20 August 2014

Hip to be Square at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome to Wednesday and thank you for joining me. I'm back with a flurry of posts and DT projects over the coming few days, all of which have been keeping me out of mischief!

First up is the current Frilly and Funkie challenge (hosted by yours truly) which is entitled 'Hip to be Square'. For this challenge we want you to create a 3D vintage or shabby chic project based on a cube shape. The Design Team have used Artist Trading Block cubes but let's be clear, you can use your own templates, dies or hand cut cubes if you would prefer. Decorate, embellish and alter them in any way you choose as long as they are cube shaped and have a vintage or shabby chic feel. As an added bonus this fortnight we are teaming up with our friends at 'The Artists on the Block'. They have a dedicated Design Team using Eileen Hull Designs cubes (and many other 3D die cut shapes) in incredibly imaginative ways so make sure you take a look for some added inspiration. And with their companion challenge blog 'Art With Heart' having an 'Anything Goes' theme this month you've got the option to enter your creations there as well to be in with a chance to win a brand new Eileen Hull Designs die!

And so to my set of boxes... you may have seen the remarkable block projects created by the Frilly team last week - talk about setting the standard! I knew only the best would do to match up this week and so began an often frustrating yet ultimately fulfilling few days beavering away. Inspiration came in part from a US tv show called 'Sin City Motors' where a workshop team in Las Vegas breath new life into vintage cars, embracing every imperfection and quirky design twist imaginable (well I do live in a house with four males who love cars!) And then there was Tim Holtz' August tag, all steampunk and rusty. In my head, then, formed a partial vision of old motor vehicles, rusted metals and travel.


For the smallest box I used Tim's riveted metal technique, adding extra dabs of alcohol ink after rubbing back the original layer. The top looks ultra-ornate with its filigree metal corners and ring fastener (all altered with Distress Paint to match). As all of these cubes open to allow for future use as gift containers each one has been lined with paper or paint to match.



The next box became a travel trunk, complete with Tim's faux kraft suede technique and tons of Rusty Hinge Distress Stain. I added an extra 'lid' to make it look more realistic and included little travel stickers cut from the Menagerie Paper Stash. Finally it was fastened with an inked grunge paper strap and Idea-Ology buckle, with matching 'feet' added for stability.



Next box up, and I used my version of Tim's eroded metallic technique from the June 2014 issue of Craft Stamper magazine (Rachel of Fisher's Cards and Crafts has also made fantastic use of this technique for her entry into the current CS Take It, Make It August challenge). The added extras included a sprinkle of Verdigris embossing powder and a swipe of Watering Can Archival Ink. The 3D car atop is my tribute to the 'Rat Rods' created on that tv show I mentioned earlier and Wendy Vecchi's 'Licence Plate Art' words were a perfect fit with the theme. I love mixing Distress Paint, Ink and Embossing Powders to create rusted and aged effects on arrows, cogs and washers!



The final, largest box is the one based on Tim's August Tag and pretty much follows his colour choices but this time teamed with Brett Weldele's 'Racer Girl' stamp set. All the metal embellishments were altered with matching Distress Paints and I added a little tag to the handle cut using the Tim Holtz Framelits Tag Collection and some Remnant Rub Ons. Funnily enough this block didn't look completely finished until I roughed up the edges!








So those are my blocks/cubes/boxes and now it's time to flip over to the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to see what my Funkie team mates have come up with for this theme (they're awesome again by the way!) Don't forget, when you enter this challenge you've got that added option of entering the 'Art With Heart' challenge too giving you more ways to win.

As for me, I'll be entering Tim Holtz' 12 Tags of 2014 August Tag challenge

Hopefully see you again tomorrow, but for now, take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx



44 comments:

  1. Jenny these are gorgeous, love the theme and the colours you have used here . I love all he boxes and how cool that they have such a range of techniques on them . gorgeous x

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  2. Worn and rusted to perfection, Jenny. Absolutely brilliant!

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  3. Wow!! These ATBs are awesome Jenny!! Such fabulous techniques, I really love the metal one, it looks so real. Also really love the eroded metal technique, the colours are amazing and then the last one, stupendous and the little suitcase!! Darn, I love the lot and cannot pick a fave ... each and every one is just brilliant!! ox

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  4. All of these are stunning Jenny. So many wonderful techniques to inspire us.

    Love Chrissie x

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  5. Amazing Amazing Amazing...each one is a treasured work of art...hugs kath xxx

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  6. Once again I think I am lost for words! Your ATBs are stupendous Jenny, I love each one for different reasons but the jalopy one is incredible - my friend's dad had an ancient Model T Ford that he used to take us for rides in and it took me right back to those days..... sigh. You and the F&F team have really produced some of the most fantastic ATBs I have ever seen - mine pale to insignificance in comparison!! Fabulous work Jenny. Hugs, Anne xx

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  7. Over the moon fantastic Jenny, you have out done yourself with this set!!!! Totally brilliant and great inspiration!!! LOVE!!!!!

