Woodburned Vampire Bat Box

This woodburned vampire bat box uses a Bat Sign from Walnut Hollow’s new Halloween and Harvest wood line. The Creative Versa-Tool is great for adding bat details to the rustic sign. The Cornice Box is smooth for easy painting. It’s … Continue reading

Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull Treat Box

With Autumn arriving next month, I’ve been prepping for Dia de los Muertos and Halloween. Sugar Skulls are iconic in celebrations, as are sweet treats and offerings. This wood burned and painted wood treat box can hold sweets, altar offerings, … Continue reading

Summer Camp Printed Box with Woodburned Stamps

This printed box is made with a card box, woodburned stamps and DecoArt American Acrylic neon paints. The box is meant to hold keepsakes reminiscent of summer camp. I never stayed at a formal summer camp, but I went camping at a … Continue reading

It takes a Faux Quilting Village…

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

If you are coming from Sara Shirman’s blog then you’re in the right place! It’s been fun to partner with Ann Butler Design Team and Ann Butler Designs for a Blog Hop.

Blog Hop Banner Walnut Hollow Ann Butler Designs May 2014


Be sure to leave comments on the Walnut Hollow Blog to enter to win this prize!  We’ll chose a winner Wednesday, May 28th for our Blog Hop prize randomly drawn from your comments. The winner will be announced via the Walnut Hollow Facebook Page.Blog Hop Prize

Being a quilter myself, I have loved Ann’s Unity Stamps from the beginning and made greeting cards as gifts for friends and a project or two for Walnut Hollow.

Card Box 2Then along came the Blog Hop and I was excited to use more of Ann’s Stamps and other Ann Butler Designs products!

Recently, I’ve seen many fun quilts being made with House Blocks and knew that I wanted to make houses – several of them. And, of course, that created the Faux Quilting Village. At first, I planned to stamp directly onto the Card Keeper Box  base coated with DecoArt® Americana®  Light Buttermilk using a large flat brush.

Then I looked around the design studio and found little embellishments to add and I liked the layers and textures that were being created. Textures! Light bulb moment! What if the houses were stamped on fabric? Terrific! I dug through my stash and found lots of pieces – from very old muslin, tone-on-tone, to a piece of linen that could be used. There was even a piece of pique which really dates me – I don’t even know if they make pique anymore, but I really liked the texture of that particular type of fabric.


Earth Safe Finishes

I started making houses, stamping the houses with squares and roofs with the triangles using Clearsnap® ColorBox® Crafter’s by Ann Butler. Single story houses were good, using both the small and larger squares and triangles. Loved the multiple levels – up to three stories high. I used both the 2” and 1” Ann Butler Designs Unity Stamp sets to stamp the houses in the Village. The stamping inks come in 6 different colors. You will need to heat set them with an iron, as I did for the fabric stamped houses, or with a heat gun to make the ink permanent.



Prima® Manufacturing Inc. makes small laser cut wood pieces – I used the longer scallop pieces on the bottom of 3 sides and added leaves, flowers, butterflies and birds. Each was painted with Earth Safe Finishes Ann Butler Designs Iridescents or ColorBox® Crafter’s Ink Pads. I used a small sponge to add the Ink Pad colors.



The slide lid on the Card Keeper Box was sponged with, Aquamarine Iridescents. I used a sea sponge to softly add color for the sky. Adding a few Prima® fabric flowers represented some clouds!


Once all the elements were created, it was time to build the Village and glue everything in place. I painted doors on all of the houses using a small flat brush and different Irediscents. Use the end of the brush to make a dot of color for the door knob.


This Card Keeper Box will be perfect to hold the greeting cards I will make with the same supplies. So the fun will continue using the Ann Butler Designs products from other terrific companies!


Ann Butler

Beth Watson

Connie Hall

Irit Shalom

Kristi Parker

Larissa Pitman

Lisa Rojas

Paula DeReamer

Roberta Birnbaum

Steph Ackerman

Vishu Reberholt

Judi Kauffman

Sara Shirman

Chris Wallace < YOU ARE HERE


Jennifer Priest

Melissa Cash

Come Back Tomorrow!


Blog Hop Banner Walnut Hollow Ann Butler Designs May 2014

It’s Chris. Just want you to know to come back tomorrow for a fun Saturday filled with lots of new Blog Hop ideas from design teams at Walnut Hollow and Ann Butler Designs. We’ll let you know how to Hop from Blog to Blog!

 And when you come back, don’t forget to make comments on the Walnut Hollow Blog – we’ll chose a winner Wednesday, May 28th for our Blog Hop prize randomly drawn from your comments.

See you tomorrow!

Christmas Card Box

Card Box and Cards

I was having so much fun using the Graphic 45 fantastic 12 Days of Christmas papers when I was creating the Christmas Ledge for the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop last week, that I got carried away and made Christmas Cards – then I needed a Christmas Card Box to keep them in! The 12 Days of Christmas papers are so beautiful, just like all of the papers that come from Graphic 45. Each paper is so unique it was hard to choose what to use. Just pick a few papers and all your Christmas Cards will be wonderful.

Card Box low

Since the Christmas Ledge was painted with Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam paints (Organic Green and Smooch) I used the same paints for the Card Keeper Box. Just remember to use a fan brush to keep pulling up the glitter from the bottom of the jar when you apply the paints.


Once I made the final decision on the papers to use, I cut them to fit each side of the Box. You’ll definitely want to use Tombow’s MONO Multi Liquid Glue – it works the best for gluing the papers down on paint that has lots of glitter pieces in it.


So, I guess you’ve figured out that I love tulle for making bows! I digress here, but I’ve found that it’s so easy to use and looks so good, it’s hard not to use it on everything I design………… I’m getting such a collection of it that I almost have all the colors now! Something I learned about tulle that I really like is that you can mail packages with gifts tied with tulle and they look great when the receiver opens the box. Good to know these little things, right?

OK – back to the Card Box. Wrap red tulle around the entire box towards the lower part and tie a square knot.  Clip the end with scissors.

tulle bows

Cut a few more shorter pieces (about 6-7”) and tie a square knot as close to the center as possible. Clip each end with scissors.


I added some Prima flowers to the top of the box and tucked in a few tulle bows. Use Tombow® Power Tabs to hold the flowers and bows in place – they certainly work the best for great adhesion.


For the cards, I used matching Graphic 45 stamps papers, and tags. Used Color Box Archival Dye Ink Pads with the stamps. I also cut a few items with Sizzix dies, then put everything together with my trusty Stamp Runner – again from Tombow.

Shelf and Box-LOW

Everything – the Christmas Ledge with the little gifts for friends and the Christmas Box – look so pretty together. Thanks so much to Graphic 45 for the fantastic 12 Days of Christmas papers and accessories!

Final Crafty Chica Cruise Was A Success

Our friend, Kathy Cano-Murillo, also known as the Crafty Chica, is sharing photos with us from her last cruise. Not her latest cruise, but her last and final cruise. We wished them a Buen Viaje on April 22, 2013.

For many years, Walnut Hollow has supplied Kathy with Walnut Hollow product she uses for teaching on her cruises. This year, we sent Classic Boxes for everyone to make a Shrine.















Sure looks like they had a great time on board. Thanks so much Kathy for sharing your last cruise with all of us. I’m sure there are cruise-mates who would sign-up without hesitation if you decided to do it all over again!