1 Mixed Media Project…3 Stencils…one GREAT Cause.

Hello All!

Keri Sallee here and today I am excited to share not only a project, but a cause that is near and dear to my heart.

If you follow me on any social media (or know me in the real world! LOL) you know about my love for an organization called Saving Grace,

Saving Grace is an organization that provides transition housing for girls ages 18-25 who: have aged out of foster care and have no where to go, are homeless, or have a home life that is detrimental to their futures.

I have had the amazing opportunity to work with this organization and with the girls it helps many times over the last few years. Recently, they asked if I, along with a few other artists, would make inspirational works of art for the class room at the Saving Grace home.

When Becky, the founder of Saving Grace, posted this picture of the classroom area where our art would go…I was sssooo excited! I knew I would get to do something bright and funky….something to brighten of our recently gloomy days here in NW Arkansas.


Here’s what I came up with!


I wanted to match the fun and vibrancy of the room, without trying to be too “matchy matchy” with my patterns and colors.

I used 3 different stencils from the Crafter’s Workshop for this project.

First, I used “Blazonry” designed by Balzer Designs to cut a variety of patterns and colored shapes. I used papers from Graphic 45, Christy Tomlinson for Pink Paislee and Fancy Pants Designs. Really…just whatever paper I like that went with my color scheme.


Here is a closeup:


In this close up, you can also see another stencil by Balzer Designs, “Chevron.” To allow my under colors to shine through, I used my finger and “painted” through the stencil, keeping my paint layer thin.


Here’s another close up of that one over on the right.


The last stencil I used was designed by Ronda Palazzari called “Spinning Tops.”

Spinning Tops

I wanted to add some texture, but keep things bright and shiny, so instead of using my usual modeling paste (which dries matte), I grabbed my Golden Heavy Body Gel, mixed it with some bring yellow acrylic paint and scrapped it through my stencil with a popsicle stick. With the extra paint mixture on my stick, I added swipes of the mixture here and there to keep the piece cohesive.


Here are a few more closeups…I used kraft tissue as my base to add lots of texture and added bits of lace and ribbon to keep in very feminine.



You can see…there is all sorts of splashy messy fun!

Here are a few things I used:

STAMPS: Pink Paislee, Bo Bunny, Pebbles, Inc and Paper Studios
WASHI TAPE: Recollections, My Mind’s Eye and Paper Studio
INK: Heidi SWAPP and Ranger
SPRAY INK: Tattered Angels (Moss & Coral Reef)
ACRYLIC PAINT: Deco Art and Plaid
PEN: Faber Castell PiTT Artist Pen in Black and White
TISSUE: Hobby Lobby
RIBBON: Heidi SWAPP, Hobby Lobby and Vintage Lace

I hope you enjoyed my project today and if you have time, you can read more about Saving Grace and all the good they are doing here: Saving Grace, Inc.

Until next time…


Embossed Metal Ornaments

Hello! Tami Sanders here today!

Are the holidays sneaking up on you like they are me? I can’t believe the first week in December is done today. How did it get to be December 7th without me crossing MORE off my Christmas to-do list?!

If you are in need of a quick and easy holiday craft idea I might just be able to help you out.

How about making some of these embossed metal ornaments…

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These are similar to the Embossed Metal Sugar Skull project I did for Dia de los Muertos, but unlike that project, you don’t have to hand-emboss the designs. You can run the stencils and metal through your die-cutting or embossing machine. Then all that is left is “painting” the ornaments using Izink Inks.

Also like the sugar skull project, these were inspired by painted tin folk art ornaments from mexico…

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The Crafter’s Workshop has TONS of stencils, so you are sure to find one or MORE you like to use to make YOUR ornaments. Make them all the same or select designs that reflect the likes of the gift-ee.

Use the ornaments to embellish packages, gift bags or tags. Or use them as part of a homemade card – the recipient can then remove and display the ornament.

I’ve put together a Snapguide that will show you how you can make these ornaments yourself – guide includes step-by-step photos and directions…


thanks for visiting the TCW Blog!



