Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spring "Welcome" Shadow Box

My husband and I are remodeling our entry way, so I thought it would be fun to create a welcome sign to hang up in this room.  I was inspired by the challenges going on where you need to use SVG files from SVGCuts because I absolutely love their files!  I decorated this welcome sign/shadow box for spring using mostly SVGCuts files.  I plan to switch out the background of this shadow box for each season.  One down, three more to go!

My favorite part of spring is when the Crabapple and Redbud trees blossom so I wanted to include one of these trees in my design.  I used my Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) to cut the shapes for this tree as well as most of the other shapes used in this design.  I used the hydrangea flower SVG file from the Moonlight Garden Party SVG Collection at SVGCuts to create the blossoms on the tree.  The tree trunk I used is from the Camping at Fox Ridge SVG Collection at SVGCuts.

I also wanted to include rain without making it the focus of the design, so I used the scalloped corner free SVG from SVG Cuts to separate the gray/rainy part of the design.  The clouds, rain drops, and Robins are from the Robin's Return SVG Collection at SVGCuts.

Other materials used:
  • Paper - Cardstock is by Baazill and DCWV, Patterned Paper is by My Minds Eye (29th Street Market)
  • Robins - Robin's Return SVG Collection at SVGCuts, I used small black pearls for the eyes and embossed their tummies using my Swiss Dots template and my Sizzix Texture Boutique machine.
  • Tulips - free SVG file from SVGCuts
  • Butterfly Silhouette - free SVG file from SVGCuts
  • Picket Fence - a free SVG file by Penny Duncan Creations
  • Grass - from Plantin SchoolBook Cricut Cartridge
  • Font used for "Welcome" is PMingLiU-ExtB by Microsoft, I made the font thicker using the shadow function
  • I used 3D foam squares by Therm-O-Web to pop-up the Robins, grass, tree, clouds, and raindrops.  I stacked the foam squares 3 high for the "Welcome" title so it looks like it is at the front of the shadow box.
I entered this project into the Spring SVG Challenge at the SVGCuts Forum and the current challenge at the Sure Cuts A Lot Challenge Site.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!


  1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my Easter Lily and I just MUST say again this shadowbox is gorgeous!!! I absolutely LOVE it and it is a TREASURE to have!!!!!! I wish you a very blessed weekend!!!

  2. I was going to say the same thing as Amy - LOVE THIS!!! I was told about it yesterday and so glad I checked to here to see it! Great job Mel!!!!

  3. Wow, Melanie! I can see why this is one of your favorites! Fabulous!