A Stitched Pocket Notebook



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.

JunqueArt-RM Mini Blog Hop.JPG

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!


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.


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.


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


Change the thread color and stitch the roof tops. 


Add some details with grass stitches.


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.


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.


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!


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!


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.


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!


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.

Alcohol Ink Painting with StencilGirl and Tim Holtz

Tim Holtz Blog Hop Header.jpg

Welcome to the blog hop with StencilGirl and Tim Holtz! I am so happy you found your way here and I am so excited to be working with products from these two awesome companies.

Let's create this fun and happy floral painting!

Photo1 - JunqueArt StencilGirl:TimHoltz Hop.JPG

In the short video lesson below I am going to walk you through creating this fun and easy floral painting using StencilGirl stencils and Tim Holtz alcohol inks by Ranger Ink! I had so much fun playing an experimenting. The inks are bright and colorful and react differently than paint. There are endless possibilities when you combine the ink with stencils. I hope you love the project and I can't wait to see what you make! Let's get started...just click the play button below. (After you watch the video be sure and go to the bottom of the post for a chance to enter two giveaways!)

Video Lesson

Tim Holtz Blog Hop Giveaway image.jpg

One lucky winner will receive a $50 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products!

Here's how to enter:

1. Sign Up for The Scoop for your chance to WIN! (sign up box is in the sidebar)

2. Then visit the following blogs of Team StencilGirl and comment for MORE chances to win!

October 18: Adirondack Alcohol Inks
Mary Beth Shaw
Debi Adams
Cindy Gilstrap - You are Here
Carol Baxter
Sandee Setliff

October 19: Distress Oxide Ink Pads
Gwen Lafleur
Belen Sotelo
Tina Walker
Karen Gaunt
Louise Nelson

October 20th: Distress Crayons
Sherry Canino
Torrie Gass
Mary C. Nasser
Kiala Givehand
Janet Joehlin

3. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!

One winner will be chosen at random from The Scoop subscribers and blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)

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



You could also win...


I love to send happy mail so I'm giving away my little painting I made in the video to one lucky winner! Just pop your name and email in below by October 29th for a chance to win the painting! I will email the winner and announce it here on this post on October 30th. (P.S. And there might just be some additional goodies included if you win... just sayin'! You will also be added to the Junque Art family and will receive creative updates periodically. You can unsubscribe at anytime.)

AND THE WINNER of my painting IS.... CHRISTINA!

Congrats Christina! I will be emailing you! Thank you everyone for hopping and I entering the giveaway! I hope you enjoyed it all!

Thank you so much for being here! Happy creating!

With love and creativity,


Want more inspiration? Check out my current workshops. New workshops coming soon! Be sure and subscribe to receive creative updates.

A Farmhouse Pumpkin With StencilGirl

Even though my art is usually full of bright colors I love all things farmhouse style when it comes to decorating. Since fall is in the air I decided to create a modern farmhouse style pumpkin using StencilGirl stencils.

It's Team Tuesday at StencilGirl and I'm on their blog today creating a fun fall project.


Hop over to StencilGirl Talk to for a step by step tutorial on how I created this impactful but simple pumpkin for fall.

Happy creating!


Mermaid Fun with StencilGirl


Summer is here and so are new Mermaid Stencils by StencilGirl. Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out all the fun projects on this StencilGirl Creative Team Mermaid  Madness Blog Hop!


I had so much fun playing with the new Love Mermaid stencil by Cathy Nichols . After playing with some ideas I decided to make a summery pillow. I hope you enjoy the tutorial and if you make a pillow I would love to see it. Just leave me a comment with your link or tag me on Instagram.

Supplies Needed:

Mermaid Stencil, Fabric Paint (any brand will work), Mini Mister or small spray bottle if paint is not already in a bottle, Neutral Cotton Fabric, 2 printed fabrics that coordinate, Embroidery Thread, Embroidery Needle, Embroidery Hoop (optional), Straight Pins, Sewing Machine (you could also hand stitch), PolyFil stuffing.

Let's get started!


