Creating with “Misfits”

As a Designer, I accumulate many “Misfits”,
pieces parts that never made it onto a creation…
flowers, leaves, textiles etc.
Every once in a while I like to have a free create time
using my “Misfits”!

Here are three ATC’s I created!

Love for a Lifetime by Lynne Forsythe

I began with (3) Canvas Corp Brands ~ Canvas ATC’s.

Love for A Lifetime by Lynne Forsythe

Using The Crafter’s Workshop ~ Mini Texturized Template
and Distress Markers along with a bit of spritzed water,
I created my background to my ATC’s.

Here is a close up of the ATC’s,
I just love the effect I achieved when I spritzed the
Distress Markers on the Canvas ATC’s.
HINT: Spritz the backside of the Canvas ATC’s,
especially if you will be drying with a Heat Tool.

Love for A Lifetime by Lynne Forsythe

Love for A Lifetime by Lynne Forsythe

Love for A Lifetime by Lynne ForsytheI then pulled out my “Misfits” to complete my ATC’s.
Here are my finished little Darlings!!

Love for A Lifetime by Lynne Forsythe

Love for A Lifetime by Lynne ForsytheLove for A Lifetime by Lynne Forsythe

Hope you enjoyed my free create and I encourage you
to whip up something using your
and The Crafter’s Workshop Templates!


Lynne Forsythe
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Textiles and Templates

I LOVE using textiles in my creations….
vintage fabrics, lace, burlap and canvas
are among my favorites.

So…..when I received my Canvas Corp Burlap Pillow Round
I couldn’t WAIT to play with it!!
…..and here is my finished product!

My Life Heart Pillow by Lynne ForsytheI do have to say this was my first try at stenciling on burlap….
I was very unsure of how it was going to work
due to the weave of the fabric and the density of the fibers…
but I was going to give it a try anyways!

I chose the Crafters Workshop ~ Quatrefoil Reversed 12×12 template and
a bit of Precious Metal Effect Paint ~ Mother of Pearl
and a makeup sponge,
…..can I say…. it worked WONDERFULLY!
Just a hint of color on the Canvas Corp Light Pink heart….PERFECT!

My Heart Pillow by Lynne ForsytheI just LOVE how it came out!

My Heart Pillow by Lynne ForsytheNow when it comes to stenciling on canvas….
to me…..that is easy peasy!
I used the Crafters Workshop ~ Mini Chickenwire Reversed 6×6
and Sketch Grid 12×12
and applied small amounts of
Precious Metal Effect Paint ~ Gold
with a same makeup sponge.

My Heart Pillow by Lynne ForsytheMy Heart Pillow by Lynne Forsythe

I accented the pillow with
Mother of Pearl Buttons and 7Gypsies Hardware and Metals.

My Heart Pillow by Lynne ForsytheI finished off my pillow with a Canvas Corp Burlap flower
accented with
more 7 Gypsies Hardware and Metal and a big ole Mother of Pearl button
and LOTS of hand stitching and Multi Medium to hold it all together.

My Heart Pillow by Lynne ForsytheI haven’t decided yet if I am going to stuff it and use
it as a pillow or hang it on my wall….
WHAT do you think??

I hope you have enjoyed my experiment….
may just have to TRY this AGAIN! Crafters Workshop Design Team

60′s Vera-Style Wall Hanging

Hello! Tami Sanders here with a home decor project to show you today.

I am infatuated with vintage; I love ephemera, buttons, sewing bits, fabrics, old notebooks, postcards, jewelry, greeting cards, pottery and the list goes on and on and ON! One of the categories on my list are textiles designed by Vera. And no – probably not the Vera you are thinking about {although I own plenty of her goodies too!} I’m talking about Vera Neumann. If you like vintage items like scarves, tableclothes and napkins, you may be familiar with her trademark signature – Vera, with a cute little ladybug beside it.

