September 09, 2010

Cutting Edge Stencils and a Giveaway

Today I want to show you a piece of art I made for my sister's master bedroom.  I used a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils.  They have some gorgeous stencils to choose from.  Here's what I made.


I got the wood from the Depot.  They have these really thin sheets of MDF that are roughly 2' by 4' and they are less than $3!  Sweet.  I painted it with some leftover pale gray paint from my craft room.  I chose the Acacia Allover Stencil which I fell in love with.  I have an obsession with leaves, you know. 

I laid the wood flat and I taped down the stencil as well. This is the spray paint I used.  While you might think spray paint might get messy and sticky with a stencil, this spray paint is the first ever acrylic laytex spray.  (That means less odor, less damage to the environment, and you can even use it indoors.)


This spray paint is a bit thin, so I did about 5 super thin coats each time I moved the stencil (which I only had to move twice since it's a big stencil).  It gave me a great clean line.  After I finished the stenciling I went back and hand painted over one of the leaf sets in mustard.  My sister's room is all gray and mustard yellow.  Since my hand painting wasn't perfect I outlined that part in black with a Sharpie.  (Shhhh...don't tell anybody.)  It made the yellow leaves pop even more, which I really liked.


The wall art was an easy project.  Now here's the fun part.  Cutting Edge Stencils is going to give one of you a free stencil (up to $40).  Enter to win be leaving a comment on this post.  (Drawing will end Sunday at midnight and winner will be announced on Monday.)

DRAWING NOW CLOSED!
Thanks for dropping in.  See you tomorrow!

231 comments:

  1. I have been dying to try a stencil project. Thanks for sharing! Your artwork turned out beautiful!

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  2. Nice tutorial, I love yellow and gray, and I think leaves, trees and flowers are the best decoration motif ever!

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  3. I love all of your projects. I love stencils. I usually make my own but for once it'd be great to have a real one.

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  4. Great giveaway! I love stencils.

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  5. this is great! i have fallen in love with stencils lately. and I'm totally obsessed with your blog. (not in a stalker way tho. haha) Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. your artwork is fantastic - no one would guess it was homemade from a stencil! would love to win one :)

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  7. Is that ever neat!! What a great way to add some inexpensive artwork... So many ideas now!!

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  8. Fun I think this is great. I hope I win!

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  9. Awesome artwork! I love it! and so easy...makes me love it even more! :0)

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  10. I love the stencil you used. The simplicity of it is just gorgeous.

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  11. Just checked out there site--gorgeous stuff! Your painting came out so wonderful! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. I just love that, what a great gift!

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  13. I would love to win. I see they have and Hourglass Allover stencil and I would love to use it on an accent wall and create this same look: http://kfddesigns.blogspot.com/2010/05/this-week.html

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  14. I love this artwork! It looks great. I love that all the leaves are one color and them there is the one yellow one. It really stands out.

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  15. Stencils are so cool and I never think to use them! Thanks for the great tute and website ;)

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  16. I love the leaves! The mustard leaves look amazing with the gray!

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  17. Very clever and super simple! Thanks as always for sharing. I can't wait to try it!

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  18. oh my gosh! i LOVE this painting. it is simply awesome! i love the simplicity and the graphic nature. thanks for telling us about the water based spray paint. i have never heard about this before and now want to make a run to lowes or home depot to see if they have any!!!

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  19. Awesome! I have a few stencil projects in mind and this would be a lot better than messing with an exacto knife and trying to make my own!

    olympicsleeper@hotmail.com

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  20. What a great project!!! Would love to win a stencil!!! Great news on the spray paint too!!!
    xx-Kristyn

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  21. wooohooo!! I love stenciling! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

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  22. I love it! You're such an inspiration!

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  23. That sharpie secret is brilliant. I wonder if my hand is steady enough to pull that off!

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  24. I would love to win a stencil. I have been thinking of doing something similar in my master bedroom.

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  25. love that! i have no art in my master bedroom so this would be a fun project!

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  26. I love that look! Yellow greys and whites are always a great combo!

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  27. Love your new art! My "new" bathroom is grew, white and yellow accents. :)

    I would love to win one of their cool stencils!! Any room in my house can use some new art!