Cut a piece of neutral fabric a little bigger than the mermaid. I cut mine the size of the stencil which is 9x12 inches but you can do any size. Using a fabric paint in a sprayer, spray through the stencil. I used two colors of Dye-Na-Flow paint. I already had this paint in my stash and just put a little in a mini mister. You can find fabric paint in spray bottles at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. Let paint dry or dry with a heat gun.


Pick out a coordinating background fabric and cut to your desired size. I cut mine about 2 inches bigger than the mermaid piece of fabric. Pin your mermaid to the background fabric.


Stitch you mermaid to your background fabric. I used a coordinating thread and used a simple zig zag stitch. If you don't have a sewing machine you can hand stitch.


Insert your piece into an embroidery hoop and start embellishing some of the stencil lines with embroidery thread. I used a simple back stitch with a variegated DMC thread.


Here's detail of her tail. I used a blue green variegated DMC thread. Have fun with this step! You can add detail to all the lines or just highlight some of the lines.


Now pick out a fun fabric for the back of the pillow and pom pom trim to coordinate with your piece. Cut your background the same size as your front piece of fabric.


Pin your pom pom trim all the way around the front piece of fabric as shown. Note that the pom poms face in towards your piece.


Stitch your pom pom trim to the fabric with a straight stitch. You have to stitch fairly slow to make sure your pom poms don't get stuck under the stitching.


This is what your pom pom trim should look like after stitching. Be sure and remove the pins.


Pin the back fabric to the front fabric right sides together. Line up the edges. It will be lumpy because of the pom pom trim. Pay close attention to your pom pom trim and make sure the pom poms don't get pinned in your edge seam.


Straight stitch around the edge and leave an opening at the bottom that is big enough to get stuffing and your hand in. It helps to sew slow so that the pom poms don't get into your straight stitch.


Before you turn your pillow right side out be sure and trim the corners off so the corners turn nicely.


Turn your pillow right side out through the hole you left in the bottom. It should look like this. If your fabric is a little wrinkled you can lightly iron it before you stuff it.


Stuff your pillow with polyfil to the desired fullness. Then hand stitch your bottom opening shut.


And now you have a fun mermaid pillow for summer decorating. Have fun with this project. If you have any questions don't hesitate to leave them in the comments below. I can't wait to see what you make.

Be sure and check out StencilGirl for all the new Mermaid Stencils.

Win A Mermaid Stencil!


Don't forget to stop by all the other Creative Team Members blogs to check out their fun mermaid projects and to enter to win a mermaid stencil. Comment on this blog or any of the others by noon CST on 7-16-17. Winners notified by email on July 17th. Good luck!

StencilGirl Creative Team Mermaid Madness Blog Hoppers

Sandee Setliff

Belen Sotelo

Torrie Gass

Sherry Canino

Cindy (You are here)

Kiala Givehand

Carol Baxter

Janet Joehlin

More mermaid projects from Gwen Lafleur, Karen Gaunt, Tina Walker, and Louise Nelson can be found HERE.

Be sure and check out original mermaid projects from the designers HERE.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you will come back and visit soon!


Need more inspiration? Be sure and subscribe to be a part of the Junque Art family to receive creative updates.

New Class - Hacking The Color Wheel


I am over the moon excited to announce I'll be teaching in Hacking The Color Wheel with 13 other talented ladies.  It is hosted by Kiala Givehand and we can't wait to get crazy with color!  I'll be teaching in Session 2 but I do hope you will take advantage of the full class! Both sessions are going to be amazing! In these courses we will focus on how to use colors in a variety of ways. From color wheels and swatches, to mono-color studies, color mixing, and crazy color combinations, these classes are all about how we can use color to create a feeling, a mood, and/or a story about our past, our present and our future.

Join the creative rebels as we journey together through lessons on bookbinding, color theory, techniques, mixed media spreads, and projects that will push the boundaries of color, art, and journaling.

There will a live kickoff on June 9th...how fun is that!! There will be more live sessions once class starts along with recorded video lessons and handouts.

Take advantage of the Early Bird pricing for the Session 1 and 2 BUNDLE here. Session 1 starts June 11th and Early bird pricing ends May 15th. Come join us! You can find all the details here.


