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.

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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!


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.

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)


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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. 


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!


StencilGirl & etchall blog hop 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

Creative Tags With StencilGirl and Imagine Crafts



Welcome to the Blog Hop with StencilGirl and Imagine Crafts! I am so excited you are here and I hope you enjoy creating these cute tags along with me. Be sure and read all the way to the end of the post for links to more fun projects and details on the how to enter the Giveaway.



I used the following supplies:


One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Imagine Crafts!

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.)

Day 1 - July 19th

Day 2 - July 20

Day 3 - July 21

You have until Sunday, July 23rd at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.

Winner will be announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page and Imagine’s Facebook page on Monday, July 24th.

Good luck and thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Creating!


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Creating A Junk Journal with StencilGirl and Canvas Corp!


This month StencilGirl Products is collaborating with Canvas Corp Brands to show you unique ways to use StencilGirl stencils with a variety of Canvas Corp Brands surfaces and Tattered Angels Paint Kits!

Be sure to check out the details at the end of this post on how you can win a wonderful prize package worth over $50 in goodies from StencilGirl Products and Canvas Corp Brands!


I got a fun package in the mail full of goodies from Canvas Corp Brands and couldn't wait to see how  I could pair them up with StencilGirl stencils.


Just look at this fun pile of goodies. I wanted to use the Tattered Angel sprays with the Succulent Stencil and the Canvas Fringe was calling out to me.


So I started with the Party Pink from the Beach Ball Calendar Mist kit and sprayed it through the Succulent Stencil. (My stencils are well loved!) I worked my way down the Canvas Fringe and I didn't worry about trying to match the stencil up as I moved it.


After spraying the Party Pink I dried it with a heat gun and then decided to add more color with the Summer Glow . Instead of spraying it I just dipped a paint brush in the bottle and painted it on parts of the flowers. (Tip: Remember to think outside the box when using your products. They don't always have to be used like they were intended to.) I wanted to leave some of the canvas showing and I didn't get hung up on making the painting perfect. I'm all about the messy look.


Here's a better shot of what the ribbon looked like after I used the Party Pink and the Summer Glow.


I liked the ribbon but I decided it needed a little green for a hint of leaves. The Beach Ball kit did not have green so I mixed the Summer Glow and the Patina together to make a really pretty green! I then painted some hints of leaves and then dried it all with a heat gun.


 I took some of the fun Canvas Corp papers and started sewing them to the front and back of the blank journal.


I wanted the stitching to be messy so I used my free motion foot on my machine and just stitched some funky lines.


I added the fun pink burlap to the spine with the same messy stitches.


I just love how all of it turned out but I especially love the fringed canvas ribbon. The Tattered Angel sprays worked wonderful with the StencilGirl stencil.


I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and have fun combining your StencilGirl stencils with your Canvas Corp Brand products! Be sure and keep reading to enter for fun prizes!

What would a matchup be without a fun prize!!!!

Here’s your chance to get your hands on a products from StencilGirl Products and Canvas Corp Brands. All you need to do is….

  • leave a comment here on any or all of the Matchup Posts during the month of April with StencilGirl Products and CCB. You can leave one on each post for more chances to win. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #SGPCCBmatchup so we can find you!!!
  • and/or leave a comment on the CCB Facebook page or StencilGirl Products Facebook page. Don’t forget to include #SGPCCBmatchup so we can find you!!!
  • and/or leave a comment on any of the CCB Instagram posts or StencilGirl Products Instagram posts where you see any of the projects from the CCB team or the SGP team. Don’t forget to include #SGPCCBmatchup so we can find you!!!
  • You can follow along by searching #SGPCCBmatchup. If you love what you see and would like to join the Facebook group CCB Collective – ask to join today.
  • You can find all StencilGirl Products in our shop – www.stencilgirlproducts.com
  • Shop Canvas Corp Brands at https://shop.canvascorpbrands.com
  • We will be sharing projects the entire month of April – learn new techniques, see how new products are used and be inspired with great ideas from members of the SGP and CCB creative teams.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Good luck and please come back and visit soon!


Christmas In July With StencilGirl and Imagine Crafts


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Welcome to the Christmas in July Blog Hop with StencilGirl and Imagine Crafts. I'm so excited you are here!

It is a little hard to think about Christmas when it's almost 100 degrees outside, but the Holidays will be here before you know it. So why not stay out of the heat and have fun making some Christmas crafts.


I am a bit of a vintage and thrift store junkie, and I love combining old and new in my decorating and my art. Today I'm going to show you how to make this charming vintage style Christmas Tree wall decor. When I go thrift store shopping I have a few things that I always look for. One of those being vintage embroidery hoops. There is just something heartwarming and comforting about these simple little wooden hoops that just makes me smile. I think the memories of my grandmother and I working on stitching projects together has something to do with the attachment.


For this project I decided to use this awesome oval embroidery hoop that I had in my stash of hoops. Embroidery hoops make great frames that you can change out for the seasons. This is a simple and quick project that will add handmade charm to your Christmas decor.

Let's get started!


Supplies Needed


Step 1: Cut the background fabric to be about 1.5"- 2" larger than your hoop. You can leave it square for now. We will trim it at the end.

