Monday, May 7, 2018

Introducing our 2018-19 StencilGirl® Creative Team

It was agonizing choosing and we'd like to thank everyone who applied!

We are incredibly excited to announce our 

StencilGirl® Creative Team ~ 2018-19 

This dynamic and International group of artists will bring you a year filled with themed projects to inspire and spark your own creative use of stencils. Please help us welcome, in a quite random order, Kristin Peterson, Claudia Neubacher, Silvia Souza, Katie Lamb, Trena Brannon, Sunila & Aditi of Dots to Lines, Jill McDowell, Cheetrah Cheda, 
Natalie May, Louise Nelson, Sandee Setliff, and Belen of Art & Whimsy.

Kristin Peterson

Kristin Peterson is a third generation artist, originally from South Dakota, now residing close to the South Dakota border in Minnesota. Kristin’s creative passion is inspired and supported by her husband and kids, all who encourage, critique, and promote her work.

Kristin is always exploring and expanding the creative depths of acrylic paint. She very much enjoys vintage collage work and mixed media. Kristin loves color and things that have a love-worn comfortable feeling-like an old favorite pair of jeans-coffee stained, patched, painted and well loved. She wants her art to project feeling and make people feel good while looking at it. Her paintings contain vibrance mixed with a little funk, which is sprinkled with discreet sensibility. Her style is meant to make you ponder and smile, just as she does as she paints and creates.

Claudia Neubacher

Claudia Neubacher  lives in Vienna, Austria ,with her husband, their son, and their much-loved dog girlie, Bluna. She was an arts teacher before she became a stay at home mom. Now, she happily paints and crafts away in her studio. 

Claudiahas been creating ever since she could first hold a pencil. "Plumps" were the first creatures that filled her drawing sheets and gave me that wonderful feeling of being an almighty "creator." She says:

They were nothing more than clumsily drawn circles with added strokes all around that resembled their legs, but to me they were my first creations that I had breathed life into. And that made me proud and very happy. I still have moments when I feel like that today...they are more seldom, of course...and therefore even more precious to me. Isn't this what being creative really is all about?

Silvia Souza

Silvia Souza was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and spent her childhood going between there and a college town in the US.  She won a citywide art contest when she was 7 and cherished the colored pencil set she received as her prize.  To this day, collecting colored pencils is an addiction.

Coming from a family of engineers she pursued education in the applied art of architecture.  After her two sons were born, she would study animation and digital arts. But along the way she would take many other art classes and become involved in the arts communities where she lived, often exhibiting her own work in shows and fairs.

Silvia left an architectural firm to become an art teacher when her two athletic boys required chauffeuring up and down the east coast to games and meets. Teaching turned into a long time gig, and the academic breaks allowed her to travel widely.  Spain is a favorite destination.

She loves working with stencils in many media and uses them for large scale work like floorcloths as well as small scale polymer jewelry.

Katie Lamb

Katie Lamb has been crafting and making art for well over a decade. She began by scrapbooking but to meet need to challenge herself, alters anything that stands still.  She follows her creative intuition and likes to make a huge mess and hopes it eventually looks like some form of art. 

Trena Brannon

Trena Brannon is a woman of Faith, a wife and mother, an artist, a business owner, a change agent and an encourager. 

She has a passion for people and a passion for color. Trena has always been a doodler and loves all the colors. Her friend, Marge, introduced her to the art of stamping in 2002. Trena started teaching stamping and coloring workshops in homes and at various events. She has taught classes in Chicago land and Southern Michigan. Trena contributed as a designer on the Sunday International, Art Impressions and Crafter's Companion Creative Teams, as well as she is a founding contributor to the Alcohol Art Ink Community.  She has been a guest designer for StencilGirl® Products and her artwork has been published in various stamping and art magazines, and has also appeared on product packaging. 

Trena lives in southeast Michigan with her wonderful husband and they have two beautiful children. Weekdays she works as an IT professional. On week nights and weekends, she colors!

Dots to Lines ~ Sunila and Aditi

Mother-Daughter team, Sunila Mahajan and Aditi Mahajan are entreprenuers. As part of Dots to Line, their home decor business, they handcraft home-decor products using techniques of mixed media and decoupage. 

Sunia and Aditi are into paper-crafting, layouts, journaling, album making and scrapbooking. Their style of arts and crafts is a fusion of techniques and use of vibrant colors as they keep learning and try to incorporate variety into their creation.

They aim to spread joy. Documenting memories, especially through scrapbooking, album making. and paper crafting makes them happy. 

Jill McDowell

Jill McDowell is a college administrator whose creativity was reawakened in 2015.  Since then she’s developed a passion for learning, exploring different art genres, experimenting with new techniques, and transforming what she’s learned into her own style.  Most evenings and weekends you’ll find her stowed away in her studio creating mixed media projects and playing in her art journal.  Jill lives in Connecticut with her husband, Jim, and their two lovable mutts, Tobiwan Kenobi and Penny Lane. 


