Saturday, April 30, 2011

You've Been So Sweet

I've surely mentioned before how much I like the newest batch of Spellbinders dies. For today's card, I started out with the Fleur de Lis Doily Accents Shapeabilities set and a scrap of a seed packet pattern from Webster's Pages Spring Market Petite Papers collection. I dressed up the seed packet strip with the Fleur de Lis border, some zigzag stitching, burlap string, and a gathered piece of trim from Webster's Pages Spring Market Trim Card. I didn't want to cover up too much of the pattern, so I chose a small circular sentiment from JustRite's Vintage Floral Labels that fit perfectly within one of the Fleur de Lis Doily Accents die-cuts. To add a little interest, I used Classic Circle Nestabilities dies to cut the "You've Been So Sweet" portion of the sentiment (stamped in black) into a ring, which I then popped up over the same sentiment stamped in sage.

Have a great weekend, friends!

Stamps: Vintage Floral Labels (JustRite)
Paper: Webster's Pages Spring Market Petite Papers, Papertrey Kraft and Rustic Cream card stock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Bundled Sage and Vintage Photo Distress Inks
Accessories: Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Doily Accents Shapeabilities and Classic Circle Nestabilities, Webster's Pages Spring Market Trim Card, May Arts natural burlap string, Papertrey button, Maya Road fabric flower trim, paper piercer, needle, thread, foam adhesive
Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Good Day

April is winding down, which means there's only a short while left to enter this month's Sketch For You To Try. Have you played along yet? The entry widget over on Jen's blog is FILLED with the most gorgeous creations! Stop by, have a peek, and of course, upload yours if you haven't already. The deadline is April 30. April's sketch sponsor is Unity, so one lucky sketch participant will win some stamps from Unity's Itty Bitty Collection.

I've used the It's A Good Day Itty Bitty, which I think is just darling! At the beginning of the month, I went for a boyish, grunge-like look for my sketch sample. This time, I've upped the volume with some super colorful papers and patterns from Pink Paislee's Hometown Summer collection. I changed up the main image panel from a square (shown in the sketch) to a layered set of Nestabilities shapes -- Labels Five with a Scalloped Circle and Classic Circle on top.

Have a great day!

Stamps: It's A Good Day (Unity)
Paper: Papertrey Rustic Cream and Black card stock, Pink Paislee Hometown Summer
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Tumbled Glass and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks
Accessories: Spellbinders Classic Circle, Lacey Circle, and Labels Five Nestabilities, sanding block, Jillibean Soup cardboard flower button, Stampin' Up white crochet flower, Papertrey buttons and twine, foam adhesive, paper piercer, needle, thread, pinking shears
Size: 5 1/4" square

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Miss You Like Crazy

Hi stampers! I survived Spring Break - yippee!! Actually, I'm only teasing. I enjoyed nearly every second the kids were home and was really sad to send them back to school this week. In addition to celebrating Easter with my parents and my brother and his wife and girls, we also celebrated my youngest one's fourth birthday on Sunday. I know it's horribly cliche, but really, where does the time go? Yesterday, out of the blue, he asked me, "Mommy, are you my girlfriend?" Melted my heart completely -- especially knowing a real girlfriend will come along far before I'm ready. For now, I'll just keep soaking up every precious second as the center of his world. It won't last much longer -- that much I know.

Today's card is just a bright, cheery little somethin' to let a friend or relative know she's missed. The sweet sentiment is from Verve's new Hope Blooms set. I stamped it onto clear acetate (I used an overhead transparency sheet from Staples), die-cut it with a scalloped circle Nestabilities die, lightly painted the edges with an off-white acrylic paint, then placed the die-cut over a corrugated cardboard circle from Jillibean Soup. The glittery clear gems flanking the sentiment (from Pizzazz Aplenty) are hiding the adhesive that holds the acetate to the cardboard. Other details include a pinked swatch of patterned paper (everything is from Cosmo Cricket's Upcycle collection), a notebook edge, hand stitching, bling, and some different trims.

