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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Fun shadow box project!

I have always wanted to do one of these! I plan to do a few more! I found this frame/tray made out of wood fibers at Archivers. I took some old yellowed book pages from an old paperback novel and wrapped strips of book paper around the frame. I used an old fashioned glue to make the paper more pliable so I could easily wrap it around each little rectangle in the frame. I used flour and water ala paper mache. Once I wrapped the frame, I let it dry over night. The next day I wrapped a few more pieces around the corners and tiny spots. Again I let this dry a few hours. Then I took some Ranger Distress Walnut Stain ink and sponged around the entire frame to age it. I simply then used Modge Podge over the entire surface and again let dry overnight. Then I traced the back board frames and used coordinating papers on the rectangles. From there I had fun adding Tim Holtz gears, light bulbs, pocket watch, and other fun masculine embellishments I had in my hoard of embellishments. This shadow box project was made for a retiring co-worker. I had quite a lot of fun putting it together. The silver numbers are also fro the Tim Holtz collection of items. This shadow box pretty much explains the type of person is was made for. He is not only a maintenance person, he also has a Navy and medical supply background. He helped set up many Physician's offices with new equipment and the installation of new electrical diagnostic instruments and power examination tables. I thought this tray was very fitting!

Cricut Imagine More Birthday card

I used the Cricut Imagine cartridge Imagine More and loved the printed papers that coordinate together!
I chose a bonus image for the center of the card of the Rooster and the chick with umbrella. I thoughtthis was so cute to use for a Birthday card from "All of Us" ---a group of people at work.
The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Beyond Birthdays but I chose coordinating solid colors from the Imagine More cartridge to fill in the letters with color.  The --"From All of Us" sentiment is just letters I chose from the Alphalicious cartridge and filled in with Imagine More designer paper patterns. All of the colors and patterns coordinate so nicely!  I simply sponged around some of the letters to bring them out a little more since all the colors and patterns coordinated so well and just wanted to pop out certain words. This was certainly fun, and loved using the Cricut Imagine to make such a fun card! This machine is amazing to print and then cut all at one time! I sewed around two of the panels just to provide more texture and accent.