Thursday, February 28, 2008

Sue's Blocks



I missed my upline's Christmas party in December, so she and I exchanged gifts Tuesday during our visit. And even though it's the end of February, would you believe my gift to her wasn't finished?! In my defense, here's what happens ... I make something and if I don't give it right away, the second-guessing begins. Will she like it? Is it nice enough, creative enough?

I told myself I'd make something new for Sue if inspiration struck. Otherwise, she would get her original gift. Inspiration struck at 1 am Tuesday morning (she was due to arrive at 10 am). I worked as fast and furiously as I could for more than an hour, but ran out of steam (go figure). Anyway, I put the finishing touches on it last night, so she'll either get it by mail or at her March meeting. (I did show it to her while she was here. I know, isn't that tacky? "Here's your gift, but you can't have it yet.")

The other three sides are all decorated, too:







These are 2-inch wood blocks that I painted first and then covered in various Bali Breeze designer paper squares. Dressed-up white binder clips are attached to the top of each block for displaying photos, to-do lists, cards, etc.

The stamping is pretty straightforward, but if you have any questions, just ask!

Update:
How did you attach the binder clips?

with a generous amount of crystal effects. I'm thinking the E6000 glue would be great too. I don't know if it will hold up to actual repeated use yet ... I hope so!

Where did you find the blocks?
I'm pretty sure I got these at Michael's. Near the section with all the big unfinished wood items (shelves, stools, frames, etc.), they have a row of small wood items, including cut-out shapes, wooden spools, spheres, the little buttons you use to cover up a screw, etc. I think the unfinished blocks were there.

Stamps: Live Your Dream, Embrace Life, Little Pieces, Tiny Talk, Amazing to Zany
Paper: Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Purely Pomegranata, Pumpkin Pie, Bali Breeze designer paper
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: felt fusion flowers, styled silver hodgepodge hardware, artichoke ribbon, turquoise ribbon, purely pomegranate double-stitched ribbon, chipboard letters, dimensionals, heat and stick powder, dazzling diamonds glitter, sponge daubers, turquoise brad, rose red brad, old olive brad.
All supplies Stampin' Up.

20 comments:

Susie said...

Amy, these are just fabulous! She will love them and if she doesnt', you can send them to me!!! :0) I'm going to put a link in my blogpost this morning to them so my readers can enjoy them as well.

broni (waterchild12) said...

As I said on SCS, these are such show stoppers, Amy! I love them! I have 2 questions:
How did you attach the binder clips?
Where did you find the blocks?
Thanks so much for sharing this with us!!

Flossie's Follies said...

these blocks are great, you did a wonderful job decorating them, she will love them, definitely worth the wait.

Diane said...

These are stunning! Of all the blogs out there yours is the one I make sure I check everyday. You do such beautiful work.

Michelle said...

I just want to say these are absolutely stunning - awesome idea. Love everything about it - I would definately like to receive something like this but my name is a wee little long for this!

astampingteddy said...

OK don't take this the wrong way when I say: "Are you CRAZY???" - there is absolutely NO NEED to second guess yourself. These blocks are AWESOME. She WILL love them!!
Claudia

June Houck said...

Totally not tacky to say, here's your gift...can't have it yet when that is the gift! Oh, remind me not to exchange gifts with you...I'd be WAY too intimidated. Those blocks are sooooo pretty!

kearneykrafter said...

Very springy! LOVE how you've enabled me with this paper! YUM! What a fun project......filing this one in the memory banks! Thanks for sharing!

silke said...

Amy - I love these - they are fun, bright and just gorgeous!!!

Christa said...

So stinkin' cute! I love this idea. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas.

Sue Hyer said...

I LOVE my gift! (Can't wait to actually receive it, but it was fun getting the teaser!) I also love the "original" gift and I want that too! My birthday's in May...

Jackie Pedro said...

OMGoodness....these are fantastic! Love the bright Bali Breeze for these blocks!!

Melissa D. said...

thanks for explaining the binder clips. I wasn't sure if they were attached or not but that is a really neat idea to add those for pictures and to-do lists, etc. great job.

Carolyn King said...

What a fabulous gift--well worth the wait!!!!

Great job Amy!

Maren said...

So fabulous!! Love how bright and cheery they are!!

Kristin said...

Oh yes Amy, I can see why you scrapped the original idea- NOT! These are gorgeous though- what a neat idea! I can see you put so much time into them... I know what you mean though, about thinking too hard about stuff if you don't give it away too soon. Sounds like a good excuse (for me) to do swaps at the VERY last minute! ;)

Marti - Pez-A-Doodle Design Studios said...

oh amy HOW adorable!! i bet Sue just loved them!! i am SO gonna scraplift for mymom - she is the QUEEN of notes on scrap paper......

Stephanie said...

Oh my goodness! These are AWESOME. See, I told you that your creativity never ceases to amaze me! Fantastic job Amy! Thanks so much for sharing these with us! :D

Rae said...

These are so bright and fun. Your creativity amazes me!

The zuf said...

These are absolutely fabulous!!!! I LOVE them! Hope you don't mind but I will be casing them (soon, hopefully!)! TFS!!!!! Your work is truely talented!!!

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