In other Verve news ... with every new release, the Verve Divas host a Diva Dare challenge. The theme this time is "April Showers Bring May Flowers." You'll find the rules, prize info, and the entry form over at the Verve blog. Every weekday, beginning last Friday and continuing through May 5, the Divas will take turns posting on the Verve blog with their project and a little info about how they answered the dare. Hope you'll take the dare, too!

Also, just a reminder, there are a few more days to save 15% on Verve's April Stamp Collection. It's one of my favorite releases to date! Julee ships lightning fast, too, so you'll have plenty of time to use your new goodies for this year's Mother's Day cards.
~Offer good through April 30, or while supplies last.~

So glad you stopped by. Wishing you a fantastic week! 

Stamps: Hope Blooms (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Upcycle Mini-Deck, Papertrey Rustic White and Smokey Shadow card stock
Ink: Staz-On Jet Black
Accessories: clear transparency sheet, Pizzazz Aplenty glittery gems, off-white acrylic craft paint, Spellbinders Scalloped Circles Nestabilities, seam binding, Cosmo Cricket gray scalloped velvet trim, other {ivory} trim unknown, edge distressing tool, MFT Die-namics notebook edge die, paper piercer, needle, thread, foam adhesive, black rhinestone flourish (source unknown)
Size 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Friday, April 22, 2011

Friends are Key to Happiness

I fell head over heels in love with Who's That Musical Girl? by My Favorite Things the second I saw the first preview a couple of months ago. I'm not especially good at it, but I absolutely love playing the piano, so there was no question -- she had to come home with me. The sentiments in this set are just crazy awesome, too. Check 'em out:

MFT has a fantastic sketch this week for their Wednesday Stamp Club, so I'm playing along with that...

The image is stamped onto Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card stock, then paper pieced and colored with both Copics and Prismacolor pencils. The papers are from Cosmo Cricket's Upcycle Mini Deck, and the corrugated cardboard frame is by Jillibean Soup.

I just blogged this yesterday, but it's worth repeating ...  while Michelle (owner of Stamper's Dream) is off vacationing, she has left behind a fantastic coupon code and some blog candy. Visit her blog for all the details!

Thanks for visiting!

Stamps: Who's That Musical Girl? (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Papertrey Kraft and Basic Black card stock, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Cosmo Cricket Upcycle 6x6 Mini Deck
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Papertrey Fresh Snow
Accessories: Copic markers, Prismacolor pencils, Spellbinders classic circle die, Jillibean Soup frames corrugated shapes, Papertrey button, ribbon, and Eyelet Border die, The Twinery twine, sanding block, paper piercer, needle, thread, Seeing Spots Cuttlebug embossing folder, Pizzazz Aplenty turquoise 2mm rhinestones, foam adhesive
Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Stamper's Dream SALE

 Michelle Rodgers, owner of Stamper's Dream, is off soaking up the rays in beautiful Cozumel, Mexico, for the next few days. I'm thinking she didn't want to be the only one having fun, because she has left behind a pretty fab Stamper's Dream coupon code for all of us, AND a chance at some SWEET blog candy. Check it out:

Head on over to Michelle's blog to get your coupon code and to enter the blog candy giveaway. Good luck and happy shopping!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Lil' Inker Designs -- Pinwheel Die!

If, by chance, you have not yet seen the new pinwheel die and coordinating stamp set that Laura Pryor of Li'l Inker Designs has come up with, then allow me the pleasure of introducing it to you...

Is it not the cutest thing ever?! I think this is just a supremely clever idea for a die! And the sentiments in the coordinating stamp set are adorable! Now, I know you can make a four-point pinwheel out of a square of paper, but I love the curvy design of this way better, and I love that you can make it as full as you want just by adding extra die-cut pieces (I used six here).

Here's a close-up:

I followed the instructions Laura has posted on her blog, and found it quick and easy to put together. I can't wait to play around with this some more! I think these would make great flowers or bows for packages, too -- just add a few more pieces for a fuller look.

Here's something cool. As I was setting up my links just now, I noticed that Lil' Inker Designs is sponsoring the current Color Throwdown Challenge and that the Color Throwdown DT is featuring the pinwheel die. So hop on over to the Color Throwdown blog for lots more pinwheel inspiration!

I hope to play along with CTD another time, but for today, I've played along with this week's  Embellish challenge. Love these yellow and aqua colors!!

