Sunday, December 18, 2011

Rock the Block Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Rock the Block Blog Hop! If you came here from Angela's  Blog, you're on the right path! Dozens of consultants have made awesome Rock the Block creations for you this month. Hopping is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! If you get lost, you can find a list of all the participants here. Here we go!

Rock the Block is an amazing special CTMH is offering now through the end of January. You get an adorable E-sized stamp set PLUS this cool alterable set of 9 blocks with a cute little storage tray - all for just $15 with minimum purchase! The Stamp set will only be available as part of this special package. The Blocks are a sneak peek into the new Spring Summer catalog, and will be $14.95 in the new catalog. . .so it's like getting a $29.95 E-sized stamp set free with this special. Yippee!



I created three Holiday Ornaments for my Rock the Block project. I even still have a few blocks left over, to post another project that's not quite ready yet! The blocks are nice and sturdy, and a clean white color, ready for whatever creativity you have in mind!


I did a simple one block ornament, a double block snowman, and a triple block photo ornament. I used 25 lb. fishing line to string my blocks together and make the hanging loops. I also used jingle bells for the spacers on my multiple block ornaments.  


You'll find more info and pics on each ornament  below, plus a slideshow with more close up pics. Rock the Block is available to order HERE starting December 19th - don't miss out on this amazing deal! 


If you're ready to move on, hop on over to Karen's blog and see what craftiness she's cooked up for us!   Don't forget you can subscribe to get updates to my blog via email from the link at the left!


For my single block simple ornament, I painted the block with Pearl Paint on all sides and let it dry. Then I cut some Cricut Squares with little decorative notches in the corners at 2 3/4" using my Art Philosophy Cartridge. I also cut some tiny snowflakes. The bigger photos I trimmed to fit the Cricut Squares and mounted with 3-D Foam tape. The smaller ones I punched with my circle punch and matted onto a circle punched from the new Icings Top Coats Acrylic Overlays. I used the 4x6 Snowflake image. It's hard to see in the picture, but it's a shiny silver embossed image - so pretty! I filled the Cricut snowflakes with Silver Glitter Glitz and added lots of sparkles. At the top and the bottom I anchored the fishing line with a Bling collection rhinestone button. The top and the bottom are decorated with a Cricut Snowflake topped by an Icings snowflake image. Simple, quick, and easy to reproduce - how much would the grandparent's love this?


For my second ornament I made this adorable snowman. I painted these blocks with two coats of Pearl Paint, and used the same 2 3/4 Cricut square image with 3-D Foam tape as well. 


He's double sided, with a more traditional snowman image on the front, created with Black Mini Medley button brads and Black bitty brads. The carrot nose is hand cut and shaded with Desert Sand ink. I used the pink chalk from the winter chalks palette to give color to Frosty's cheeks and added bitty sparkles to his eyes.




For the back side I added a hand stitched vest and tie made from the Wonderland papers with Mocha Pearl Opaque buttons. The face has a mustache (hand cut from black CS), button brad eyes, and a Bigger Brad nose. The sides are decorated with pieces of Top Coats Icings overlays attached to the cricut squares and embellished with Sparkles and glitter glitz gel. Once the snowman was fully decorated on both blocks, I pierced a hole through the approximate center of each block and fished my line through using a big needle. I tied mini Jungle bells on the bottom and between the blocks to anchor the spacing and secure the blocks. Then I pierced and fished the line through the little top hat I made for my snowman. I tied off the top with a loop and a few bells to hide my knots add some holiday cheer!


Speaking of his hat, I created one hat for both snowman, cutting two circles on my cricut at 2 1/2" and 2", plus a 2" wide strip of CS. I stamped all the hat pieces with the dot background image from Rock the Block and then sponged them in Black ink.  I trimmed notches around the outside of the smaller circle and  folded them down for flaps. Using Liquid Glass, I adhered the CS strip around the tabbed smaller circle, creating the top of the hat. Then I adhered the hat top to the brim with more Liquid Glass, adding lots and brushing it on all over to create the glossy top hat look. After that dried I added a 1/2" strip of wonderland B&T to the hat and put a jaunty red Cricut Rose on one side and a pretty glittered snowflake on the other. I did add some Liquid Glass to the bottom of the hat when I strung it onto the snowman ornament so it wouldn't rotate as the snowman blocks turned.





