Friendship Journal by Karen

Hi there,

This is my first post as a TCW designer and I couldn’t be more excited. I am sharing a sweet little Friendship Journal that I created using the Chicken Wire (TCW 239s) stencil.

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I love this particular stencil because it’s great for many themes and projects. It continues to be a staple on my craft desk.

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I stretched the use of the stencil by using it in two different ways.  I started this project with a tag that I stamped and embossed with white embossing powder. I colored the flower with copic markers. Note: I created the mask shown in the photo previously to use time and time again for projects like this. It’s also stored with the coordinating stamp for easy accessibility.

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To create the chicken wire background around my flower without disturbing the image, I covered the embossed flower with a mask that I cut out of the image and airbrushed color onto the tag around the flower.

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Next, I wanted to extend the use of my chicken wire stencil, so I dragged my stencil through some white paint and randomly stamped directly onto the tag with my stencil to add more dimension.

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Finally, I decided to trim the tag down to make it the focal image of a journal that I created with my Cinch binding tool. I continued embellishing the journal until I was pleased with the final result. The journal measures 4 ¼ x 5. I love how creating a background and stamping with the chicken wire stencil enhanced the overall design.

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Friendship Journal by Karen Jiles Supplies Stencil: Chicken Wire (TCW 239); Patterned Paper: K and Company, Stampin Up; Cardstock: Bazzill; Stamps: Close to My Heart, Heartfelt Creations; Markers: Copic; Ink: Tsukineko, Ranger; Adhesive: Xyron; Tools: The Cinch, Craft Dee-BowZ; Other: Corrugated Board, Ribbon, Paint, Embossing Powder, Stickles

Thanks so much for visiting today…


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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.

Lejdi’s book

Lejdi made this lovely book. I think for her mom. My Polish is about as good as my Greek (ie: non-existent!)

She has used a combination of stencils…TCW267 Leger, TCW261 Art Is, TCW271 Cursive Alphabet and TCW248 cubist along with Molding paste and watercolors.

TCW267 Ledger

TCW261 Art is

Click here to see her blog post. Thanks Lejdi!!

TCW271 Cursive Alphabet

TCW248 Cubist

Stencil Hop:Funky Tags

It’s Thursday!  That must mean it’s time for another stencil hop!  Today Julie‘s got three super talented gals for you to visit (plus her wonderful blog):

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

This stencil contains six tag designs in two sizes.  If you’re thinking that because the stencil comes in 6×6 and 12×12 you can actually get four different sizes of tags, you’d be wrong.  :)  Julie created the stencil so that the small tags on the 12×12 version are the same size as the big tags on the 6×6 version!  Which is kind of cool to play with.  Here’s an image comparing the sizes:

Julie is pretty frugal and doesn’t often tell you that you need both sizes of a stencil, but for this one, you might need both sizes.  ;)  By the way, Julie made the chart above with watercolor and pen.  An easy way to use the stencil!

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

Which of the projects from the hop has you excited?

Here are those blogs again:

Thanks for stopping by!