And {twist my arm, why don't ya}, the added requirement is crochet trim! I ended up using three different trims -- one of them I ruffled just a little for some added interest.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Pinwheel (Lil' Inker Designs)
Paper: Pink Paislee Hometown Summer, Papertrey Kraft
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Lil' Inker pinwheel die, MFT Jumbo Scallops Dienamics die, Maya Road Bone White Vintage Crochet Trim, Melissa Frances trim, Wright's trim, Wilton lollipop stick, Jillibean Soup Frames Corrugated shapes, Papertrey buttons, May Arts burlap string
Size: 3 3/4" x 5 1/2"

Monday, April 18, 2011

From the Heart

There's a fun after-party happening over on the Verve blog today. Check out some major eye candy, as each Diva has chosen a favorite project to feature!

And in case you missed the release party on Friday, all of the new stamps and dies we peeked last week are now available in the Verve store. Nine different set are available individually, or save 15% when you purchase the whole April collection. Don't forget the two new A Cut Above dies, Elegant Leaves and Floral Circles, which are sold separately from the bundle.

My card uses the new Happy Phrases set along with the Charming Oval dies. I started with a background panel of a pretty Prima Botanicals 6x6 pattern, then created a shabby grouping out of painted and distressed cardboard, a glittery chipboard heart, lace trim, a Prima flower and a sweet bird. I stamped the sentiment onto the smaller Charming Oval die, matted it with the larger Charming Oval die, and then accented with clear rhinestones. I'm a bit smitten with the whole shabby, romantic, collage look right now. Bear with me if it all begins to look the same!

My kids are out of school all week for Spring Break, so there might not be a lot of crafty time for me. I'll pop in when I can!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a great week!

Stamps: Happy Phrases (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Papertrey Kraft and Rustic White card stock, Prima Botanicals 6x6 dp
Ink: Old Paper, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain Distress Inks
Accessories: Charming Oval Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Pizazz Aplenty 2mm, 3mm and 4mm clear rhinestones, Prima bird and flower, Melissa Frances glittered heart, corrugated cardboard, ivory acrylic paint, Paertrey buttons and satin ribbon, May Arts crochet trim and burlap string, sanding block, distressing tool, foam adhesive

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Call Me

I'm having way too much fun with Webster's Pages new Trendsetter collection. Kind of surprising in a way -- I usually run the other way whenever hot pink is involved. But this line? It's fun, sophisticated, and stylish, with a vintage elegance that I absolutely adore! And isn't that image super fun? It's called Call Me and is one of Unity's Itty Bitty Cling stamps, made for Webster's Pages. You'll find a broad selection of Webster's Pages products at Stamper's Dream ... bloomers, sparklers, netting, stick pins, fabric tickets, flowers ... {swoon}.

A couple of other card notes:

- the blue panel along the bottom was die-cut with a Tim Holtz Plaque & Postage Alterations die
- the hot pink, doily-style frame around the image was die-cut with a die from the Fleur de Lis Doily Motifs Shapeabilities set by Spellbinders
- the pink ruffled trim is from Webster's Pages Trendsetter trim card
- the twine is from The Twinery - Pink Sorbet
- The card is a little bigger than my norm -- it measures 4 1/2" x 6"

Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Verve April Spotlight: Day Four

Today is the final day of Verve's April New Release Spotlights, all leading up to our release tonight (Friday, April 15).  Today, we're featuring Hope Blooms, a beautiful floral set with three flowers and lots of wonderful all-purpose sentiments, and a new Scripture Plain Jane, Proverbs 16:9.

You know we at Verve love our giveaways. Just leave a little comment love along the hop for a chance to win today's featured stamps and dies. The deadline for commenting is 6PM Mountain TONIGHT (Friday, April 15). The winners will be announced during our Release Party, tonight, 9-11 p EST, in the Verve Forum at Splitcoast. Hope to see you there!


