Octopus Letter E

If you are coming from Chris Wallace’s post then you are in the right place! Thank you for following along with the Walnut Hollow®+ Ann Butler Designs™ Blog Hop!

Blog Hop Prize

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.emma3We invited our young, crafty designer, Emma, to join us for the Walnut Hollow and Ann Butler Designs Blog Hop. Emma is 12 years old. You can see some of her artwork on www.walnuthollow.com in our project Gallery under Emma’s Creations.

Emma’s Blog Hop project is one of our new large 18” letters – an “E”. And this is how she created it.

By Emma for Walnut Hollow 


First I painted the “E” with DecoArt® Americana® Warm White. After it was dry, I used a pencil to draw an octopus on the “E”.

I used Earth Safe Finishes Aquamarine Iridescents to paint around the pencil lines of the octopus.


Once the background was painted and dry, I used one of the 2” Unity Stamps with ColorBox®Crafter’s Ann Butler Designs Ink Pads, Lilac to stamp over the entire “E”. I heat set the stamped images with a heat gun so the images were permanent.


Next I painted the octopus with DecoArt® Americana® Purple Pizzazz. After the octopus was dry, I painted the octopus with Berry Iridescents for the shimmer.


For the final step, paint the eyes with Warm White. When dry, put a large drop of glue on the eyes and fill with Black Diamond ss20 flat back crystals.

There are keyholes on the back of each letter to make it easy to hang this in my room!

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


Jennifer Priest < GO HERE NEXT!

Melissa Cash

Presenting Emma’s Creations

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Meet Emma!


Emma was born into a creative family with each member artistic in their own way. So it just makes sense that she would be creative as well.


Fast forward: Emma is now 12 years old and has been crafting for most of those years. As she was growing up, her parents always encouraged her creativity and took photos of her projects. Her scrapbook is huge and filled with delightful color, design and imagination.


This is a scrapbook of Emma’s crafts. They go all the way back to when she was just a toddler.Kindergarden 07-08

Created by Emma in Kindergarden.

Second Grade 09-10

Created by Emma in Second Grade.

Fourth Grade 11-12

Created by Emma in Fourth Grade.

Fifth Grade 12-13 2

Created by Emma in Fifth Grade.

I asked if Emma would like to be a part of the creative team at Walnut Hollow – thankfully she agreed to create designs just for us. It has been fun to see how she creates, how she puts colors together and how she thinks when she is designing. She knows what she likes and she likes to create in her own unique way.


We look forward to sharing Emma’s artwork with all of you. We now have a new place in the Walnut Hollow Gallery, appropriately named “Emma’s Creations”. Please check out her ideas – we think you’ll be amazed at what you see! Here are of few of Emma’s Creations.

Boutique Tissue Box

Emma’s Boutique Tissue Box


Emma’s Jewelry StationLarge String board

Emma’s Inspiration Board