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Gwen
South Jordan, UT
Interests: mixed media art, travel, scrapbooking, crafting, watching sports (especially ice hockey), reading, cooking
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Hi all, just dropping in to let you know that I have a new project and tutorial over on StencilGirl Talk - this month's installment of Gwen's Gems features a stenciled mixed media collage on a cradled panel. I'm sharing a tutorial to go with it, as well as the story of how my original vision was pretty much obliterated as I worked, and how I worked intuitively to just keep on going and see where it ended up. Final verdict? I like it! I should let go of control a little more often :) Make sure you stop by... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Gwen
Thank you! I try and make sure that my tutorials make sense, so I'm so glad to hear that it was clear for you and that you enjoyed it :)
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2016 on Home Decor Chipboard Initial with Momenta at Gwen
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Hi all, just popping in to let you know that I have a project and tutorial up on StencilGirl Talk today. This is one of my favorite projects in a while - I used a stencil as a pattern for a beaded mosaic! Head on over for more photos along with a tutorial for both the beaded hamsa and the background. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2016 at Gwen
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Hi all, welcome to Throwback Thursday at StencilGirl! Every month we're pulling out some of the awesome StencilGirl Stencils that have been around for a while that you may not have seen yet and playing with them. This month I chose to work with the Hats stencil by Orly Avineri. This is a really cool stencil, with lots of great texture elements that are perfect for all kinds of projects! This month I've started working on some ATCs for a group I trade with, and our theme is Halloween. It couldn't be any more perfect! Here are the ATCs I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Gwen
Thanks so much Mary! I'm not sure about the one day younger thing... don't I get a day older on the way out? lol. I'm excited about the journal - it's going to be so fun to watch it fill! Hopefully it doesn't go by too fast :) This is just a regular sight-seeing trip, so I don't think there will be a whole lot of artsy stuff... I'm saving that for next year's trip to India :D
Toggle Commented Aug 15, 2016 on 2016 Asia Travel Journal - Before the Trip at Gwen
Thanks Denise! I found on my last trip that being super organized from the beginning makes it much more likely for me to be able to work on it while I'm traveling. I can't wait to fill it up!
Toggle Commented Aug 15, 2016 on 2016 Asia Travel Journal - Before the Trip at Gwen
Thanks Tracie! I hope it's going to be as awesome as I think it is... I just have to finish packing, then I'm ready to go!
Toggle Commented Aug 15, 2016 on 2016 Asia Travel Journal - Before the Trip at Gwen
Thanks so much Mary! I was so excited to find out that your stencil was inspired by the Moscow metro - so perfect for my book!
Toggle Commented Aug 15, 2016 on 2016 Asia Travel Journal - Before the Trip at Gwen
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Wow, it's been a while since I've posted anything that wasn't for an assignment I was working on! Life is as crazy as ever, but I've also been in a bit of a slump where I haven't worked on much besides what I'd already committed to. Sometimes you just have to wait those out, you know? I'm starting to pull out of it, and what better to get me excited about new projects than a big trip that needs a travel journal? I'm getting ready to head out on this year's adventure which I started planning more than two years... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at Gwen
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Hi all, just popping in to let you know that today I have a new art journal spread and tutorial up on Nathalie Kalbach's blog! This month the team is working with the theme, "say yes to adventures!" Not something I usually have a problem with... lol. I used stencils, stamps, paints, and a photo I took in Cambodia a few years ago to make my adventure-themed spread. Make sure you hop over to Nat's blog to see more photos and the tutorial. Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Gwen
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Hi everyone, just letting you know that I have a post up on StencilGirl Talk today with a new art journal spread and a tutorial for making the stenciled background I used. Make sure you head over to see more photos and the tutorial. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at Gwen
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Hi everyone, welcome to my stop on our awesome Christmas in July blog hop with StencilGirl and Imagine Crafts! I love Christmas, so it was really fun to get into the holiday state of mind in the midst of our 100+ degree weather here in Utah. If you've ever been to my house or seen pictures I've posted of my Christmas decorations, then you know that my holiday decor is a mix of classic, bohemian, and just plain eclectic. I'm pretty picky about what I'll put out in my house, so it was a fun challenge for me to make... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at Gwen
