January 16, 2012

Inspiration behind the creation


I’ve baked a lot of cupcakes in my day, but none with Mylar. That is until now. I’m excited to announce…drum roll… I’m officially a StencilGirl! When one of my very favorite artists asked me if I would be interested in coming on board her stencil company it took me less than two sprinkles (that’s seconds if you don’t speak cupcake) to say yes.  


Artist Mary Beth Shaw is THE StencilGirl. Mary Beth and her team of artists create unique, one-of-a kind designs which are laser cut from 7-mil Mylar. Heat resistant to boot. You can check out the entire line of awesomeness right over here.

Cupcake sprinkles is my very first stencil design which is available in the 6″ x 6″ size. Perfect for greeting cards or whatever else you might have the urge to whip up. I have quite a few ideas of my own for stenciled cupcakes all of course topped with a healthy dose of sprinkles. I’ll be posting project ideas in the near future along with new stencil designs when they’re cut.

Now I need to sign off so I can eat those props. Not the Mylar ones of course…


 p.s.  FYI Cloth Paper Scissors featured StencilGirl in the January/February 2012 issue as a must-have for mixed media artists. I’m pretty sure this is my favorite issue of all time!



January 4, 2012

The Front of the New Year

Before this (see above) actually came in the mail a week or so ago, I got a call from Chicago. It was my BFF Heather acting all hysterical. *Really* Hysterical* I thought she must have hit her head and dialed my number instead of 911. I could barely understand what it was she was trying to get out. I heard “scissors”, “mail”, “did you see?” and the biggie…”COVER!!!”  As I pieced her ramblings together, I didn’t believe her at first. It was cool/totally awesome enough how we each had an article coming out in the same issue of one of our favorite magazines. Cover wasn’t on our radar. The funny thing is while Heather was all hysterically happy about my altered scissors making the cover, she initially failed to spot her own heart pendant looking lovely on the cover TOP. That’s a true friend for you. She only saw her work after I told her to calm down and describe every detail of what turned out to be our cover.

The next day my copies arrived in the mail confirming Heather’s story. It still feels surreal. Check out my scissor how-to article if you get a chance. Nothing makes a studio happier than embellished scissors. I used Jacquard Piñata alcohol-based paints and Pearl Ex powders to get amazing effects similar to my revamped office stapler tutorial which can be found here.

Also be sure to read about Heather’s amazing necklaces. She shares her techniques in the magazine or you can buy an original, one-of-a-kind necklace from her etsy shop (I am the proud owner of four gorgeous pieces…number still rising.)

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and creative 2012!


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