19.8.15

Snails Diorama

Snail Habitat Diorama
          Hi friends first of all Thank you so much for the supportive comments on my last post where I confessed to struggling to manage my online presence. I am staying away from Facebook and put in my resignation from DT commitments [No I didnt have a ton of DT commitments  but just one!] and it does seem to have done wonders to ease the pressure.
          My regular readers will be used to seeing occasional "weird" blogpost headings from me isnt it ...? well you guessed right this Snail Habitat Diorama was made for my daughter to take to school.
Clay Snail
          My daughter is in 4th grade now and they are learning about snail habitats. They were asked to try and bring snails to class.Though I am very squeamish about anything slimy and crawly, like a dutiful mom I ventured out into our garden, the marshy neighborhood locations and even a nearby lake to search for the little snails!My daughter was so disappointed we couldnt catch any snails but cheered up considerably when I agreed we could make a 3 D diorama instead to take to school! 
Snails School Project
             I cut up a large flat piece of cardboard , scored , bent and glued it to form the diorama base with a tall background  to accommodate all the snippets of information we had printed about snails. There was no time for proper painting so I had to speed things along by whipping out my green spray paint bottle to cover the kraft colored cardboard base!
            Any garden needs a fence...albeit hurriedly constructed and a bit lopsided!!The glittery grassy bushes winding along our garden was die cut from foam [ foam has more body than paper and super easy to glue erect using hot glue]
Habitat Diorama
        A garden needs a few critters and my daughter added a golden foam dragon fly on the grass and of course she wanted her garden to have a bicycle just like her real one in pink and blue!
Habitat Diorama
The flowers in the garden were made using Heartfelt creations Botanical wings- rose die stamp set and they were stuck on a 3 D bush we made out of thick cardboard
Spellbinders Gate
I debated whether the golden gate was too stylish for our humble garden but I couldnt resist adding it!
Handmade Clay snail
           My 9 yr old made all the snails using air drying clay and real snail shells we had found at the lake bed . I think you will agree her clay snails turned out rather well with their cute tentacles and tiny eyes! Snails secrete a slimy trail to help them to slide along and my daughter was delighted our faux slime made using the glue gun turned out super!
Snail Habitat
           Land snails love cool damp places and so we added a small pond [using textured foam] in the garden and you can see 2 snails enjoying themselves in it! The purplish black heap you see on the bed of the pond is foam putty ...love how it looks like pebbles and the brown rock was sculpted by my daughter using clay.[You can see more foam putty projects here : Altered Heart tutorial and Texture Media Experiments] She also colored the Memory box spring border die cuts we added to our diorama.
Fairy
       And here is a closeup of  the  little fairy who keeps the little snails company ! And yeah our snails's garden habitat has lots of butterflies fluttering about!
Snails School Project
          Our Snail Diorama was an extremely hurriedly put together project but my daughter loved it and was thrilled she had something to take to school!!
         The funny thing was the next day morning my hubby was able to find quite a few real snails wallowing in the rain drenched mud just outside our home!! My daughter's excitement knew no bounds  at being able to take a 3 D project as well as real snails to school! And yes both were a huge hit in her class!!
Supplies : Dies : Spellbinders Guilded Gate, Spellbinders Alphabets,Spellbinders Label , Spellbinders frame, Spellbinders beaded Oval, Sizzix Grass, Memory box spring border ,Marianne Fence, Cheery Lynn  dragonfly,Cheery Lynn  bicycle, Sizzix scallop oval, Provocraft butterfly, Sizzix Butterfly stamp - die set, Heartfelt creations Classic Leaf . Heartfelt creations Botanical wings- rose die stamp set,  Memory Box fringe border, ECD Oval accordion. 
Stamps : Hero Art Butterfly rubber stamp, Heartfelt creations Botanical rose- wings rubber stamps
Fairy - gift from my friend Angelin

121 comments:

  1. Wow..You are amazing Sonia..You always wonder readers of your post and I am so much excite while reading the post to see what is coming next..

