Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring into Spring

Time for another challenge over at

Spring into Spring

I do love Ike's challenges, somehow here I seem to step right outside my box to create something different.  This week I used the digi Spring Fairy, a digi I have used a few times as she is just beautiful :)  So far I have only used her on cards but this time, after chatting to my sister and hearing how fed up she is with the long wet winter I had an idea.  Something else new for me, a shadow box, could I create a 3D scene for my sister to hang on her wall which, during the coming winter 2014/15 she can look at it and know Spring is not far away.  Now that sounded like fun and so I set to work.  To begin with I found a photo I had taken at Glen Coe in Scotland, a place I love and was just perfect.  Next I overlaid the digi in Photoshop, this way I can colour the digi but not have to do any fussy cutting.  Time to print :)

So here we have the Spring Fair placed on the photo background and printed ready for colouring with Promarkers.
 Here we are with the digi coloured with Promarkers.  I also added orange Stickles to the centre of each flower but forgot to take a close-up :)
Next was to make the flowers.  I used Spellbinders Bitty-Blossoms-6 and three colours of yellow paper.  After the flowers were made I dipped each one in gold Extreme Glitter for a bit of bling on the edges of the petals.
While these were drying I found some light green wrapping paper for part of the mount and also used dark green card which I embossed with the leaf Embossilicious A4 folder.
So far so good, what next?  Ah leaves for my flowers.  For these I used Spellbinders Foliage.  Once cut I used the air gun and my trusty Promakers to ad a bit of shading to them.

Next I assembled the flowers and leaves.  First I used some green wire and a glue gun to create a stem for each flower.  Then I twisted these into a few bunches.  Next I attached them to the leaves with glue dots and using a strong adhesive attached a toothpick to the back for strength.  WOW, pretty pleased with these, for a first time effort I am giving my self a pat on the back lol. Now I needed to work out how to put all this together as I am pretty much making it up as a I go along. After a good look at the shadow box I found the class front was flush on all edges so no way could I just stick the flowers and leaves onto the base.  Time to take a coffee break and hunt the house for something I could use to place the flowers stems onto.  Ahhhh - brilliant, an old bedding plant box.  Out with the craft knife and slice a bit off, this should work but it is going to be a bit of trial and error.  I coloured the nasty squeaky polystyrene with Olive Green Promarker but that was no good.  Then I remembered I had this strange mossy stuff I had picked up somewhere, I think it is for model railway making.  The polystyrene pieces were covered in UHU and lots of the mossy stuff put on.  Once dry I attacked this with a green Promarker, bit of a waste of time as it did not make much difference to any of the colour lol.  By now I was in a real mess, glue, green, moss fiber everywhere, all over the craft table and all over me too hahahaha
The end result was worth it all and I did have lots of fun.  Here we have the two completed rose bushes ready to go into the shadow box.
I added more UHU and moss to the white ledge area of the box and the two rose bushes, one at either side.  The wrapping paper was glued to the back board of the frame and the green embossed mount next.  Finally the scene was put in place and this was then put in position on the shadow box.  Finished - time to turn it over and have a look at the end result :)

I hope you like it big sis and it helps towards seeing Spring during the Winter :) :) :)

  • Digi - Spring Fairy by IKE'sART
  • Shadow Box from IKEA
  • Promarkers - Olive Green, Moss, Marsh Green, Gold Lemon, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Sandstone.  Flex Markers:- Cinnamon, Dusky Pink, Blush and Linen
  • Dies - Spellbinders Bitty Blossom 6 and Foliage
  • Stickles, Extremem Glitter, cocktail sticks, moss stuff and wire from my stash.
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-


  1. These are stunning creations Ginny x

  2. I really love this shadow box, thank you for adding all the progress photos, I do love to see a project come alive.
    Shell xxx

  3. Oh my word Treasure, I L...o...v...e this shadow box so so much and thank you so much for making it for me. Oh, yes, how uplifting it will be to enjoy when I'm moaning about grey days .....actuallym I won't be moaning as I'll just have to glance up to this incredible scene to be reminded that brighter days are ahead.

    I love the Spring Fairy image that I have seen you use so beautifully on previous projects ...It reminds me of the beautiful bronzes you have here in the UK. To use the image against the background of one of your favourite photographs of such a stunning place as Glen Coe is pure inspiration. Oh to be running free as Spring Fairy....pure art and so light and uplifting.

