21.8.15

Smile away Shadowbox

Smile away Shadowbox
         Since I am feeling much more cheerful and happy finally [Thank you so much  my blogger pals-- your supportive comments helped a lot to cheer me up!] ,I wanted to make a crafty project which was so  colorful and cheerful it would chase away any blues !
          I built a shadowbox around the theme " Smile your heart out" the sentiment on an epoxy sticker my friend Lisa sent me!
Sponge Cloud
         Everybody has cloudy days and so I added a cloud [ cut from packaging sponge] just to remind one that eventually the sun will come up !
         I embossed the sentiment " Laughter is the best medicine" in gold and I bet you agree that many a times Laughter is certainly the best medicine! Yes believe me as a doctor I see that all too often...the power of ones emotional state and positive attitude can work wonders! Last month we operated on an 86 yer old man with advanced cancer of the larynx[ voicebox]. His postoperative period was so turbulent as his aged body struggled to heal and at times we even regretted having given him the option of surgery even though that was his best chance! But in all these years we have not seen such a fighter...he was just raring to go back home and I think his positive attitude did more wonders than anything we did and he was soon able to join his grandchildren at home beating the deadly disease and the turmoils of its treatment! 
Laughter is the best medicine
       My shadowbox has a dominance of bright pink and cheerful yellow with oodles of greenery too! The embossed frame was sponged with distress ink and dusted with pearl powders for a gorgeous shimmer.
Cute Fairy
        Everyone has a guardian angel to look over them dont they. I am not deeply religious in the temple going- daily praying fashion but I do believe someone watches over us! And anyway the little fairy looks too cute to not smile!She is actually  a button I stuck on an stamped- die cut butterfly!
Glittered palms
       Well what else can make one smile...something that reminds you of a holiday ...palm trees on sandy beaches..or more accurately coconut trees in my case as they remind me of my hometown of Kerala ! The coconut trees are Spellbinders die cuts and inked in distress ink and glittered over with distress glitter.
Exotic flowers
         I don't know if there really are pink pears and big swirls of yellow berries in the real world but they looked yummy enough to add to my shadowbox!
Golden gate
          This  beautiful golden gate is a Spellbinders die cut and I seem to want to add to every project [ you can see it in our Snail diorama too] ...do you do that too...use a new craft supply in a near obsessive fashion...?
Shadowbox frame
        The picture above shows the shadowbox elements and the wood- glass frame I dressed up to go on top .
3 D floral sticker
          The butterfly was stamped [ hero arts stamp] and heat embossed , water colored and die cut with a Sizzix die. All the beautiful 3 D decoupage floral stickers  you see were sent to me by Lisa [ I am constantly amazed at the generosity of the crafting community!]I added them to my shadowbox so that I can treasure them for life[ Thank you so much Lisa!]
Whipped spackle
          The white snow like elements on the edges of my frame are " Whipped Spackle " and you can read more about Whipped Spackle here : Mixed Media tutorial , Altered Heart tutorial , Texture Media experiments
Laugh and Smile Shadowbox
         The golden lamp post is a Challenge die cut and most of the leaves are Heartfelt creations Classic Leaf die cuts I jazzed up following this tutorial : Leaf tutorial
Supplies : Dies : Cheery Lynn  butterfly, Cheery Lynn  grass,Cheery Lynn  lamp post, Sizzix Butterfly, Heartfelt creations Classic Leaf , Memory box cloud, Spellbinders gate, Spellbinders palm trees
Stamps : Hero Arts Butterfly Rubber Stamp [ in combo with coordinating sizzix dies], Laughter is the best medicine Rubber stamp
Misc : Itsy bitsy frame embossing folder,whipped spackle, Jesse james fairy button, Pearl powders,Distress inks

88 comments:

  1. Gorgeous Shadow box Sonia! The gate is lovely and love those flowers and butterfly! :)
    Suchi xx

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  2. What a super cute work you made, Sonia!!!
    Greetings,
    Mihaela

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  3. WOW! This is really dreamy and so fun Sonia!! I just love the dimension, sparkle and amazing details you've put into this shadow box!! The gate adds a wonderful opening detail!! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend! :)

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  4. Oh yes, this sweet little box does make me smile! From the little fairy to that gorgeous golden gate. Love it Dr. Sonia! NancyD

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  5. How wonderful Sonia, I do love all the detail, the gate in particular is lovely, a fabulous creation, I love it!
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

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    1. Hehe Jacee so glad I added the gate...so many are commenting they love it

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  6. Absolutely adorable!
    I loved the cloud!
    Have a nice weekend!

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    1. Thank you Nagela...the cloud is my bit of recycling in this project

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  7. so happy to see this bright cheerful creation from you Sonia !! big hugs !!