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  28. What a great idea! I haven't used stencils in quite awhile, would love to try that out!

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  29. So cute! I love this! I have a blank canvas waiting to be painted and this is a lovely idea! :)

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  30. I love your stencil! Thanks for the chance to win one of our own!

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  31. I love how your piece turned out! I'd love to get to try out one of Cutting Edge's stencils. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Meredith (http://welcometoheardmont.com)

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  32. I already have an idea to use this stencil with! Thanks!

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  33. Wow. Those stencils are gorgeous.

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  34. I LOVE all your artwork! You're amazing!

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  35. Love it!! So simple and still so beautiful! I love your blog!!

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  36. Yellow + grey is my absolute favorite, so of course, I'm in love with this custom art piece you made for your sis. Great job and great stencils!

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  37. That is THE CUTEST ART EVER! I am such a lover of clean lines and gray and yellow! Oh wait....that has all of those. YAY! It's just awesome. And I love the sharpie thing. Genius!

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  38. I love this artwork! You are so crafty and it all turns out great. Thanks for sharing.

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  39. What an awesome idea!!!! I just love discovering projects and design ideas on here!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  40. how do you continue to come up with all these awesome ideas? luv the artwork, love your blog, love you, love your kids & nephews, especially when you dress them up like girls! hmmm...what else do i love??? stencils!

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  41. Oh stencils, how you intrigue me so. With your artwork, minimal effort, and big results, I don't stand a chance.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  42. Ooooohhhhhh! That has my best friend written all over it. She is starting over again and needs some happy wall art. I LOVE it! Thanks so much for this post!

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  43. You are just so dang crafty! I love your blog!

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  44. I love the idea of a gray and yellow room---kinda blew my mind:) jessicaleeperkins@hotmail.com

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  45. What a fun and easy project! Thanks for the chance to win a stencil.

    emilou84037@yahoo.com

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  46. Gorgeous!!! lilitankersley@gmail.com

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  47. They have some beautiful stencils. It's too bad most of the ones I'm in love with are more than $40 (mostly it's the large trees that I really love), but I would settle for something else.

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  48. Very cute picture! I love all of their stencils.

    aazhenii@yahoo.com

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  49. I would love a stencil! I have a bedroom set that NEEDS a makeover...

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  50. Thanks for the chance!! And, I love the yellow and gray combo!
    erin41@charter.net

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  51. I love their stencils! Especially all their geometric patterns - so cool!

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  52. A stencil is a great idea for home decorating!!

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  53. yay! how fun!! would love to stencil some new projects!

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  54. I really want to try these! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  55. so many beautiful stencils!

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  56. my sister just painted her living room grey with mustard accents. She would absolutely love this!. Thanks for sharing all of your creativity with us and thanks for the chance to win.

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  57. I love leaves, too. It looks like fun!

    doopysmiles2@yahoo.com

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  58. I am a HUGE fan of the grey and yellow combo! It has class and color!

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  59. My house is full of booby traps!! Ah boys, but if I could win a stencil I would be happy ;)
    -Stefanie
    2ndChanceCreations.etsy.com

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  60. That is so pretty! I love the pop of yellow.

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  61. Wow! I would have thought you bought that at a store...it looks great! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  62. Wow awesome!! I can't believe you used spray paint, so awesome!!

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  63. Love that you outlined it in black. What cute, easy artwork.

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  64. great project idea! Can't wait to try it! THanks!

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  65. Great! Awesome and affordable wall decor.

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  66. Ohh my word!! This would be wonderful to win!! I am looking for something to do in my bathroom, to give it some color, actually the color that you used for your leaf project would be perfect! Can I just take that instead;)

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  67. That's so cute! I would love to try this project!!!

    Thanks!

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  68. I really like it. The sharpie was a smart addition! I love the stencil! maggie.strebel@gmail.com

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  69. I love this idea! It looks great and makes me want to head to the depot!

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  70. Beautiful artwork! Stencils have come along way, haven't they?

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  71. They have some really beautiful stencils! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  72. Your blog insprires me, every day! I love your projects. This one is beautiful!

