Tiny House Swap

For a bit over a year now, I've been participating in bi-monthly swaps for an ATC group based in Connecticut - most of whom are friends from when I lived there a few years ago. Every now and then we do something different instead of making cards to swap, and this month was one of those occasions. Our project this time was to use the Tim Holtz Tiny House Sizzix die to make at least five different decorated houses to trade. We also got a kit with Christmas and winter themed collage images and supplies.


I knew this wasn't going to be something I could knock out in a few hours, and since I ship mine I have to work a bit ahead of schedule. I'm not going to lie... I struggled to get going on this project. My first attempts were kind of blah, and I had the thought - more than once! that maybe I should sit this month out. But I pushed through and in the end I'm pretty happy with them! They made it safely and on time, and last night they were traded with the group.

Here are some individual photos so you can see how each house turned out, starting with the first two:


Close-ups of both the front and the back:

Nov2017-Swap---Tim-Holtz-Tiny-House-no-2---Gwen-Lafleur Nov2017-Swap---Tim-Holtz-Tiny-House-no-1---Gwen-LafleurHere are the third and fourth houses and their close-ups:




Finally, the fifth house (which was actually the first one I made.) You can see on most all of these that I was also able to do a little stash-busting with old holiday paper-crafting supplies in addition to the fun kit for the swap.

I'm glad that I was able to finish these - I got to try something new and I had a lot of fun in the process! Now I'm excited to see which five houses I get in return... that's always nearly as much fun as making them to begin with :)

From the Artist Tribe - Handmade Jewelry Using Embellished Trims!

The Artist Tribe continues to make beautiful and inspiring projects, and today is no exception! Lynda Shoup has a super creative idea to share using embellished trims, stencils, and other goodies to make some fabulous handmade jewelry!


I can't get over how amazing this turned out! (Plus, how cute is Lynda? Seriously!) Here's a little close-up so you can see the bottom part of the necklace:


Talk about out of the box... I would never have thought about that, but now my head is dizzy with all of the new possibilities! Make sure to stop by Lynda's blog to see more photos and get all of the details on her awesome new statement jewelry :D

P.S... if you're loving the trims Lynda used, throughout November all of the beaded and embellished trims in my shop (actually, all ribbons and trims except for sari yarn!) are on sale for 10% off  with the coupon code FancyTrims10.




From the Artist Tribe - Upcycled Shoe Box with Embellished Trims

Today Linda Edkins Wyatt is sharing a stunning upcycled shoe box using some of the embellished trims from the shop!

Decorative Box with Embellished Trim - Top View - Linda Edkins Wyatt

Linda has been painting, collaging, stamping, stenciling, and decorating shoe boxes for years, and she happened to have an empty box on her design table was just the right size for this project. She used some yellow embroidered floral trim and patchwork sari silk trim along with an embroidered sheer sari silk remnant from her stash. (Watch the shop updates for similar fabric remnants that are coming soon!)

Decorative Box with Embellished Trim - Front Closeup - Linda Edkins Wyatt

On the front, you can also see a beautiful piece of vintage Turkmen jewelry that came in a selection of random jewelry parts (these are sold by weight - each ounce comes with a special piece like this, randomly chosen from the mix I get from the Middle East.)

I'm absolutely in love with this idea... I have a stack of empty shoe boxes in my closet just waiting to be transformed and I'm feeling inspired! Make sure to stop by Linda's blog to see lots more detail and background on her beautiful project!

FYI, if you're loving the trims Linda used, throughout the entire month all of the beaded and embellished trims in my shop (actually, all ribbons and trims except for sari yarn!) are on sale for 10% off  with the coupon code FancyTrims10.




From the Artist Tribe - Stenciled Mixed Media Wall Hanging

The Artist Tribe is back again today! This time, Jackie Neal is sharing a beautiful patchwork mixed media wall hanging that she created as a housewarming gift.

Jackie used my Art Deco Flower Medallion stencil along with my Ornamental Peacock Feathers stencil as well as papers from the Marbled Paper sampler pack, sari yarn, and Czech glass flower and elephant beads. There's also a bit of Emerald Creek embossing powder to add beautiful highlights throughout!


Make sure to check out her blog post for lots more photos and details about her gorgeous project!



From the Artist Tribe - Mixed Media with Underwater Inspiration!

Today Artist Tribe member Sandee Setliff is sharing a gorgeous mixed media project called "Be Yourself." She started with what she called a "failed" acrylic pour, then worked on top of it for what's now one of her favorite pieces!

Be Yourself Mixed Media Panel by Sandee Setliff

Sandee used some of my handmade Boho collaged fish along with one of her own, and I love the way she used the beaded Kuchi trim to represent underwater plants!

