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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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  • Eileen Hull December 11, 2013, 1:29 am

    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 🙂

  • Ruth L December 11, 2013, 2:45 am

    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…

  • Victoria Sturdevant December 11, 2013, 2:46 am

    Very cute! Such a creative block.

  • Bernice December 11, 2013, 4:43 am

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

  • Daryl December 11, 2013, 7:14 am

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

  • Dawn Gold December 11, 2013, 7:14 am

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

  • candy December 11, 2013, 7:26 am

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

  • stamping sue December 11, 2013, 7:41 am

    creative use of ATB
    stamping sue

  • Amy* December 11, 2013, 8:44 am

    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!


  • froebelsternchen December 11, 2013, 9:08 am

    AMAZING Carolyn!

  • Maria McGuire December 11, 2013, 9:11 am

    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!

  • butterfly December 11, 2013, 9:25 am

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

  • Mary Beth Shaw December 11, 2013, 9:32 am

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

  • Mary C. Nasser December 11, 2013, 9:59 am

    Delightful, Carolyn!!

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

  • Mary Dean December 11, 2013, 10:15 am

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

  • Judy Shea December 11, 2013, 10:38 am

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

  • Susie F December 11, 2013, 10:56 am

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

  • tammy murdock December 11, 2013, 11:16 am

    What an awesome new die! I love your interpretation!

  • Marjie Kemper December 11, 2013, 11:16 am

    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!

  • Lorrie Jonas December 11, 2013, 11:21 am

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

  • Christine Kiehl December 11, 2013, 11:23 am

    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!

  • Linda Cain December 11, 2013, 11:34 am

    Oh, now this really ROCKS! Very cool idea!


  • Jessica Sporn December 11, 2013, 11:38 am

    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…

  • Corrine December 11, 2013, 11:58 am

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

  • Sarah Lynch December 11, 2013, 12:14 pm

    She is gorgeous!

  • Sharry Miller December 11, 2013, 12:28 pm

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

  • Lynda December 11, 2013, 12:31 pm

    Cute, cute, cute! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Theresa H December 11, 2013, 1:06 pm

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

  • Joyce December 11, 2013, 1:24 pm

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

  • Linda Kittmer December 11, 2013, 1:57 pm

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

  • Cindy Rescorl December 11, 2013, 2:02 pm

    So crafty! Thanks for sharing!

  • Pamela December 11, 2013, 2:13 pm

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

  • Marlene Moore December 11, 2013, 2:14 pm

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

  • Vickie Kammerer December 11, 2013, 2:34 pm

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

  • Vickie Kammerer December 11, 2013, 2:35 pm

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

  • Sheila December 11, 2013, 2:35 pm

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

  • Chandra December 11, 2013, 3:10 pm

    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…

  • marylouh December 11, 2013, 3:19 pm

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

  • Catherine Etter December 11, 2013, 3:24 pm

    Lovely, yes please!!!!!!

  • Susie Bentz December 11, 2013, 3:31 pm

    So clever!

  • Denise Spullane December 11, 2013, 3:33 pm

    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

  • Jackie N December 11, 2013, 3:56 pm

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

  • Stefanie December 11, 2013, 4:02 pm

    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

  • Renee Zarate December 11, 2013, 4:25 pm

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

  • Monica Lowrance December 11, 2013, 4:41 pm

    Super creative. You did a great job.

  • Nan G December 11, 2013, 4:42 pm

    You’ve rocked the block, Carolyn!

  • Kirsten Reed December 11, 2013, 5:04 pm

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

  • Caroline D. December 11, 2013, 5:16 pm

    What a super fun creation!!!

  • Eva December 11, 2013, 5:24 pm

    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”

  • Willow December 11, 2013, 6:07 pm

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

  • kelly Booth December 11, 2013, 6:21 pm

    LOVE this so Fun……

  • Peggy Mcdevitt December 11, 2013, 6:23 pm

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

  • Kay Wallace December 11, 2013, 6:25 pm

    Totally love this, Carolyn!

  • Rebecca Buchanan December 11, 2013, 7:39 pm

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

  • debby December 11, 2013, 7:46 pm

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

  • Monica December 11, 2013, 7:46 pm

    I freaking love this…wow just wow…

  • Raine December 11, 2013, 7:57 pm

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

  • Edie December 11, 2013, 7:59 pm

    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!


  • Jane Ellen December 11, 2013, 8:17 pm

    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!

  • Teresa R December 11, 2013, 9:03 pm

    What a darling ATB doll! Love the quote

  • Saranne December 11, 2013, 10:40 pm

    Call her Marilyn, she’s awesome!

  • Karen D December 12, 2013, 3:01 am

    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.

  • Linda on the Prairie December 12, 2013, 7:53 am

    3D to the max!

  • JKW December 12, 2013, 8:33 am

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

  • Marsha December 12, 2013, 10:00 am

    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….

  • Jane December 12, 2013, 1:57 pm

    Very creative!

  • julie m December 12, 2013, 5:39 pm

    like the doll. how about Fiona Four Legs?

  • Ann Lessner December 12, 2013, 7:27 pm

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

  • Marykay December 12, 2013, 11:28 pm

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

  • Wendy December 13, 2013, 12:08 am

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

  • Sharon Lynn Williams December 13, 2013, 12:12 am

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

  • Lura Brown December 13, 2013, 12:28 am

    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

  • Miriam Prantner December 13, 2013, 7:07 pm

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

  • Cat Graves December 14, 2013, 10:18 pm

    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!

  • Denise Smart December 15, 2013, 10:46 am

    Super cute idea for the block