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  8. Bee-utiful. Especially like the Gold Gate. There is so much wonderful detail to look at in this creation.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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    1. Thank you so much Melissa

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  9. I love your shadow box Sonia, it would brighten any ones day with all of your elements.
    Hugs Sue

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  10. SO very beautiful and so much detail, with lovely colours and flowers, the gate is wonderful.

    I think you were the man's angel that day. You gave him another chance.

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    1. Thank you so much Faith ..a lot of doctors, nurses , paramedical staff were invovled in his care but his attitude was what was the most amazing...He just wanted to go back to his home!!

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  11. another super make - I love your summery colours - gorgeous! Hugs rachel x

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  12. Such a stunning shadow box! The details are just amazing! Love the glittery touches, fabulous flowers and butterflies! Great job on this!
    Have a fantastic day!
    Sherrie K

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    1. Thank you so much Sherrie

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  13. Beautiful Sonia..full of sunshine and happiness..love all the flowers and different elements to make up your scene which is wonderful..keep smiling..in my job too working with the elderly every day, if I can make them smile or even laugh I feel my job is done..

    luv CHRISSYxx

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    1. Its is in many ways so tough to grow old and it takes a very brave and strong heart to be able to work with elder citizens...I salute you Chrissy

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  14. That golden gate is phenomenal - so pretty up front of your shadow box...

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  15. WOW Oh Sonia this is absolutely the most cheerful, cute, fun and beautiful shadow box I have ever seen. Your attention to details is amazing. The colors are perfect, the gate is elegant and that fairy is TOOOOO cute. Would love to see this linked up over at 2 Creative Chicks. I see you listed you were linking up but I don't see it on the link up on the site.

    Have a creative day.
    Hugs Nana
    ♥ My Crafting Channel ♥
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    ♥ Paper & Stitches ♥

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    1. Dear Nana..I think I was in a rush...will see to it this evening>

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  16. Oh my gosh, this is stunning, Sonia!! Wow!! It makes me happy to look at!! I love all of the amazing details you added!! That fairy is so sweet!! You decorated the frame perfectly, too!! What a gorgeous, gorgeous project this is my friend!! I love, love it!! Have a great weekend :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa...the shadow box will remind me of you since I used a lot of the stuff you sent me

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  17. Beautiful shadow box!! Love each of the element.. The butterflies are gorgeous.. I love the golden gate.. I use the MS butterfly punch in many of my projects!! Oh and coconut trees!! Ya.. They remind me of my native(Sothern most part of India, bordering Kerala) and childhood..

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    1. Yes Berina coconut trees are so few in Bangalore and I miss them!!

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  18. WOW!! Absolutely Beautiful!! Gorgeous details...Amazing!!
    Have a blessed day,
    Millie
    Crafting With Creative M

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  19. Doctor Sonia, what wonders you create. This shadow box is awesome! The gate is perfect. It forces my eyes to wonder upon your creation and desire to be on the other side! :-)

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    1. Hehe Thank you so much for such a sweet comment Mike

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  20. I love the stories behind the elements in you shadow box. I love the cloud and the snail and the gate and everything else about your uplifting project

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    1. Yes I felt I had to add a cloud in the happy place!

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  21. WOW!! Stunning shadow box, everything about it is outstanding. Thank you for joining us this week at HIMCR.

    Sue
    http://suek86401.blogspot.com/

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  22. wow this is so pretty. A very happy project

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  23. Beyond gorgeous, Sonia! Love all the interspersed gold elements and the sentiment is the best ever! It's beautiful. Thanks for the wonderful close ups.

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    1. Yes Donna we need to remember the power of a good laugh

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  24. wow such a beautiful shadow box...amazing details..thanks for sharing at Pile It On

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  25. Such a cheerful and bright creation Sonia. Evertthing about this is so full of life, the little angel watching, the flora and fauna and i loved reading the positive attitude of the old man wanting to "live life"... a lesson we all need to know. Thanks for sharing that experience. Cheers.

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    1. Yes Rupa he is a strong at heart farmer and his attitude is so positive

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  26. What a gorgeous project. I keep going back for one more look and always seem to find another detail that I had missed. The gate is stunning and I love the little butterfly!
    Thanks for joining in the blogiversary fun at Hiding in My Craft Room.
    ♥ Lena – DT
    Lena’s Creations

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  27. Beautiful Shadow box. Love the fairy doll and the beautiful gate. I love it.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes AUGUST Linky Party. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

    DL.ART
    http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

    http://dianamlarson.ctmh.com

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    1. Thank you Diana...I love the gate myself

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  28. It looks like paradise happiest place ! All pretty colors ,beautiful flowers n butterflies,cute fairy create a happy scene !

