Blossom Explosion Box

I have something special to share with you today.  I have been wanting to do one of those cool explosion boxes I have been seeing and I was needing a special anniversary card for my husband to celebrate our 15 year anniversary which is today.  I thought the explosion box would work well as I could find a photo from the year we met which was 1996 and go all the way to this year this would give me 20 photos ~ prefect.

Well the concept worked great in my head and I was able to assemble the box pretty quickly.  But when it came time to pull the photos, this is where things got interesting.   I realized that just 15 years ago I was still using a film camera and not digital and most of my original photographs are on film and not on a CD. The good news was they were in albums so I could just scan the photo and then reprint. This worked well as the oldest photos would be my smallest.  I had archived most of my photos to CD as there are so many and I don’t need every photograph from the past on my laptop.  When I went to pull them on to computer I realized that with my new laptop I didn’t have a disc drive so I would have to order one to complete this project.  The past 5 years was the easy part as those photos are readily accessible.

Well enough about my struggles with collecting my photos.  I used Studio J to print my photos using the express collection photo wells.  If you want to learn how to do this check out this blog post. Here is how the box turned out.  I have not been able to give it to my husband yet as for the second year in a row he has been out of town, but he will be home late tonight and will see it then.

Explosion Box ~ Blossom ~ Anniversary ~catscrapbooking.comThe flowers an leaves are cut using my Cricut.  The flowers came from the Artiste cartridge and the leaves came from Artbooking.  I used my triangle punch to make the band around the box and backed it in the teal shimmer trim.

Explosion Box top~ Blossom ~ Anniversary ~catscrapbooking.comI really love the Lagoon heart washi tape and it worked perfectly as a pattern paper to back my sentiment.  The washi tape was put on White Daisy cardstock, I did have to line up a row as I needed it to be about 1 1/4 inch in width and the tape is only 1″ wide.  The sentiment is from The Happy Couple D1539.

Explosion Box open ~ Blossom ~ Anniversary ~catscrapbooking.comHere is what it looks like when it is open.  I used Aqua Dots, Oceanside and Coral Reef sequins to add a little extra to each flap.  The outer most layer the panels are 4″ squares.  The middle layer is 3 3/4″ square and the inner panel is 3 1/2 ” square.

Explosion Box inside 1 ~ Blossom ~ Anniversary ~catscrapbooking.comYes the year 2000 was when we were married so I added the hearts.

Explosion Box inside 2 ~ Blossom ~ Anniversary ~catscrapbooking.comIt was really fun putting this together after I was able to over come the obstacles trying to locate photos 🙂

Happy Crafting!

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Happy CTMH Anniversary to me and YOU!

Today I am celebrating my third anniversary with this wonderful company Close to My Heart!ctmh-logo-nobox-clove-ic

To celebrate my anniversary I am going to give you you a present!  Anyone who places an order today on my website for $30 or more, I will then mail you a special gift!!  This offer is valid from me only and only good until tonight (3/26) at midnight MT.  This will be a good time to take advantage of ordering any of the item in the Seasonal Expressions One as some of the products will be retiring at the end of this month.


Happy Crafting!!


ABC’s Blog Hop ~ Q

ABC's Blog Hop

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter “Q”.  This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever the crafter has chosen as their “Q” element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at LINDA’S BLOG ~ SCRAPPY THERAPY

If you just arrived from LINDA’S BLOG then you are on the right track.

I chose quilling as my “Q” element.  If you have never tried quilling it is really cool and fun to do.  I will admit it is a bit tedious, but the end result is worth it.  I love the Close to My Heart Quilling tool as it is double sided with a small and larger end.   I cut my strips of paper to 1/8th inch in width .  The lengths of paper will vary depending on what size quill shape you want to make.

Quilled Card_ABCs Q


Here is a close up of the quilling.  When using our cardstock you will have to ink the edges as the white core will show through otherwise.

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I used the new Whimsy Fundamentals paper pack for the background of the card.  I love these papers as they provide such great texture.  I also used the new Thistle cardstock along with Topiary and Crystal Blue.  The Stamp set used is the Happy Couple D1539 with Crystal Blue ink.  For embellishments I used the Topiary Chevron ribbon and the Clear Sparkle assortment.  Now I know you are saying right now there are only colored sparkles on this card.  Well I have a great solution for you when you want a particular color sparkle is you can use the new ShinHan Twin Touch Markers to color your clear sparkles and make them any color you wish!!  Isn’t this awesome?

Coloring sparkles


I am totally hooked on this new finding.  And they dry super quick.

Now hop on over to JENNY GILBERT ~ JEN’S CREATIVE CLASSROOM and see what wonderful creation she has for you.

If you get lost along the way just hop back to  LINDA’S BLOG as she has the whole list of participants.

Happy Crafting!