Easy Peasy Card Background by Karenliz

Hi Everyone! I needed to make a couple of generic cards but I didn’t have a lot of time. I needed to create card backgrounds quickly.  The best way you can create a quick back ground is take take a stencil, add ink and spray it with water.


The take your card and place it on top of the stencil for a few second and lift up. I used two new stencils TCW438 ClimbingVineRevd and TCW454 Speciman.  I just added focal images to the front and I’m done.


These were truly easy peasy! Thanks so much for stopping by!


Rose Window Resist & Calm Art Journal Page

Ronda Palazzari Calm Art Journal Details

Last week i shared with you with my Rose Wheel Stencil (TCW 423).  Today i want to share with you a resist technique using the 12×12 stencil in my art journal.  i really love this stencil for the open areas and the elegance it brings to any project.

Ronda Palazzari Calm Art Journal

Here’s a look at the full page.  I love the colors peeking through the “stained glass window.”  I could wipe away more of the black paint from the window but i kind of like the sooty look for this particular journal piece.


In the video, i first collage the page using vintage papers, music sheets, and old book texts.  i then use heavy body acrylic paints and a translucent medium with a palette knife.  i hope you enjoy the video!

Ronda Signature 75x50

A Cafe Latte TO GO by Karenliz

Hi Karenliz here.

There are not many who don’t stop for a coffee or tea to go. When I saw CafeLatte Stencil (TCW434, 6×6) I knew I can use it for so many creations.

I used these two stencils both 6×6.


I took two 3″x3″ canvas and used deli paper scraps and used gel medium to adhere them to the canvas.  It gives them a great graffiti look that I love.


Using the CafeLatte stencil I used gel medium and purple paint to create little embellishments for the canvas. The wonderful thing about gel medium is you can use it just as it is. The next step I used it with the Urban Landscape stencil and when it dried painted it with black acrylic ink. It gives it a real distressed urban feel. Love it!


The final step I attached it all to the two canvas with gel medium.


No matter where we live we all say, I’ll have a Café Latte to go!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tired of Winter? Think Spring!!!

















Hi Everyone. It’s Karenliz. I live in Connecticut and the winter weather has been very cold and snowy. The best part of the winter is playing in my warm art room and with Ronda Palazzari’s new stencils Wildflowers (TCW433) and Climbing Vine (TCW428) I created a spring time canvas.

First I added dictionary paper, acrylic paints on the canvas and then added the Climbing Vine stencil with white spray paint.


To add the Wildflowers stencil I decided to use deli paper (deli sandwhiches are wrapped in it). If you haven’t used it you must try it. You can get it at any kitchen supply store or I bought mine from Amazon. The best part is when you glue it down its disappears!


Once the paint was dry, I cut it up so I can glue the individiual flowers on the canvas. I usually play around with the way I want it to look before I glue them down.


What flowers were hanging off the edge I glued to the sides. Here is a close up and you can see the paper doesn’t show.  This was still a little wet but when it’s dry its translucent.


I was going to add details and dimension to the flowers but I loved the watercolor look. I then added some butterflies which I popped off the canvas.


I hope this puts a little spring in your day! This stencil already had plently of paint build up on already. You can use it all or just parts. So much fun!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


I forgot Valentine’s Day! – Quick and Easy Cards

Hi Everyone Karenliz here.

I work full time for a tax accountant so I’ve been busy and I completely forgot about Valentine’s Day.  I needed to make a couple of quick Valentine’s Day cards.

My stencil aliens and I are very excited to be using a new Balzer Designs stencil called Mini Palms. What a great stencil! You have to get it.

I started by using Pan Pastels with the stencil on black paper.


I used Pan Pastels in Turquoise and Hansa Yellow Shade and Neutral Grey Tint. The colors pop off the black paper.


I then used Balzer Designs Mini Mix and Match Hearts to create an embellishment for the front of the card.


With turquoise card stock, music paper, and black card stock I created this card. It didn’t take any time at all. Quick and easy.


My second card I used the new Mini Palms stencil but this time I traced the design on back of the paper and cut out the negative space to make it look like a window. With scrap paper in the background it looks like stained glass.


The second may not be that quick but it didn’t take long at all to complete. The little hard on the front of the card was traced on grunge paper using one of the hearts on Mini Mix and Match Hearts stencil.

These cards can be made for any occasion. Grab a stencil and start making your cards!

Thanks you so much for stopping by!