Sweet 16 Shadowbox..

     And so I returned to work a few months ago after a long hiatus and it feels so good to be back in a classroom with such great kids! It was a rough winter on many levels but I am back teaching 9th grade English this year and just love it!
     I have missed blogging but I have been playing a bit and delving into other creative endeavors here and there while gone!  Oh, to be able to learn all that I see in blogs all over the world!  Despite being away from my own blog, I have NOT stopped visiting your blogs and looking at all the inspirational creations in blogland and posted on facebook sites. In fact, that is how I start every morning, cup of coffee in hand!

  I thought I would share a 10 inch Sweet 16 Shadowbox I just completed for a patron in my ETSY store, which I also need to update. I made a similar shadowbox a few months ago  for a friend’s granddaughter, and when I posted it on my store site, I was asked to create another. You can see the earlier one HERE.

This time, I used the blue teal colors that the birthday girl will be wearing and the”Cinderella” theme that was featured on her invitation!  While this does not have any colored image, it does use some fabulous die cuts that I wanted to share with the hope you might be inspired to use them in your creations.

     First, the dress is a Sizzix Bigz L Die Dress that is sold under the “quilting/applique” section of dies. These are just like the other bigz dies and they cut through anything like “buttah” and work on your regular die cut machine.  I have used this die to cut stiff interfacing, layers of fabric (here teal blue satin and tulle) and cardstock with no problem!
    Next, I used my newly arrived Marianne Creatables Princess Carriage die. I LOVE this die because it is an embossed die cut. While I used textured paper to create the texture of a carriage, it does imprint cool embossed effects.
     The “mirror” behind the dress is made with the Spellbinder Heirloom Legacy Card Creator Dies. The outside die makes a perfect backdrop and the oval die in the same set makes a perfect oval mirror! This die has so many uses….I die cut the oval mirror using the Tim Holtz Mirror Sheets.  I linked the Youtube video because if you have not worked with these sheets, you do not know what you are missing. They feel like heavyweight cardstock and have adhesive on the back side. You may have to run them through your die cut machine a few times as they are thick but if you are using the Vagabond, you will get it on the first pass.  When done cutting, peel off the backing and stick down wherever you want. The LAST thing to do when all done  is to remove the protective paper on front and you will see what looks like real glass mirror appear. I say do it last as you can get glitter or adhesive on it or scratch it if you remove the protective paper first and then attempt to work over it (ask me how I know)!
     The dp is also from a 12×12 Tim Holtz paper pad – “Vintage Shabby” .  The edges of the paper were distressed using the new “Mermaid Lagoon” distress inkpad.  The sentiment is computer generated and die cut with a set of shape dies that I never labeled so I do not know the maker of those dies.  The lace and trim are from my stash although the trim around the mirror was a gift from Angie Hunt! Last, my flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
     Here is a glitzy view, courtesy of my camera!

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you get to play this weekend! I will be grading papers and trying to squeeze in some play time later tomorrow.  Have a great day and thank you for your kind comments!

I am entering this in the following challenges:
 Anything Goes with a Marianne Designs die
A Vintage Journey – Through the Looking Glass (Tim Holtz)

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Tracy

    Your shadow box creations are super stars Ann Marie. I'm so glad you have found happiness in your job again, but I sure have missed your creations too. Beautiful work. Looking forward to seeing more. Hugs!

  2. What a marvelous shadowbox creation for this 16 year old's birthday – so pretty in all the blues – dress, ribbons, background – and I love all the sparkle AND the mirror reflecting it all back! Thank you for joining us in the AVJ Through the Looking Glass challenge! Julia xx

  3. Everything here is so gorgeous…dress, chariot, flowers mirror and composition.
    Wow! stunning creation Ann Marie

  4. Penny

    Good to see you here again! Love this creation! Stunning! Really gorgeous design, palette, and details! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  5. Wow, just look at the sparkle on that! Lovely fairytale shadowbox. I love the decoration on the dress and the tiny carriage, and the mirror is a great touch. Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison xx

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