It’s Hip to Be Square Challenge at F&F

Feeling Groovy Card for It’s Hip to Be Square Challenge at Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog

Hello, Friends!  Get out your sunglasses and bell bottoms and put some flowers in your hair, because it’s time for the It’s Hip to be Square Challenge at the Frilly & Funkie Challenge Blog. Cec is our hostess this time around and here’s what she says about this fun challenge:

Let’s go retro and make a square project influenced by the brighter colours and/or images of the hippie era of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.  Think psychedelic, paisley, peace and vintage rock and roll. 

Oh, this one is right in my wheelhouse, because that was my era!  I remember the neon colors, paisley prints and funky fashion like it was yesterday.  With that in mind, I worked up this little 6×6 placard and titled it “Feeling Groovy.”

It's Hip to Be Square Challenge Frilly & Funkie 01I had loads and loads of good inky fun creating this retro piece.  I started with a 5″ square of watercolor paper that I spritzed and embossed with a paisley Spellbinder’s embossing folder.  I pulled Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron and Carved Pumpkin Distress Inks out and went to work on adding the psychedelic colors of that era that I remember so very well.

It's Hip to Be Square Challenge Frilly & Funkie 02I smooshed the inks onto my craft mat, spritzed them with water until they beaded up then pressed my watercolor paper into the lovely inky puddles, drying each layer as I went along.  After several layers of ink were applied and I was happy with the colors, I rubbed my ink pads lightly across the embossed portions of the card to bring out the raised edges.  Then everything was spritzed with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist.  I stitched the background onto black card, and double matted it with shocking pink and gold metallic card.

It's Hip to Be Square Challenge Frilly & Funkie 03Flower Power is a phrase I remember well, so I had to add some pretty hand made posies to the design.  Using Heartfelt Creations Majestic Morning and Delightful Daisy cling stamps and dies (new to the Funkie Junkie Boutique!  How exciting!) I created these brilliant blooms.  I added flower soft and Prima Flower Centers and I really like how the black grounds the blooms and makes them pop off the page.  I painted the petals with Glossy Accents when they were finished.

It's Hip to Be Square Challenge Frilly & Funkie 04“Butterflies are free” was a poster almost every teen had on her wall, so I had to add one to this composition.  Again, I used Heartfelt Creations dies that Linda is now carrying in her boutique.  This one was stamped, embossed and dipped into the same inky puddle as the background.  I used an Ideology pen nib for the butterfly body.   My sentiment is from Wendy Vecchi’s new Blooming Art stamp set, also in the shop.  Oh, and I had to add some crocheted lace, because nearly every girl I know got married in a dress that had crocheted lace somewhere…including this girl! I die cut a mini easel from chipboard and glued it to the back of the placard so that it can stand on its own.

And now the real fun begins, because YOU get to play along in this wonderful challenge! Just link up your own It’s Hip to be Square project on the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog. The winner will earn the chance to serve as Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!

Be sure to check out the Frilly & Funkie Blog for even more inspiration for this fun It’s Hip to be Square challenge.  I can’ t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by,




14 thoughts on “It’s Hip to Be Square Challenge at F&F

  1. sara emily barker

    Oh, Kathy, I can almost hear the Mamas and the Papas belting out California Dreamin!!! You certainly put everything from the 60’s and 70’s into this one beautiful card! I enjoyed reading how you made this,but the one thing that really made me feel groovy is that flourish circle at the center of it all. I read and re-read your text and didn’t see how that was made. Love it all, but that just tugged at my heartstrings. Sorry for my absence. Much too much to explain here and now. Big hugs to you!

  2. Judy B

    What a fun piece Kathy. You did an awesome job re-creating the flower child era in your project. Love all the fun colors you used and the little piece of crocheted lace. I too remember this era well. Thanks for sharing.

  3. stampersuzz

    Fabulous hip card! Love the beautiful blend of colors on your flowers and the gorgeous paisley background.

  4. Pamellia

    Wow Kathy, you really nailed this theme!! Love that embossed background with the whirlwind of colours, and your big bold flowers are so stunning !! I adore the strip of lace you added, just a small touch of soft and feminine amid the bright and beautiful! hugs 🙂

  5. LuvtoKraft

    Far out! I’m trippin’ on all those groovy colors remembering my granny dresses with the lace trim! Luv it, Kathy!
    Peace and Hugs,

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