Stenciled coasters

Hi there! Today I´d like to share with you a coaster idea. A friend of mine recently gave me some hand cut wooden pieces and said that I´d probably find a use for those. He knows me well ;-). I have been saving those pieces for a while now. They have a really nice shape – some of them are almost heart shaped, so I just used 6 for now and saved the other ones for later. Here is what I did:

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I first gathered some 6×6 inch stencils together and chose patterns I thought would look nice on the coasters. I then just placed a stencil over the wooden surface and traced the pattern onto them with a black Sharpie pen. I just outlined some patterns and some of them I colored black. The outlined ones look “lighter” than the colored ones. So it is totally up to you which look you prefer and go for.

Sanna Lippert

This is how the finished coasters look like. I really like how the “Dartboard” pattern and the one with the circles (from the “Geometric Art Layers stencil”) on the left side of the upper photo turned out. Doodling these was quite addictive, so I am considering doing some more and maybe giving them as a Christmas present to someone dear.

Sanna Lippert

In the end I added a light layer of wood varnish over the doodled areas to make sure the patterns “stay put”. Since the Sharpie is permanent and water and fade resistant, it should work without the varnish too, but I just wanted to play it safe.

Happy stenciling!!

The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Diamond Lattice – The Crafter´s Workshop
Geometric Art Layers – The Crafter´s Workshop
Viva La Art – The Crafter´s Workshop
Dartboard – The Crafter´s Workshop
Ceiling Tile – The Crafter´s Workshop
Other: Shapie black, wood varnish

A Fun Way to Use Bits and Fragments

Hi Karenliz here to show you a fun way I use Bits and Fragments. I came up with this idea when someone asked me how to use them. Each Bits and Fragments can be used in so many ways but I find this technique gives me more and more ways to use them.

Bind them together. Yes, that’s what I said. With each unique shape, they can be entwined together to make some interesting background designs. Here is a picture of Balzer Bits – Single Feather and Daisy and Rhonda’s Fragments – Rubber Bands and how I used their shapes to bind them together.


Once I had the right combination, I used a sponge and added black acrylic ink to the Bits and Fragments and then sprayed with water.  Flipped the combined pieces onto my art journal page, sprayed again and repeated. The thing I love about the look is that it’s not perfect. I used acrylic paints and water to add color.  Here is my finished page.


So grab your Balzer Bits and Rhonda’s Fragments and see what background designs you can come up with.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karenliz Henderson
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team
Blog: My Creative Endeavors







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:

tcw486 labyrinthtcw454 Specimen

Here is a detail picture so you can get up and close with that stenciling

leading the way detail 1

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.

spread your wings card

I hope you enjoyed my share today!

Happy Crafting!!
xxxBeck BT

A quick way to jazz up your gift box…



It’s gift-giving season….here’s a quick way to jazz up a gift box for that special someone.



I used The Crafter’s Workshop TCW 475 Diamond Lattice with Liquitex Black Lava on a black gift box. The black lave medium dries with a slight gloss so it really pops. Next I painted a Blue Fern Studios chipboard butterfly in silver and added a fabric bloom and bling.



I finished the box by using some MT tape all around the edges of the lid. And there you have it….a really quick and easy way to jazz up a gift box.

Yvonne Yam

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

Working with ‘Tovers!

Gratitude Canvas by Lynne Forsythe

Recently, I’ve been working like crazy on crafty projects….one day while cleaning up my
crafting space, I came across a BUNCH of ‘tovers…..
you know the “pieces parts” that get pulled out or created that NEVER
make it onto your creation.
I just knew I had to create something with my ‘tovers!

Gratitude Canvas by Lynne ForsytheI began with a Canvas Corp Brands Natural Canvas, some OHHH SOOO FUN
new products I’ve been working with,
and one of my FAVORITE Templates
Garden Gate TCW382TCW-1108-2I applied the texture mediums through the template,
when dry I applied a bit of
Tattered Angels ~ Glimmer Mist ~ Crushed Shells.

Gratitude Canvas by Lynne ForsytheHow AMAZING is the stenciled image!
Just PERFECT for all my ‘tovers!

Gratitude Canvas by Lynne Forsythe

So what do you do with your ‘tovers??

Lynne Forsythe
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team