Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Five Months, Seven Blocks, 19 Words

I'm so excited to show you my project today - this has been a l-o-n-g time coming!
 Smiley from millan.net

A dear friend of mine, Lou Ann Cruttenden, made these adorable letter blocks.  I just absolutely loved them and decided that I needed to make a set for myself.  I first saw pictures of her blocks back in February.  This was pretty much all I saw:
Then in March, the actual blocks were brought to a meeting and I was able to see them "live and in person", which was even better than the pictures!  So a few other demonstrators in the Chalk-a-holics group and I decided that we would get together and make these.

Well of course some time passed before we actually got together (I think it was in April), but we did gather one night and got started on our blocks.  Five sides of each block were covered with Very Vanilla card stock that had been embossed with a different Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for each block.  We also cut out the letters for the blocks, but that was basically as far as we got that day.

The blocks then languished in my closet for another couple of months before I finally got around to sponging all of the edges.  (I'm sure you've never done something like that, have you?)

Smiley from millan.net

At this point I was determined that I was going to get them finished.  So when I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days stamping at our "mini convention", this was the project I brought to finish.  Once I got going, it didn't take much longer to finish the blocks.

The letters needed to be glued to the sides:

And the rosette for the tops needed to be made:

I had eight blocks total, but there were only seven used for letters, so I took the extra one and added some "seasonal embellishments" to the sides. 

Finally!  They were complete!
 Smiley from millan.net

Of course, I had to go buy a special shelf for them. 

And here is a list of all of the words that they spell:
Very Vanilla and Soft Suede card stocks
Soft Suede dye ink and marker
Eight Various Embossing Folders
Alphabet Simple Letters Bigz Dies (these are retired, but you could use the new Typeset Alphabet Bigz dies)
First Edition Specialty DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper
Antique Brads
Stamping Sponges
Smiley from millan.net

I was so pleased with how they turned out!  Of course, then I wondered why I let it take so long... but sometimes I think I appreciate things more when I've had to wait for them.  (Even if the waiting is because I'm procrastinating!)

Until next time...
 Jayne Stenstrom 
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  1. I love these! Are the blocks made of wood? I would love to try something like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Thanks for the comment! These blocks are not wood, but you could easily use wooden ones. These were some that Stampin' Up! had in last year's catalog and are about 3-1/8" square. I'm hoping to write up a tutorial on how these were made, so if you'd like me to e-mail you a copy, send me your e-mail address.

  3. These blocks are awesome!! Would you be willing to share what letters went on each block to allow you to spell so many differnt words? I LOVE THESE!!!

  4. Thanks, Lisa! I'd be happy to share what letters go on which block. Just send me an e-mail and I'll let you know what they are. (I'm hoping to eventually get a tutorial written up, but I can give you the letters at least!) My e-mail address is jayne@jaynestamps.com.