Sunday, May 9, 2010

It's all about the bling, exploding box

I decided to get my friend Jacqui a gift card for her birthday (I know, tres boring, but what else can you get for the girl who has everything?) but I had to make up for the dull gift with some fabulous wrapping. I saw a class being advertised for an exploding box but since I couldn't attend, I decided to make up my own template and give it a try. I'm very, very, very pleased with the result.

I used a black cardstock base along with several papers from the DCWV Glittered "All Dressed Up" stack. The papers are all embossed, glittered and (of course) coordinating which made the choices much simpler. I decorated each side of the box with a mix of flowers created using Peel-Off outline stickers (placed on black card and then cut out).
The lid of the box is decorated with a 3-D medallion created using Spellbinders "Fleur-de-lis" pendant shapes (it looks much better in real life). When the lid is lifted off, the box explodes outwards revealing the gift card holder. Again, I used the DCWV paper along with Stella, who is a Bugaboo digital stamp image. I just love the Bugaboo character images as they range from sassy to sarcastic. Stella is coloured using Copic markers and then liberally embellished with Stickles glitter glue. The sentiment is from another Peel-Off outline sticker pack. The top of the card holder is punched with an EZ Success punch.

In keeping with the theme of glitter & bling, the gift card is for Claire's (which specializes in accesories). Anyway, hope you enjoy reading about this project. I completely enjoyed making it!

  • Bugaboo Stamps - "Stella" image
  • Peel-Off Outline Stickers
  • DCWV glittered "All Dressed Up" stack - patterned paper
  • Copic markers
  • Stickles glitter glue
  • Spellbinders pendant - Fleur de lis


  1. Oh WOW!!!! This is simply fantastic! If I were your friend I would probably be so amazed by the packaging I'd forget the GC. LOL!! This really is great. I'm so glad you joined us for the SSDS challenge this week so I could see this wonderful creation! :)

  2. Lol its great hun, I'm sure your friend will love and treasure it..

    Thank you for joining us over at 'The Crazy Challenge'

    hugs shell xx

  3. wow fantastic box,gorgeous detail thankyou for joining us at fab'n'funky this week

  4. WOW such a gorgeous box and so beautifully embellished!!! Thanks for joining us at Catch the Bug!!

  5. WOW!!! What a fabulous project!!! I love how you used Stella. The outline flower stickers are beautiful!!
    THANKS for joining us at Catch The Bug!!
    Jodi-Bugaboo Stamps DT

  6. Great box. Thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge this week and good luck!

    Jo and Tigerlover.

  7. Holy smokes this is awesome. I definitly have to try this!
    Thanks for joining the bugaboo stamps challenge

  8. Wow I love your card thanks for playing with us at Catch a Bug!

  9. It must have been driving you nuts waiting all this time to post all those beautiful photos. The box truly is a work of art. I am in awe. I love it, love it, love it....and the gift card too. Thanks!

  10. GREAT project!!! I love it :)

    Thanks for joining us on Stamp Something, good luck!!

  11. WOW, what an AWESOME project, just LOVE it! Thanks so much for playing at Catch the Bug by Bugaboo this week:)

  12. You should be pleased! This is fantastic. Thanks for playing in Bugaboo's Flower Power challenge.