Monday, September 21, 2015

ABC Primer Explosion Box (order)

School Days...School Days...Dear Old Golden Rule Days! hehehe This adorable explosion box was a special order and what fun it was to create. The fun thing about these boxes, you never know for sure what's inside! These photo holders can accommodate several pictures and momentos and look so nice setting out. This Graphic 45 collection couldn't be more perfect to use on any 'school' themed creation. I love the 'retro' look of this collection and enjoy creating with it, I am hoping it doesn't get discontinued anytime soon....but you know how that goes.
This box is covered with the beautiful G45 ABC Primer paper in the polka dot pattern. I used the ABC stamps to circle the bottom of the box and black lacey seam binding to set off the lid. I added a metal ABC charm on the lid and some antique childrens wooden blocks. I added glittered sprayed wooden feet to the box to make it a stable display piece.
This is the top of the box showing the wooden antique blocks. I watch for them at antique shops, flea markets and garage sales, they are getting harder to find. I love using them for special creations and especially love the look when incorporating them into a retro piece.
The ABC metal charm worked out perfectly with the theme. I got this from Tamra Merrill (, she has several to choose from at super great prices!! Of course I stocked up! :-)  
Removing the lid and the box 'explodes' to show a surprise decorated box. The flaps inside offer pockets and tags.
The decorated chipboard box hidden inside the explosion box.
This set of flaps starts out with a bottom pocket embellished with a school days sticker and ribbon. Inside the pocket is a matted tag complete with a coordinating ribbon pull.
Matted tag from the pocket covered in coordinating pattern paper.
Next flap I used my new favorite vertical bellyband that is decorated with black ribbon and holds a nice size matted tag/mat securely.
Good size mat/tag that lives behind the bellyband.
Next flap is very school related and a matted sticker with clocks and 'Telling Time'.
This explosion box is a surprise as it has an EXTRA flap on all sides...which means more space for photos and/or journaling. I love the large sentiment mats decorating the extra flaps. The bottom last flap has the 'telling time' patterned paper adorned with an adorable chipboard tag with a black ribbon pull.
The outside of the main flap shows the Alphabet stamps used to embellish the box on all sides. How cute is that!!
Each group of flaps is identical except for the inter-active mats/tags. I love the base paper on these flaps. especially the blackboard looking ones with the arithmetic problems on each one. So so retro!
Another view of one of the sides showing the adorable alphabet stamps.
I won't post all the photo flaps as I said each side I did the same but used different mats/tags. I love how this creation turned out and so did the recipient. I can't recommend this paper collection enough, if you like retro/school themes, you will love this!
I hope you enjoyed seeing this creation, I surely enjoyed making this one. It's always fun to take a 'theme' and see what you can do with it. Getting great papers and embellishments makes it all come together with pleasing results.
I appreciate you stopping by and checking out my creations. I do lots of custom orders and would love to create something special for you, just let me know what you'd like and if you have a special theme. Have certain colors in mind? Just give me your input or I can make suggestions and I know I can create something amazing for you that will be a one of a kind keepsake.
Stop in again if you have a few minutes to relax as I will be posting more creations soon. I appreciate all comments and do my best to respond. Thanks again! Below is the video on youtube of this explosion box:
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Design Team Project (Order) Halloween Explosion Box

What great timing right?! I got my Design Team Package from Country Craft Creations and I was so happy to see the Graphic 45 Rare Oddities Collection in that box because I had an order for 2 Explosion Boxes and one of them was to be a Halloween one!! Right place right time for a change.  :-)   I loved making this creation, it's always fun to work with Graphic 45s beautiful collections. Their graphics are amazing and the colors are vivid and gorgeous making it easy to create with.  I haven't made an Explosion Box in a while, so it was nice to be able to create one again.


This Halloween Explosion Box is adorned with the G45 Rare Oddities Collection. I also put lots of inter-actives in this box and if you look closely you will notice there are pockets all around the outside of the box also. Inside those pockets are fun Halloween tags/mats. These are placed so they do not interfere with the lid fitting nicely on the box. I have used black lacey seam binding and narrow ribbon tied up in a pretty bow to accent the lid. The narrow ribbon holds a jointed skeleton that moves freely. "BEWITCHED" is the sentiment displayed across the bottom.
On top of the lid I have attached a big black jeweled spider. Around the top I have used some bat cut aparts to frame the lid.
I put feet on the bottom of the box and sprayed them with purple sparkle ink to color them. Goes nicely with the papers in this collection.
Here is another view of the outside of the box showing the pocket and tag inside. You can also see the sparkly jewels on the spider.
Lid off and the box 'explodes' to show all the goodies inside.
The center has a flap that opens to show the 'Toe of Frog' stop/pocket. It hold a tag/mat where a photo and or journaling can be placed.
This flap has a magnet extra flap that keeps that tag securely in place. Photos could be placed there as well to hold them safely.
The tag under that magnetic flap.
Next flap has a bottom pocket decorated with a black ribbon and chipboard skull tag. Inside the pocket is tag/mat complete with a black ribbon pull.
The mat/tag from the pocket.
Next flap decked out in the cool purple papers and decorated with black ribbon and a 'No 31' matted sticker. A tag is inside the corner pocket.
The next set of flaps starts with a bottom stop and a mat/tag held nicely.
The mat/tag from the stop.
Next flap has a side pocket.
Inside that side pocket is a small place to journal some notes about the special night or costume.
Next flap has a belly band I place vertical rather than horizontal. It is embellished with a matted sticker from the collection ad holds a very cool mat/tag securely in place.
Mat/tag from the belly band.
Next set of flaps starts with a fun hinged mat stating "You are a rare oddity".
Pull that hinged flap down and there is plenty of space for photos and/or journaling.
Next flap has a corner pocket that holds a scalloped adorned mat/tag.
Mat/tag from the corner pocket.
Next flap has a nice size bottom pocket complete with black ribbon and a chipboard tag. Inside the pocket is a tag and there is space for more photos.
The tag from the bottom pocket. This paper collection is perfect to use for any Halloween project, it is full of great papers and cut aparts along with stickers and chipboard pieces.
Next set of flaps, we start with a scalloped punched matted bottom pocket that holds a decorative tag.
Ribbon pull tag from the bottom pocket.
Next flap has a bottom corner stop/pocket with a ribbon pull tag.
Matted tag/mat from the stop/pocket.
Next flap I used another vertical belly band decorated with a black ribbon and chipboard tag. A nice size matted mat/tag is being held behind it.
The mat/tag from he vertical belly band.
A view of one of the outside panels to show the pocket and tag that can be found on all sides.
Tag from the pocket.
Another view of the outside pockets and tags
I hope you enjoyed this fun Halloween Explosion Box. I will list the materials used below and most can be found at:
Graphic 45 Rare Oddities Collection * 3/8 ScorTape * 1/4 ScorTape  * Black lace seam binding * Black 1/4 ribbon * Wooden 'feet' * Purple Spray Sparkle Ink * Jeweled Black Spider * Jointed Skeleton Charm *
Youtube video of this project can be seen at: