Saturday, 9 August 2014

Christmas Card Club Challenge #17 - Anything But A Card

Hi Everyone,

I'm sharing my CCC project a day early from now on so as not to clash with another DT post that I have tomorrow.
This time it was Lizzie's turn to choose a theme and I'm so glad she picked 'Anything but a card' because I have been wanting to make an exploding gift box for a very long time and this challenge gave me both the reason and the incentive to make time to create one. Now I'm going to warn you this post is VERY photo heavy, the box just wouldn't fit in my camera lens and show all the detail so I had to take separate pictures for each side of the box. So here goes...   ...I have tried to collage some of the pictures to save space...


The box base was cut from 12 x 12 thick, white cardstock, then layered up with Neenah Desert Storm and a patterned paper freebie from 'Papercrafter' magazine.
 

All the edges of the paper have been inked with DI 'Brushed Corduroy' and heat embossed with holographic EP.


The top decoration is made from two Memory Box Snowflake die cuts, Wild Orchid Craft roses dipped in iridescent glitter and a wooden snowflake ornament - also inked and embossed. The tag was cut using a Spellbinders die for the top shape, inked and embossed just the same and the stamps used were Crafters Companion 'Happy Holidays' and Hot off the Press 'Enchanted Christmas'. I coloured in the letters with my Promarkers.
Now for the inside...


Each face of the box has a Memory Box 'Catalina Wreath' die, cut twice, inked and embossed and then a centre element - Britannia Dies 'Christmas Flight', MB 'Snowflake Ornament', Marianne D. 'Fir Tree LR0136', and Quickutz 'Jingle Bell'. I added lots of pale blue gems too.

 
On the bottom of the gift box I made an envelope to house the 'gift'!
 
 
Well I hope you liked my Exploding Gift Box, I really enjoyed creating it and I'm sure that it won't be my last. The other members of the CCC all have great inspirational projects to share too so pop over to their blogs tomorrow and have a look  (links on the CCC page of my blog).
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Scribble & Scrap - #24 Anything Goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland - Anything Goes For Christmas
CHNC Christmas Extra - August challenge
CHNC Patterned paper challenge - August challenge
Completely Christmas - #24 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - #45 Anything Goes
Suzy bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #41 Anything Goes
 
Well that's enough from me today I think, that was a long one, *phew*
Hope to see you again tomorrow for my first ever DT post for 613 Avenue Create.
 
 
Lorraine

24 comments:

Sue Bridesmith said...

Gorgeous Design just perfect for our challenge over at Completely Christmas....Thank you for sharing with us,
we look forward to you joining in with the fun again next time...
Hugs
Suzy B ( Owner )
xx

Wishcraft said...

Oh wow Lorraine, it's fabulous! Stunning creation, love it :o) Hugs, Lisa x

Suze said...

I'm glad you decided to share all these photos. So much easier to see all the beautiful detail you have put in to this gorgeous box. Thanks for joining in the challenge at CHNC Extra for August.

Rita said...

Beautiful exploding box. I just love everything about it. Especially the idea of the surprise gift packet inside. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx

Carol said...

This is gorgeous Lorraine, love the colours and all your wonderful embellishments...a great way to give money as a gift. Carol x

Planetsusie said...

Brilliant pics of your project Lorraine, and those dies mmmmmmmmmm really yummy! Lurve the Brushed Corduroy as well, I don't think I have ever used that one for the edges but I will have to have a go now!! What a great creation.

Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

scrappymo! said...

Oh my goodness...thisis gorgeous!!!

Now I want to rush down stairs (well, hobble down maybe) and try to make one of these beautiful exploding boxes!

Love the details...your dies are wonderful and fit so perfectly!

The holographic EP looks great...must just sparkle IRL! All your inking paid off as your exploding box is gorgeous!

coldwaters2 said...

Wow Lorraine this is so beautiful both inside and out, the papers and design are superb so is the top decoration.
hugs
lorraine x

Linda said...

Wow, what an amazing project. It must have taken simply ages with all the die cutting and inking, but so worth it because it looks absolutely stunning! :) xx

Christine Harrop said...

This is fabulous Lorraine. Looks great. Haven't done an exploding box since my nephew was married three years ago. Hugs Christine xx

Lizzie said...

This is fabulous! I want to make an exploding box too but never find the time! This is so great! Hugs xx

Karen Petitt said...

Blooming heck Lorraine! What the devil can I say about this - erm it's STUNNING and BEAUTIFUL and I WANT IT! An absolutely gorgeous box I would not be able to give it away! Karen x

Sue said...

Absolutely stunning Lorraine! huggles Sue xx

Gibmiss said...

Hi Lorraine
This is Stunning.... You certainly make some gorgeous things .... Love it... And the Tag.....
Hugs Sylvie xxxx

Mrs A. said...

Your exploding box looks fabulous. I love the colours and the embellishments on the top . Hugs Mrs A.

dutchess said...

what an amazing project it is just a stunner.....I am in awe! xxxxx

MaryH said...

What a BIG WOW! for this stunning box.I've never made one, but I'm awed by this one for sure. Loved the colors and those wonderful dies atop it. Great sparkling rose too. Then the insides just blew me away. It was genius to use the MB die as you did, and add all the little lovely bits of the other dies. I've never seen one done this gorgeous & I can see that there was a lot of work & patience and attention to detail to create this project. Well done indeed! TFS & Hugs

coops said...

oh wow this is amazing lorraine.stunning design and colours and i love all the fantastic details :D

xx coops xx

cuilliesocks said...

OMG Lorraine, this is a wowser, did it take long to make? there is so much fantastic detail in it, love the little gift envelope, in fact I love all of it, Kate x

Lexie said...

Ooh...this is lush! Love every single thing about it. Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.
xx

Hazel said...

What a fantastic project for this fortnight's CCC challenge and thanks for sharing for my CHNC challenge extra for August, Patterned Paper August challenge, Suzy Bee's and Completely Christmas 24, Hazel, DTs.

rachel said...

this is fabulous Lorraine - love it to pieces! Hugs rachel x

Granmargaret said...

Very lovely work. Thank you for joining the challenge at Creative Fingers.

Asha said...

Oh my word! Wht an amazing project, Lorraine. Love it! So sorry I’m late commenting. Have a lovely weekend!
hugs, Asha