Repurposed Cigar Box


TCW/VLV -Sue Carroll

HELLO! Welcome to another day in our week long fun with TCW stencils and Viva Las VegaStamps! I can’t say enough about these two great companies!

My project today started out with a vintage cigar box I purchased for $1

When it’s finished, it will house coffee & tea- a lovely gift for someone special:)

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I began by pasting torn book pages to the lid with matte medium.
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Next, I added this great Coffee Ad…then I was ready to have fun with the details using TCW Stencils and VivaLasVegaStamps!

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I used Heavy Gesso to stencil with TCW479 Random Stars.  

I LOVE this stencil, and am already thinking of some great Christmas projects using it!

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For the gift tag, I used this great Tag stamp from VivaLasVegaStamps.

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For even more detail, I used the VLVS “MAXWELL HOUSE” coffee stamp along with the Filagree stamp above it and the chicken wire stamp top right and bottom right corners.

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I love the Arrow stamp from VLVS you can see on the tag above.

TCW/VLV -Sue CarrollI used a Brown Pan Pastel to add aging to the stars, but you could also use distress ink.

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The “rusty” areas were done by stamping with embossing ink then dusting with rusting powder, which has become difficult to find. Here are 2 links I found that carry it

TCW/VLV -Sue CarrollAbove is an old ticket stub from 1952:) I love old stuff!

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I’m going to give this box of coffee and tea to a friend who is in need of a coffee/tea break and some quiet time!

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Hope this gives you some inspiration to repurpose a fun find of your own with TCW Stencils and VLV Stamps! Both offer an amazing selection of products…you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for and more!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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The Crafters Workshop Design Team Member

Halloween Canvas

Hi there,

Happy Halloween!!

Karen here, sharing a canvas that I created using the TCW Sketch Grid stencil. This was a super fun project for me, as I do not create a lot of projects with a Halloween theme.  I do take a lot of Halloween photos though, so creating this canvas was a fun way to use some of my favorite Halloween photos from last year. Since I chose to use mini clothespins to attach the photos, I now have a versatile piece of art that I can use year after year.

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To add some fun to the background, I randomly applied white paint using the 12 x 12 Sketch Grid stencil.  I love this stencil. It’s extremely versatile and can transform your work instantly. Take a peek of the close up shots below.

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Halloween Canvas by Karen Jiles Supplies Stencil: The Crafter’s Workshop Sketch Grid  (TCW456); Patterned Paper, Stickers, Straws, Brads, Clothespins: Recollections; Paint: Apple Barrel; Adhesive: Xyron 9” Creative Station; Other: Hemp


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

A vintage-inspired mixed media canvas using Viva Las VegaStamps and The Crafter’s Workshop stencil


This week, we are partnering with Viva Las VegaStamps for a whole week of creative inspiration using stamps and stencils. :)


I created a vintage-inspired mixed media canvas. Please scroll down for a quick tutorial.


I started by cutting down a 12×12 sheet of Blue Fern Studios patterned paper to 6×6. After distressing the edges, I adhered it to a 6×6 canvas then applied a layer of clear gesso all over. Once I decided on the images I wanted on my canvas, I covered the rest of the paper of Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso.


Then I went over the whole area with a used tea bag for an aged look on the paper. Different types of tea will give you different “stains”. The one I used is Rooibos which has an orangey tinge. Lighten with water and dab with a rag/paper towel till you can your desired effect.



Next I added some stamping with Viva Las VegaStamps.

Then I used The Crafter’s Workshop TCW 485 Coptic Impressions stencil with Liquitex glass bead gel. Once that was dry, I added Silks Acrylic Glazes to blend in with the colours that were on the patterned paper.


I adhered a Prima resin frame which was “aged” with Silks Acrylic Glazes. I added some Crackle Glossy Accents to play up the whole vintage vibe.


And added some paper blooms to match the design on the paper paper.


Hope you’ve enjoyed my vintage-inspired mixed media canvas.

Yvonne Yam

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

Sanna´s Stamps & Stencils week projects

Hello there, here is a canvas I created using Viva Las VegaStamps and The Crafter´s Workshop stencils.

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I have used various stencils and stamps on this project and here is also a little step-by-step tutorial for you:


I first gessoed the canvas and then applied 4 tones of acrylic paint onto it.


Next I took the “Baubles” 12×12 inch stencil and traced the pattern with a pencil onto a piece of white cardstock.


After that I fussy cut the image using a precision knife. I only used a piece that would fit the size of my canvas.


After that I misted the piece,


and then added some stamping.


