From the Artist Tribe - Gypsy Prayer Flags with Embellished Trims

Today Artist Tribe member Jackie Neal has created a stunning set of mixed media gypsy prayer flags!


Jackie used lots of the embellished trims and ribbons from India available in the shop, as well as my Decorative Medallion stencil. Here's a close-up of one of the prayer flags - isn't it gorgeous?


Make sure you stop by Jackie's blog to see lots more photos and get the details on how she made these beautiful flags!

The Cyber Monday sale may be over, but if you want to get a few trims to make your own prayer flags, they're still on sale for the rest of the month! Just use the coupon code FancyTrims10 to save 10%.




From the Artist Tribe - A Winter Wreath with Sari Ribbon

Today, Sandee Setliff from The Artist Tribe is joining us with a bright and festive winter wreath made with sari yarn / ribbon!


I love how bright and fun this is... and of course, I'm a fan of anything with teal / turquoise and peacock feathers ;) Sandee used all different kinds of sari ribbon from Darn Good Yarn - make sure to check out her post for more details on how it all came together!

P.S., if you're interested in sari yarn to make your own wreath, the whole shop is on sale through the end of the day - save 20% off your entire order with the coupon CyberMonday17.




Announcing... Creative JumpStart 2018

I'm super excited to announce that I'll be returning for the third year in a row as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2018, run for the 7th time by Nathalie Kalbach. If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event designed to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2018. 

Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters! 

Throughout January participants get access to 31 downloadable videos from 31 featured artists. I'm proud to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” See for yourself in this fabulous preview video:


 Here's the break-down of what you get when you sign up:

You get 31 Downloadable videos - over 6 hours of unique content -  for just $40 (USD) if you sign up by November 29 11:59 pm EST, 2017. Afterwards it will be 45USD until December 31st, 2017 before it goes to its normal sale price of 50USD. 

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!



It's Time for Cyber Monday!

I just wanted to pop in quickly with two Cyber Monday announcements...

First, for today and tomorrow (11/27 - 11/28/17,) as my "thank you" to all of you during this time of Thanksgiving, you can save 20% off of your entire order in my shop! This includes jewelry and original artwork as well. (I offer payment plans on artwork, so message me if you're interested! You just need a down payment to get the sale price.)


Just use the coupon CyberMonday17 at checkout to get your 20% discount. 

As if that wasn't enough, today through Wednesday StencilGirl is also having a sale - you can save 20-25% on all of my stencil designs, plus hundreds more!

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Happy shopping everyone!

From the Artist Tribe - Handmade Choker Necklace & Giftbox

Today Linda Edkins Wyatt from The Artist Tribe is sharing a duo of projects that are perfect for this time of year when gift-giving is top of mind! 

Choker Necklace with Hmong Embroidered Patches - Linda Edkins Wyatt

First up, Linda blew me away with the creativity in this handmade choker necklace - she used three of the vintage embroidered Hmong star patches for a simple but effective and beautiful piece!

Choker Necklace with Hmong Embroidered Patches - Linda Edkins Wyatt

Of course, every necklace needs a gift box, and she used some of the embellished trim from the shop to make this one extra special:

Choker Necklace with Hmong Embroidered Patches - Linda Edkins Wyatt

Make sure you stop by Linda's blog for lots more photos and details on how she made these two lovely projects!

P.S., in case you haven't heard, I'm having a Cyber Monday sale in the shop on Monday and Tuesday, November 27-28. I'll be posting details first thing Monday morning here, on Facebook, and in my newsletter. (Plus there will be another surprise announcement you'll want to watch out for!)




From the Artist Tribe - Mixed Media with Buttons and Trims

Wow! Today Jill McDowell from The Artist Tribe is sharing an amazing mixed media panel using lots of dimension with buttons plus embellished trims from the shop.

Mixed Media with Buttons and Trims - Jill McDowell

Isn't that just stunning? She used several of my stencils, including the Decorative Folk Flower Screen, Decorative Medallion, and the Ornamental Peacock Feathers stencil. She's also used an image from the Irresistible India collage cutouts, and some of the embellished sari trims.

Mixed Media with Buttons and Trims Closeup 2 - Jill McDowell

Make sure to check out her post for lots more photos and details showing how this project came together.

P.S. Just a little heads up... I'll be having a Cyber Monday sale in the shop on Monday and Tuesday, November 27-28. Watch here and on Facebook for details; they'll also be in the newsletter.




Gwen's Gems - Winter Art Journaling

Hi all! Just popping in to let you know that I have a new project available over on StencilGirl Talk... this month I'm sharing a tutorial showing how I made this page in my art journal featuring my new Christmas Cardinal and Holly stencil.


Be sure to check out the full post for lots more photos and that tutorial I mentioned :)



At the Improv with Mary Beth Shaw and Seth Apter

Last weekend I was lucky enough to go to Mary Beth Shaw's studio in St. Louis and join eleven other women for a fabulous 2-day workshop with Mary Beth and Seth Apter. It was called "At the Improv," and it was literally kind of an improv'd class! They demonstrated different techniques and processes that they typically use in their work, playing off of each other and sometimes even working on the same canvas. We were then able to take those ideas and inspiration and apply them in our own work. Mary Beth was super generous - she had a huge stash of canvases, collage papers, paints, and other supplies that we were free to use. 