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    1. Thank you so much Mounika hehe but not all of us are snail fans myself included!!

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  2. Prisha must be so pleased with this diorama! Loved the snail !

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    1. Hehe Thank you Tanvi yes she was very proud of her diorama and was thrilled her teacher took the diorama around to all the other grade IV divisions too!

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  3. This is Amazing Sonia. I Love all the detail. Your daughter must have been so happy to take this to her school..Loz

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    1. Oh Yes Loz you should have seen the way she left for school!!

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  4. OMgoodness Sonia - what a beautiful diorama Prisha has for her project.....Amazing what a great crafting partner you two make.....

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    1. Thank you so much Shirl...I do look forward to your visits

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  5. OMG....Sonia ji...this is so cool....so much attention to detail!!!
    And Prisha has made some adorable snails...just perfect....

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    1. Hehe Purvi I spent a good 2 hours researching online about the little snails and they are really adaptable and fascinating creatures!

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    2. It amazing how much we learn helping kids learn...

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  6. So great!
    Your daughter must have been delighted! Such a beautiful eyecatching diorama!
    nancy

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    1. Thank you so much Nancy...hehe she is maturing as a crafter and though we worked fast we did have fun making it

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  7. happy to this beautiful diorama Sonia. her clay snails looks real. kudos to prisha mollu. sad part is that we miss you most of these days. DT part is further saddening. But takecare, will be in touch with u offline

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    1. Shylaa...it was becoming too much and I was losing all the joy in the whole thing and so only decided to step back. But I think I have done the right thing as in a week off facebook I am feeling much better and still enjoying the blogging bit...Dont miss me I will still be a regular visitor at your blog!

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  8. Wow such a lovely project. .nice work with clay by prisha! Love the grass..fence..gate..lovely garden I must say :)

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    1. Glad you liked it Lavina...I am sure you will soon be whipping up dioramas for your daughter too

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  9. Wow Sonia! You definitely went above and beyond hunting for snails and then making this brilliant project. Prisha's snails look fantastic. My late mum hated slugs and snails with a vengeance but even she would've liked these snails. You definitely can't have a garden without at least one fairy and a golden gate. Well done to you both for this wonderful creation. I bet all her class mates wish they had a mum like you.
    I'm glad to hear you're feeling a little less stressed and that our comments were of help to you. Take care, Debra x

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    1. Oh yes Debra your comment was Especially encouraging for me!

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  10. WOW!!! how fun what a great project. It is nice to learn about snails. I love it.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes AUGUST Linky Party. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

    DL.ART
    http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

    http://dianamlarson.ctmh.com

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    1. Diana I will soon be able to write a research paper on snails!!

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  11. A big pat on Prisha's back for the realistic snails , I thought it to be readymade ones ! I think its far more better learning exercise to create a snail habitat then to collect a real snail :)Loved all the details you have added to create a garden complete with a pond :)

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  12. What a beautiful diorama creation.

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  13. This is wonderful Sonia..love the snail trail..lol..fantastic project..

    luv CHRISSYxx

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  14. Wow Sonia what a great project for your daughter to take to school, it must have taken ages but great fun to do together. My kids are older now and I miss projects like this.
    I did have to smile at the snail slime, great idea and so realistic.

    Hugs Erika.

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  15. Sonia what a fabulous creation, so such details, beautiful colours and so well laid out your daughter must be so happy with this...

    Anne

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  16. Lovely the solution. This is a creative and talented family.
    Have a nice day!

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  17. This is amazing Sonia,looks like you both had loads of fun creating this

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  18. I want to live there with the snails!!!!! How FUN is that habitat!??!?!!? I loveeeeee this! She did an AMAZING job!!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. Wonderful 3D snail presentation. Especially like the slime trail & shells. We have many snails here in Central TX. We find them mostly in our flower beds & garden area.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  20. Love the little clay snails made with real shells and how the diorama illustrates the actual life of a snail. And, along with the actual snails that were found the next morning, I can see why this was such a big hit!!! Great job!

