Happy Mother’s Day! — May 10, 2015

Happy Mother’s Day!


I made this for my mother for Mother’s Day this year. She is far away from me and I miss her dearly.

There are different kinds of explosion boxes:

  • Some can lay flat with no bottom and be mailed like the one above
  • Some have lids and bottoms that you couldn’t mail if you tried
  • Some are very intricate and have all kinds of things popping out of them
  • Some have pages and are like a photo album
  • Some are different shapes like purses or houses, pyramids or hexagons

This is an explosion box that can be mailed in a 5-1/4″ x 7-1/4″ envelope and here are the instructions:

1.  Cut cardstock that you will use as the box (or base) 5-1/2″ x 10-1/2″. In this case, I used yellow. See below.


2.  Score the box/base cardstock at 2-1/2″, 5″, 7-1/2″ & 10″. See below.


3.  Turn the cardstock and score at 2-1/2″. See below.


4.  Cut on the 4 score lines up to where it is scored at 2-1/2″ and stop there as shown by the black lines below.


5.  Fold on the score lines to create the box and use tape or glue to adhere it. I used ECD Transparent Double-Sided Tape for all adhesive except the decorations popping up.

6.  Cut pattern paper into 4 pieces of 2-3/8″ x 2-3/8″ and adhere to the inside flaps. Note: you can leave one flap blank and write a little note or adhere a photo.

7.  Cut pattern paper into 4 pieces of 2-3/8″ x 2-7/8″ and adhere to the outside of the box.

8.  Cut box/base cardstock into 2 strips of 3-1/2″ x 1″. Score them at 1″ on each end. Fold them into a Z shape and adhere to the inside of the box so that your flowers, sentiment, whatever will pop up when adhered to these strips.

9.  Pick “decorations” to pop up. In this case, I chose a few chipboard flowers and a stamped sentiment on blue cardstock backed by black cardstock. Say THAT ten times fast!

10.  I used Glue Dots to adhere my flowers to the Z strips inside the box.


Cardstock – yellow

Pattern paper – DCWV 12×12 Kitchen Sparkles Gltr.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double-Sided Tape

Chipboard Accents

Martha Stewart Score Board

Glue Dots


Black ink

Girlie Memory Tray — April 30, 2015

Girlie Memory Tray


HELLO and thanks for stopping by! This is my first blog post on my first blog!

I am a paper crafter, working mostly on cards and scrapbook pages. I dabble in other things – picture frames, jewelry, memory trays. Ever since my friend took me to a Creative Memories party about 20 years ago, I have been in love with this hobby.

My hope is to continue to grow in this hobby and learn more. Sharing with others and learning from others is truly one of the best things about crafting and that is the reason for my blog.

The first feature here is a memory tray that took only 3-1/2 years to complete! Not because it is so hard to do but because I get into gridlock when trying to choose photos and embellishments for the tray. Now I realize that just choosing SOMETHING and then getting on with life is better than trying to get it perfect. So, it’s not perfect, but it’s DONE!! (Finished projects are ones that don’t take up all the space on my table anymore. Lesson learned.)

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How I made it:

The tray itself is not a memory tray but is a wooden “thingy” to hold Melissa & Doug magnetic, wooden, flat dolls. It’s already painted and such a shame to use it for storing doll toys when I could display my kids’ baby photos.

  • I have used The Paper Studio memory trays in the past and LOVE them too. HERE is a link to them on Hobby Lobby’s website.


  1. I used black cardstock, purple ribbon with white glitter dots on it and dimensional flowers. All of these items are old enough that I don’t have the product info. I used foam dots to add dimension to Naomi and Cecelia’s birth info at the bottom.
  2. I used big silver letters (“n” for Naomi & “c” for Cecelia) that I purchased at Michael’s long ago and made the butterflies myself using Butterflies Small in black from ECD and blue cardstock.
    • To make the glitter butterflies, use Butterflies Small peel-offs in black on white cardstock that has Transparent Double-Sided Tape already on it. Sprinkle Peony Pink Silk Microfine Glitter and polish. Click HERE for a great video that Els at ECD has created to show you how to use glitter with their tape, peel-offs and Copic Markers. (Note: I used Peony Pink Silk Microfine Glitter for my butterflies and did not use Copics.) Fussy-cut around the butterflies using Fine Pointed Scissors and adhere flat.
    • To make the negative image butterflies, use Transfer Sheets to transfer the image from what is left over from making the glitter butterflies above. Click HERE for a video tutorial on how to use transfer sheets. Fussy-cut around the butterflies using Fine Pointed Scissors and adhere using foam dots for dimension.
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  5. I used pink shimmer cardstock bordered with Glitter Borders Assorted in Transparent/Silver. The rather small hearts are from Big Hearts peel-offs in black and gold. The gold peel-offs were colored red with an alcohol marker. I placed the black heart in front of the red heart and then cut out a photo of my girls and adhered using foam dots.
  6.  This is just an un-adorned, unaltered photo of my first born!
  7.  I simply adhered 2 photos of my baby’s hands and feet to blue cardstock and adhered a dimensional glitter flower in between.
  8. I used 1 thick strip of cardstock lined with Transparent Double-Sided Tape and sprinkled with Fuschia Silk Microfine Glitter. Then, I cut 2 thin, embossed, Light Blue Metallic Shimmer Sheetz borders. I used the Spring Leaves Embossing Folder but the lines are too thin to see it really. I attached 2 blue rhinestones to the Fuschia glitter border on either side of the photo that is adhered with foam dots.
  9. Again, using Peony Pink Silk Microfine Glitter on Transparent Double-Sided Tape, I fussy-cut the rather small Big Hearts peel-off in black. Refer to the above video on using glitter with the tape and peel-offs.
  10. My baby’s photo is adhered flat to a piece of blue cardstock with Glitter Borders Assorted peel-offs in Transparent/Silver. I adhered 2 glitter flowers with a yellow rhinestone in the middle of each flower. Those little flowers are from the Tags & More – Leaves die set.
  11. I have had these little charms that I purchased from Michael’s years ago so I put that cute little heart that says, “It’s a Girl!” on the very top. Because, either way, IT’S A GIRL!

Supply List:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:


  • Cardstock – black, blue, pink, yellow, white
  • Ribbon – purple with white dots, striped
  • Embellishments – colored flowers and rhinestones
  • Foam dots/adhesive
  • Big silver letters
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