Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Artist Trading Block

The new challenge starts today at Frilly and Funkie and this time Jenny is our hostess. She is calling it Hip to be Square and she wants you to create a 3D vintage or shabby chic project based on a cube shape.

The Design Team have used Artist Trading Block cubes (available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and further discounted by 15% for the length of this challenge) 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.

For this challenge 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. Their companion challenge blog 'Art With Heart' is having an 'Anything Goes' theme this month so 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!"

My little box is only 2 1/2 inches square on each side so I decided to go over the top and create a super-sized peony for the top.  I am going to be hosting the Saturday Step X Step feature at Frilly and Funkie on August 16th so come back then to see how I made the flower and put all of this together.

I am going to enter my project in the following challenges:

Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes (must be square or rectangular)
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
My Craft Spot - 3D Flowers

Edited to add:

Art With Heart Challenge - Anything Goes

In the meantime, I will tell you that I got all of these products from The Funkie Junkie Boutique to make my little block.


  1. I am completely in love with this gem and am SO GLAD you're stepping it out on Saturday as I NEED to know how you decorated your cube and how that flower came together. Completely gorgeous and so inspiring Cec! Jenny x

  2. Your ATB is just gorgeous Cec and I cannot wait to see how you made that fabulous flower on top! Anne x

  3. Absolutely delightful Cec. What a fun project you have created. I love the colors and that peony is drop dead amazing - completely gorgeous! Terrific take on Jenny's fun cube challenge!


  4. wow wow wowwwwww.......this is gorgeous!!!!!! I love this kind of projects. Really gorgeous!!!!

  5. Oh CEC... I love the flowers... but I am sure you know that... and the colors and all the 'goodies' all over this box... how beautiful this is... I am so excited to get started on mine... still up in the air about what to create... yours really has me going... LOVE IT ALL... Thanks so much for sharing.. .Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  6. Wow, Cec!! You totally rocked this ATB challenge!! Your handmade peony is WAY gorgeous! I can't wait to see your step by step on your beautiful box.

  7. lovely project thanks for sharing with FTT this week rachel dt

  8. A stunning project Cec!!
    I've never seen these blocks before, but this one is gorgeous!
    Thanks for joining the TTCRD challenges.

  9. Loving your little box and the flower is gorgeous.
    Happy crafting, @Felix the Crafty Cat x

  10. This is really beautiful! I just love your big shabby peony on the top and your butterflies are so lovely! Wonderful project! :)

  11. What a stunning project! This is my first time seeing these blocks.. what a lovely canvas to create from! Your flower is spectacular and I love the embossed butterflies and sweet sentiment! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us at My Craft Spot!

    Hugs and blessings,

  12. Wow! Your cube is gorgeous! The flower is so pretty! Such lovely details!

    Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot!

    Small Bits of Paper

  13. Beautiful! I love your pretty flower and the way you arranged everything on top of you cube! Thanks for joining the fun at My Craft Spot!


  14. A lovely tutorial... but are you aware of the fact how you are getting so many of us addicted to creating these blocks of FUN... yikes... I love all of yours... how many have you created now... I am going on my fourth this week!!!! I am ADDICTED And proud of it.. thanks for your HELP... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  15. What a gorgeous bloom on your lovely box Cec!

  16. Hi Cec, your box is beautiful and I LOVE the peony on top! That's the favorite flower of a friend of mine so I can't wait to have a look at your tutorial. Maybe I can craft her a permanent bouquet!


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