Friday, 2 December 2011

Another Exploding Box - Polka Doodles GDT Card - A Secret Element

Good morning to you all. It's my second GDT post for Polka Doodles. The challenge this week is a Secret Element.

I decided that I'd use this challenge as an excuse to make DS's Christmas card. So, as he's been fascinated by the exploding boxes I've made recently, I thought it was the perfect excuse to make him one. Unfortunately my photos really don't this justice - it is full of texture and sparkle none of which my camera managed to pick up :(

Any how, here's my offering for the week...

This box is larger than the ones I have been making as I needed to increase the height to get the tree in the box! The box has been constructed from Kraft card and then decorated with papers and images from the new Polka Doodles CD Pretty Tuff. I have to say that had I had more time this week then I would have used a few more of the images from the CD as there is a fab train set and truck which would've looked really good 3D'd. I'll definitely be using this CD to make a lot of my male cards as there are so many images and papers to choose from that I don't think I'll ever be stuck for inspiration!

I decided that as the card was for a child that it would be good, if the surprise wasn't just the box falling apart to reveal a Christmas Tree and parcels, but that it was quite tactile too. So I dug out a kit are from a We R Memory Keepers which I've had in my stash for ages, and used flocked sentiments. Unfortunately, it just doesn't show them in all their glory in my pictures :o( .

My pictures also don't show all of the glimmer and sparkle on the tree which was created making duplicated images of a hand drawn tree. The edge of the tree branches have been stickled prior to attaching the glass lights and the sparkly shrink plastic star. I created the parcels using the same cube template that I drew up for the exploding box I made a few weeks back and have used hanging thread as the ribbon.

The boy has been coloured with Promarkers and then decoupaged to within an inch of his life - again I can't seem to capture this with my photos! :(

The frame to rear of the tree contains a computer generated Santa's checklist which simply says  Santa's List, Zak, Good/ Bad, of course I've ticked good - even though this week that isn't necessarily the case!! grrr less said about that the better though!!!.

Here's the box when it's closed. Even if I say so myself, I love my bow :D I made it using my new mini Bowdabra which I think I could be in love with :D, so be warned bows will be appearing on an object near you!!

Well that's it from me this week - I've not had the best of weeks thus far and am now soooo far behind with my Christmas plans that I doubt I'll be ready for the big day!! So unless things change I'll catch you next week at some point!

Enjoy your weekend

Claire x

Pretty Tuff CD - Polkadoodles
Kraft cardstock - Papermania
Ribbon - from stash
Light bulbs - from stash
Star & Holly Buttons - from stash
Wooden  Frames - We R Memory Keepers
Flocked Sentiments - We R Memory Keepers
Shrink Plastic
Gold Embossing Powder
Clear Star Sakura Pen

Fiskars - Star Squeeze Punch
Fiskars - Tag Squeeze Punch
Bowdabra - Crafty Ribbons
Heat Gun

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T - Christmas Present
Charisma Cards - Spots
Crafty Purple Frog - For someone special
Crafty Ribbons - Make a tag
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Challenges - Anything but a card
The Crafty Bloggers Network - Other than a card 3D


  1. Wow Claire this is just amazing,a stunning masterpiece.Love the centre

  2. Gorgeous box love the christmas tree.
    Jenny x

  3. Absolutely, gorgeous! Great job! I will be share to pass along the link to our Bowdabra Facebook Readers. Sarah Forhan Designer.

  4. Wow, wow, wow Claire. So much detail. Can't even say more except... wow!

    Sorry you're having a poopy week - ditto here. You are not alone ;)

  5. lol @ you ticking 'Good' even though the jury is out on that one lol. I hope he will love it and think its very clever....because it is. I am envious of your patience making such intricate pieces.

    Have a good weekend x

  6. A fabulous creation Claire and the little scene on the inside looks fabulous.
    Fliss xx

  7. This is stunning Claire, love the tree and detail inside the box x

  8. that is so clever how do you find the time to do something so intricate xx essex gal

  9. just done a close up, couldnt help but notice the "gold" embossing LOL

  10. Wow Claire this is fabulous hun. I love the Christmas Tree and that beautiful bow on the outside of the box!! Great project, I'm sure he will adore it. (I do!!)
    Dawn xx

  11. Wow gorgeous creation Claire i love it, great detail. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons for our Tag challenge. luv gina xx

  12. Absolutely fantastic! You make the best exploding boxes!

  13. awwwwwwwww Claire your wee lad will love this. It's brilliant!!
    Have a smashing weekend
    Anne x

  14. Fab project!! Love the spots for this weeks challenge at charisma! Good luck! Emma x

  15. WOW......this is awesome sweetie!!! Brilliant design, love it hun!!!

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

  16. Brilliant! Love these type of projects that you make, they are SO clever!

    Hope you get more into the swing of things and have a better week next week.


  17. Brilliant, thanks for entering the CBN challenge, good luck x

  18. I love explodong box cards and this is fabulous - what a wonderful creative scene! Cheers Claire x

  19. such a gorgeous creation, so glad you joined in with our challenge at CRAFTY RIBBONS x carol

  20. oh wow hun this is just stunning,gosh adore this to bits,hugs cherylxxxxxxx

  21. WOWza - this is just sooooooo AWESOME. Wonderful Claire :-) xxxxxxxxxxx

  22. Fab project, brilliant idea, love the christmas tree
    Lindsay xx

  23. This is just amazing. I love the tree. Thank you for joining us at CRAFT.
    Nikki x

  24. Thanks for joining in with my challenge with your fab project Claire, I love the way you put a tree in the center
    En x

  25. Ahh i love these! Struggle with them myself though! Really nice colour choice too!

    Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz,best of luck!

  26. beautiful project, thanks for entering this week over at c.r.a.f.t challenges x

  27. beauiful creation! Thanks for joining in with our Spots challenge at Charisma this week! Gemma :) x

  28. such an adorable exploding box
    Thanks for joining us at Charisma

  29. Super exploding box !!
    thanks for joining us at Charisma this time hope to see you next time too


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