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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!



From the Artist Tribe - Art Journaling with Jill!

Today Artist Tribe member Jill McDowell is sharing part one of some gorgeous art journaling she's been working on with lots of stenciling, mark making, and layering!

October Art Journaling Part 1 - Jill McDowell

She's using my Decorative Medallion stencil along with my Ornamental Petals Screen stencil on this spread. Here you can get a hint of all of the fabulous layers she achieved:

October Art Journaling Part 1 Closeup 1 - Jill McDowell

Make sure you stop by Jill's blog for more photos and details on how the whole thing came together!



From The Artist Tribe - Upcycled Cuff with a Kuchi Patch

Hi all! The Artist Tribe is at it with a vengeance this week - Lynda Shoup is up today sharing how she upcycled some leftovers into a fabulous mixed media cuff!


Wait until you see all of the details on this project - there's a ton of fabulous texture and pattern! The focal point is that beaded diamond Kuchi patch, but Lynda has also used stencils... all kinds of goodies! Make sure you head over to her blog for lots more photos and and a tutorial for her project.

P.S... the cat's out of the bag... I'm going to be having a birthday and Halloween sale in the shop next week! In celebration of my birthday, I'm having a sale on the entire store on sale for two days only - October 30-31! (Coupon required, the sale will also include original artwork and jewelry!)


First thing Monday morning, you can check my Facebook page or my newsletter (you can sign up below) to get the coupon!




From The Artist Tribe - Mixed Media Wind Chimes

Today, Jackie Neal from The Artist Tribe is sharing an absolutely fabulous project... mixed media wind chimes!


Jackie has used different papers from the shop along with some of my stencil designs, a beaded Kuchi patch (which are still on sale this month for 15% off with the coupon 15OffKuchiPatches,) sari yarn, and downloadable collage cut-outs. She combined them all with some other goodies and bells for a truly gorgeous set of meditative chimes.


Make sure you head over to her blog for lots more photos and information about this awesome project!





From the Artist Tribe - Art Journaling with Washi Tape

The Artist Tribe is at it again today... Sandee Setliff is sharing a fabulous art journal spread called "Sense of Self."


She's used several different styles of washi tape from the shop (did you know that there are more than 100 styles of washi tape available?) along with a mini woodblock stamp and my Decorative 6-Petal Flower Screen stencil.


Make sure to head over to Sandee's blog to see more about her art journal spread!



Make a File Folder Art Journal with Stencils & Tim Holtz Distress Oxides

Hi all! I can't tell you how excited I am to be participating in this week's blog hop... all of the members of the StencilGirl creative team are using some of Mary Beth's favorite Tim Holtz products with our StencilGirl stencils. 

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Today is all about the Distress Oxide Inks, and I'm so excited that I got to work with them! My friend Tracie owns Papercraft Clubhouse in Connecticut, and when these ink pads first came out, she couldn't say enough about how awesome they were, so I couldn't wait to play with them. I was not disappointed... in fact, if you've seen my projects lately, you can probably tell that I'm more than a little bit addicted!

For today's project, I've made a file folder art journal and then used my stencils and Distress Oxide Inks to decorate the front and back covers and to make five different backgrounds on the inside pages.


Here are all of the inside spreads, and rather than my usual photo tutorials, I've made six little videos showing you how I made each one of the backgrounds in the journal. Ready to get started?

For my first spread, I used lots of browns and had a lot of fun with the oxidized background effects! I used my Art Deco Sunburst Background stencil, the X Rows stencil by Michelle Ward, and the Numbers and Inside Out stencils by Seth Apter.


Here you can see a few close-ups of the finished backgrounds:


For the second spread, I went much brighter! I did some reduction printing with my Ornamental Petals Screen stencil, then added a few layers of pattern with my Ornamental Peacock Feathers and Decorative Medallion stencils.


Here's the video for this spread:

And of course, a few close-ups of the finished pages:


I just love the way the layers of pattern blend together when you use these inks!

For the third spread, I tried out an idea I had to use the Distress Oxide Inks with some Distress Paint to do a page inspired by a piece of metal with lots of patina. In the video, I added a little Wild Honey Distress Oxide on the right-side page to add a bit of a rusty effect as well. I love how it turned out! On this one, I used my Art Deco Borders stencil along with the Numbers and Inside Out stencils by Seth Apter. 


Of course, the video to go with this spread...

Here's a close-up of the effects I got on this background:


For the fourth spread, I added in some Distress Glaze to do some resist effects using the Marrakech Mix stencil by Michelle Ward.  I also used my Ornamental Floral Screen stencil and the Decorative 6-Petal Flower Screen to build up some layers of pattern and texture.


Here's the video for this one:

It's a very subtle effect, but I really like how it turned out!


