Heathered Feathered Box Purse by Tami Sanders

Hello! Tami Sanders here with a VERY inky, VERY layered altered purse project to share with you…

heathered feathered purse - tsanders wm

This purse started out as a plain, wood, box purse, then layers of inks and designs were added. The inks were heat set after each layer to avoid blending them into each other.

The first layer was a nice, base coat of white acrylic paint. The first layer of design was added using the 12″ Moroccan Tiles template - TCW385 and ColorBox Mix’d Media Inx in Mossy and Verdigris applied using the ColorBox Stylus & Tips. The next layer was made using the 12″ Scallop Flower template - TCW366 and Adobe and Leather Inks. Next, the 12″ Art Is template - TCW261 was inked randomly using Adobe and Leather Inx. Then Mossy Inx was rubbed lightly over the entire purse using a sponge. When dry, the purse was distressed with sandpaper, with heavier “distressing” around the edges.

The raised feather design was created using the 12″ Fancy Feathers templateTCW389 and Golden’s Coarse Molding Paste applied with a palette knife. The paste was allowed to set and dry overnight. It was then tinted using touches of the Vintage and Verdigris Mix’d Media Inx as well as ColorBox Squash and Mudslide Archival Dye Inks from the refill bottles mixed with a little water and applied with a paintbrush.

Holes were drilled in the top of the purse, and wire and beads were used to make the handle.

Think DIMENSION with The Crafter’s Workshop templates and Molding Paste!





Altered Corkboard by Tami Sanders

Hello! Tami Sanders here to share a project with you; an altered corkboard featuring the 12″ Moroccan Tiles template – TCW385

color squared cork memo board - tsanders wm

This 12 X 12 corkboard started out as 4 – 6 X 6 corkboard squares and a 12 X 12 piece of chipboard. Each corkboard square was inked with different areas of the Moroccan Tiles template. Vintage, Patina, Wisteria and Peaches ColorBox Mix’d Media Inx were used for this project and were applied using the ColorBox Stylus & Tips, then heat set.

The corkboard squares were adhered to the chipboard with a ribbon hanger to complete the piece.

This project would be great for your home office, or maybe as a gift to send off with a new college student.

When you look at your templates from The Crafter’s Workshop, think of different ways to use or layer them. The tiles on this template were not used individually, but the inner quadrants of 4 tiles were used instead.





Jaime is famous!!









Okay, so I’m  not really “famous”, but I was on Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s podcast, “Adventures in Arting”.  If you ever wanted to know the story of “The Crafter’s Workshop”, here ya’ go! (Plus you get to listen to the wonderful Julie plus Ilene duo!)

Click here for photos of moi, plus a few artsy things I’ve made, and click below to just listen!

Enjoy!! -Jaime

Holiday fun with stencils

6a00d8341c61d353ef019b02821e15970b-800wiRonda Palazzari’s blog is chock full of awesome ideas using her stencil designs! And this week, she has a bunch of friends posting their wonderful ideas.  Like the card above by Miriam Pranter.  Love this! (Maybe I’m a city-girl at heart!!)

SONY DSCOr how about Sanna’s ornaments? She’s done three different versions here.

6a00d8341c61d353ef019b02864e2c970d-800wiAnd check this out by Sara Case Strickland! Mighty cute, eh? (She’s from Canada, I can say “eh?” if I want to!)

So don’t stop here, head over to Ronda’s blog to see what else is going on!! Git!


Holiday Memories: An Ornament

Hi Karenliz here.

My camera is always charged and ready to take that perfect or not so perfect picture during the holidays.  I’m the photographer who captures everything and anything. I wanted to create an ornament with holiday memories but didn’t know how to frame the pictures on the ornament but thanks to stencils I found the perfect frames. These are the stencils I used for this project.


The first step was to paint the wooden ornament white and then using the  Shattered Circles stencil (TCW408) I added silver and pearl acrylic paint.  Next, I used Twas The Night stencil (TCW394) and with modeling paste added the Christmas tree and and the word joy on the stencil (Step 2).


I needed frames for my pictures so I traced the Captured stencil (TCW392) on a piece of cardstock and cut out the frames (Step3); painted them with gold acrylic paint (Step4). By now the modeling paste was dry and I was able to paint the tree and the word joy.  I found some interesting Christmas pictures on my computer and resized them for the frames. Here is the finished ornament.


These pictures are not of my family but these are the pictures I love to take. Not posed, not perfect, just holiday memories to look back on and say “Remember that?”.  Do you have some funny holiday memories to put on your ornaments?

Thanks so much for stopping by!