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

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:

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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.

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I hope you enjoyed my share today!

Happy Crafting!!
xxxBeck BT

Colour your world

Hi Everyone Beck BT here today, and I am sharing with you a canvas I created using The Crafter’s workshop ‘Gothic Romance‘ (TCW457) stencil teamed up with lots of fun Viva Las VegaStamps to create a colouful piece of art.

I stencilled using the various designs as part of the stencil.  I mixed whipped spackle with Gelatos to create the different colours to stencil with.

I used the Viva Las VegaStamps for my tissue paper transfer technique:

  1. Add some pattern tissue paper to the background using a transfer technique:
    1. Stamp some images onto the tissue paper with permanent ink any desired stamps
    2. Apply some modge Podge/gel medium/ decopage paste to the canvas (whichever you have) where you are going to add the tissue paper.
    3. Place the tissue paper over the top and then apply more paste to the top to seal it in.

This created some fun interest with the different images

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Here you can see the texture I created with the stencil by mixing some Fabter-Castell Gelatos into their Whipped Spackle and using a pallet knife stencilling.  I did this with some different colours teal and purple. Oh it was so much fun!

Canvas classI hope you enjoyed my share today and I have inspired to you to get creating!

Happy Crafting!!
xxxBeck BT


A Pocket Watch with Rita

Hey there creatives! Rita Barakat here and I am super excited to share this pocket watch project with you! Believe it or not this is chipboard!

My base is this  chipboard pocket watch “Arts Parts” by Wendi Vecchi. I covered it with Gesso  and Gelatos.


I  used TCW470 Geometric Art Layers stencil to paint another layer of Gelatos.This is such a great stencil because there are several designs on one stencil!

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Then I used a layer of Glaze with TCW488 Viva la art stencil. Another great stencil with several designs!

Here it is dry, then I went over it with some metallic embossing powders.

I filled in the edges with Big Stampers Brush, and added one of my girls in the center.

While the embossing powder was hot I added this little heart charm and a brad to secure the pieces together.

This close up shows all the fun layers.

Here it is open, I added some Icelets (Poly fill) on the inside.

Here is the back, same concept but it always comes out different with embossing powders.
I hope this gives you some ideas and maybe an inkling to make your own pocket watch!

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Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacture websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®, DCWV, The Crafters Workshop, Deflecto and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

Repurposed Cigar Box


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HELLO! Welcome to another day in our week long fun with TCW stencils and Viva Las VegaStamps! I can’t say enough about these two great companies!

My project today started out with a vintage cigar box I purchased for $1

When it’s finished, it will house coffee & tea- a lovely gift for someone special:)

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I began by pasting torn book pages to the lid with matte medium.
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Next, I added this great Coffee Ad…then I was ready to have fun with the details using TCW Stencils and VivaLasVegaStamps!

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I used Heavy Gesso to stencil with TCW479 Random Stars.  

I LOVE this stencil, and am already thinking of some great Christmas projects using it!

TCW479 Random Stars

For the gift tag, I used this great Tag stamp from VivaLasVegaStamps.

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For even more detail, I used the VLVS “MAXWELL HOUSE” coffee stamp along with the Filagree stamp above it and the chicken wire stamp top right and bottom right corners.

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I love the Arrow stamp from VLVS you can see on the tag above.

TCW/VLV -Sue CarrollI used a Brown Pan Pastel to add aging to the stars, but you could also use distress ink.

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The “rusty” areas were done by stamping with embossing ink then dusting with rusting powder, which has become difficult to find. Here are 2 links I found that carry it



TCW/VLV -Sue CarrollAbove is an old ticket stub from 1952:) I love old stuff!

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I’m going to give this box of coffee and tea to a friend who is in need of a coffee/tea break and some quiet time!

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Hope this gives you some inspiration to repurpose a fun find of your own with TCW Stencils and VLV Stamps! Both offer an amazing selection of products…you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for and more!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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The Crafters Workshop Design Team Member