Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Why is it called an exploding box?

Here is a  quick video of the exploding box being opened and why it is called that.  Just in case any of you have never seen or heard of them.  Enjoy my VERY short clip of it! 

video

Now, I hope you understand why it is called that! 
Thanks for watching and have a great day!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Reveal #2 Exploding Box

Now this box was for my wonderful Mother-in-Law.  I used different papers and colors and different embellishments.  I also used a slightly different approach to the lid on her box, in its size.  I absolutely love how hers turned out, too!  They both were so totally different yet so beautiful.  I will defiantly be doing more of these and maybe with some small family photos the next time. 

I used:
K&Company Paper: Life's Journey
Cartridges I used:  A Child's Year, Blackletter, Gypsy Wanderings, Sweet Treats
Recollections Pearl Stickers the cream color and the turquoise blue
Tim Holtz Distress Ink:  Brushed Corduroy
Silver Stickles for on the roses

Stampin Up stamp for the butterflies and then cut out and colored with water color pencils, and the blended with a blending pen
Pop Dots
Two different kinds of  ribbon that I have had from years ago
Overhead projector sheets/Acetate sheets for the floating butterflies
Lots of ATG glue
Mother's Day stamp from Hobby Lobby
Tattered Angeles Glimmer Mist: Mustard Seed
Mother's day quotes/poems
Loads of time and love put into this box.  I really enjoyed doing this one too.  Lots of time squeezed in between class in school and whatever little chance I got.  Alot of time but the end result was so worth it.  And the Ooooo's and Ahhhhh's made even better!
Well, here are the pictures of my Mother-in-Law's beautiful box.


Outer Layer

Outer Layer

Middle Layer

Middle layer 

 Center layer is similar to my previous one so this is the only difference other than the poetry!

 Center layer completely assembled with handmade flowers and leaves and hand stamped and colored and cut out butterflies.

The outside with the lid 

Up close to the lid with the velvet bow, handmade flowers and butterflies and leaves.

Both boxes completed and together!

This is my wonderful Mother-in-law opening hers!  I think she liked it!  It was so much fun to wait, and the anticipation of waiting was so worth it!  I love both the Moms in my life they are both so special to me, so they deserve something special.  So this was my labor of love!  I don't know what I will do to top this for next year, though.  I better start looking and learning something new!  LOL

Well, thanks for looking and being patient and waiting for the reveal.  I hope you enjoyed seeing the results of the boxes.  Stop by again sometime soon.  I hope you have a wonderful day!



The Reveal #1 Exploding/Magic Boxes

Well, I hope that any of you that are moms had a very wonderful Mother's Day!  I know I did!  We celebrated Mother's day and my oldest daughter's 14th birthday all in the same day.  So it was a very busy day!  It was a very great day with family and most importantly, our moms!

These are the pictures of MY Mom's Exploding box, (or also known as Magic Boxes).  It turned out amazing!  I was so pleased and excited to share it with my mom...for the past week or so, when I was on the phone with her I wanted to tell her what I was doing and when she came over I wanted to show it to her, too.  Well the day finally came and I finally got to share and show it to her.  I think it turned out amazing!  I sometimes still can't believe that I made this box.  Thanks to my Cricut it made it so easy! It was very time consuming, but oh so rewarding to wait and give it to her. 

I used:
K&Company: Hannah Scrap Pad, double sided paper
Cartridges used:  Blackletter, Inde Art, Plantin SchoolBook, A Child's Year
Potpourri Basket
Gold Stickles for on the roses
Stamin Up stamp for the butterflies and then cut out and colored with water color pencils, and the blended with a blending pen
"Rhinestones"
Pop Dots
Two different kinds of burgundy ribbon that I have had from years ago
Overhead projector sheets/Acetate sheets
Lots of ATG glue
Mother's Day stamp from Hobby Lobby
Cuttlebug and I can't remember which folder I used.
Jim Holtz Distress Ink:  Brushed corduroy
Tattered Angeles Glimmer Mist:  Mustard Seed
Lots of time and LOVE!  I can't remember all the details but if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.  I will do my best to answer it for you. 
Well as promised here is my pictures of my mom's completed box.


 This is the outside of the box, before opened to reveal the contents.

The top of the lid

As you open it, this is what it looks like to look down in it.  Cool!

The inside, showing you the contents and layering and pop dotting and the Acetate strips to make the butterflies fly! 


The top layer, seeing all of the pictures and poems about moms


Layer #1 Up close of the Child's Year Cart. cuts & Glimmer Mist

Layer # 1 More of the Child's Year cart. cuts

Layer #2/middle layer All about the heart

More hearts from layer #2/middle layer

Layer #3 Layering and inking and pop dots...

 More of Layer #3 Ribbon and layering and pop dots and rhinestones...

Up close of the handmade roses!


And my wonderful Mom's reaction to it when she opened it!
Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

Well, that is what hers looked like!  I hope you enjoyed the reaveal as much as I did!  Thanks for stopping by and looking at what I have done.  Have a very wonderful day!