Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fairy Garden Exploding Box

Good morning everyone! This is my first attempt at making an exploding box, and although it's not the best example, I figured I'd show it anyway. I plan on making more, improved versions, lol! I really love this idea, and if you've seen these FANTASTIC magic boxes, you'll understand why! 

Here's what it looks like closed up:

And when you take off the lid, you get a magical fairy world open up. The fairies are a Lili of the Valley stamp that I've colored and cut out. I even layered it onto some matching patterned paper before cutting it out, so the back wouldn't look bare. 
To make all the flowers I took a full piece of watercolor paper and spritzed it with assorted colors  of Glimmer Mists. When it all dried I used various punches/dies to cut a bunch of flowers and leaves. They were shaped by using a stylus to emboss the back of each flower/leaf petal. Some of the flowers were then glued to a strip of acetate to make them 'pop' up when the box opened. Genius idea, let me tell you!

The large daisy that the fairies are floating above are one of those dies from Stampin Up. I added yellow seed beads to the centers of all the flowers.

I love these exploding boxes and plan on making more to improve my skills, I hope this first attempt has inspired you to try your own! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Lili of the Valley, Gina K
Ink: Memento, Versamark, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists
Paper: Heavenly White, Prima, Memory Box, water color paper
Tools & Accessories: Flower punches from The Punch Bunch, Martha Stewart leaf punches, SU daisy die, seed beads, Viva Decor pearl pen, colored pencils, OMS, Stickles, satin ribbon, gold embossing powder, acetate


  1. This is so beautiful, amazing for a first try. Love the colours you've chosen. Jo x

  2. OH WOW . . . that is simply amazing. Congrats on making something that is SURE to bring a smile of pleasure to someone's face.

    Hugs, Sandra

  3. This is soooooo beautiful! I LOVE IT! Absolutely gorgeous.

  4. That is so pretty. I can't wait to see what else you make. Your first go at it looks perfect! And the outside before opening is so elegant. Good job!

  5. This is gorgeous, in fact it's amazing.You are so clever-especially for your first attempt.Thank you for sharing.Fab project.Take care.Debbie x

  6. Oh my gosh!

    This box is absolutely stunning!!!!

    Thank you for the link, your work is beautiful.

    Elaine x

  7. Your box is stunning. Must have taken you for ever....


  8. This really is "magic" isn't it! Just gorgeous both inside and outside! LOVE IT!!

  9. Holy cow!! This is gorgeous!! and THIS is your 1st try and you want to improve it?? Wow! This is absolutely stunning!!



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