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  29. Hi Sonia, I must have missed one of your posts because I'm not sure what all the "drama" was about. But, I just wanted to lend you my support. I am a BIG FAN of yours!! I love the projects you share, your tutorials are spot on and well done and you are a true inspiration! I am constantly amazed at how you find time to make and share such creative projects while working in a stressful demanding job and raising a family! PLEASE keep sharing - you brighten up my day and challenge my creativity.
    karenb

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    1. Hehe Karen the drama was just that I was struggling to find time to craft , blog and have a presence on facebook + DT commitments. I decided to resign from DT work and stay away from facebook and that has helped a lot!

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  30. This is amazing! LOVING the gate, the palm trees, the flowers, the colors ... I just LOVE it ALL!!!!!!!!!

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  31. Stunning bright cheery sunshine project love the sunny colours and the reasons behind everything you added-just perfect and thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog
    carol x

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  32. This is beautiful, such a pretty design and lovely colours.
    Pauline
    x

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  33. Wow, this is stunning! Absolutely gorgeous! So many details to look at - and they are all 3-D! The palm trees look amazing! I love the butterflies and that gorgeous gate! The flowers are so pretty! I could look at it all day and still see something new! Well done!

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  34. Beautiful shadow box. Love the frame and the golden gates are a lovely addition.
    Thanks for playing along with us at Fab'n'Funky. hugs, Pat K x

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  35. Fabulous shadow box Sonia..Loz

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  36. Wspaniała praca :))

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  37. Wow!! Very beautiful shadow box!! So sunny, sweet and full of vitality! Love it!

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  38. This is stunning! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

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  39. Agree with pooja..it does look like a paradise. . The all happy pl

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  40. Gorgeous box Sonia, looks like a pretty, tropical paradise

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  41. Wow..beautiful shadow box Dr.Sonia...love all the cuties,golden gate,cloud ,coconut trees...

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  42. Oh my goodness this is an absolute vision!! It's a work of art that looks like a forever keepsake! I love the soft colors and the beautiful butterflies in the garden of flowers 💚 all the beautiful details that you have looks like we stepped out of the house into a garden and real-life :) i'm a firm believer in laughter is good medicine and we should always be smiling ! This is just beautiful :)

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  43. Oh my... this is the most beautiful shadow box, filled with joy and happiness. It fills my heart with the utmost beauty. Every detail is gorgeous.. everything is so dreamy. Stunning creation, my friend. I am happy to be returning to Blogger tonight, but am so overwhelming behind that I had to make the choice to only leave one comment for everyone.. it's the only way I can get back on track. :( I am so sorry! Always know how thankful I am for you. You are a blessing to all who know you.

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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  44. My goodness this is stunning! I love the bright, cheerful colors, and all of the added details. Just gorgeous! So glad you joined us at Pile It On!

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  45. Wow!! Love your shadow box such great details and colours. Love it. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month. Hope to see your pretty art work back here again soon. Judy DT

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  46. A gorgeous project. I am loving the beautiful colors and your cute little butterfly. Your shadowbox as well as all your work) always contain so many lovely details to look at and enjoy. Very pretty, Dr. Sonia, and so happy that you are feeling happy again.

    Hugs
    Sue

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  47. So pretty and love the depth of the scene in your shadow box - wonderful! TFS

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  48. Oh, my - this is gorgeous! Thank you so much for joining us in our August challenge, so nice to see you there! This is certainly a piece that can cheer anyone up! :-)
    I agree with you, laughter and a positive attitude can make wonders, and I am certain that it helps us heal faster - being it physically or mentally. Lovely story about the old man! ♥

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  49. Lovely colors on your shadow box, Sonia. Beautiful butterflies! You are master of creating scenes.

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  50. What a lovely shadow box card! Thanks for sharing at Craft for All Seasons! Hi Dr. Sonia, It's me Carla Brooke! Nice to see your lovely work again!

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  51. WOW! What a gorgeous shadow box! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘THE GREAT OUTDOORS’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

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  52. What a beautiful project Dr.Sonia.. It can definitely chase away anyone's blues :D i love the idea of packaging foam to use as clouds.. 'Ll definitely try to incorporate in my project :) Thanks for sharing :)

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  53. I love the idea of a shadow box, and I can see that so much work has gone in to this one….it is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing at Fab n Funky.

    Sharon x

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  54. Oh, how absolutely delightful! What wonderful details. I'm simply enchanted! Thanks so much for sharing this in our Great Outdoors Challenge at Dies R Us!

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  55. Stunning shadow box, Dr Sonia! So perfectly designed and delicate!
    Thank you again for playing with us at BGC!

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