Pretty Pinwheels: 3 of 3 Quick and Easy Posts Today!

Hello! Tami Sanders here with a fun project to share with you – a trio of pretty pastel pinwheels…

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These pinwheels would be cute for a child’s room decor, party decor or favors. They are easy to make as well. All you need are some TCW stencils, cardstock, ink, straws and buttons.

Start with a square of cardstock, use 3″ for cute mini pinwheels or 12″ for GIANT size pinwheels!

The pinwheels in the sample were made using 4 1/2″, 5″ and 6″ squares. Use the stencil of your choice to ink one side of each cardstock square. I used ColorBox Black Pigment Ink for this project, so I heat set the ink once it was applied.

To make the pinwheels, you need to cut diagonally from each corner toward the center, stopping about 1/2″ to 2″ from the center of the square depending on it’s size. Then fold the tip of ONE corner from each section down to the center and adhere it. I found it easiest to just make an “X” from corner to corner on the back of each square using a pencil and ruler as a cutting guide.

To embellish the centers of the pinwheels, I stenciled designs on buttons using ColorBox Black Surfacez Ink. Glue the buttons to cover the ends of the corners at the center…

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Glue straws to the back of the pinwheels to finish them off.

Supplies Used:

THE CRAFTER’S WORKSHOPTCW205s Mini Houndstooth, TCW195s Mini Brocade, TCW317 Pattern Strips, TCW278 Circle Explosion, TCW189s Mini Zebra Print, TCW347s Mini Kaleidoscope

OTHER: Clearsnap: ColorBox Black Pigment Ink, Colorbox Black Surfacez Ink and ColorBox Stylus & Tips, Beacon Adhesive: 3-in-1 Glue, Peach, Pink and Lime Cardstock, Buttons and Striped Straws

TOOLS: Heat Gun, Trimmer, Scissors, Ruler and Pencil

Come back and visit the TCW Blog soon!

Tami Sanders… The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

$1 Mini Candle Favors: 2 of 3 Quick and Easy Posts Today!

Hello! Tami Sanders here today with an easy $1 project. This mini candle goes from plain to pretty with the help of a TCW stencil, some ink, ribbon and bling…

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I think these candles would make nice little party favors and you can add any design you like. The Crafter’s Workshop has TONS of stencils in a variety of styles and themes so you are bound to find the perfect one for your project.

For this project, I used the TCW195s Brocade stencil and inked the design using ColorBox Black Surfacez Ink. A ribbon tied around the neck of the jar lid and some pretty pink rhinestones are all you need to complete the candle.

You could also embellish-up larger candles to use for home decor or anytime gifts.

Supplies Used:


OTHER: Clearsnap: Colorbox Black Surfacez Ink and ColorBox Stylus & Tips, Candle, Ribbon and Rhinestones

Tami Sanders… The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

$1 Thank You Notes: 1 of 3 Quick and Easy Posts Today!

Hello! Tami Sanders here with a $1 project to share. I found this set of thank you notes in a bargain bin – they are nice, but a little boring. I thought they had some potential though, so I picked them up.


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I grabbed some TCW stencils and some ink and got to work transforming these notes. Here’s what they looked like after their beautification.


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Dress up your thank you notes from fun to formal depending on what “thanks” you need to send. I used a variety of styles here to give you some ideas. I thought the 2 hearts would be cute for wedding or bridal shower thank you’s.

Here are close up pics of each of the cards as well as the TCW stencils and inks used…

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TCW464 Mini Dancing Leaves stencil inked with Aquamarine, Spiced Plum and Limelight ColorBox Crafter’s Ink.

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TCW46 Rosetta stencil inked with Berry, Limelight, Tangelo, Aquamarine and Spiced Plum ColorBox Crafter’s Ink.

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TCW457 Mini Gothic Romance stencil inked with ColorBox Crafter’s Ink in Berry and Aquamarine.

Inks were heat set after application.

Using TCW stencils and some ink is an easy and inexpensive way to add some personality to basic stationary.

Tami Sanders… The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Stencil Doodling.

Welcome to the Crafters Workshop Blog today!

I am sharing a journal page I did sitting watching TV the other night, using some stencils, my handmade watercolour Journal, some Distress Markers and an Aquawash Brush.



Here’s a quick run through of what I did…..

I selected some stencils that had small detailed patterns that I could trace with a fine tipped black pen (waterproof)  I fount the Art Stencil then, that had an image I could trace, that was wide and open, which could house all the smaller detailed patterns.

I chose  (Find all the designs HERE)

TCW488-Viva La Art,

TCW492S-Kasia’s Letters,

TCW481S-North Star,

TCW256S- Basket Weave,

TCW478S- Beaded Curtain

I traced the word onto the page….


I filled the letters with a small pattern in the mini sized stencils


I started outlining with distress markers and watercolouring them with a waterbrush.




To do the background, I scribbled colour onto an acrylic block, with the distress markers (which are reactive with water) then wet the area I wished to colour with my waterbrush.  Then I picked up colour with the brush and washed it over the wetted area.  It created a lovely pastel colour which blends in and out with all the colours In the background!


Well that’s my little piece of art for today.  It was really nice to do my entire page while sitting and watching television, keeping my hands busy while watching my favourite shows!

Have a wonderful week!



