Saturday, January 11, 2014

Christmas 2013 Completed!!!

Good Saturday Morning!!!

I have FINALLY completed all my Christmas "cards" for special friends!  And I have learned a very valuable lesson...START EARLY...LOL!!!!!!

You know when you think "That's okay I can finish it tomorrow or the next day"... well after all the obstacles that crossed my path before Christmas...and after...I have decided that I am going to start soon on my Christmas 2014 projects!!!

I had left completing "cards" for my two best friends till the end because...hey they're my best friends and they'll I wanted to make theirs' special!

Today I'd like to show you the final one and I have to warn you that my post is picture heavy...

this is an Explosion Box of a different sort then what I usually do...
I saw this on the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Feedblitz that I receive and thought...
WOW I'd really like to try this...
this is the front of the box with slit cut diagonally from near the top to near bottom...
please click on the first picture for a slideshow...


 a closer look of a darling House of Mouse stamp...Light Fun Amanda...
I cut it into a 3" circle and mounted it onto a sewing machine spool...
then I made sort of a hook using ribbon...
when you unloop the ribbon from the flower the whole circle spirals to the bottom of the slit a snow ball rolling down a hill...
 the two sides are decorated on just one corner each with a flower cluster... 
 this is the back using Light Hanging Muzzy...
 and a closer look...
the lid using a metal flower and brad as a knob and decorated with silver and pink ribbon...
 the box opened up with a tray to place my BFF's gift...
on the back of the sewing machine spool I fastened another circle and then used
Magnolia's View Master die cut and wrote Merry Christmas in the cut out spaces...
 and the final image is Wishful Thinking Monica...
 and a closer look...
PHEW!!!!  DONE!!!  Oh and I dusted off my Prismas and used them!  I have to tell you that I need lots of practice still with these!!!
Materials Used:
Stamps-House of Mouse Light Fun Amanda #HMKR1021, Light Hanging Muzzy #HMUR1046 and Wishful Thinking Monica #HMJR1030
DP-Heidi Grace
Die Cuts-Magnolia View Master, Go Kreate Frilly Sq. #8 #120028
Punch-Marvy 3" circle
Frantage-Shabby Pink and Shabby White are from Stampendous
Ribbon, sewing machine spool, brads and metal flower are from my stash
Challenge I will enter:
House of Mouse Challenge HMFMC#160-use silver (ribbon, metal flower and silver paper) and/or gold (throughout the DP and in the Frantage)

So that is that for today!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by...your visits and comments are very much appreciated!!


  1. Fabulous card!.
    you might want to consider entering this challenge

  2. Wow this is gorgeous and thank you for stopping by mine and leaving such a sweet comment on my challenge card...
    hugs and xxx

  3. Hey Beth, I have admired the House Mouse stamps for many years and have such a struggle colouring them....please show me one day how you make it work so perfectly! Your colouring with prismas is perfect Beth, what the heck are you talking about!!!!!
    Love this project!!!!!

  4. Beth, this is an outstanding explosion box. So many very pretty details and love how you colored up the images, gorgeous. WOW! Thanks for joining us for the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Challenge. Nicely done.


  5. Beth I love your completed project. The pictures don't show it justice. Because I've seen it in person, I'm not sure all of the silver paper you used to frame is able to be appreciated...I love it ....Dianne

  6. WOW- loving all the lovely detailed elements and gorgeous textures and adorable House-Mouse images on your AMAZING BOX. SUCH BEAUTIFUL WORK!! Thanks so much for playing along on our House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge Blog. Good Luck to you and please come join us again this week for a New Challenge and more great prizes. :)

  7. Calla and I just looked at this together, and she says she'd like to make one with you today. Could you work that in between making a giant birthday lunch and entertaining all of us? :)

  8. Wow! This is a fabulous project, so many adorable House Mouse images and beautiful details- a fabulous work of art.
    Thank you for sharing with us at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge, don't forget a new challenge starts tomorrow.

  9. I love your explosion box's!
    The mouse handing Christmas lights is just too cute!

  10. Beth congrats on the win at the House Mouse Challenge for your wonderful project, just loved it!


  11. Just showed off your blog! You are very talented xox

  12. What a sweet little mouse, this is just gorgeous! Beautifully done I'm sure it will be appreciated
    Hugs Julie P

  13. Gorgeous work Beth as always... your dear friend will treasure this I'm sure...breathtaking beauty... Hugs May x x

  14. WOW Beth, this is fabulous! I am so inspired! Love this unusual twist on the Exploding Box. Judy x

  15. wow hun this is awesome, stunning creation, your so talented, hope your ok, yes i have had another play with my blog look, quite pleased with it this time so it may stay a while!!!!! still i have said that before he he, hugs Liz xx

  16. great box and I love your colouring it is awesome!!

  17. Oh my goodness. SWOONING over here. I am in love with this project! House mouse was one of my first stamping addictions. LOVE those little guys! This project tells a very sweet story and I loved every chapter of it. Adorable !