When In Doubt, Twirl

By Judi Kauffman for Walnut Hollow

We are excited to be blog hopping with Quietfire Design all this week. We have so many creative projects to share with you using Quietfire Design high quality rubber stamps with Walnut Hollow Wood Surfaces and Tools.

Walnut Hollow + Quietfire Design Prize

We have a great prize to give away. Let us know what you think about our projects by leaving comments. We will choose a prize winner Monday, October 6. Leaving comments on all of the projects will increase your chance of winning! See where to go next at the end of my post!



Thanks for inviting me to be part of the Walnut Hollow/Quietfire Design Blog Hop! I made a Mixed Media Hinged Sign, a gift for a friend who loves flowers and butterflies and anything that’s shabby-chic. It’s very much a girly-girl project, that’s for sure.

The collage layers include pages from cast-off books. I stamped on paint-smudged newsprint to give the phrases the same vintage look as the background. And I altered the Black Flower Branch Peel-offs with Gold Metallic and Currant inks to create the feel of weathered metal.

I added Glitter Flowers for a bit of extra sparkle. Stop at Step 8 if you like a more muted effect.


1. Base coat exterior of Hinged Sign with Snow (Titanium) White. Mix Royal Purple and Traditional Raw Umber. Use this mix to distress the edges of the exterior of the Hinged Sign and to paint the interior.

2. Using white paint and a dry brush, paint over several pages from cast-off books, including some that have pictures of flowers. Allow text and images to show through.

3. Cut one piece of painted paper to fit the front of the sign. Glue it in place. Tear other pieces so they are about a half-inch larger than the stamps; glue the torn pieces in place.

Twirl-2ETwirl-1ETwirl-1C4. Use Jet Black ink to stamp phrases on paint-smudged newsprint. Tear around the stamped phrases, and glue them in place on top of the larger torn pieces from Step 3.

Twirl-1D5. Use the Ink Applicator Tool to apply Gold Metallic Mixatives to the sheet of Black Flower Branch Peel-offs, creating a mottled effect. Add Currant Alcohol Ink without cleaning the Applicator Tool. Peel-offs will take on the look of weathered metal.

6. Arrange Flower Branch Peel-offs, including some of the butterflies and dots. Refer to the photos for placement. Trim the Peel-offs at the sides of the Sign.

7. Use Power Tags to secure two “Trinkets” (Bloom and Butterflies).


8. If you like the Hinged Sign as it is, stop now.


9. For more sparkle add a Glitter Flower to each of the flowers on the Flower Branch Peel-offs! TIP: The sheet of Glitter Flowers has many styles and sizes. Use the two SMALLEST 5-petal flowers. They are the perfect fit for the flowers in the Flower Branch Peel-offs.


Walnut Hollow – Rustic Pallet Collection Hinged Sign 40255

Quietfire Design – Twirl & Enjoy Stamp Set 6393, Always Be My Friend Stamp Set 5615

Tombow – Power Adhesive Tabs, MONO Multi Liquid Glue

Elizabeth Craft Designs – 123 Flower Branch Peel-offs in Black, 7048 Glitter Flowers in Turquoise/Silver

DecoArt – Americana Acrylics in Royal Purple, Traditional Raw Umber, and Snow (Titanium) White

BoBunny – Isabella Collection Trinkets


Thanks for stopping by to see my Thankful Chargers and Trivets! Now go see what Yvonne and Robyn have created! http://quietfirecreations.blogspot.ca/

54 thoughts on “When In Doubt, Twirl

  1. What a beautiful hinged sign. I just love it. What a great mixed media project. I love the stamp sayings and the glittery flowers. How encouraging.

  2. How fun to create such a gorgeous sign. Love the use of newsprint and ALL of the stamps on one sign. Beautiful work and so fun.

  3. It’s been a busy Wednesday and I didn’t get to stop and smell the roses – I mean stop and come to the blog hop – till just now. The comments above have made my day! Thank you for the kind words and best of all for letting me know that some of you have found my project inspiring enough to try.

      • Hello Shaunna,

        I am not sure why you have received 18 emails- that certainly seems unusual! We have not heard other complaints, but it could be from our blog hop (more posts than usual). If this happens to you when we post our next blog on Friday, let us know and we will look into why you are receiving notification more than one time.

  4. This a frame or tent art is perfect for my friends in the hospital. When the cards are flat on the table they can’t see and enjoy them This is perfect!

  5. Who doesn’t love flowers and butterflies? And I would not have thought that a little bling and make Shabby Chic even more fantastic. This is absolutely gorgeous!

  6. I do so need to twirl when I look at this sign and see the great way you creatively used the stamps on the sign to decorate it! I just love it! Thank you for sharing such an awesome idea!

  7. I’m just getting into making mixed media projects and this is a wonderful gift idea for your “bestie”! You’ve just given me a great Christmas gift idea for my BFFs! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Okay I love this sign too, This company has some awesome stuff. I will be getting some of these for sure. I love how all of you are using them as well, thanks

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