Friday, January 21, 2011

Valentine's Day Canvas Blocks

This project was quite the undertaking... I really enjoyed making it, but sheesh, it was a lot of work! I got my inspiration from Suzanne Surgi's blog, when I saw these blocks I immediately went out and bought supplies to make them. She got her inspiration from My Minds Eye's newsletter.

Make sure you start following both!

I wanted them to be different but still be tied together- hmmm, did that make sense?
I decided to use the paper from the Bo Bunny "Crazy Love" Collection. Since the canvas blocks are 4x4, I just bought the 6x6 paperpack and the sticker sheet.

I bought acrylic paint and painted the tops and sides of the blocks. Then while the second coat was wet, I put a heavy dusting of Martha Stewart's fine glitter on the top.

Then my creative juices started to flow to come up with each block.
I did try to do a cut from my Cricut/ Gypsy combo on every block. I mainly used the Sweethearts and Birthday Bash cartridges for the cuts.

This is my favorite one! I just love everything about it. The feathers add a lot of dimension and I love the way the flowers turned out when I spritzed them with "Iridescent Pearl Mist" from Maya Road. I cut the banner out using Birthday Bash and strung it with some baker's twine.

 All of the glittery hearts are Recollections from Micheal's
and the great thing is that the 2 packages were inexpensive.
The silver heart charm is from the jewelry clearance section (bargain!). It is hard to tell how much dimension this one has. I used so many pop dots, it's just hard to tell in the picture.

Isn't the rhinestone heart gorgeous!?!? It's Martha Stewart. For the ribbon, I made individual loops and glued them individually to the canvas block, and then tied the knot and glued it- simple idea that I actually got from another one of Suzanne's creations.

I do really like this block, too! Aimee, my scrappin' buddy over at Scrappin' With the Princess, gave me the queen card. So I inked it with Tim Holtz distress ink, and- wow- what a difference! I recently got into stamping and Copics, so the 'love' is stamped and colored in my new Copics!

I LOVED these pink flowers! They are metal (cool), and made by Making Memories. Do you see the glitter on the top?? It is so pretty in person!
I really wish you could see the dimension on each block, but the pictures aren't doing them justice- bummer! I hope you enjoy this project, and Happy Valentine's Day!!!

I am going to display these in my living room and hopefully we can enjoy these for a few years.

Happy Scrappin' and Cricuting and Crafting!!!



  1. Your valentine canvas blocks are beautiful! love all the details. Suzanne's projects are amazing and so inspiring. Now I want to create some!

  2. Your blocks are absolutely gorgeous!!! I love the paper you chose, and all the gorgeous details.
    The feathers, and the playing card are perfect! You really did a wonderful job of tying them all together!!! Fabulous job my friend!

  3. Also just a BIG thank you for the mention(; So sweet of you!!!

  4. Hi there! I am happy to be your newest follower! I found your blog from one of Momo's challenges! Love your card it is so cute!


  5. They turned out just gorgeous!!! Love them all, it's hard to pick a favorite. All your hard work paid off greatly! Thanks for the shout-out too :)


  6. Love the projects!!

    By the way...I have given you a blog award. Stop by my blog to get it!!


  7. Love your blog, and as a result, I've awarded it the "Stylish Blog Award." Please stop by my blog @ to claim your award. ♥ Kisses! ♥

    (a.k.a. CardMonkey)

  8. Beautiful project! I love the Queen of Hearts Block! I'm looking forward to participating in the Motions & Folds Blog Hop with you!

    I'm a new follower!

  9. wow, love them all!
    and yup I think the first one is my fav

  10. Love your projects!
    I am looking forward to doing the Motions & Folds hop with you:)

  11. I love all of your projects


  12. OMG, I love all of your cards that you created for this challenge, they are beautiful, just adorable. I am already a follower and look forward to seeing more of your projects along the way. TFS Dee:)

  13. WOW...these are t-riffic. TFS

  14. Beautiful projects! I am passing on a blog award to you, just pick it up here - :)

  15. Just found you from the Motions and Folds Hop. LOVE the Valentine Blocks!! Super stinkin' cute! Thanks for Sharing.

    Life is beautiful,

  16. beautiful ashley! love the blocks :) love you!

  17. Wow - these are just absolutely beautiful!! I love every unique one of them! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog...I am now following you as well :)