Step 2: Trace the inside of the hoop onto the canvas fabric with a pen or pencil.

Step 3: Draw hash marks 1"-2" inside the circle or oval that you just traced to form a smaller circle or oval. This is going to be the smaller piece of canvas fabric that you will do your stencil art on. I measured in 2" because I wanted 2" of the vintage fabric to show. You can adjust your measurements to your liking.

Step 4: Cut along the hash marks.


Step 5: Using the Green Apple Marker from the Gemstone Set and the Antennas Stencil color in the "trunk" and "limbs". Leave off the top ones as shown.Step 6:  Color in the "ornaments" with the Cherry Pink Marker from the Gemstone Set. Skip the top branch but color in the very top one.

Step 7:  Your tree should look like this.

Step 8:  Using the Broken Circles Stencil over lay one of the broken circles over the top dot that you colored in Step 6. Using the Cherry Pink Marker color in the broken circle.

Step 9:  Your tree should look like this.


Step 10: Add details around every other "ornament" with the Cherry Pink Marker.


Step 11:Paint inside the Broken Circle with All Purpose Ink in White.

Step 12: Paint under the tree with the white ink.

Step 13: Paint the word "Joy" with the All Purpose Ink in White.

Step 14: Outline the word "Joy" with the Cherry Pink Marker.


The canvas piece is all finished. Let's move to the next steps.


Step 15: Center your canvas piece in the middle of the hoop. Tack down to background fabric with a glue stick to hold in place.

Step 16: Thread an embroidery needle with embroidery floss to match your project.

Step 17: Straight stitch around the edge of the canvas piece. Add a seed bead to every other stitch. The stitches don't have to perfect. We are going for a handmade vintage look which mean "perfectly imperfect".

Step 18: Add a seed bead to the top of the tree .


Step 19: Insert the finished fabric piece into the hoop and adjust the tightness. Trim the fabric around the hoop leaving enough to fold over the edge.


Step 20: Fold over the edge of the fabric to the inside of the hoop. If you want to be able to switch the fabric piece out for different seasons then you can just tape the fabric edges to the hoop. Not pretty but it works and it won't show. If you want the fabric to be a permanent piece in the hoop you can use craft glue to adhere the fabric to the hoop.


And now you are all done and ready to hang it up for Holidays.

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Thanks so much for stopping by on the hop! I hope you enjoyed this little vintage style Christmas project. Be sure and visit all the blogs in the hop for a chance to win $100! All the details are below.

What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!

We'll be picking one lucky winner to receive $100 in Gift Certificates – a $50 Gift Certificate for StencilGirl Products and a $50 Gift Certificate for Imagine Crafts!

Take your time and visit each blog showcased July 9, 16, & 23 and leave your comments.

Blog Hop Order

July 9: 
Mary C. Nasser
Neva Cole
Nadine Carlier
Monica Edwards

July 16:
StencilGirl Talk Janet Joehlin
Cindy Gilstrap - YOU ARE HERE
Anna Friesen
Alison Heikkila
Martha Lucia Gomez
Roni Johnson

July 23:
StencilGirl Talk Gwen Lafleur
Carolyn Dube
Carol Baxter
Mark Melnick
Jowilna Nolte
Terre Fry

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN! One comment per blog please.

You will have until Saturday, July 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.

The winner will be notified by email and announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page on Sunday, July 31st.

Happy Hopping & Creating!


Exciting News and a Giveaway!

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I am so excited to share that I was asked to be a part of the wonderful StencilGirl Creative Team! I can not wait to get started sharing their wonderful stencils with you and all the creative things you can do with them.

I am honored to be among a group of very talented and inspiring women! Please be sure and check out the StencilGirl Talk blog for fun and inspiring tutorials every week. I'll be sharing there soon.


I also wanted to share an Artsy Dori student with you that I am so proud of! My biggest reason for teaching online creative classes is to hopefully inspire people to create. Anna, from Artful Stories, was so inspired from the Artsy Dori Workshop that she has made multiple Artsy Doris! They are BEEEUTEEFUL oh my goodness they are to die for!

Here's just one of the Artsy Doris that she created and is giving away! Yes, I said giving away! I am so tempted to enter the giveaway. LOL

To enter, first head over to StencilGirl where Anna has an inspiring post waiting for you and all the details to enter the Artsy Dori giveaway.  They are truly beautiful notebook covers!

I am so blown away and proud of all my students who have shared their work. It truly makes my heart happy to see all the beautiful notebooks being created. And if you are wanting to create your own Artsy Dori, your can check it out here.


A Giveaway on Instagram!

My favorite social media platform is Instagram! And I'm having a little celebration giveaway over there!


I realized this morning that I have over 500 awesome followers and to celebrate I'm having a giveaway! I know that's not a lot of followers to some, but it's a ton for little ole me. There are so many creative peeps sharing amazing things on Instagram, and I love it!

To celebrate reaching 500 followers I am having a giveaway! Please come join the fun if you like. I'm giving away a signed print of my original mixed media art piece "Everyday Beauty" and a whole lot more.


All you have to do is come on over to my Instagram feed . Find the photo above and follow the directions under the photo to enter the giveaway. (You will have to be on your smart phone to post.)

Creative peeps rock!