1. Julee 8. Jackie
2. Tosh 9. Charmaine
3. Amber 10. Janelle
4. Amy 11. Teresa
5. Maureen 12. Laurie
6. Cresta 13. Sankari
7. Andrea 14. Melissa

Hope Blooms, Proverbs 16:9 Plain Jane

and Floral Circles Die Set

For my card, I've combined the flower images from Hope Blooms with the Proverb 16:9 Plain Jane. I stamped the flowers onto white card stock and colored with Copics. To give them more dimension, I cut between some of the petals, curling some up and some down, then coated them with clear dimensional glaze. The sentiment has been stamped onto a Verve Classy Label die-cut. Papers are from the Salt Air collection by Cosmo Cricket.

So many possibilities with these flowers! I took the more fussy approach (shocking) and did all the coloring, cutting and glazing, but what's really cool is that the flowers also work with the Floral Circles dies we showed earlier in the week. You can see a great visual for that over at the Verve blog.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy today's hop!

Stamps: Hope Blooms, Proverbs 16:9 Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Papertrey Kraft and Rustic White card stock, Cosmo Cricket Salt Air Mini-Deck
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Old Paper, Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain Distress Inks
Accessories: Verve Classy Label die, Papertrey buttons and ribbon, Maya Road trim, Judikins Diamond Glaze, Spellbinders border die, paper piercer, needle, thread, foam adhesive

Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Verve April Spotlight: Day Three

Welcome to Day Three of Verve's New Release Spotlights! Today, we're taking a look at a a new Plain Jane, Proverbs 31:28 and an amazing new sentiment set called Love Deepens. Remember to hop around today and leave lots of comments. You may be the lucky winner of today's featured sets! Winners for all of this month's giveaways will be announced during our Release Party tomorrow (Friday), from 9-11 pm in the Verve Forum.

1. Tosh 8. Janelle
2. Teresa 9. Jackie
3. Maureen 10. Charmaine
4. Laurie 11. Andrea
5. Julee 12. Amber
6. Cresta 13. Melissa
7. Sankari 14. Amy

Love Deepens, Proverbs 31:28 Plain Jane

and Elegant Leaves Die

I'm so excited for you to see Love Deepens! It's filled with wonderful sentiments to celebrate all the women in your life -- moms, grandmas, aunts, sisters, cousins, nieces, and friends. The sentiment that jumped out at me most is the one I used for today's card because it's exactly how I feel about my dear mom and her relationship with my children! I used papers from Prima's Reflections collection, some Spellbinders die-cuts (Fancy Tags Two and Labels Eighteen), and a Verve Classy Label die-cut for the sentiment. Embellishments include pearls, scrunched seam binding and a sprig of Prima's Melon Candy Gems. The angled panel and trim are inspired by Julee and Laurie -- I tilt the panels a lot, but not ribbon or trim. I'm liking it - thanks, girls!

Thanks so much for visiting! I'm the end of the line for today's hop. Hope you've enjoyed the Divas' peeks today!!

Stamps: Love Deepens (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Papertrey Rustic White card stock, Prism Medium Tawny Prismatics card stock, Prima Reflections 6x6 designer paper
Ink: Ranger Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain Distress Inks
Accessories: Verve Classy Label die, Spellbinders Labels Eighteen and Fancy Tags Two, distressing tool, Prima Melon Candy Gems, May Arts lace trim, Kaisercraft adhesive pearls, scrunched brinding, foam adhesive
Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Verve April Spotlight: Day Two

Today Verve's Spotlight is on a set called Bloom & Grow, as well as two coordinating A Cut Above dies, Elegant Leaves and Floral Circles. Bloom & Grow comes with twelve floral components, sized and shaped differently for all kinds of layering possibilities, four leafy images, and four sweet sentiments. I stamped one of the flowers in orange, then stamped a brown center, and die-cut with the largest of the three Floral Circles dies. The leaf image was die-cut with Elegant Leaves. This is a must-have die -- no more fussy cutting when you want to add some foliage to your flower clusters! I used some pretty patterned papers form Jillibean Soup's Dutch Mustard line, and embellished with brads, stitching, twill, glitter, and a button. The fab layout is from Amber's Viva La Verve sketch earlier this month.

For more info, visit the Viva La Verve April 2011 Week 1 thread over in the Verve Forum on Splitcoast.

