Do what makes you Happy

By Chris Wallace 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!

Walnut Hollow Crafts | Do What Makes You Happy


This mixed media project was perfect for Suzanne Cannon’s wonderful calligraphy sentiment stamp set, Twirl & Enjoy. I’m so delighted that she makes them for us to use so we can share these words over and over again! And for many of us, we get to “do what makes us happy” while we are using the stamps. Doesn’t get much better than that.

I began this project by using a large flat brush to basecoat the Walnut Hollow Basswood Canvas with DecoArt® Americana® Hauser Light Green. I wanted a little sparkle on the surface, so I added DecoArt® StarLite Varnish, just to the top of the Canvas. The varnish is great because it adds just a touch of glitter.


While everything was drying, I cut (3) 1 ½” strips of ivory cardstock and inked, stamped and used my sewing machine to attach several thinner strips of colored cardstock to the ivory paper. For the ink pads, I used Clearsnap® Tutti-Frutti Queue which includes 6 colors – perfect for this project.



After die cutting scallop circles from Spellbinders®, I used Clearsnap® ColorBox® Midnight ink pad to stamp all of the sentiments – “do what makes you happy” and other stamps from Quietfire Design – “My friend” and “Each of us has a song to sing” – 2 of my other favorite stamps. (I actually have lots of favorite Quietfire Design stamps!!!)


You’ll need to use scissors to cut scrap pieces of felt. Cut a dress and 3 small flowers.

Do what Makes You Happy Side

Now it’s time to assemble everything. Using Tombow® adhesives, I adhered the different elements to the Canvas. I used MONO Multi Liquid Glue to glue small beads onto the felt flowers and set them aside to dry.

Use Tombow® Xtreme to adhere the sewn papers around the wide edges of the Canvas – leaving openings for the stamped sentiments. Also adhere the purple strips and the turquoise circle with Xtreme.

I used Tombow® Foam Tabs to layer the orange circle on the turquoise circle.

Use MONO Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the felt pieces. Use Power Tabs to adhere the pewter charm embellishments. You can cut the Power Tabs into smaller pieces to fit behind each of the charms.


Thanks for stopping by to see my “Do what makes you Happy!” Now go see what Suzanne created!

53 thoughts on “Do what makes you Happy

  1. This is just so much fun! I think I could make a whole wall using these basswood canvases, each one reflecting my mood and style of the moment! Thanks so much for playing with us Chris!

  2. This is great. It’s bright and cheerful on a rainy, dreary day. It’s turning cold and depressing and the little picture makes me feel happy. thanks for sharing a delightful frame.

  3. I really like this decorated canvas and I think it would make a really great gift for a young person, to give them encouragement. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love your project. Everyone did something different and all of them came out with a point of interest for me personally. Thank you for sharing.

  5. I love the Blog Hop this week and had fun going from Blog to Blog see awesome projects along the way! I just love your canvas and the way you used the stamps and made it so much fun! Thank you so much!

  6. Fabulous mixed media project and layered with all the wonderful paints, felts and stamps. Your piece reflects so well what makes “you” happy. Nice work!

  7. Chris, what a great mixed media project! I love the layering and your use of the sentiments! Thanks for sharing and helping to inspire me!

  8. I love your projects so much!!! I would love to have the opportunity to try working with Walnut Hollow products too! I peruse your website often and have long wish list of items and projects that inspire me! Thanks so much! 🙂

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