Rustic Valentine Tree

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Valentine Tree Blog

The Rustic Pallet Collection’s Rustic Tree is not just for Christmas! You can create Trees to celebrate many occasions – Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Easter, 4th of July, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Birthdays and Special Occasions!  I’m sure you can think of a few more.

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This time I added the Rustic Wood Ledge and 5″ and 1 1/2″ letters to the mix.

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Begin by basecoating the Tree, Ledge and Letters with DecoArt® Americana® Cranberry Wine and Terra Coral.  Alternate the colors so you have nice contrast for the wood pieces.

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I added Graphic 45 paper (Botanical Tea) to the front of the 5” letters – it’s simple, just trace around each letter with a pencil, cut and adhere with Tombow® MONO Multi Liquid Glue.  I used the same glue to adhere the 1 ½” letters to the squares and circles of burlap. I used Tombow® Power Tabs to adhere the burlap pieces to the Rustic Tree. If you use Power Tabs, you can change the burlap attachments or move them around when you wish. The Power Tabs hold extremely well, but can be removed when needed.

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The burlap flower at the top of the tree was purchased at Joann Stores – it’s a David Tutera flower that has a stem. I wrapped the stem around the very top of the Rustic Tree. Love the flower!

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The Rustic Tree was nailed to the inside of the Rustic Ledge.  Use Tombow® MONO Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the 5” wood letters to the front of the Ledge. Fill the Ledge with Valentine Kisses – they are in the stores now so go get some.

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I used small clips to attach the valentines to the Tree.

This is a great piece of home décor for Valentine’s Day – save it to use from year to year. Fill with vases and flowers, candy, cards or whatever else you might like!

#TBT – Christmas Goodies

Last year for the Handmade Holidays 2013 Blog Hop, I made one of my favorite projects using Graphic 45 beautiful papers. It is such a great idea and so easy to create that I wanted to share it again this year. Make something special to put in your jars and be ready to give them away when friends stop by for a Christmas visit.

Enjoy again………..

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By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

I love giving friends who visit our home something to take with them when they leave – especially during the Holidays. So, it was easy to decide what I would make to share with you for our Handmade Holidays Hop. Walnut Hollow® has a new shelf/ledge called Rustic Wood Ledge that I really like.

supplies

It’s reversible. Turn it so you can put something in it and it becomes a perfect holder for mason jars filled with goodies. The new line of Christmas paper and accessories from Graphic 45 – 12 Days of Christmas was perfect for a rustic handmade look with a touch of elegance!

Christmas Shelf

I began by basecoating the outside of the Ledge with Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam – Organic Garden.

green outside

It is best to use a fan brush to apply the paint so you can scoop up the glitter than falls to the bottom of the jar. The inside of the Ledge is base coated with Smooches Glimmer Glam with the same brush.

Paint inside

While the paint is drying, cut the paper the beautiful Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas paper – Joyeux Noel – to fit the front of the Ledge.

add paper

I cut the paper in strips to get the design I wanted. To adhere the paper to the Ledge, I used Tombow® MONO Multi Liquid Glue. This glue will give you the extra adhesion needed due to the glitter in the paint used.

I used red tulle to add ties to the jars and the Ledge.

tulle bows

Whether on the jar or on the Ledge, just tie a square knot with the tulle and clip the edges with scissors. I used Tombow® Power Tabs to adhere each Prima paper flower to the Ledge – Power Tabs are great for any embellishment. Tabs also were used to tuck red tulle ties in and around the flowers.

more flowers

adding flowers

To add the Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas Tags and Pockets to each jar, use thin green ribbon tied to the red tulle.

Hope you enjoyed a second look……..come back tomorrow, we have a new blog you’ll really enjoy!

Tea Box – Handmade Holidays 2014

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

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Welcome to the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We’ve gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

Tea Box

Handmade Tea Box

My daughter loves tea and I love Graphic 45® – so it was just meant to be that I make a tea box for her as a gift using Graphic 45’s Botanical Tea papers (12 x 12 pad and 6 x 6 Patterns and Solids Pad) and accessories. I used the Walnut Hollow Keepsake Box for the Tea Box.

IMG_2290I began the project by using a large flat brush to basecoat the entire box – inside and outside – with DecoArt® Americana® Chalky Finish New Life (green). I also painted 2 white strips of foam core board (1 3/8” x 6 5/8”) with New Life.

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While it was drying, I cut the Graphic 45 papers to fit the top, (dots) 10 ½” x 6 ¾”, (Botanical Tea) 6” x 6”, and (Love Note) 4” x 6”. Cut the papers for the sides (4 strips from 6” x 6” stripe) 1 ½” x 6”. Cut paper for the inside (2) 4” x 6” Love Notes and (2) 6” x 6” papers of your choice.

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I like Tombow® adhesives. I used Xtreme® to adhere all of the papers to the painted wood. I used MONO Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the trim on the top of the box and around the top IMG_2288

I used Xtreme adhesive to adhere the papers and MONO Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the painted green foam core dividers for the tea.

