Thanksgiving Coasters

By Sara Shirman 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!

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Quietfire Designs has some of the most beautiful stamps that I have ever seen. The delicate Calligraphy is so well done and the stamps themselves are very high quality. It was really fun to work with Suzanne in deciding what the stamps should say for this Thanksgiving themed blog hop! It took me a whole 5 minutes to decide that I was going to make coasters for the blog hop. The size of the Quietfire Design stamps combined with Walnut Hollow’s 4.5″Circle Mini Thin Plaque were perfect for coasters on a Thanksgiving table setting!

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I started preparing my Circle Plaques by sanding them and putting 2 coats of Light Buttermilk Americana Acrylic Paint

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Once the paint was dry I used Coffee Bean Archival Pigment Ink to stamp on this Sunflower stamp that was purchased at Michaels.

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I used a heat gun to set the ink then colored in the sunflowers with Tsukineko® Memento Dual Markers. The brush tip worked well for filling in the petals and the center of the sunflower with loose strokes.

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I stamped the beautiful Quietfire Design stamp that is a part of the Give Thanks set onto a thin piece of white paper. I love the quality of these stamps! They are so clean and crisp!

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I centered the paper in the center of the sunflower.

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I mixed up some Ice Resin (it is so easy to use!) Here is a video that shows how to mix your Ice Resin properly.

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I poured the ice resin over the stamped paper and spread it all the way to the edge. The Ice Resin is thick enough so that it does not run over the edge of the piece of wood. Ice Resin is very easy to use on wood!

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I let the Ice Resin dry for 24 hours. They turned out really nice – now I can’t wait for Thanksgiving!

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Walnut Hollow Crafts Thankful Coasters

Thanks for stopping by to see my Thanksgiving Coasters! Now go see what Kathy Jo and Sherry have created! http://quietfirecreations.blogspot.ca/

Paper Quilt Blocks

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

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As you know by now, I’m a quilter. It would have been fun to sew quilt blocks and adhered them to the Wood Panels for display, but I thought it would be more fun to make them out of paper. Just as I like all the different lines of fabric as they become available, I like the different lines of papers too!

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It all begins with a 10 x 10 Wood Panel. The papers and embellishments used for these Panels were from Pink Paislee. I would suggest choosing a pad of coordinating papers you like with coordinating embellishing products. I chose to make a Churn Dash Block, a Pinwheel Block, a Double Four Patch Block and a Nine Patch Variation Block. Once you choose the blocks you would like to make, just eliminate any measurements for seams and you’re ready to trim your papers to fit.

Since the Churn Dash Block is one of my vary favorites, I’ll tell you how I made this one. I used a paper trimmer to cut the following:  (1) 3 ½” Pink Square, (2) 2 ¼” Green Squares cut diagonally for 4 triangles, (2) 2 ¼” Dark Print Squares cut diagonally for 4 triangles, (4) 3 1/2” Green Rectangles, (4) 3 ½” Dark Print Rectangles.

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I painted the edges of the Wood Panel using a medium flat brush and acrylic paint to coordinate with my paper.  Once dry, I used Tombow® MONO Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the papers, Power Tabs to adhere the wooden thread buttons and FoamTabs to adhere the “Friends” embellishment.

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A final touch to each Panel was added with stitch lines made with a Black Tombow® Dual Brush Pen Marker.

These would be great to make for your sewing or craft room or, if you know a quilter, make one as a gift! I’m sure they will love it…

Made in America

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

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Since today is July 4th and we are celebrating Independence Day, I thought it would be appropriate to share something important to Walnut Hollow. If you never know anything else about Walnut Hollow but one thing, I hope you know that all of our wood products are Made in America. And that is something the Ladd Family and all the Walnut Hollow employees are very proud of.

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Walnut Hollow was founded 42 years ago by Dave Ladd. When Dave saw his wife Nancy decoupage crosscut pieces of wood, it sparked an idea that became a well-respected, international corporation. We manufacturer various styles of wood products sold throughout the United States, Canada and foreign countries.

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All Walnut Hollow wood products are made in the heartland of America. Our factory in Dodgeville, Wisconsin employs local folks and most of them have been part of our company for many years. Our hard-working employees take exceptional pride in their work to bring the best and innovative products to market for our valued customers.

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These are photos of our factory where the wood products are manufactured.

