April Showers...Altered Trading Block

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Rain, Rain Go Away...I'll make an ATB today!

Artist Trading Blocks. Have you seen them around?  There are so many GORGEOUS blocks at The Artists on the Block. These little blocks are crazy addictive to make. No right. No wrong. Just create! Today I would like to share this Artist Trading Block that I made with Sizzix dies from Eileen Hull. I used the Blocks/Cubes 3-D die from Eileen's collection.You can visit Eileen's blog here. Be sure to leave her some love, as she just broke her ankle this past week. OUCH!

If you follow my blog, you may have noticed that I don't use a lot of flowers.But for this project, I knew that I'd need a flower die. I used the Eileen Hull Sizzix Flower 3-D Wrapped die.
Here's how I made the umbrella...
I cut the "flower" from BasicGrey Fresh Cut paper with my Sizzix. Then I gently scored the scallops as shown. I inked the edges and glued the ends together. I added the handle by wrapping washi tape around a small piece of floral wire. (The wire makes the handle easy to form) And then I added a bead to top it all off. Viola!
The little stamped boys were stamped with a stamp from 100 Proof Press. I added the buttons to the photo to show scale.  Sometimes its easy to forget how tiny these are. Don't forget to check out the Artist On the Block for more inspiration!

11 comments:

  1. Um, wow! I love this...how absolutely wonderful Michelle!

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  2. Wow wow wow!! This is gorgeous! I AM IN LOVE with that UMBRELLA!!!!!!!

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  3. So cute clever and FUN! That umbrella is genius! An absolutely fab ATB :)

    Amy*

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  4. Oh Michelle, that block is DARLING and your umbrella is just so Clever! LOVE this creation!

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  5. Oh, cute, cute, cute! And that flower parasol/umbrella is so inspired!
    Alison xx

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  6. Eeek! I am in love with the brolly!!

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  7. Oh what a clever idea Michelle. Love the umbrella touch. Jenny x

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  8. Love this Michelle, love the stamped images and the fabulous umbrella. Tracy x x

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  9. Michelle, this is darn cute, I love how you've created your umbrella, very nice ATB

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  10. Would never have thought of making an umbrella from that flower Michelle- so clever! Love the ATB too- glad you are addicted like the rest of us! Thanks for the ankle love :-)

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