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Shaped Shadowbox Shrines Tutorial & New Related Birds (& Giveaway!)

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More birds! And a great little tutorial from Teri Calia, that has all kinds of possibilities for making shrines from any shape you’d like (of die-cut chipboard). I love how the shrine looks like a vintage candy box from the side!

And look at those adorable bird-headed fashionistas on the New and On Sale! Oiseaux De Mode Collage Sheet! (Psst! It’s on sale as part of the BIG Bird Theme Sale… related to the “An Odd Bird” swap; see the February Kit for more info.)

Beside the Robin Redbreast Shell Shrine at right, Teri also used the same technique with a heart shape (see the small photo below). And see more photos of that He Flew The Coop heart-shaped shrine in the Gallery. And… Teri is having a Giveaway of her own, for that lovely heart-shaped shrine!

And in honor of Teri’s make-your-own shrine idea, I’ve put ALL of the Die-Cut Chipboard On Sale! (That’s another BIG section of almost 100 items!)

Just think of all the shadowbox shrines you could make: Scallop Shell (like Teri’s shrine) or Easter Egg or Pumpkin or Coffin! (And what about this Chipboard Birdhouse Book? It’s got a hole already pre-cut in the front cover!)

And it’s such a simple (and clever) idea to use a Tiny Paper Mache Box behind the cut-out window (to provide an instant shadowbox and to provide structure/strength for the whole piece). And an entire set of 6 of the Tiny Paper Mache Boxes is included in today’s Giveaway!

Fly on over to Teri’s blog for her Tutorial and Giveaway. (But don’t forget to come back and enter the Giveaway here, too!)


 February 8th Update:
 The Build Your Own Shrine
 Giveaway Winner is Willow!

Hooray! A Build Your Own Shrine Giveaway!

Miz Meghan picked out a nice group of items from both of Teri’s shrines:
An Odd Bird Inchies Collage Sheet
– A Black Resin Sparrow
Black Pleated Ribbon
Curiosity 12×12 Paper Pack
Diamond Stickles
Oiseaux de Mode Collage Sheet
Petite Teastained Red Pansies and Leaves
Remnant Rub-Ons – Numbers
Bees, Birds and Butterflies Collage Sheet
Tiny Paper Mache Box Set
Mysterious Bird Cut-Outs
– 2 Die-Cut Chipboard Scallop Shells
12×12 Chipboard
– Some bits of Silk Ribbons

To enter the Build Your Own Shrine Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time, February 6, 2014).

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Sunday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won An Odd Bird Giveaway? That would be Roxanne! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, February 6th, 2014

113 responses to “Shaped Shadowbox Shrines Tutorial & New Related Birds (& Giveaway!)”

  1. Marlon Reinmann says:

    I’ve never even heard of these ‘shrines’ before. So glad I decided to check it out when the message hit my inbox. I’m going to have fun with these!

  2. Melanie says:

    I make matchbox shrines at the moment but have never ventured into other shapes. Would love to try this. Super idea.

  3. Diane Dainis says:

    Gorgeous giveaway. And the shrines are so unique!Love it all.

  4. Kris H says:

    These are so “COOl”. Really like the birds especially anything that has a owl on it.

  5. Amanda Miller says:

    Love everything!! 🙂

  6. Michele says:

    I just can’t help but think that spring will really come to Michigan after all!

  7. Kim B says:

    This is a nice giveaway! Love it!

  8. Donna Meyers says:

    Never thought to use other shapes for shrines , this was such a unique idea, i would love to win,

  9. jackie says:

    This is a really cool giveaway! Hope I win!

  10. Julie Loeschke says:

    It’s -35 here in Montana,but this giveaway is warming me right up! Fabulous projects!

  11. Sharon B says:

    Love it as always. Hope to see more v

  12. debbi george says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this great give-a-way. Could make some great things with it.

  13. Jen R says:

    What a clever way to put a shrine together!

  14. BuffyVS says:

    Loved the scallop shadow box technique. Anxious to do it.

  15. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Oh yes, that would be a fun collection to work with.

  16. Sandi Cotroneo says:

    Very unique shrine design — I’d love to try it.

  17. Lori Turner says:

    Awesome giveaway! (As always!!) Would love to win! Blessings, Lori

  18. Debbie Rollier says:

    I love this give away!

