Wednesday, December 11, 2013

StencilGirl and Sizzix Artist Trading Blocks Blog Hop

WINNER!!!! TheaM!!! 
I confess to a full blown block obsession. 
It has been going on for awhile as I have been trying to figure out the logistics of a class where my students would paint blocks. I have collected all sizes of wood blocks in anticipation of this moment - have cut them from fence posts, all sorts of things. But they are heavy. And they are hard to paint. Since they are 3 dimensional, you can pretty much only work one side at a time and I am basically a very impatient person so I kept messing up my paint over and over and well, you know.....I gave up the class idea.
So imagine my excitement when I heard that Eileen Hull had designed a template to create boxes using the Sizzix machine. The machine (I think this is how it works, I have actually never even used one, but I sure wanna own one now!) cuts out mat board with scored areas. There are two pieces that easily fit together to create the box. All you do is paint or decorate them to your desire - while they are FLAT - and then assemble into a box.
And, even better, they come in different sizes. Here are a couple I have made so far. 
I had to stop because I had to write this blog post. And bathe, cook food, etc. It is really that addictive. I think Eileen is on to something here. She and her posse call the blocks ATBs for Artist Trading Blocks

Those Artists on the Block are rockin' it out over on Facebook. You simply must check out their page (be sure and look for the clever Thanksgiving post) to see what all they are doing.
Be sure and go around our Blog Hop to check out all the wonderful creations using the ATBs. And remember to leave comments everywhere so you can be entered for the giveaway. Your comments (right here on my blog) will be entered for the give away on StencilGirl Talk and also for a special giveaway right here. I am giving away both of my brand spankin' new DVDs. Yippee!! If you want to take a look at previews of them, click here. And then be sure and make a comment so you are entered in all the drawings. Enjoy the Hop!!
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70 comments:

  1. Aaaah and wow, amazing colors, great ATB, thanks for sharing!

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  2. Mary Beth- what fun blocks and great colors! It is hard to tell that you used stencils- these blocks look handpainted. Another reason to love stencils. I am so glad you are block obsessed :-) Looking forward to meeting you at CHA and thanks so much for embracing the blocks and letting us play with you!

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  3. Beautiful block - I love the colors.

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  4. What a great idea, I too have saved and had donated blocks to create ATB s so this is so cool

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  5. Looks like so much fun and so creative too!

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  6. Love this idea - ATBs! Yours are beautiful.

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  7. What fun! like your color scheme!
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  8. Oh Mary Beth your painted ATBs are fantastic! I know what you mean about making AtBs out of wood it's just too time consuming. However, with this new version we get "consumed" by wanting to create more and more...which is a wonderful thing :).

    Super inspiring "Art on the Block" here!

    Amy*

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  9. My first hop was no. My second hop was maybe. Yours, oh yes. I do want to! Lovely

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  10. Like a painting on a block! Designer gift boxes!

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  11. great design on this blocks!

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  12. They are fabulous - love your bold graphics and warm rich colours!
    Alison x

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  13. You've made such wonderful boxes covered with such great colors and pattern!

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  14. Wonderful combination of colors and patterns and dimensions, Mary Beth!!
    Great color palette, too! You go, Stencil Girl!

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  15. Your ATBs remind me of 60's tie die. So cute.

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  16. Your designs are wonderful on this. I'm having so much fun hopping.

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  17. Such rich colors! Love those yellow border dots, too.

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  18. I LOVE the fabulously rich colors here. Brilliant!

    ~Linda

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  19. Love those saturated colors. Beautiful.

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  20. It's amazing how Mary Beth uses her stencils and decorates the design so well - you forget there is a stencil under there. I wan to be her when I grow up/.

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  21. Hi Maria, I am loving these blocks too. They are a great way of displaying a series of mini art works, without worrying about messing up one side & a fun alternative to my creative art journal for experimentation.
    P.S: You need a Sizzix Big Shot. I have saved an absolute fortune by cutting my own chipboard shapes for projects & Eileen Hull's dies are huge time savers for projects like this :-) Theresa x

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  22. What a perfect place to use the minis! Love Indian yellow. These rock. xox

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  23. Love the idea ,colors and design !

