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Confession: I have this sassy Christmas greeting on t-shirts for my whole family and they may all be matching. And we might wear them every year at Christmas! So of course it only made sense to make this iconic Home Alone 2 phrase into a set of free watercolor Christmas cards to share with the world. Let's be real - are you even a millennial if this movie wasn't a Christmas staple? And is it even Christmas if you don't have "Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal" on at least one t-shirt? Not in my world!

And to help you really up the nostalgia vibes, I've created a free printable art print for you use in your holiday decor this year. You better believe I'll have this on our mantle for everyone to see! 
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These files are for Personal Use Only - thanks! If you loved this freebie, please link back to this post.


 I love adding fresh elements to my Christmas decor, and I generally try to go for a natural Christmas decor theme in my own home with a touch of white and gold in it. Pretty minimalist and Scandinavian like even! These natural Christmas tree prints came to me after seeing some pictures of mandalas made in nature. I wanted a way to bring some freshness inside during the holidays in a new way, and one that didn't leave pine needles everywhere and need to be watered every day! So I gathered some foliage and rocks from my front yard, and had some fun arranging the found bits of bits of nature to create these natural Christmas trees. 

I loved how rustic and simple they turned out! And to make them even more versatile there is a black and white, and colour version of each print. They would go in any minimalist/Scandinavian/modern Christmas decor theme, and these natural Christmas trees are a fun way to bring the outdoors inside (without the upkeep!)

**Download the Natural Christmas Tree Prints Here:**


24 Gifts for Art Journalers Under $50

It's my favourite time of the year, which means it's time to start writing your Christmas lists for all your artsy wants and desires! I love love love getting art supplies in my stocking, and really, what art journaler wouldn't? I've rounded up 24 gifts for art journalers that are all under $50, and most of these are ones I have used personally and LOVE. And of course there are a couple of things off my own wish list too ;) So, onwards to this fantastic Christmas list of art journaling gifts!
24 Gifts for Art Journalers Under $50

24 Gifts for Art Journalers Under $50

  • Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint in Iridescent Bright Gold - This is my personal tried and true gold paint, and it never fails to add the perfect metallic shine to my work. The fluid consistency makes it perfect for painting, lettering and dripping all over your art journal page!
  • Liquitex Ink in Quinacridone Magenta is also another one of my tried & true favourite shades of ink. It is intense and rich, and flows wonderfully all over the pages. Liquitex Inks in general are fantastic and few of these would be great stocking stuffers!
  • Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate - 5" x7" This size is great if you're new to gelli plate printing, and is actually awesome for making cards with too! I have the 8"x10" and 3"x5", but I might have to add this to my collection this year.
24 Gifts for Art Journalers Under $50

  • Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight Gel Pens are another one of my absolute favourite tools. These really show up as a true fluorescent on the page and can also be used as a psuedo watercolor ink!
  • Wood Block Printing Stamps I found these and think they look SO fun to try out in art journaling. The wood stamps means it won't give a perfect image every time, but I think the rustic stamped images would be just lovely in a spread!
  • StencilGirl Stencils (Connected Hard Triangles by Rae Missigman) - Of course I had to include the amazing stencils from StencilGirl! Their collection is wide and vast and they have every stencil you could imagine. I'm personally a huge fan of Rae Missigman and Roxanne Coble's stencils!
24 Gifts for Art Journalers Under $50

  • Paint Water Coffee Mug This mug is hilarious, because I think every artist has accidentally drank paint water at least twice in their life. This also has a second "Not Paint Water" mug that would make a fun set to get or gift!
  • Slice Precision Ceramic Craft Knife If you do any kind of cutting of paper for your work, then this super precise ceramic craft blade is a must have. It cuts like butter and the tiny blade makes even the smallest cuts a breeze.
  • Intuitive Painting Workshop by Alena Hennessy I bought this book almost two years ago and it is still one of my go to art journaling books. Although it's for painting, all the techniques in it can be translated onto journal pages and it is bursting with so many great ideas!

