Martha Richardson









Martha Richardson has been a longtime groupie of ours. So I was so happy to find her blog post showing how she creates papers that she later uses in her layouts and projects.   Here is a photos of some of her background papers just waiting to be cut by her Vagabond and Sizzix dies.

















Click here to read more about her process and see some creations!!


















Have a very Merry Christmas from the TCW elves and I. Enjoy.

Stencil Organizer with Ronda

Ronda Palazzari created this video because so many people saw her previous post about her stencil organizing system.

The video below is a Two-fer.  Not only do you get to see Ronda’s stencil organizing system, BUT you also get to see how she created this gorgeous binder cover (above).  If you just want to see how to use every stencil and tube of paint you own, fast-forward to the midway point.  Enjoy!!

Stencil Hop: Peek-a-Boo

In case you missed it, there was another blog hop yesterday!  This time Julie‘s got three super talented gals for you to visit (plus her wonderful blog). Here’s Julie introducing each:

  • Jenny Doh: Jenny is an artful creator, collaborator, curator, and crochet-er.  She was the long-time Editor-in-Chief of Somerset Studio and now runs the popular website  She has curated numerous books including Art Saves and Journal It.
  • Joanne Sharpe: Joanne and I first met at a CREATE retreat where we were both teachers.  She is a wonderful lettering artist.  You have probably seen her beautiful stamps from Art Gone Wild.  She is teaching at all three CREATE retreats this year (California, Chicago, and New Jersey), so do yourself a favor and take a class from her!
  • Ronda Palazzari: Ronda is warm, enthusiastic, energetic, and talented.  She recently attended Ranger U. and is a misting maniac.  Ronda is the author of the book Art of Layers and on the design teams for Maya Road, Purple Onion, and Sizzix.

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

You can probably guess why this stencil is called Peek-a-Boo, can’t you?  Yep, it looks like eyes. Julie says at the time she designed it she was actually thinking of Indian textiles, which use a lot of circles and sequins.  So here’s Julie’s first amazing project with it:

Isn’t it magnificent?

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:

Where do you find artistic inspiration?

Here are those blogs again:

Thanks for stopping by!

Stencilled Luggage

Our rep, Kelley Grace, up in Canada travels a lot! And boy does she travel in style!! She had two pieces of black luggage that she got tired of other people trying to pick up because they thought it was theirs.

Well not anymore!!

Check out what she did.  Here’s what she wrote:

“Above are front & back pics of my freshly stenciled luggage. I used some of the new Crafter’s Workshop designs, Lumiere paints & some Diamond Tex from Viva Décor for the textural & glittery sections.”