Journaling with Mindfulness Guest Artist

Hi everyone, just popping in to let you know that today I'm the guest artist over at the Journaling with Mindfulness blog. It's a new blog that has a weekly prompt to get you thinking about including meaningful subjects in your art journaling. They have a wonderfully supportive Facebook group as well, and all styles and experience levels are represented in this group. The prompts so far this year have been great!

My prompt this week was about the place I've visited that has left the longest lasting influence on me. I chose my visit to Soweto when I was in South Africa in 2007...

  Lessons from Soweto - Art Journal Page - Gwen Lafleur

To see more and read the story behind this spread... not to mention a tutorial, make sure you check out the Journaling with Mindfulness blog and join in if you're feeling so inclined!

 


February 2016 StencilClub - Mixed Media Portrait

Hi everyone, today is inspiration day for the February 2016 StencilClub stencils from StencilGirl! This month's stencils are from StencilGirl Artist Carol Wiebe, and they're pretty fabulous. 

Here's my project for this month... one of my all-time favorites. I actually ordered a frame for her - I love her so much she has to go up on the wall to be admired all the time! I was very inspired by the work of Andrea Matus deMeng for this project - I picked up some great tips while taking classes with her in Stamford back in October.

February 2016 StencilClub Mixed Media Painting - Gwen Lafleur

Check out the post on StencilGirl Talk to see all of the inspiration from the team for this month! Also if you're interested, below are a few step-out photos from while I was making her, as well as a few more close-ups.

First, I painted the face using a reference from a magazine. I haven't done much with painted portraits, so I was very pleased with the results! Here it is in progress:

February 2016 StencilClub Mixed Media Painting Step 1 - Gwen Lafleur

I cut the finished face out (it was on mixed media paper) and then I did a little stenciling on top:

February 2016 StencilClub Mixed Media Painting Step 2 - Gwen LafleurNext I started working on the background. This was an 11x14" sheet of heavy-weight vellum finish Mixed Media paper (Strathmore) and it was painted with Carbon Black. I used a protractor and ruler to do the "rays" around the stenciled area I put down from the 9x12. You can see below how I used painter's tape to mask off each section as I went - there's a different pattern in each area and I didn't want them to bleed into each other.

February 2016 StencilClub Mixed Media Painting Step 3 - Gwen Lafleur

From this point I did a lot of stenciling and collaging, but I didn't take any pictures. Some of it was stuff I leaned in Andrea's class (hence the lack of tutorial,) and some of it was just getting so caught up in the process that I didn't think to take any pictures! As I got toward the end, I needed a background for the torso of the figure, so I pulled out some plain tissue paper and stenciled on it.

February 2016 StencilClub Mixed Media Painting Step 4 - Gwen Lafleur

I used Archival Ink for that, and then used some permanent spray inks over the top (turquoise and gold) and crumpled it all up before distressing with black ink and then cutting and gluing it onto the background. You can't really see it unless you're looking for it, but the pattern has a nice, subtle impact.

Here are a few more close-ups of my finished piece:

February 2016 StencilClub Mixed Media Painting Close-up 2 - Gwen Lafleur

February 2016 StencilClub Mixed Media Painting Close-up 3 - Gwen Lafleur

So that's it! I hope you like it :) Don't forget to head over to see the post on StencilGirl Talk and check out the rest of this month's inspiration! Lots of ideas and a great variety of projects being shared, as always!


Meet Curly Joe Magillicutty

I realize that I've been a slacker about posting the projects from the rest of the classes I took at Art is You Stamford back in October. I posted all the photos from my masterclass, but none of the others! So I'm starting with my little mini evening class that Patty and I took with the awesome and talented Michael deMeng - Dirty Rotten East Coast Eggs (based on his Dirty Rotten Eggs series.) In the class, we took a regular old plastic Easter egg along with some Aves Apoxy Sculpt and sculpted our own characters. Because of the time it takes the clay to cure we didn't finish the painting in class, but I finished my little sculpture! We each went around the room and shared our little characters and what we'd decided to name them. Mine was Curly Joe Magillicutty. There was really no other name for him. When you see him, you know why.

Of course, I didn't realize that I had neglected to take any decent before photos until after I'd started painting him. Oops! So here you can see one where Curly Joe accompanied me in my car on my move to Utah with the thought that I'd paint him while waiting for the moving truck.

Curly Joe before Painting

Obviously, that didn't actually happen - I got distracted with a totally different project that took the entire time up until the movers came and delivered all my stuff. So he sat on a shelf in my studio until this week when I pulled him down to paint... at last!

Without further ado, meet the finished version of Curly Joe:

Curly Joe - Dirty Rotten Egg Sculpture - Gwen Lafleur

In class, Michael had demonstrated how to get what he calls "creepy baby doll glow" with paints. Which he demonstrated on a baby doll head, so it all made sense, of course. It's been a few months, but fortunately I had a few notes and a good memory, so I think I got it fairly close to the correct process!

Curly Joe - Dirty Rotten Egg Sculpture - side view 2 - Gwen Lafleur

From the back... I added some molding paste to get the non-curly hair:

Curly Joe - Dirty Rotten Egg Sculpture - back view - Gwen Lafleur

At this point in the modeling session, Curly Joe was feeling like striking a pose:

Curly Joe - Dirty Rotten Egg Sculpture - side view - Gwen Lafleur

His eye is just a plastic doll's eye that came in the class kit. 

Curly Joe is Watching You

I feel so much better now that he's painted. He just seemed naked before. So now he's done and sitting back on his shelf... he still watches over my studio, only in color now :D


Mini Handmade Art Journal

On Tuesday in my post for the StencilGirl and Inchie Arts blog hop, I shared the covers for two mini handmade art journals that I made using the 4x4 Art Squares from Inchie Arts. Today I thought I'd share the inside pages for one of them (I was originally going to put them in Tuesday's post, but that seemed like it was just too much!)

Here are the books again:

StencilGirl - Inchie Arts - Mini Art Journals - Gwen Lafleur

I used the one made from the black 4x4 Art Squares (but the other one is going to get filled too!)

StencilGirl - Inchie Arts - Mini Art Journal 1 Cover Close-up - Gwen Lafleur

Here are the inside pages. I had a sheet torn from the Art Institute of Chicago member magazine for an exhibit with Indian art that I thought was really beautiful. I used imagery from that page throughout the four spreads in my book. There's lots of collage, and of course lots of stenciling too! I'll list all of the stencils I used at the bottom of the post just to keep things simple.

Spread number one:

Inchie Arts - StencilGirl - Mini Art Journal Spread 1 - Gwen Lafleur

Here's a close-up of page one - handmade paper in the background, washi tape, my magazine collage images, an old stamp, and stencils, of course! I added some gold Stickles in the centers of my stenciled images.

Inchie Arts - StencilGirl - Mini Art Journal Page 1 - Gwen Lafleur

On page two, I used a razor to cut a window in the page and put a piece of old 7 Gypsies printed transparency on the front (I knew I wanted something to fit into the window from the back.) I added a scrap of embroidered fabric and more stencils.

Inchie Arts - StencilGirl - Mini Art Journal Page 2 - Gwen Lafleur

Here's spread number 2:

Inchie Arts - StencilGirl - Mini Art Journal Spread 2 - Gwen Lafleur

Here you can see the back-side of my window, but as I mentioned, the transparency is on the other side so that the 2x2 art square on the right side page will nest right inside of the window when the pages are together.

Inchie Arts - StencilGirl - Mini Art Journal Page 3 - Gwen Lafleur

On the left side, I used a patchwork technique that I learned in my class with Seth Apter back in October. With a collaged butterfly and some stenciling on top.

Inchie Arts - StencilGirl - Mini Art Journal Page 4 - Gwen Lafleur

On the right, I stenciled over the background in gold. I placed the 2x2 Art Square so that it would fit into the window, then I stenciled on top and added glitter and Liquid Pearls. I cut out some gold and silver metallic and glittered circles from a piece of handmade paper and added some other collage and stenciling on top. 

The third spread:

Inchie Arts - StencilGirl - Mini Art Journal Spread 3 - Gwen LafleurBack to my Indian imagery with this one (I seem to be very drawn to this lately.) 

Inchie Arts - StencilGirl - Mini Art Journal Page 5 - Gwen Lafleur

More stenciling in the background with gold, then collage images. On top I have Liquid Pearls and rubons, then more stenciling. I'm loving the effect of the different stencils layered on top of each other in gold and then white.

Inchie Arts - StencilGirl - Mini Art Journal Page 6 - Gwen Lafleur

On the right side I used a red paint marker to bring out some of the stenciled design in the background and tie everything in a bit more.

Finally, the fourth spread in my mini art journal:

Inchie Arts - StencilGirl - Mini Art Journal Spread 4 - Gwen Lafleur

Lots and lots of stenciling on this one with just a little collage.

Inchie Arts - StencilGirl - Mini Art Journal Page 7 - Gwen Lafleur

More of the layered stenciling that I'm loving, and a gold diecut from a Spellbinders set with Persian motifs. I distressed it with ink and added lots of Liquid Pearls, naturally.

Inchie Arts - StencilGirl - Mini Art Journal Page 8 - Gwen Lafleur

So we come to the end of this quick little mini art journal! I loved working with this size... so fast and enjoyable, but still lots of room for experimentation. Using the Art Squares on this project was really fun too - they're perfect for making a good solid book, and take all kinds of media really well.

Here are the supplies I used:

I hope you enjoyed seeing the inside of my little book... now to finish the other one! 


ATCs and Mini Art Journals with StencilGirl & Inchie Arts

Hi everyone, welcome to my stop on this week's blog hop with StencilGirl and Inchie Arts! Talk about products that are made to work together...

I got to use black and white sets of 4x4" Art Squares, cream colored ATC Art Squares, and a lovely gray 2"x2" set of Art Squares along with my StencilGirl Stencils. I love that Inchie Arts makes their products from mat board - that makes them perfect for pretty much whatever I wanted to do with them! In fact, they were so much fun to work with that I couldn't stop with just one project. I made two 4x4 art books / mini art journals with the 4" art square sets, and of course I had to make some ATCs!

StencilGirl - Inchie Arts - Blog Hop Projects - Gwen Lafleur

 Here are the individual projects, starting with the ATCs. If you scroll down a bit there's also a little tutorial showing how I made all of these  :)

  StencilGirl - Inchie Arts - ATCs - Gwen Lafleur

Here are close-ups of the cards along with the stencils I used. All of my ATCs were done with the cream ATC Art Squares. All of the images I used are from photos that I took myself in my travels - this group includes photos from Cambodia, Bali, and Myanmar.

 Cards 1 & 2: for these I used my Ornamental Petals Mask and also the Ornamental Circle Cluster Screen stencils.

StencilGirl - Inchie Arts - ATCs 1 - Gwen Lafleur

 For the next two, I used the feathers from my Ornamental Peacock stencil as well as the Ornamental Floral Screen stencil

StencilGirl - Inchie Arts - ATCs 2 - Gwen Lafleur

The last two ATCs use my Ornamental Embroidery Stencil as well as the Ornamental Compass Screen.

StencilGirl - Inchie Arts - ATCs 3 - Gwen Lafleur

For those who are interested, here's a little tutorial that shows the basic process I use for my cards. I typically make them one at a time and I never know what I'm going to do when I start - I just pick one up, choose an image, and go from there. It's always fun to see what comes out! This was my process as I made the first card with the reclining Buddha statue from a temple in Myanmar.

Step 1: I choose the image to use for the card. Then I either paint or ink the background. For this one I used paint:

StencilGirl - Inchie Arts - ATC Tutorial Step 1 - Gwen Lafleur

 

Step 2, I stencil the background (this is the Ornamental Petals Stencil) and I also usually add some inking around the edge. I mostly use Sepia and Black Archival Ink for this with a mini blending tool.

StencilGirl - Inchie Arts - ATC Tutorial Step 3 - Gwen Lafleur

Step 3:  I took some gold cardstock and a border punch that had a design that worked with my theme and punched and inked a border to use on the card.

StencilGirl - Inchie Arts - ATC Tutorial Step 2 - Gwen Lafleur

Step 4: I absolutely adore sari trims, fabrics, etc... and have an ever-growing collection that I like to use in my artwork. I took a piece from my basket of scraps and used some of it here. You could use ribbon, any fabric, a border sticker... whatever you like! I also like to use glitter tape or washi tape for this. I added it to my punched border after adhering the image. This helps embed the image better into the overall design without leaving visible hard, straight edges.

StencilGirl - Inchie Arts - ATC Tutorial Step 4 - Gwen Lafleur

Step 5: Time to pile on the goodies! I love using jewels (with this type of theme, at least,) along with Liquid Pearls and a gold pen to edge the card.

StencilGirl - Inchie Arts - ATC Tutorial Step 5 - Gwen Lafleur

Step 6: I felt like this one still needed just a little something, so I pulled out some old butterfly rubons and added them, then embellished with some gold Liquid Pearls.

StencilGirl - Inchie Arts - ATC Tutorial Step 6 - Gwen Lafleur

That's it for my ATCs... I can't wait to make the other six with the rest of my package of ATC-sized Art Squares.

Of course, just making ATCs wasn't enough for today... as I said, I had a few packages of 4" Art Squares in different colors. Since the Art Squares are made out of mat board, they're absolutely perfect for making into books, so I took each set of Art Squares and bound them into mini art journals using single-sheet Coptic binding. Here are the two books that I made - one with black pages, one with white (maybe next time I'll mix them!)

StencilGirl - Inchie Arts - Mini Art Journals - Gwen LafleurHere you can see what the binding looks like - it's actually very easy to do! I use the tutorial from Boundary Press - I find it very easy to follow.

StencilGirl - Inchie Arts - Mini Art Journal Binding - Gwen LafleurHere's a close-up of the first cover - I used my Ornamental Petals Screen stencil along with some of the gorgeous new copper texture paste from Art-C as the base layer for the covers. Then I used the Ornamental Petals Mask and stenciled onto black cardstock with copper paint, cut it out, and mounted it on the cover with foam for some dimension. Finally, I had a polymer clay flower thingy that I'd made during my jewelry-making phase a few years ago. I'd tossed it in a bin as a failure, but pulled it out and repainted it and I love it on my cover! Naturally I added Liquid Pearls for my dots, and I tucked in some bits of DicroFibers (Angelina Fibers) for a little extra texture and bling.

StencilGirl - Inchie Arts - Mini Art Journal 1 Cover Close-up - Gwen Lafleur

Finally, here's a close-up of the second book. I painted the covers, put down a layer of gold crackle paste (leaving a few places where the background shows through,) and then used Archival Inks and some turquoise Luxe paint from Art-C to add extra dimension and interest. I actually stenciled with my Ornamental Compass Screen and black ink after doing the rest; it gives it a softer look and it feels to me like it's more a part of the whole rather than an obvious stencil design on top.

StencilGirl - Inchie Arts - Mini Art Journal 2 Cover Close-up - Gwen Lafleur
Now I'm just working on filling the pages of these fun little books :)

So that's it for today's projects! I really loved using my StencilGirl stencils with the Art Squares and ATCs from Inchie Arts - they take all of the paint, ink, and mediums beautifully, and are sturdy enough to build up lots of layers (even my clay flowers!) I hope you enjoyed today's post as well!

Now for the best part of the blog hop: 

GIVEAWAY!

We'll be picking one lucky winner to receive:

one $25 StencilGirl Products Gift Certificate 

and

1 package each of 4", 3", ATC (2.5" X 3.5") and Swatch (2" X 4") sized white Art Squares from Inchie Arts! (4 packages in all!)

All comments left on the hop list participants’ posts will be entered. One comment per person per blog please. 

Comments close on January 30th @ 11:59PM Central.
Winner will be announced on StencilGirl Product’s Facebook Page on January 31st.

Make sure you visit and comment on all of the blogs today, and stop back in at StencilGirl Talk daily to make sure you get links for the whole week!

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Today on Creative JumpStart 2016... ME!

Yup! Today is my day on Creative JumpStart! This year's theme is "Art in Translation," and our artist of the week whom I got to translate into my own work is Picasso! If you look closely, there's a sneaky peek of my project from the video :)

Creative JumpStart Video Release - Gwen Lafleur

For those who have already signed up, I hope I'll see you in the classroom! If not, it's definitely not too late to join in the fun. The videos this year have been fun and inspiring with a large variety of styles and techniques. You get 25 videos from 24 artists (not counting the introduction videos and extras as each artist is introduced!) Inspiration is abounding - a great way to JumpStart your new year, no matter when you join in!

Here's another peek from my project that I've shared before - the video includes a tutorial for the whole art journal spread.

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Hope to see everyone there! And if you watch my video and are inspired to do your own take on it, please link me up!


StencilGirl: Stenciled File Folder Mini Art Journal

I've got a new project over on StencilGirl Talk today - it's my monthly installment of Gwen's Gems! (I still giggle a bit when I type that.)

This month I've made a mini art journal out of a manila file folder. I've wanted to do this for a while, so I used my stencils along with my winter Art Bento Box to make this month's project.

File Folder Mini Art Journal Finished Cover - Gwen Lafleur

File Folder Mini Art Journal Inside 2 - Gwen LafleurMake sure you head over to read my post on StencilGirl Talk to see more photos and details as well as a tutorial so you can make your own!


Wrapping Up Inspiration Wednesday 2015

While I'm in the mindset of catching up with projects that I completed at the end of December, I thought I'd post the last 4 challenges from Inspiration Wednesday 2015. I'm not usually one who does well at following through with year long challenges. Most of the time I can't even manage a month long challenge! But I did all 25 challenges from last year and I'm pretty proud of that! A few of them I don't like (but I always learned something,) and most of them I like or even love. That's a win! Without further ado, here are weeks 22-25.

Week 22: This was one of the weeks I liked but didn't love (although I loved Donna's!) I just need some more practice with the blobby flowers. lol. In the background I used the 9x12 stencil from the November 2015 StencilClub kit along with molding paste and paint.

Inspiration Wednesday 2015 - Week 22a - Gwen Lafleur

Here's the view with the inclusion flipped over:

Inspiration Wednesday 2015 - Week 22b - Gwen Lafleur

Week 23 is one of my favorite spreads in the whole journal. I used the December 2015 StencilClub kit for this one - I'll definitely be coming back to this technique again! I used my "inspire" stamp since it's an inspiration journal so I thought it was a propos.

Inspiration Wednesday 2015 - Week 23a - Gwen Lafleur

And the backside of the inclusion:

Inspiration Wednesday 2015 - Week 23b - Gwen Lafleur

Next up, week 24 - another week that I really loved. I used the Woodcut Roses stencil by Desiree Habicht for the background, along with joint tape and lots of paint :)

Inspiration Wednesday 2015 - Week 24 - Gwen Lafleur

Last but not least... challenge number 25. I used the Wall of Words stencil by Carolyn Dube - this one got quite a workout in this journal throughout the year!

Inspiration Wednesday 2015 - Week 25a - Gwen Lafleur

The flowers are actually a Sizzix low-profile die that I cut from very thin chipboard multiple times and then layered for lots of dimension on the page. Here's the back of the inclusion so you can see the quote I used for this one.

Inspiration Wednesday 2015 - Week 25b - Gwen Lafleur

So that's it! A whole year in my inspiration journal. Here it is at the very beginning of the year...

Inspiration Wednesday 2015 Cover - Gwen Lafleur

... and here's what it looks like now - it's hard to tell from the photo, but it's about 3" thick!

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I signed up for 2016 of course, and have already done the first challenge. I'm looking forward to what fun new things I'm going to try out this year!


Carve December Part 2

Whew! It took me a little bit to get back to this, but I'm finally catching up and closing out Carve December 2015. You can see Part 1 here, and below is the rest of the month.

To follow my jellyfish, I added a regular fishy:

Carve December 2015 - Fish Stamp - Gwen LafleurMy fishy needed a little something to swim around in, so I made a few sea plants next.

Carve December 2015 - Sea Plant Stamps - Gwen LafleurNext I took a break from sea creatures and did a fun circular flower stamp. I like the ones that can be used by themselves, but also make a great repeating pattern.

Carve December 2015 - Circle Flower Stamp - Gwen LafleurThen I went back to the sea for one of my favorites... a seahorse. He was hard, but I love him!

Carve December 2015 - Seahorse Stamp - Gwen LafleurThe next few I carved at my parents' house in Virginia - my mom was telling me about a star for a Christmas tree that she'd seen somewhere and it brought an image into my head. Not at all what she had seen, of course... lol.

Carve December 2015 - Ornate 4-Point Star Stamp - Gwen LafleurWhile I was in Virginia, I was working remote during the day and then doing Christmas stuff and spending time with my family, so I missed a few days... but I managed to get a few done while I was there! I don't remember the exact inspiration for this one, but I think it was architectural:

Carve December 2015 - Deco Leaf Stamp - Gwen LafleurThis one was inspired by a Christmas card someone had sent to my mom, plus seeing other people carve snowflake stamps this way. Why carve the whole thing when you can repeat? Plus, this works as a border now too. My 5-year old niece and 4-year old nephew were fascinated by this process... I gave both of them scraps of rubber and a tool and showed them how to carve a line and they had a blast! Plus, no cut fingers!