Cheetarah Cheda

Cheetarah Cheda aka "Miss Thundercat" on various social media platforms - it's a nickname my sister gave me and anyone growing up in the 1980s would know why ;) is a mindfulness practitioner and works as an Art Historic Archivist at a Modern Art Museum in Amsterdam.

Mixed media has been a huge part of her life since she was a teenager. Art and Writing are key words in her life and combining the two of them in art journaling is what she like to do best. Cheetarah has a "heart and soul" theme throughout her work. Her goal is to break away the facade of achieving ‘perfection’ in art (or how things "should" look) and explore the freedom and fun of the process itself wherever it takes her. 

She lives with her husband and kitty cat, Meesha, in the Netherlands. 


Bloom Where You are Planted

Natalie May

Natalie May teaches around 15 classes a month in Australia and absolutely LOVES that she has been able to turn her hobby into a career she is passionate about. Sh counts herself lucky to be a full time paper crafter and couldn’t be happier!

She is the Australian Ambassador for Lindy's Stamp Gang responsible for educating people about mediums, textures, and general products, a opportunity she revels in. Natalie also designs chipboard for Imaginarium Designs, is an Intermediate Certified Copic Designer and loves everything inky and color based.
One of the things that keeps Natalie inspired and teaching is that she loves to create in all styles.
She says:

"As much as this industry likes to ‘Pigeon Hole’ people, I am a versatile artist – I regularly teach and create not only scrapbooking layouts but also cards, mixed media layouts, paper-based layouts, art journaling, abstract canvas art, plus kids classes ,and whatever else I can come up with. I love this industry … the opportunity to teach a new technique…. Meeting so many amazing people…..and to be able to CREATE everyday is quite a blessing."

Natalie is married "to the awesome Clever Trevor and has a beautiful 15-year-old daughter!

Louise Nelson

Up until about 12 years ago, Louise Nelson considered herself not at all crafty or artsy for that matter. She enjoyed furniture restoration and home decor DIY. In 2005 Louise began to scrapbook, and in the past dozen years has developed a distinctive style that is an elegant mix of 'negative space' and art mediums. 

During this time Louise has been very fortunate to have designed for many wonderful Companies and Store/Challenge Design Teams; including Imaginarium Designs, Prima Marketing, Jenni Bowlin ,Tattered Angels, 7 Dots Studio, Finnabair, and Relics & Artifacts. Louise has also had the pleasure of designing for publication for an Australian Scrapbooking Magazine, Scrapbooking Memories, and also to have publications, feature articles, and 2 covers for Somerset Memories. 

In recent years, Louise has developed a love of mono printing, stamp carving, painting, art journaling, ceramics, and assemblage; and has pursued these with her usual creative passion.

Sandee Setliff

Since childhood, Sandee Setliff is happiest when she has paint and glue on her hands! 

Playing with new products and getting messy is time well spent in her book. She creates a variety of mix media signs, cards, and altered art, and her creative style ranges from cute and fun to clean and simple. Her latest passions include art journaling, typography and making art books. When she is not crafting, she is photographing wildlife and hiking through the lovely North Carolina mountains. 

Sandee is 59 years old, single and deliriously happy checking off her bucket list as she goes along in life. 

Art & Whimsy ~ Belen

Belen Sotelo, a San Diego native, is a mixed media artist and self-professed Colorful Mess Maker. She has developed as an artist through creative experimentation, attending classes and exploring online presentations. Her body of work is best known for its complex layers of bold color and visual texture. Through tutorials and process videos, Belen encourages others to connect with their own creative voice. She has taught at Way Art Yonder Studio in San Diego and worked with local and national brands including StencilGirl Stencils, Faber Castell, RubberMoon, and My Prima Planner. Her work has been featured in heART Magazine.

Belen works full time as a Human Resources Manager, a career she loves, to help fund her obsession with stencils, planners, and art supplies. She loves monoprinting, art journaling, memory keeping, planning, and experimentating with new supplies and techniques.

When she isn’t in her studio, she enjoys reading, traveling, video games, and watching movies.

We can barely wait to share the incredible things our Creative Team has planned for the next 12 months!


  1. Congratulations to the talented Natalie May, Louise Nelson and everyone else too!!

  2. Congrats ladies. very cool!

  3. What a talented group. I know they will enjoy creating with StencilGirl. I look forward with anticipation to seeing the amazing works of heArt.

  4. Looking forward to everyone’s posts. Looks like an exciting year

  5. Denise Neumark-ReimerMay 7, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    I am looking forward to seeing and learning more - thanks StencilGirl!

  6. Woo hoo! Congrats to everyone! What a wonderful team.❤

  7. Congrats to all these talented ladies!!!

  8. What an all star team! Congratulations everyone and best wishes for a smashingly ,creative StencilGirl year!! xo

  9. Looking forward to all of the wonderful art to come from the new team, Congrats!!


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