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We also take pride in safety. This is a photo of our President, Sandra Ladd-Bartelt, Dave’s daughter, thanking all Walnut Hollow employees. The 2013 Outstanding Manufacturing Safety Performance Award was presented to Walnut Hollow by Acuity Insurance. It is a great honor to be recognized for working safely.

WHLogo_PMS202We take great pride in producing products that are not only environmentally friendly but are also highly adaptable to many different markets. Our commitment to quality products and our environmental initiative are beyond compare. We help to keep America strong and employed. Always remember, Walnut Hollow wood products are Made in America.

Happy 4th of July!

Letters & Numbers

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

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A few Blogs ago I talked about some products we have at Walnut Hollow and the differences and similarities. I thought I would do that again – this time with our Letters & Numbers.  Because people have always liked to personalize craft projects and individual letters and numbers are so popular – they are all over Pinterest – it might be a good idea to show you what is available. We have 3 different sizes.

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Let’s begin with the smallest. They are 1 ½” and are laser cut. They are thin (.15”), made from plywood and come 2 in a package with edges that are brownish because of the way they are cut.  We have the alphabet, numbers 0-9, an ampersand and a punctuation package with bars, commas, period and asterisks.

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I like that they are on the small size and fit perfectly on our Rustic Pallet items. Here, I used them for a quote by the fictional character in The Help, Aibileen Clark.

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These are our 5” letters. They are made from pine and are ¾” thick – so they will stand on a flat surface.  We have the alphabet and ampersand in this size. They are perfect for painting, staining, decoupage, glitter, buttons, wood burning, stamping and adding other embellishments.

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This is a great project made with the 5” letter and a Wood Panel (we used the reversed side that is like a frame) for Ethan’s Room – you can tell that he loves cars!

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The third set of letters are 18”. They are made from Baltic Birch and are ½” thick. Each letter includes one or two keyholes so they can hang flush on a wall. We have the alphabet and ampersand in this size also – perfect for personalized home décor, wedding décor and fun mixed media projects.

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I sprayed these 18” letters with Krylon® Chalkboard Spray and decorated them with the Marvy/Uchida® Bistro Chalk Markers. They were fun and easy to make and Sara and Kenny loved them in their home.

Hope that helps to clarify any questions about our Letters & Numbers – they are all great to use for your crafting and Pinterest projects!

 

 

 

 

Basswood Canvas vs. Wood Panels

Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Thinking that we should talk about specific Walnut Hollow products now and again, I decided it would be a good idea to discuss the differences between 2 products we manufacture – Basswood Canvas and Wood Panels.

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They look quite similar if you see them in a photo or even on a shelf in a craft store.

However, they are actually very different. I don’t really have a favorite, I just choose one over the other depending on what I am creating.

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Let’s start with the Wood Panels. They are made from top-quality Baltic Birch and are cradled with a ¾” pine wood frame. They are sanded smooth and the Panels won’t flex, stretch or warp.

I enjoy creating on the front side. They can be treated just like any wood plaque – here are a few samples:

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Ellaweese (that’s the birds name!) was perfect for the Panel and since the Panel is smooth it was so easy to paint on. I used acrylics, but oils, encaustics, mists or any type of paints work very well on the Panel surface. You can also decoupage, stamp, create mixed media pieces, etc. The other Wood Panel was created like a scrapbook page. I always think that scrapbook pages inside of an album won’t be seen often. It’s fun to put something that you would secure in a closed album up on the wall instead.

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The reverse side of the Wood Panel is also great to use. The way that the cradle pieces are positioned to support the Balitic Birch, meitered corners are created and look like a frame. The recessed area allows for lots of creativity. The Friends Forever project made a perfect frame for photos of young girlfriends. The “Life is too short” project was created with ICE Resin and the inside area was perfect to hold the liquid ICE Resin until it dried to a beautiful finish.

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As for the Basswood Canvas pieces, the high-quality surfaces are ideal for fine art, encaustic art, fiber & paper collage, wood burning, wood carving and much more. Each Canvas is made from ¼” premium Basswood, cradled by a 1 ½” pine wood frame. The smooth surface is archival quality with no pitch or grain to interfere with techniques and will not flex, stretch or warp.

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Whether you are creating a project with Elizabeth Crafts Peel-Offs (Cherries) or wood burning as in the Zentangle-inspired piece, the surface is wonderful for many techniques: oil painting, paper crafting, wood burning, wood carving, encaustic art – or drill a hole in the center and make a clock!

