New kid on the block

Once again I am buzzing in dangerously close to the wire with a project that I would like to share over at Sunday Stampers for this week’s challenge, which is to use orange.


I decided to create an artist trading block so that I could play with inks and stamps to my heart’s content! The only trouble is that trying to photograph these cubes of creativity  is v.v. difficult, especially when the weather outside has gone all wintery to the extent that it actually snowed!! This accounts for the blue toned background.


I created the cube using the Sizzix die that has been designed just for this purpose. As my brain is half empty right now (I have been dealing with A LOT of challenging stuff at work) I decided it would be a risky business to stamp directly on to the cube and get everything pointing in the right direction, so  instead I created mats and layers which I then applied to the base cube.


For all the layers I used a combination of Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Rusty Hinge distress inks. I used a variety of background stamps – tiny dots, harlequin and alphabet over the top. I created two layers, distressing and inking the edges of each, before adding stamped butterflies.


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The butterflies are the usual suspects from my ever increasing collection with the new addition of one designed by Finnabair.


The cherry on the top of this particular cake, or rather block, was a shabby flower that I created using a Creative Expressions die. The centre is a vintage metal brad.



I am also sharing this over at City Crafter Challenge Blog for this week’s Love Metal challenge. (The metal brad!)

Like many in the UK I am coming to terms with the exciting revelations that have been happening in Eastenders. However, that giddiness has been top trumped by the release of the new Stampotique stamp designs and in particular the new range of Agathas. I do hope someone in the country is going to stock them. I am going to need a second mortgage to pay for my wish list!

Thanks for buzzing by.


New kid on the block — 14 Comments

  1. Lisette, that a lovely ATB, the colours, the stamping, the flower on top of it, it is just amazing. And Stampotique, well, don’t you even talk about, I wish that I would have only Agatha problem, but I love all of them, so what to do now? And it is just getting more and more every time did you pay attention?

    • Thank you. Stampotique is such a dilemma, so many lovely new ones and all the old ones I don’t yet have. I will look forward to seeing which you pick 🙂

  2. I have never heard of Artist Trading blocks before so I went off and had a quick nose around Pinterest and I would say that this is a very good example of an Artist Trading block.

    Dionne xx

  3. It;s always wonderful to have you with us and your artist trading block is a gem. The butterflies in this color palette are stunning. And I am in awe of that flower you made. Hope eveything is well at work now. Have a great week. Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!

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