Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday Stamping With Allie Gower: More Groovy Nature

When Allie emailed me with a sneak peek of today's project, it was love at first sight. She used 11093MC Groovy Nature Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):

And she created this amazing shadow box:

Allie has a son (18) and daughter (16). They're pretty close knit and used to spend a lot of time crafting together. Nowadays, she says that she has to compete with the computer, "but we still do a lot of fun family stuff together. We are best buds, but man, they are my toughest critics! I rarely get more than a 'mmmm, that’s nice.'"

I'm not sure what her kids said when they saw this one, but I'd imagine it must have gotten a thumbs-up. As for myself, I think it's awesome. The best part is that it wasn't difficult at all, but it looks really impressive!

Allie started with a Configurations 5.5" x 5.5" Shadow Box (with the compartments removed) and covered it with patterned paper inside and out. Here's an angled view, so you can see that better:

She stamped the bird image (5911H Sing To The Lord in wood mounted) on the base paper and colored the stem. Then she stamped the bird on scrap paper, colored it in, and layered the bird, leaves, and flower pieces onto the base image. A third stamping was for the wing, which was popped up with foam tape:

Her base image piece was wrapped with Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tissue Tape in Symphony on the sides, and so was the outside frame. She also lined the edges of the frame with bling, which added further definition:

Here's my favorite element, the little birdie in its nest:

The glittered and painted flowers (complete with pearl or rhinestone centers) in various sizes were the perfect corner accent. Ta da...gorgeous finished shadow box!

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Originally I was going to write about the shadow box next Sunday, but then Allie posted this cool card and I just couldn't wait to show you both projects:

She listed the supplies on her blog. Did you notice the awning at the top? How cool is that!

The funny part was her Facebook entry, where she explained that she needed (wanted) to emboss the edges but her heat tool died. So she pulled out her frying pan and improvised. She said that some areas were a little overheated, but "it kind of got a bubbly, orange toasted look."

A friend of hers commented that it appeared intentionally distressed and called it "pan fried paper love." Hah! Leave it to Allie to cook up something clever like this!


misty said...

I love that story and both of these projects are awesome! I love that shadow box, and seriously an awning on a card??? How cool is that!

True :) said...

That's my Allie! LOL!
Her work is always amazing so I'm not surprised to see how fabulous these projects are! :)

True :D

Keri Lee Sereika said...

Sooo cute! Love the idea of a shadow box!!