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WELCOME The Crafters Workshop

Thanks to The Crafters Workshop for partnering with us this month. Jaime Echt and her team do amazing projects and we are proud to create with them.  Thanks to Cheryl Boglioli, The Crafters Workshop Design Team and Education Coordinator for leading the efforts to make October memorable. I wanted to show you how simply you can get amazing results with acrylic paint and a Crafters Workshop stencil.  This stencil is an original design by   MARLENE MEIJER-VAN NIEKERK, Floating City. I was fortunate to purchase a Class Package when I went to CHA last January.  Did you know that Crafter Workshop has an amazing line of mediums and paints too?  The color names make me hungry;  grape jelly,  orange slice ,  blueberry pie, raspberry sorbet, blue jellybean, lemon custard to name just a few.  I know one of my main Art issues is to be freer and overcome the OVERTHINKING of projects.   I decided to let the art take me where it wanted to go.  I haphazardly put paint onto my subs

Look Who Joined the Tag Challenge this Week!

 We are really excited to see so many amazing tags during our September Tag Challenge.  Thank you everyone for participating.  Today we are sharing tags that were submitted for the challenge this week!  Cheryl Webb Gina Morley     Gina Morley Thank you all for joining us this month!!! GET READY for STENCILING IN OCTOBER!

Tags & Treats for Your Favorite Ghouls

Hi Gang!  We have almost made it to October... color me HAPPY! I have for you today a little explosion box to wrangle all those  cute little tags  we have all been making this month.  I thought let's make a crafty vessel, if you will, that's perfect for  giving Halloween treats to your favorite ghoul.   Maybe you know someone who can't have or isn't fond of candy...well, this is a perfect way to share some treats with them.  Just pen a sweet little note on each tag and add a little gift inside this explosion box. Let's begin...I will try my best and let the pics do the explanation for the most part.  click on the photos to read the instructions I hope you can see the score marks (made with my  my trusty scor-pad  and  bone folder. )    I then cut the right hand side of each score line. See example.  If done correctly you will have these fun little flaps.  These are going to become pockets for our tags.    Cut "flaps" on

Surprise Tags with Stencils

If you are like me and love lots of random colour and perhaps want to create in quantity or time is short then this is a post for you. I want to leave a little bit of a surprise for you to discover - as each time you do this it is totally unique and different so I am not sharing pictures of all the steps.  This way you get to interpret my instruction and put your own expression totally into these tags. So firstly taking a number of your chosen tag blanks at one time lay them out close together (touching but not overlapping) on the workspace you have available.  Next pick out a mix of stencil designs you love.  I usually work with 6 x 6 or smaller size stencils so you can more easily get an assortment of patterns on your tags.  Lay these stencils down randomly across/on top of your tags.  turning them on different angles, not all in a straight line so there may be two or more stencils covering the area of the same tag. Now take your favorite color medium in various colo

After All, Tags are Tags

We can dress up Tags, we can make them full of embellishments and artful accents. In the end, Tags are Tags! We have premade tags for your easy gifting AND we have papers for you to make your own.    Do you have a Cuddlebug? Or a Silhouette, or a Cricut? It's easy squeezy and so much fun!   We especially like the layered tags in graduated sizes.  The dies may be called nesting dies .   Use any shape and punch a hole, voila a tag!   Take a peek at our Halloween and Christmas papers, many are cardstock weight and perfect for die cutting. 20 lovely Autumn Tags LAST WEEK TO SUBMIT YOUR TAGS TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE, CLICK HERE FOR THE FUN AND WIN A GIVEAWAY!

Double Tag split

If you haven't heard we are having a Tag Challenge!  Find out details HERE  to join the fun! My Tag project for Altered Pages is this duo of tags I created. I had much fun making them and am over the moon with the result. Start with two tags. Use a small piece of Washi Tape to secure them together for stamping and embossing. With dark ink and large stamp, stamp the image halfway on each tag. I used coordinating embossing powder over the stamped image, set with heat tool.  Heat embossing the image water proofs  it, allowing me to use wet water paints over the tag. Next, I sprayed the tags with water, then using orange and yellow water colours  with a water brush painted over the tag. Then blotted with paper towel and dried with the heat gun. This muted the colours considerably.   When the tags were dry I stamped with a background text stamp randomly around the edges.  For more vibrant color I then added more paint around the edges. F