Lynne’s Homemade Giftwrap










Lynne Forsythe just shared this fun way to jazz up gift-giving. Her post is here, and her video is below.  Lynne writes:

Are you looking for a Unique Gift to give this holiday season??  I have just the one for you!!
I LOVE making Home Made Gifts….
so this year I went looking for just that right gift!
I found it….Pretzel Turtles! (click to see recipe!!)

Can I tell you…this is very dangerous because I LOVE TURTLES!

Now, how to Gift Wrap them??
Because…..As you know…
it’s ALL ABOUT the presentation!  See my video below:

Stencils & Encaustic Painting

My name is Raven Voss and I am an Encaustic artist. I love painting with wax and incorporating all my favorite things into my work. Paper, keys, birds, vintage maps, old postcards and romantic old letters, dictionary pages, all types of printed words and what ever I can find that moves me.


One of my new favorite tools to use with my encaustic art are The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils. These stencils are so lovely, easy to use and they really make my life so much easier. Plus there are so many to choose from, there is a stencil for everyone.

stencil pictures


One of the reasons these stencils are so perfect for wax and my work is that you can paint the wax directly on top of the stencil, fuse and simply remove the stencil. It’s like magic! The way The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils allow me to incorporate 3-D wax into my work is really exciting. I used to spend hours painting and fusing three dimensional wax, now with the stencils I have much more flexibility.


cropped thank you


The uses for The Crafter’s Workshop stencils in my work seems endless and I can’t wait for my next series of paintings. Here are just a few….


woodgrain study in red


To see more of my work –

and read my blog –

I also want to send a special Thank You to Jaime for allowing me this cool opportunity to be a guest on your blog. This one’s for you!

jaime's thank you



Melenia from Greece

I think I need to go to Greece. It’s always been on my “to-do” list, but all of the sudden I’m seeing beautiful work using all of our templates. I need to go.  I like Greek food. I like the beach. I like to sit and sip coffee.  Good, dark coffee. And add some paper and fun media, I’m set!

Melenia sent me these links and images. Wow. Beautiful. I’ve linked each image to her blog posts. My Greek is non-existent.  So I’ll assume she wrote something like: “oh, I love The Crafter’s Workshop templates. When I’m not enjoying beautiful Greece, I am playing with each and every template that I own.  Dreaming about more templates…” Or something like that. I’m sure that’s what she wrote. Right?

Karen Ellis

Karen Ellis, one of our favorite (favourite) Canadians created this layout. It was featured in the Canadian Scrapbooker Backstage Pass blog with Jackie Ludlage.

Can you see the Stars and Circles template in purple? I know you see the Reversed Chickenwire!! (One of our faves here at TCW!!)

Click here to read Karen’s post on the Canadian Scrapbooker blog, and click here to see more of Karen’s work on her blog!!