Ready to see more of this fantastic set and the coordinating dies? Here's today's hop list:

1. Amber
8. Julee
2. Amy
9. Laurie
3. Andrea
10. Maureen
11. Teresa
5. Cresta
12. Tosh
6. Jackie
13. Sankari
14. Melissa

Bloom & Grow, Elegant Leaves Die and Floral Circles Die Set

Thanks for visiting!

Stamps: Bloom & Grow (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Papertrey Rustic White and Dark Chocolate card stock, Stampin' Up textured Kiwi Kiss card stock, Jillibean Soup Dutch Mustard dp
Ink: Ranger Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, and Walnut Stain Distress Inks, Versamagic Jumbo Java
Accessories: Verve Elegant Leaves die, Jillibean Soup cardboard frame, 1" lightweight natural twill, Papertrey button and twine, Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder, piercing tool, needle, thread, diistressing tool, Stampin' Up dimensionals, Spellbinders classic circle Nestabilities, Pink Hedgehog Papercrafts brown brads
Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Verve April Spotlight: Day One

Lots going on at Verve this week, starting with our first day of April New Release Spotlights. That's right - new stamps are coming!! Mark your calendars for this Friday, April 15, 9-11 pm EST and join us in the Verve Forum for our Release Party (and tax refund assistance program {wink}).

Today, the Divas are showing a few different sets. The one I've focused on is Birthday Phrases. I've written about this before, but these tiny sentiment sets are always among my favorite and most-used Verve stamps, simply because they're the perfect size to tuck into just about anything. And now that we have the Charming Oval and Charming Banner dies (released last month and sized perfectly for these stamps), they're even better!

I'm also playing along in Amber's Get Your Diva On Challenge. She's come up with an awesome recipe challenge based on the first letter of your name. Remember, this is the new Verve challenge that gives you a chance to earn a future guest designer spot. We sure would love hanging out with you behind the scenes for an upcoming release, so go ahead and get your diva on! Deadline is this Sunday, April 17, 9 pm Mountain Time.

Here's the recipe:

Isn't that fun? I saw the blue, yellow, and ivory combo and immediately thought of my October Afternoon Thrift Shop papers. I have loads of scraps and as I was laying them out, they resembled a tiered cake, which I thought would be perfect for the new Birthday Phrases set. See the candles? They're die-cut with the Charming Banners die. It doesn't show up well in the photo, but I taped a little piece of burlap string to the top for the wick. Fun! The sentiment is stamped in a Charming Oval diecut and anchored with black eyelets. And the flower requirement was met with two of the paper patterns.

Be sure to hop around to see all the Diva spotlights today. A warm welcome to guest designers Janelle, Cresta, and Melissa! As always, leave comments for your chance at today's hidden prize. Enjoy the hop!

1. Andrea8. Julee
2. Jackie9. Tosh
3. Charmaine10. Amber
4. Janelle11. Amy
5. Teresa12. Maureen
6. Laurie13. Cresta
7. Sankari

Bunny Shake, Birthday Phrases, Faithful Phrases and Happy Phrases

Thanks so much for visiting!

Stamps: Birthday Phrases (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Papertrey Kraft, Black, and Vintage Cream card stock, October Afternoon Thrift Shop designer paper
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Verve Charming Oval and Charming Banner dies, Kaisercraft black pearls, Stampin' Up black eyelets, Papertrey ribbon, string, and button, Martha Stewart butterfly and border punch, My Favorite Things Jumbo Scallop border Die-namics die, Scor-Pal, corner rounder

Monday, April 11, 2011

Stamper's Dream & Friends Blog Hop - Dare to Dream

Today, the Stamper's Dream Dream Team and some very special guests are putting on an amazing blog hop that you will not want to miss! It all starts with Becca Feeken, so run get caught up if you need to. I'll have the full hop order below for your convenience. Be sure to leave lots of comment love along the hop for your chance at two hidden blog candy prizes!

I have a super fun project to share today ... an altered Maya Road ATC Shadow Box. I fell in love with these at CHA this winter and couldn't wait to make one of my own! So many neat things you can do with these (more on that at the end). I started this one with no real plan, just a bundle of new Webster's Pages products (Trendsetter and Ladies & Gents -- love!!) and some awesome Maya Road goodies. Each section is like its own canvas, and then when you put them all together, magic happens! I'll tell ya, I thought I'd died and gone to embellishment heaven!