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  8. What a unique boxes with each one of them in a great style. Precious details Jenny!
    greetings, Alie

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  9. Stunning boxes Jenny! Love all the detail, the rust, the embossing, the colours, the gears ....oh everything!!

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  10. This is beyond words Jenny. Waauw fantastic, stunning.
    Hugs veerle xxx

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  11. I adore these Jenny such an array of techniques and I adore that dimensional car on the too. The grungy appearance us perfect and I adore the metal. Fantastic pieces. Tracy x

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  12. OMG! I don't even know what to SAY! This is just unbelievable! Wow! One is better than the next! My absolute fave is the Rusty square that uses Tim's Techniques from the August Tag. Just incredible!

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  13. I'm at a loss for words Jenny! I am so in love with these boxes, each one is unique and perfectly made! Props to you all around! :)

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  14. These boxes are amazing, Jenny! I love the grungy look! So very cool! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

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  15. oh my word Jenny - just one box would have been stunning - but all four and each so different and detailed in its own way! fabulous! I love them! hugs rachel x

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  16. Just picking my jaw up off the floor........these are just stunning.....it's hard to pick a favourite but I do love the large one with those fabulous stamps.
    Wonderful details and techniques Jenny.....love them x

    TFS and crafty hugs
    Annie x

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  17. Wow, jaw dropping, stunning and sensational! So a box has 6 sides, that is 24 sides you have done to perfection. Amazing Jenny, don't really know what else to say. Nikki xx

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  18. Oh! My! Word! Jenny, I do not have enough adjectives to describe these creations.
    Each one is more stunning than the next.
    You are one talented lady.
    Hugs

    Patricia xxx

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  19. Oh Jenny, your boxes are deliciously grungy and look absolutely spectacular! xxx

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  20. Wow, Jenny, each one is stunningly creative, how fabulous are they? Adorable and amazing! Ruth x

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  21. A fabulous set of boxes Jenny, love all the details and wonderful finishes.
    Avril xx

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  22. These are fabulously awesome! I love your grungy boxes and the fact that they all have differences. So cool!

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  23. Brilliantly done Jenny! These look like perfect vintage grunge. Wonderful range of techniques employed, you have sure gone many an extra mile and they look exceptional for it. Nicola x

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  24. Absolutely stunning! Jenny...loved all the boxes, a closer look at them and the textures and finish is just too good!

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  25. oh my Jenny! What a collection of amazing projects! Love all the distressing and aged metal look!

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  26. WOW, fabulous boxes you have made! =) All of them are unique in their own way and all the details are perfect!
    Hugs, Elenor

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  27. These are stunning Jenny, fabulous techniques perfectly executed and what FUN pieces xx

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  28. O gosh Jenny...I missed so many awesome posts here...I really admire your talent! Hugs

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  29. Fabulous boxes! The way you give them an old age is fantastic! It's going to let me try, though until now I didn't find a real interest for ATB...Thanks!

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  30. Jaw hit the ground, Jenny! I am in total awe over these boxes and all the details that went into each one! Love, love love and the stacked layered up car is the icing on the cake! Hugs!

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  31. Wow so many boxes and so many techniques - just wonderful

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  32. Holy moly, I'm completely gobsmacked! These are absolutely incredible. SO much creativity and attention to detail, wonderful design details! I can't say I love one thing or another so I'll just say I LOVE EVERYTHING, every tiny detail is so perfect. What an amazing inspiration for our visitors this week!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  33. I just adore each and every one of your boxes here Jenny!! what great rusting going on - love the metal one - the travel trunk - that marvelous little car one - SO creative and fun! thanks for letting me know about the challenge! I linked my Halloween box ;)

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  34. Such a gorgeous creation! Love all the fabulous details you created. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

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  35. Absolutely brilliant Jenny, just love these xxx

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  36. Wow Jenny, these are amazing!! Love all the wonderful texture and distressing. The dimensional car is gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!!

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  37. How did I miss this post? WOWZERS!!! Each box is awesome Jenny! LOVE the metal and vintage feel, and that jalopy on top is fantastic!

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  38. Hi Jenny, I know I left a comment on FB but I had to come have a closer look at these boxes! They are just gorgeous with all the texture and details that you included! It's obvious that you latched onto this theme once you got started!

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  39. These are sjust all so cool!! I love them. Did I mention they are cool? And fabulous? =D

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  40. Jenny, these are amazing! The variety and richness are just stunning. So glad I didn't miss them. Off to pin so I can enjoy another day.

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  41. Oh my word... your best ever, for me! Just brilliant from top to bottom. An utterly fabulous set of industrial grunge ATBs. Love, love, love them!
    Alison xx

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  42. You managed the rustic vintage look beautifully! Now how are you going to bring yourself to giving them away?

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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