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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Susan's - Birthday Bash Blog Hop, Stop# 3


When I was invited to participate in this weekend's Blog Hop, I jumped on it, because, for me, September is loaded with birthdays...and by participating in this hop...FOR ONCE...I will have most of my gifts and cards made early!  Yay!  And who would miss out on an opportunity to party with some fun and creative ladies.  Happy Birthday, Susan!!!!!  I hope this is a wonderful week for you!  Thanks so much for the opportunity to participate!  Ok, now on to why you stopped here....

Welcome to Day 1 of Susan's Bday Blog Hop (Anything Goes)!  We have a great line up of crafters along with awesome opportunities to win some goodies.  The details for that is below, along with a chance to win some goodies from me....You have reached Stop # 3 of today's hop.  If you came from, Amber:, you are in the correct spot.  The entire line up is also listed below, in case you get lost....I hope you are having fun so far.

For my project I decided to try out what is called a "MAGIC OR EXPLOSION BOX." I have wanted to make these for months now.  I scoured the web for photos, techniques, and tutorials.  I found this amazing blog with the most beautiful magic boxes I found on the web!!!!  Check it out by clicking on the photo below:

She does amazing work...I pretend that my humble magic box looks as pretty as hers...this is my blog and I can do what I want to. :)))  This one is for my Mom's birthday, which is at the end of September:

To see what's so "magical" about my box, please click the quick video below:

I am very pleased with how it turned out.  I found the papers at Archiver's.  I stamped and Stickled the butterflies to add some sparkle.  I cut the outside shapes with the Stretch Your Imagination Cricut Cartridge.  The butterflies are "flying" by way of thin strips of overhead projector slides.  You can get a few pages from any office supply store's Copy Center.  I use them all the time for projects!  I whipped up a quick gift of earrings using my beading stash. 

I truly enjoyed making this project, but the lid gave me FITS....After the 5th time making it (yes 5th..maybe even 6th), I started to have flash backs of high school geometry..

and was reminded why I dislike calculating measurements so much!  An engineer I am not...LOL!  Well, I finally figured out the whole lid thing...and I think my mom is going to love her gift! NOW onto things you are going to love...BLOG CANDY ALERT!  Please read details below....

Grand Prizes with Sponsors:
1. Karber Digital Images ( will offer blog candy to a random commenter of the blog hop :)
2. Jen's Digi Designs - $15 gift card for liking her Face Book page and commenting on Susan's page with a winner being chosen randomly :)

Also, please, be sure to stop by Staci McD's site ( as there will be a $20 gift card to Designs on Cloud 9 to one commenter on her blog.

Some of the blogs may be offering candy so be sure to leave your comments along the way and don't forget to give bloggy love!

TUTTLETIME BLOG CANDY OPPORTUNITY:  You have a chance to win one of the following.  Just become a follower and leave me some love (COMMENT) and encourage me not to give up on my geometry... LOL! :)   I will use to pick on Monday....Good luck and hope you win!!!

1.  HANDMADE EARRINGS:  You have an opportunity to win a pair of my handmade earrings...I can customize them to a color of your choice for the center bead.  Sorry you can't have these.  They are for Ms. Susan!! :)
2.  STICKLES:  One of the primary reasons I love cardmaking is the opportunity to make a flat piece of paper pop and shine....STICKLES!  They just make me smile... You will too.  You have a chance to win 2 new bottles.  (Not necessarily these colors...)

We have divided this hop into two (2) days with different blogs foryou to visit each day. Make sure to visit all!

Day 1: September 3, 2011
1. Lynne:
2. Amber:
3. Angie:  (You are here)
Now's, it's on to visit.......4. Becky:
5. Berenice:
6. Brenda:
7. Christel:
8. Cindy:
9. Deborah:
10. Erin:
11. Gina:
12. Kari:
13. Staci:

Day Two: September 4, 2011
1. Susan:
2. Amy:
3. Darlene:
4. Faith:
5. Heather:
6. Indira:
7. Janet:
8. Jearise:
9. Linda:
10. Lori:
11. Maria:
12. Nicole:
13. Theresa:

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Linda Therrien said...