24 Gifts for Art Journalers Under $50

  •  Jane Davenport's Mermaid Markers are probably in my top 5 supplies that I love and use obsessively. They are dye based ink brush pens that have the most delicious colours and are great for layering and sketching with. Get them, love them, obsess over them!
  • Shimmer Paintz Shimmerz and Blingz are shimmery watercolor type paints that come in a wide range of colours and are addicting to use! Shimmerz paints also has sprays, texture pastes in varying shades of shimmer from matte to super shimmery glam! If you want to try these paints out, be sure to mention my name in the checkout (Torrie) to get a free sample in your order!
  • Enamel Butcher's Tray Paint Palette I picked up one of these for my acrylic paints, because Lord knows I have enough watercolor palettes, but needed a bigger palette for my acrylics. This bad boy is the perfect size to sit on your desk, and really could be used for any type of medium from watercolors to catching glitter. Super multi-functional and durable!
24 Gifts for Art Journalers Under $50

  • The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron has been around a long time (25+ years in fact) and is a fan favourite among artist's around the world. While I haven't had the time to read through it, it comes highly recommended by several of my art journaling peers who swear by their morning pages!
  • Yupo Paper Polypropylene Paper is a fun new substrate to work on if you love using watercolors or alcohol inks. It's a plastic paper, so the paints all float on the top of it rather than being absorbed which makes for fun interactions and designs to come out!
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens - Galaxy Set Is this even a gift guide if there isn't Tombow Brush Pens on it? Ha! I love my Tombow Brush Pens, and they released this gorgeous galaxy themed set this year which is a great mix of cool blues, purples, pinks and greens.
24 Gifts for Art Journalers Under $50

  • Eat Sleep Art Repeat T-Shirt Every artist needs an artist shirt! This one looks fun and like it would be perfect for making art it (plus being black means it will hide coffee stains!)
  • Moleskine Art Plus Pocket Sketchbook This little pocket size Moleskine is the right size for on the go art journaling or sketching. It is small enough to fit in a purse or a large clutch. Throw in some pens, markers and water brush pen and you're ready to create on the go.
  • Sennelier Oil Pastels Set of 12 Oil pastels are quickly becoming a favourite of mine, and Sennelier makes the creamiest most vibrant ones out there. This intro set is perfect for anyone who wants to try oil pastels and doesn't want to spend too much on an entire set right at the start.
24 Gifts for Art Journalers Under $50

  • Canvas & Leather Artist Apron Okay, this apron is amazing looking!! I started wearing an apron to paint in after I ruined one too many pieces of clothing, and this cotton + leather on is so stylish but functional at the same time. Pockets! Storage! Unfortunately the fit man does not come with it...
  • Speedball Block Printing Kit Another element I love adding to my art journaling is stamping, and I love carving my own stamps! This is a block printing kit, but the rubber and blades can all be used for creating stamps as well. Or leave it big and create a really awesome block print!
  • Tim Holtz Melange Tissue Paper is a new addition to my paper bits collection, and I see why it is such a fan favourite among mixed media artists and art journalers. It is great to collage with, and the varied pattern really adds texture to any page you're working on!

That's it guys! There is my top 24 gifts ideas for art journalers, and they are all well under $50. A few of these are on my list and I'll report back if they live up to the hype!

Want even MORE gift ideas? Be sure to check out my previous gift guides with even more art supplies and gift ideas!

24 Gifts for Art Journalers Under $50

24 Gifts for Art Journalers Under $50


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It's that time of year - Christmas prep season! I know some of you are cringing, especially my American friends since it's not even Thanksgiving yet (gotta get on the Canadian calendar people!) BUT HEAR ME OUT. I start getting ready in November for so many good reasons: 

1) I do all my Christmas baking in stages and freeze it throughout the month so I can give it out in December without having to spend a whole weekend baking, 
2) I am not last minute gift buying, so I have more time to plan and wrap, and 
3) I have kids and family, and life is hella busy already in December with dinners, Christmas parties, concerts, activities, you name it. If I can make it easier by doing stuff ahead of time, I am all for it.
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So, as part of a really festive blog hop with the other StencilGirl team members, I've got these easy folk art holiday cards that can be made in an afternoon with just a few supplies like gesso, watercolors and embossing powder. I usually send them out at the start of December, and a few years ago I started making my holiday cards instead of the usual printed photo cards. They are always well received, and I think people enjoy getting a handmade card in the mail during the holidays!

Check out the video below to watch how you can use one stencil in two different ways for some quirky holiday cards everyone on your list is sure to love!

Get the supplies from this tutorial below:

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Our Creative Team members made over a dozen different projects just to whet your appetite for the most wonderful time of the year!
While you are busy oohing and aahing, make sure to take a moment to leave a comment on each blog and you'll be entered to win a $25 StencilGirl Gift Certificate!
Here are links to all the fantastic, magic, merry, holiday projects:
Torrie Gass   www.foxandhazel.com (you're already here!)
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!