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The final touch was added with the Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Stickers. I’m sure my daughter will enjoy her Tea Box – made especially for her!

 

Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects??

Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!

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Westcott 

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Pink and Main

The Buckle Boutique

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Rowland Technologies

ICE Resin

Hydrangea Hippo

Clearsnap – Suzanne Austin

Stencil1 – Ed Roth 

Graphic 45 -Nadya Lifa

Cookies for Breakfast- Beth Pingry 

Cupcakes and Crinoline – Mary Beth Sharkey 

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Frances Byrne

Lazy Mom’s – Joanna Grzeszczak

Homemade Ginger – Megan Kapple

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Asia King

Ellison Educational Equipment – Anna-Karin Evaldsson

One Artsy Mama- Amy Latta

Therm O Web – Alice G0lden

Lovely Etc – Carrie Spalding

ICE Resin – Clare Horner

Pink and Main – Yolie Burke

The Buckle Boutique – Stephanie Nericcio

Modern Surrealist – Marisa Pawelko

A Little Craft In Your Day – Tanner Bell 

Artsy Findings – Cheryl Waters

Stampin Mindy – Mindy Baxter

 

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For the Sportsperson in Your Life

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

We are SO excited to team up with Tombow for another blog hop! Tombow adhesives are great for all types of projects and they stick especially well to our wood surfaces! Tombow carries a wide variety of products from double sided adhesive tabs/runners and liquid glue to artist pens and pencils. We can’t get enough of their products! Today is the first day of our blog hop- so come back Saturday and Sunday for more projects!

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Be sure to visit all the blogs today and leave comments for your chance to win some great prizes!  One lucky winner will win this amazing prize package with products from TombowUSA and Walnut Hollow! Winners will be chosen from comments throughout the week, so make sure you check back daily to increase your chances of winning!  Also, please make sure you have popped on over to Facebook and “liked” each of the company pages ( Tombow / Walnut Hollow ), because really, what’s not to like?!

Prize Package includes:

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1 – Card Box 1704OP
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1 – Rectangular Serving Tray 24648

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These masculine projects will be fun to use anytime, especially when entertaining for a sports event. The Graphic 45® papers and accessories used come with any type of sports you want for a focus or just mix it up as I did.

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I’ve gotten “hooked” on DecoArt® Americana® Décor™, Chalky Finish. The more I use them, the more projects I think of where I will need them! You’ll get hooked too – they are so easy to use with fabulous results. You can use them alone, or layer them as I did. Each piece of wood uses the same basic technique. The Mini Crate was basecoated with Rouge using a large flat brush. After it dried, a layer of Heritage was added over the Rouge. I did the same thing with one of the Rectangular Trays.

 

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The other Rectangular Tray was layered with Rough, Heirloom, then New Life.

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Let all the paint thoroughly dry and sand back the top paint layer to reveal what is under. Sometimes I go all the way down to the raw wood. You can use a piece of sand paper, a sanding block or I like to use an electric sander. Make sure you sand well on the edges of each piece as well as in other more flat areas.

After wiping the wood with a paper towel to remove the remaining dust, use a brush or soft cloth to apply the Crème Wax. I used Deep Brown. Use a small brush to get into the hard-to-reach areas. Wipe off the excess wax. The wax stains areas that are raw wood and antiques the painted areas. When everything is dry, buff the entire piece with a clean soft cloth. I love the feel of the smooth finish the wax gives and you can hear the squeaky waxy finish on the surface if you rub hard with just your fingers. From new to a wonderful vintage look in just a short time!

Now for the next fun part. I’m also hooked in Graphic 45® papers and accessories. The look of the Good Ol’ Sport program was perfect for this idea. Using a Fiskars® trimmer, I cut the papers, trading cards and postcards to fit inside the Trays.

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I’m hooked on anything Tombow®! The new Xtreme Adhesive is incredible. I used it to adhere everything to the bottom of each Tray. It’s so strong that I can be sure that anything I use Xtreme on will stay in place.

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I used a “Go Team” stamp in the set of Good Ol’ Sport Cling Stamps. Using Clearsnap’s Black Surfacez ink pad assures that the image will be permanent on the Crate. I added a few Good Ol’ Sport Cardstock Stckers to the Crate also.

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Add a piece of plexiglass as a final touch to protect the papers. You’ll feel comfortable using the Trays for serving anything. You can get the plexiglass from a hardware store and they will cut it to fit. Just add a little starter hole for the screws and place one in each corner – it’s ready to use.

Kinda sounds like I’m “hooked”! Just on my favorite products………..can’t get enough of Tombow®, DecoArt® or Graphic 45®. Each is a fabulous company with fabulous products. Walnut Hollow enjoys all of them as partners. I don’t think I have a problem, do I?

Now that you have seen my sport’s lovers entertainment project, be sure to check out of all of today’s posts!

