Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Easter Explosion

     Where do I start.  Ever since I saw the "Explosion Box" made by Kittie C on Splitcoast Stampers I have been itching to make one.  I finally cleaned up my stamp area and sat down to play the other day.  THIS is not the first box I created.....that will be posted a little later so not to ruin a surprise for a friend.  After making the first box there were a gazillion ideas going through my mind.......something special for Easter just kept tugging at my heart....a box that holds a special gift reminds me of the great gift of Christ's birth at Christmas that culminates in the greatest gift of all when He dies on the cross so that I might live.
      While I wanted to use the acetate and have it look like there were things in the air as the box was opened, I just couldn't seem to grasp an idea for it - instead this is what I created!!  I used three different stamp sets.  The cross with a flower cut out and popped up on it is from Flourishes. From the get go I wanted a cross in the center and this one is the perfect size and can be cut out easily.  The 'Alleluia' sentiment is Stampendous, and the perfect scripture quotes, as well as the frame and matching dies used around the sentiments are from Our Daily Bread Designs.
     I started by taking a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock and scoring it at 4 inches on each side, then I cut out the corner pieces for a + shape.  I got a little carried away on the inside layers, running one through my Grand Calibur with the Spellbinders M-Bossabilities to create a wood look, and backing it with a darker purple cardstock.
     For the outside I created my own patterned paper using the flower stamp from Flourishes.  I topped the box with a small bow made with my NEW Becca's Bow Maker I recently purchased from Our Daily Bread Designs (I think I am going to enjoy using this on many future projects).
     The focal point in the center was the most fun.  I colored my cross and flowers in with my Copics and then cut it out.  I took some mirrored silver cardstock and took two of my circle dies, placing them so they cut slightly larger to the top and ran them through my GC. I cut two of these so I could sandwich a piece of vellum between them and form a frame - the cross was too messy looking from the back and needed to be hidden.  Then I put some pop ups on the back of my cross and placed it on the vellum.  For the base I took a small styrofoam ball and cut it in half....I used a knife to make an indentation across the top to place my frame and cross in.  Some leaves cut from my Cheery Lynn die and a few flowers from my Martha Stewart punch were added to the top of some moss I glued over the styrofoam....I also added a few dollops of glue and put a little touch of Flower Soft on my moss.
     This project was just toooo much fun - I am hooked just wait until you see the other box and the one I am planning next....lets just say 'Yee Haw' for that one.  !

Supplies:  Our Daily Bread Design (Stamps, Dies, Flower Soft, Becca Bow Maker), Flourishes Stamps, Stampendous Stamps.  Martha Stewart punch, Spellbinders Dies and M-Bossabilities Folder, Copics, Cheery Lynn Leaves, Pop Ups.  Cardstock, Ribbon

Challenges:  Our Daily Bread Design ODBDSLC143, Paper Playtime CH #4 Use a Sentiment, Really Reasonable Ribbon, Spring Colors and Ribbon,  Hiding in My Craftroom #85 Embossing, Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes


  1. This is really pretty and SO creative. Thanks for sharing your time and talents with us by linking this up in our challenge. We consider it to be such a blessing to have you play along. Hope you will stop back by real soon.
    Blessings to you,
    Word Art Wednesday

  2. This is beautiful! I've always wanted to try one and will someday. Your colors, your papers all work together so beautifully. Great job!

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  4. I hope I deleted my first comment that referred to "the mother." I love love love your card/box! You are soooo creative (send me some brain cells..l0l). I hope I can make a similar card for "my mother" who will be 88 years old on Good Friday. It will delight her. Thank you for sharing how to make this beautiful box!

  5. What a gorgeous explosion box!! The design is fabulous and the papers are so pretty!! Absolutely beautiful!! Thanks so much for playing along at Paper Playtime :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts
    Paper Playtime DT

  6. Gorgeous! This is a fantastic explosion box, the cross is wonderful in the center. Simply gorgeous!

  7. What an amazing Easter project, Sherry! Love how you created the cross in the middle...such pretty colors and a fabulous design! Thanks so much for joining the Shining the Light Challenge this week!

  8. Wow Sherry, this is absolutely gorgeous! I think it's the most amazing box I've ever seen. I love the sentiments and the meaning behind it, and your centerpiece is beautiful!

  9. Oh My!!!!! This is SO GORGEOUS!!!! Absolutely beautifully stunning!!!! The detail is so perfect!!!!!!

  10. This is so absolutely magnificent! I love the colors and the inside is fabulous!!!!!! Hugs, Robin

  11. Wow! I saw this as a thumbnail on the Our Daily Bread Easter Challenge and just had to come for a closer look.

  12. Jeeze Louise..this is STUNNING! What a beautiful work of art!


  13. What a creative and beautiful explosion box, Sherry!! I just love the cross, your colors and your design!! It has a real wow factor! Gorgeous combination of images and sentiments!! Thanks for joining us at ODBD this week!!

  14. Stunning explosion box. Love the colors. Love the cross. Thanks for joining us over at Paper Playtime.

    Have a great day.
    Hugs Nana
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