Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Homemade Ornaments by Lynne Forsythe

Every year I like to add a new ornament or two to my collection.
Do your Christmas ornaments tell a story?
I know mine do…..
Places I’ve been,
Handmade ones from the kids as they grown,
Gifts from Friends and Family.

Now that both of my children have moved out.
I thought I would create ornaments for them this year.

Homemade Ornaments by Lynne Forsythe

For my first ornament, I used
TCW481 ~ North Star


I applied Lime Green Shimmering Matte Artist Acrylic paint
onto a 20″ x 2.5″ piece of Canvas Corp Brands Canvas through the
above template.


When dry, I tore the canvas into three 3/4″ pieces.

Homemade Ornaments by Lynne Forsythe

I wrapped the pieces around a 3″ styrofoam ball
and adhered with flat head straight pins and Multi Medium.
I accented the ball with Canvas Corp Brands Red ~ Hemp Rope
and Natural ~ Jute,
Petaloo ~ White ~ Mini Burlap Blossoms and Velvet Leaves.

For the second ornament….

Homemade Ornaments by Lynne Forsythe

I pulled out a piece of French Script on Ivory Tissuestock
and applied Gold ~ Shimmering Matter Artist Acrylic Paint

goldornament through TCW482 ~ Vineyard template.


I then cut three 3/4″ x 12″ pieces of stenciled Tissuestock
and the same from a piece Canvas Corp Brands Ivory Burlap.

Homemade Ornaments by Lynne Forsythe

I also adhered the pieces with pins and Multi Medium.
I decorate with various gold trims.

Homemade Ornaments by Lynne Forsythe

And accented the ornament with 7gypsies Princesca Hardware.

Here is my third ornament.

Homemade Ornaments by Lynne Forsythe

This time I used
TCW 259 ~ Chickenwire Reversed


along with Red Wagon ~ Shimmering Matte Acrylic Paint
and Canvas Corp Brands Printed Canvas.


I tore three 3/4″ x 12 pieces of canvas
and cut three 3/4″ x 12″ pieces of Farmhouse Christmas paper.

Homemade Ornaments by Lynne Forsythe

Adhered the pieces to the 3″ styrofoam ball
and accented the ornament with Petaloo ~ Ivory Wild Sunflowers that I painted
with the Red Wagon paint..

Homemade Ornaments by Lynne Forsythe

I finished off my ornament with a piece of 7gypies Hardware.

Hope you enjoyed my Homemade Ornaments….
I know I sure had fun making them!!

Lynne Forsythe
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

Layers of colour canvas

Hi Everyone, Beck BT here again with what is probably the brightest share I have done in a long time.  I just loved building the layers in the canvas with the help of various colours and stencilling.  There was lots of you commenting that you don’t use your reversed chicken wire stencil enough.  It is actually my all time favourite stencil so you see it pop up lots in my work.  I adore how it can add that bit of interest without being too overpowering.  unforgettable canvas For a little depth and interest I added some stencilling with the purple gelato that had been applied through the ‘Mum’s‘ Stencil(TCW259)  and softened with a water brush to the initial layer in the canvas.  You can see it in the background to the yellow area of the canvas. unforgettable canvas step 2 unforgettable canvas detail 3 I use the ‘Mum’s’ Stencil(TCW259) to create the flower like patterning.  I added the pattern with some Whipped Spackle to the background prior to colouring with the Faber-Castell Design Memory Crafts Gelatos. unforgettable canvas step 1 I also mixed the pink gelato with their Whipped Spackle colouring it up and then stencilling with the reverse Chicken wire template adding an additional layer of colour.

unforgettable canvas detail 1unforgettable canvas detail 2

I really enjoyed teaming up the stencilling using the stencils and lot of colour with the gelatos, they are like a match made in heaven!

I would love to hear how you enjoy layering your stencilling, so please leave a comment to let me know I might have inspired you to add some stencilling in various ways to your project.

Happy Creating!

xxxBeck Beattie

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!

http://lynneforsythe.blogspot.com/the Crafters Workshop Design Team

Subtle stencilling for the perfect finish

Hi Everyone, Beck Beattie here again today to share how stencils can add the perfect soft finish to your projects.  Sometimes it is the sublte layers that set your projects apart and make them more eye catching.  remember layout

I created some fun stamping into the background for interest.  I always like my photos to be centre of attention and while creating this layout I just knew it needed a special finishing touch and something to soften the background colours a little.  I didn’t want anything that was going to over power the photo so decided on some white texture paste.

I took my reversed Chickenwire stencil (TCW 259) and added the pattern to the almost finished layout, and suddenly it looked finished.  It is a amazing what some texture paste and a stencil can do!

Here is a close up of the stencilling:

remember layout detail

I hope you enjoyed my share today and I have inspired you to use your stencils for that perfect finishing touch on your next project!

Happy Creating!

xxxBeck Beattie

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Lynne’s Homemade Giftwrap










Lynne Forsythe just shared this fun way to jazz up gift-giving. Her post is here, and her video is below.  Lynne writes:

Are you looking for a Unique Gift to give this holiday season??  I have just the one for you!!
I LOVE making Home Made Gifts….
so this year I went looking for just that right gift!
I found it….Pretzel Turtles! (click to see recipe!!)

Can I tell you…this is very dangerous because I LOVE TURTLES!

Now, how to Gift Wrap them??
Because…..As you know…
it’s ALL ABOUT the presentation!  See my video below: