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Saturday, 14 May 2011

Monochrome Exploding Box



My hubby asked me to make a special card for a work colleague to go with a gift. We bought her a lovely pair of ear-rings and I put them inside the lovely spotty gift box. I thought it would be nice to make the card as an exploding box and then when it was open up the gift would be inside. I used the colourscheme from the gift box as the basis for the card colours. The inside flaps of the box are decorated with rub ons from Sizzix, a digistamp cake from Bee Crafty and paper punches. I used a metallic Silver pen to colour certain parts like the cake and butterflies. I also added a small amount of nude pink as the cake looked awful left white.


The outside spotty paper is from the Clare Curd Signature pad by Papermania. Around the edges of the lid I used a yummy lace which you can thread a ribbon through and the spotty card dangling is the gift tag from the ear-rings.

The inside flaps of the box are decorated with rub ons from Sizzix, a digistamp cake from Bee Crafty and paper punches. I used a metallic Silver pen to colour certain parts like the cake and butterflies. I also added a small amount of nude pink as the cake looked awful left white.


The lid is decorated with one of my favourite dies from Sizzix and I used a black gem brad from American Crafts to join the layers together. I used my flower corner punch to add more decoration to the top and added pearls to the flower centres.

The recipient had never seen anything like this and loved her card and present.

I would like to enter this project into the following challenges (in alphabetical order):-

33 comments:

Janna Werner said...

Gorgeous project, Mandy! I always admire these kind of boxes! TFS! Janna

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...

Gorgeous Mandy. What a clever idea

Hugs Jane x

jordiegirl said...

What a brilliant idea and a super card.

I love that Sizzix die, and can see why it is your favourite.

Anne said...

Lovely box Mandy, thanks for sharing it with us at OLL. Hugs x

*Vicki* said...

WOWZER!! Mandy, your box is totally amazing hun!! Love the black and white colors too!! Such a beautiful creation!! Thanks so much for joining us at the Squigglefly Challenge this week! Smiles, *Vicki* ~ Squigglefly Team Leader

sasa said...

Fabulous box - the monochrome look is just so modern and eye-catching...great flower too!
Thanks for joining in with Simon Says Stamp Show!

Sarah

sasa said...

Fabulous box - the monochrome look is just so modern and eye-catching...great flower too!
Thanks for joining in with Simon Says Stamp Show!

Sarah

kim-paperbabe said...

Wonderful exploding box card Mandy I love this flower die too one of my fave's!
It's great for the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge!
The design team and I are really pleased you joined us!
Thank you
HuGs Kim :)

marilynprestonn said...

Seeing this explosion box in different and original ways! I love your black and white version. Well done.

Thank you for playing Crafty Creations Challenge with us this week. Do come again, we love to have you join in the chance to win beautiful and practical prizes for a cardmaker. :)Peggy

Jen Leeflang said...

What a beautiful creation! Thanks for joining us on our Digistamps 4 Joy "It's a Celebration" Challenge!
luv n huggz
Jen
DS4J DT Co-ordinator

Debbie said...

WOW Mandy, this will make a great gift for the earings, I love making these boxes, did loads at christmas for the table.
Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week. Debbiexx

Lesley said...

Lovely box, I haven't made one of these in a while! Thanks for taking part in the Alphabet and CYDA challenges xx

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Fab creation, love the color combo & the daisy die you have used on top is one of my favourites as well!!

Thank you for sharing with us at MAWTT this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

kurlygirl said...

Wow! Great project! It looks like it took a lot of time. I really love that Sizzix die and the black and white color scheme is so elegant. I'm so glad that you joined us at Shelly's Images Bling Challenge and I hope we see more of your creations in the future!

~kurlygirl Kurly-Q

Debs said...

Fab exploding box - love the B&W colour combo - it's so classic.
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week.
Good luck
{{Debs}}xx

Nannieflash said...

Wow fabulous exploding box, and those mono colours are brilliant. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. with hugs Shirleyxx

Hannah Clark said...

What a fantastic idea! The whole this is just beautiful! Great box! Thanks for joining us at Penny's!

Angel said...

Fantastic project..

Just perfect for CYDA an Alphabet challenges.
Love the colours very striking, an fabbie idea to add the earings inside, sure it will be loved..

Huggies Angel

DesignerDiva said...

Another gorgeous creation from you Mandy love the polka dots! Thank you for joining us at MAWTT this week for Brenda's BB challenge and good luck
Hugs Laurie x

Bella´s Bastelecke said...

Beautiful cards...such cute images...thanks for joining us this week at TPS…..
Hugs Judith

Rainbow Lady said...

Fab box love the colours and that die is to die for.... sorry lol. Thanks for sharing Love Cynthia x

Brenda Brown said...

A gift and card both together - what a great idea.
Thanks for joining in our 2B's challenge at MAWTT we are so pleased you have shared this with us.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Sarah said...

Beautiful exploding box Mandy, the colour scheme is so striking and such a fab idea to pop the pressie inside. Thank you for joining us at Craft Your Days Away, good luck with the challenge x

Debbie said...

Beautiful exploding box for earrings what a Great gift idea!!! Thanks so much for joining us at Creative Inspirations

Hugs
Debbie

Lorraine said...

this is such a beautiful gift box i love the mono tone it looks fab,thankyou so much for joining us at sweet stampin this week too
hugs
Lorraine xx

Val said...

This is fabulous, and such a lovely idea - I am sure your husband's colleague was over the moon.

Thank you so much for joining the 2Bs challenge at MAWTT. Please come back again.
Hugs
Valxx

Jane said...

Your exploding box is awesome a fantastic gift
Thanks for playing at StampinSanity
Luv Jane xxx

Claire said...

Wow fab project, so elegant in black and white! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ann's and good luck
Claire xx

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is incredible gorgeous. I I adore it. A lot of work has gone into this. Thank you for joining us at CYDA.

Hugs
Cathy
xxxxx

Stephanie said...

I love the black and white. Fab project. Thanks for joining us at Shelly's Images.

Ann Whitfield said...

This is fabulous Mandy! Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's
Ann x

Sonia said...

Totally Gorgeous Mandy
Thanks for joining us at ALPHABET Challenge.
Sonia DT

Trinh said...

What a wonderful project, Mandy! Love the monochromatic palette. Thanks for playing in a Mami Doodles challenge!