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  21. What a great mom you are. This project is so special. And I love her cute little snails. They are just perfect. I know she was a happy girl.

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  22. AWE! This is so creative and CUTE!! I love all the activities that the happy snails are doing here!! I remember helping out my sons when they had to make these for school too!! What a fabulous garden like scene!! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  23. Oh wow, this is amazing!! This is so much better than real snails!! I love the clay ones...she made them look so real!! All of the details you added to the magical garden are fabulous!! The golden gate looks so beautiful!! I just love everything you added!! I hope she got an A+ for this -- it's spectacular!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa...hehe there was no grading but she was so thrilled at all the adulation the project elicited from her friends !

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  24. Wow, this is wonderful, love the cute snail.

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  25. WOW this is one fantastic project I love nature so this appeals to me so much the detail is amazing a very beautiful creation.
    hugs
    lorraine x

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    1. Thank you so much Lorraine...i love elements from nature too and struggle to make a project without leaves or flowers

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  26. WOW Sonia, you have went and done it again. Your creativity is amazing. I know your daughter is so proud to be able to share this with her classmate. Would love for you to link this beauty up over at 2 Creative Chicks.
    Have a creative day.
    Hugs Nana
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    1. Thank you so much Nana and yes I will surely link to the Challenge

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  27. Wow!! First of all, love your creativity and of course your daughter's too!! If I was given the topic snails, never will i have imagined such a beautiful project!! And you both have the patience to do things to the perfection!! That is amazing!! Love the cute snails created by Prisha.. They are perfect!! The golden gate definitely adds a charm to the garden!! So does the fairy!! The pebbles look very cute!! Love it!! Each and every element is so perfect and blends well with the scene.. Thank you for sharing this.. And glad to know you are feeling better regarding the stress.. Take care..

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    1. Thank you so much Berina...we really enjoyed making it and I am glad I have a blog to document these little memories for both myself and my daughter to look back on. And yes I am definitely feeling less stress...many of the suggestions left by my blogging pals including you encouraged me

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  28. Oh my, this is wonderful Sonia, all the detail, so lovely, I keep going back to have another look and discovering something else!! fabulous
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

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    1. Thank you so much Jacee...hehe yes we have packed in quite a few details on this one!

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  29. You truly are n making Mom.! This is adorable and I love your daughters snails. Hugs Mrs A.

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    1. Thank you so much Mrs A ...my daughter loves to shine at school and yes if that means a bit of effort from my side I am cool to do my bit!

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  30. this is amazing Sonja - I adore all the details - brilliant! It would fit nicely with the challenge at countryview crafts this month! Hugs rachel x

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    1. Thank you Rachel...i will check out the Challenge

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  31. This is absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!! WOW! How wonderfully creative and cute. The snails your daughter made look so real!!!!! LOVE IT!
    Lynn

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  32. such an amazing project. I'll take your snail diorama over the slimy real thing any day....lol

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  33. Wondeful, wonderful!!!!! Also I want a diorama as it!! :D You are fairies, how have made to craft this fun beauty in a few time?? All the details are amazing!!! And your doughter's snaisl are just fabulous! So cute!! You are a wonderful mum...!

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    1. The glue gun really helped to put this together. I had the flowers made earlier and most of the die cuts were already cut beforehand so it was just a matter of assembling it all together. My lil girl was pretty fast making the snails!

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  34. Such a delightful, fun, informative presentation! Fantastic display and wonderful elements!

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    1. It was a big hit in school Donna and my daughter was proud that her teacher even took a picture of it

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  35. Wow- this is really cool! And, I bet your daughter was delighted even before she found the real live snails. As usual, so many awesome details!

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    1. Hehe Yes Shelly she was so thrilled but the live ones have a place in her heart too.Yesterday of the 3 snails that went to school we released back the youngest snail to where we found it from

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  36. oh...wow...such a interesting and great project from you as usual...mainly i love that little cute snail made by Prisha...i bookmark it..must to try....and then i am happy to see u again with a beautiful creation....continue..we r waiting for great ideas from u....have a great day...congrats to prisha for made a class hit project.....

