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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Graphic 45 'Once Upon a Springtime' Fairy Garden Shadow Box


 Hi!!
I'm so thrilled to finally be back! For the past few months each time I started using my crafting tools my wrist would take a turn for the worse. I truly hope it is healed once and for all. I'm back in my craft room, joyfully whiling away the hours on whatever inspires me at the moment.



 Lately my crafty thoughts have been filled with the flutter of fairy wings and lush, secret gardens (my Irish heritage peeking through again!) This fairy garden shadow box I created for my grand-girl is a glimpse of what has been going on in my mind's eye. Now my granddaughter will have a little something from me to inspire her own magical dreams. I also entered this in The Shabby Tea Room's weekly challenge. It's my first time doing something like this and I am having a lot of fun with it! If you have any questions about the products I used just leave a message and I'll be happy to answer them.







Much has happened during my little break. Our youngest graduated high school and we moved him to college 4.5 hours away from home. He's happy and had a smooth transition to college life. We are officially empty nesters. I was filled with dread over this and shed many a tear in anticipation of my 'baby' leaving home. So far it is not quite as horrible as I anticipated. I miss him. My heart aches when I walk past his room and he's not in it. But I can happily report my life did not completely end when our last child went off to college. A week ago we attended parent weekend and sat in Death Valley for our very first Clemson football game (Go Tigers!) 


We had an amazing time! I even had my toenails painted orange with tiger paws. I intend to be the best college parent I can possibly be!         
I had my sweet grand-girl over for a slumber party last night. We spent the evening playing Littlest Pet Shop and watching Despicable Me. My little angel is an early riser so at 6:45 this morning we started our day with pancakes. These tender, fluffy, scrumptious pancakes are so easy to whip up that I never use a box mix anymore. If you'd like to make these for your family just click here for the link to the recipe.  


 Thank you for stopping by and spending time with me today!! Your comments and support mean so very much to me! Hugs!!  


 

13 comments:

  1. So beautiful! How did you make those tiny flowers?

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    1. Hi! Thank you so much! For the flowers I used a craft punch called 'punch a bunch small hydrangea cluster' that I purchased on Ebay.

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  2. This is just stunning!!! Is that a basket that the shadowbox sits in? So many beautiful details in this, but that "tree" in the corner is a perfect touch!

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    1. Thank you so much Kathy! The shadow box is made from an Accucut A2 card box die. It is one of my most used dies. I also wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. Your cards are gorgeous and so inspiring!

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  3. How enchanting! It's a fairy heaven! Thanks so much for sharing this amazing creation with us at TSTR!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words!

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  4. Hi Nancy,
    Ohhhh my goodness what a truly talented lady you are Nancy, your fairy garden shadow box is AMAZING and what a wonderful keepsake for you Grand-daughter to receive. I do hope that your hard work will be recognised and rewarded in the Shabby Tea Room challenge.
    Look forward to catching up soon for a chat.
    Warmest best wishes my dear friend.
    Su
    -x-

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    1. Thank you so very much Su!!! You're the best friend ever! Your phone calls always make my day!! I can't wait until we can visit again. Also, a little surprise is headed your way so keep an eye out for a package:-))
      Hugs,
      Nancy

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  5. The fairy garden is so beautiful! I would love to learn how to do that. Where do you get most of your supplies, or are there too many sources to mention? I am amazed at how beautiful this is.

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    1. Hi Mary,
      Thanks so much for your kind words! Sorry to be slow in responding. I've been gone almost all day for the past couple of days. The paper I used was Once Upon a Springtime by Graphic 45. I used and Accucut a2 card box die to make the shadow box. I painted and crimped the box, then cut the center out and made the outer frame with a Spellbinders nestabilities die. I used a butterfly punch and grass edger punch from Martha Stewart, a fence punch from Impression Obsession, A hydrangea flower punch from Punch a Bunch, and a leafy branch die that I won on Ebay (not sure of manufacturer.) I did a lot of fussy cutting and layering for the elements inside the shadow box. I also used foam pop up adhesive, glossy accents by Ranger, and seam binding that I crinkled, curled, and stiffened with starch.
      Hugs,
      Nancy

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  6. gorgeous fairy box. absolutely amazing design. its so detailed and beautiful x

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    1. Thank you for your kindness Lozzy! Your sweet comment has brightened my day!
      Hugs,
      Nancy

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  7. Beautiful fairy box. Love all details :)

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