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!


Knock, Knock, Who’s There?

Hi everyone it’s Karenliz.

My favorite holiday is Halloween. I think its just because my daughter was born on Halloween, 9 weeks early, and it was a scary time. Today I have my first Halloween creation.

First I took a shadow box wood frame and used Liquitex acrylic ink and a stain on it. Then I used a stencil, Peacock Pattern TCW379, with modeling paste mixed with acrylic ink on the front.

2013 08 18_3653HWAnd also added the pattern on all four sides.

HWSidesOnce the frame was dry, I gathered all my Halloween goodies to fill the shadow box; little wooden trees, a wooden raven, Halloween papers, my favorite tree stamp to create the scene, and paper punched bats.

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To complete my shadow box I adhered all the pieces in and added more black and brown acrylic paints to darken it up a bit. Here is my finished creation.

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This shadow box frame is perfect for a little spooky scene and the stencil pattern around the frame is perfect.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Nina’s Album Cover

P7070475Nina Rogano (Нина Рогано) is a Russian mixed-media artist who has sent us all sorts of fun links to her blog. She has promised to make some more projects using our stencils, but we just couldn’t wait. So here is one of our faves: An album that she created from scratch!

P7060331-001If you want to see the whole construction of the book, click here (it’s in Russian, but good ole’ Google translate helps out quite a bit!). I’ll show the highlights below.

(Love bookmaking!!)



Spread PVA primer (glue?) on the bookboard. Spread the book fabric out, place the primed board face down, with 4mm space between the board pieces.


Note the spacing of all of the bookboard pieces. (I think this may be a bookbinding kit…though you can cut your own bookboard if you have a sharp knife and a very good straight edge ruler.) Beginners – go for the kit!!


With a quick drying glue, glue down the overlapping edges of the fabric to the back fo the bookboard.


P7060338 Prime with a little more PVA glue on the front. Let dry.


Nina used the 12×12 Woodgrain stencil (TCW236) plus modeling paste to create texture.

TCW236 Wood Grain revised

TCW236 Woodgrain Stencil


Let this completely dry before adding more layers.


From here, Nina added lace and chipboard cutouts (with PVA glue, I think.)


Then she highlighted areas with very bright acrylic paint…let dry.


And now tone it down with gold, bronze and silver acrylic paint.


And here is the finished book cover! (Note the woodgrain texture on the lower left). Thanks Nina!!








Sabrina’s Sun Class w/Gelli Plates!

SabrinaSunThis “Sun Canvas” using Julie’s Blazonry stencil (TCW280) just makes me smile. Sabrina Somerby will be teaching this as a class, Friday, June 14 at Altered Angel in Alpharetta, GA. Call them: 678-368-4483

The sun’s rays are collaged paper.  And I think the lines shooting out from them are Burst (TCW287).  Enjoy the day, hope this brings you a little sunshine too!!

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