Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Hip to be square !

Today we're kicking off the second week of the Frilly and Funkie challenge and Cec is our lovely host and is taking us back in time to the 60's and 70's when colours were bright and flares were wide ! Here's what Cec has to say:

Let's go retro and make a project influenced by the brighter colours and/or images and patterns of the hippie era of the late 1960's/early 1970's. Your project must either be square or include at least one square element.

With this in mind I looked on Pinterest to give me a little push in the right direction.

The substrate I've used is a small Artemio wooden frame, they're great for altering as they are a solid base to stamp on to. I started by giving it a coat of Gesso then I used masking tape to create a chequered style effect. Then pink Dylusions paint was dabbed over the masking tape, the tape was removed then yellow Dylusions paint was dabbed over the top of everything, sending the pink a lovely orangey shade !

 This is the reverse of the frame after the yellow Dylusions paint has been applied.

 Linda has had some fabulous new products in The Funkie Junkie Boutique and one of them is these wonderful flower stamps from Heartfelt Creations. I used the largest of the flowers from the Arianna set and stamped over the frame using black Archival ink.

The centre panel is a piece of white card that has had the same Dylusions paint blended over it and then it's been stamped with one of the smaller flowers from the same stamp set. The sentiment is from Wendy Vecchi's The Gift of Art set.

 To add some bling to the project I've used the Prima Fresh Orange metallique paint. As the paint is translucent it let's the colours below show through but gives a lovely sheen.

The flower is made using the same Heartfelt Creations stamp set, the individual flowers have been stamped onto white card painted with Dylusions paint. The orange flowers have been painted with the Prima paint to add some sheen and the centre flower is a metal embellishment that I've painted with Brass, Fresh Orange and Gold Rush Prima Metallique acrylic paint.  The leaves are Tando pieces that have been painted with Green Olive Prima Metallique acrylic paint.

The metal corner embellishment has also been painted with the Prima paints, it started out as a dull, vintage piece and the paints have gilded it beautifully. The pearls on the inner area have also been painted with the Prima paints. I then used a Lindy's Stamp Gang spray and spritzed the whole piece.

I think this is as bright as I could get for this project ! I hope you have chance to share your inner hippie and do make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to check the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.


  1. What a wonderful reverse frame Sue! Love the way you've used the squares on the background and the repeat stamping of the flower x

  2. Beautiful shadow box! Those bright colors and lovely big flowers really shine in your design! Gorgeous stylish take on the retro style!

  3. Always so inspirational. Loved the colours of the lemon and pink and then the orange colour. Loving that big flower stamp and how you've created this gorgeous project, thanks x

  4. This color palette is absolute perfection! The bold orange flower, the layered squares on the base, all the amazing stamping and! I love this, Sue!

  5. Such SUPER colors Sue... so enjoy how you turned your pink to orange!!! What a great sentiment! Such a lovely RETRO project - totally reminds me of my flower child days!!! I graduated in 69'and I would say that you hit this era right on the head girl!!! XXj.

  6. love this - wasn't sure about the colours at first but it works brilliantly! Big hugs Rachel x

  7. Oh wow Sue, this is gorgeous, love the colours and that beautiful flower. Xx

  8. Bold and BEAUTIFUL. Love how you've tied this to the square element of the challenge theme by masking off your squares on the background. Gorgeous flower!

  9. Oooh, flower power, baby! You really captured it here, Sue! Love the way you used the Heartfelt flower stamps on the frame. Gorgeous work with the new Prima paints too. I've heard they are fantastic, but haven't tried them yet. Totally groovy piece!


  10. Beautiful project! I love the bright 'fuchsia' in the flower contrasting with the orange.

  11. Fantastic use of the frame Sue and the bold colours are perfectly retro. You really channeled your inner hippie. ;)

  12. Love how you've used the reverse of the frame, Sue! Fabulous color combo and I love that big bloom!