Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Hip to be Square at Frilly and Funkie !

We're heading into the second week of the current challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and it's now turn for the Funkie side of the team to share their projects. The lovely Jenny has set the challenge which is Hip to be Square.

So, 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 (available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and discounted an extra 15% during this challenge period - that's a $39.99 die on sale for just $27.19!) 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!

So with all the formalities out of the way, we'll move on to my project. I have to say the Frilly side of the team set the bar very high for this challenge and it took me a while to think what on earth I was going to do !

I started to think about how I could change the ATB so that it wasn't actually a cube anymore and the idea of a set of drawers popped into my head. I cut off one of the sides and cut it into four pieces. I then assembled the ATB and painted it with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paint, when it was dry I spread Wendy Vecchi's Crackle Paste over the top. I then used Orange Blossom, Tree Branch and Potting Soil Archival ink. I wanted it to look like a well worn, well loved piece of furniture

I thought it would fit nicely in the home of a single lady and this then led me to what would be on top of the drawers. I used a metal, vintage frame and added a piece of metal to the centre to create a mirror. The little journal is made from pages from an old book and I've added a little lace down the spine. The sun flowers are recycled from some gift packaging and the little key is from Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique. Coming back from a walk in the country I imagined the owner to put her journal down with the key to the front door and the flowers she bought while out walking.

The drawer fronts are made from wooden coffee stirrers that I've glued to the pieces of mount board. I've then painted them with Fresco Finish paint and when dry I gave them a coat of Satin Glaze too.

All of the drawers have been lined with card that I've stamped using the Wendy Vecchi Vintage Tapestry background stamp and Hydrangea Archival ink.

I stamped the daisy from the Wendy Vecchi Daisy Art set on the sides of the drawers with Potting Soil Archival ink and then lightly painted them with Orange Blossom Archival ink. I wanted the image to be quite faint as though worn by time.I then dabbed Little Black Dress Fresco Finish paint around all the edges.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to check out the fantastic projects from the rest of the DT.


  1. Oh Sue I love how your imagination has transported us to a gentler time with such a clever way of altering your box. This is so incredibly life like and detailed! Jenny x

  2. I can just see this in a doll's house Sue, it is superb! I love altering the blocks in unusual ways and you have come up with a winning design here... love this. Anne x

  3. this is so cool Sue - its just wonderful and i love your attention to detail - brilliant! big hugs rachel x

  4. Beautiful altered ATB Sue and I love the vintage feel and colours, reminds me of an old sideboard my grannie had. Love the decoration on top too.......stunning piece

    TFS Annie x

  5. Really creative little dresser... love your imagination on this one... really cute and so useful on top of it all.. I would love to have one like this... Anne says these ATB are addictive... and I only know so very well... love this... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  6. So imaginative Sue, lovely idea of the lady returning home, love it! The crackle looks beautiful as always, love all the little details, just fabulously original! Ruth x

  7. Absolutely stunning, fantastic detail and so authentic, love this. Tracy x

  8. This is absolutely incredible, Sue. What a sensational job you did. It is so realistic! I would love to see a tutorial on how you made the drawers - love the way you lined them with the Wendy Vecchi stamped CS! What a cool piece of eye candy for our visitors to drool over this week!


  9. Love your sweet crackled set of drawers Sue! what fun with the sweet little items on top and the creative drawer linings!

  10. Sue, this dresser ATB is amazing! I'm still trying to figure out how you actually made the drawers work! It's so cool!!!


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