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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Winter Wonderland Artist Trading Block

We've been hopping along with team ATB all month, and this is the final tower from the 100 Proof Press design team.  I will have a follow up post sharing the towers from team ATB and you do not want to miss those!  I created this block tower around one of my favorite stamps, The Queen of the Stars.  Enjoy!

The first thing I did to create this tower was to paint the edges of all the block pieces. Then I put the blocks together.  Then I added a layer of tulle.  On a piece of vintage paper I embossed blue snowflakes and ripped the paper to size for each block and adhered it to each block face. Then I went around the edge of each block with a thin line of glue and added some glitter.

On on a piece of white card stock I stamped the Queen of stars, the Owl Queen, the moon, and the Owl and baby.  Then I painted them with water colors and cut them out.  Added a little glitter here and there for some glistening magic.

I used some permanent ink to stamp "warm winter wishes" onto some fabric tape.  Then I added some the charms and embellishments.  

On the top I planted a cute little blue tree and some fungus.  I had some wired stars that I stuck in the blocks and glued the moon and dangled the Queen. I enjoyed crafting with these blocks - and I thank you for stopping by my winter wonderland today!  

For more cool block towers visit ATB on Facebook.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Steampunk Artist Trading Block

The block hop goes on! 100 Poof Press has been teaming up with team ATB this month and we have shared several crafty block towers.  And today I'm sharing how design team member Tera Callihan took our sheet of steampunk rubber stamps (formally Scrolls Works) and constructed a very cool block tower.  The sheet of rubber comes with a lot of images, and Tera carefully selected gears, light bulbs, and the inventor to compliment the grungy metal embellishments on her ATB.  

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Flight School ATB

Today we go to Flight School with Andrea Ockey Parr.  She shows us how to dress up a block tower and take flight with Madame Condor's School of Flight.  This project is part of our month long block hop with The Artists on the Block.  Both teams have created some beautiful works and I hope you enjoy this whimsical tower by Andrea.

Welcome to my contribution for the November Block Hop which is a creative collaboration between Artists on the Block and 100 Proof Press.  Here's my ATB creation, which I titled, "Madam Condor's School of Flight."


It's a crazy little whimsical place where any person or creature can learn to fly!  And hey- Eileen Hull's ATB Sizzix dies could not make this process any easier!  Once I had the box pieces cut, I cut out a door and a window in two of the boxes and then I covered my blocks with fabric scraps cause that's just how I roll.  

I added some "flight students" and used some Martha Stewart butterfly punches to make their wings.  I cut some triangular roof pieces and stamped them up.  I made my school sign with fabric, a toothpick pole and alphabet stamps.  I smeared on some Distress Ink for some bursts of color, assembled the boxes and and wah-la!

This project was so fun and these block shapes are so full of possibilities!  And of course, 100 Proof Press stamps are packed with potential, too.  Here are links to all of the stamps I used on my ATB:

For the flight students and their wings:
     The Three of Us
     Star Cloud
     Typing Keys

For the roof decor:
    Bullet Holes


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Owl Tower by Amy

I've always been a big fan of owls - cute ones, serious ones, realistic, you get the picture.  Design team member Amy Lassiter has created a one of a kind owl tower for our Artists on Block hop.  I love the combination of metal, laces, and fancy paper Amy used to create her mixed-media "artsy girlie" owl tower.

Here's Amy - telling us a bit about her Block Tower: I made my blocks “artsy girlie,” with plenty of paint, lace, stenciling, stamping and more. I love owls, so I wanted the owls from 100 Proof Press to take center stage.

The bottom two blocks, I spread out, and before assembling them, used my gelli plate, stencils from Stencil Girl, paint, and mists, and layered them full. I then splattered paint all over them, in light and metallic colors. The top two blocks were covered in papers from 7 Dots Studio’s new collections, and also splattered on for the glitter fun. After stamping with black ink, I colored the owls with Pitt Big Brush pens from Faber Castell Design Memory Craft, and used watercolors for softness. The edges of the blocks are also distressed.

Layering on trims and little bits of metals, flowers, and feathers, really added to the sweetness of the whole project. Here’s a look at some of the individual block sides:

my favorite owl

Sharp Owl

Queen Owl

What's that on top?  An acorn! - I love it!


There's a more details about Amy's tower on her blog, sparklingnome.  So stop on over and check out her delightful blog. 

And if you're interested and want to learn more about these blocks, you can connect with The Artists on the Block on Facebook, and their blog.   We have even more block hopping to do this week - so stay tuned.  


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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

ATB Block Hop - Two Halves Make a Whole

Today I have a celestial block tower to share with you created by Kersten Christianson up in Alaska.  She uses her signature bright colors and creative collection of stamps to create a playful tower of color. Here's a bit about her process… 

Talk about the meeting of minds: The Artists on the Block and 100 Proof Press Rubber Stamps!

One day, a package of mysterious forms arrived in my box.  With just a few folds, I learned that two halves make the whole of a box.

Paper scraps work well with this type of design. In this case, old paper.  French paper.

(stamps you see here: sunburst, clocks, zodiac 7)

Copious amounts of Dylusions and Distress Inks join in on the play.  Your fingers will sport rainbows.

Daub with paper towel scraps to blend and tone down color.  Wait.  Who am I kidding?  There is no "toning down" of color.  I did, however, dry brush a bit of white Gesso in various areas just add a bit of cloudy whatchamacallit.

Begin stamping and building.  What better combination than owls, sugar skulls, all things celestian and a bit of the mystic, as well.  Add ephemera:  German scrap, beads, stars, and washi tape.  

Anyone feel like finding some old French paper and getting your fingers inky?  I do!  If you'd like to see more of Kersten's block tower you can visit her blog, Altered Gypsy.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Artists on the Block & 100 Proof Press

This November the design teams of 100 Proof Press and The Artists on Block are teaming up to inspire you to "explore YOUR creative style in 3-D."  We are doing a month-long block hop filled with fanstascitly crafty ideas.  There are several wonderful artists with their own unique style involved with this hop so you're sure to find something that strikes a creative chord. Be sure to like both 100 Proof Press and The Artists on the Block to keep up with our month-long dose of stamped 3 dimensional creativity.  

To start things off I'm going to share with you a block tower made by Joy Holder Northrop.  Joy works her whimsical creations up in Michigan, and has an Etsy shop, autumnsensation, where she sells her artwork.  I have always enjoyed Joy's playful sense of humor that shines through in her artwork.  So, let's take a look at Joy's brilliant tower…

 Artist Trading Blocks were new to me. I didn’t have the first idea about how to design them but a quick Pinterest search saved the day. I saw what other people had done with them and many were eye-popping incredible! 

Since I had four different sizes I decided to stack them.  Each of my blocks are different but I gave them a cohesive look by sticking with a neutral palette of sepia, white and black.

I used layers of vintage paper, metal embellishments, lace, crocheted flowers, washi tape and more. I also used a little modeling paste for texture in a few spots as well as tiny gold gems for added interest.

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