Sunday, 30 October 2011

It's a Girl - Exploding Box

Just a quick post from me today to share an exploding box that I made for my friends' sister who has had a gorgeous baby girl. Warning - post is picture heavy (for me anyway) and I apologise in advance for the quality of the shots, but I had to take the pictures in artificial light :o(

This box took me slightly longer than it should've done, due to the fact that I had few "durrgghhhh" moments!!! Not least of which was losing concentration and failing to notice that the top yellow block had slid backwards by about 1/8" which then meant it overhung the back wall of the box. Obviously this meant that I couldn't close it properly, so I had to figure a way to move it without destroying it! Fortunately, my lovely decoupage snips held the answer and I managed to remove it with no visible damage to the blocks!

The box is a standard 3" square design which has been decorated with a selection of papers. The paper shoes have been taken from a template in an old magazine which I reduced down in size (each shoe measures approximately 1" in length). I drew a template for the paper cubes (I knew that there was a reason I did technical drawing all those years ago!!!). The chipboard letters have been covered with co-ordinating papers and then heat embossed with glitter powder, unfortunately my pictures make them look like they are darker than the rest of the papers, but they aren't, they're simply sparkly and glossy.

Pearlescent White Cardstock
Designer Papers from stash
Chipboard Letters - Woodware
Chipboard Shapes from stash
Ribbon from stash
Gems from stash

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
Crafty Emma's - New Beginnings
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - Anything goes
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything goes
Paper Pretties - Embellish
Crafty Ribbons - Bingo (Handmade embellishments (shoes/bricks), gems & ribbon)
Totally Papercrafts - Glitter


  1. oh wow hun this is just so beautiful oh just love this to bits,hun the detail and all the wonderful things you have added inside are just stunning,hugs cherylxx

  2. This is gorgeous I love those shoes what a fab gift to recieve.
    Jenny x

  3. Wow, absolutely fantastic! What an absolutely darling gift for a baby girl. Love it Claire!

  4. wow that is beautiful simply stunning

  5. WOW sweetie this is absolutely gorgeous its soooooo pretty!! She will totally love it hun.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

  6. Ooooh Claire this is just stunning!

    Id love to have seen Evie's Mums face when she saw it for the first time!


    Keryn x

    ps, the painting has been started! Hes done so much OT lately tho but at least hes managed a start!

  7. This is gorgeous Claire,love the

  8. WOW !! this is gorgeous Claire :-) such a beautiful box ! all the details are stunning :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Totally Papercrafts and Simon Says Stamp Challenges :-)
    Lols x x x

  9. Wow thats fabulous exploding box, Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxx

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  11. WOW!!!! amazing!!! Thaks for playing with us at TPS!!!!

  12. Hi Claire
    wow this is stunning, what a gorgeous keep sake, luv all the pretty detail, thank you for joining us at Totally Papercrafts this week, sue,x

  13. Oh my word that is just gorgeous!! Look at those wee shoes, I love them. Thanks for joining us at CRAFTY RIBBONS this time.

  14. Wow Claire, this is amazing! What a beautiful keepsake for a new baby girl xxx

  15. Stunning work - such a wonderful design and I love the contents!!Thanks for playing along with our New Beginnings challenge at CES, Juliexx

  16. awww... such a gorgeous card thank you for joining our new beginings challenge at CES.
    Hugs Kaylou xx

  17. WOW!!! Fantastic work Claire. I love all the details. Huge respect for the baby shoes - when I made them they were bigger than yours and they drove me batty trying to get all the fiddly bits so I'm so impressed at you making teeny ones. Jaqui x


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