Monday, February 3, 2014

Valentine LOVE blocks

For this week's Creative Cutting Challenge DT project, I made these wooden blocks to fit the two week long "LOVE" theme.  Made of scrap 2 x 4 lumber, this project was super easy to make. The rosette accent is removable, and the blocks reversible...a piece you can leave out all year.  (You'll have to check back later this week to see the flip side.) 
 Here's a close up of the removable rosette accent.  I punched the larger rosette and then used my Martha Stewart score board to make the rosette.  On top of that is a pink scalloped heart layer I cut with my my electronic cutter.  Then another smaller rosette topped with the cupid file from my Valentine SVG set.  A stamped banner was added between the layers and I used gold and red Stickles on the accent layers.  I hot glued the whole thing to a painted wooden dowel and added a punched cardstock circle to the back to finish it off.
Here's how I made the blocks...
 I grabbed these blocks from my in-laws new house scrap pile...already cut .  I knew I could make something out them!  I just lightly sanded the edges and drilled a hole to fit the dowel I wanted to use.
 I painted the dowel, block edges and slightly up on the fronts and backs in an off white acrylic paint color that matched the paper I was going to use.
 I cut the paper slightly smaller than the blocks and attached to the wood with Studio Multi-Medium Matte.
Next I used  coordinating red paint to shade along the edges of the paper and a fine black Sharpie to create the hit and miss border.  I also took more of the off white paint and blended areas in the middle to emphasis the letters.
I cut the letters from red cardstock and also cut a shadow layer from black cardstock using my electronic cutter.   I attached the letters to the blocks with Multi Medium and then went over the top of the letters with red Stickles.
And there you have it...a LOVE-ly project that you can use to decorate your home this Valentine season!  Or change the accent to a bridal theme and use as a wedding or shower decoration.  
If you use an electronic cutter, I hope you'll join in the "Love" Challenge.  Just click Here for information.

21 comments:

Tina Campbell said...

A fun room accent for this time of year, wonderful idea

Ruth G said...

I love that you got your blocks from a construction site! You certainly transformed them into something lovely! The way you used the white paint to soften your paper really was a fabulous idea! I can't wait to see the other side! Great papers and colors overall! TFS!

Michele said...

this is absolutely wonderful, a fabulous project and so bright and pretty! thanks for joining our love/valentine challenge at the cheerful stamp pad! xo

Jakki said...

What a great idea love it ..thanks for joining seemacrafts challenge for February
Jakki (craftyjak) x x

pauline said...

Thats lovely ,thanks for joining seemacrafts challenge for February

Marie Richardson said...

These are fab hun i 'LOVE' them lol
Thanks for joining us this month over at Seemacrafts challenge blog.
Good Luck with the challenge
Hugs
Marie (DT for Seemacrafts)
xxxx

Gail Tuff said...

Fantastic idea love it, thank you for joining in over at Seemacrafts x

diana fernandez said...

What a fun decor item! I love how you've put it together! Thanks so much for joining us at Anything But a Card

Meggymay said...

A fantastic project, love the blocks. Thank you for joining us at SCH this time.
Yvonne

Meihsia Liu said...

This is such a beautiful project! Love the gorgeous rosette and the pretty letters on the blocks. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

Julia S-W said...

Great use to put those scrap blocks to! A lovely valentine creation.
Thanks for joining us at Anything But A Card for our tic tac toe Challenge. Julia x

PinkyLisasInkyCrafts said...

Thank you for joining SeemaCrafts February Challenge "love/valentines".

What a lovely project. Love the re-use of the stamp blocks and how you have decorated them. The rosette is lovely and I like the papers.

I hope you will continue to pop back and join us for more of our monthly challenges

<3 & hugs
Lisa xxxx DT Member

Julie Short said...

Love will definitely be front and centre with your happy blocks. Thank you for joining in at Anything But A Card this month.

Nancy Dynes said...

I adore how you have embellished these pretty wooden blocks!! Perfect for anyone's Valentine Day decor! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely work on the Frilly and Funkie challenge!
Hugs,
Nancy

Sandie said...

How fabulous that you were able to grab these blocks...love what you have altered them in to.
Thank you for joining in with our very first challenge at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...x

Claire Kerslake said...

Lovely work, thanks for joining in at SeemaCrafts.
Regards Claire
(theunfadinglight.blogspot.co.uk)

Hazel said...

Thanks for sharing this lovely creation for Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge 79: love/Valentine, Hazel, DT - hope to see you again soon x

Barbara Godden said...

what a fabulous project, so nice to have something to keep from year to year. The blocks were a great find and it's nice when a plan comes together. thanks for joining the Love/Valentine challenge at The Cheerful Stamp Pad

Karla B said...

This is fabulous!Thank you so much for joining us at The Cheerful Stamp Pad!
xoxo
Karla B

Sammy said...

Just fabulous! I especially love the small but vital detail of the shadow layer letters. It makes all the difference! Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

Inkypinkycraft said...

your blocks look great . thanks for joining us at Country View Crafts challenege this month x trace x