Saturday, December 17, 2011

Rock the Block Wall Hanging

Whew! I meant to post these layouts throughout the week, but getting the boys through the holiday festivities and extra activities has been a bit more time consuming than I thought. For this project I used just the tray and stamps from my Rock the Block special (awesome E sized exclusive stamp set plus alterable 9 block set with display tray for just $15 with purchase starting Monday - such an amazing deal!!).  

I love how these came out! I made a mini 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 layout for one fun photo of the boys from each season last year. I combined four different paper packs (with emphasis on blue in the papers) to create a four block display to hang in my bedroom sitting area. I plan to cover each tray with coordinating B&T like I did for the Spring Layout. Hence the need for three more trays, which I can order starting Monday! I pulled Bamboo CS into each packet for the base of each Layout, plus I added hand stitched details, scallop borders, 3-D Foam squares on all the photo layers, and lots of sparkles to bring common embellishment elements through the four layouts.

Spring layout:
For this layout I used the Lucky Paper packet on the backside/monochrome side of the papers. I covered the base tray with the neutral based B&T, mitering the corners so that the tray was completely covered. Then I hand cut some clouds from two of the B&Ts. I cut a big scallop border using my Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, and stamped it with the grid image from Rock the Block set, then sponged it in Sky and Indian Corn Blue inks. The rain drops are hand stitched with a single strand of waxy flax and topped with clear sparkles. I used to avoid stitching, but now it's so easy to make neat even stitches with my CTMH clear piercing ruler! I added the title letters using the new Trinity Alphabet, a neat E sized set with three different fonts on the sheet.  

Summer Layout:
This time I pulled my papers from the Fanfare packet. I stamped my scalloped border with the dot image, then sponged it with Pacifica Ink. I stamped the flower image using the Kissing technique. I inked the dot image in Pacifica ink, then set it facing up on my table. The I inked the flower in Cranberry ink and "kissed" it to the pacifica Dot image before stamping it onto White Daisy CS. Now I have a polka dot flower! I made the little file tab at the top of my folder, stamping one of the Rock the Block sentiment squares and trimming off the frame, which I attached to a second image stamped in 2nd generation Cranberry ink to create the file table. I free hand cut the pennants and stamped them with the Rock the Block texture images. Finally I added Red glitter glitz gel to the banner and flowers, plus the little cricut heart at the top.

Autumn layout:

For Autumn I used the Miracle paper packet. Gosh, I love that paper! I covered my scallop image with Striped B&T. I stamped the grid image repeatedly all over the background in second generation Desert Sand Ink for a light texture. Then added the big swirly corner stamp to the bottom left of the Layout by dragging my Desert Sand ink pad across the image so that the stamped image would be distressed. I inked just the LOVE word of one of the Rock the Block sentiments and stamped it repeatedly onto Twill Ribbon. I added extra twill ribbon and rick rack scraps to the knot as I tied it. I popped up one of the Rock the Block sentiments onto a Cricut Art Philosophy frame.

Winter Layout:

For this layout I used the pretty new Wonderland papers. I broke from the scallop embellishments and cut a bunch of Cricut Art Philosophy snowflakes. I stamped the snowflakes with the textures and swirls from Rock the Block in Twilight ink, and embellished them with lots of glitter glitz gel in Stardust and Silver. Some of the snowflakes are two layers, with 3-D foam tape for the centers for added dimension.

I have a really fun project ready to post for the Rock the Block blog hop starting on Monday, using up the blocks from the special. Ok - it's really three projects in one, but I'm really excited about how they came out (plus there will be dozens of other adorable posts) on the hop, so be sure to check back Monday for more Rock the Block fabulousness!

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