For the final spread inside the book, I used the Distress Oxides to print directly from my stencils onto the background. On these pages, I used my Ornamental Floral Screen stencil along with the X Rows stencil by Michelle Ward.


One more background tutorial video... 

With a close-up, of course! This technique was a lot of fun and I love how it looked with the stamped border!


Last but not least, I have a tutorial for the front and back covers of the journal. This one used quite a few stencils! The focal point was my Art Deco Bookplates stencil, then I did the lettering with my Art Deco Alphabet stencil and the front also uses the word "inside" from Seth's Inside Out stencil. I added a bit of texture with my Ornamental Floral Screen stencil and my Decorative 6-Petal Flower Screen.


The last video tutorial... in this one I show you the back cover from start to finish:

A few close-ups from both sides... did I mention how much I love the way the Distress Oxide Inks blend and fade into each other to make such gorgeous effects?


Whew! That's it! I probably went a little overboard with this project, but I really loved using the Distress Oxides with my stencils. It was so fun to play and experiment!

The links for my stencils go to my own website, but of course you can also find all of my stencil designs on the StencilGirl website.

Of course, it's not a blog hop without a giveaway, and StencilGirl has an especially awesome prize this week!


One lucky winner will receive a $50 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products!

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Visit the blogs of Team StencilGirl and comment for MORE chances to win!

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN! One winner will be chosen at random from The Scoop subscribers and blog comments! (One comment per person per blog please.)

You have until Tuesday, October 24th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.

Winner will be announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page on Wednesday, October 25th.


Here are all of the links for the posts that have gone up so far - make sure you comment to be entered for this awesome prize!

October 18: Adirondack Alcohol Inks

October 19: Distress Oxide Ink Pads 

Check tomorrow to get the links for all of the posts using Distress Crayons!







From the Artist Tribe - Embellished Art Journal Cover

Kuchi madness continues today as Jackie Neal shares a fantastic art journal cover that she embellished using a beaded Kuchi medallion, my Art Deco Flower Medallion stencil, sari ribbon, and some Japanese Chiyogami (Yuzen) paper


Make sure to pop over to Jackie's blog for lots more photos and details about how she made her journal cover!

Of course, if you're inspired by the Kuchi projects and thinking about trying one for yourself, don't forget that all Kuchi patches are on sale for 15% off with the coupon 15OffKuchiPatches - just enter it at checkout!







Kantha Quilting with Stencils and Kuchi Patches

Hi all, it's that time again... today I'm up on StencilGirl Talk with this month's edition of Gwen's Gems! For October, I used some of the things I learned in India about Kantha quilting to make some hand-stitched embellishments for a canvas handbag. I used some of my stencils as my patterns and embellished with Kuchi patches and sari appliques.



Make sure to head over and see the whole post for more photos and a tutorial!

Also as a reminder, if you're feeling inspired by all of the projects with Kuchi patches that are being shared this month, they're on sale in the shop for 15% off all through October!


Just use the coupon 15OffKuchiPatches when you check out to get 15% off! (It only includes patches specifically marked Kuchi, and doesn't include other Kuchi textiles or jewelry.)







From the Artist Tribe - A Decorative Box with a Kuchi Medallion Lid

The Artist Tribe is back again with another super inspiring project! Today Linda Edkins Wyatt is sharing her gorgeous decorative box...  she made it from an upcycled body butter container and it's covered in fabric, trimmed with all kinds of fabulous dangling beads and charms, and it's topped with a fabulous beaded Kuchi medallion!


Here's another view so you can see more of the lovely dangles, including some Kuchi coin pendants and Turkmen jewelry parts. Linda also used chiffon sari yarn to wrap the edges of the lid.


Make sure you stop by Linda's blog to see more photos and details about this beautiful project!

Of course, October is Kuchi patch month for the Artist Tribe (and me!) so that means that they're also on sale in the shop throughout October. Use the coupon 15OffKuchiPatches to save 15%!








From The Artist Tribe - A Kuchi Patch Brooch by Lynda Shoup!

Kuchi patch month is continuing in the Studios (or Kuchi Koo month, according to The Artist Tribe... LOL!) Today Lynda Shoup is sharing a beautiful handmade brooch featuring an embroidered Kuchi patch as the central element.


Lynda also used sari yarn and a jeweled embellished trim that came from the Irresistible India Mixed Media Happy Pack. Make sure you stop by her blog to learn more about her gorgeous project!

If you're loving all of the Kuchi inspiration this month and are feeling inspired to try a similar project at home, you're in luck! Kuchi patches are 15% off for the entire month of October when you use the coupon 15OffKuchiPatches during checkout!







From The Artist Tribe - A Wall Hanging by Jill McDowell

 Today, Jill McDowell is sharing a fabulous project made with sari yarn, Turkmen jewelry parts, and a Kuchi patch with seeds around the border. I was so blown away when I saw this... she used the sari yarn to do some latch-hook work around the patch in the center. This is such a stunning piece... I can only imagine how cool it looks hanging on her wall!


