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Chicago, IL
Interests: mixed media art, travel, scrapbooking, crafting, watching sports (especially ice hockey), reading, cooking
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Thanks so much Maria... miss you too!!!
haha! It would be pretty cool if I could blog minds, though. :D Thank you!
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 3 days ago at Gwen
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 6 days ago 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
Thank you so much!
Beautiful canvas - I love seeing your process. And thanks so much for using my stencil on this - looks awesome!
It's StencilClub inspiration day over on the StencilGirl blog! This month's exclusive club stencils were designed by Terri Stegmiller and are perfect for Spring! Of course, my project ended up going in the opposite direction, but I still absolutely love it. This month I made myself a new art journal - it's a 6"x8" codex-bound book and I used the stencils to make the covers and binding. Head on over to see the full post with more photos of my project as well as more fabulous inspiration from the team! Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Gwen
Hi everyone, I'm up on the n*Studio (Nathalie Kalbach) blog today with this month's project using her awesome stamps and stencils. Our theme this month was to represent a childhood memory using the Elephant Stamp and Stencil Set to represent the memory (because an elephant never forgets, right?) This was fun to do... Make sure you head over to Nathalie's blog to read about the memory that inspired this page and also get an overview of how I made this art journal spread - there are more photos and a few step-outs. Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Gwen
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 Apr 29, 2016 at Gwen
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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