Rock the Block Blog Hop

Welcome to the special Rock the Block Blog Hop 

 This is a special sneak peak at some of the new product that will be available in our new Catalog this spring.  The stamp set alone is a value of 29.95 and you get this and the Collage Cubes of only 15.00 with a 25.00 order. 

If you are just arriving from {Elizabeth’s  Blog }you are on the right track. If you are starting here, just click on the link at the end of each post to go to the next blog in the hop. If you get lost along the way you can go to {Helen’s Blog }to see a master list of all participants.  I would like to send out a special thanks to my wonderful niece, Stacy for providing me with such great photos to do this project. 

You can follow below for specific instructions or hop on over to {Diana ‘s Blog} for another great idea.

First step is I decorated the top of my first set of blocks. 

Then I cut four strips at 2 x 6 and random stamped these with the great designs that come in the stamp set using colors that would work well with my photos. 

Here a few tricks I learned, first you want to decorate these in a row overlapping designs one strip onto the other so at corners the images line up. 

Then I only cut one square at a time and taped to the blocks as I went.  This will save you from messing up later lol.   Another thing I learned after the fact…. I bushed the edges of paper and photos with Cocoa ink I would recommend brushing edges of all your blocks too before you attach photos and or paper.  I did not do this and it is not so easy once the paper and photos are on the blocks.

While stamping my images I used the block with flower facing up to get an idea s to where I wanted the flower then moved it and stamped bud first.

 Then placed mask on the bud and stamped the flower. 

Colors I used are Sunset, Outdoor and Olive.

After my first side is done I turn all squares to the left, turning three blocks at a time.  When I did this the random stamped flowers that were on the right side now becoming a sidebar on my next design

I trimed this photo some and edged with Outdoor paper to allow for not cutting in eye area of any of the kids.

Turn all blocks to left again and you will have all open squares this is the design I came up with.  Again I cut the 4×6 down some to avoid cutting near eyes on girls. 

I turned them to the left again and it makes the random stamped images line up on the left for a side bar. 

Next I started at the top and turned all three up and over this make my random stamped area show at the bottom

As you can see I did not tweak the size on this one and it hit to close to Jaydins eyes, Not a good idea, I will replace this when I get another copy of this photo and I will do like I did before tweak size to make sure I am not cutting near eye area or in face at all if it is a real small photo or person as in this case.

Next turn up is not useable

Turn up once more and your random stamped images are at the top again.  I actually turned this to accommodate the

vertical photo I had. 

I brushed edges of tray with cocoa ink and put some outdoor ribbon around it with one of our ribbon slides to accent it.

 And you are done

 Hope on over to {Diana‘s Blog} for more great ideas!



14 Responses to “Rock the Block Blog Hop”

  1. BEAUTIFUL! I love your flower stamping on your blocks!

  2. Amy McVey says:

    Love what you have done and all your tips!

  3. Shirley Ross says:

    Awesome! I love the random stamping and great tutorial

  4. Mary Eisen says:

    Love the layouts, love the photos – great job!

  5. Nice job with the different photos.

  6. Diana Soling says:

    Beautiful prodject. I love the random stamping!

  7. Jean McNulty says:

    I love this. I llike your tutorial too. Thanks for sharing:)

  8. Vicki Price says:

    Love how you random-stamped with the set! Very nice project!

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  10. Wendy K. says:

    Oh, I love how you stamped the flowers!

  11. Alona Peters says:

    I love your project! Your tips are so helpful 🙂

  12. Haley D. says:

    Very cute! Great photos too! Thanks for the tip about adhering the random stamped pieces.

  13. Romaine says:

    Great tips! Mine is sitting, I am not sure what my plan is!

  14. Kari M says:

    This is an awesome idea – Thanx for sharing 🙂

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