  19. Nellie Cotnam says:

    thank you for this offer. I love the shadowbox idea!

  20. Jennifer says:

    so cute!

  21. Gypsy Angel/kim says:

    WOW, would love to win!

  22. Lois C. says:

    Love the birds!

  23. Oh I hope I win this one! I LOVE shrines!

  24. Debra Gergely says:

    This is so awsome would love to make one of my own! Everythings so beautiful!

  25. Deb Neerman says:

    What an amazing shrine … love it! Thanks for the opportunity to win this awesome giveaway!

  26. Teresa Currie says:

    Your Oiseaux de Mode collage sheet is fabulous!! What fun!!

  27. Conchi says:

    Great giveaway, thanks!

  28. Pat Sayre McCoy says:

    Love the Oiseaux de Mode images. So fashionable. Please add me to the give-away and thanks for your generosity.

  29. Russell says:

    Owl take one!

  30. judy says:

    Love watching birds they are really beautiful creatures to watch. I would be so happy to win this gift.

  31. Mary Toriello says:

    Shrine time!

  32. coco says:

    Wow, love these new goodies and these owls and birds and all things in the give-away, thanks for the chance to win!!

  33. Mary Pugh says:

    It does remind you of a candy box – love the shadow box idea as well. The dots that are outlined adds that extra charm!

  34. Lori Wilczek says:

    The the shrine! You never can go wrong with Birds! Thank You!

  35. angelic says:

    I would love to build a shrine! Thank you for the giveaway.

  36. LeAnn A says:

    Awesome shadowbox shrine.

  37. Joelle Platz says:

    Would love a chance to try this. I haven’t tried a shrine yet.

  38. Cindy Fitch says:

    What a clever idea. I love the birds! Thank you for the chance to win.

  39. KIM says:

    Another wonderful giveaway.

  40. Suzanne Stockinger says:

    Haven’t tried a shrine yet looks like this could fun
    Thanks for all the giveaways

  41. Nancy Serwinski says:

    LOVE me some more birds. Thanks for the opportunity!

  42. Kathy Bumb says:

    Love this spectacular giveaway!! Love your store – has the best selection of items available on the net for altered art materials.

  43. Lorna says:

    I love the Oiseaux de mode collage sheet! I’m going to have to try making a shrine one of these days.

  44. I always wanted to build a shtine, it’s on my “to do” list, but there’s so many directions to go. This kit could be a good introduction. Hope to win!

  45. Blair Lowery says:

    Great idea and fixings

  46. Beth Jones says:

    Love the selection!!

  47. Debbie Emmons says:

    I’d love to fly away with this giveaway. Love the shadowbox shrine!

  48. Karen says:

    Lots of fun elements for a creative time in my “laboratory.” Hope I am selected.

  49. Lindy says:

    I love making shrines! What a great idea to make them yourself rather than from a kit!

  50. Ann C says:

    I love to make 3-D paper crafts with shrines and boxes being the most fun ( to me ). This looks like a great project!

  51. Sharon Bolmey says:

    Beautiful products to play with!

  52. Vickie says:

    Reminds me of Spring! Lovely on these snowy days!

  53. teri steele says:

    I love this idea. That’s what I wanted to do with the hearts we’re working on for the swap, then I remembered they were supposed to be put in book form 🙁
    I need to win this so I can make more!

  54. Marilyn H says:

    Beautiful shrine!

  55. Karen says:

    This is a project I’ve been wanting to try, so I’m all all over this!!!

  56. Jennie says:

    I’ve made a few shrines, and I’d LOVE to try my hand at this style! Thank you.

  57. Janet Acker says:

    Love the mysterious birds!

  58. Willow says:

    Keeps getting better and better you guys rock!

  59. Lynn Fox says:

    Over the moon on this one! I’d like to try making it! Cool beans!

  60. Jo says:

    Love the bird shadowbox and would love to win this giveaway!

  61. Great shadowbox. I love birds!

  62. Traci says:

    Great projects today and love all the giveaway items.

  63. Pat says:

    Very lever project hope I win

  64. MargieD says:

    Lovely shadowbox! Congrats to Roxanne for winning the last giveaway and thanks for the chance to win another really great prize here. Margie

  65. April Dudko says:

    I’m sick of winter! This reminds me spring is coming!