I love your project - never saw a 3 D explosion box, the ones I have seen primarily are scrapbook ones, with pictures. I love this version and you did a great job with it. You have inspired me to try it and I love butterflies so I may have to copy yours :).


New follower :)

Donna Lee said...

YOur Mom will adore it!

SueNJ said...

Oh dear, being math challenged myself (I can balance a mean checkbook)I can totally relate. It was worth the effort. I love butterflies as well and this project is amazing. I have made several explosion boxes and will have to try this technique. I hope it shows that I am a follower because I know that I have clicked it before. Thanks for sharing in my special birthday weekend.

Happy Scrappin'

Sue B

Eva said...

Wow, so gorgeous!!! I love explosion boxes and will have to try this magical take on them. Super duper Awesome. I am a follower.
Eva :0)
I have a giveaway on my blog right now

Vicki said...

You are right..the butterfly box is incredible! I did not get to see yours because it says the video is unavailable..:(

bev said...

Love the explosion box. I love the butterflies and the colors you used are awesome. I tried to view the video but was unable to...will check back later to see if I can view it. Thanks for sharing.

Darlene said...

I love explosion boxes!! Yours is awesome!!! When I get some time, I'll show you how to make the top really easy without cutting the paper at all!!

Her Craftiness (Lynne) said...

Your mother is absolutely going to love her magic box!!! I've made them before myself, but this is absolutely beautiful and wonderful! Thanks for being part of the hop...
Her Craftiness

Brenda said...

Your explosion box looks gorgeous, unfortunately I could not watch the video as it said it was unavailable but I will check back later.
Great hopping with you.
I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

Gaylynn said...

New follower here. Now don't you give up on geometry :) The box is stunning and the colors are rich.

mamawof5 said...

It is amazing!! LOVE LOVE IT!! Thanks for sharing.

Heather said...

Love the box, couldn't see the video but from the looks of the outside it will be great inside.

God Bless

mamawcindy said...

Love your Box!!! So Pretty. Love the flower on the front. I t wouldn't let me see the video. I will check back later to see if I can see it. I have been wanting to make an Explosion Box. They are just so fun. I am now a follower of yours. :0)
cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com

Anna said...

Wow this is awesome. Just wonderful. She will love it. Don't give have got it beat now :D and doing great. :)
I'm a follower.
Thanks for the chance to win.
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annadowdy at gmail dot com

Erin G said...

The exploding box is amazing. And don't give up on geometry - it is your friend!


lorby said...

Great job for your first time out. I couldn't get the video to load which was a bummer because I wanted to see the inside. I'll have to come back later and see if it works. By the way, I've made quite a few of the boxes and even taught friends how to make them and I'm still having trouble getting the top to fit right. Pat yourself on the back for your box.

Jen Beck said...

Lovely project!

Scrappin' Sista said...

Great job! For a person with trouble getting the lid to fit correctly, you could have fooled me. Keep up the great work. I'm so glad to be in the hop with you. Hugs to you and TFS!!!

Blog Hop Sister

Kathy's Kreative Spot said...

Awesome explosion box, I love the color and the beautiful butterflies. I am so glad you didn't give up on the geometry.
Katsews at gmail dot com

Kris Dietz said...

I love explosion boxes -- those lids are my downfall as well. Keep up the great work though, the box looks lovely (video wasn't available). I'm sure your Mom will love it. TFS. I've been a follower for a while.

dietzrobles at yahoo dot com

BobbisTreasure said...

Love how the butterflies look like they are flying out of the box. Fab project!
BobbisTreasure at

scrappingmamma said...

Oh my goodness this is BEAUTIFUL!! super stunning Thanks for sharing my friend~ Have a scrappy day!

Janet said...

This is lovely Those butterflies dancing are awesome. Another project I want to try!
Big Blog Hugs! *Janet*

Pixichick said...

Super cute! I think your geometry is great.

Amy E said...

I ADORE your explosion box!!! The colors, the butterflies, the bling...all of it! I haven't mustered up the courage to try one yet, but I got a scoreboard over the weekend, and now that you've inspired me, I just might!! Thank you!!!

amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com