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.


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
Cosmetic Sponge
White Gesso


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.


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


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.


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!


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)


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

An Ikea Cabinet Makeover Using Art Supplies


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,


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!

A Hand Stitched Gift for the Holidays


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,


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.


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


Step 1: Gather your supplies


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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,


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.

Alcohol Ink Painting with StencilGirl and Tim Holtz

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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!

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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

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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!


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!


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

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!


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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!