Do what makes you Happy

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

We are excited to be blog hopping with Quietfire Design all this week. We have so many creative projects to share with you using Quietfire Design high quality rubber stamps with Walnut Hollow Wood Surfaces and Tools.

Walnut Hollow + Quietfire Design Prize

We have a great prize to give away. Let us know what you think about our projects by leaving comments. We will choose a prize winner Monday, October 6. Leaving comments on all of the projects will increase your chance of winning! See where to go next at the end of my post!

Walnut Hollow Crafts | Do What Makes You Happy

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This mixed media project was perfect for Suzanne Cannon’s wonderful calligraphy sentiment stamp set, Twirl & Enjoy. I’m so delighted that she makes them for us to use so we can share these words over and over again! And for many of us, we get to “do what makes us happy” while we are using the stamps. Doesn’t get much better than that.

I began this project by using a large flat brush to basecoat the Walnut Hollow Basswood Canvas with DecoArt® Americana® Hauser Light Green. I wanted a little sparkle on the surface, so I added DecoArt® StarLite Varnish, just to the top of the Canvas. The varnish is great because it adds just a touch of glitter.

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While everything was drying, I cut (3) 1 ½” strips of ivory cardstock and inked, stamped and used my sewing machine to attach several thinner strips of colored cardstock to the ivory paper. For the ink pads, I used Clearsnap® Tutti-Frutti Queue which includes 6 colors – perfect for this project.

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After die cutting scallop circles from Spellbinders®, I used Clearsnap® ColorBox® Midnight ink pad to stamp all of the sentiments – “do what makes you happy” and other stamps from Quietfire Design – “My friend” and “Each of us has a song to sing” – 2 of my other favorite stamps. (I actually have lots of favorite Quietfire Design stamps!!!)

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You’ll need to use scissors to cut scrap pieces of felt. Cut a dress and 3 small flowers.

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Now it’s time to assemble everything. Using Tombow® adhesives, I adhered the different elements to the Canvas. I used MONO Multi Liquid Glue to glue small beads onto the felt flowers and set them aside to dry.

Use Tombow® Xtreme to adhere the sewn papers around the wide edges of the Canvas – leaving openings for the stamped sentiments. Also adhere the purple strips and the turquoise circle with Xtreme.

I used Tombow® Foam Tabs to layer the orange circle on the turquoise circle.

Use MONO Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the felt pieces. Use Power Tabs to adhere the pewter charm embellishments. You can cut the Power Tabs into smaller pieces to fit behind each of the charms.

 

Thanks for stopping by to see my “Do what makes you Happy!” Now go see what Suzanne created! http://quietfirecreations.blogspot.ca/

When In Doubt, Twirl

By Judi Kauffman for Walnut Hollow

We are excited to be blog hopping with Quietfire Design all this week. We have so many creative projects to share with you using Quietfire Design high quality rubber stamps with Walnut Hollow Wood Surfaces and Tools.

Walnut Hollow + Quietfire Design Prize

We have a great prize to give away. Let us know what you think about our projects by leaving comments. We will choose a prize winner Monday, October 6. Leaving comments on all of the projects will increase your chance of winning! See where to go next at the end of my post!

 

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Thanks for inviting me to be part of the Walnut Hollow/Quietfire Design Blog Hop! I made a Mixed Media Hinged Sign, a gift for a friend who loves flowers and butterflies and anything that’s shabby-chic. It’s very much a girly-girl project, that’s for sure.

The collage layers include pages from cast-off books. I stamped on paint-smudged newsprint to give the phrases the same vintage look as the background. And I altered the Black Flower Branch Peel-offs with Gold Metallic and Currant inks to create the feel of weathered metal.

I added Glitter Flowers for a bit of extra sparkle. Stop at Step 8 if you like a more muted effect.

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Base coat exterior of Hinged Sign with Snow (Titanium) White. Mix Royal Purple and Traditional Raw Umber. Use this mix to distress the edges of the exterior of the Hinged Sign and to paint the interior.

2. Using white paint and a dry brush, paint over several pages from cast-off books, including some that have pictures of flowers. Allow text and images to show through.

3. Cut one piece of painted paper to fit the front of the sign. Glue it in place. Tear other pieces so they are about a half-inch larger than the stamps; glue the torn pieces in place.

Twirl-2ETwirl-1ETwirl-1C4. Use Jet Black ink to stamp phrases on paint-smudged newsprint. Tear around the stamped phrases, and glue them in place on top of the larger torn pieces from Step 3.