Make sure you stop by Jill's blog for more photos and details about how she made this incredible mixed media wall hanging.

Of course, Jill's project today is part of the Artist Tribe's month-long challenge using Kuchi patches and to go along with all of that inspiration is a sale! For the entire month of October, you can save 15% off of all Kuchi patches in case you want to try any of these techniques at home.


Just use the coupon 15OffKuchiPatches when you check out to get 15% off! (It only includes patches specifically marked Kuchi, and doesn't include other Kuchi textiles or jewelry.)




October Artist Tribe Challenge: Kuchi Patches

This month, the Artist Tribe is working with one of my favorite products from the shop... Kuchi patches! I sent each tribe member 3 patches in their welcome kit and gave them the optional challenge to use one or more of them in one of their projects this month. They've been sharing peeks and I can't tell you how excited I am by the ways they're using them!

Our first inspiration post comes from Sandee Setliff, who took Kuchi patches to a place I never would have thought of... she used them to make an incredible mixed media portrait!

Mixed Media Portrait with Kuchi Patches - Sandee Setliff

Isn't that awesome? I was blown away! Make sure you head over to Sandee's blog to see more about how this all came together.

Of course, given how inspired the team and I have been, as you see what they've been up to I'm thinking you'll be inspired as well, so I've put Kuchi patches on sale for the entire month of October. You just need to use the coupon 15OffKuchiPatches when you check out to get 15% off! (It only includes patches specifically marked Kuchi, and doesn't include other Kuchi textiles or jewelry.)


I hope you're as inspired as I am! Make sure to watch throughout the month for more amazing projects. 




Introducing... Two New Christmas Stencils!

I'm super excited today to announce that I'm releasing two new stencil designs with StencilGirl! There are a whole bunch of new holiday stencils coming out today, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it!


My Christmas Cardinal & Holly stencil and the Christmas Poinsettias stencil are both hand-drawn designs that were inspired by Christmas with my family at my parents' home in Northern Virginia where I grew up (and still go back every year to celebrate with them!) You may also recognize this cardinal from a hand-carved stamp I made a year or two ago... I loved it so much that I took the original drawing, enlarged it, and made it part of this stencil!

The cardinal always reminds me of my mom, plus in Virginia, we see quite a few of them flying through the yard in the winter! Holly also grows wild along the paths in the neighborhood in sharp, tangled branches that reach out at you as you walk by. The Holly and the Ivy is also one of my favorite carols, so it seemed natural to include it here.

Christmas Cardinal and Holly Stencil - Gwen Lafleur

Here you can see how I've used both elements from this stencil to make a colorful and elegant handmade greeting card.


I stenciled the cardinal with black ink, then filled it in with colored pencils. Here you can see it a little more closely:


In the background, I used layers of Distress Oxide and regular Distress inks along with some gold foil, then I stenciled the holly with gold pigment ink and heat embossed it with gold Emerald Creek embossing powder. I love the subtle impact - it's there and works with the feel of the card, but doesn't detract from the bird as the focal point.


I also did a whimsical little "Dear Santa" page in my small art journal, using the holly design to frame the journaling space. (The journaling will come later, once I'm ready to add my Christmas wish!)


I stenciled in black ink and colored in the images (and added some glitter glue berries, of course!) and then outlined everything with a gold gel pen.


The Christmas Poinsettias stencil was inspired by all of the poinsettia plants - of all sizes and colors - that my mom always has around the house in December. Even in my own home, it's not Christmastime without at least one poinsettia as part of the decor!

Christmas Poinsettia Stencil - Gwen Lafleur

I designed these so that you could use them singly with the option of multiple sizes, or layer them. I made this "JOY" banner out of large manila tags and added stenciled and layered poinsettias on top. 


Here you can see a close-up of one of the tags, where I again used pigment ink to stencil the design, then heat embossed it for a slightly dimensional tone-on-tone background.


For the flowers, I stenciled them individually, then cut them out and layered them and added some glitter glue accents. For the center tags that spell "JOY," I used my Art Deco Alphabet stencil for the letters, then cut those out as well and adhered them on top.



One final project with the Christmas Poinsettias stencil... I used it to make a border along the edge of a page in my large, 11"x11" art journal.


I created masks for the two different sizes of flowers by stenciling them on copy paper and cutting them out, then I masked off some of the stenciled flowers and added others around them - I like the effect this gives so that it looks like they're overlapping.


That's it for my projects... I'm so excited about these new stencils - I'm just thrilled with how they came out, and I hope you like them too! Make sure to stop by StencilGirl Talk today to see all of the other new designs being released - they're all wonderful!