I used the FUN sentiment on one side, cutting out each letter and popping everything up with 3-D Foam tape. The next side had the family sentiment plus two of the photos. I printed them wallet sized at Costco to get small enough prints. The third side was three photos, and the last side had two photos plus the LOVE sentiment. Full pics of each side are in the slideshow below. 






I added a LOT of glitter glitz gel and sparkles to each side of the block so that the ornament will really sparkle in the lights of my tree. Can you see where I used the grid background stamp on the block background where it will show, and matted some of my photos with Believe B&T? Almost every layer and edge is glittered in some way. I used lots of Jingle bells on this one as my spacers, with a large cluster on top with my Red ribbon bow. 


Thanks for reading all the way to the end! You'll find more pics and close ups in the slide show below. I love this stamp set so much - it's so versatile and fab! 




Linked to Paper Issues Holiday Madness!




Other projects I've made with Rock the Block this month include:
Rock the Block Wall Hanging using the display tray
Rock the Block Holiday Card
Rock the Block Mojo Sketch Challenge Card
Rock the Block Team Meeting Card
Rock the Block Team Gifty Calendar

24 comments:

Angela Garcia said...

Holy Cow! I love the ornaments! What a clever use of the cubes. I love them!

Closet Stamper said...

The ornaments are fantastic. Thank you for the great ideas!

Gina Brandstetter said...

CUTE snowman ornament! Making the cubes into ornaments is a great idea!

Amy McVey said...

Fantastic ornaments!

Shirley Ross said...

Awesome idea. I love the snowman and thanks for the tutorial

Mary Eisen said...

You've been busy!!! Love all that you have done with the stamps and the blocks!!!

Diana said...

To cute! So original! Great job!!

Nickie Hoffer said...

Great Job! Way to think outside of the box. I just love them. Thanks for sharing!

Deb Fortin said...

Love love love that snowman . he is so darn cute. What is it about snowman that makes everyone smile.
TFS these great ideas. You DO know these will be cased a lot?

Krista Hershberger said...

Amazing work Wendy!!! LOVE - the snowman ornament!!! the other ornaments are fabulous too!

Sheila Bennett said...

The snowmen are adorable!

Jean M. said...

Oh my gosh...love...love..love your ornaments!!!

Rachel Ventura said...

Love the snowman!

Lisa Fowler Windsor, CO said...

Love what you did with the blocks. That snowman is adorable!

Carla said...

Love your ornaments!! So great!! I hope you don't mind - I created a list of inspiring "Rock the Block" artwork on my blog and included a link to your post! Wanted to share your creativity with my readers! You can find my blog post here:
http://carlacreates.blogspot.com/2011/12/rock-block.html

Merry Christmas!

Wendy K. said...

These are super cute!
Wendy K.
www.MyScrapbookingBlog.com

Mary Eisen said...

WAY WAY WAY TOO CUTE! I've been telling people about your post! Very cute!!!

Becca Whitham said...

Thank you for generously sharing your talent this past year. I come to your blog on a regular basis to be inspired by your creativity.

Merry Christmas to you and yours,
Becca

Cassie said...

Wendy this is a fabulous idea!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Paper Issues!! We featured you today! http://paperissues.blogspot.com/2011/12/picture-blocks.html

kimberly said...

wow... thanks for sharing!!!

Haley D. said...

Your ornaments are so sweet!

Doreen said...

WOW WOW WOW!!!! FABULOUS idea to make ornaments!!!! Love the Snowman and the Nutcracker! I noticed your "Stamplifted" button, too! ;-) Thanks for sharing your awesome idea!
~doreen at whereisyourhappyplace.blogspot.com

Romaine said...

So fun and creative! Adorable!

NJ Stamping Queen said...

WOW! Love your ornaments! I especially loved the photo blocks--what a nice gift they would make!

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