Early Bird Registration Open for Mixed Media Play Date

The Mixed Media Play Date Registration is NOW OPEN and I am super excited to be among the AMAZING artist instructors who will bring you awesome lessons and inspiration throughout 2019!


I know some of you are excited and ready to sign up! GRAB YOUR SPOT NOW! Be sure to enter code: PLAYDATE at checkout to save 20%.

Don’t know what the Mixed Media Play Date is? This is a new mixed media collaboration intended to bring you endless inspiration, amazing fun, freedom in creativity and community like no other. Hosted by Tiare Smith, you’ll be immersed in happiness, gratitude and fun from day one. 

And if you think you don’t have enough time to create, if you don’t know where to begin, if your inner critic keeps talking and you need someone to lift you up and shut her up, if you need inspiration, or you simply want to find your own inner voice the Mixed Media Play Date is for you! Designed to teach, be a guide, inspiration and a friendly place for you to be yourself and thrive! Oh and AMAZING FUN and LIVE STREAMED MIXED MEDIA PLAY DATES!!!!

What are you waiting for?

EARLY BIRD PRICING good thru December 25, 2018. Just enter code: PLAYDATE at checkout to save 20%. Learn more and SIGN UP NOW for the Mixed Media Play Date 2019.

I can’t wait to create with you! I hope to see you there!

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Come Join Me For A Mixed Media Play Date

Are you ready to play?

I am so excited to share with you that I am a Guest Teacher in the Mixed Media Play Date 2019!  I am honored and tickled pink to teach and play alongside a group of AMAZING artist instructors!

 
 

And even MORE exciting news…

I can give away a 1 year spot in this amazing creative community.

Keep reading to learn more about the play date community and the giveaway!

In case you haven’t heard, let me tell you a bit more about the Mixed Media Play Date. This is a new mixed media collaboration intended to bring you endless inspiration, amazing fun, freedom in creativity and community like no other. Hosted by Tiare Smith, you’ll be immersed in happiness, gratitude, and fun from day one. 

And if you think you don’t have enough time to create, if you don’t know where to begin, if your inner critic keeps talking and you need someone to lift you up and shut her up, if you need inspiration or simply want to find your own inner voice the Mixed Media Play Date is for you! Designed to teach, be a guide, an inspiration and a friendly place for you to be yourself and thrive! Oh and AMAZING FUN and LIVE STREAMED MIXED MEDIA PLAY DATES!!!!

AND THERE IS SO MUCH MORE!

I am exciting to be a part of this amazing initiative. I don’t have my lesson ready just yet but you can expect me to be your play buddy while throwing out all the rules of perfection and shoulds! We will play with color and lots of it! We will get messy and not worry about it. We will have fun with paper, stencils, paint, texture, and more! It’s all about the play and the fun!

Here’s just a few examples of my style

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Registration/Membership opens on December 1, 2018…

The fun will begin right away so be sure to bookmark this page so you can join the moment it goes on sale.

And now for the giveaway!

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but still free free to comment on your style.

The winner of the class spot giveaway is Kim Hine. Congrats and thanks so much everyone for playing along!

I am giving away a 1 year spot on Mixed Media Play Date to 1 lucky person! Yep a free spot for the whole year!

Entering the giveaway for a spot is easy all you need to do is:

  • Comment on this post and tell me one word that describes your creative style.

And for an extra entry be sure and enter on the class information page too! (just look for the box right before the artists bios.)

I will do a random drawing from the comments here and announce the winner on November 29th, 2018 here on this post! So be sure and get your entry in by November 28th!

You can learn more about the other amazing artist instructors here.

I hope you will join us!! It’s going to be fun!!

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P.S. And while you are here don’t miss out on grabbing a FREE ART PRINT!

Vintage Wallpaper Packs Available

One of my favorite paper items to use in my my mixed media and art journal is vintage wallpaper. It adds such great color and texture and can be used as a jumping off point.

I have been collecting it for awhile and I thought I would share some with you!

