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!

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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base and weathered spa blue cracks

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!

antique varnish

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.

birds

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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plastic bag (1) bezels

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.

foam tabs

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.

with image pearl chain

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!