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    1. Thank you so much Anuradha yes her snail looks awesome doesnt it...she is naturally talented with clay sculpting...an area I keep trying but end up frustrated!!

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  37. Such a fun and wonderful school project and the little snails are soooooo cute with all fantastic garden scene details!!!! It reminded me all those days when i also created projects like this for my tiny tots to describe the topics clearly at their level and all of them enjoyed so much! So i can think that your daughter feel so much proud and joy on her own creation:)))))

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    1. My daughter is fast growing up too and hardly needs any help with regular charts and all but we really had a blast doing this one!!

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  38. What a lovely project! Thank you for entering TIOT!

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  39. Wow...beautiful diorama ...the snails look so cute.

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  40. Every time I see your blog, I cannot help but be amazed at your work and also your daughters talent !!! This project is so cute and thanks for explaining everything in detail.

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    1. Thank you so much ...what a sweet comment!!

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  41. Wow..what a lovely garden. I wont be surprised a few real snails creep in to live here! superb Sonia.

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    1. Hehe my daughter wanted to keep the real ones at home and I had quite a job convincing her to let them go back to their natural habitat!!

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  42. What an amazing Mum you are to make this up for her school, bet no one else had anything like it, so clever and I suppose she now knows all about snails LOL. A Fabulous creation.

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    1. Hehe you are right...none of the other kids have crazy crafty moms I guess!

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  43. What a wonderful project full of beautiful details, your daughter and classmates must love it very much. I understand how FB and DT committments can be too much when you have a busy life, especially with a career and family, you need to leave time for creativity too ! Thanks for stopping in at my blog, it's appreciated. Shirley :)

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  44. What a fabulous project - no wonder your daughter loved You and it!
    There's a fabulous amount of details and I'm sure the whole class were able to learn from this too.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and your lovely comments.
    Avril xx

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    1. Yes Mrs B ...I had to do quite a bit of reading up about the snails and my lil girl imbibed all the information!!

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    1. Loved your Challenge and the entries

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  46. A wonderful magical project, fabulous details. Thank you for joining us at tioT's this time.
    Yvonne

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  47. Your snails are so cute and such pretty flowers. Great take on the challenge and thanks for playing with us at TIOT.
    Hugz, Z

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  48. I'm totally with you on the 'real life' snails...they are so slimy(we get them on our cement walks & driveway - Ugh). I much prefer the way you chose to do the project. Definitely could not have had all the color, texture & dimension if you'd used Real Ones! So much detail, and your youngster is bound to get a high mark for all the obvious work & creativity she has put into this assignment. Good thing she has a talented Mom to guide her along. TFS & good luck with the less pressure blogging. Hugs

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    1. Thank you so much Mary...yes I am so squeamish about snails and lizards though they are actually such harmful creatures and even beneficial in many ways to humans!

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  49. A wonderful project for your daughter, lots of fabulous details.
    Pauline
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    1. Thank you Pauline yes we would have added more garden themed elements if we had more time

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  50. What amazing project! I love all fabulous details, and specially the cute snails and the beautiful flowers. Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday. Mar

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  51. What an amazing school project, Dr Sonia. I can understand your daughter's excitement - this really is a fun project!
    x Asha

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  52. Your snail diarama is just fabulous! What a wonderful burst of color and a great mom to find a replacement for the snails :)

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    1. Thank you so much ...yes my lil one was so disappointed when we wouldnt find the real ones I had to think of something to cheer her up

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  53. This is awesome! All the details and wowzers on those snails! Such a great project! Thanks for joining us over at the DoubleClick Skittles Challenge! DT Member Carri~Abusybee Skittles!