Make sure you stop by Sandee's blog for lots more photos and details about her project!

P.S. If you love that beaded trim in Sandee's project, that and all of the beaded and embellished trims in my shop (actually, all ribbons and trims except for sari yarn!) are on sale for 10% off all month with the coupon code FancyTrims10.




From the Artist Tribe - A Secret Journey Journal from Lynda Shoup

Today Lynda Shoup from The Artist Tribe is sharing a gorgeous handmade art journal and box!


I love the Coptic binding, and she's used some marble paper from the Irresistible India Mixed Media Happy Pack along with Dresden trim on the cover. The inside pages also use my Ornamental Compass Screen stencil.

Lynda has also made this gorgeous accompanying box that's wrapped with some Irresistible India Mirrored Gold Embellished Trim, along with some sari scraps (look for similar fabrics to be available soon in my upcoming textile packs!)


Make sure you head over to Lynda's blog to get lots more photos and details for her gorgeous project.

P.S. Are you just loving that trim she used on the box? This month's product focus in the shop is embellished and beaded trims! You can save 10% on trims and ribbons all month (with the exception of sari yarn and samplers,) with the coupon FancyTrims10.

The Artist Tribe will be posting more projects with embellished trims throughout the month, so make sure to check back here, on my Facebook page, or through my newsletter (you can sign up below if you'd like to get it.)



From the Artist Tribe - Art Journaling with Jill Part 2!

Today Artist Tribe member Jill McDowell is back with Part 2 of last week's art journaling post. She's sharing more about the photo transfer technique she used!

Art Journaling View 2 - November 2017 - Jill McDowell

In addition to the transfer technique, Jill is also using my Decorative Medallion stencil to embellish the page:

Art Journaling - November 2017 Stenciled Closeup - Jill McDowell

Make sure you stop by her blog to see more photos as well as details on how this art journal page came together!



Birthday & Halloween Sale in the Shop!

I'm in the mood to celebrate, so in honor of my birthday and Halloween, I'm putting my entire shop on sale for two days only! Today and tomorrow (10/30 through 10/31.)


You can save 15% off of all mixed media supplies and kits, as well as original artwork and also my new handmade beaded jewelry! Just enter the code Birthday15 at checkout (it's case-sensitive.) Hope to see you there!



July in my ARTifacts Journal

My attempts at catching up with posting pages from this art journal aren't happening quite frequently enough for me to actually BE caught up... lol, but I'm trying! Here are the July pages from my ARTifacts journal :)

For the first spread, I just used a few colors of paint in the background, then stenciled lightly with ink and my Art Deco Sunburst Background stencil. I added some washi tape along the spine and to attach the tag, then used a bunch of old Basic Grey rubons to embellish.


The tag on the left flips up to show photos and journaling for my July StencilGirl projects...

The tag on the right side pulls out to show the Christmas stencils that were released earlier this month - I had gotten the test stencils and was checking them to make sure they didn't need edits before going into production.


Here's the second spread for the month...


On the left side, I used an old enveloped and stenciled my Art Deco Flower Medallion Repeating Corner on the inside of the flap, then added some stamping, old rubons, and a Dresden crown.

The card pulls out of the envelope to detail my insane bead buying spree (which is now, finally, resulting in some handmade jewelry being made! That was the intent, so at least I'm following through, even if it's slow in coming!)


The envelope flips up to show the design from my Art Deco Bookplates stencil that I'd stenciled and then heat embossed with the Emerald Creek Mirror Gold embossing powder.


The right side shows the collage image for the HUGE shop update that I did that month... I also used a few kinds of washi tape, and the marbled paper is from my Going Global Collage & Embellishment Pack.


That lifts up too for some journaling about the shop update...


Whew... that's it for July! Now I need to get back in the studio and get busy catching up on new pages, and then try and do better about getting them blogged!




From the Artist Tribe - Deco Dreams Art Journaling

Today, Linda Edkins Wyatt is rounding out a bunch of fabulous October projects from the Artist Tribe with a beautiful Art Deco inspired Art Journal page!


Linda used my Art Deco Borders stencil and took the Chrysler Building-inspired pattern as the focal point of her art journal page, which is about the inspiration she gets from all of the people - like her - who come to New York following their dreams.

On this spread you'll also see some gorgeous Chiyogami paper, Chinese book paper from the Exotic Orient Deluxe Collage and Embellishment Pack, a butterfly from the Beautiful Butterflies Downloadable Collage Cutouts, and some scraps of hand-printed paper from various kits. (There are even scraps of the peacock feather tissue paper I use to wrap orders!)

Make sure you stop by Linda's blog to see more photos and details about her gorgeous art journal page!