Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Hip to be Square

It is time for the next challenge at Frilly and Funkie and this time I am the hostess.  I am calling this one Hip to be Square and here is how I described it:

"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."

I made a square card but that part was easy for me since I make square cards almost exclusively. Then I decided to add a few classic images along with my bright colours. I do remember that period and there was a lot of drab colours too but then there was also some nudity - wasn't going there :)

I started with some yellow card stock from Tim Holtz color core pad for the card blank.  Then I added some Recollections card stock panels starting with orange, followed by deep red that I scored around the edge (hard to see in the photo) and finally some green that I sprayed with Dylusions White Linen ink spray through a Tim Holtz Zigzag stencil.

The paisley panel was made on the computer by creating a square in Word, filling it with bright yellow and then adding a paisley overlay that I picked up as a freebie from  I changed the colour of the paisley to match the deep red panel.  Next came the Hair poster that I picked up online.

I made some bright paper for my flowers by spraying Dylusions Lemon Zest, Cherry Pie, Bubblegum Pink and Squeezed Orange ink onto a sheet of white card stock.  Four flowers were stamped with the Dylusions Fancy Florals set using Tree Branch Archival Ink and then fussy cut. I used some foam dots to add a second layer to the top left flower.  Then I added some dotted buttions and burlap string to each flower.

The sentiment was computer generated and I made the loopy bow by dying some seam binding with Mustard Seed Distress Ink and tying it with some burlap string.  The sentiment and all the panels have been distressed with my scissors and the edges have been inked with Fired Brick DI.

I hope you will channel your inner hippie and join us for this challenge.  You have until April 5th at 11:55 pm EST to enter your Hip to be Square project.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Everybody Art Challenge  - Anything Goes
Craft-Dee BowZ - Anything Goes (must include handmade bow)
Craft Your Passion - Always Anything Goes
Our Crafty Corner - Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge - Flowers
Stamping Sensations - Flower Power

The following items used to create this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. Bold and oh so beautiful Cec!!! Loving the blast from the past with the Hair reference x

  2. What a fun, cheerful and colourful retro card, Cec! It's stunning! Hugs! Branka xx

  3. This color palette is so spot on for this challenge! And the flowers...perfection! That style flower was everywhere in the 70's. This was such a fun challenge, Cec...thanks for hosting!

  4. Wow Cec, you sure know how to tap that inner 60's gal! This is rockin'! Love your big blossoms, and your colours sure are fun and brilliant! So cool. hugs :)

  5. What a fantastic image and looks so hip and retro with the bright colors & flowers! Fantastic Challenge!

  6. You make me want to play 70's funk while looking at your gorgeous card! It's just too cool for school! Bowwaah wahhh (not sure that worked, but it was 70's funk sound)! LOL ;)

  7. Oh the memories! Love those bright orange flowers and that Flower Power font!

  8. This is art. You've taken all these elements and put them together. I love your seam binding bow and the fact that you dyed the binding to match your card is superb. Your eye for detail is outstanding. Thanks for joining us at Craft-Dee BowZ for our March challenge. Hugs, Gail

  9. You certainly took me back to the 60's Cec, loving the 'hair' and 'flower power' references and those beautiful bold colours!! Hugs, Anne xx

  10. A fabulous retro, bright card Cec. Hippies and Flower power, now those were days to remember.
    Yvonne xx

  11. This is such a fun and wild design! I bet you have a pair of roller skates just waiting for you to put back on Cec! Wowzers on the colors and great theme choice. Love that hair and the Flower Power! Totally groovy! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

  12. Wow so bright and cheery. Thank you for joining us at Our Crafty Corner. Helen DT

  13. Such a bright cheery card! Thank you for joining us at Our Crafty Corner challenge. Mary DT x

  14. Just love the bold citrus colour palette.Such a fabulous and fun card. Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week.
    Lisa x

  15. A super floral inspired creation Cec and lovely bright colours.

    Many thanks for joining our Flower Power theme at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

  16. Fabulous card CEC and so reminiscent of the era (I remember it well lol), the images and colours reflect the flower power feel.
    Thanks for your lovely comment on my news, I so appreciated it.
    Happy Easter.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  17. Cute, sunny card! Thank you for joining us at The Crazy challenge. Good luck :)

  18. Love your bold and beautiful flowers and your colourful card

    Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month


  19. Beautiful card Cec ! Love the big, bold flowers ! Sue C x

  20. You have taken me back, Cec! Hair and flower power---you nailed the theme with this beautiful card! Hugs!

  21. You nailed this one, Cec! Perfectly hip and oh so retro!


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