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  73. I have been wanting to try stenciling for so long - hope I win!

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  74. I want one!! love the art piece!!!

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  75. I love stencils. So much you can do with them.

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  76. Great giveaway! I painted a canvas using a hand-made PAPER stencil... it was TOUGH! I'd love to try it again with the "real" thing!!! Thanks for the chance!

    johnson.adrian1@gmail.com

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  77. Love-love-love it!!! :) Such a fun color combination! :)

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  78. As usual, your stuff totally rocks! Love the shapie outline!
    rachel-thelifeofriley.blogspot.com

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  79. LOVE the stencil!! I would love to do our bedroom grey and yellow.. the art would be perfect!

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  80. I would love to win this! It would get put to good use immediately!
    anapastuk@hotmail.com

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  81. I love your stencil project - I would love to try one for my girl's room :)

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  82. I really like the funky wheel.

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  83. That is great! Now you have me thinking on what I could do!!! Thanks!

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  84. I need a stencil! I just painted my kitchen and need to stencil above my cabinets to bring a little something more..

    Your project is super cute! I love mustard yellow.

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  85. I would love to win. I've been trying to figure out a new piece of art and a new stencil would be the perfect starting point!

    Love your blog by the way. I'm a recent follower.

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  86. Would love to win!

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  87. wow, the chance to get a real stencil??! you mean they're not all made of wax paper or contact paper?? you're so great, thank you

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  88. It looks beautiful, and is such a simple way to design pictures for your home. I can't wait to try it.

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  89. This is soo cool! I love how the yellow really pops and makes a statement. Especially when placed next to the yellow vase! What a fun project.

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  90. That is so beautiful and simple. I love it!

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  91. Love it! That bright yellow just makes it!

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  92. Your art turned out great! Love it! Redoing my master bedroom is on "my list" and I'd love to do a cool stencil treatment to the main wall. Great giveaway!
    thegemini2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  93. LOVE it! I love how the black ties together with your buffet and decorations. Perfect.

    evas.mom@gmail.com

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  94. I love that leaf stencil! I could do so many cool projects with that!

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  96. Well done! Great artwork for your sister. I'd love to try out the stencils - have an idea for our daughters room.
    Thanks for the great ideas and inspiration!

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  97. I love your blog, I look for it everyday in my reader and just love all the fun things you do. You have inspired me to continue decorating my home, you have given me peace of mind being a stay at home mom, its nice to interact with others in the same boat and I love your sense of jumor and writing style. Keep up the great work! My next project is the Be sign. I have always wanted one but have never found a style I love. I LOVE yours and am gong to start it very soon. Thanks!

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  98. ooo thats beautiful! gotta love stencils
    chasingrays@hotmail.com

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  99. Thanks for a great giveaway. I have been wanting to stencil a wall in my bedroom & this would help me get it done...FINALLY! Great artwork, I know your sister loved it!

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  100. I love creating my own art...yours is awesome!

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  101. Love that! Nice work! I think its that mustard-y yellow that I'm shooting for in my living room...hmmm. ANyway, I love the artwork. Fabulous job! And thanks for the opportunity to win a little something:)

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  102. so clean and modern. love stencils...they are so hot right now!

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  103. Oh, I just LOVE this! We just moved, and I'm thinking of doing our room in gray and yellow too, and I may copy your cute painting. This stencil is great!

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  104. what a great idea! stenciling is so much fun! :)

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  105. oooh, what a fun giveaway, I have totally been looking for the perfect stencil to use in my sewing room, I would love to win one!
    heidiemyers@gmail.com

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  106. oh! I LOVE the damask stensils! Pick me! Pick me!

    Janice
    thewhimsyshop@gmail.com

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  107. I would get one of the allover stencils I'm thinking the hourglass one. Oh and thanks ffor telling me about that new spray paint.

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  108. I love stencils, I want one!

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  109. Simple yet beautiful. I love stencils. The possibilities are endless. :-)

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  110. Love this tutorial. We are looking at redoing the decor in our bedroom on a tight budget and this would be a great way to add some artwork! Thanks for the idea and the giveaway!

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  111. i need a new stencil....