One of the most enjoyable parts for me was meeting people I've only talked to online - like Mary Nasser! She and I have worked together with StencilGirl for several years now, but this is the first time we got to meet in person! We sat at the same table and it was so much fun to hang out in person!

Mary Nasser and Gwen Lafleur

We worked on making parts and pieces that we'd be able to incorporate into our work throughout the weekend - I grabbed lots of different papers, paints, stamps, stencils, and just had a blast! (Photo courtesy of Seth, since I forgot to take any!)

Live at the Improve Parts and Pieces - Gwen Lafleur

We also got to experiment with several supplies that I don't use too often, like fiber paste! Here Seth was showing us some of the ways he likes to use it in his own work:

Seth and Mary Beth - At the Improv Day 1

At the end of day one, I'd made a good start on two different canvases, I had a fabulous pile of art parts, and I had some fiber paste experiments drying in the kitchen.

At the Improv - My WIP end of day 1 - Gwen Lafleur

Day 2, we were back bright and early and dove right in! We went straight to work with more fabulous demos throughout the day, like this one where Mary Beth showed us how she does line work in her abstract art.

Mary Beth Demo - At the Improv Day 2

The day went by way too quickly! It was amazing to go around the room and see what everyone else did during the weekend - there was some awesome work! Here's the whole class - a pretty good looking group, if I do say so myself!

At the Improv with Seth and Mary Beth - Class Photo - November 2017

I also got a photo of the StencilGirl crew - me, Mary Beth, Mary Nasser, and Seth.

StencilGirl Tribe at the Improv - Nov 12 2017

Of course, I can't forget about the artwork! Here's where I ended up at the end of class on day two... one completed 8x8 canvas, one mostly complete 9x12 canvas, and the start of an art journal page (right-hand side.)

At the Improv - My Work End of Day 2 - Gwen Lafleur

I also had my fiber paste background - it's not done, but I like where it's going!


After class that night, I was still feeling the itch to create, so I pulled my journal back out and worked more on the page I'd started in class. I happened to have these stained-glass-esque figures that had been pulled off of something else and tucked into the journal, so I took one of those and added it onto the page. Here's where it ended up:


A closeup that shows the texture from the background elements I'd added in class:


Now that I'm back home, I've been able to get into the studio quite a bit this week and finished up my canvases. Here's the first one - this was pretty much done in class and I really like it - it was so much fun to build up all those layers!

Abstract Mixed Media Collage - Gwen Lafleur

Here are a few closeups so you can see some of said texture a bit better...


Finally, the second canvas... I just put on a few finishing touches with paint and glaze after getting home, and I really like this one too! The coloring is similar - you can tell I was working on both of them at the same time so I used pretty much the same paint palette on both of them.

Fish Food - Mixed Media Canvas - Gwen Lafleur

Of course, a few close-ups of this one as well... I used some textured elements and some fiber paste skins and I love the dimension that it adds!



Whew! That's a lot for just one weekend, don't you think! I'm so glad that I got to go - I had a great time reconnecting with friends and meeting some wonderful new people, and happily, I'm also feeling re-energized and ready to get back to spending more time in the studio!




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!



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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Sign Up for The Scoop for your chance to WIN!

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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!





Blog Hop with The Artist Tribe Day 2

Hi all! Welcome to day 2 of the blog hop with The Artist Tribe at Gwen Lafleur Studios! Today we have three more fabulous projects to share, bursting with inspiration!


First up, Sandee Setliff is sharing some beautiful ocean-themed art journaling:

Ocean adjectives Art Journaling by Sandee Setlff

The way she incorporated the Stupendous Sea Life collage cut-outs into the page with the stamped words and her fabulous background is super inspiring!


Next, Linda Edkins Wyatt made one of her amazing mixed media paper dolls:

Mixed Media Paper Doll by Linda Edkins Wyatt

Linda has discovered the healing and therapeutic value of participating in activities that made us happy as children, and for her this includes the simple joy of making paper dolls. Of course, her efforts have evolved into art dolls which come complete with crazy hats, crowns, shoes, mismatched clothing, and often with wings to help them soar!

For this doll, Linda used Florentine paper sheets, (for smaller projects like this, the sampler packs would be ideal!) plus the Beautiful Butterflies and Wondrous Wings collage sheets.


Finally, Jill McDowell is back with a stunning art journal page! She, in her own words, has a tendency to become rather fixated on some things, (or so she's told...) One of those things is apparently my Ornamental Peacock stencil and today, along with her new project, she's sharing 9 other projects she's done with this stencil in the past! 

Blog Hop Art Journal Page - Peacock Mania - Jill McDowell

In addition to the peacock stencil, she used four other designs from my stencil collections:


Whew! That's a lot of eye candy! I hope you're feeling as inspired as I am by all of the projects this week, and thanks so much for joining us on our first blog hop!

Of course, today also means you have three more chances to enter the GIVEAWAY!

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One lucky winner will receive $20 Gift Card to the Shop at Gwen Lafleur Studios! All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on any or all of the blog posts during the hop - the more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win! (One comment per person per blog please.)

You have until Sunday, October 1st at 11:59pm mountain time to leave your comments. The winner will be announced on the Gwen Lafleur Studios Facebook page on Monday, October 2nd.

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Did you miss yesterday's posts? Make sure to check them out and comment to increase your chances to win!