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CTMH Rock the Block Blog Hop

By Helen | December 18, 2011

Join the craze…and see some amazing things you can do with the new Rock the Block special from CTMH.  The Rock the Block special, is truly an AMAZING DEAL!  When you place a $25 product order from the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book, you can get the Rock the Block special (a $44.90 value) for only $15!

Take a look at this stamp set…it’s an E-size stamp set (retail value $29.95)…so many uses – yes, it works with the cubes…and it would be fabulous for cards, scrapbook pages and more!  This is an exclusive stamp set to this promotion…and worth the price alone!

And…the cubes…here they are straight out of the package.  These are a sneak-peek item, coming in the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book.  These will retail for $14.95.

Watch CTMH’s video of the Rock the Block set.

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage, sit back and get ready to Rock the Block!  There are over 30 CTMH Consultants joining in on the fun…that’s a LOT of ideas that YOU can take and duplicate with this fun set. If you arrived here from Shirley’s blog you’re on the right path.

I came up with an idea to use this as a photo calendar.

 

There are so many possibilities as to how the cubes are arranged.  Taking the cubes from above, and flipping them, gives me this…

Or…this…

Materials:

Tutorial follows…

For those that want to skip the tutorial “hop” on over to my friend {Kathleen} to see what she’s created. 

If you get lost along the way…here’s the complete list of all hoppers.

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Tutorial

Using Taffy and a Foam Tool, distress the edges of all cubes and the tray.  Tip: To pick up more ink, swipe the Foam Tool across the ink pad instead of pouncing it on the ink pad.  Tip: I found it faster to ink by going across the edge and in an up/down motion, hitting the block on each pass.  In other words, inking two sides at the same time :-)

 

Month Panels:

  • Cut a total of twelve 2″ x 2″ squares (4 each of Sorbet, Smoothie and Juniper).  Stamp these tone-on-tone with the cross-hatch stamp.
  • Using the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, cut a total of twelve 2″ x 2″ scalloped squares <square2> on page 33 at 1 3/4″.  (6 each in Taffy and Sweet Leaf).
  • On the Taffy scalloped squares,
  • stamp the month names in Sorbet.  Note: I used the medium font from the Trinity Alphabet stamp set.
  • stamp the background image in Taffy.
  • On the Sweet Leaf scalloped squares,
  • stamp the month names in Juniper.
  • stamp the background image in Sweet Leaf.
  • Decorate each month’s panel as desired.  For mine…here are the details on what ink colors and cardstock.  Each item is individually cut out.
  • All leaves are stamped using Juniper on Sweet Leaf cardstock.
  • Small Flower – stamp using Smoothie on Smoothie cardstock (feb, aug & dec).
  • Paisley – stamp using Juniper on Sweet Leaf cardstock.
  • Teenie tiny flowers – stamp using the corner border stamp and then find the little flowers within the image and cut out.  Taffy on Taffy cardstock (apr & jun).  Smoothie on Smoothie cardstock (jul and sep).
  • Attach these panels to cubes as follows:
  • Cube 1 – gets four months (I used jan, feb, mar & apr).
  • Cube 2 – four months (I used may, jun, jul & aug).
  • Cube 3 – the remaining four months (I used sep, oct, nov & dec).

Decorative Panels:

Tip: Another option is to use photos for these sides…or decorate with a panel and a strip.

Tip: While it might be tempting to add pop dots…keep the cube decorations flat, this way you can flip the blocks and not have them interfere with each other, and they’ll sit flat in the tray.

  • Cut a total of six 2″ x 2″ squares (2 each of Sorbet, Smoothie and Juniper).  Stamp these tone-on-tone with the cross-hatch stamp.
  • Out-of-The-Box Thinker – stamp in Smoothie on Parchment cardstock; cut out.  Add a leaf as before.  Attach to Sweet Leaf base.
  • Flower – stamp the It’s Hip to Be Square sentiment in Juniper on Parchment cardstock; cut out.  Stamp small flower in Sorbet on Parchment; cut out.  Leaves as before.  Attach to Sorbet base.  Tip: By positioning the flower & leaves…just so…you can hide the sentiment.  Wouldn’t this panel be pretty on a card or gift tag?  
  • It’s Hip to be Square – stamp sentiment in Sorbet on Parchment cardstock; cut out.  Add two small leaves as before.  Attach to Smoothie base.
  • Familes… – stamp sentiment in Smoothie on Parchment cardstock; cut out.  Add tiny flower in Smoothie on Smoothie and leaves as before.  Attach to Sweet Leaf base.
  • Chip… – stamp sentiment in Juniper on Parchment cardstock; cut out.  Add tiny leaves in Sorbet on Sorbet cardstock.  Attach to Sorbet base.
  • Flower – stamp Chip… sentiment in Sorbet on Parchment cardstock; cut out.  Add small flower stamped in Smoothie on Smoothie cardstock and leaves as before.  Attach to Smoothie base.  Tip: Flip the sentiment over when adding the flowers and leaves…makes it easier to hide the sentiment.
  • Add two decorative panels to each of the remaining sides on Cube 1, 2 and 3.