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Marie Browning, a wonderful friend and designer, created this project by using the reversed side of a Basswood Canvas. It became a shadow box ready to hold a photo and many beautiful embellishments.

There are a couple of similarities with the products. Both the Basswood Canvas and Wood Panels are reversible and can be used with or without a frame. Both styles come in rectangle and square shapes. Another great feature is that they are easy to hang flush to the wall. And finally, they are Made in America – just like all of our fine wood products.

So, what would you like to use – a Basswood Canvas or a Wood Panel? Do you have a favorite?

 

 

 

 

 

Life is too short…

Today is the last day of Walnut Hollow’s Blog Hop with Ice Resin!

We had so much fun working with Ice Resin and their designers. Here are links to ALL of the blog hop projects-

Friday:

Walnut Hollow – Sara Shirman

Ice Resin – Tatiana Allen

Saturday:

Walnut Hollow – Chris Wallace (Right Here!)

Ice Resin – Candy Rosenberg

Enter to win this prize package!

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The package includes one Creative Versa-Tool®, one 8″x10″ Wood Panel and one Keepsake Box! You can enter by any of the following actions:

1. Follow Walnut Hollow’s Blog.

2. Like Walnut Hollow on Facebook.

3. Follow Walnut Hollow on Twitter.

Please leave comments on our posts and let us know what you think! The winner will be selected on Wednesday, January 29.

Life is too short… By Chris Wallace:Ice Resin Project

My friend, Cheryl, says this and it is so true! I thought about her as I created this fun project for our Blog Hop with ICE Resin.

I’ve only used ICE Resin products for a short time, but they are so easy to use and you don’t need to be an expert or be afraid to jump in and give them a try. There are great instructions for the products on their website (http://www.iceresin.com/how_to/), so check it out and just do it! I did view their instructions about using ICE Resin on paper because I was using paper in my design.

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Our Wood Panels are reversible. I chose to use the back side so my piece would be “framed”.

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I wanted to crackle the frame, so after choosing the K & Company Designer Series papers for inside the frame and inside the ICE Resin Bezels, I picked DecoArt® Americana Bahama Blue for the color you would see behind the cracks. (http://www.decoart.com/)

After the basecoat was dry, I followed the instructions on the back of the Weathered Wood bottle and applied one even coat to the piece. When the Weathered Wood was dry, I applied the top coat of Spa Blue and watched it crack!

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I didn’t glue anything yet, but laid the papers inside so I could see where I wanted to antique the papers and the frame using Staz-On Timber Brown Ink. I added Ink to the Prima flower so it would look a little tattered also. Once the ink was dry, I varnished the frame with DecoArt DuraClear Satin Varnish. I used a large brush and was careful to quickly varnish by laying down one medium coat of varnish so I wasn’t continually brushing back and forth on the crackle. If you keep brushing the varnish over the crackle, you can re-activate the process – you don’t want to do that!

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I used a rubber stamp (Sing like no one’s listening by Susan Winget – Inkadinkadoo) and Timber Brown to stamp the image.

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I used Fiskars scissors to shadow-cut the stamped imaged and to cut a piece of foam core board to use later on the back of the image to add a raise layer inside the frame.

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I used three small wooden birds by Prima Marketing (http://www.primamarketinginc.com/) and added color with Staz-On Teal Blue and Olive Green using a cotton swab. These birds fit perfectly inside the ICE Resin Bezels. I cut a Tombow Power Tab (http://tombowusa.com/craft/adhesives/new-power-tabs.html) into four pieces and used one small piece for each bird to attach to the paper cut to fit each Bezel.

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I used Tombow XTREME adhesive to attach the 5” x 7” paper inside the frame and the saying onto a strip of paper and then onto the paper inside the frame.

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So now to the fun part……… I mixed the ICE Resin in a small cup according to the instructions. Working on a plastic bag, I used gloves and a sponge to add the Resin to the stamped image on the paper.

I filled in the Bezels with ICE Resin….

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Then poured ICE Resin inside the frame and worked it all around the bottom covering everything and let it soak into the paper. Everything covered in Resin was able to dry over the weekend.

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To prepare everything to attach to the frame, I used Tombow’s XTREME Adhesive to attach the Resin-covered paper to the foam core and Tombow Power Tabs to the back of the foam core board and each Bezel.

