Stencil Hop: Circle and Stars










It’s stencil hop day and we have SEVEN awesome artists for you to be inspired by.

Start with Julie’s blog (if you answer the question on her blog, you could win your very own set of Stars and Circles!!) And then hop over to the other six amazing women!

This is just a little peek into some of the neat stuff that Julie did on her blog. You’ll have to click on everyone’s blogs to see the cool things they did.  Have fun!!

Upcycled Sweatshirt

This is Ann Clason. She’s a smart lady. She liberates her grandson’s old beaten-up sweatshirts and breathes new life into them by adding paint and other embellishments.  Check out how she used our TCW261 Art Is (how appropriate) stencil:

Ann says she used regular white craft paint and added some fabric medium. Then she “pounced on it with a make-up sponge”. To see more of her blog, click here. Thanks Ann!!

Stencil Hop: Wood Parquet

Ready for another blog hop?!  This time Julie’s got three new super talented gals for you to visit. Here’s Julie introducing each:

These three ladies and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer will be showing off the possibilities of the “wood parquet” stencil:

Julie says ” The Crafter’s Workshop does have a regular woodgrain stencil, which is awesome, but I wanted something more delicate. This stencil has a lacey quality that I really like.” So do we!  So here’s one of Julie’s amazing projects with it:

Isn’t it magnificent? This stencil is excellent for both subtle and more drastic effects. See all the projects for a variety of examples!

Click on Julie’s blog to read more about how she uses this versatile stencil.  If you’d like to win the “Peek-a-Boo” stencil in 6×6 and 12×12, leave an answer to the following question in the comments section of her blog:

Which of the ladies in today’s hop has a style closest to your own?

Here are those blogs again:

Thanks for stopping by! Now get hoppin!

Using Templates for Backgrounds

If you’re like me and a little hesitant to take the bold step of using our templates on your layouts, today’s post is for you! Instead of featuring the template as a focal image on your layout, you can use it to add color, texture, interest, and layers to your background. Look at this stunning layout by :

Hey beautifully layered page is made even more interesting and colorful by the awesome bits of colors she added with the templates in the background. I can see peeks of Mix & Match Hearts, Cursive Alphabet, and Punchinella.

So if you haven’t tried using templates on your pages yet, this is a wonderful way to dip your toes in. I hope you give it a try and share your pages with us!

Make sure to check out  for more information on her stunning page!

Beautiful Ferns with Texture Magic

We were blown away by this absolutely stunning canvas by Teresa Jaye. It’s a perfect example of how you can use our stencils creatively:

To create the stunning ferns in this canvas, Teresa used texture magic with the Peacock Feathers stencil:

Teresa says: “The gorgeous green ferns are made with Delta Creative Texture Magic dimensional paint in Fern Green stippled through a Balzer Designs 6″x6″ template called Mini Peacock Feathers by Crafters Workshop. While the paint was still wet, I sprinkled it with Zing white embossing powder. The embossing powder kind of clumped up on the paint and wouldn’t melt so didn’t do what I expected but I like it!”

Isn’t she super-creative? To see more of this stunning canvas and the great story behind why she created it, make sure to visit Teresa’s blog.