Cutting Edge Stencil Review & Giveaway {or making a home}

**Giveaway now closed***

We've lived in our rental house for 20 months now. We're here through at least the end of next April. When we first moved in, I was frustrated about moving away from friends and family, pregnant and still getting all day "morning" sickness, and had just lost my mom. I just didn't have the desire or energy to really make this house into anything homey.

When I got the nesting bug, I had a nursery to decorate. Since Emma showed up a bit early, the nursery was the only thing to benefit from that particular bug. After we started sleeping a bit more, I started to slowly but surely make this house feel more like home. It's been a really slow process, but also a process that I've enjoyed.

When Cutting Edge Stencils contacted me asking if I would like to review one of their stencils, I did a highly undignified happy dance. Then I realized I have so many places that are in need of some love. I had such an awful time picking a stencil. Taking a look at our very busy schedule and realizing that we would only be able to stencil during Emma's nap or after she went to bed, we decided to go for a wall pattern kit rather than an all over stencil. I decided that the Parsley Blooms Wall Pattern Kit was just what our dinning room wall needed.

As apart of the decorating process, I have been slowly but surely putting together a gallery wall in our living room. We have an open floor plan that flows from kitchen to dinning room to living room. I decided to take the colors from a printable and fabric that are on the wall to use for the dinning room wall.

Before stenciling, I watched Cutting Edge's How To video and also read the instruction sheet. This was my first time stenciling and I found these resources very helpful. Make sure you follow the instructions about blotting off the paint onto a paper towel. It makes a huge difference. I'm also glad I practiced on a pizza box.

Our walls are both highly textured and poorly constructed. The dry wall was poorly hung, so there's not a flat wall in the whole place. I did have some bleeding while stenciling, but I attribute that to the oddities of the wall rather than a flaw with the stencil. I found making sure I had very little paint on my brush reduced the bleeding.

I did find the stencils hard to clean. Since I was using three different colors, I had to clean the stencils between colors. It was a bit annoying to do. It also took a long time. I wished I had a foam roller for each color. The instructions suggest it and having them would have made the whole process a bit quicker. However, this was user error and not an issue with the stencil itself.

Overall, I would defiantly use another Cutting Edge Stencil. I may or may not already be eyeing a couple of the craft stencils. The stencil itself is of great quality. The instructions were very helpful. Cleaning the stencil was a pain. However, this would not deter me from giving stenciling another go.

The kind people over at Cutting Edge Stencil have offered one very lucky person a stencil of their choice {up to a $50} value. They're also throwing in free shipping! This giveaway is only open to US residents. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter!

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  1. I like this one - http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/moroccan-stencil-marrakech.html
    but it was really hard to choose!

  2. Any of the Damask stencils! Our master bedroom is done in Damask and I'd love to add some stenciling to it!

  3. Love the borders! I would probably pick the ivy but I don't know they are all so cool!

  4. Entered....your link to follow Cutting Edge Stencils on Twitter did not work for me (but I already follow them). I've been celebrating my blogiversary and have had 5 days of giveaways, each running for a week and today was the last one. I'd love for you to come on over and visit!


  5. I love this one! http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flower-power-stencils.html Great giveaway, and yours turned out so cute!

  6. I'd like to try the spring songbirds one. :) Love your wall, great job!!

  7. I LOVE THE LARGE BIRCH TREES ONE! and the daffodil ones!

  8. Thanks for hosting! This is a great giveaway!!


  9. I have that same stencil!! LOVE what you did with it!

  10. I like the Casablanca Allover Stencil.

  11. They are all so cute, a lot of the stencils made me wish I had girls!!! HAHAHA!!! But, my favorite one would have to be the Beautiful Birches stencil!!

  12. All Fresco and Mural Stencils are fantastic! mmm lemon trees!

  13. Wow! Those flowers really bring that wall to life. Great job!

  14. i'm in love with any and all of the tree branches!

    the wall turned out great michaela! i love the update to the thermostat frame too. :) that's an awesome green.

  15. What a great job! The pattern is so fun! I would love for you to come link up to my Get Social Sunday party and show off your awesome blog! http://alivedinhome.blogspot.com/2012/09/get-social-sunday_30.html

  16. I like just about all of the all over stencils. I especially like the Fuji All Over.

  17. It looks just gorgeous!!! I love that you chose to use different colors! Your newest follower - would love to have you come by and follow back when you have the time:)

  18. I love the framed thermostat!!!

    I am a new follower and I would love for you to follow back. Also, feel free to link this to my Flaunt It Friday link party!!! :) http://www.blissfulbucketlist.com/2012/10/flaunt-it-friday-15.html

    Hope to share more ideas with you soon!!!