Frilly & Funkie Hip to be Square!

30th March, 2016

It’s Wednesday and time for another challenge over at Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog!

This challenge is hosted by Cec (CW Card Creations), who has chosen the theme
…Cec says, “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.”

iGirlZoe: Hip to be Square
I was born in the mid 70’s so don’t remember much about the 60’s and 70’s first hand. Looking back through childhood photographs, there seemed to be a LOT of orange!

iGirlZoe: Hip to be SquareAfter some image searches on 60’s and 70’s fashion I stumbled upon an old ad for Pan Am which reminded me of a Tim Holtz wood backed stamp (below).

iGirlZoe: Hip to be Square
I stamped onto distress watercolor cardstock, watercoloured with distress markers and fussy cut my flight attendant.

iGirlZoe: Hip to be Square
I cut a sheet of paper from the Tim Holtz correspondence paper stash, stitching, distressing and inking the edges with a little vintage photo distress ink, (there HAD to be a little brown)! On top I layered distress watercolor cardstock, embossed with the globes texture fades folder and inked with faded jeans and salty ocean distress inks (…and a teeny weeny bit of vintage photo)!

For my something square, I blended fossilised amber and rusty hinge distress inks through the tiles stencil by Tim Holtz. Once completely dry I placed the stencil back over the top and stamped with various stamps from the correspondence set.

iGirlZoe: Hip to be Square
I covered the plane from the adornments set with picket fence paint and when nearly dry, rubbed off to give a distressed look. I added salty ocean distress paint with a fine paintbrush to resemble the Pan Am planes.

iGirlZoe: Hip to be Square
I wanted my flight attendants head to be in the clouds, but the mini cloud looked too small, so I die cut 2 and stuck them together! To hide the join and give a more texture I added texture paste.

iGirlZoe: Hip to be Square
From the correspondence paper stash, I cut these instructions, hiding the word “sheet” under the skirt so it looks like flight safety instructions. The star die cut was covered in tarnished brass distress paint with some remnant rubs from the correspondence set added.

iGirlZoe: Hip to be Square
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will find time to join in the challenge and pop over to Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to see the rest of the DT’s projects. All the products I used are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.



  1. Love it Zoe!!! Great touches like the painted plane and textured cloud, and I adore that tiled background x

  2. stampersuzz says:

    This is beautiful and so clever! Definitely got the right vibe with the stewardess and the details are phenomenal with the globes print in the background, the colors and the air inspired stamping!

  3. marci piraro says:

    Stunning! I love everything about this!

  4. This is so FUN!!! The colors and graphics are spot on for the era, too. I love that textured cloud and the wonderful stitching, distressing and layering.

  5. Beulah Bee says:

    Brilliant stamp conversion, you nailed the era with a fitting tribute to the “jet set.”

  6. Nicole says:

    So pretty! I love the layers and detail. Always so clever! I am positive your image is the same one on some chocolate bars I bought in Munich. I bought the bars just for that wrapper.

  7. Anne R says:

    Wonderful layering, beautiful 60’s colours, great design and I love the stamp that you used – such a clever choice! Anne xx

  8. Sue C says:

    Fantastic card Zoe, a brilliant want to create an air hostess ! Sue C x

  9. Sara Emily says:

    Love the image that inspired you, but you took that up about 100 notches with your gorgeous design. What a creative use of those Tim Holtz products! You rocked it, Zoe!

  10. Far out, Zoe! You totally nailed the era with this brilliant creation. So many clever details that really add up to perfection – the globe stenciling, the little star/rub on, square stenciling – just WOW! LOVE this – it really made me smile!


  11. Barb Turpin says:

    Your project is amazing! The stamped image was transformed perfectly into the Pan Am stewardess. So smart to join the cloud pieces and cover with texture paste, great tip!

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