  66. Juanita Murray says:

    If I win this kit…I will have signs of SPRING all year long.

  67. Roxanne says:

    Cool! I love the idea of making a shrine…so much genius in one company Alpha Stamps…your blog so inspires! thanks for the chance…You know we love you!~ 😉

  68. Mary Mac says:

    Can’t wait to work with the owl sheets.

  69. Loving all the birds, especially the owls <3 Thanks for the opportunity to win another of your wonderful giveaways.

  70. Nelda Johnson says:

    Wow! Another wonderful giveaway. Thank you!

  71. Emily N. says:

    Love shrines!

  72. Laura says:

    Great giveaway today! Thanks for the chance!

  73. Yvonne Cornelius says:

    Just love your giveaways.

  74. Pam Gibbons says:

    I love those little red flowers, especially with the black silk ribbon. Great giveaway!

  75. Pat W says:

    What a lot of great items to dive into until only the top of your head is visible!

  76. LoriSW says:

    Great idea for a shadow box/shrine.vLove this give-a-way!

  77. I love shrines & shadow boxes – and now I can make my own!! thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  78. Cindy Leaf says:

    I would love to win all those fabulous things, I love Shadow Boxes and a Shrine -thanks so much for having this giveaway, I will keep my fingers crossed

  79. Jo Ellen says:

    Love birds…..

  80. Laura says:

    Wonderful giveaway! It looks like a lot of fun

  81. Sylvia L. says:

    I’m always amazed at the inventive ways your artists find to utilize the objects & embellishments you sell.

  82. Beverly S says:

    The shadowbox shrine is such a clever idea! Hope I win 😀

  83. Sandy Holva says:

    Spectacular once again!

  84. Kathy says:

    What a grand look. Count me in

  85. Thalia Kottke says:

    OMG I love birds, I love shrines. Hope you pick me.

  86. Maxine says:

    I have to clean my computer screen every Sunday and Thursday from petting and drooling on it.

  87. Nancy Stone says:

    Love the birds, as long as they don’t fly at me. LOL

  88. Sandi James says:

    yummy stuff! Would love to win!

  89. karenladd says:

    These shrines look amazing and I LOVE the odd bird images! Layers and layers of artsy goodness!

  90. Heidi says:

    I love the Odd bird!

  91. Anneke says:

    I would love to win this giveaway and try to make my own assemblage, thanks for the opportunity!

  92. Christine Dahlin says:

    Wonderful ideas for creating shadow boxes! Please help me restock my shrine and shadowbox supplies! Just love this site.

  93. Gigi Jordan says:

    More great stuff!! Thank you for the chance to win! Gigi

  94. Deborah Sorenson says:

    Awesome idea. I love the collage sheets.

  95. Jeanne Kelly says:

    Wow! The birds are a riot! I always love to see them dressed up in people garb; too funny. This is a great project too. Thanks for the inspiration as always!!!!

  96. Lori says:

    I love this! What a great giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  97. Carmen Willis says:

    Love everything in this giveaway! Love the new Tim Holtz stamps too!

  98. Nancy Schlis says:

    I just love the face on that snowy owl. What a great giveaway!!!

  99. Wendy Whalen says:

    What a great idea!! I love doing shrines & this would be right up my alley.

  100. Shannon C. says:

    What a beautiful piece. I love the shape Teri created, very creative!

  101. Miss Iowa says:

    This is a fabulous project! Love the birds and all the great ideas.

  102. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I would love to use some of these birds in my 2014 gardening journal that I am going to start making.

  103. Gilda says:

    Love this give away. Thanks for your generosity.

  104. Oh I looove this too !!! would be so much fun to have this !!! Hey, can I live with ya’ll !!
    melody H

  105. Lina T says:

    Cool kit!

  106. Connie k says:

    Anything with birds in it, on it, with it will inspire me. Exceptional kit.

  107. DebbieK says:

    Would love to win this terrific give-away. Thanks for the chance!

  108. Jen says:

    Love, love, LOVE the owl!

  109. Carol Slowik says:

    Most awesome! Love it!

  110. melody says:

    I always see cool stuff right after I place an order! *sigh*

  111. taradid says:

    Just beautiful! Love to win it!

  112. Judith Janes says:

    Birds! Doing a 12/13″ art quilt with the theme “wings” so this would really come in handy! Please enter me in your contest.