Thursday, May 17, 2012


I have a fun project today using one of the gorgeous Nouveau Girls from Some Odd Girl!  This one is Renew and she was released last month in a clear stamp.  I love using real stamps because I can be posh about the paper I use - unfortunately, my printer is too picky about the paper it will accept when printing digi stamps so it's always blissful to enjoy a good blending card stock.  :D  Anyway, back to my project... today is my day to post a project on the SOG Blog and whit is what I made.

The project I made today is a gift for a teacher which I call an A+ Grading Block and can be very helpful when grading papers!  All the teacher has to do is spin the dial on the top to figure out which grade to give to the students.  LOL  I thought it would be a fun desk decoration and even the students would love to come up and give it a spin, I'm sure.

I had made a similar one before using Grow (click HERE) but I needed at least one more so my girls would stop fighting over which one got to give it to their teacher.  :D  Luckily it was Teacher Appreciation week last week so they each got a block with some goodies.  I started off with a 3"x3" wooden cube and covered each side with decorative paper.  Then I used an inkpad to age the edges with a dark brown.

The image on the top is Take a Spin from Stampin' Up and I added a spinner I found in my stash.  This time I mounted the spinning wheel on a petite scalloped circle and added a banner tag on the top with a charm.  The spinning wheel is popped up to leave room for the twine and still give it a flat plane to spin freely.

On one of the sides I stamped a label with the Chandelier from Stampavie then wrapped the label around the corner to spill over on the other side. This side uses a busy decorative paper and I wanted rulers to show so I tried not to cover them up too much and added some ribbon roses and a few sparkling gems.

The side that the label spins over on I added more details and also used the daisy accessory stamps that come with Renew from Some Odd Girl.  Then I used a couple more diecuts including the grass and dress form which I covered with burlap linen fabric.  This side was basically finished except I had two ribbon roses left over and couldn't let them go to waste.  The grass diecut was just the right size to wrap around the other side of the block so I thought why not?!

The final side uses a Protractor stamp from Jenni Bowlin which I also thought was perfect to tie in with the teacher theme.  I don't remember where the banner diecut came from but I used dimensions to apply them to the block then added two Baker's Twine bows on the end.  Then to fill in some gaps I used more of the daisy stamps from Renew, some gems plus a tiara sticker.

I think that sums up everything I used for the project.  It was actually really simple to make and a lot like making five different tags.  They were a big hit with the teachers so I'm glad that they enjoyed them.  Now I have two more cubes left and will have to come up with something new... any ideas?

Thanks for coming by and checking out my project.  I hope you've been inspired and don't forget about the fun festivities coming up with weekend too - it's going to be a smashing fun day!  (May 19, SOG FB Party).


  1. Fantastic!!! I love all of the sides :) I've never made a cube but you definitely have me thinking. Love the colors.

  2. Hi Barbara! Beautiful project, I understand the teacher appriciated it! It is gorgeous! And fun! hugs Sandra

  3. Barbara, this is F A N T A S T I C...hugs! Leah Ann

  4. amazing, that must have taken you aaaaages Barbara!

  5. Fabulous creation.


Welcome to my gallery and thanks for your comments! :-D I love reading each one of them.