Tami Sanders


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Stenciled coasters

Hi there! Today I´d like to share with you a coaster idea. A friend of mine recently gave me some hand cut wooden pieces and said that I´d probably find a use for those. He knows me well ;-). I have been saving those pieces for a while now. They have a really nice shape – some of them are almost heart shaped, so I just used 6 for now and saved the other ones for later. Here is what I did:

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I first gathered some 6×6 inch stencils together and chose patterns I thought would look nice on the coasters. I then just placed a stencil over the wooden surface and traced the pattern onto them with a black Sharpie pen. I just outlined some patterns and some of them I colored black. The outlined ones look “lighter” than the colored ones. So it is totally up to you which look you prefer and go for.

Sanna Lippert

This is how the finished coasters look like. I really like how the “Dartboard” pattern and the one with the circles (from the “Geometric Art Layers stencil”) on the left side of the upper photo turned out. Doodling these was quite addictive, so I am considering doing some more and maybe giving them as a Christmas present to someone dear.

Sanna Lippert

In the end I added a light layer of wood varnish over the doodled areas to make sure the patterns “stay put”. Since the Sharpie is permanent and water and fade resistant, it should work without the varnish too, but I just wanted to play it safe.

Happy stenciling!!

The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Diamond Lattice – The Crafter´s Workshop
Geometric Art Layers – The Crafter´s Workshop
Viva La Art – The Crafter´s Workshop
Dartboard – The Crafter´s Workshop
Ceiling Tile – The Crafter´s Workshop
Other: Shapie black, wood varnish

Layered Stencil and Stamping background

Hi everyone, Beck BT here to show you my latest layout created with The Crafter’s Workshop templates.  I just love how you can create all different feels when it comes to The Crafter’s workshop stencils as there is just so many to choose from and always one just perfect for my layouts.

I recently taught this layout as a class sharing lots of different techniques that go into making this layout.  As this was a layout of a memory captured outdoors I wanted to incorporate that into my design and the Specimen template was just perfect for this.  I teamed that stencil up with the new Labyrinth template as well for some added interest and layers.  leading the way full

I have created a video focusing in on how I have layered the stenciling and stamping to create a great deal of interest into my page.

I used the following stencils to create this page:

tcw486 labyrinthtcw454 Specimen

Here is a detail picture so you can get up and close with that stenciling

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I love how versatile stenciling is for projects, and so I also wanted to share with you a card I created where I’ve taken a single layer of stencilling (just the butterflies) to accent a card with the same background techniques.

spread your wings card

I hope you enjoyed my share today!

Happy Crafting!!
xxxBeck BT

{Give Thanks} Thanksgiving Decor

Hi! Tami Sanders here today with a decor project for Thanksgiving.

One of my favorite TCW stencils for fall is TCW368s Mini Pattern Leaves, the shapes and designs are so pretty. I made up lots of leaves using the stencil to embellish a vintage book…tcw give thanks book - wm

The leaves were first embossed on a light-weight kraft cardstock, then spritzed using ColorBox Spritzers in Lemon Drop and Pumpkin Pie. For a little shimmer, they were also spritzed in a few spots using Spun Sugar Smooch Spritz.

After the leaves dried, they were cut out and the embossed areas were inked using Mudslide ColorBox Archival Dye Ink. The edges of all the leaves were distressed using the same ink as well…

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The book was opened to the center and pressed down to “crack” the spine and help the book lay flatter. Each half was glued to the covers. The right hand page was carefully pulled loose from the spine and then the center of the page was torn out to make room for the sentiment. The loose page as well as the left hand page were inked around the edges using Mudslide Dye Ink and Harvest ColorBox Chalk Ink. The page at the right – once the loose page had been removed – was inked at the center with Harvest Chalk Ink. The left hand page was also inked at the center using Harvest Ink. The sentiment was added using TC47 Perky Letters and a brown pen…

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After tracing the torn out center of the page onto chipboard, the page was adhered to the chipboard and mounted back in the book using 3D squares. Then the leaves were slightly crumpled, arranged and then adhered to the book. A raffia bow finishes off the piece.

thanks for visiting the TCW Blog!



Tami Sanders

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member