Number Panels:

It’s really cool that by using two cubes, you can put the numbers in such a way that all combinations for the 31 days can be created.  The KEY…putting them as follows:

One cube gets: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

The other cube gets: 0, 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8…so, where’s the 9???  It’s the SIX flipped over!  Tip: Find a stamp set where the 6 is reversible and makes a 9.  Many of CTMH’s stamp sets have the number six as a reversible number.  I chose the Field Trip alphabet for it’s size.

  • Cut a total of twelve 2″ x 2″ squares (4 each of Sorbet, Smoothie and Juniper).  Stamp these tone-on-tone with the cross-hatch stamp.
  • Using the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, cut a total of twelve bracketed squares <square4> on page 53 at 1 3/4″.  (6 each in Taffy and Sweet Leaf).
  • On the Taffy scalloped squares,
  • stamp the numbers in Sorbet.
  • stamp the background image in Taffy.
  • On the Sweet Leaf scalloped squares,
  • stamp the numbers in Juniper.
  • stamp the background image in Sweet Leaf.
  • Attach the stamped bracketed squares to the bases.
  • Cube 4 gets numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5.
  • Cube 5 gets numbers 0, 1, 2, 6 (flips for 9), 7 & 8

Now…you have four more cubes, each with six sides.  This means you can add SIX photos that span across the cubes…OR…you can add 24 small photos – how cool!

 

Now “hop” on over to my friend {Kathleen} to see what she’s created.

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Topics: blog hop, Field Trip Alphabet Stamp Set E1013, Rock the Block, Trinity Alphabet E1021, Tutorials | 23 Comments »

23 Responses to “CTMH Rock the Block Blog Hop”

  1. Amy Kaminski Says:
    December 18th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    What a cool idea. I am still staring at a blank stack of cubes wondering what to do? what to do?
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Paige Dolecki Says:
    December 18th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Helen -

    Amazing idea! Thanks for the tutorial so we can copy this great home decor project!

    Paige

  3. Michelle Loncar Says:
    December 18th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Love the calendar idea! What fun!

  4. Shirley Ross Says:
    December 18th, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Awesome idea!!

  5. Gina Brandstetter Says:
    December 18th, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    I love your calendar idea! Great choice of colors too! Beautiful!

  6. Amy McVey Says:
    December 18th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Wow! Fabulous idea and thanks for the tutorial too.

  7. Mary Eisen Says:
    December 19th, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Love the colors and the ideas!

  8. Diana Soling Says:
    December 19th, 2011 at 9:45 am

    So pretty. Your colors are so springy!

  9. Laurie Flannery Says:
    December 19th, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Love this Helen. It is the best use of rock the block that I have seen. I may have to scraplift this. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  10. Jean McNulty Says:
    December 19th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Love your colors and what a great idea…love it:)

  11. Pamela O'Connor Says:
    December 19th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Helen, I can always count on you to wow me with your ideas! I was thinking about using mine for a calendar too, but hadn’t quite figured it out. LOVE your idea and tutorial!!!

  12. Rachel Ventura Says:
    December 19th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I really like the Calendar with the photos.

  13. Tamra Pope Says:
    December 19th, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    What a wonderful calendar, doing one myself, just wish I had enough time to join the blog. Can’t wait to finish. Merry Christmas.

  14. Vicki Price Says:
    December 20th, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Love the calendar idea! I’m going to have lots of cubes to make next year!

  15. Traci Godbee Says:
    December 20th, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    So cute!!! really love your calendar

  16. CTMH Rock Around the Block Blog Hop (List) | My Scrapbooking Blog Says:
    December 21st, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    [...] Helen Onulak Kathleen Androlewicz Traci Godbee Georgia Hauglid Lori Brown Sheila Bennett Susan Brooks Mary Eisen Gina Brandstetter Krista Hershberger Jennifer Rubio Jean McNulty Elizabeth Mindemann Teresa Scrivens Diana Soling Wendy Kessler <— You are here. Michelle Loncar Amy McVey Angela Garcia Wendy Coffman Karen Fullam Allisa Chilton Katy Taylor Heather Schmuckal Nikka Geers Kristine Ponte Angel Sawyer Vicki Price Rachel Ventura Jen Patrick Lalia Harris Cecilia Marsh Shirley Ross [...]

  17. Wendy K. Says:
    December 21st, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Great colors!

  18. Mary Eisen Says:
    December 21st, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Great use of the blocks!

  19. Teresa Says:
    December 25th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Saw this on a post on the cricut message board by Roxy Bonds. Awesome idea!!!

  20. Haley D. Says:
    December 27th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Helen, your idea is so clever! Thanks so much for sharing how to make your adorable project too. You never cease to amaze me!

  21. Doreen Guilfoyle Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    GORGEOUS, Helen!!!! I will be connecting your site and hop to my blog for today’s post. :-)
    – Doreen at whereisyourhappyplace.blogspot.com

  22. Helen Says:
    December 31st, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Hi Pamela – aw gee, thank you so much. It took a while to figure out how to come up with the calendar and make it work. Now…everyone can make one!

  23. Kari M. Says:
    January 28th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing. Awesome colors, awesome work, & great instructions.

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