Handmade Holidays Blog Hop


Welcome to the 7th Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop hosted by Smart Fun DIY! Day 1 of this hop is all about unique gift ideas to inspire you to create something from the heart this holiday season. I’m sharing how … 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.

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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!

Medallion Clock

If you are coming from Donna Salazar Designs then you are in the right place!

Welcome to the Third Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop!! The best crafters, designers, and makers have come together to create and share  a series of thoughtful, handmade gifts for the holidays during this 3 day blog hop. Our goal is to inspire you to create something from the heart this holiday season as well as share how to use our products in fun, innovative ways. We intend this hop to serve as a resource to you for this holiday season and for years to come.

Hop along to each blog in the list. Each day, from November 1 through November 3, 2013, we’ll be posting a brand new list of blogs to hop to. Comment on each blog, share your favorite posts over social media, and then use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of each post to enter to win the Grand Prize, a gift basket filled with crafty swag from the companies on the hop! We’re ready to inspire, share, and create – are you ready to hop?

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Enter to win the Walnut Hollow Blog Prize by commenting on our projects this week and liking us on facebook! (Pictured below.) Package includes Rustic Wood LedgeMedallion PlaqueClock Movement, and Clock Hands! We will be drawing the winner from the comments on Walnut Hollow Craft blog only. Winner will be announced Monday- 11/4/13.


A clock is a great gift. A HANDMADE clock is an even better gift (especially for those people in your life who never seem to make it anywhere on time.) That was my thought process when trying to decide what to create for Handmade Holiday. I am a huge fan of ethnic looking patterns and Moroccan inspired motifs so when I saw a line of product that used this style on the Sizzix website, I knew I wanted to create a trendy clock with one of our Modern Plaques.

Medallion Clock I chose the Walnut Hollow Medallion Modern Plaque as my clock surface. I love all of the Modern Plaque shapes, but this one stuck out to me for as a great shape for a clock.


First I had to find the center of the plaque. Once I was happy with the point I had determined as the center, I drilled a hole through the plaque using a ¾ inch drill bit. I then sanded the surface to prepare it for painting.



I found these amazing Moroccan inspired buttons, embellishments and chipboard by Sizzix. I immediately knew I wanted to use them as numbers on my clock. The patterns and motifs complemented the Medallion Plaque’s shape perfectly.


To prepare my clock surface I spray painted it gold with Krylon Metallic Spray Paint.


I let it dry then added a rich blue color that I mixed together to the face of the clock. There is a faint line on the edge of the plaque that I used as a guideline for my paint brush.


I picked out the buttons and embellishments that I wanted to use as numbers. The buttons had rings on the back that I had to pull out. I used a pair of pliers to wiggle them out of the back. It was a simple process.




I used a Sizzix 4″ Circle Die and the Sizzix Big Shot to cut through the Chipboard.


I glued the circle to the middle of the clock and used scissors to poke a hole in the center. I used the scissors to shape a hole in the chipboard that was 3/4″ so that it sat right above the hole that was drilled into the wood.


To adhere the “numbers” to the wood I used Tombow Power Tabs. I decided where each button and embellishment should go and pushed them into place.



I then added the Walnut Hollow Clock Movements and hands according the the manufacturers directions which can be found on the back of the package.




Clocks are so much fun to make- and even more fun to give as gifts! If you enter to win our prize package by commenting on our blog hop posts and win the prize you will have all of the Walnut Hollow product necessary to make a clock of your own!

Clearsnap http://blog.clearsnap.com

Craft Attitude  http://www.jonathanfongstyle.com/blog/

Smoothfoam http://www.smoothfoam.com/blog/

Donna Salazar Designs  http://donnasalazardesigns.blogspot.com/

Walnut Hollow https://walnuthollowcrafts.wordpress.com/

100 Proof Press http://www.100proofpress.com/_blog/Blog

Graphic45 http://g45papers.typepad.com/

ICE Resin http://iceresin.com/icequeen/

Stampendous http://stampendousblog.wordpress.com/

Sizzix – Eileen Hull Designs http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/

Graphic 45 – Romy Veul – http://scrapstuffandmore.blogspot.nl/

Clearsnap – Steph Ackerman http://stephaniescraps.blogspot.com/

Sizzix – Tami Mayberry http://tamimayberry.blogspot.com/

100 Proof Press – Vicki O’Dell http://www.vickiodell.com

ICE Resin – Cindy Cima Edwards http://www.cindycima.com/

Donna Salazar Designs – Nadia Canizzohttp://samnadia.blogspot.com/

Graphic 45 – Susan Lui  http://luv2scrap-pages.blogspot.com/

Smoothfoam – Lindsay Obermeyer http://loops.typepad.com/serendipity/

Donna Salazar Designs – Tracey Sabella http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

Clearsnap – Meihsia Liu http://meihsia.blogspot.com/

Next go to 100 Proof Press to see what they have going on for Handmade Holiday!

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