Friday, February 1, 2013

Wisdom and Love In a Shadow Box...

Happy first of February!  
The time is just cruising by and another month at Heck Of a Challenge has passed and today brings a brand new theme of LOVE and FLOWERS!  With Valentine's Day just around the corner there shouldn't be any shortage of entries, so come on over and enter your cards or projects at Heck Of a Challenge.

I took several pictures to show the process...
Here is my 12 x 12 shadow box made from a cut file at the Silhouette Studio. It used 6 12x12 pieces of cardstock to create this, but in the end, it's so much fun!
Here I've begun to paint over sections of the muted green paper with Gesso and then mod podged torn strips of sheet music and designer papers in various locations.
This is the heart flourish, another cut file from Silhouette Studio, that has been enlarged and duplicate three times so I could glue them together for a sturdier top flourish to my box.
The flourish went from white cardstock to this lovely wood looking piece by painting over the top of white cardstock with acrylic linen paint, a coat of crackle accents then a modest sponging of Vintage Photo DI which was wiped down after application.
When I received this theme, I knew I wanted to make this shadow box that I'd been itching to try. Taking the theme of Love and Flowers, I challenged myself to go one step further and personalize this even more. An odd thought crossed my mind...
What if someone told you that all the wisdom, knowledge and love you possessed, was to be passed down to your children, but it could only encompass the space of a 12 x 12 box.  What would it look like, what would it say? 
My daughter is incredibly artistic in ways I will never be and so I drew from her talents and likes and incorporated elements from her and wisdom from me and here is what I came up with.
Of all the cute things, I loved writing erase your fears on an actual eraser..LOL. It's the little things.
I didn't have enough room to add to this, but what I wanted to say was...Your life is an easel. Let your dreams paint the canvas.
A bit of this message is blocked, but it says, "Highlight EVERY Moment"

And isn't this little girl just the cutest! These wonderful images come from Nicecrane Designs titled Fantasy & Kids DSL I and II and there are 4 digital images in each set. I thought they fit perfectly with my theme here and oddly enough, this little cutie is quite the tomboy; rather like my daughter at 3 years of age.
And now 14 going on 30...
Here are a few of her drawings...

So that's it for me. My kiddo's definitely inspire me and I hope you've found some inspiration in this post too. We'd love to see what you LOVE and some FLOWERS too! 
Well, I certainly hope my box says enough of love and my wishes, wisdom and hopes for her life...

Thanks so much for stopping in. Your time is more than appreciated!
Hugs n' Happy Crafting,
Lisa xx


Lisa Jane said...

aw always you come up with an
amazing creation.. i just love all the elements and the fact that you even made the box!
Love those pics of your gorgeous daughter too
Lisa x

Marie-Louise said...

Wow - what a talented family. Absolutely gorgeous shadow box and fantastic drawings.

Sonia said...

Amazing creation my beautiful friend,many gorgeous details to see,all fabulous^_^
You daughter is very very very beautiful and the pictures are wonderful^_^
Big hug,

Paper Profusion said...

I don't know which I'm more enchanted by Lisa - your TOTALLY WONDERFUL box or by all your WISHES AND LOVE that you have incorporated to it. This is a beautiful creation fuelled by your brilliant creativity, that your gorgeous daughter has obviously inherited. I LOVE IT!!! Nicola x

Chrissy said...

Absolutely wonderful many amazing details and love your shadow box that I would not have the engery or the brain to make..gorgeous photos and crafty inspiration...and take note...not one smart or sassy comment..gorgeous work.


McCrafty's Cards said...

An absolutely fabulous shadow box Lisa, so much detail I love it all, your Daughter is a very talented young lady.
Kevin xx

Mary J said...

Your daughter is so talented, Lisa - just like her mum! I love your shadow box - so many fab details, I can't stop looking at it!

Tip Top said...

Wow! It's like a Wheres Wally picture - every time I look I see more!

Ina G said...

Like Mother like daughter both very talented in their own way. Fabulous piece of work again. Love seeing all your amazing work. PS your daughters drawing are super. She will go a long way in the art world.

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

What an Artist she is! I hope she Continues down that path! Love love love this shadow box for her! Brilliant images...I was transformed into a story book for a moment! The flourishes and whimsical embellishments on top and along the sides elevate this to an UBER WOW for me! LOVE it!!!!

Lori said...

I drooled over every section of your shadowbox! What a wonderful job on those images. I so enjoyed your daugher's drawings - how wonderful!

Alyce Kit and Clowder said...


dont you think its about time we did like a project swap or something? LOL! i can't believe this...the details everywhere are incredible. you rock my socks lisa!! ;) your daughters drawings are fantastic too!!! :)

Words and Pictures said...

I'm in love with this project... what an incredible idea to encapsulate all that love and wisdom within the shadow box. Exquisite use of the images; wonderful, wonderful sentiments, and such creative, playful displays. Very taken with your erase your fears eraser!! I was so drawn into this - a truly astounding piece created out of love. And what a collection of amazing art from your daughter... Altogether a wonderful post!
Alison x

Tracy said...

This is soooo awesome! It's just jam packed in every little cubby hole with crafty goodness. :-) And wowzers for your girls drawings. Mine loves to draw too--NOT my thing at all. Have a great weekend Twang!

Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Q,
I came over to comment on the OCC project, but then I noticed this amazing shadow-box!(Ignacio will run out of Wows with this.)
I am just thrilled with what you have made here, pouring all your creativity into each section, almost teaching the onlooker on what life is about; just live it and enjoy.
Your positive attitude oozes from every corner, you obviously enjoyed putting this together, it has a lot of energy and movement, it is busy and exciting to look at.
All the cut-out images create the 3-D effect wonderfully, it is just outstanding Q.
My goodness, between you and your two children you have talent to burn, the three of you should get together; the artist, the storyteller and the creator, and I am convinced what ever it is you come up with to create will be entertaining and amazing, it's just a case of combining your talents as one, a hard task, as artists are individualists.
And by the way Q, your card for your challenge on OCC, is unique and so very, very you, just wonderful. Smiles :-)

Tammy said...

Goodness, the apple hasn't fallen far from the tree, her artwork is incredible! Love your wonderful shadow box, you're so very creative and inspiring!

Unknown said...

Wow L2, I absolutlely loved reading this post. Your shadowbox is awesome and I love the photos of your daughter. So sweet! Her drawings reveal an incredible talent. :-)
me xx

Shahrul Niza said...

I'd died and gone to heaven, Lisa!. OH heavens, this shadow box is totally gorgeous!!!. I have no words, love every element and the girl stamps really cute. Inspiring piece, Lisa :). And your daughter is such an artist!! Blew my mind when I see her beautiful drawings, the portraits especially. Bravo girl!.

Sandy said...

Lisa!!!!! Your daughter will treasure this shadow box forever and ever. She is so pretty even with her fake mustache! Her drawings are out of this world wonderful - how proud I know you are. Like Mother Like Daughter. Thank you for sharing this bit of your personal life!

Kelly said...

Like you our daughters are just as creative as we are and sometimes I think my daughter is better that me. Your daughter is beautiful and shows great talent in drawing. I am sure you are proud of her.
I love the words you used in this shadow box, they will carry your children a long ways in their life.
Gorgeous work, you and your daughter!
Hugs Kelly

Margaret said...

Oh, WOW! I'm not sure where to begin here... This is so obviously from your heart and each phrase, image, and detail is so full of love and Mother's pride that it made me feel all mushy inside! I LOVE the eraser idea and will definitely be stealing that!!
BTW- Insanely precious pics of your DD! The streaked cheeks are adorable!