Vera Neumann designed lots of different patterns in various styles, but she did lots of flowers, free flowing flowers, sometimes with loose outlines like the tulips on these napkins…

The Crafter’s Workshop TCW433 Wildflowers stencil brought Vera’s designs to mind…

Crafter's Workshop Template 6"X6" WildFlowers

So I decided to create a project inspired by her work. I started with a plain burlap placemat that I found for $2. First I added a background pattern using the TCW431 Ripples stencil and inks.

Then I added the flowers using the TCW433 Wildflowers stencil to create another layer to the background. Next, I moved the stencil slightly up and to the right and filled in the design using white acylic paint.

Once the paint dried, I once again, inked in the flowers. They were brighter than the previously inked flowers since they were added on top of the white paint.

The designs were then loosely outlined using a black fine tip permanent pen.

The TCW467s Mini Live, Love, Laugh stencil was used to add the verse to the wall hanging. Molding Paste was used for the large print words and ink for the smaller print. When the paste was dry, Smooch Accent Ink was used to paint the letters, and then they were outlined with the black pen.

I cut off the bottom of the mat, applied large black pom pom trim and a black grossgrain ribbon to hang it from.

Here are some pics of the project…

live love laugh wallhanging - tcw,the crafter's workshop,home decor,burlap decor,garden, flowers, inked stencil,vera style,tami sanders - 1 shwm

live love laugh wallhanging - tcw,the crafter's workshop,home decor,burlap decor,garden, flowers, inked stencil,vera style,tami sanders -3 shwm

live love laugh wallhanging - tcw,the crafter's workshop,home decor,burlap decor,garden, flowers, inked stencil,vera style,tami sanders -2 shwm

Don’t worry if the white paint bleeds a little bit, it adds to the style! The inks were heat set between steps. Use blue painter’s tape or masking tape to hold both the mat and the stencil to your work surface to best results.

Supplies Used:

THE CRAFTER’S WORKSHOP: TCW433 Wildflowers, TCW431 Ripples and TCW467s Mini Live, Love, Laugh

OTHER: Clearsnap: Smooch Accent Ink: Sundance and Sassy Pink and ColorBox Stylus & Tips and ColorBox Crafters Ink: Fire, Tangelo, Sunshine, Berry, Spiced Plum, Aquamarine, Aruba, Jungle, Bark, Stone and Night, Beacon Adhesive: 3-in-1 Glue, White Acrylic Paint, Coarse Molding Paste, Burlap Mat, Large Black Pom Trim and Black Grosgrain Ribbon

TOOLS: Heat Gun, Foam Brush, Palette Knife, 1/4″ Hole Punch, Scissors, Blue Painter’s Tape and Fine Tip Permanent Black Pen

Thanks for visiting the TCW Blog today!

Tami Sanders… The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Mix It Up Pillow by Tami Sanders

Hello! Tami Sanders here with a project to share with you featuring a fabulously-funky template from Ronda Palazzari - Mix Tape {TCW401}.

I am a child of the 80′s, so I love Ronda’s retro inspired cassette tape design. It’s perfect for adding a touch of vintage to your decor.

This pillow was put together in 4 sections, each measuring 7″ square and inked with the Mix Tape 6″ template in different colors on unbleached muslin…

mix it up pillow - tsanders wm

The inks used are from Clearsnap — ColorBox Crafter’s Inks, which are permanent on fabric when heat set. Sweet Pea and Fire were used for the red section, Aruba and Wave for the blue, Purple and Spiced Plum for the purple section and Limon and Jungle for the green. All inks were applied and blended using the ColorBox Stylus & Tips.

Stitch the red and blue sections together at the side, then do the same for the purple and green sections. Then stitch the 2 horizontal rows together to make the pillow front.

Back the pillow with denim cut from outgrown jeans, stuff with stuffing salvaged from an old pillow {or you can even use plastic grocery bags} and add a vintage button at the center to finish.

I love the crisp clean lines you get from The Crafter’s Workshop templates; it’s like having your own silk press! You can create professional looking projects, quickly, easily and most importantly, inexpensively!

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!