I then added some black patterns for contrast onto the canvas background using the “Beaded curtain” 12×12 stencil.


I also grabbed a piece of tissue paper and stamped some black butterflies onto it. I then used “Glue n´ Seal” to adhere them to my canvas later.


I love in droplets, so I therefore had to add some also to this piece.


After the droplets were dry, I adhered the fussy cut stencil image piece over the canvas with “Glue n´ Seal”.


Next I took the “Texturized” 12×12 inch stencil and applied some texture paste over the canvas mainly to the upper right corner.


I then took some flower ribbon and cut suitable pieces out of it and adhered those over the texture pasted area.


After the glue and paste had dried, I went and sprayed some yellow and pink spray ink over the paste and the ribbon.


White the spray ink was drying, I took the piece fo white cardstock which I had used previously for the fussy cut stenciled image and stamped an image with black ink onto it. I then went along and used a butterfly die cut for cutting and


then misted it with blue spray ink.


I then glued it over the flowers with “Glue n´ Seal” and adhered a light bulb over it. The light bulb I treated with some gesso and glitter glue for additional interest and to alter it abit. After that I just hand drew a sentence on white paper, spray inked the words and glued them on their places. This is what my finished canvas looks like:


I hope you have enjoyed this little step-by-step!
Have fun creating,
xoxo, Sanna
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used products:
Stencils – The Crafter´s Workshop (Baubles, Beaded Curtain, Texturized)
Stamps – Viva Las VegaStamps
Spray Inks – Tattered Angels, Lindy´s Stamp Gang, Dylusions, Studio Calico, Heidi Swapp
Adhesives – Glue n´ Seal
PaintsDina Wakley for Ranger, Paper Artsy Fresco Finish
Stamp ink – Ranger Archival ink, jet black
Other – Flower ribbon, Light bulb, Sizzix butterfly die, Tissue paper, Texture paste, Glitter glue
White ink – Liquitex Titanium white
Pen – Sharpie
Gesso – Liquitex


Hello again, Sanna here with a simple and easy card idea. I have used spray inks, a piece of white paper, some stamps (all by Viva Las VegaStamps) and stencils for these cards.

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Here is how I created the cards:


I first took some black ink and stamped various stamp images randomly onto the paper.

Next I sprayed various spray ink colours over the inked images.


Then I applied some Distress ink thru the 6×6 inch “Deco Leaves” stencil onto my card bases.


After that I just took my stamped, spray inked piece of paper and cut it into random sized strips. I didn´t measure them and cut pretty freely.





Then I just glued the pieced down onto the card bases, added a stamped sentiment, some black ink splatters and a ribbon for additional decoration and my cards were done.

Hope you like the idea!
Happy crafting,
xoxo, Sanna
The Crafer´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used products:
Stencil – The Crafter´s Workshop (Deco Leaves)
Stamps – Viva Las VegaStamps
Spray inks – Dylusions, Lindy´s Stamp Gang, Tattered Angels, Studio Calico
Stamp ink – Ranger Industries
Glue – Aleene´s
Other – Ribbons

A Week of Stamps and Stencils with Viva Las VegaStamps! – Day 3

Hi everyone,

We have another exciting week here at The Crafter’s Workshop as we are partnering with Viva Las VegaStamps to bring you many projects with stamps and stencils!

Viva Las VegaStamps makes and sells deeply etched pink rubber stamps. And they have so MANY different subjects, styles and patterns…I’ve been to their store before and believe me, I’ve never seen so many stamps in one place!

I decided to make layout about a place I’d like to visit but haven’t yet been to…Greece! And it’s on my bucket list!

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Photo courtesy of inObrAS from deviantart

I used stamps from Plate 880:

VLVS Two ColumnsVLVS Steampunk Flying Greek, VLVS Drunken Baby/Cherub

And from The Crafter’s Workshop I used:

TCW438 City Grid, TCW487s Alhambra, and TCW471s Positive

Here’s how I went about making this page:

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Stamp entire background using two different shades of grey.

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Mix a paste of super heavy gesso and black gesso to get grey and apply paste over TCW438 City Grid.

When paste is dry, lay down the stencil again and apply crackle medium.

When paste is dry, lay down the stencil again and apply crackle medium.

Heat emboss stamped images and cut out.

Heat emboss VLVS stamped images and cut out.

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Cut out shapes on vellum paper (I used my Cameo) and decorate them with Positive and Alhambra stencils and chalk ink.

Now you have your background and main embellishments!

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See what fun you can have with Vivs Las VegaStamps and The Crafter’s Workshop!


The Crafters Workshop Design Team