Tuesday, October 9, 2012


One of my daughters- in -law turned 30 two weeks ago and I  wanted to make a special card for her.  Because I was going to see her in person, I decided to make something that could not be mailed.  I have never made an explosion box before so I gave it and try.  So much fun!  I love how it turned out and now that I am no longer intimidated,  I will be doing more of these.

I made the "ribbons" out of strips of paper and wound them on a pencil
Take off the lid and it "explodes".    The "springs" are crafting wire that has also been wound on a pencil

Inside box was made with a piece of textured cardstock from the Scalloped Cardstock Stack by DCWV

I filled the inside box with 30 hugs and kisses ( x's and o's) which I cut out with the Cuttlebug.  I used fun foam which I backed with more of the same paper.  All the paper used in this project, except the scalloped sheet is from a wonderful, fun pack of paper called The Celebration Stack by DCWV.  Lots of texture and sparkle.
I hope you are inspired to make your own explosion box. .  It is so much fun.  There are many  tutorials online and one on Splitcoaststamper to give you the know how and the inspiration.  Have fun. 

Stampin Sisters in Christ - box
Simon Says - glimmer and sparkle
DYSU - warm colors
Pink Gem - for the girls
PartyTime Tues - no card


  1. Oh my gosh - this is so cool. What a great project. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


  2. Oh my goodness! This is awesome! A "double explosion" box! So creative! Love it! Thanks for sharing it with us at SSiC! Have a blessed week! ~H

  3. Hey sweetie, gorgeous in pink love the image too, thanks for joining us at A Gem of A Challenge this time, huggles Pops x x

  4. Great explosion box.Thanks for joining us at DYSU this week.

  5. What a fabulous explosion box!! Love all the bright and cheery colors and the cute Bingo cards!! I'm sure she adored it!!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week for the "Glimmer and Sparkle" Challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!


  6. Oh My Goodness....I'm jealous and in awe....I want want want to do one and have yet to do one. Yes, you have inspired me...need to go find a template. She will LOVE this! If she doesn't...I'll send you my mailing address.

  7. wow...that is fabulous. great job! Definitely a wow card for a big birthday!

  8. Wow! Marsha, so impressive! Love your box! You are SO brave AND talented! Its gorgeous! So many great details and the papers are wonderful! So glad you shared this project with us at SSiC!

  9. Gorgeous box and kudos for trying it. You have made a terrific creation and it is sure to be treasured for years to come. Love it!!

  10. Marsha - This is a wonderful box for our challenge at Stampin Sisters this week! It is so much fun, from the curled ribbon on the lid to the tiny box inside! I always enjoy seeing you projects. I hope you join us again soon.

  11. OOOH how neat! I have seen explosion boxes, but never with another box inside before. What a great idea. I am sure she loved it. Thank for sharing your great box with the Stampin' sisters in Christ Challenge.

  12. Marsha, an incredible explosion box! I haven't made one of these and yours is so inspirational! Beautiful vibrant primary colors - thanks for sharing!

  13. This is awesome! Explosion is right! I love this. I am so glad that you entered it in the SSiC challenge. Love it.

  14. Such a fun craft! Love the paper ribbon idea. Thanks for sharing with us at Party Time Tuesday's Anything but a Card challenge!

  15. Thanks so much for joining us at Party Time Tuesday's this week...See you soon!

  16. wow wow wow...it's a party in a box! I miss out on all of the fun because I tend to shy away from techniques...I really must jump on the band wagon...this is FABulously fun! Thanks for linking up!!!!