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Playing with Crafters Workshop Stencils

My box of stencils arrived!!!  Did I mention I am jumping up and down with pure joy !!!!!!  I had no goal when I started this background paper other than to play, play, and play some more!  No rules, no restrictions, no pressure- just play.

Here are all the stencils I used on this paper.  Can you find all these stencils in this background paper? As I looked at it I felt like it was a game of Where’s Waldo. Is he still around or am I showing my age?

I love how a stencil changes when you only use a portion of it (like when I did only half of one from the vine) or just stenciled along the lines of the honeycomb stencil or when the layers start to interact and play together!


Crafters Workshop Celtic CircleCrafters Workshop Chruch WindowsCrafters Workshop Cell TheoryCrafters Workshop Bubble DoilyCrafters Workshop Corn Flowers


Celtic Circle          Church Windows    Cell Theory         Bubble Doily         Corn Flowers

Crafters Workshop  DiamondsCrafters Workshop  EchoesCrafters Workshop Eye ChartCrafters Workshop  HoneycombCrafters Workshop Roman Letters



Diamonds              Echoes                 Eye Chart                 Honeycomb          Roman Letters

Crafters Workshop  VineCrafters Workshop QuatrefoilCrafters Workshop Kaleidoscope




Vine                       Quatrefoil           Kaleidoscope


Here are some close up hints.























I had planned on cutting this up and making ATC’s or tags or die cutting it or as an art journal background  but I just can’t bear to cut it now…but I will find the strength because that gives me an excuse to make another one!  What do you think I should make with it?

Use Your Words a free colorful workshop with Carolyn Dube

Are you ready for Monday? I know I am!  Why?  A Colorful Workshop: Use Your Words begins!  Never fear if you haven’t signed up for this free workshop because you can jump in any time!  Sign ups are here.  More information is here.  The stencil die cut paper in the supply list is back in stock at Blue Moon Scrapbooking.

Linking up to Mandarin Orange Monday, Inspire Me Monday, Make it Monday, and Creative Every Day.


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  • kathleen codyrachel February 8, 2013, 8:57 pm

    I love what you’ve done & honestly I am learning some great tips from you!! I so very much want the large gelli plate – since I also want some catalyst tools but can’t get both so while shopping pre-nor’easter – I picked up a spoon, 2 spatulas &I a whisk each $4.00 — made of silicone – I cut ridges-circles-unusual edges to use on my new gelli plate!!! Now for stencils….hmmm

  • Connie B February 8, 2013, 9:58 pm

    I just love your art. The color is bright and awesome!

  • Patti Tolley Parrish February 8, 2013, 10:13 pm

    Gorgeous Carolyn! What fun and colorful paper. Love my stencils too!

  • Bev February 8, 2013, 11:28 pm

    Well, I just spent $20 on stencils! I am becoming addicted to gelli printmaking – those stencils will be great with that.
    So looking forward to your course! Love the play you had with your new stencils.

  • Rinda February 8, 2013, 11:35 pm

    Just beautiful! I love stencils.

  • Beth Patterson February 9, 2013, 1:51 am

    What were you using for color…they are so vivid! Gorgeous and I cannot wait to get more. I’ve found a new obsession…I mean collection!

    • Carolyn February 9, 2013, 9:35 am

      I used only acrylic paints on this one. It is a wonderful addiction for me!

  • deniz feneri/ lighthouse February 9, 2013, 5:14 am

    Carolyn, the colors are lovely. I would just frame and hang it on the wall to enjoy the spring feeling:)

    • Carolyn February 9, 2013, 11:18 am

      I hadn’t even thought of that!

  • Linda K February 9, 2013, 11:11 am

    I just bought new stencils(I think I thanked you on a previous post 🙂 and plan on getting a few more as the newest ones from CHA begin appearing. It’s a FUN addiction. LOVE your vibrant paper Carolyn-wow!!! I’d cut it to postcard size but not before scanning and saving it.
    PS I laso posted links to both your gelli print party and Use Your Words-just spreading the joy!

    • Carolyn February 9, 2013, 11:19 am

      Thanks for spreading the word! I really appreciate that Linda!

  • Nora Clemens-Gallo February 9, 2013, 11:25 am

    Those colors and textures are amazing. I love the way you put them together. Just amazing!!!

    Have a great day!

  • alice February 9, 2013, 2:15 pm

    this afternoon’s project 🙂 thank you!

  • Barbara Albrecht February 9, 2013, 2:25 pm

    I am sooooooo jealous!!! I still haven’t ordered any of the new stencils…gotta save up so I can get them. I LOVE your play page!!

  • Valerie-Jael February 9, 2013, 2:58 pm

    Lovely, bright work, you seem to have had a lot of fun, wish I had been there, too! Valerie

  • Susan Tidwell February 9, 2013, 3:41 pm

    Gorgeous! Love all the bright colors. I would use it for a book cover so you can enjoy the entire piece.

  • Claudette February 9, 2013, 3:42 pm

    Such vibrant colors! Wonderful work as always!

  • Anita Houston February 9, 2013, 3:54 pm

    Gorgeous stenciling…love all the colors!

  • Karen at I am Rushmore February 9, 2013, 4:05 pm

    It’s fabulous, and I’d have a hard time cutting it up too. (but if I did decide to cut, mine would turn into postcards. just about everything I touch ends up as a postcard!)

  • Judy Shea February 9, 2013, 4:08 pm

    I don’t know where the hell Waldo is, but good lord.. this is a beautiful page. I love every single thing about it. Stencils are in my blood as I’m sure they are for you since you have every single one on the market. Envy love.

  • Judy Shea February 9, 2013, 4:11 pm

    p.s. I don’t know if I would cut this up for something, but certainly a journal cover or make it into a journal book with signatures sewn in. Hang it in your studio for a while. If you love it every time you walk by.. it’s a keeper. Oh.. .bookmarks too. Just sayin… and you better stop all that jumping up and down or you’ll undo all the massages you had this week.

  • Judy Shea February 9, 2013, 4:12 pm

    p.s… p.s… me again… you should try this on a black background.. Ok, I’m really done now.

  • Kay Wallace February 9, 2013, 4:41 pm

    I have become so frustrated lately using spray inks with my stencils! I never get the crisp images (especially when “shadowing”) like others seem to. I am back to using paints as I love what you have accomplished here with stencils and paint! So looking forward to the start of “Use Your Words” on Monday!!

  • Barbara Ford February 9, 2013, 5:17 pm

    I also am so frustrated with the whole spray ink thing. I fell in love with acrylic paints as soon as I started playing with art journals, less than a year ago. I’m excited about the Gelli Plate because it lets me use the paints. I am so going to get rid of my spray inks and my Pan Pastels. Not my style. Love your vibrant colors here.

  • Corrine February 9, 2013, 5:40 pm

    That’s a big load of stencils, love th eye chart and the vine, hmmm might need to go stencil shopping again. Color love everywhere, so great. Can’t wait to play with some words on MOnday…..xox

  • Andrea February 9, 2013, 6:20 pm

    Bright and gorgeous!

  • sue schultheis February 9, 2013, 10:15 pm

    Has anyone suggested seeing Christy Tomlinson’s blog. She had a similar canvas , full of color and made some designs with tape (v’s) and painted the rest white. You have to see it because I dont think I am explaining it correctly. The taping and painting makes the colors stand out even more! I cant wait to create mine. Also, on Rhonda P’s blog a while back she made a piece like you with all the stencils she had. I made one like yours and used it as the cover of the book i keep my stencils in. Are you sorry you asked??LOL
    love the colors and the stencils!!! see you tomorrow for Just One Word. very excited!

  • giggles February 10, 2013, 2:51 am

    Carolyn these are awesome. Love all the different shapes and the surprise of seeing the final results of a total unique piece!! Good job!!

    Did you know your ppf link doesn’t come to this post? Thought you may want to know that!

    Hugs Giggles

  • Ronni Hunter February 10, 2013, 10:47 am

    Carolyn, I discovered your blog this morning via Seth Apters Art Blog Directory and I ended up spending all morning poking around! I love this colorful stenciled paper you made! I’m looking forward to looking around more and to taking your free workshop. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  • Wanda Hentges February 10, 2013, 10:48 am

    It’s gorgeous!!!! I’d have trouble cutting it up too!! Maybe add a word and frame it.

