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Exploding Box – BEWARE!

Leading on from my facebook post earlier, I have spent a rather larger part of today than intended making an exploding box. I have not done one before although it has been on my ‘to try’ list for some time however there is a tutorial in the new Crafters Companion Mag which has a rather exciting cake inside so I thought, why not?

The Magazine rates this as a 3 in difficulty with a completion time of 90 mins. I completely failed in terms of the completion time, however there were various bits and pieces that I did a little bit differently some of which definitely added time; I’m pretty sure I entered a time warp somewhere along the line as well because I appear to have lost an hour altogether somewhere…


The initial cutting and scoring of the base, lid and matts only took about half an hour, but then time was added by my inability to create anything without distress ink so I also stopped and inked all the edges 🙂

For people who do not know, the base of an exploding box is a square divided into 9 equal squares, the four corner squares are then removed to create a cross shape. As a top tip, I would strongly recommend that when you remove these corner squares you either use a steel edged ruler and knife; a pair of scissors long enough that you can line up and make the cut in one snip or a trimmer. For most people, if you try to cut with a smaller pair of scissors you will end up with a wavy line.

The cake was easier than I thought it was going to be, but still a bit fiddly. Another tip would be to curl the card around a pen or pokey tool (similar to flower shaping) to give it a natural curve before joining the two ends together. I also found it easier to roll the sides of the cake tighter than actually needed and then let the card relax into a wider circle than to try and tighten to the right size.

I did go a little bit crazy with the liquid pearls, but overall I think I like it and may well do another (quicker) one soon 😉



The Blank square here is for a personal message!


And a couple more!


I like this one,I have used acetate to make a fun spectrum noir background which is then matted against HunkyDory rainbow mirri which in natural light makes it look very metallic. The sentiment is the same mirri, but I have also shadowed it with black. Super quick, super easy 🙂


Another quickie, this one is kraft card, some papers I had lying around, a nice cogs die for non-flowery detail and…wait for it….distress inks!!

Fun with gilding wax

Leading on from our unscheduled shopping trip the other day, one of the items that fell into my shopping basket was the lovely embossilicious embossing folder which I have used as the basis for this card front. As you may have noticed, I have not actually attached this to a card yet…


I have also (in keeping with our March goals) used a topper which I have had hanging around for a while because having coloured it in I couldn’t think of anything pretty to do with it, so it has been patiently waiting.

The background is black card embossed with the folder and then gilded across all of the raised sections and also around the edges of the card. I have also gilded the edges of both the tickets and the topper.

Hiding near the bottom right hand corner is a small die-cut sentiment; I did have a large ‘Happy Birthday’ on there as well but I took it off because I thought it looked better without 😉

For people who like to know, the digi-stamp is by Crafters Companion and coloured with the Spectrum Noir Wax Pencils.



Colour Organiser

Organisation – a slightly foreign principle for me outside of work however I have reached that time in my life where I cannot help feeling perhaps it isn’t such a bad thing..?

Scattered around my various crafty hidey-holes have been various colour charts; sample blends, sample pictures and colour wheels many of which magically vanish when I actually want to use them for reference. So, I have made myself a very simple little book with some rings and embossed card; I have also reinforced the punched holes by adding eyelets (go cropadile!)


So here are some selections from my little book of colour, which has the advantage of plenty of room to add more 🙂