Design Team Member for The Crafter’s Workshop


Fabric Covered Bead Necklace / Stenciled Jewelry

Good morning crafty friends! I am up today with a SUPER easy project that you can make for yourself or create as a lovely & unique gift…

using a GREAT stencil from The Crafters Workshop of course!Fabric Covered Bead Necklace/ Sue Carroll

Being a Mimi & a great (old) Auntie, I’m always on the lookout for the latest “baby finds.”

When my nieces both had their first born a few years ago, I found these cute necklace teethers from Smart Mom.


They come in every color and are simple and sleek…but, lately I have been intrigued by                            fabric covered bead teether’s…I even like them …teething aside!

So…I decided to make one creating my own fabric with TCW stencils:)

                                       NOTE: due to my product choices (spray ink),                                         this should not be utilized as a teether 

The stencil I chose is below


Other things you will need:

Bleached Muslin (I used a 36″ strip 3″ wide) 1/4″-1/2″ seam allowance

NOTE: you will need to adjust your fabric strip size according to the size bead you use and the length you want your finished necklace to be.

Dylusions Spray Ink (London Blue)

Round Beads (varying sizes)

Hoop Earring  (I used one that lost it’s mate!)

Swivel Lobster Clasp

                                                     Lg. and Sm. Jump Rings                                                           (Also dependent on size of bead you choose)

Fine lined permanent ink pen (I used a Pitt multi liner F)

Sewing Machine 

I purchased bleached muslin on sale (50% off!)

I bought plenty for future projects (6 yds. for $12) at Jo-Ann’s :)

To get started, cut your strip of muslin. (36″ or longer & 3″wide depending on the bead size you desire…)

TO DECIDE WIDTH…FOLD your fabric in half pinch closed with your finger and see if you can fit your largest bead inside-cut your strip, remembering to add 1/4 – 1/2″ seam allowance )

FYI- there are LOTS of tutorials out there for these bead covered necklaces, including teethers. If you would like to see an example of how one is made by TYING KNOTS in between each bead instead of using jump rings go here :)

Fabric Covered Bead Necklace/ Sue Carroll

This could not have been easier…Place stencil on fabric strip & “spritz” with the ink spray, before lifting the stencil off, roll over it with a roll of paper towels, and then move up the strip repeating the process until you’ve reached the end of your fabric piece.

Rolling over the stencil with the towel roll before moving it will help prevent some bleeding, and will keep your stencil free from ink build up as you go.  The ink dries very fast.

Remember, these inks are not completely water resistant, so no washing or baby biting:)

To set the color further, iron your stenciled strip on the highest setting, with a thin towel (or separate piece of fabric) in between stenciled piece and iron.

Fabric Covered Bead Necklace/ Sue CarrollOnce I stenciled the whole strip, I outlined the print with a permanent Pitt pen. This step isn’t necessary, but adds a bit more detail that I like.

And yes, it does take awhile, but I find it relaxing…I listen to audiobooks:)

I just finished “If I Stay” soon to come out in the theaters:)

Fabric Covered Bead Necklace/ Sue CarrollNext, fold the fabric in half, right sides together, and sew a seam down the long side.Fabric Covered Bead Necklace/ Sue CarrollTo turn the tube right side out, fasten a large safety pin to the end, (make sure you only place pin through the top side and not all the way through) and then “work” the pin through the middle, gathering the fabric and pushing the pin, until it comes out the other side, and pull.  Iron the tube with the seam in the middle of the “back”.

Fabric Covered Bead Necklace/ Sue Carroll

Now you are ready to place the beads on the inside of your finished “tube”

I used 2 sizes (one larger than the other), although it’s a very subtle difference. Any beads will do since you will be covering them with fabric.

Fabric Covered Bead Necklace/ Sue CarrollFold your tube in half and tie a knot on one end. (The photo above is after both sides have beads added-with finished ties)

Pull the “unknotted” end through a small jump ring and push the jump ring down towards the center of the tube.  Leave about 2 inches of tube empty on either side of the middle of the whole tube. I just kept “eyeballing it” by folding in half while matching ends side by side. (The empty section will be the part of the tube that is looped around the “earring pendant.”

Fabric Covered Bead Necklace/ Sue CarrollTo add the “earring” pendant, simply use a slip knot.

Alternate ring, Lg. Bead, ring, Sm. Bead, ring, etc. until you reach the end, leaving at least 2 inches after your final knot to sew on Lg. Jump ring and clasp. Before you cut the excess of your ends, place around your neck to determine your desired length.

(Keep adding beads until you reach desired length, taking into consideration the 2 inches beyond the final end knot to add Lg. jump rings and clasp)

Fabric Covered Bead Necklace/ Sue CarrollOnce you knot the end and cut off excess, push the raw ends in toward the middle with your “ink stained” finger. (hee hee)Fabric Covered Bead Necklace/ Sue Carroll Make 2 snips with scissors and insert the Lg. Jump ring. Fabric Covered Bead Necklace/ Sue Carroll Tuck in all loose sides, and sew across the top of the tube end to secure jump ring. (Do this on both ends.Fabric Covered Bead Necklace/ Sue Carroll Add the swivel clasp. Fabric Covered Bead Necklace/ Sue Carroll Fabric Covered Bead Necklace/ Sue Carroll

I think these are super cute, and I loved finding a use for this old earring that had no mate.  You can do this technique without a center pendant…still adorable.

Hope you feel inspired to make your own, using one of the MANY great TCW stencils!!!

It’s a joy to share with you!

‘Til next time,


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The Crafters Workshop Design Team Member