Getting Artsy with StencilGirl and PaperArtsy



The Holiday season is here and I can't believe it is almost 2017! I think it's true what they say... "time flies when you get older". This year has definitely flown by so I'm looking ahead to the new year with creative anticipation. My goal is to make more time for my art in 2017. More time to just play and explore!

One of the ways I love to lose myself in creativity is working with wonderful products from companies like StencilGirl and PaperArtsy, and I am thrilled and honored to be a part of the Blog Hop! (Make sure you read all the way to the bottom for details on an awesome giveaway!)


With the idea in mind that I needed a cute little notebook to start jotting down my creative ideas for 2017, I created this little notebook to stick in my purse. I had so much fun combining products from StencilGirl and PaperArtsy to create this inspiring, but simple little notebook.

Here's how I did it...

Supplies I used:

Small Composition Notebook, old book page, Fresco Acrylic Paint in Chartreuse and London Bus, Sea of Sciffs Mini StencilInky Circles Stencil, Ebony Prismacolor Pencil, Ink Pad, White Gel Pen, White Gesso, Glue Stick, Vintage piece of fabric.

Let's get started...


First adhere an old book page to the front and back of a composition notebook. I glued the pages down with a glue stick and then trimmed around the edges.


Apply a thin coat of gesso over the book page. I used an old credit card to scrape it on to get some texture and a messy look.


Stencil random placed shapes on the front and back with the Sea of Sciffs Mini Stencil from StencilGirl and Chartreuse Fresco Acrylic Paint from PaperArsty.


Then add random marks of paint with a palette knife.


Accent your stencil shapes with a sketch pencil. Don't worry about being perfect, just make fun sketchy lines.


With ink and the Eclectica {Everything Art} 03 stamp from Paper Artsy add images to the front and back cover.


With the London Bus Fresco Acrylic Paint from PaperArtsy add some color to your stamped images.


Add more stencil shapes with the Inky Circles Stencil and white paint and the Chartreuse paint.


Add a stamped word to the front of your cover with Eclectica {Everything Art} 03 stamp from Paper Artsy.


Add more detail around the edge of the cover with a the Chartreuse paint and sketch pencil.


Glue a piece of fabric to the spine to coordinate with your paint colors. I used a piece of vintage fabric. You could also paint the spine or use decorative tape.


Add some additional detail with a white gel pen and sketch pencil.


I had so much fun creating this little notebook! The stamps and stencils made a great combination! I love how the Fresco paint from PaperArtsy is translucent so you can see the layers underneath the paint.


I hope you enjoy trying this little project with some wonderful products from StencilGirl and PaperArtsy!


Be sure and visit the rest of the blogs on the blog hop for some wonderful projects and a giveaway! Keep reading below for all the details.


GIVEAWAY One lucky winner will receive a $75 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products AND a £50 Gift Certificate for PaperArtsy!!

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams 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 Friday, December 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments. Winner will be announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page and PaperArtsy's blog on Sunday, January 1.

Blog Hop Order:

Dec. 21
Kim Dellow
Mary C. Nasser
Gwen Lafleur

Dec. 22
Jo Firth Young
Lauren Hatwell
Kristie Taylor
Tina Walker

Dec. 23
Clare Lloyd
Lin Brown
Anna Friesen
Janet Joehlin

Dec. 24
Kay Carley
Emma Godfrey
Cindy Gilstrap (You are here)
Karen Gaunt

Thank you so much for stopping by! Merry Christmas and Happy Blog Hopping!




Sometimes listening, really listening to what the slight whispers are trying to tell you is hard until they become more than whispers. Trying to ease back into my art by listening to the whispers.

Come join me over at the StencilGirl blog today to see how I created this quick and easy art journal page by combining multiple stencils. See you there!


Flowers In Her Hair


I wish I could wear flowers in my hair, don't you? Hop on over to StencilGirl for Creative Team Tuesday today. I can't wait to show you how to create this fun and playful art journal page using two stencils.

I hope you have fun playing with stencils!