Twirl-1D5. Use the Ink Applicator Tool to apply Gold Metallic Mixatives to the sheet of Black Flower Branch Peel-offs, creating a mottled effect. Add Currant Alcohol Ink without cleaning the Applicator Tool. Peel-offs will take on the look of weathered metal.

6. Arrange Flower Branch Peel-offs, including some of the butterflies and dots. Refer to the photos for placement. Trim the Peel-offs at the sides of the Sign.

7. Use Power Tags to secure two “Trinkets” (Bloom and Butterflies).

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8. If you like the Hinged Sign as it is, stop now.

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9. For more sparkle add a Glitter Flower to each of the flowers on the Flower Branch Peel-offs! TIP: The sheet of Glitter Flowers has many styles and sizes. Use the two SMALLEST 5-petal flowers. They are the perfect fit for the flowers in the Flower Branch Peel-offs.

SUPPLIES

Walnut Hollow – Rustic Pallet Collection Hinged Sign 40255

Quietfire Design – Twirl & Enjoy Stamp Set 6393, Always Be My Friend Stamp Set 5615

Tombow – Power Adhesive Tabs, MONO Multi Liquid Glue

Elizabeth Craft Designs – 123 Flower Branch Peel-offs in Black, 7048 Glitter Flowers in Turquoise/Silver

DecoArt – Americana Acrylics in Royal Purple, Traditional Raw Umber, and Snow (Titanium) White

BoBunny – Isabella Collection Trinkets

 

Thanks for stopping by to see my Thankful Chargers and Trivets! Now go see what Yvonne and Robyn have created! http://quietfirecreations.blogspot.ca/

Being Thankful

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

We are excited to be blog hopping with Quietfire Design all this week. We have so many creative projects to share with you using Quietfire Design high quality rubber stamps with Walnut Hollow Wood Surfaces and Tools.

Walnut Hollow + Quietfire Design Prize

We have a great prize to give away. Let us know what you think about our projects by leaving comments. We will choose a prize winner Monday, October 6. Leaving comments on all of the projects will increase your chance of winning! See where to go next at the end of my post!

 

Walnut Hollow Crafts | Being Thankful

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Suzanne Cannon’s calligraphy is truly beautiful and I’m “being thankful” that she made this Set for us to use.

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I used the Walnut Hollow Chippendale Plate and the Circle Thin Mini Plaque for my surface. The DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish, Vintage was perfect to enhance the colors of the wonderful Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Collection, Birds of a Feather paper. I used a large flat brush to basecoat both the Plate and the Circle with Vintage Chalky Finish. The paint is so thick and creamy, you’ll only need one coat. After the paint is thoroughly dry, lightly sand everything with fine sandpaper.

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I used Tombow® Xtreme Adhesive to adhere the paper to the center of the Plate.

To die cut the scallop circles, I used Spellbinders® Classic Scallop Circles with a matching blue and ivory cardstock.

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Using Clearsnap® Colorbox® Mudslide with a sponge applicator, I created more of a vintage look on all of the papers as well as the plate itself.

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I used the same ink pad to stamp the sentiments: “Being Thankful” on the ivory paper, “for family”, “for friends”, “for blessings” and “for you” around the Plate.

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To adhere the Circle Plaque to the Plate, I used Tombow® Power Tabs – they will do a great job of holding the wood plaque to the paper.

Now it’s just a matter of display – you can hang it on a wall, or place it on an easel. Either way it’s a welcome addition to any home décor. For the Fall Thanksgiving Holiday or year round.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by to see my “Being Thankful” Plate! Now go see what Yogi and Holly have created! http://quietfirecreations.blogspot.ca/

Thanksgiving Coasters

By Sara Shirman for Walnut Hollow

We are excited to be blog hopping with Quietfire Design all this week. We have so many creative projects to share with you using Quietfire Design high quality rubber stamps with Walnut Hollow Wood Surfaces and Tools.

Walnut Hollow + Quietfire Design Prize

We have a great prize to give away. Let us know what you think about our projects by leaving comments. We will choose a prize winner Monday, October 6. Leaving comments on all of the projects will increase your chance of winning! See where to go next at the end of my post!

Walnut Hollow Crafts | Thanksgiving Coasters

Quietfire Designs has some of the most beautiful stamps that I have ever seen. The delicate Calligraphy is so well done and the stamps themselves are very high quality. It was really fun to work with Suzanne in deciding what the stamps should say for this Thanksgiving themed blog hop! It took me a whole 5 minutes to decide that I was going to make coasters for the blog hop. The size of the Quietfire Design stamps combined with Walnut Hollow’s 4.5″Circle Mini Thin Plaque were perfect for coasters on a Thanksgiving table setting!