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  54. FABULOUS creation Prisha!! the whole diorama is absolutely fantastic! I am sure your teacher and classmates were amazed at this! Very Well Done! I think you deserve a gold star for this :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Kids Summer Vacation Challenge
    luv
    Lols x x x

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  55. Wow!! This is so pretty, full of colours & very cute :)

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  56. This is amazing! I love all the details...so adorable! Thanks for leaving me such a nice comment too. Hugs, Robin

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  57. WOW-WOW-WOW!!! It is stunning project!! I am in love with it! So cool snail garden! All these details are just great! I think it was very funny to make it - both for you and your daughter! I would love it for sure even now when i am adult. Thank you very much for sharing this creative project with us at 613 Avenue Create. Good luck!
    Sasha

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  58. wow this is amazing and beautiful...thanks for sharing at pile it on

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  59. Absolutely brilliant my little grandaughter would love something like this she loves all animals including snails -always bringing them in from the garden-love the little snails your daughter made perfect embellishments and different little area with the information
    Carol x

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  60. Wowzer! Thanks for joining the challenge @ HIMCR!

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  61. WOW....what a project! This is simply amazing. So many wonderful details, just love it.

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  62. Oh this is wonderful and love all the details especially snail slime!
    Thank you for joining Simon Says Stamp Kids Summer Vacation Challenge.
    luv
    Debby

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  63. Holy smoke! This is one bang up job of a diorama. I can barely say the word, much less come up with one this amazing, lol. So many amazing details. You and your daughter did an outstanding job! Thanks for joining the DoubleClick Skittles challenge.

    Terri ~ Skittles Design Team

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  64. This diorama is awesome! I love the vibrant colors. Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog this week :)

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  65. Fabulous work with lovely colors and design. Snails are so cute ;) Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Inspirations. Agnieszka DT

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  66. This is really fabulous Sonia, so much work must have gone into this, no wonder your daughter loved it. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Country View Crafts. Sue xx

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  67. Your entry for our challenge over at Altered Eclectics is just delightful...beautifully designed and so many elements to look at...I just adore those snails too...fabulous xx

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  68. Looks like this project was a family affair! Wow, what fun to do this together and a learning process too. Your daughter must have been over the top proud to bring this to school to share and then the real thing in the found snails, fabulous.

    Hugs
    Sue

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  69. Gorgeous project Sonia! Love it! The clay snails are just too darling! Thank you for joining the Doubleclick Skittles challenge! Design Team Member - Payel (Beau Monde Designs)

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  70. Delightful project - so many awesome details and just a fun time spent with your daughter making memories!! AMAZING!!! So very glad you joined us for the Use a Bug Challenge over at DoubleClick!! We are so glad you linked up with us!! Hope to see you again soon!!!
    Taunya Butler
    DoubleClick Design Team
    http://daisiesgirl.com/

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  71. OMG how clever and creative!! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘THE GREAT OUTDOORS’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

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  72. A fabulous project, I love the cute snails. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics.
    xxx Hazel.

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  73. Thank you so much for joining us again for our August challenge. This project is outstanding, Sonia! I know your daughter must have been very proud to take this to school. It is very unique! Her snails are so adorable, and you both did a great job making this together. So cute that she wanted to add a bike like her own :-)

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  74. This is so cute Dr :) What a beautiful way to spend time with kids :)

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  75. Fabulous snail project! Hope to see some fabulous school projects from my class. Thank you for joining our “Bug” Challenge this week at DoubleClick Skittles.

    Stay Creative,
    Georgiana
    • Carson's Creations •
    DoubleClick Skittles DT

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  76. Oh that is so much fun! What a great diorama.
    Thanks so much for playing along at Country View Challenges.
    Alison x

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  77. This is so lovely! Thank you so much for joining us over the Rubber Dance Challenge! Hugs, Susanne.

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  78. Wow! Stunning one! You need a loads of time to make it!
    Thank you for playing with us at BGC!

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  79. Wowwwwiii... Ok thts a new n silly term i coined..but those clay snails ...super cute ..cuter thn a living one...this diorama is a stunner..

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