May 2, 2010

The Poet's Attitude ~ revealed

If you caught my Thursday post, you'll know what I'm about to share?  Below are close-up images of my shadow box created for the new P3 design team challenge. 

Make sure you read the FULL post to learn how you can win this box for your very own!!!




The base of this project is a shadow box purchased from a dollar store.  The cameo and lace were also both purchased from a dollar store (the cameo being part of an elastic hair tie).

The remainder of the supplies are simply from my crafting supply stash or purchases from flea markets and antique stores.




Let's not forget, I am a rubber stamp artist so it seemed only nature to include at least one hand-stamped image.  I took it a step further and embossed (referring here to the gold flourishes on the fan fold paper).   




The background of this box has a soft glaze of white acrylic paint and blue watercolor crayons.  The little castle on the dark heart was clipped out of a book, juast the text, "the poet's attitude".  

Still here with me?  Keep reading....this box can be YOURS.


You'll find additional text in the upper left corner of the box with my own hand-drawn images.


As well as the upper right.....


Chalk and various other antiquing effects were applied to the background and paper embellishments.  The buttons are from my button jar stash (another flea market purchase).

A simple strand of cotton string was stained first and added to give a bit of softness.


My black Pitt artist pen came in handy for writing on the top-side of the box, which was first covered with a wash of acrylic paint, and smeared with chalks.  This technique was also applied to the inner box.


I'm working on another box already (along with several other projects).  If you didn't get a chance to see ALL the shadow box ideas, be sure to check out the P3 blog. 

I'm going to chose one lucky reader to win "The Poet's Attitude" shadow box.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post OR sign up to become my "Google Friend" and you're automatically entered.  I'll be selecting a winner on Wednesday May 5th.   Good luck and thanks for stopping by.

60 comments:

kim aka imagesbykim said...

What a beautiful piece. I am sure you are going to have many people leave a comment all hoping to win your favor and this lovely art creation.

So that is why I am jumping up and down and waving my arms wildly like a lunatic shouting out "Ohhh Santa pick me!!! Please pick me!!!"

:)

((((hugs))))

Kim

Lorrinda said...

Beautiful shadowbox Melanie! I love the colors you used and all the musical elements. Great distressing job, it looks antique!

Robbie Shedlof said...

Melanie, you always make such beautiful vintage pieces. I love this box. I'm with Kim, doing all sorts of things to get your attention.

Jean Elizabeth said...

This is an amazing piece! I love it!

Bonnie in SC said...

This is lovely,. Who ever wins it will be very lucky.

Bonnie S said...

Ooooh, this is so pretty! And I have a daughter (aged 23) that is a poet. She also likes Victorian type stuff. But then if I win it I would have to agonize over whether to give it to her or to keep it myself!!
Thanks for the chance.
God bless,
Bonnie S
stampin-ak at gci dot net

Wanda M. said...

Oh girl, this is sooooo pret-ti! tFS it with us - and one of us will be a lucky one to win it! TF the great chance. If you can't get to me thru this google post, one of my emails is wamcglamery at gmail dot com.

Nancy Dawson said...

Everyone is yelling 'pick me, pick me' well I'm on the bandwagon. I am so glad you posted this with a cameo. I have dozens of them, all different colors I had left over from making jewelry over 15 years ago. They are gorgeous and I could not seem to part with them so now I have a reason to use some. Thank you so much... Nancy

Anonymous said...

That box is spectacular! I love antique looking projects. shabby chic I guess they call it. You really have everything about this all right. So Romantic looking too.
Can see this hanging in my home.
Debi Pippin
bizestampin@tampabay.rr.com

GailPetersonscrafts said...

that is really pretty thanks for sharing it with us where did you find the cool hinged box? lovely work I love the sheet music idea as well Gail Peterson

Judi Sparks said...

I love the shadow box you made and are sharing on your blog. I would love to win it, but best wishes to whoever the lucky winner is!

Beverly said...

I was going to join as a follower even before I read this because I'd like to see more projects like this one as its something I am fond of.

I really like the idea of dollar store finds because I just spent the better day of Sat. scoping expensive stores along our beaches area and only came up with 3 small items. Never even thought to look in the 'hair ties' section LOL!

Beautiful colours and just the right mix of everything! Love it!

The Feathered Nest said...

Melanie!!! This is gorgeous!!!!! What a beautiful piece, I just love it...please toss my name in the hat!!! I love that you've looked beyond the obvious for some of your supplies, THAT is creativity ~ hugs and love, Dawn

Merrylion said...

What a lovely piece of creative art.

Anonymous said...

Melanie:

Lovely as always.
I am your big fan.
Love,
Ana Shirkey

Kathryn said...

This box is absolutely amazing and beautiful. It is great you could find things in the dollar store and turn them into something so beautiful!!! I would LOVE to win this box. The colors are perfect for my master bedroom and I have a space just the right size for it next to my dresser. A few months ago we took everything off the walls and repainted and redecorated the entire room but I never could find just that right something for the space next to my dresser. Until now that is ....

Kris Sobolik said...

Beautiful, thanks for sharing!
Kris
ksobolik@hotmail.com

Carolyn Sharkas said...

Well, Melanie, that is just gorgeous! I wish I had that kind of talent. Thanks so much for sharing.

carolyn s

Grandma M said...

I love your creative ideas. This sight is great and I am so glad I joined. Thanks for all the neat ideas and I would love to win!

Rhonda said...

This is amazing asis all of your work. I can only wish to have the creativity you have. Maybe if I follow long enough I can pick up something and rid my two left hands! I would love to win this, but have never won anthing. This could be the first!!