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  112. I actually looked at their website yesterday, and I would LOVE to win. I am wanting to do a stencil project in my kitchen.

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  113. What beautiful stencils, I'm in love with the Damask Stencil Anna

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  114. Ive been secretly following your blog for a few months and I have LOVED every project you have done. It has inspired me to be more crafty. I would also like to get in on the free stencil!

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  115. Gorgeous! My house is dying for some new art work and I'd love to try something like this!

    sweetpeaandjojo.blogspot.com

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  116. I want to get my stencil on!

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  117. What a great work!

    Thank you for the giveaway, it's amazing ... love at first sight (I'm redecorating the walls in here in my thoughts now :D).

    Greetings from Germany!
    Janka :)

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  118. How fun! Love the wall art. Hope I win.

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  119. How Fun! I'd love a stencil!

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  120. Great job on the painting. I am always afraid to try making a painting for my house because I think it will turn out looking cheesy. Yours look like something you could buy in a store!

    rachaelbecker@gmail.com

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  121. Super cute! I want to get into stuff like this. I want to win!! :D

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  122. That is sooooo cool. Looks like a piece of art that cost a ton.

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  123. Ooh! I love this. The touch of yellow is so pleasing to the eye. :)

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  124. Please! Please! I've been wanting one for so long.

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  125. What a great idea! I love this look. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  126. I absolutely love this one. My masterbedroom is green and cream I could really see this beautiful piece of art adding just the perfect touch to my room. Thanks for sharing your talents with us. I love checking your blog and getting fun new ideas.

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  127. I had never heard of Cutting Edge Stencils... Until TODAY! I'm so excited! I can't get enough of their website! Cute painting, btw! :)

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  128. That spray paint was a fabulous find, thanks for sharing! Love the stencil... looks like its time to head over to their website

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  129. Oh wow, great use of the stencil! I think I tend to overlook them because I'm usually not a fan of them when painted directly on a wall. But slap that puppy on a piece of wood, and I'm awestruck! Cutting Edge has some gorgeous stencils, so I'd be very happy to win one!

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  130. I love that you told us about the Sharpie part. Sometimes when I see great projects I get overwhelmed but knowing perfection is difficult for others is a great encouragement.

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  131. SO cute! Yet another of your ideas that I'll file away to steal later! :o)

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  132. So cool. I love to use sharpies on paint projects to get a clean outline too! I've even used them to entirely "paint" words onto decorative signs before.

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  133. Holy comments Batman! I love the picture and the stencils rock! You did it again wonder woman

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  134. How fun! Love your project!

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  135. What a great idea. We live in an apartmetn and can't paint, so painting large pieces of MDF is a great idea.

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  136. Wow, I don't even think about making wall art like this but now that I see how easy it can be I'm inspired! Much cheaper than trying to find prints, etc. that match your decor. Thanks for the ideas! sorainima@gmail.com

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  137. I think I copy all of your projects. I love everything you do!!

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  138. Wow! What fabulous artwork! You make it look so easy! :)



    pam{dot}helm{at}hotmail{dot}com

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  139. I've been looking for the right stencil or vinyl design for my daughter's wall, and I love that zinnia one! I'm always a little intimidated by paint, but if I won this, I suppose I would need to finally just grow a pair! :)

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  140. I LOVE this! I'd love to win a stencil to do this in my home!

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  141. Pick me, pick me!

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  142. Wow! Your painting looks so nice! Love the color combo!

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  143. How fun! I love your blog!!!

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  144. how easy and fun! it looks great!! and what fun to have a giveaway for it too! :)

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  145. That looks so awesome! My master bedroom is in serious need of some over-the-bed artwork. It's been bare since I moved in 3 1/2 years ago!

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  146. Oh, please be me! I'd love to play around with a new stencil!

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  147. This is so exciting! I would love to try a new project with a stencil!

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  148. love it - can't wait to do it myself!

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  149. I love the simplicity of the design! And I LOVE the yellow in contrast to the gray! And I must say, how creative to outline with a sharpie! I never would have guessed! It makes the yellow pop!

