Friday, April 22, 2011

Exploding Box and PaperCutz Challenge #88

Hi everyone!  I missed last week's challenge, but am here now.  This week at Papercutz Challenge you need to make any project using purple, green, pink, blue and white.  A bit of black is also allowed.  This one had me thinking hard and then I stumbled across this unfinished exploding box which I had cut out in blue and green - problem solved!

I have templates for several different shapes for exploding boxes and this is a hexagon.  They are very easy to make and instead of using photos inside, I chose to make this a quotation/sayings piece of different things that always make me stop and think.

To use all the colors for the challenge, I stamped the words/sayings on white cardstock with black ink and matted those pieces with another color from the challenge.  The cardstock I used has a pearlescent finish so there is a subtle shimmer to them.  Because of the small sizes, I embellished each panel very simply.  I recently bought the large pink flower in the center from Maya Road, it is made from fabric and has wonderful texture.  I surrounded it with blue and pink rosebuds to finish it off.

I made the lid, used sheer ribbon for the bow and added more blue rosebuds to cover the Zots holding the  ribbon in place.  A few flowers from HOTP and a purple jewel brad and I was done.

This was a time consuming project and I have a whole basketful of stamps that need to be cleaned, but I am very happy with the finished project.

Be sure to upload a picture of your project on the Papercutz Challenge blog to be eligible to win a prize.

Have a great week and a wonderful Easter!


  1. Very nice, Penny. I've always wanted to make one of these, but haven't figured out what I want to put inside, so haven't done it yet. Maybe I'll make one for my Grandmother's upcoming birthday. I love the hexagon shape you used!

    And thanks for your kind comments on my blog. :)

  2. Hi, Penny!! I haven't seen a hexagon explosion box before, so I was very intrigued by this!! You did a great job!! I recently made an Easter Basket explosion box (it's on my blog, if ya wanna take a look)... But I might have to try another shape now!! They're so much fun!! :)

    I'm happy to be your newest follower. :)
    Amy :) at

  3. Penny, beautiful box. I love all the quotes in it.

  4. Hi Penny, I popped over to see your explosion box after reading your comments on Amy's blog. Wonderful box...I love it!!!

    Eva :0)