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The stamped image was placed inside the frame. I really like the pearl chain ICE Resin has and I attached the chain onto the Bezel on the far left then cut the chain the length I needed and nailed it with a small nail to the frame.

Adhere the Bezels and flower in place and it is complete.

Thanks ICE Resin – we love your products! Now go see what Candy Rosenberg created!

It’s Time to Make Clocks!

You can make a clock out of just about anything! The deciding factor is if you can cut or drill a 3/8” hole in the object you will use for the clock surface. Follow these easy steps and you’ll have a clock in no time (sorry….just had to say it!).

1. Choose a surface.

Wow – there are so many. Walnut Hollow has lots of wood surfaces http://www.walnuthollow.com/store/clock-making/surfaces/ with pre-drilled holes ready to use.

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However, there are also many other surfaces that simply need a 3/8” hole drilled.

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There are other ideas to consider also: straw hat, paper mache box, cape pan, teddy bear – or what about a flip-flop?

2. Choose a decorating theme.

If the surface hasn’t already determined the theme, you could wood burn, or wood carve.

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Use the Creative Versa-Tool® to create unique designs. Try decoupage with a beautiful gift wrap or scrapbook papers. Ribbons are terrific as well – or many fabric to cover the surface. Paints of all types work great and don’t forget colored pencils.

3. Choose the clock movement.

Make sure that the clock movement has a shaft length that is appropriate for your surface. Shafts come in three sizes: ¼”, 3/8”, and ¾”.  Determine the depth of the surface of your clock and then purchase the appropriate movements. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There are also pendulum clock movements available.

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4. Choose a clock face or numbers and hands or just hands.

Use an adhesive clock face or adhesive numbers depending on your decorating theme.

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Some movements only include hands and some have numbers and hands.

You can also purchase hands separately.

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The hands are available in silver, black and gold. They can all be spray painted to make them a different color.

5. Once you have chosen a surface, decorated it, decided on the clock movement, face or numbers, and hands, it’s time to put it all together. Instructions for attaching the clock movement are found on the back of each package.

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6. Last, but a very important step – add the battery!

Choices, choices, choices! There are excellent ideas that can be found almost anywhere. Make your clockmaking decisions and begin making your clocks today. It’s fun to make clocks for your home – and don’t forget that they are great for personalized gifts. Everyone needs clocks – and every room does too!

Memory Album Ideas

Just last weekend I was wondering what I was going to do with some old photos I have. I would like to keep them together by year or event so decided that I would create some Memory Albums to keep the photos organized and available for future generations!

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I like that the Album comes with the hardware inside the packaging. You get the hinges, screws, posts and even a couple of extensions for the posts to use as your Album grows in size. It’s easier to paint, stain or add paper before the hinges are attached.

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I was thinking about ways to decorate the Album covers and was reminded of the various pieces I have created over the past several years with different themes.

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Here’s an idea of a very simple cover that is just stained. I added 1 ½” wood letters to spell a family name and adhered the letters to the cover.

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This cover is stained, but I used a cute BasicGrey paper and I “fussy cut” the dogs. The spine of the album cover is rubber stamped with a dog paw image. I made this for a friend who has a dog named Jackson. I think everyone takes photos of their pets and the Album makes a great place to keep them all together!

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I love Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and that’s what I used for this cover. It’s so easy to mist directly onto the cover – just let it dry and you’re ready to add the embellishments. These embellishments were from a BasicGrey sticker sheet. Fun, fast and easy, right?

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One of our co-workers made this Album for her granddaughter. After basecoating the cover with an acrylic paint to match the papers she planned to use inside, she added a cute photo of her granddaughter right on the cover.  More cuts of paper were added to create the theme for what was come inside.

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A friend was going on a well-deserved and well-planned vacation to various European countries. I thought this BasicGrey paper filled with folk art style flowers was perfect for the cover and pages inside for her trip.

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Since I’m a quilter, I thought it would be fun to cut scrapbook papers into the same type of cut shapes that are used for fabrics to make quilt blocks.  A 12” x 12”paper pad from Pink Paislee® was just right because all the papers coordinate.  Instead of sewing, I just glued the papers down in a traditional quilt block design and used a black pen to “hand stitch” around each section. Just the right look to keep photos of quilts that I make.

So, now it’s time to design new covers for all the photos I have! And maybe I’ve inspired you to think about a Memory Album gift you can make for your friend or for yourself.  It’s nice that they are so easy to make.