Repurposed Cigar Box


TCW/VLV -Sue Carroll

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:)

TCW/VLV -Sue Carroll

I began by pasting torn book pages to the lid with matte medium.
TCW/VLV -Sue Carroll

Next, I added this great Coffee Ad…then I was ready to have fun with the details using TCW Stencils and VivaLasVegaStamps!

TCW/VLV -Sue Carroll

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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TCW/VLV -Sue Carroll

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.

TCW/VLV -Sue Carroll

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

Halloween Canvas

Hi there,

Happy Halloween!!

Karen here, sharing a canvas that I created using the TCW Sketch Grid stencil. This was a super fun project for me, as I do not create a lot of projects with a Halloween theme.  I do take a lot of Halloween photos though, so creating this canvas was a fun way to use some of my favorite Halloween photos from last year. Since I chose to use mini clothespins to attach the photos, I now have a versatile piece of art that I can use year after year.

TCW Halloween Canvas Karen Jiles I

To add some fun to the background, I randomly applied white paint using the 12 x 12 Sketch Grid stencil.  I love this stencil. It’s extremely versatile and can transform your work instantly. Take a peek of the close up shots below.

TCW Halloween Canvas Karen Jiles II

TCW Halloween Canvas Karen Jiles III

TCW Halloween Canvas Karen Jiles IV

Halloween Canvas by Karen Jiles Supplies Stencil: The Crafter’s Workshop Sketch Grid  (TCW456); Patterned Paper, Stickers, Straws, Brads, Clothespins: Recollections; Paint: Apple Barrel; Adhesive: Xyron 9” Creative Station; Other: Hemp


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

A vintage-inspired mixed media canvas using Viva Las VegaStamps and The Crafter’s Workshop stencil


This week, we are partnering with Viva Las VegaStamps for a whole week of creative inspiration using stamps and stencils. :)


I created a vintage-inspired mixed media canvas. Please scroll down for a quick tutorial.


I started by cutting down a 12×12 sheet of Blue Fern Studios patterned paper to 6×6. After distressing the edges, I adhered it to a 6×6 canvas then applied a layer of clear gesso all over. Once I decided on the images I wanted on my canvas, I covered the rest of the paper of Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso.


Then I went over the whole area with a used tea bag for an aged look on the paper. Different types of tea will give you different “stains”. The one I used is Rooibos which has an orangey tinge. Lighten with water and dab with a rag/paper towel till you can your desired effect.



Next I added some stamping with Viva Las VegaStamps.

Then I used The Crafter’s Workshop TCW 485 Coptic Impressions stencil with Liquitex glass bead gel. Once that was dry, I added Silks Acrylic Glazes to blend in with the colours that were on the patterned paper.


I adhered a Prima resin frame which was “aged” with Silks Acrylic Glazes. I added some Crackle Glossy Accents to play up the whole vintage vibe.


And added some paper blooms to match the design on the paper paper.


Hope you’ve enjoyed my vintage-inspired mixed media canvas.

Yvonne Yam

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

A Week of Stamps and Stencils with Viva Las VegaStamps!


Hello The Crafter’s Workshop and Viva Las VegaStamps Fans!!
So GLAD you stopped by to see my creation made using products from
these two amazing companies!

We Remember Canvas by Lynne Forsythe

I created a tutorial on how I made my canvas background for you viewing pleasure!
or it can also be viewed HERE!

We Remember Canvas by Lynne Forsythe

I began by applying a layer of Shimmering Matte Artist Acrylic Paint to a Canvas Panel. Then with stamps chosen from my Viva Las VegaStamps Pound O Rubber, I stamped randomly on the surface.

We Remember Canvas by Lynne Forsythe

Next I applied various texture mediums through The Crafter’s Workshop
Coffee ~Splotches 6 x6 template and Today Framed Fragment with a palette knife.

We Remember Canvas by Lynne Forsythe

I again randomly stamped my surface with Viva Las VegaStamps Pound O Rubber stamps and Archival Ink, embracing the imperfect stamping due to the texture.

We Remember Canvas by Lynne Forsythe

I applied a layer of Shimmering Matte Artist Acrylic onto a piece of Kraft Cardstock then proceeded to stamp leaf images onto the surface,
which I in turn I cut out to accent my flower.

We Remember Canvas by Lynne Forsythe

Here is a close up of my finished background.

We Remember Canvas by Lynne Forsythe

I then added Petaloo flowers and stamped verbage to round out my canvas.

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I hope you have enjoyed my creation using
VIVA LAS VEGASTAMPS and the Crafter’s Workshop.

Lynne Forsythe
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

Cool kid

Hi there, Sanna here today! I´d like to share with you an easy and simple way I love to use stencils on my layouts. I love the effect you can create with them and I very often use a stencil with some modeling paste just as it is. I simply wipe the paste thru the stencil onto the background and use the stenciled details to enhance my photos. I then only add a few embellishments and/or some pieces of patterned paper, the title and some journaling and my layouts is done.


On this layout I have used the “Geometric Art Layers” & the “Random Stars” stencils. I really like the contrast on the white paste against the dark background paper. Simple and effective :).



I hope you get inspired to try some modeling paste on your artworks! Have fun!

The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used materials:
Random Stars (12 x 12 inch) – The Crafter´s Workshop
Geometric Art Layers (12 x 12 inch) – The Crafter´s WorkshopPapers and Embellishments – Studio Calico Kit
White Ink – Dylusions