Teacher Day Gift Ideas: Customized Ikea Shadow Box

I believe it is always a good time to show your love and appreciation to the great teachers who share so much love, time, effort and care into teaching and taking care of our children every day.

Not only are they an important part of our children’s lives, but they also have a huge impact on our future! We entrust the most important little people of our lives into their hands on a daily basis. To have the kind of patience, love, and kindness that it takes to be a teacher, you really have to be something special! Which is why I always love to give the teachers who teach my little girl a little something at the end of the year to let them know how much we appreciate what they do.

Today I am sharing with you a DIY shadow box that I made for one such wonderful teacher on behalf of a friend.

I used the basic 9″x9″ shadow frame from Ikea for this project.

I began by stamping some Hero Arts floral stamps on a white cardstock and coloring them using Copic markers which I later fussy cut.

So, while customizing the frame, I got a bit confused in between as to which of these would look better; the Prima premade florals or the stamped ones I made. But since I was making this frame for a teacher I decided to go with something more colorful and fun and so stuck to my original idea.

I always like to arrange and rearrange my embellishments loosely before I am fully happy with the look and then finally glue it down.

So here is the final look of the shadow box. The sketched out the poem on a plain white cardstock using the Silhouette Sketch feature on my Cameo. I also added a thin gold washi tape on the borders to add some interest.

To personalize the frame further I again used the Cameo to cut out the teacher’s name on vinyl and stuck it on to the outer glass of the frame.

This little birdie in one of my favorite elements on the frame.

And voila! There you have it! a personalized/customized shadow box frame for a lovely teacher ready to be wrapped up and given.

I have more shadow box projects coming up here very soon so do visit again to check them out.

Thank you!



Video: Customized ‘Explosion’ box card!

Today I am going to share with you a card that ‘explodes’ when you remove the lid.

Explosion Box Cards are probably not for somebody who is a beginner at paper crafting considering the amount of measuring and techniques that goes with it. But the end result will definitely be worth the added effort, especially if you’re looking to create a card for an extra special occasion. These cards contain a lot of extra space that can be utilized for photos and messages. They also have a large open space in the very center that is big enough to hold a gift, some chocolates or a 3D embellishment. It’s definitely worth giving a try.

The box I made today was customized for someone who wanted to gift it to her fiance. So she told me her choice of colors and exactly how she wanted the card to be like.

Take a look.

The flowers used here as embellishments were handmade as well. The doily was cut using the Cameo.

A closer look at how it looks once opened.


This heart slider panel is what I like the most about this explosion box. You can see how it works in the video link attached below.

All these cutouts in silver were cut using the Cameo.

I have also attached a video link here so you can take a closer look at how this explosion box works.

Explosion Box Card

If you have any query while making this you can comment below anytime.

Thank you!


My beloved, Silhouette Cameo

Good Morning! I am here to share with you some of my handmade cards as well as layouts I made using my beloved Silhouette Cameo plus to share my views and experiences on this amazing product. It’s been over a year since I’ve been using my Silhouette Cameo and, I am going to state right off the bat that, I am absolutely in love with it. Unlike the Cricut, you do not need cartridges for cutting files on Cameo. All you have to do is either buy graphics/fonts from the Silhouette Online Store (which are as cheap as $0.99) or create/upload your own images onto the Silhouette Cameo software, resize the image to your liking and CUT! As simple as that! 🙂 Note: Silhouette online store offers a free downloadable shape every Tuesday, which is today, so make sure you grab them.

(The butterfly as well as the lace background used on the card is cut using my cameo)

(The lace background, chevron pattern, the butterfly as well as the name is cut using my Cameo)

(Flowers used on this project, again, is Cameo cut)

(cutting intricate doilies like the one used on this layout takes barely few minutes)

(lace circle background is Cameo cut)

It might take you some time to get a hang of the software but it is totally worth the time spent! One of the best features of the Cameo is the fact that it cuts a variety of materials apart from paper like cardstock, vinyl, fabric, foil, heat transfer material and so much more. All you need to do is adjust the blade depth and cut. The software does come with pre-set cut settings for all materials that you can cut with the machine but it does not always work. Sometimes you have to figure out your own settings based on trial and error, every time you cut a new material.What I do is I keep a post-it note next to my Cameo and jot down the settings that work best for the paper or card stock of different brands I use.The only con I can think of is the fact that the replacement blades and mats are slightly expensive. But if you use your blade and mat wisely then you can prolong their lifespan. For example, you can extend the usage of your mat by cleaning it regularly with a clean cloth dabbed in warm water and air drying it later. This also helps in removing the tiny paper pieces stuck to the mat. Anyhow, here is a card I made primarily using Silhouette’s Adhesive Cardstock, and I must say this product makes your job so much easy especially when you are working on intricate designs.

I have always faced issues in sticking intricately cut designs or small fonts onto my project which most often than not makes my project messy with glue seeping from everywhere. But, with this adhesive cardstock all I need to do is cut, peel it off the paper and stick it on to my project. On this particular card the background as well as the sentiment was Cameo cut on to Silhouette’s white Adhesive cardstock and stuck. I colored the sentiment using my Mustard Seed Distress Marker.The card shape and background was bought from the Silhouette Online Store. It is one of my favorites. As for the butterfly, that was made using the Silhouette Print and cut feature which is freaking AH-mazing! But we will discuss more on that in another post. That is all from my end for today. I promise to come back soon with more Cameo projects and new ideas. Until then,

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