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hip to be square, frilly style…

Hello dear blog friends.  I’m so glad you could visit today as I have a project to share with you.  For me, it is both something different and something fun to make.  Here at Frilly and Funkie, Jenny is hosting a challenge called, ‘Hip to Be Square’.  She has challenged us to create a 3-D project based on a cube, using our own templates, dies or the Artist Trading Boxes dies (available at an amazing price from The Funkie Junkie Boutique).  Decoration, embellishment or alterations can be anything we choose.

“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!”

I have seen a few Artist Trading Boxes along the blog path, but didn’t feel compelled to make one.  Thank you Jenny, for giving us this challenge.  I discovered that I’ve been missing the great fun of working these die cut boxes!  Since this die cuts and scores on mat board, assembly is a snap!  I began by thinking I would make just one, but it was so much fun, I made three that stack or can be displayed individually.  There are many photos to this post.  I hope you can grab a cuppa and stay for a little while.  Here is the first photo of the three stacked boxes from the front…


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All three sizes are die cut from a single pass with the Sizzix, Artist Trading Blocks die!  They range from 3-1/4″ square to 1-1/4″ square and they can be used as functional boxes with closable lids or sealed cubes which is what I’ve done.  The largest block would fit a single cupcake perfectly by the way!  This little tower was made by using small wooden sewing spools (treated with white distress paint) below the largest block.  Then stacked wooden buttons (also treated to white distress paint), to raise the middle block.  Teeny tiny spools support the smallest box…


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Every side is an opportunity to play with treasures…


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I chose Pion’s ‘Studio of Memories’ paper collection for this project.  The soft and subtle colors and patterns have a real appeal to my shabby chic, vintage loving heart…


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Each of the cubes was treated to a coating of white acrylic paint along every edge.  The panel of patterned papers were cut 1/4″ smaller than the size of the square, allowing the paint to show.  The box above has a band of venice lace applied around the top and a single repeat of the lace motif was adhered behind the pearl drop.  The pearl was strung onto cream colored cord and adhered to the top of the box before the paper was added, so that it would dangle…


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The side of this box was treated to a handmade, organza butterfly.  A spray of rosebuds and full blown roses were added to the top, along with some die cut flourishes and positioned so that the middle box would have clear space for it’s little legs to set upon it…


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A piece of metallic filagree was coated with white distress paint and then touched with some pale blue acrylic paint and topped with a half pearl in the center…


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The middle, 2-1/4″ boxes supported by legs made of three, unfinished wooden buttons that have been glued together and once again, stained with white picket fence distress paint.  The same venice lace trim that was used on the largest box was turned upside down and adhered to the bottom edge.  A small resin oval was treated to a mini picture that is in Pion’s gorgeous ‘Shoreline Treasures’ collection of papers and a small, white silk bow…


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On this side, I used a small appliqué of white flowers and some punched, leafy sprigs…


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The opposite side has a beautiful, metal filagree heart charm.  It was made white with the use of alcohol ink in ‘Snow Cap’.  I love coloring metal embellishments with this ink.  It’s easy to do and remains white, even with items that are used and handled frequently.  It dangles from a paper rose and two die cut rose leaves that were colored with distress inks for a more realistic appearance…


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The smallest box, just 1-1/4″ square, is supported by four of the tiniest wooden sewing spools!  Two round pearls drop down from a triple looped silk ribbon bow. A small cluster of roses and buds decorate the top and cascade over the side and back…


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On this side, you can see some of the subtle pattern of this paper and the addition of a die cut, leafy flourish that wraps around the back…


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Another leafy swirl embellishes the opposite side…

These are my first set of Artists Trading Blocks, but I hope they’re not my last!  I would love to make a set with a nursery theme and another with a doll theme and then a set that is about a garden and, and, and!

I hope that you will get lots of ideas for this challenge by visiting all of the design team blogs and seeing a wide array of ideas.  While I don’t speak for the design team, I feel certain in saying that we love seeing your own wonderful projects and celebrate the contagion of creativity!


Sending you happy, creative wishes and ((hugs)),





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13 comments to hip to be square, frilly style…

  • This is a real labour of love Rebecca, each block is so beautiful in it’s own right and looks superb in the tower. The papers you used are delightful and your embellishments are just gorgeous! Adding the feet makes each block even more special. Your tower is an absolute delight! Anne x (from the AOTB DT)

  • Drop dead gorgeous! You have outdone yourself on this gorgeous piece of eye candy. I’m positively drooling over all the wonderful shabby chic goodness here. Super take on this fun challenge, Rebecca!


  • Great table topper and centerpiece, Rebecca – each segment is so pretty. I love the “shappy” happiness in your creation!

  • Very beautiful and royally elegant… Love, Light and Peace…Bonnie

  • Wow!! These are so pretty!! The details are gorgeous!! Thanks for your update … have a safe journey! xxx

  • Suzanne Lowry

    These are exquisite! I love the light, simple and elegant approach you have taken to this challenge! I keep going back to look at this gorgeous set and enjoy it. Thanks so much for sharing!! xx Suzanne

  • OmyLanta…these are just too stunning and elegant, Rebecca! wow…

  • This is just so gorgeous, I’m blown away! I love everything about it! The papers are so soft and elegant and the lace is such a beautiful touch! Your embellishments are just stunning! WOW! Love it love it love it! hugs 🙂

  • Oh my! I can totally understand you wanting to make more with all of the different themes you mentioned! What a fun gift it would be for a new mother to store all sorts of baby treasures in! You have as usual outdone yourself my dear! 🙂

  • I love the legs you added to each box – and all the lovely lace, pretty papers, die cuts and blooms – it’s like a little wedding cake!

  • Hi Rebecca, your ATBs are the perfect example of chic vintage! I love all of the personal touches that you added. They make me think of the elegance of another era! You’ve outdone yourself here.

  • Holly+Saveur

    Oh my Rebecca…what did you eat..I want that too…how do you come up with all these stunning sweet and amazing gorgeous projects..it would take me weeks to even make one tiny thing…
    and I would not be able to make it as gorgeous as you do..you have such a sweet and elegant style..LOVE it!
    Hugs Holly.

  • Darlene G

    This is just too cool!! Love it.