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I started preparing my Circle Plaques by sanding them and putting 2 coats of Light Buttermilk Americana Acrylic Paint

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Once the paint was dry I used Coffee Bean Archival Pigment Ink to stamp on this Sunflower stamp that was purchased at Michaels.

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I used a heat gun to set the ink then colored in the sunflowers with Tsukineko® Memento Dual Markers. The brush tip worked well for filling in the petals and the center of the sunflower with loose strokes.

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I stamped the beautiful Quietfire Design stamp that is a part of the Give Thanks set onto a thin piece of white paper. I love the quality of these stamps! They are so clean and crisp!

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I centered the paper in the center of the sunflower.

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I mixed up some Ice Resin (it is so easy to use!) Here is a video that shows how to mix your Ice Resin properly.

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I poured the ice resin over the stamped paper and spread it all the way to the edge. The Ice Resin is thick enough so that it does not run over the edge of the piece of wood. Ice Resin is very easy to use on wood!

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I let the Ice Resin dry for 24 hours. They turned out really nice – now I can’t wait for Thanksgiving!

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Walnut Hollow Crafts Thankful Coasters

Thanks for stopping by to see my Thanksgiving Coasters! Now go see what Kathy Jo and Sherry have created! http://quietfirecreations.blogspot.ca/

Thankful

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Walnut Hollow Crafts | Thankful Wood Burning

I’m THANKFUL that we are doing a Blog Hop this week with Quietfire Design. Suzanne Cannon, founder and owner of Quietfire Design, and I have been friends for a few years now and we enjoy working together. It’s wonderful to have a Blog Hop with Quietfire Design using our products together and sharing ideas for the upcoming holiday season.

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40561____BASSWOOD_COUNTRY_ROUND_THICK_STRAIGHT_CUT_7-9-Main_Image[1]Since Thanksgiving comes a little earlier in Canada than in the United States, we wanted to share ideas now for Thanksgiving. Using Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Rounds® and Basswood Country Planks® for your table, you can create a warm, inviting, natural atmosphere.

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I love the calligraphy that Suzanne creates and making stamps for all of us to use gives us a chance to enjoy her creations over and over again. Using Quietfire Design Being Thankful Stamp Set, I decided to be bold and wood burn the stamped word “Thankful”. When I say ‘bold’, it’s because I was hoping I could wood burn Suzanne’s lettering well enough to maintain the beauty of each letter!

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I used the Walnut Hollow Creative Versa-Tool® to wood burn the word using a Mini Flow Point (sold separately). I used the Mini Flow Point because it feels like you are writing with a ball point pen and it is an easy way to begin wood burning if you have never tried it. You could also use the Creative Woodburner® Value Pen. All Walnut Hollow wood burning tools and points are interchangeable.

Before using Walnut Hollow hot tools, please be sure to read all of the information and safety hints on and inside the box or packaging and before you proceed. It’s also a good idea to practice a little on some scrap pieces of wood so you are comfortable with wood burning – it’s not hard at all, but takes a little practice just like any craft that is new for you. You can watch a video here to help:

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Stamp the wood piece using a light ink color. I wanted to make sure that I saw all the little parts of each letter well, so I chose to use ColorBox® Clearsnap® Mudslide. I didn’t want it to be too dark so I stamped first on paper, then stamped on the wood. For the Basswood Country Planks® that are being used for plate chargers, I stamped on both bark-edged side.

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I began the wood burning on the letter “h” – no real reason, but I think I was scared to start with the fancy “T”! After I burned a few letters, I went back to the “T” once I was confident in what I was doing.

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Here’s a close up of the finished wood burning for the plate chargers.

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I used the same process to wood burning on the Basswood Country Round® that will be used as a trivet. This particular Country Round style is Thick. The wood is safe for serving – it is never treated with anything during our process of cutting and drying to prevent warping and cracks. You can use bowls and plates on the wood piece, however, if you decide to place food directly on it without a plate, it’s best to wipe the surface first with mineral oil. I also use a doily, simply to protect the surface from any of the food staining the wood.

OK – now you know how to wood burn using the beautiful Quitefire Design stamps. It’s time to start creating your Thanksgiving (or anytime!) plate chargers. Go on……..you can do it!

Thanks for stopping by to see my Thankful Chargers and Trivets! Now go see what Wanda and Teresa have created! http://quietfirecreations.blogspot.ca/