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.


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..


I hope you enjoy this fun little tag book!

With love and creativity,


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.


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

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!


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..


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

With love and creativity,


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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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!

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 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.

Gratitude Junk Journal Workshop

What are you grateful for? 

We are all grateful for things but do you stop often enough to reflect on the everyday things? The everyday things are so important and make up our beautiful, messy, and sometimes complicated lives. Come join me and 9 other beautiful artists in November for a journey of reflection and gratitude in The Gratitude Junk Journal Workshop. I am so blessed and thankful to be a part of this class and can't wait to guide you through a lesson of gratitude.

Gratitude. A feeling of appreciation or thanks. So simple, yet so mighty. It becomes mightier as we practice it in our lives. Growing it in a group makes it all the stronger. This journal will help to reinforce it and give us a great reference that keeps us grounded. Just imagine after one month how your attitude, those around you and your life will change. Change your heart. Change your mind. Change your life. A month of gratitude. A month of miracles….again!
— Tiare (Our Workshop Host)

Video sneak peek of my lesson!

Registration is open now.
Be sure and grab early bird pricing though October 22nd! (that's a $10 savings)

Class starts November 1st!

I'm giving away one spot in class!

To enter for a chance to win a spot in class all you have to do is comment below and tell me one small thing you are grateful for today! You have until 5pm CST on October 13th to enter. I will randomly draw a winner from the comments and announce it in this post on October 15th. Please be sure and include your email address in the comment so I can contact you if you win.

Be sure and share with your friends! Let's spread the gratitude love!


Thank you to everyone who left a comment! I loved all your reasons for being grateful and were so touching!! I am truly blessed and grateful to be a part of this wonderful little online art community!! Winner will be announced October 15th right here on this post. Entries to giveaway are now closed but feel free to continue commenting.

Update... the winner is...

Deanna Heitschmidt

Congratulations Deanna! You won a spot in the Gratitude Junk Journal class. I will be emailing you soon with details.

Artist blog hop 

Meet the other wonderful artists! I know you will love their work. You can find them at the links below during the blog hop!

October 4 - Sherry Canino
October 5 - Cristin Stevenson
October 6 - Natalyn Bradshaw
October 7 - Jackie Barragan
October 8 - Nicole Edgecombe
October 9 - Tiffany Goff Smith
October 10 - Cindy Gilstrap - YOU ARE HERE
October 11 - Kymona Tracy
October 12 - Deanna Jinjoe
October 13 - Tiare Smith

We can't wait to see you in class! It's going to be a wonderful month of focusing on gratitude and making fun messes in our junk journal!

With gratitude and love!


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!


Junque Art Studio Play - Playing With Color


It's time for another Junque Art Studio Play™ video! (Formerly Fast Forward Art Play™) It's really all about playing, having fun, and discovering new things. I try to make time several times a week to play and explore in my art journal. To get in the "play" state of mind I find it helps when I limit my time to 30 minutes or less. When my time is limited I tend to not over think things and just let things happen. (Most of the time anyway.)


I have been trying to use different color combinations lately and in this Studio Play time I pushed myself to use colors I don't normally use. It's good to have those comfortable tools in your art, but it's also great to explore new things. Your art journal is the perfect place to explore.



I hope you enjoy the video and I hope it inspires you to try some new colors and just make some time to play! Remember the page was created in under 30 minutes and I have fast forwarded the video times 2 so it's something you can watch quick.

When I first started I wasn't really liking where it was going. But I kept working quickly and making moves with color and marks. In the end I really liked how it turned out. I think I have found a new go to color combo to add to my tool box.


Below are most of the supplies I used in today's Studio Play Video. This list is to help you locate the products that I used. Please feel free to substitute products that you already have but it's always fun to shop for new art supplies. If you have any questions about supplies please send me a note in the comments below.

P.S. I used a hand carved stamp in the video so there is no link for the stamp.

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It doesn't take a lot of time to create in your art journal. It's all about playing and having fun. So I would love for you to challenge yourself to carve out 30 minutes a week to just play!


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask in the comments.

Happy Playing and Creating,


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