Artist Trading Blocks Blog Hop

Using Artist Trading Blocks by Eileen Hull for Sizzix by Carolyn Dube

Have you heard of Artist Trading Blocks?  These ATB’s are full of possibilities that let you create 3D!  This 15 blog hop will show you just some of the possibilities.

How’d I make that ATB?  It’s a die designed by Eileen Hull for Sizzix that will released in January.  You can see more ATB’s on their website here.

Using Artist Trading Blocks by Eileen Hull for Sizzix by Carolyn Dube


It was so easy to use StencilGirl stencils on it since it is wonderfully flat.   I put a random assortment of stencils all over it, added a touch of rubber stamping, and then white washed it all with gesso.  Just a bit of doubled sided tape and it was a perfect cube.

Once I had the box finished I attached the body parts.  The legs were made with another Sizzix die, the Garden Fairy.  The head and arms were doll parts I’ve had in a drawer for too long.  The ATB character needs a name.  Love to hear your ideas!

Using Artist Trading Blocks by Eileen Hull for Sizzix by Carolyn Dube


This blog hop has awesome giveaways.  One lucky winner will receive a Sizzix square box die (3 1/4″ block) designed by Eileen Hull, a package of matboard, Mary Beth Shaw’s NEW book Stencil Girl and (4) 4″ x 4″ stencils!  Best part, you get 1 entry for every blog in the hop that you comment on by Friday, December 13th at 11:59PM Central Time.

Then there are more giveaways…I’ve got four 4×4 stencils from StencilGirl that I am giving away.  It’s a surprise which four.  I’ll draw randomly some time on Sunday so get your comments in before then.  There might be other bonus giveaways so be sure to check out all the blogs in the hop!

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75 Responses to Artist Trading Blocks Blog Hop

  1. Eileen Hull says:

    Carolyn I love what you did with the block- would never have thought to make a doll… have to think about a name for her. That saying is so true- and I love her necklace! Thanks for rocking the block with us :-)

  2. Ruth L says:

    Amazing ATB doll Carolyn, well suggestion of name: as you cut the legs with the Garden Fairy die and the color came out so beautiful, what about Fairy-Blue…

  3. Victoria Sturdevant says:

    Very cute! Such a creative block.

  4. Bernice says:

    I love how everyone’s interpretation is different on this blog hop

  5. Daryl says:

    Looks like so much fun to create with these items. So much creativity already on this blog hop.

  6. Dawn Gold says:

    Isn’t she the cutest ATB doll, such an imagination, Love her Carolyn x

  7. candy says:

    spent a few minutes going thru the blogs on these blocks and they are wonderful. A great way to do some personal expression. Thanks

  8. Amy* says:

    Oh Carolyn you colorful creative genius you! I adore the fact that you made art in 3-D even more so with Doll parts! It makes me want to sing early 90′s Courtney Love songs to you! Ooh ooh! There’s a good name… Courtney “Loves” Art on The Block :)

    Fabulous creation! Once again I’m smitten by your way with color and a touch green with envy over your cool doll parts. My drawers are full of “stuff” but severely lacking in the doll parts department..,ha!


  9. Although I have seen this a few times now….EVERY time I look at it I get a HUGE smile on my face!! So SO creative!

  10. butterfly says:

    She is so much fun – what a fabulous use of that great new die!
    Alison x

  11. TOO much fun! And the saying is oh-so-true. Love it.

  12. Delightful, Carolyn!!

    The first name that popped into my mind for her was “ArtistTradingGirl!” :)

  13. Mary Dean says:

    That’s so cool. It looked like it was fun to make. Thanks for the giveaway. I enjoy your vids!

  14. Judy Shea says:

    What a blast! You always make me smile. How about “Betty”?

  15. Susie F says:

    Shes so cute. There are many places to buy supplies to make dolls like this. So many, so little time.

  16. What an awesome new die! I love your interpretation!

  17. She’s just the Belle of the Ball, isn’t she? Love those super sturdy legs and her fab body. You really did think outside the box!

  18. Lorrie Jonas says:

    love your page,thank you for the chance to win! love your page..

  19. Oh man is this a cool ATB! I love what you did and it is so up to par for what we all expect from you!! You are such a talented artist and I always enjoy your work!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  20. Linda Cain says:

    Oh, now this really ROCKS! Very cool idea!


  21. So fun! Love that you made it into a person with your usual touch of whimsy shining through. She looks like a Shelley” to me…

  22. Corrine says:

    LOVE, adore, this doll….Great take on the project. xox

  23. What an interesting idea for sparking creativity. I’d love to play along.

  24. Lynda says:

    Cute, cute, cute! Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. Theresa H says:

    Hi Carolyn, Such a cute doll! I’m inspired to make a Steampunk & Inspirational Quote version. Thanks for the chance to win.

  26. Joyce says:

    I love how you thought outside the “box”. :) Love your dolly!! I can hardly wait until this die is released.