Chris Wallace – http://wp.me/p3cspn-vG   < You are here

Tombow Blog: http://blog.tombowusa.com/

Debbie Fisher: http://debbiedee.blogspot.com/

Melissa Cash: http://inkclinations.blogspot.com/

Personalized Rustic Country

finished pieceWhile designing projects for our Rustic Pallet Program, I found the fabulous Graphic 45 French Country paper.

I’m such a big fan of Graphic 45 and love the unmatched beauty in the wonderfully designed papers – regardless of the program theme.

I also wanted a personalized project so I added one of our new 5” letters to the Rustic Pallet, 11.5” x 11”

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Using the 12 x 12 French Country paper pad, I chose the paper filled with Sunflowers for the background. I cut 4 strips 2 3/8” x 11 ½ to attach to each of the wood strips. This particular Rustic Pallet piece is really rustic/rough so I used Tombow’s MONO Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the paper to the wood. After the paper was in place, I used a brayer to make sure it was really secure.

The Bon Appetit paper in the French Country Collection was cut to make small fruit tags attached to Canvas Corp burlap tags.

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The burlap adds more texture to the project, which I was looking for. I cut the paper 2” x 3” to fit the ready-made 2 3/8” x 3 1/2” burlap tag.  I adhered each of the fruit tags to the piece using Tombow’s Power Adhesive Tabs which worked great. I found a large rooster on the A La Carte paper in the Collection.

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I cut the rooster paper 3 7/8” x 5 7/8” to fit a piece of foam board cut 4” x 6”. I mounted the rooster paper on the foam board because I wanted different layers as well as textures. Again, I used the Power Tabs to adhere the foam board to the piece. If you have a Creative Versa-Tool or a HotKnife Tool from Walnut Hollow, it sure makes cutting the foam core board a lot easier. Just let the heat from the Tool slice through the foam board like butter!

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I painted the “H” on the top surface only with one coat of DecoArt® Americana® Cranberry Wine. Once it was dry, I sanded it back around the edges for a  worn look. Then I used the Power Tabs to adhere it to the top left of the Rustic Pallet piece.

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The last step is to attach thick rope to the back of the piece for hanging. I used 2 large screw eyes on each side of the top wood brace. After putting the rope through one side, tie a large knot,  then do the same on the other side, cutting the rope so the piece hangs as you want it to.

This mixed media project would make a nice addition to a group of items to display on a wall, or to hang alone.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Christmas Goodies

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

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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 above.) Package includes Rustic Wood Ledge, Medallion Plaque, Clock 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.

I love giving friends who visit our home something to take with them when they leave – especially during the Holidays. So, it was easy to decide what I would make to share with you for our Handmade Holidays Hop. Walnut Hollow® has a new shelf/ledge called Rustic Wood Ledge that I really like.

supplies

It’s reversible. Turn it so you can put something in it and it becomes a perfect holder for mason jars filled with goodies. The new line of Christmas paper and accessories from Graphic 45 – 12 Days of Christmas was perfect for a rustic handmade look with a touch of elegance!

Christmas Shelf

I began by basecoating the outside of the Ledge with Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam – Organic Garden.

green outside

It is best to use a fan brush to apply the paint so you can scoop up the glitter than falls to the bottom of the jar. The inside of the Ledge is base coated with Smooches Glimmer Glam with the same brush.

Paint inside

While the paint is drying, cut the paper the beautiful Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas paper – Joyeux Noel – to fit the front of the Ledge.

add paper

I cut the paper in strips to get the design I wanted. To adhere the paper to the Ledge, I used Tombow® MONO Multi Liquid Glue. This glue will give you the extra adhesion needed due to the glitter in the paint used.

I used red tulle to add ties to the jars and the Ledge.

tulle bows

Whether on the jar or on the Ledge, just tie a square knot with the tulle and clip the edges with scissors. I used Tombow® Power Tabs to adhere each Prima paper flower to the Ledge – Power Tabs are great for any embellishment. Tabs also were used to tuck red tulle ties in and around the flowers.

more flowers

adding flowers

To add the Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas Tags and Pockets to each jar, use thin green ribbon tied to the red tulle.

I became an over-achiever when I made matching Christmas Cards and a Card Keeper Box to go with the Christmas Ledge. Stay tuned! I’ll show you what I did next Friday…

Next go take a look at what 100 Proof Press has going on!

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/

Donna Salazar Designs – Mistra Hoolahan http://mistrabutterfly.blogspot.com/

100 Proof Press – Elise Durenburger http://mamacowcreations.blogspot.com/

ICE Resin – Lexi Grenzer http://iceresin.com/icequeen/

Graphic 45 – Rhea Freitag http://starrgazercreates.blogspot.com/

Clearsnap – Debbie Cole http://www.debbiecole.com

Smoothfoam – Vicki O’Dell http://www.vickiodell.com

100 Proof Press – Teresa Abajo  http://thetamarisk.blogspot.com/

Sizzix –  Amy Bowerman http://pluckingdaisies.com/

ICE Resin – Jo DeSerio Jones http://shopjomama.blogspot.com/

Smoothfoam – Lisa Fulmer http://lisalizalou.blogspot.com/
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