I’m just so excited that I was asked to design the December 2020 StencilClub set for StencilGirl®️.  The set is called Block Prints, an homage to their inspiration, my collection of vintage Japanese Block Print books published in the mid 1800’s. We’ll be creating origami gift card holders for our project. Read more →

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If your anything like me, you’ve got a cache of treasures squirreled away in cigar boxes and file cabinet drawers just waiting for the perfect project to come along. Well recently I got my hands on a few jars of the new BoHo Bits, semi-precious gemstone, crystal, and mica embellishments for mixed media from Gwen Lafleur and Emerald Creek, and inspiration struck! In no time, the idea for creating a BoHo Tunnel Journal out of an altered book came to be. Sometimes you just need a new art supply to get you to put old treasures to good use. I... Read more →

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Hi Everyone, Just a quick note to let you know that the video for My Top 10 Studio Solutions is up on the StencilGirl® Talk blog. Click the link to see some of my favorite ways to put thrift store treasures to use. It includes my solution for storing Stencil Club sets in an art journal that's made from a thrift store staple. See you there. Hugs, Jill Read more →

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Hi Everyone, Glad you could join me for another Gwen Lafleur Studios Artist Tribe project featuring Fall, my favorite time of year, and StencilGirl® Products stencils designed by Gwen and Seth Apter. I'm sharing a panoply of nature and found treasures from my stash in a FallScape inspired by Roxanne Evans Stout. I'm using a bulletin board mounted in a vintage frame to display my temporary collage. And I have to say, it's really freeing to work this way; knowing that you can switch items in and out it of a composition on a whim takes away all the pressure... Read more →

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Hi Everyone, Just a quick post to show you how easy it is to mix, match and layer the three new stencils in Gwen Lafleur's new Ceramic Tiles Collection being released as the July 2018 StencilClub set. StencilGirl® will be mailing them out to members on 7/15/18 so if you haven't yet joined, now is the opportune time for Gwen Lafleur fans to sign up. (Click on the same link to also see a list of all the perks.) It's the only way that you'll be able to complete your Stencil Collection of Gwen's designs. I've been a member myself... Read more →

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Hi Everyone, I'm here with another post for Gwen Lafleur's Artist Tribe sharing a project I started a few weeks back at Gwen's Translucent Art Journal Workshop at The PaperCraft Clubhouse in Westbrook, CT. Gwen's classes are always full of exciting new ideas and innovative ways to add variety into your work. Every time I take a class with her I learn so many things. Her workshops always leave me inspired and ready to experiment. This workshop was no exception. In this post I'll walk you through my Translucent Art Journal and show you how I combined pressed flowers from... Read more →

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Hi Everyone, I'm so excited to share with you my first official post as a member of the StencilGirl® Creative team. I'm on the StencilGirl® Talk Blog today kicking off their new monthly feature, "What's old is new again" with a thrift shop treasure makeover. I even made a video for commemorate the event. Come shopping with me at my local Savers Store in Manchester, CT and see how I refresh a pair of $5.99 thrift store curtains with Terry Stegmiller's Straight Stems Stencil. Then I'll show you how I made my fabric collage medallions from cannibalized vintage clothing and... Read more →

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Hi Everybody, For me, January has been a month of pure inspiration. So many new tutorials to watch and exciting new product releases to drool over. A few of them are sprinkled throughout this post for Gwen Lafleur's Artist Tribe. The seed for this 4X6 7/8" cradled panel germinated from a fun little swap organized by my good friend Lisa Dobry for StencilClub. She came up with the theme “My Wish for You in 2018 is…” So far I've only seen a few projects but they have all been incredible. You can just tell that everyone is putting their heart... Read more →

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Happy New Year. Today it’s my turn to share my latest project as a member of Gwen Lafleurs Artist Tribe. It’s an art journal page with a Journal Pouch, an Inspiration Artist Card, and stamped images from my #CarveDecember designs. Every year for Christmas, I like to give my staff a small gift of appreciation that includes something hand made by me. Gift cards can feel impersonal; but not so when given in hand-painted fabric pouches stenciled with Gwen's hand-drawn stencil designs. These pouches feature Gwen's Border Stencil from her Art Deco Stencil Collection and the Curvy Ornament, Filagree Ornament,... Read more →

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Hi everyone, I’m really excited about my Artist Tribe project. This month Gwen challenged the us to use German Dresden Trim or English Scrap in one of our projects. Since I’ve been known to actually drool over Dresden Trim in the past, you can probably guess which direction I went… If you’re not familiar with Dresden Trims, they are deeply embossed, gold, foil-lined cardboard and papers originally made in Germany during the victorian era for paper dolls, christmas ornaments and other intricately detailed decorations. Gwen has a great selection of high quality trims in her webshop. My inspiration for this... Read more →

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