Reindeer games

After all the excitement of two blog hops and a new Design Team I thought I’d take a little breather from posting. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been making or thinking about making and I have lots to share with you over the coming weeks. As you know, I love creating little pieces of whimsy, especially tiny scenes and today I have a little shadow box that I have been working on.


A few weeks ago I mentioned that I struggled to find shadow boxes but had invested in a couple of lightweight “proper” boxes. These are proving to be very handy – not too deep and easy to cover with paints or paper. I gave this one a couple of coats of red paint and then dry brushed some white over the top.


I’ve used Tim Holtz dies for the deer, trees and numbers using patterned papers, glitters and inks to decorate. On the base of the box is some white Icelandic moss to which I’ve added white paint and white glitter for some wintery sparkle. All the elements were secured with glue gel to add dimension.



I added some holly leaves, red gems and a little sparkly snowflake to finish the whole thing off.




I’m linking this up to City Crafter Challenge Blog for the current challenge which has the theme of deer.

Thanks for buzzing by.


Reindeer games — 23 Comments

  1. Oh my dear Deer, that’s beautiful, how did you know that the next on my wish list is the deer die? Now for sure I need to get it! I loved that shadow box, the white dry brush makes it so elegantly snowy and the little glitter sparkle of course!

    • Nice pun my friend and of course the deer would be on your wish list…unless you already owned it πŸ™‚ It’s the small one that comes with the 25. I struggled a little to get the chipboard to come away from the die (it was fine with regular cardstock and paper) I don’t know if there is a technique to help this happen.

      • It is an interesting experience but some of my dies are cutting through the chipboard like butter, others needs some help and I need to cut corners with art knife. Do you know Jim Hankins, the Gentleman Crafter, I saw once a video tutorial of his where he is using candle wax to get small pieces out or to work with movers and shapers if he uses chipboards. I will look for the video, ah here: hope the link works if not mail me I’ll send it privΓ¨ πŸ˜‰

        • Thank you Ruth, so glad it isn’t just me being daft. I know of Jim’s work so it is reassuring that he has a special technique and I will check it out. Candle was my Grandfather’s favourite technique for anything jammed and do you know what, it always works?!

    • Thanks so much Sid. I just wish I could remember where I got the boxes from – that’s the pitfall of being a serial craft supplies buyer πŸ™‚

  2. I am a fan of your shadow boxes. You create magic with these. And this one is another handmade gem. I love your take on our challenge. Wow1 Thank you so much for joining us this week at CCCB!

  3. This is totally awesome!! I love all your trim around the frame; as usual, your details really make the whole project “pop”. The staggered numbers are so cool! Love, love, love it!!! I’m finally getting glasses in 2 weeks, so hopefully I’ll finally be able to drive and start crafting again.

    • Thank you Roberta – I really want to have a go at a Christmas version of the lovely Halloween piece that you emailed me. Hope the glasses come quickly for you πŸ™‚ xx

  4. This is so cute, seriously. I love it and it is a last nod to our music challenge. I bet it looks fabulous on the side.

    The wooden trays are something else and I am kicking myself because I am sure in the past I have thrown things like this away. In my defense it was a very long time ago.

    Have a good week.

    Dionne xx

    • Thank you. I now can’t remember where I got these boxes from! I thought it was Little Crafty Bugs but can’t see them there, so annoying!!! xx

  5. Oh my heavens, I have got to try to make this. Will have hubs make me a little box out of thinner pallet wood. We just got couple more pallets yesterday on way to Hobby Lobby. There’s a wood pellet stove store on side road so we go by to see what pallets we can get.
    I love this so much, would be such a cute gift, you’ve done it again, have to print this out so I don’t forget I want to make one. You are so so clever and do such beautiful work. Ah to be talented and have your imagination. Awesome girl. Happy week
    Could you tell me what dimensions of box are?
    Please reply to my email address.

  6. Beautiful, love the distressed look to the frame and the setting is gorgeous to! You always put things together so beautifully! Big hugs, ~Diane

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