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South Jordan, UT
Interests: mixed media art, travel, scrapbooking, crafting, watching sports (especially ice hockey), reading, cooking
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Have you signed up for Creative JumpStart 2017? Last year was my first year, and I was so impressed with the variety of projects and how inspired I was to create and try new things as I watched the videos! If you've been thinking about it, I thought I'd post a little teaser that may (or may not!) push you over the edge ;) The theme this year is Mix, Match, and Master, and we're mixing styles and supplies in our projects! I'll give you a little hint... mine is mixed media assemblage, and I even added 10+ minutes of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Gwen
Hi everyone! I'm super excited to announce that I'm the designer for the December 2016 StencilClub collection from StencilGirl! This month's set is called Heraldry, and I think you can see why: This set is chock full of hand-drawn designs. You can create your own family crest or coat of arms, or you can use individual elements for backgrounds, borders, journaling blocks, and more! Here's a little video I put together to introduce the stencils; I share my inspiration along with a few different ideas and projects for things you can do with this stencil set: These are two of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Gwen
I'm super excited to announce that I'll be back again this year participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2017, run for the 6th time by Nathalie Kalbach. If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2017. Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters. Throughout January participants get access to 27 downloadable videos from 27 featured artists. I'm proud to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” See for yourself: Announcing Creative JumpStart 2017 - CJS17 from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo. Head... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at Gwen
Guess what? It's Cyber Monday at StencilGirl! This means that all of my stencils (and hundreds of other amazing designs,) are all on sale! Save 25% off from now until 12pm Central Time with coupon code: cyber25 Then, you can still save 20% off from noon until 11:59pm Central Time with coupon code: cyber20 What are you waiting for? Time to get shopping! Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at Gwen
Thank you Sandra! This is definitely the perfect type of artwork for low-cost creativity... I've seen pretty cool designs done with a ball point pen on a Post-It note! I haven't had a lot of time to keep it up lately, so good for you for sticking with it!
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2016 on All tangled up at Gwen
Thanks Missy! So glad you liked it!
Thanks Nancy!
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2016 on Stenciled Holiday Ornaments at Gwen
Thanks Michael - they're lots of fun... I hope you try them since I'm sure whatever you did would be awesome!
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2016 on Stenciled Holiday Ornaments at Gwen
Hi everyone, I'm up on StencilGirl Talk today with my November project for Gwen's Gems! This month I'm making stenciled holiday ornaments. Make sure to head on over so you can see photos of the individual ornaments, as well as a quick little tutorial on how I made these! P.S., all of these ornaments are now available for sale! $18 each including shipping within the United States. If you want one, better hurry - they're already selling! Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Gwen
One of the things that's fallen to the back-burner with all the travel, work business, assignments, etc... going on over the last few months has been documenting my trip to China, Mongolia, and Russia on the Transiberian Railroad. I flew to China in August and spent a week there (where I took precisely one short video,) before crossing into Mongolia and boarding the Zarengold private train where I spent the next two weeks going up through Mongolia and then into Siberia and all the way across Russia to Moscow. From there I flew back to Salt Lake (via Frankfurt and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Gwen
Wow, an actual new post! I've been busy with lots of stuff lately, but a good chunk of it has been for projects that I can't share just yet, so my poor blog has been neglected while I work on my deadlines. I'm trying to start squeezing in a few posts here and there... I thought I'd start with the ATCs I made for this month's swap. Our theme was La Belle Epoque, and we had such a fun kit to work with! There were lots of great collage images, and I had a great time pulling these together. Here's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Gwen
Hi Don, Thanks so much for the invite! Looks like a lot of great work happening in the group from what's on your board. Do you have more information about it? How it works, etc...? You can message me on Facebook if that works - Thanks! Gwen
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2016 on Carve December Part 2 at Gwen
Hi everyone, I'm up on StencilGirl Talk today sharing some mini stenciled junque journals that I made to give out as gifts. Here you can see the books I made: You can head over to the StencilGirl blog to see more photos of the books as well as a little tutorial on how I made them. Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at Gwen
Thanks Tina! Isn't that a great video? I need to get her other ones. I'd love to have my own line of commercially produced stamps. Since I already have my stencils with StencilGirl, getting my stamps to go with them would be amazing - I'd love to be able to have them all coordinate, but we'll see :) Thanks again!
Thanks so much Tina! This was a lot of fun to do... maybe more spiked hair people in the future, too. lol.
lol, thanks Jill! This one kind of surprised me. I had made the collage sheets a few days before I worked on this, but aside from that the whole thing came together in just over 2 hours! I really enjoyed this process :)
Today is Throwback Thursday over at StencilGirl Talk, and I jumped in this month to make a new art journal spread featuring two awesome oldie but goodie stencils (along with a bunch of others, of course!) I was really itching to use the Face Map Side Version 2 stencil by Pam Carriker, and I couldn't help but think of doing some kind of face to face concept in my art journal. So, I took that as my starting point and went with it! As I went, I added in the Fade Circle stencil by Michelle Ward - it's awesome for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at Gwen
What a fabulous card! I love the coloring on the image and the way you used the stencil for some background pattern - such a great composition!
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Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on this week's blog hop with StencilGirl and Impression Obsession! This week members of both creative teams are combining StencilGirl stencils and IO stamps to make fun new projects that we hope you'll love! For my project, I decided to decorate the cover of a small art journal I made a while ago that I haven't used yet (hopefully this will help change that.) Here's what I came up with: This could also work for an art journal page, mixed media canvas or panel... it could translate to a handmade card as well! Here's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at Gwen
What a beautiful card! I love how soft it is, with all of the depth you got from the different shades of green. Just lovely!
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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 Sep 18, 2016 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
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
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