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  24. Fabulous blocks! I am totally inspired to try making my own.

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  25. Your blocks are fabulous, I love the 3-D versatility!

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  26. yipeeeee, so fun, I love these!

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  27. I absolutely love the colors you used on your block. I need some of that Indian Yellow Hue. Oh Yeah!! I hope this die is coming out soon. I need it NOW.

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  28. Stunning block Mary Beth. I haven't found time to play with the rest of the pieces Eileen sent, but I can't wait. They really are so much fun.

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  29. Yummy colors and patterns on your ATB blocks!

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  30. Fabulous! love what you did and of course all of your stencils.

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  31. Love the colors and stencils!!

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  32. Really like your ATB. Going to be so much fun to do my own sometime soon! Color combo is outstanding! Thank you for sharing

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  33. Bright, cheerful colors. Great job. Hope you get your Sizzix soon. You'll wonder how you got along without it.

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  34. I love blocks as well and this idea is fabulous. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for the ideas.

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  35. Wow!! Loving these ATBs! Really like your geometrical take on them and the colours are almost aboriginal :)

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  36. Love the dimensional paint on these - great colors - <3!

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  37. Great boxes, love the dimension on them

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  38. WOW the things I could do, what fun!!!!!!!!!

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  39. MaryBeth- I totally love your blocks! The colours are fabulous and the dimensional additions just make the blocks even that more beautiful!!

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  40. Wow! These are amazing. What great color and dimension!!

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  41. Fun and colorful. You did a great job.

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  42. Love the color, such fire. My first comment didn't publish so try again. Indian yellow and teal are the two golden colors I consistently run out of. Loving the hop and intro to new artists

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  43. Beautiful, elegant and gorgeous colors. Love.

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  44. Gorgeous blocks and designs! The bold rich colors paired with the geometric designs is just wonderful!

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  45. Pretty, pretty pretty!
    I love how different all the blocks are in this blog hop!

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  46. Oh my gosh, my heart and mind are pumped. Got to have this, thanks for the

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  47. AMAZING!!!! LOVE LOVE Love these Linda....but I did not expect anything less from you!!

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  48. Where have I been--these artist blocks are wonderful. Thanks for having a blog hop--so much inspiration.

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  49. Oh so nice. Now I know I have to get that die.

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  50. I am intrigued by this die! Have paint and stencils, will play!

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  52. I love how your small stencils fit so well on the block. Now I have another use for MY small StencilGirl stencils!! ;)
    ...Raine

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  53. really awesome...love it all..

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  54. Thanks for sharing your creations, I am loving these new ATBs. I love the way that the stencils are designed to be used with them too, a really great idea.

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  55. Your blocks are just gorgeous!!

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  56. You did a beautiful job with these blocks. Would love to have the die cut so that I may attempt to create a block. Thank you for the opportunity, and for sharing your creativity!

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  57. love your blocks!
    I suffer from a life long obsession with small boxes... I think I'm doomed....

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  58. Mary Beth, your blocks are gorgeous.. love the colors. And, I can hardly wait to get my hands on the die.

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  59. I like how you used your blocks, the puffy paint is a nice touch. This is a fun blog hop I am enjoying seeing everyone's creative blocks. Are you going to trade them with each other? Your blocks are very earthy bohemian beauties!

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  60. Like the blocks, especially the color combo.

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  61. i just love what you did mary beth, but then i usually do. i love your blog hops and all the inspiration and generosity of your giveaways. looks like a new wave of the future...atb's. so exciting. i would love your book and your dvds for sure. and a sissix machine....awesome. to be able to make all those boxes. i love, love boxes. thanks for this added bit of christmas fun. xoxo

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  62. Love your atb's. Love the colors too.
    I agree. I do believe she is onto something and they are rocking it on their facebook page.

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  63. oooooooo!! I love the colours and designs! Beautiful.

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  64. So cool and fun!

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  65. Gorgeous rich colors and I love the pearl accents!

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  66. woo hoo!!! thanks for the dvds - lots of great info for lots of techniques - I feel so blessed to be a part of this artful community!

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  67. How fun are these ATB blocks! Shoot! They can be used for just about anything & decorated for any holiday! Endless possibilities! Thanks for sharing! :D

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