Summer 2013: Sweet Home, Raindrops, and Switchback

Ronda Palazzari Sweet Home TCW386I am at CHA debuting all my stencils along with having fun doing make & takes at the Crafter’s Workshop booth. I will continue to share my summer stencil release here on the blog so you can see all 19 in detail. So far you have seen:

Fancy Feathers & Giraffe Print
Climbing Vine & Moroccan Tiles
Mix Tape, And So On, & Squiggles

Today i am sharing three more with you, Sweet Home (TCW #386), Raindrops (TCW #400), and Switchback (TCW #399). Sweet Home is reminescent of Urban Landscape but pays homage to our dwellings, for home is where love dwells. You can use the shadow or line drawing by themselves or combine them for a stellar look. Ronda Palazzari Sweet Home
These stencils come in both 12×12 and 6×6. You can see the shadow and detail images were used.
Ronda Palazzari Home

Can i tell you how much i enjoyed making this layout?  I love those bright cheerful houses all stacked up to tell the story of how my home is with Andrew, wherever he may be.

Ronda Palazzari Raindrops TCW400

Raindrops has a variety of sizes scattered across the page giving a great random feel.  I love all the sizes, both fat, skinny, and small.  The 12×12 looks great combined with 6×6 size.

Ronda Palazzari Raindrops

You can see the two sizes next to each other.  The 12×12 is actually on the left and the 12×12 is on the right.

Ronda Palazzari Found

On this layout, i first embossed the raindrops using clear UTEE and then painted the layout using spray inks and watercolors.  I love the way the drops pop up against the color.

Ronda Palazzari Switchback TCW 399

Switchback is a great background stencil that reminds me of our mountain roads in Colorado.  I love the way this background can be broken down in columns, rows, and squares.

Ronda Palazzari switchback

I really love this background stamp.  Alexi had fun with these two using spray inks on the 12×12 and distress inks on the 6×6 stencil.

Ronda Palazzari NachtMusik

The stencils are debuitng at the show today but i thought you might like a sneak of upcoming stencils & samples.  I have been a very busy girl completing 19 layouts for The Crafter’s Workshop booth.  Stay tuned these will all appear here on the blog!

Ronda Palazzari Stencil sneaks S2013

Ronda Signature 75x50

Easy stencil ideas for cards by Sanna

Hi everyone, Sanna here! When Jaime contacted me and asked if I would like to do a blogpost or two for the TCW blog, I was more than thrilled and immediately agreed. I love the TCW Stencils and have been using them quite intensively recently!! So my first post in May is about cards. I did four cards using the Mini Garden Gate, Quatrefoil, Kaleidoscope, Honeycomb, Tiny Circles and Mini Elevator Gate Stencils. So prepare for quite a long post ;-)

Materials for the first card:
You will need: stencils, white cardstock, a card base, embossing ink pad, clear embossing powder, craft sheet, heat gun, ink pads and a pen.

1. Place a stencil over the white cardstock and press embossing ink over the mask into the paper. While you are at it, cover the whole paper up, so you can use the other images for later projects, if you like.

2. Remove the stencil, cover the embossed areas with clear (or white) embossing ink and heat them with the heat gun until the powder starts to melt (don´t burn your fingers!).

3. This is what everything looks like after you are finished heating the powder.

4. Now add ink over the images with an ink blending tool. I used Distress Inks (bundled sage, wild honey and worn lipstick) from Ranger Inc. You could also use a spray ink here too.

5. After inking, I outlined the stencil images with a black pen for more contrast, but you could also skip this phase, if you prefer the original look.

6. After that just use as much or as little of the embossed and inked paper for a card (or on a layout) and decorate/embellish to finish your project. I used a wide chevron washi tape to create a flower. Just first fold the washi in half and then fold it again lengthwise to create a flower. Fast and easy and adds nice contrast to the card.

Now for the second card. Since I had leftover pieces of that previously embossed paper, I used them for this quick project.




I punched butterflies out of the leftover pieces and layered them over each other and  added a rhinestone on top. Then I used  the “Tiny Circles” stencil, placed it on the card and dabbed some white acrylic paint with a sponge over it. This creates a really nice background for the colorful butterflies – I really like this stencil a lot! Finally just decorated and glued all together. Really fast and easy!

Materials for card number 3:
You will need: craft sheet, Mini Elevator Stencil, card base, embossing ink, embossing powders (white or like me holographic, cream, yellow and orange), heat gun and embellishments of your choice.




SONY DSCFirst place the stencil over the card and add embossing ink. Then take orange embossing powder and add a wide strip over the card. Dab off the residue, then add in the same manner yellow, cream and the lightest color. Next heat the powder with a heat gun. Now your ombré card base is done. You can create gorgeous backgrounds just by changing the colors and stencil patterns! You could now either outline the images or even add spray ink or stamp ink over the white areas, if you´d like to experiment more, but I wanted to leave the image as it is. Then just add the embellishments and your card is finished!

For the last card you will need:
Card base (I prepared the background with Distress Ink – scrattered straw – and a background stamp), “Honeycomb” stencil, twine, needle and a black pen. And later coloring pens – I used Copics.





SONY DSC First place the stencil over the card and outline the image with a waterproof black pen. Then grab your coloring pens and color the pattern. After that punch holes around the hexacon images to be able to stitch through the card with twine. Finish the card with a sentiment and embellishments. I used a hot air balloon stamp and a rub-on, then glued everything down with foam pads for a more dimensional effect.

I hope you have enjoyed the tutorials and got inspired by them! Thank you TCW and Jaime for having me here – looking forward to my next post later in May!! See you!

xoxo, Sanna

Happy New Year Tammy Tutterow!!

tammytutterow-the-secret-25At first I just saw this saying on a tag Tammy Tutterow made and I thought “YES! we all need to count our blessings”. Great thought for the new year.tammytutterow-the-secret-15

And then I saw those little numbers and thought “hmmm?”

And then took a closer look and saw my little friend, Basketweave TCW210.


I know this is totally out of order as far as Tammy’s tutorial goes, sorry about that. I think I multitask too much that I end up doing first-things-last and last-things-first! Sorry. You’ll just have to go to Tammy’s blog and read it properly. But in the meantime, this is the beauty she created in the end.tammytutterow-the-secret-1

Can’t wait to see you, Tammy!! And to remember that when I count my blessings, I’m blessed to count you among my many blessings.

Ali’s December Daily









Every December, Ali Edwards creates an album just for December. She highlights this process in her “December Daily” blog.  This year she’s getting a lot simpler by using a 4×6 Album. And, lucky us, she used our TCW246 Swiss Dot stencil to create one of her transparency pages using cream colored acrylic paint.








You can click here to see all of her December Daily posts.

TCW246 Swiss Dot







And here is a video that walks you through an overview of her Foundation Pages:

December Daily 2012 from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.

Love Cristin Grönnslett

Ahhh. For all layout artists who love pretty layouts and want to incorporate mixed media and stencils, HERE YA’ GO! Cristin Grönnslett leads the way (from Norway!!) to show us how “less can be more”.

“Messy” can be subtle. It can be color coordinated. It can be harmonious. Don’t be afraid to reach beyond your comfort zone. You can layer, one soft layer after another soft layer. You don’t need to scream “I’m a mixed media artist”, you can whisper it.

We’ll still hear you.