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  150. I love it! You did a great job, I don't think I would have ever thought of that, but I really love it! And now I have a chance to do the same thing...yea!!!
    kelli
    kellbell_6@hotmail.com

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  151. love it! i to ohave an obsesstion with leaves. started with my fall wedding 7 years ago and hasn't stopped :)

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  152. I really like how easy this tutorial is - even I could get it finished! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  153. Ooh! I love what you did! I'm feeling inspired for a housewarming gift for my sister-in-law :)

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  154. I love these stencils but I couldn't afford to just buy one...so winning one would be perfect ;)

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  155. Way cute stencil! It would be a really easy way to dress up the bedroom walls a bit.

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  156. beautiful! Being that I have NO artistic bone in my body I LOVE stencils!

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  157. I love stencils!

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  158. I've had a modern stencil treatment for one of our walls in mind for quite some time now. Winning the drawing would be wonderful! Your art work turned out fantastic too!!

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  159. Cool giveaway. I'd love to win a stencil to paint in my baby's room, or maybe the playroom, oh so many places to choose from.

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  160. Your art is so beautiful! I love it! I'd love to win a stencil to do art in my home.

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  161. That looks great! I'd love to give the stencil a try

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  162. oh i would love to win! i really want to redo my 1/2 bath and i was going to wallpaper it, but i could just do a wallpaper style stencil!

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  163. how awesome! i have been dying to do something like this!!
    lizzermagizzer@hotmail.com

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  164. I love that pattern. Cute idea.

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  165. Saw an adorable quilt at Target in grey and yellow today that this would look soooooooo cute with. Hope I win!!!

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  166. I have really been wanting to buy a fun stencil to do some creative projects with. Love the art you made!

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  167. Fun Fun Fun! I would love to try that, cute idea!

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  168. I love their stencils! thanks!!
    marthablake3@gmail.com

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  169. Sweet - I'd use one in my entryway for some much needed punch.
    - Danielle
    other-option AT hotmail DOT com

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  170. I love the single colored leaf... very cool!

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  171. I absolutely love this blog! I wish I was as creative and talented as you. Thanks so much for sharing your gift with all of us!

    Ps: I have mastered the art of flat iron curls thanks to your hair week and have never looked back! :)

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  172. I've been wanting to try stenciling in my entry way, perfect!

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  173. Looks awesome! Super savvy and I'd love to try!!

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  174. I hope I can try one someday, I'm getting crazy now a days :)

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  175. OOOOOHHHHH!!! I'd love a stencil!!! Me Me Me!!

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  176. Ooh, I love it! We're painting our bedroom right now, so this is a great time for some new art :) Thanks for the chance!

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  177. Stencil Me! Haha! I would love it!

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  178. oh i love a good stencil, how fun!

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  179. Great idea! I've been looking for some big above the bed art, this sounds like it may be just the thing.

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  180. Thank you for the giveaway :) and the art looks lovely!

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  181. Great stencils! How cool.

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  182. Such a cute, innovative idea! I have been wanting to do something with stencils and now I have a new idea!

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  183. I love love yellow and gray together! So pretty! I went over to cuttingedgestencils.com and can't believe all the awesome stencils they have! Thank you!

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  184. Cool! I might have to get me one of those boards and put something together for my entryway.
    ky.jackson@gmail.com

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  185. In my bedroom we have this big plain brown painted wall I've been wanting to do something. I think a stenciled artwork would be so cool! I love their webpage. Just what I'm looking for.

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  186. Wow that looks like fun! I hope I win, I've got some great ideas for my daughters room!

    ashleycardon@yahoo.com

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  187. Beautiful project! I would love to do something similar for my home. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  188. Great art piece-as usual! Easy and affordable. I love it.

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  189. This is a great project. Thanks!

    rebekahricker@yahoo.com

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  190. This is awesome. WHat a great stencil....so easy, and I LOVE that mustard color!!

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  191. I really need to try this craft! I love this.

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  192. I love stencils!!! Their stencils are exactly what I have been looking for everywhere!! SO fun!!

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  193. YEAH! I love stencils!

    jsgundersen@gmail.com

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  194. I've REALLY been wanting to try my hand at stenciling! Would love to win :)

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