Mixed Media Inspiration With Kiala Givehand and Stencil Girl

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Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the blog hop! I hope your new year is off to a wonderful start and I hope you are starting to make some time to create. One wonderful way to ease back into a creative practice is using prompts. I love using Kiala's Mixed Media Inspiration Deck for this. The cards are a great way to get you started and past the blank page.

StencilGirl and Kiala have teamed up to show you great ways to get started creating. I admit I was having a bit of a hard time getting going after the Holidays, but using Kiala's cards and StencilGirl stencils got me going quickly. Here's how I used the cards and stencils together.

Card #1 Prompt


I tried to work fast and not think too much about what I was going to use. I started with Mixed Media Art Spray and then grabbed a paper towel and blotted areas to create texture.

Card #2 Prompt


For card #2 I grabbed a piece of cardboard that was in my drawer and used it as a printing tool. I really like how the lines came out. In two quick prompts I already have a fun background started.

Card #3 Prompt


For card #3 I switched my tools and used some dry wall tape as my tool to create more pattern and texture.

Card #4 Prompt


I was excited to pull card #4 because I love adding fabric to my art journal pages. I just applied Multi-Medium Matte gel to the page and stuck the fabric down. I also added a coat of matte medium to the top of the fabric.

Card #5 Prompt


Card #5 let's go stencil crazy! I used the following stencils from StencilGirl:

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The great thing about the mixed media deck is you can use as many or as few as you want to get you going. I decided to stop here because I really love the background. It's a great base for doodling, adding journaling, or a focal image. I hope you enjoyed the process!

Keep reading for a chance to win stencils and a your own mixed media deck!

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One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products AND a Mixed Media Inspiration Deck™ Empowerment Edition!

Visit these amazing artists’ blogs 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 Sunday, January 14th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments. Winner will be announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page on Monday, January 15th.

Blog Hop Order

January 10
Mary Beth Shaw
Kiala Givehand
Tina Walker
Belen Sotelo

January 11
Mary C. Nasser
Sherry Canino
Louise Nelson
Torrie Gass

January 12
Debi Adams
Cindy Gilstrap (You are here)
Sandee Setliff
Karen Gaunt

Good luck and happy creating!


Need more inspiration? Check out my 3 workshops that are now 40% off through 1/31/2018. Use code "newyear" when checking out!

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,


Excited to Announce


I am so excited to announce that I am part of the 2018 Roben-Marie Smith Design Team! Roben-Marie has been an inspiration of mine for years and I am truly honored and tickled pink to be a part of her team. I'm still pinching myself to make sure I'm not just dreaming. The wonderful team she has picked has some amazing fun things planned for the new year.  I hope you will join us!

With creative love,


Looking for inspiration? Check out my free Studio Play videos and my current workshops. New workshops coming soon! Be sure and subscribe to receive creative updates.

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.

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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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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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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