30 March 2016

We're 'Hip to be Square!' at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! Over at Frilly and Funkie we are turning back time because it's 'Hip to be Square!' Our host for this challenge is the wonderful Cec Wintonyk. Here's what she 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."

The Design Team will vote for their top four picks, the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three receiving badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into a draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. So plenty of reasons to enter! And there's still time, with the challenge being open for another week.

This one certainly was a challenge for me as I didn't realise quite how often I reach for brown inks, paints and crayons! Undeterred I reached for the brightest of the Distress Crayons and got to work to create this square canvas...


Inspired by the movement of luminous colour in lava lamps, I layered a Doily die cut over a piece of card stamped with the matching Doily image. I then matched that stamping with more onto the canvas base. Then it was time to add the Distress Crayons; the colours blended beautifully (Mustard Seed, Mermaid Lagoon, Festive Berries and Seedless Preserves) creating extra shades where they overlapped. If you are blending crayons to create intense colours on a canvas or card I suggest two things - a thin base of gesso or similar does wonders as it doesn't grab the crayon as quickly as regular card in my experience, and you need to be generous with the amount of colour applied to get a good coverage (more is definitely more!)



On the central panel you'll also see; a rub of Picket Fence Distress Crayon over the die cut Doily and a little dilute Black Soot Distress Crayon around the edge to make it pop; the same colours used to create a base for the stitched lines and circles; a splattering of Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain; die cut Wildflower 'silhouettes'; and layering/lettering using Mustard Seed Coredinations card.



The rest of the Funkie side of the DT have come up with amazing projects of their own so make sure you hop on over to Frilly and Funkie to see them. Then it's your turn to get 'Hip to be Square' and dig your retro side to be in with a chance to win. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

For now take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx



26 comments:

  1. Wow, very psychedelic with the depth of vibrant colours, this is a fabulous reminder of those hippy days but love how you have brought it up to date with new products and designs, really clever. Beautifully put together my friend xx

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  2. I am in love with this.... So vibrant, wonderful layout! Just fabulous Jenny! Xx

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  3. Fantastic card with a wonderful background to show off the other elements.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  4. This was the first post I saw this morning Jenny and it really did make me smile. Gorgeous gorgeous blended colours, you really have shown how to get the best out of the new crayons, love it. Mo x

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  5. Wow Jenny, I am just blown away by this one!! Those colours are brilliant and I love the subtle doily stamping in the background!! Gorgeous design! hugs :)

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  6. Brilliant! Love the gorgeous colors in the background and the doilies do look like the bubbles in the lava lamp. Fabulous hip canvas!

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  7. It's like stepping into a rainbow! Just glorious use of color, pattern, texture and layers! It makes me think of the iconic musical Godspell...my all time fave. This is totally groovy!

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  8. I love everything about this card, Jenny! The colors and the dolly on the background with the flowers are amazing! Hope you had a wonderful Easter! Hugs!

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  9. Oh wow, this is absolutely gorgeous!! I love, love the colors!! The details and layers are perfect!! What a fabulous project this is!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  10. The colours certainly made me smile Jenny, I have never been into lava lamps but I do love psychedelic colours! IThe silhouetted flowers look amazing against that wonderfully crayon coloured background. Brilliant work! Anne xx

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  11. Yummy colours gorgeousness xxxx

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  12. Golly, I had to do a double take that this was yours Jenny! It's really fabulous!!! You've rocked the theme. Nicola x

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  13. Wow Jenny! I love the versatility of your art. You can go from soft, pastelish colors to bright, bold ones and the quality of your art doesn't suffer one bit. This bright square is awesome. You've totally rocked the theme of including at least one square in your project. Love it!

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  14. Beautiful card Jenny, the colours are so zingy ! Sue C x

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  15. Beyond fabulousfabulous... Glorious color and texturetexture!!!!

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  16. Wow, Jenny, this is spot on with the challenge theme with the brilliant colors, the psychedelic design, the inspiration from a lava lamp and the repetition of the square. Just gorgeous and truly inspiring! Hugs!

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  17. Far out, Jenny! You totally nailed it. LOVE the colors and I'm in awe of what you did with the new distress crayons! The way you used the doily stamping and die cut is so cool. The black wildflower silhouettes are perfect!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  18. HUge LOVE for this ! Jenny You really have nailed the Challenge theme and created a Stunning piece. One of my all time faves I think .
    hugs x

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  19. This piece is gorgeous! I can't believe how vibrant the distress Crayons turned out! Wonderful use of the doily die cuts.

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  20. It's like stepping into a D.I.S.C.O! LOVE LOVE LOVE the colours and the black silhouettes of the wildflowers. Love the stitching too. <3

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  21. This is absolutely amazing...love, love, love the colors and how you've used the silhouettes, Jenny!

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  22. Gorgeous project Jenny! Love the burst of vibrant colors! Such a stunning scene! So artsy and creative!

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  23. This is absolutely stunning!! I would easily purchase that if I found it in a store!! I'm fairly new to crafting and mixed media and I love seeing what others create! I have the Distress Crayons but am stumbling to use them. Not sure how or where to start. Do you do videos of your crafting? I'd love to see this being made. Thanks for sharing your amazing talents, Jenny!! Happy Crafting everyone!! :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment and feedback! I haven't done a video of this but will look at putting one together to share some hints and tips on using the Distress Crayons xx

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  24. I love everything about this card, Jenny! The colors and the dolly on the background with the flowers are amazing! Hope you had a wonderful Easter! Hugs!
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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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