    The rose bushes to each side are awesome ...thank you for making them my favourite flowers .....The flowers and leaves themselves are gorgeous but I just love the way you have mounted them on the moss covered polystyrene .....perfect and such beautiful texture that looks so natural and in keeping with the Glen Coe scene. Oh Treasure, I can't wait to see this shadow box in reality and I can tell you now that I'll absolutely love having it on display. Thank you, Thank you and even bigger Thank you.

    The only photo you didn't include was one of yourself covered in glue, moss and Promarker colouring .....perhaps you could join the craze and start including a 'selfie' so that we can see how much you have thrown yourself into you creativity.

    Lots of love xxx ♥ ♥ ♥

  4. This is truly a piece of art, so very pleasing to look at. I'm sure your sister will love it and hang it proudly. Thank you for joining us at the Come And Get It Challenge.

  5. This is a work of pure GENIUS! I love it. So clever and so accomplished!
    Thank you for joining us at the Ladybug Crafts Challenge. Jane xx

  6. Fantastic shadow box you made and an amazing background you created for the Spring Fairy! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  7. Gorgeous shadow box. It is a real piece of art. Thanks for sharing it with us at Robyn's Fetish Challenge.
    Laurence DT

  8. What a lovely gift you've made for your sis. This definitely takes you away from gloomy winter.

    Mary Anne, Great Impression DT

  9. Wow this is amazing the work you put into this beautiful work of art. Yes, it would be wonderful to look at during the long cold winter months. Thanks for sharing the details!

  10. Nice! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenges.

  11. Oh my goodness, Mimi - this is breathtakingly beautiful! I am so glad you added the photos because I have a deeper appreciation for all of the work and love that went into this. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity, coloring skill (which are gorgeous), and your process with us at Color Me Creative. It's the perfect addition to our Show Us Some Skin challenge gallery. Hugs, Cathy xx

  12. Wow! stunning and so totally appreciated by your sister, a really fabulous piece of art which cries out with your love, thanks for joining us at Divas By Design this week. Jac x

  13. What a wonderful tutorial! LOVE the fabulous scene you created! Especially the flowers, leaves, and moss! Gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions! :) HUGS and have a great rest of your week! Mynn xx

  14. What an amazing piece of art!! Absolutely beautiful and thanks for the step by step tutorial. Christine

  15. Hey there Meems - aside from a stunning card - which is beyond gorgeous...I am in withdrawal!!! Withdrawal is taking its toll! lol huggzzzzz

  16. Hi Mimi - this is a stunning project! I love all the details and thanks for sharing your tutorial too. Having read the comments above I know your sister loves it, and it is a real pick-me-up from the drab winter days here in the UK. Thanks for sharing your beautiful creation at Lexi's Creations this time.
    Helen x (DT)

  17. I can imagine your sister doing a happy dance, I know I would! This is absolutely stunning! The details make it extra special. Wonderful tutorial too. What a great way to wait for Spring. I would be staring at constantly wanting to jump right in :-)
    Thanks for joining in the fun at Hiding in My Craft Room.
    Lena – DT Member
    Lena’s Creations

  18. A wonderful shadow box. and I love how you did the rose bushes. Thanks for sharing this with us at Come and Get It.
    Cindy DT

  19. Oh this is fab! A real stunner.
    BTW great tutorial.

    Thanks for taking part in the Stamping Dragon 'Bling it up' Challenge with us:

  20. This is gorgeous! What a great idea! Your flower arrangements are fantastic too. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Craft a Scene!

  21. What an amazing scene, I love how you've combined the photo and digi image together and the wonderful flowers you made to go with it. Thanks for joining us at Craft A Scene this month.

    Sue xx

  22. What a lot of work! The result is worth it though, truly stunning!
    Thanks for joining us at the Stamping with the Dragon.
    Fiona DT x

  23. Wow, I love the picture. You did a lovely job creating such a beautiful work of art. I enjoyed reading over your tutorial on how you put together the flower w/foliage and moss, that is so great. :D
    Thank you for sharing and joining us at All Crafts Challenge.
    Deborah ACC DT

  24. Stunning work! Thank you for joining us at my All Crafts Challenge, I hope to see you joining in again for our new challenge :-) Elaine DT-xxx-


Thank you for taking the time to comment, it means a great deal to me. Hoping you have happy crafting days ahead. Hugs Mimi