  27. Beautiful Carolyn! I love the addition of the doll parts!

  28. Cindy Rescorl says:

    So crafty! Thanks for sharing!

  29. Pamela says:

    How cute is your “new girl on the block” idea, Carolyn!

  30. Marlene Moore says:

    I love the fun creative way you used your block, super cool :)

  31. Vickie Kammerer says:

    Really love how went 3 -D with this block. Never would have thought of that.

  32. Vickie Kammerer says:

    I love how you went 3-D with this block and made it a doll. Never would have thought of that.

  33. Sheila says:

    what fun! – a name, maybe the ‘timekeeper’s sister”

  34. Chandra says:

    Oh wow! This is a cool box. Then you are going to swap it with another artist? Sounds fun! I like the flower stencil it’s beautiful. Hopping along…

  35. marylouh says:

    I had to smile as I scrolled down the post. Love the idea of a “box” girl. Clever and very pretty. thanks for sharing.

  36. Catherine Etter says:

    Lovely, yes please!!!!!!

  37. Denise Spullane says:

    I am so excited! A new thing to play with! I was surprised you whitewashed your usual bright colors but it looks awesome. I love the legs. I am going to see what the rest of the hoppers did now. Love

  38. Jackie N says:

    As always Carolyn! Your art is amazing! I love your block doll!

  39. Stefanie says:

    ooh – she’s fab!! such a different take on the block – shows how versatile these ATBs are going to be :)
    I think she looks like a Cecile

  40. Renee Zarate says:

    What a doll face! I think she looks like a Helen.

  41. Super creative. You did a great job.

  42. Nan G says:

    You’ve rocked the block, Carolyn!

  43. Kirsten Reed says:

    A doll!! How clever and fun ~ just like you! Love what you did here!

  44. Caroline D. says:

    What a super fun creation!!!

  45. Eva says:

    What a funky doll!

    I feel she has a lot of attitude and somehow reminds me of the 50′s movies so I am thinking “Lola” or maybe “Lela”

  46. Willow says:

    Yours is an adorable creation using both the new die and a bunch of stencils!!! I love everything about it!!!

  47. kelly Booth says:

    LOVE this so Fun……

  48. Peggy Mcdevitt says:

    Wonderful artwork on this blog hop. Would love to win all of the goodies, thank you so much.

  49. Kay Wallace says:

    Totally love this, Carolyn!

  50. Rebecca Buchanan says:

    I love the earlier comment on how clever you were to think ‘outside the box.’ Very, very nice. These are all so inspiring.

  51. debby says:

    What??? ATB’s? That’s a new one for me! Yours is exceptional and lovely.

  52. Monica says:

    I freaking love this…wow just wow…

  53. Raine says:

    That looks like fun! Yours is adorable. Love the watch part as a necklace.

  54. Edie says:

    This is an awesome die and I love how you have used it as a scaffold for w doll. I hope to win so I can push boundaries too!


  55. Jane Ellen says:

    This really looks like fun. Can’t wait for the die to come on the market. Yet another something to inspire me (as though there aren’t enough already- just sayin’….) But I do love it…..gelli prints, stencils, lots of color. Oh boy!

  56. Teresa R says:

    What a darling ATB doll! Love the quote

  57. Saranne says:

    Call her Marilyn, she’s awesome!

  58. Karen D says:

    This doll is so clever, what a great way to use the block die. Not sure of a name, needs to be something with a steampunk flavour though I think; or what about Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz who realised what she had after her time in Oz.

  59. Linda on the Prairie says:

    3D to the max!

  60. JKW says:

    This takes making ‘dolls’ to a whole new level. I like her. Blessings, Janet PPF (I make cloth dolls

  61. Marsha says:

    Your block is so creative and has inspired many interpretations, which is what art is all about. I have already begun to create my own little story….

  62. Jane says:

    Very creative!

  63. julie m says:

    like the doll. how about Fiona Four Legs?

  64. Ann Lessner says:

    This is so cool! I had never heard of an atb! Im off to find more

  65. Marykay says:

    Hahaha. This is so funny and cool. The arms remind me of a necklace i once made

  66. Wendy says:

    So creative! I love the idea of turning the block into a doll. Beautiful!

  67. Carolyn: You always inspire me with your creativity!! Well done on this one.

  68. Lura Brown says:

    i just love this blog hop and new product….so much fun, what amazing things everyone has come up with. sure hope i win to try my hand at it all. thank you for the chances. xoxo

  69. Miriam Prantner says:

    What a beautiful finish on the blocks, a really unique project!

  70. Cat Graves says:

    I am just amazed at all the incarnations of these Artist Trading Blocks! Your doll is so beautiful…so creative. But then you always are so creative! I so look forward to everyone of your postings! Thanks!

  71. Denise Smart says:

    Super cute idea for the block