Anonymous said...

THIS IS INDEED A MAGICAL BOX! IT REMINDS ME OF VICTORIAN TIMES WHEN THEY PUT THEIR MOST IMPORTANT POSSESSIONS IN THOSE GLASS BOXES.a GREAT KEEPSAKE! CYNDE

The Journey said...

The shadow box is lovely and I like your colors. I would love a chance to win. thanks linda

Jane Giggy said...

How cool to find items at the Dollar Store and turn them into such a beautiful shadow box1
You are so talented! Thanks for the chance to win this amazing box!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Hi Melanie!
I'm so glad that Dawn sent me over here, what a talented gal you are!

Wow, whoever wins this is going to be one lucky gal. Hope it's me. :-)

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Anne

Becky in Wa said...

Wow, so clever. I love the little effects you have created. I would love to win this piece for my very own. Thank you for the opportunity.
Becky in WA

Becky in Wa said...

This is a great piece, I love the effect you have created and would love to own this beauty

Mandi said...

Oh, what a sweet box!! You are very talented!! Toss me in the ring for winning - I have a spot all picked out (chuckle) !!! Live creatively!! Mandi

Carol Mae said...

Very pretty shadow box, would love to be entered. Smiles, Carol Mae

carol said...

Amazing Melanie, I have attempted a couple of these boxes but no where near the success of this .

SuZeQ said...

Just to let you know ... I signed up and am now a FOLLOWER.

SuZeQ said...

Oh, Melanie, this is really beautiful. And, I bet even prettier in real life. I am hoping I'll be able to see so myself. (Hint! Hint!)

adamanderin said...

It is beautiful, Melanie! You are so very talented!

she dreams big! said...

Your box so reminds me of my mother for some reason. With Mother's Day right around the corner, winning this would be such a reminder of her. The box is absolutely gorgeous and your talent and creativity is amazing! Please count me in!

nancarts said...

Hi Melanie...just became a follower of your blog! over from the feathered nest. I love your shadow box. It is beautiful. Please include me in your giveaway and thanks for sharing your art work. Have a wonderful day.'

Smiles and Blessings,
Nancy

Leanne said...

Wow -- that is a beautiful work of art. If I win it, I'll be truly honored!

Judith said...

Hi Melanie,
Just discovered your blog thru Dawn at Feathered Nest. I love your giveaway and hope I win....I'll certainly be a follower of your blog!
Judy
Asheville

June Bug said...

Hey, Melanie! Thanks for the opportunity to win! That is beautiful. You do such fabulous work! June

Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing.
Deb

Prayer Chain 4 All said...

OMG! This is GORGEOUS! When I look at your work I am just amazed! I wish I could think outside the box like you do!! You are truly a talented artist!! :-)

codyrachel's irises said...

I like so many of your fans & friends love this piece & would be thrilled & honored to have such a piece in my world !
much happiness & joy to whomever wins-
codyrachel

windycindy said...

Not only do I admire your vintage looking shadow box, but I appreciate the work that went into creating it!
The hand drawn images are delightful.
I would put a few of my tiny keepsakes in your lovely box. I would call it my "happy place!"
Also, I follow your blog via Google
Friend Connect. Thanks for your generosity.....Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Tena said...

Congratulations on your invitation. You did such a great job with this 3D project. I love the vintage look and the cameo adds just the right touch.

Tena

Anonymous said...

Wow! This is just beautiful. You did a fabulous job! - Mary R.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, I just finished one with a photo of my MOM. I did one of my DAD. They are beautiful.

Dolores~CraftyD's Creations said...

Wow, your shadow box is really gorgeous. Thanks for explaining how you did it so if I''m not lucky enough to win it I might be able to try one of my own. Congrats to the winner and also to you for sharing your beautiful work.

Dolores~CraftyD's Creations said...

Wow, your shadow box is really gorgeous. Thanks for explaining how you did it so if I''m not lucky enough to win it I might be able to try one of my own. Congrats to the winner and also to you for sharing your beautiful work.

Debbie said...

Oh my gosh. How beautiful. I can not take my eyes off it. I just absolutely love the shadow box

ArtisticInkspirations said...

Melanie, you always create a gorgeous piece of art..all the 3d elements are unique and creative.. Love checking your blog to see what you've come up with next..

Nanny said...

Melanie, beautiful, you are so talented and full of inspiration for us all. Thanks so much.

Julie

Judy said...

I am so happy I found your blog! It is wonderful. I am just starting the altered work and love this piece you have offerd for a prize. Your blog is very inspiring to me! Thank-you and please sign me up!
saltboxgatherings@comcast.net
Many Blessings~Judy

peggylee said...

OMW beautiful!!! today is my first time at your blog amazing!!! Love the shadow box, love how you took simple things to create something so beautiful....

Nancy said...

What a wonderful shadow box. I'm going to try that someday. But I would love to win your's. Nancy P.

Erica said...

This is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing all your techniques. Your attention to detail is amazing. Love it!

Kim said...

This is gorgeous, the layout and design are incredible! I can't believe the box came from a dollar store, it is really cool how it opens up!

Whimsical Creations said...

How pretty!! Very creative. =D

Sharon said...

Your work is beautiful. I am glad you explained it as one always likes to know how it was done.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful shadow box -- looks like you found a great fit with this design team and challenge. Great job Melanie!

Lori

Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

I love your creation. You do beautiful work!!!

VintageCrafter said...

What a lovely shadow box creation! You are so very talented and I would be thrilled to win such an amazing piece of art!
*SMILES*
Carol

Riet said...

How wonderfull this art project is, so beautiful