Carve December 2015 - Snowflake Stamp - Gwen LafleurAnother quarter repeat stamp... always some of my favorites. This was just from my imagination.

Carve December 2015 - Quarter Repeat Doily Stamp - Gwen LafleurThis next one was loosely inspired by an accent on a necklace I saw in a store display. It morphed into a weirdly amoebic sort of thing with bubbles. I kind of dig it too!

Carve December 2015 - Wonky Circle and Bubble Stamp - Gwen LafleurI missed a few more days traveling back to Utah, including a night where I got stranded in Chicago due to a delay that caused me to miss my connection, which happened to be the last available flight back to Salt Lake. Naturally, they wouldn't give me my bags but handed me a new plane ticket and a toiletry pack. At least I could brush my teeth, I guess! It would have been an ideal opportunity to carve, but alas, no such luck.

I got home the afternoon of New Year's Eve and finished the day working remote, then closed out the year carving a set of numbers.

Carve December 2015 - Number Set - Gwen LafleurThat's it! Here's a shot of all of the stamps I carved in December... I'm feeling pretty impressed with myself!

Carve December 2015 - All Stamps - Gwen LafleurI pushed myself with the designs I carved and I can definitely see an improvement. Now I just need to use these puppies... and carve some more, of course! Here's part 1 again, just in case you missed it and want to check it out. In that post I also go over the tools and rubber I've been using for those who have been asking. This was lots of fun, and I'm already looking forward to next year!

 


Indian Summer Themed Artist Trading Cards

This month I'm participating in my first ever ATC (Artist Trading Card) swap. In fact, these might be the first ATCs I've ever made! The swap is with some artsy friends back in Connecticut and is hosted by Terrie (Lost Art Creations.) She selected the theme and put together a beautiful kit full of collage images, charms, ribbons, papers, and jewels. I've been working on and off over the last few weeks to get my cards done so I could send them back in time for the swap, and here they are!

Indian Summer ATCs Cards - Gwen LafleurHere are the individual cards... I used my stencils on a lot of these, because why not? I thought they worked really well with this theme too.

Cards 1 & 2 - the first one uses my Ornamental Compass Screen stencil and a scrap of sari material. The second card uses the Ornamental Compass Mask, jewels, Prima Say it in Pearls, and a small mirror from the kit.

Indian Summer ATCs Cards 1-2 - Gwen Lafleur

Here are the 3rd and 4th cards. In the one on the left, it's hard to see but I used my Ornamental Petals Screen stencil in the background with gold ink. Lots of layers on top with some trim and a jewel from the kit. On the right I used the Ornamental Petals Mask with an embroidered scrap from a cuff and some butterfly sequins and jewels from the kit.

Indian Summer ATCs Cards 3-4 - Gwen Lafleur

The 5th and 6th ATCs both used my Ornamental Floral Screen stencil. The one on the right also has a colored image from my handcarved lotus stamp along with a piece of sari ribbon and a pearl pink diecut from a Spellbinders die.

Indian Summer ATCs Cards 5-6 - Gwen Lafleur

The next two don't use stencils - no room! lol. The left had some ribbon from the kit along with part of a diecut from a Spellbinders frame with lime green stickles all over it. The background on the right is almost entirely covered by a scrap from a sari, along with some butterfly sequins from the kit.

Indian Summer ATCs Cards 7-8 - Gwen Lafleur

Next two... the one on the left was almost all goodies from the kit except for a few pieces cut from some patterned paper scraps in my stash and the orange/gold jewels. On the right, there's a strip of sari fabric down the middle, another of my colored lotus stamped images, and jewels.

Indian Summer ATCs Cards 7-8 - Gwen Lafleur

Last two cards! The one on the left uses my Ornamental Circle Cluster stencil and the one on the right uses my Ornamental Embroidery stencil. I kept these relatively simple... I was going to add more, but thought these were done as they are. I used some glittery patterned tape on the left with Liquid Pearls and a jeweled square cut from a sari scrap. On the right, another piece of sequined sari trim with a metal flower and a few jewels.

Indian Summer ATCs Cards 7-8 - Gwen Lafleur

This was lots of fun! I sent off nine of these in the mail, and I can't wait to see what everyone else did with the kit when I get my traded cards back :) I signed up for next month too - I'm excited to see the theme and kit for the next round. I guess I'd better get some other stuff done to be ready to play!