The rest of my post is lengthy, so before I show each ATC section individually, here's the full hop list. Someone pinch me -- this is one rockin' group of talented designers I get to hang out with today!

Becca Feeken
Michelle Rodgers
Jerri Kay Jimenez
Amy Sheffer{you're here}
Denise Marzec
Arlene Cuevas
Leslie Miller
Cindy Lawrence
Kellie Fortin
Tosh Leyendekker
Jeanne Streiff
Mariana Grigsby
Joan Ervin
Lea Lawson
Frances Byrne
Christina Fischer
Carla Murphy
Teresa Kline
Carol Longacre
Gabriela Devine

There are the two mystery blog candy packages up for grabs. They'll go to two random commenters, so the more comments you leave, the better your chances of winning. The winners will be announced on Michelle's blog Thursday evening, April 14, as well as on the blogs that had the hidden candy. So be sure to check back to see who the two winners of them could be you! Good luck!!

Here are some close-ups of the different sections of my ATC Shadow Box:

The vintage car is from one of the Trendsetter paper patterns. (Trendsetter and Ladies & Gents 6x6 papers are packaged together.) The adore sticker is from the Ladies & Gents Image & Phrase Cardstock Stickers (I thought it looked like a license plate). You can also find Trendsetter Image & Phrase stickers in the store. The little butterfly stick pin is by Webster's Pages, too. Those are out of stock currently, but if you like the butterfly pins, you might also like the Flower & Heart stick pins.

Again, I just cut down one of the Trendsetter patterns and embellished with some buttons and twine. Quick and easy!

This one has some stacked crochet flowers, a grass border (die-cut with a My Favorite Things Fresh Cut Grass Die-namics die), and flower stems made out of a very cool trim from the Trendsetter Trim Card (it's called Beaded Links). I also added part of a Maya Road Kraft Mini Ticket Strip topped with a button and some May Arts burlap string.

The corner piece in the bottom left compartment was cut from one of the Ladies & Gents papers. It reads, "unique & special you." Underneath are three rolls of paper, made from one of the Trendsetter patterns (the rolled paper is a neat idea I saw at the Maya Road booth at CHA). The dress form chipboard is from Maya Road's Sew Cute Mini Chipboard Set. I primed with gesso, painted it white, then added a coat of Tim Holtz's Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint. The dress form is adorned with more of the Beaded Links trim, along with some Blue Tutu Trim (from the Trendsetter trim card again), and a mini ribbon rose that I cut from Maya Road's Small White Roses Organza Ribbon. The next compartment over is another quick and easy one. The dress forms are part of the patterned paper. I just added two pieces of Trendsetter trims and a large pink button tied off with baker's twine.

Last is the sentiment section. The look and feel of the Trendsetter products is so perfect for a young, hip, stylish woman, and with graduation coming, I decided to give my box an inspirational theme. The blue frame image is from JustRite's Friendship Blooms, and the sentiment is from Dare to Dream. Tucked along the bottom is a piece of "kisspinkruffle" trim, again from the Trendsetter trim card.

Last, around the bottom three sections, I added a length of one of the Trendsetter Fabric Ribbons, topped with pink twine, a pink button, and a Maya Road star stick pin.

A few more shots that help show the dimension and detail:

See what I meant about embellishment heaven? I used so many different goodies on this that I'm almost embarrassed! I think we papercrafters are probably all guilty of having a lot of "stuff," yes? My hope is that I haven't overwhelmed you, but encouraged you to get out some of that "stuff" and play! These ATC Shadow Boxes are the perfect thing! Off the top of my head, a few more ideas for them:
--a family theme home decor item. Add a few family photos along with some fun embellishments for a scrapbookish feel
--a brag box for grandma, instead of the usual brag book
--fill it with some of your favorite inspirational quotes
--organize an ATC swap with five other papercrafters and use this tray to display them
--display vacation memorabilia
--a school days keepsake for a child ... include a school photo, a class photo, a sample of your child's handwriting, some memorabilia, etc.

Thanks so much for visiting today!