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Gwen
Chicago, IL
Interests: mixed media art, travel, scrapbooking, crafting, watching sports (especially ice hockey), reading, cooking
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Hi everyone, I'm excited to be joining in on this week's blog hop featuring Nathalie's stamps from Stampendous! Today I actually have two projects to share... I used the Bird Foam Stamp and Stencil Set for both. First up, for the last year or so I've really gotten into making little sculptures. Usually I make them using stencils for my base shape, but the foam stamps worked perfectly in this case. Here's the final project - I have a little tutorial below if you're interested. While I was at it, I couldn't resist using the detailed side of the foam... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Gwen
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Thanks so much Karen! I really love the colors and patterns of India which made this a super fun theme to work with :D
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2016 on Indian Summer Themed Artist Trading Cards at Gwen
Thank you so much Cecilia... I really appreciate it :)
haha... yes, it would! It's the same trim I bought at Partners :D
lol, I don't know if I'd say I did DLP... I got behind and stopped trying to catch up pretty quickly. But I did some! And thank you!
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2016 on Catching Up: Documented Life Project at Gwen
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Hi everyone, welcome to my stop on today's blog hop with StencilGirl and Earth Safe Finishes! This year, to celebrate Earth Day, we have a fabulous bunch of posts bursting with upcycled projects. What better products to use for this than stencils and Earth Safe Finishes? These are "green" paints and mediums that I enjoyed using without worrying about whether or not I could pour my paint water down the drain. For my project, I decided to do something new - a window! I had a lot of fun with this one... the only downside is that glass is super... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Gwen
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Hi everyone, it's that time again... I'm up on the StencilGirl blog today with the April installment of Gwen's Gems! This month I went back to a more classic mixed media project with a 24"x24" canvas using a whole bunch of my stencils from StencilGirl: Head on over to see close-ups, as well as the tutorial on how I made this piece. Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at Gwen
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I recently had the opportunity to make a home decor piece using Momenta stencil paints and stencils along with a chipboard base from Hobby Lobby. I thought it would be really fun to do something that my nieces might like to hang in their bedrooms, and I thought the cool large chipboard letters and accessories would be the perfect base to make something personalized. The chipboard is about 1/2" thick, so it's perfect for this kind of project! It's a bit different from my regular work, but I knew this would be something that my nieces would enjoy. Here's a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Gwen
Your book turned out absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I'm so excited to see how you finished it, and it was so fun to see you on Saturday! How cool that you already had that EP at home... it's a good one!
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2016 on A Fun Weekend With My Peeps! at Lost Art Creations
Thanks so much Lynn! It was great to see you again this weekend :)
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2016 on New Stencil Release from StencilGirl! at Gwen
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Welcome to the last day of projects for my new stencil release! I'm super excited about these stencils, so I hope you've all enjoyed seeing what I've been working on! Today I have three projects that focus on my Decorative medallion and ornament stencils, as well as my new Ornamental Peacock Feathers stencil (which goes with my Ornamental Peacock Mask from the last release.) First up, I have a mixed media painting that uses three of my new stencils. The background was made with layers of paint and stenciling. It's a bit hard to see, but the Decorative 6-Petal Flower... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Gwen
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Hi all, I'm back again with more projects featuring my new stencils! Yesterday was all about my repeating corner designs, today is mostly about my new floral designs (both also based on some of my hand-carved rubber stamps.) I thought it would be fun to combine a few different types of projects I've done in the past with a bit of a twist. A long time ago, I took a class from Rhonna Farrer where we used half of a file folder to make a holder for 5x7 sized pages. I wanted to use that concept but instead of pages,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Gwen
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Hey everyone, guess what! Today is my second stencil release with StencilGirl! I have eleven new stencils available, so now there are 20 total - so exciting! You can see them all available now on the website or you can also check out the reveal post on StencilGirl Talk. I'll be sharing projects with my new stencils here and on social media over the next few days so you can see them all in action :) First up, one of the things I'm most excited about is a new kind of stencil - a quarter repeat corner stencil! (I say... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Gwen
Thank you so much Karen! It's much appreciated :) I really love how this piece turned out, so I'm excited that others like it too!
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2016 on Going Into the Deep with March StencilClub at Gwen
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Hi everyone, it's StencilClub Inspiration day again! The whole team at StencilGirl is sharing some fun new project ideas using this month's awesome StencilClub designs from Mary Beth Shaw. Here's what I made this month - I refinished a decorative box that I picked up for half price at the craft store. Make sure to pop over and check it out for more photos and a bit of explanation of how I made my cool little box. You'll also want to be sure and check out the fun projects from the rest of the team to get you inspired to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Gwen
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This month, the n*Studio Creative Squad is playing with the new Urban Scribble Stamp and Stencil set and I had so much fun putting together my project! We were challenged to work with the topic of Our City - textures, colors, culture, etc... I knew immediately that I wanted to represent Salt Lake with a city surrounded by mountains, of course! You can head on over to Nathalie's blog to see the full post with a write-up of the process and what I used to make it, but in the meantime, here's a view of my final project: Make sure... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Gwen
Hi Susan, thank you! Yes, I love to find new uses for products! The ColorBursts and the other gels and mediums all have so many fun applications :) So glad you liked it!
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2016 on StencilGirl & Ken Oliver Blog Hop at Gwen
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Hi Everyone! So excited today to be part of the blog hop for a brand new StencilGirl product launch... StencilGuts! Yup... now you'll not only know what happens to pieces that get cut from stencils, but you can get your hands on them to use in your projects. They're super versatile and fun to use as well. For my project with them, I decided to put together a new handmade art journal that features the StencilGuts in lots of different ways. Without further ado, here's the cover of my journal: On the cover, I coated the entire background with gel... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at Gwen
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It's that time again... today my March Gwen's Gems post is up on StencilGirl Talk! This month I was inspired to try using my stencils and a hot knife to make a clock out of an old vinyl record. There's a full tutorial for this project, plus pictures of the assemblage piece I made using my original test cuts on an old 45, so make sure to head over and check it out! Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2016 at Gwen
I don't think so - I just Googled her and Elizabeth doesn't look like the same woman. This lady never wore dresses, I don't think. Fun to learn about another lady physician back in the day, though!
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2016 on March ATC Swap - Women Who Dared at Gwen
Thank you!
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2016 on March ATC Swap - Women Who Dared at Gwen
Yes! I did... was it the 8 week course like 10-12 years ago? I was the lefty that used my left hand to do right-handed calligraphy. lol. That was a fun class and I miss that store. Even though I don't live there anymore, I come back a lot to visit and love to go to my favorite shops. At least now I've found Artistic Artifacts so I can go there when I'm home :)
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2016 on A Weekend of Classes with Seth Apter at Gwen
Hi Etta, It was a great weekend, wasn't it? I wish I had gone around to see more of other people's reference cards (and work in general!) as well. Hopefully I'll be able to get back out there for another class soon! Thanks!
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2016 on A Weekend of Classes with Seth Apter at Gwen
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This month is my second time doing an ATC swap and our kit and theme this time centered around Women Who Dared. We picked women from the collage sheets in the kit (there was a story for each of them which I put on the back of my cards,) and it was fun to learn more about people I knew, and learn about some women that I knew nothing about. Here are all of my completed cards (I only sent ten to swap, two are for me!) Here are close-ups of the individual cards. Of course, I put these in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at Gwen
Hi Sharon, it was wonderful to meet you too! I had so much fun visiting the store and I can't wait to come back! Hope I'll see you again when I do :)
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2016 on A Weekend of Classes with Seth Apter at Gwen