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Just taking a few minutes for an artsy PSA - there's a great sale going on today and tomorrow (July 7-8, 2016) over at StencilGirl. If you're interested in getting your hands on any of my stencil designs (hint hint!!!) or any of the other fabulous stencils from more than 40 awesome artists, now's the time! Make sure to take note of the coupon code BIRTHDAYPARTY and enter it in during checkout in order to get 14% off your order of stencils (plus, you still get an additional discount if you order 6 or more of the 4x4, 6x6, or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Gwen
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Hi All! Just popping in to let you know that today I'm up on Nathalie Kalbach's blog sharing a project featuring several of Nathalie's stamps and stencils. Our theme for this month centered on a letter to our future selves (like 10 years from now selves.) I thought it would be fun to make a little mini art journal where I could write out advice to myself. It's 2"x3" and I picked 5 pieces of advice to include: Make sure you head over to see the full post - there are pictures of all of the inside pages as well... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Gwen
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Hi everyone, welcome to my stop on our awesome Christmas in July blog hop with StencilGirl and Imagine Crafts! I love Christmas, so it was really fun to get into the holiday state of mind in the midst of our 100+ degree weather here in Utah. If you've ever been to my house or seen pictures I've posted of my Christmas decorations, then you know that my holiday decor is a mix of classic, bohemian, and just plain eclectic. I'm pretty picky about what I'll put out in my house, so it was a fun challenge for me to make... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Gwen
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Hi everyone, just popping in to let you know that the June installment of Gwen's Gems is up on the StencilGirl blog! This month I have an 11"x14" mixed media piece (on a 3/4" cradled birch panel) made with lots and lots of layers of stencils and paint. So what are you waiting for? Head on over for more photos, step-by-step tutorial, and links to all the stencils I used for this one. Save Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at Gwen
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Hi everyone, welcome to my stop on today's blog hop with Stampendous and n*Studio! I'm excited to be able to participate today in sharing some fun project inspiration using Nathalie's Stampendous stamp sets. For today's post, I decided to use the Elephant Foam Stamp, Cling Rubber, and Stencil Set to make some handmade cards. I can always use some fun all occasion cards; I like to keep a little stash of them in case I need a card quickly, and the elephants seemed like such a fun motif to use for these. Who doesn't love elephants? I put together a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Gwen
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Thanks so much Karen! This is still one of my favorite projects :)
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Hi all, just popping in to let you know that I have a post up on the nStudio blog today featuring Nathalie Kalbach's Fashion Dame stamp set. Our theme for this month's creative squad posts was "my own drum." I did my own interpretation of the theme with a page in my art journal: Head on over to Nathalie's blog to see the story behind this month's page, as well as a tutorial for how it came together. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Gwen
Thanks so much Maria... miss you too!!!
haha! It would be pretty cool if I could blog minds, though. :D Thank you!
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Hi all, welcome to Throwback Thursday with StencilGirl! We're pulling out some of our older stencils - if you've already seen or bought them, hopefully this will give you new ideas for using them! Some of these stencils will also be new to many of you - since we release every month, it's easy for some of our oldies but goodies to be missed! This month I'm showcasing the Dia de los Muertes stencil by Andrea Matus deMeng. This was a stencil that I passed on at first, but once I realized all of the different ways I could use... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at Gwen
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Hi everyone, just popping in to let you know that my monthly installment of "Gwen's Gems" is up on the StencilGirl blog. This month I did quite a bit of playing and ended up with a kind of hand sculpture made from a stencil base that lives in its own little box - I'm calling it a shrine for a lack of a better term (and I guess it sort of is one!) If you're interested, you can head on over to view the full post where there are more photos (with close-ups, naturally!) as well as a tutorial /... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at Gwen
Hi Holly, I think you can use whatever you want! I've done these in binders, I've used bound books, and I've done several this way. I used book board just cut down to size (you can get it on Amazon or in art supply stores - not craft stores like Michael's, though,) but you can also use a really heavy chipboard, even cardboard if you're not concerned about the acid (although if you're going to travel with it, it won't hold up as well.) I have a heavy-duty Carl trimmer that I use to cut it to size, but you can just use a ruler and a sturdy x-acto knife. I have a 1/4" Crop-a-Dile hole punch that I use for the holes, then just binder rings from the office supply store. Hope that helps!
Toggle Commented May 18, 2016 on Scrapbook on the Road at Gwen
Thanks! This was a fun challenge, and I think this is my favorite stamp set :D