Hello Cookie….Countess!

Screen Shot 2013-07-12 at 1.00.50 PMI know. mmmmmmm!  These are cookies!! And she used STENCILS!!! (TCW381 Quatrefoil, TCW322 Chunky Chevron, TCW220 Wonky Circles. See below).

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Yes, these are just a few of cookies made by Hillary at the Cookie Countess.  She has classes too (for you lucky people who live in Connecticut!!) What I’m getting at is this, those stencils you have, our stencils, they’re good for so many things it makes my head spin! Like COOKIES!! Or maybe dusting sugar or cocoa onto a cake!! Or maybe swiping icing through a stencil (think: Modeling paste!!) or rolling it on top of fondant to create texture…definitely getting hungry now!

Now before you pull your gunked-on stencils out of your drawer, let me preface this with a statement of the obvious – ONLY USE BRAND NEW STENCILS THAT HAVEN’T BEEN USED WITH ARTS AND CRAFTS PRODUCTS. That makes sense, right? ‘Cause you can’t be too careful about the after-effects of chewing on acrylic paint. ‘Know what I mean?

And of course, make sure you wash our stencils with hot sudsy water and dish detergent before ever using on food.  Now “have at it” (as my Anglo friends would say!!)

And, sorry if I just rocked your world. It’s my job. Couldn’t help it. And no, I don’t know how many points are in that left-over icing you just ate. Not my job.

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!!

Spray Paints á là Pam Garrison

Pam Garrison is one of those artists/designers/instructors with whom I’ve kept in touch, because her work is so inspiring. Every once in awhile I get an email with pretty things attached to it. This was one of those days.

Just so inspiring. right?  Pull out all of your goodies, lay down some craft paper (brown paper bags?!?), open up that cardboard box in your recycling bin and let loose! And be sure to post what you come up with on our Facebook page.