  • loz February 10, 2013, 10:01 pm

    Beautiful Artwork Carolyn.. I saw this on MIM..Loz

  • DIANAL. February 11, 2013, 12:04 am

    This is so fun! . I saw you on MIM I am # 14

    DIANA L.

  • Faye February 11, 2013, 12:05 am

    Fabulous Painting and colors Carolyn. I saw this on MIM. Faye

  • Lori February 11, 2013, 2:23 am

    It is just popping with fun and happy feelings! Gorgeous colour and pattern! Thank you for sharing on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

  • Stamping Shanni February 11, 2013, 3:48 am

    Carolyn – this is a beautiful explosion of colours and patterns! I am delighted that the stencils arrived if this is the outcome ~ saw your link on MIM and needed a closer look. Thanks very inspiring.
    Stamping Shanni

  • Liz February 11, 2013, 3:50 am

    Love the colors. Have a fabulous week!

    Liz (mlc)
    Liz (yacb)

  • Luna Miranda February 11, 2013, 5:54 am

    these are lovely and colorful. fab creations.

  • artmusedog and Carol February 11, 2013, 10:21 am

    Lovely and colorful creation as always ~ dynamic color lady!
    Aren’t art toys wonderful!

    Carol of (A Creative Harbor) on blogger

  • aimee February 11, 2013, 1:46 pm

    Oh, arty lady! I love your color palette and all that stencil-y layer-y goodness!

  • Michelle February 11, 2013, 5:46 pm

    Great Stencil use! I love, love, LOVE the colors! I spotted it right away at the Make it Monday site.

  • Marjie Kemper February 11, 2013, 10:25 pm

    Yummy!!!!!!! Sorry, was I talking over Judy? ***wink wink*** to both of you. I’d like to hear more about a BOX of new stencils… envious!!!

  • Robin February 12, 2013, 10:48 am

    Love the colors! Just looking at these makes me smile!

  • Faye February 12, 2013, 6:35 pm

    Carolyn, this is amazing! I love all the beautiful colors you used for the stencils… the many stencils.

  • Birgit February 12, 2013, 6:46 pm

    Love the colours and stencils and the work involved. Saw this on MIM

  • Sandy How February 13, 2013, 7:54 am

    Lovely bright artwork. I can see this used for ATC’s and other projects. Thanks for linking up with Make It Monday this week.
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  • Marjie Kemper February 13, 2013, 12:01 pm

    Oh, this is so up my alley…. I just adore this gorgeous layered page! What a happy mail day to have THAT box arrive.

  • Linda Compton February 13, 2013, 9:51 pm

    Sorry you couldn’t find any colors for your project. LOL I can just imagine the fun you had in all this creating. Not familiar with this gel talk, I am going to have to investigate more. Sounds like something I will really enjoy. So happy I saw this at MIM. Have fun playing with more of your stencils.

  • Susan Hogan February 14, 2013, 6:48 pm

    Love the colour in this – saw it on MIM. I laughed when I got to your blog because I had a parcel arrive this morning and it has STENCILS in it! LOL!

  • Desire Fourie February 17, 2013, 8:39 am

    This is just gorgeous. Love the colours and embellishments. All the elements work so well together. I saw this on MIM and just had to pop over to have a closer look.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  • Angi@MakingMayhem February 17, 2013, 12:29 pm

    Found my way here via Make it Monday! So glad I did. Love the happy colors. I signed up for your workshop. Thank you for being so generous with your art! Looking forward to getting to class!

  • Keti (Keti's Projects) February 17, 2013, 2:05 pm

    I love this projects. So colorful. It looks as you had so much fun creating it. I must admit I never used stencil. But I might just give it a try someday. Becouse I have few ideas on how to use it for my projects 🙂

    Due to my illness I’m a little behind on my crafting and visiting this week. But anyway, here am I, stopping by from MIM. My project this week is 241.

    Thanks for inspiration.