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MaryRuth — Marjorie Towers


Chicken Wire!

March 21, 2014

in Design Team, MaryRuth

What a creative use of a 12×12 piece of chicken wire! Check out this fabulous work of art by Design Team member MaryRuth Willard:

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Here are her instructions for making this G45 Typography chicken wire tag board wall hanging

Supplies: (You can find these items at Creating Lasting Memories!)

G45 Typography 8×8 paper pad

G45 classic keys and keyholes

Petaloo Textured Blossoms

Vintage Patina Ink-Agate

Candi Dots

Stickles Glitter Glue

Basic Grey Wooden Buttons

Mini-clothes pins

Glossy Accents

Assorted ribbons, jute, twine, inks and punches, brads,etc.

Paper Accents 1/2 inch 12×12″ chicken wire panel.

Tim Holtz Facets

Basic adhesives and tools


Weave chosen ribbon in and out around edge of chicken wire panel. Knot small strips of ribbon randomly around edges to keep ribbon in place. Tie 3 long strips of ribbon from top left corner to hang down. Dry brush Patina Ink on 2 keys and 1 keyhole and tie to ribbons. Add 2 rhinestones to keyhole.

Cover 3″ diameter chipboard circle with text paper. (Ink edges of project pieces if desired). Punch and adhere swirl punch where shown. Adhere Candi Dot by swirl. Cut and curl 2 narrow paper strips. Adhere to circle where shown. Adhere 2 blossoms. Adhere Tim Holtz rectangular Facet over chosen quote. Trim and adhere to circle where shown. Add rhinestones and Stickles as desired.

Make assorted tags, cards, mini-books as desired. Use lots of embellishments and enjoy creating! Attach with mini-clothes pins.

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Make a braided jute rope for hanging tag panel. Attach to top of panel and hang up for all to enjoy!

Love all those little details. So much fun to combine rhinestones, jute and wire with those pictures of elegant women. You can see this project hanging up in the store. Stop by and take a look.



Using the Lawn Fawn stamp and matching die set “Critters in the Forest”, Design Team member MaryRuth Willard made this shadow box card:

Card front

Card front

When you open the card, you see this:

Card open

Card open

Here is how she made it:

Lawn Fawn Forest Critters Card

1. Out of green card stock make a (folded at top) card 6″ w by 5″ h. Use a nesting die to cut a frame in the front slightly off center to the right.

2. On a patterned paper panel 5 1/2 w by 4 1/2 h use the next larger nesting die to cut a frame to fit around the frame on the card front. Adhere to card.

3. Stamp all images and die or hand cut. Stamp trees on green and patterned card stock. Stamp just trunks again on brown card stock. Trim trunks off green trees and use foam tape to adhere brown trunks to green trees.

4. Color all images as desired.

5. On a white panel 5 1/2 w by 4 1/2 h use pigment ink pads and stipple brushes to create a “sunset” background. Tear a lt brown strip of card stock for ground and adhere to sunset panel. Adhere inside card. (Don’t you just love that sunset background?  I think this may take a little practice to turn out like MaryRuth’s!)

6. Adhere images on card using foam tape on some to add dimension.

7. Stamp “hello foxy” on white card stock. Trim. Adhere to a blue piece of card stock and trim. Adhere with foam tape inside card where shown.

8. Add Stickles glitter glue where desired.

And here is another card she made using the same set (please excuse the blurry photo):

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Lawn Fawn Owl Card

1. Use wood patterned card stock to make a folded card 3 1/2″ w by 4 1/2″ high.

2.Cut a 2 3/4″ square panel out of blue card stock and a 3″ square out of green card stock. Ink all edges with brown ink. Adhere blue panel to green.

3. Hand cut a tree branch out of the wood patterned card stock and adhere to blue panel as shown. Place a brad in each corner as shown.

4. Cut a 2 1/2″ by 3 1/2″ panel of light brown card stock. Using a brown ink pad stamp ” woo-hoo” randomly on panel. Ink edges. Adhere inside card.

5. Stamp leaves and 2 owls. Use die to cut out owls and handcut leaves. Color all images as desired and adhere as shown using some foam tape to ad dimension. Adhere panel to card front.

6. Create sentiment for card front in computer or use a label maker. Trim. Adhere to a blue panel then a green panel slightly larger inking all edges with brown ink. Wrap twine around left end of panels and tie bow. Adhere to card front using foam tape.

7. Add Stickles glitter glue where desired.

I feel very blessed to have such talented Design Team members!



MaryRuth is the other “valley girl” on our Design Team. She lives in Grants Pass, Oregon. She loves paper crafting and especially enjoys a challenge. She says crafting is a part of her soul and hopes her projects will bring a smile or some comfort to others.

She submitted several ATCs and unique cards for her challenge projects using the Prima Hello Pastel collection.

bird cage card

Here are the instructions for her birdcage card;

  1. Cut grey floral paper to desired size.
  2. Fussy cut around some of the flowers. Layer to pink panel.
  3. Ink edges with pink ink.
  4. Layer to an aqua side-folded card.
  5. Cut birdcage and bird from Spellbinders dies, using white for the birdcage, pink for the bird and aqua for the bird’s wing.
  6. Assemble bird and glue to card front.
  7. Attach birdcage with foam mounting tape.
  8. Fussy cut flowers from grey floral paper. Attach with glue and some with foam mounting tape for dimension.
  9. Attach pink organza ribbon to top of birdcage.
  10. Adhere some rhinestones. Add music notes with white gel pen. A little stickles and you’re done!

Here are some of the other projects she submitted using the challenge papers:

Mother's Day card

Mother's Day card

Bird house card

Bird house card

3 little ATCs

3 little ATCs

For a favorite project, she submitted these three wooden houses all decked out for Christmas.  I just love them!

Christmas houses

Christmas houses

I will be looking forward to what MaryRuth comes up with for the Design Team.  I am feeling quite certain there will be a few smiles.