner will be announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page on Monday, January 15th.

Blog Hop Order

January 10
Mary Beth Shaw
Kiala Givehand
Tina Walker
Belen Sotelo

January 11
Mary C. Nasser
Sherry Canino
Louise Nelson
Torrie Gass

January 12
Debi Adams
Cindy Gilstrap (You are here)
Sandee Setliff
Karen Gaunt

Good luck and happy creating!

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Need more inspiration? Check out my 3 workshops that are now 40% off through 1/31/2018. Use code "newyear" when checking out!

A Hand Stitched Gift for the Holidays

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It's Team Tuesday at StencilGirl today and I'm on their blog showing you how to make this cute as can be hand stitched kitchen towel for the Holidays. The possibilities are endless with stencils and thread. So join me here to see a step by step tutorial.

With Holiday love,

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Excited to Announce

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I am so excited to announce that I am part of the 2018 Roben-Marie Smith Design Team! Roben-Marie has been an inspiration of mine for years and I am truly honored and tickled pink to be a part of her team. I'm still pinching myself to make sure I'm not just dreaming. The wonderful team she has picked has some amazing fun things planned for the new year.  I hope you will join us!

With creative love,

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Looking for inspiration? Check out my free Studio Play videos and my current workshops. New workshops coming soon! Be sure and subscribe to receive creative updates.

Christmas Joy with StencilGirl

Welcome to the Holiday Hop with the StencilGirl Creative Team! I am so glad you found your way here! It's already November and you know what that means... time to start thinking about and planning for the holidays. I love decorating for the holidays. I also like to add my own creative touches to my decorations. 

I love all things vintage and decorate with all kinds of unique vintage finds. I try to carry that look into the Holidays so I wanted to come up with a simple modern farmhouse vintage take on a Christmas decoration.

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This is really simple to make! So let's get started.

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Step 1: Gather your supplies

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Step 2: Find the center of your frame and measure across and up and down to find the center of your frame and lightly mark with a pencil.

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Step 3: Place the center of your deer stencil on the center pencil mark of your board. Tape stencil down with painters tape to keep secure. The tape also helps mask off parts of the stencil you don't want to paint through.

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Step 4: Lightly apply craft paint with a sponge through the stencil. You almost want a dry sponge when applying the paint. You can always add more paint and build up the layers. I was going for a "see through" look so you could still see the wood through the paint.

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Step 5: Mask off your word of choice on the Holiday Sayings stencil. I chose to use the word "joy" but there are so many great choices on this stencil. Center the word at the bottom of your deer. Lightly stencil your word with the same color paint.

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Step 6: Mask off one of the mistletoe stems on the Holly Mistletoe Stencil. Start at the bottom of the deer and stencil in the same color paint. You will be forming a "wreath" around your deer.

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Step 7: Flip your mistletoe stencil and do the same step as step 6 to the opposite side of the deer. Make sure to clean off your stencil before you flip it so you don't get unwanted paint marks on your board.

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Step 8: Continue picking elements from the mistletoe stencil to form your wreath around your deer. stencil the same element on each side to keep it balanced looking.

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And here is the final creation!

I really love how it turned out! It's got that modern vintage farmhouse look that I love and that will fit right into any farmhouse style decor for the holidays! And best of all it was simple! But shhhhh...you can tell your family and friends it took you hours to do!

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I hope you enjoyed this project and will try it out for the holidays! Don't forget you can take several stencils and combine different pieces of them to create something unique.

And now you'll want to keep reading for all the details of the holiday giveaway!


Enter The Giveaway

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The wonderful StencilGirl Creative Team members have been working away to create over a dozen wonderful projects to inspire you for the holidays! 

And what would a blog hop be without a giveaway! Be sure to take a moment to check out all of the blogs for a chance to be entered to win a $25 StencilGirl Gift Certificate! Here are links to all the happy holiday inspiring projects:

Karen Gaunt
Tina Walker
Torrie Gass
Cindy Gilstrap - You are here!
Sherry Canino
Sandee Setliff
Kiala Givehand
Janet Joehlin
Belen Sotelo
Louise Nelson
Debi Adams
Carol Baxter

Comment by midnight CST in the USA on November 8th and we’ll randomly choose a $25 StencilGirl Gift Certificate winner. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win. We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook Page on November 9th. Please feel free to share the hop with your friends!

Thanks so much for taking the time to be here!

With creative love and gratitude,

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P.S. Looking for more creative holiday inspiration? Check out the Gratitude Junk Journal class here. Or do you love just playing with color in different ways? Check out the new Hacking The Color Wheel class here.