You can find it HERE in my shop! I can’t wait to see what you create with it!

Happy Creating!

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A Stitched Pocket Notebook

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WELCOME TO THE SUMMER BLOG HOP WITH A TWIST!  

I'm so glad you found your way here! Today kicks off the Summer Blog Hop with a Twist with Roben-Marie and her Design Team.  We have the usual art inspiration and giveaways, but the twist is that there is also a SALE! More on the giveaway and the sale in a bit.

First let's get started on this fun little stitched pocket journal project. With just a few supplies it's a simple little project that you can stitch up while watching your favorite Netflix show. It makes a great notebook to throw in your purse, pocket, or give as a gift.

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Supplies Needed

Here's the supplies I used and as a plus Roben-Marie is having a sale in her shop! Yay! So be sure and take advantage of the sale!


Let's Get Started!

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Cut a piece of muslin or cotton fabric bigger than your embroidery hoop. Stamp the cute house image from the Shine Rubber Stamp Sheet onto the fabric with Ranger Archival Ink. Then heat set with a heat tool.

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Secure the stamped fabric in the hoop and start filling in the house shapes with a simple backstitch. Leave the roof tops empty for now.

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Continue to stitch the houses. I used variegated embroidery thread to get the change in color.

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Change the thread color and stitch the roof tops. 

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Add some details with grass stitches.

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Cut or tear the fabric down to size to fit the front of the pocket notebook. Glue on the front of the notebook with a glue stick or fabric glue. I used a glue stick and it worked just fine. Be sure and work the fabric to smooth it out. It will be a little bumpy where the stitched are so be sure and put glue on the stitches too so it all sticks down really good.

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Add an Art Pop In The Garden Sticker for a sun like shape. Even though it's a sticker be sure and add glue to the back so it sticks well. Add detail with a gel pen to extend the Art Pop design.

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Add Art Pop Cards with Art Pop Stickers as tip-in pages inside the notebook. Let the cards stick out a bit to add fun interest to the notebook. Add more Art Pop Stickers as tabs on the side of the pages.

And you are done! A fun, quirky, quick, colorful project that you will love writing in! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial now be sure and keep reading to enter the giveaway and for another announcement you won't want to miss!


Enter the giveaway!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED - View the winners at Roben-Marie's blog. Thank you so much to everyone who participated!

PRIZES

Grand Prize: One winner will receive a spot in Roben-Marie's latest workshop: SALVAGED: a Layered Pieces Journal and a signed and dated original abstract collage by her. 

Three Secondary Prizes: Gift certificates for an additional 30% off in your choice of the Paperbag Studios or Art Shop. 

Be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and leave a comment to increase your chances of winning the discount!

HOW DO I ENTER?

All you have to do to enter is comment on this blog post and then keep on hopping across to all of the Design Team member's posts, leave a comment on them and be entered with more chances to win.  Giveaway closes on Sunday, July 15 @ 9:00PMEST.  Prizes will be announced on Roben-Marie's blog on Monday, July 16.

WHERE DO I GO?

Here are the links to all of the amazing Design Team Projects so be sure to visit all of them, leave a comment and increase your chances of winning!

Jenni Zmuda
Ashli Oliver
Anna Friesen
Kristi Nazzaro
Torrie Gass
Cindy Gilstrap - You Are Here
Kristin Petersen
Sue Kemnitz
Laurie Haley
 

AND, there is another twist to the hop...

Roben-Marie will be closing Paperbag Studios and her Art Shop at the end of July. What? I know! But it's all good and you can read more about it in this article here. We wish Roben-Marie all the best in her new direction! She's always an inspiration no matter what she is doing! Be sure and take advantage of her shop sale before it closes.

Thank you so much for being here and taking part in the hop! Good luck in the giveaway!!

Happy Creating!

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Before you go be sure and grab my FREE ART PRINT and check out my FREE Artsy Tips and Tricks classroom!

Join me on Instagram for more inspiration.

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!


Giveaway Closed

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

GIVEAWAY

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!