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Messy Hands after playing with Luminarte Silks on Black

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Hello! This is my third-to-last post as a member of the inaugural Design Team over at I have had such a great time working with Lisa and Michael at Artistcellar and all the other Design Team Members: Lori W., Lori B., Tammy, Rita, and Patti. But most of all, I have truly treasured getting to share fun projects and inspiration with you – my blog readers! – and reading all your lovely comments!

For this post, I’d like to recap the Artistcellar projects I’ve shared with you. First I’d like to share all the projects that use stencils – because, let’s face it! We ♥ stencils! And I’d like to finish up with a giveaway!

25 ways to use a stencil

Here are the 25 ways I’ve used a stencil while serving on the inaugural Artistcellar Design Team:

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1. Dry embossing and wax resist
2. Faux-doodled background & free hybrid art journaling mini-class (video)
3. Distress Stains (multiple looks same stencil)
4. Acrylic craft paints on 3D holiday star
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5. Gesso resist with Distress Stains
6. Make your own patterned paper (video)
7. Luminarte Silks on Mardi Gras Mask & planning a project (video)
8. Luminarte Silks resist with Distress Stains (video)
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9. Non-Messy, Controlled Stenciling (video)
10. Embellish a serendipity painting
11. Viva Decor Pearl Pen Paper Fan (video)
12. Masking
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13. Dylusions Ink Sprays
14. Layering (video)
15. Wood burning
16. Inka Gold applied with Cut-n-Dry Foam (video)
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17. Finger painting
18. Joint compound to create texture
19. Collage
20. Faux stained glass (video)
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21. Shabby chic jewelry display
22. Watercolors
23. Journal cover
24. Blue moldable stamp (video)
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25. Layered stencil textures

10 additional Artistcellar projects

And here are another 10 projects that I shared during my time at Artistcellar:

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1. Quick-finishing ideas for handmade gifts
2. Holiday tags using Distress Stains (video)
3. Create a Distress Stain Sampler (video)
4. Intro to Opaque White Pens (video)
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5. Art doesn’t have to be serious!
6. Jewelry using Dylusions Ink Sprays
7. Give yourself a Valentine
8. All about Faber-Castell Aquarelle pencils (video)
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9. Faux fused glass with Angelina Film (video)
10. Carve your own stamps (video)

My future: mixed media, community, & coaching

As I move forward, I will be continuing to blog about my mixed media art and jewelry designs at Gaal Creative. I am also working on a new community for artists and creatives who are spiritual but not religious, called Creative Spirit U.

Additionally, I am a coach, helping my clients find more fulfillment, more balance and harmony, and to enjoy this life journey to its fullest! If you’re interested in learning more about coaching, please sign up for my coaching newsletter here.


Cathedral acrylics panel and Watercolor Cathedral

To celebrate my time on the Artistcellar Design Team, I am giving away one new Reims stencil from the Artistcellar Cathedral Series. It is one of my favorites!

To enter the giveaway, go to THIS ARTISTCELLAR POST and follow the instructions there.

Thanks for stopping by!

6 Pairs of Paper Bead Earrings

July 17, 2013
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Hi there! Today I’d like to share six pairs of paper bead earrings with you, like the Silver and Blue Leverbacks shown above. All items are handmade by yours truly! And each pair is only $18. Silver and Pink French Hooks Silver and Grey Leverbacks Gold, Copper, and Earth Tones Leverbacks Gold, Green, and Earth […]

Unakite and Pearl Necklace with Vintage Fan, Bracelet, and Earrings

July 15, 2013
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Hello! Today I’d like to share a Unakite and Pearl necklace, bracelet, and earring set that I have available. Unakite is a combination of pink feldspar, green epidote, and quartz. This semi-precious crystal is believed to lift your spirits when you are feeling down and will help you see the beauty in life. It is […]

Favorite Artistcellar Design Team Posts

July 12, 2013

Hi there! Being on the Artistcellar Design Team has really inspired me. I have enjoyed being able to make new artwork on a consistent, regular basis. I liked stretching myself to use new materials and new designs. I’ve learned so much by being part of this team! It has been sooooo much fun! ♥ Today, […]

Bridal Glass Dew Drop Bracelet

July 10, 2013
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Hi there! Today I would like to share this pretty bridal dew drop bracelet made with clear glass teardrops. Each teardrop has a special coating to help catch and reflect the light. Purchase this bracelet from my Etsy store! The bracelet is handmade using a wire weaving technique. The bracelet has a chunky style and […]

SOLD! Aquamarine Swarovski Bracelet

July 8, 2013
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Hello! This gorgeous handmade bracelet of my own design is made with genuine Swarovski crystals and is about 7 1/4 inches long. It features a magnetic closure, to make it easier to get the bracelet on and off by yourself. This particular bracelet has already SOLD! ♥ Please see my current jewelry offerings in my […]

Video: How to Carve Your Own Stamps

July 5, 2013
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You are viewing a post in my archives! Visit my current blog at: Hi there! Today I’d like to share a video tutorial with you about how to carve your own stamps. In honor of Independence Day here in the United States, I decided to make a small star as my example. The video […]

Support Our Military Troops!

July 4, 2013
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Hi there! Here in the United States, we’re celebrating Independence Day – and many people are enjoying long holiday weekends with their families. Freedom isn’t free Independence Day is also a reminder that freedom isn’t free. Everything comes with a cost or a price – even freedom. And so I’d like to encourage you to […]

20″ Sodalite and Swarovski Necklace with Hammered Heart

July 3, 2013
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Hello! Today I thought I’d share this navy and white necklace in honor of Independence Day. This beautiful necklace is a fabulous way to dress up jeans for “casual Fridays” at the office. It is 20 inches long and is made with a semi-precious gemstone called sodalite and several designer Swarovski crystals. Purchase this necklace […]