A Beautiful World

Hi readers! TGIF! Also, it’s the last day of February! How did THAT happen?  I’m pleased to be returning with a fun shadowbox feature made by Paula Cheney!  She has kindly included step by step instructions and photos to help assisting you in making your own version of this project!





  • Use Tarnished Brass as a highlight over the Forest Moss Layer.  Wipe away excess paint with wet wipe to let the bottom layer color come through.  Let dry.

  • Use the same technique to add a bit of Weathered Wood Distress Paint.

  • Stamp the front of the box frame with script stamp and Watering Can Archival ink.

  • Use Curvy Banners Decorative Strip to cut manila cardstock banner.  Add words from the Remnant Rub – Botanical.  Add to the top center of the box.

  • Use Spring Greenery Decorative Strip to cut leaves from Manila cardstock.  Paint with forest moss and iced spruce.  Set aside to dry.

  • Use the dapper top to paint 3 letterpress numbers.



  • Add Found Relative box (the game pieces on her back make the piece stand away from the back of the box).

  • Add Letterpress pieces to box with Glossy Accents.

  • Add new or vintage flowers, cheesecloth and the painted leaves to the bottom of the box.

  • Punch a hole in the top of the box with a Crop-a-dile for Curio Knob.  Add knob and Crinkle ribbon bow.


Thanks for reading today and thanks again to Paula for being our guest!


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  1. OMG… what a wonderfull Little Scene – I love to see how you made it, maybe I´m abele to make one someday so I´ll remeber your “tricks”
    TFS and have a creative Weekend
    CU hellerlittle

  2. What a lovely shadow box. Paula brought everything together so nicely. I love the background.

  3. What a clever idea and I can see doing this with an old family photo! Love the idea and thanks for the step by step tutorial!

  4. Thanks Paula for a wonderful art piece! Your directions are concise and clear. I’m ready to make a shadow box! You are one of my favorite designers – I check your blog daily (missed you when you were AWOL).

  5. Wonderful project! Love the wood blocks. And what you did with the sides of the box is really neat. Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  6. Would be a wonderful project to work on with my daughter – using photos, mementos, etc., of her grandfather. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. My wife does a lot of this stuff so I thought I’d enter to see if I could win something for her. I think you worked hard on your shadowbox and my wife probably loves it. Guess this means we’re going shopping this weekend…

  8. I love your shardow box that you shared with us today. I wish I could create something as pretty as this one is.

  9. Love this project – very “outside the box” that I wouldn’t have thought of. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I’ve had one of those boxes forever and haven’t even opened the package! Now I have some inspiration to dig in – thanks!

  11. I’m always glad to see people who enjoy doing these kinds of projects. I just like to look at them, not create them. :)

  12. Beautiful decor project. I really like the way Paula does her tutorials, with still photos of each step. Makes for easy reference, when you want to take the plunge and try to re-create the project.

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