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Chicago, IL
Interests: mixed media art, travel, scrapbooking, crafting, watching sports (especially ice hockey), reading, cooking
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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
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
Thanks so much Karen! This is still one of my favorite projects :)
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!
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
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
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