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.

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!


Holiday Snippets

 Here are a few little Holiday snippets from my home to yours.

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I love using vintage items in my home. Above are several corners of my home with vintage things tucked in with new to create a cozy Holiday look.

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I also love buying flowers and creating my own small arrangements in vintage containers. I used vintage pitchers, vintage milk bottles, and thrifted vintage bud vases for the arrangements above.

Happy Holidays Sweet Friends!

Summer Throw Pillows Get A Makeover for the Holidays

As I was doing some Holiday decorating today I walked by these pillows on the front porch and said, "I think I need some new outdoor pillows for Christmas". I then quickly said, "No you don't you pillow freak! You have way too many pillows already! And plus they are already green." Yes, I was really talking to myself on the front porch. That's what happens when you turn middle aged! Thank goodness my neighbors weren't around. So instead of running off to the store to buy new pillows that I would have to store after the Holidays, I started searching around the house for something I could use to spiff the pillows up.

 Here's the before of the neglected, dusty, dirty pillows and bench.

As I searched around the house for supplies I came across a few "No that won't work." Yes, I'm still talking to myself. Then I found a roll of burlap garland ribbon that I have had for who knows how long. Yeppers, time to use that. I also dug out some snowflake napkin rings. I am definitely an "outside the box" thinker when it comes to using things for something other than their intended purpose.

First I dusted off the pillows. Beleive me they needed it. I then cut the burlap so that it would wrap around the pillow about 3 1/2 times. This was just a guesstimate because I don't believe in measuring. Just sayin. I wrapped the burlap around the first side and crossed it.

I then wrapped it around the second side and crossed again. Kinda like wrapping ribbon around a present.

I tucked the ends of the burlap through the hole in the napkin ring in opposite directions and pulled snug. I made some loops to look like bow loops with the remaining ends and just tucked under the burlap and napkin ring.

And there you have it. Spruced up summer pillows for the Holidays in less than 15 minutes. No sewing, no money spent. Woo hoo! Oh and I dusted off the bench too. Ooops but I forgot to sweep the porch. Sounds like something good for my son to do tomorrow!

I hope this inspires you to create some dressed up pillows from someting you already have on hand.  You could do it for indoor or outdoor pillows. If you do outside pillows make sure your materials are weather proof. My porch is covered so the burlap should be fine.

If you do create some nifty Holiday pillows, please post a link in the comments so I can see what you created!

Holiday Hugs!