Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Sunflowers and Spices Shadow Box (Crafting by Designs April GDT)

Hi everyone :-D

I was delighted to be asked to do a Guest Designer project at Crafting by Designs for April's 'Anything Goes' challenge, after being featured in their February spotlight.

I like shadow boxes and tiny decorations, so I decided to make this Sunflowers and Spices Shadow Box, cute mini decoration for my kitchen.

I made a shadow box frame from one sheet of paper from Graphic 45 paper collection 'French Country', as shown in a video tutorial by Lily. I used 8" x 8" sized paper and got a frame dimensioned 3" x 3" x 5/8".  

I embellished shadow box with fussy cut and distressed sunflowers and postage stamps from Graphic 45 'French Country' paper collection, butterflies die-cuts, Eucalyptus bark, Star Anise, four peppercorns and tiny marmalade and jams. 

Butterflies are cut of 'Flutter Tree' die-cut. I bought die-cuts last year on eBay, because I don´t have die-cut machine. They were white and I colored them with Distress Inks and water.

I collected Eucalyptus bark last summer when I was visiting Lokrum island. It was dry and fell of the tree, so I didn't damage anything. :-D After I glued pieces of bark on the box frame and was completely dry, I distressed it with Tim Holtz's Distressed Inks. 

I got Star Anise last week from my boyfriend/partner. This is the most beautiful spice to me. Nature really creates amazing tings! :-D

To make small marmalade and jams I used glass vials with corks, clear resin, glass colors, paper scraps, distressed inks, raffia and small labels I made using MS Word.

Marmelade d'oranges - Marmelade
Confiture de fraises- Strawberry Jam
Confiture de myrtilles sauvages - Wild Blueberry Jam

List of supplies I used for this project:
  • Graphic 45 paper collection 'French Country', 8 x 8 
    • Deja Vu: shadow box frame
    • French Country: postage stamps
  • Graphic 45 paper collection 'French Country', 6 x 6 (Patterns and Solids): sunflowers
  • Bradley Hand ITC Font 
  • white cardstock paper butterflies from die-cut 'Flutter Tree'
  • self adhesive white paper
  • acetate sheet
  • raffia  
  • glass vials with corks
  • Star Anise (lat. Illicrum verum)
  • Eucalyptus bark (lat. Eucalyptus, don´t know the specie, Lokrum island, Croatia
  • Black, White and Green Peppercorn (lat. Piper nigrum)
  • Tim Holtz´s distress inks (Old Paper, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain)
  • Marabu glass colors (420 Yellow, 436 Vermilion, 455 Dark Ultramarine) 
  • Pritt universal glue
  • gloss resin gel super-clear
  • printer
  • scoring board
  • scissors 
  • crafting needle
  • Tim Holt blending tool  
  • Marabu fine paint brush no. 1
  • nail polish remover acetone 
  • cotton buds 
  • water

I hope you like my project. Hop over at Crafting by Designs and see gorgeous projects The Design Team and other Guest Designers made for this challenge. Do join us in this month's challenge, we are looking forward to see your projects. :-D 

I am entering my project to following challenges:
Note: bold text and challenge badge (if any) are direct links to the current challenge and blog badge is direct link to blog or challenge home page.

1) Artistic Inspirations, Challenge #128: Anything Goes with a twist of Flowers

2) Clear it Out Challenge Blog, Theme: Clear it Out, Stash: 2 or more things you are hoarding 
  • Graphic 45 Paper collection 'French Country' (so many scraps)
  • Gloss vials with corks 
  • raffia
  • Eucalyptus bark
  • die-cut 'Flutter Tree'
3) Crafty Sentiments Designs, More than 1 Fold Challenge

4) Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges, Challenge #33 - Food Related
This is my 3rd entry to this challenge.

6) The Cat's Pajamas, TCPTUE287 - Anything Goes
The Cat's Pajamas

7) The Pink Elephant, TPE292 - Anything Goes

8) Through The Craft Room Door, TTCRD Challenge from March 31st to April 6th, Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by and your kind feedback. Enjoy and smile! :-D

Crafty Milka

P.S. Stop by later today, I'll be posting again. 

P.S.S. This is a scheduled post, I´m probably sleeping now. :-D 


  1. Divno Milka!! Super ideja za imati nesto rucno radjeno u vlastitoj kuhinji! Obozavam Grafic 45 i u ovom slucju se supeer uklopio.

  2. A wonderful creation, Milka - love that you used the star anise etc to embellish! Thanks so much for playing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  3. WOW - now that's a project!! Amazing - so clever and creative. This is just perfect for the Food Related challenge at Open-Minded Crafting Challenge. A real jaw dropper! Good luck on your entry.

  4. What a fabulous project - very creative. Thank you for joining The Cat's Pajamas TCP Tuesday challenge.

  5. Beautiful shadow box. I like how you created this with the G45 papers. And the little bottles of spices are adorable.
    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge.
    Hugs, Deborah DT

  6. Awesome project! I love those little bottles. Thank you for sharing with us at Through the Craft Room Door. Good luck!
    Tina DT

  7. Fabulous project I love the Graphic 45 sunflower paper and cute little jars-Thank you for joining us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun
    Carol DT x

  8. Lovely kitchen decoration! Thanks for entering Open-Minded Crafting Challenges.

    Open-Minded Crafting
    {Craftisan Studios}
    {Design Team Showcase}



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