Wednesday, December 3, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop! Day 10: Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet Explosion Box

Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop Day 10. This hop will take place November 24th through December 5th and the new postings each day will be posted by 8am eastern standard time. This hop will be full of wonderful ideas and inspiration to get you well on your way of creating all of those beautiful Christmas project. This is an awesome way to get a lot of your Christmas cards, and scrapbook layouts finished, home decorations completed and maybe even be inspired to create something using a new technique that you have never tried. There will be a new project posted each and every day by all the wonderful amazing ladies in this hop. Also each day we will have a guest designer or two for you to visit.

You should have arrived from Pam's blog if not you can start at Lisa's blog or the entire line up at the bottom of the page.

Warning there are lots of pictures today!  I spent a lot of time on the project and have been creating this in my mind since late summer when I created my first explosion box.

Triple bow using my Craft dee Bowz tool.

Another perfect bow with Anna Griffin gold satin ribbon.

The center.  I thought about finding a miniature nutcracker so I made it easy to lift up the center sentiment should I find the elusive "perfect" center piece.

It's hard to tell but I used Wink of Stella throughout especially striking is the gold on the Nutcracker's hat and uniform.

I put a little pearl bling in the center of the flourish on each "page".

The ballet shoes are stamped and embossed with Recollections Vintage Pink.

I embossed all the candies with a "sugary" sprinkle!

I used some Stampin Up stamps as well as, coordinating Graphic 
45 stamps.

This companion page is a Tim Holtz die cut with a Graphic 45 coordinating stamp embossed with Judikins black detail then colored it and a scalloped circle Spellbinders die cut layer.

This companion page is a Tim Holtz flourish die cut with a Recollections pearl die cut on top.

Amazingly this is not every page!  I do not have the partner page for the ballet shoes page.

And the "page" for this one is Mother Ginger of which I also did not get a good picture.

The final layer.

I hope you were able to stick with me through all those pictures!

Next up is Anna!

The entire line up:

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:


  1. GORGEOUS!!!!! I would keep it too :)

  2. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! This is absolutely WONDERFUL!!!!! You did a fantastic job! I would never part with it!!!!! LOL
    Miranda :)

  3. Wow !!!! Stunning ..............:)

  4. So so cool. I'm gonna sit, one day, and make my own explosion box. This is just spectacular.

  5. So cool, I love every page! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous for this challenge!

  6. Awesome explosion box and those papers are superb! TFS!

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  8. A fantastic exploding box. thank you for sharing it with us at TioT's this time.

  9. So cute - love all the images.
    I follow your blog..
    isoscia at aol dot com

  10. Oh Wow, I Love your Explosion Box, I better not show my little Grand Daughter this. She Loves Nutcrackers. So Awesome, Thanks for Sharing

  11. Amazing explosion box. Looks like a story box. Pretty papers as always.

    Follow me @ The Crafty Scrap Yard

  12. Such a sweet centerpiece. Love the gold embossing. Thanks for joining us for our 'Shaped' challenge #17.
    Alicia (Scrapbooker PhD DT)
    MaxiBelle Studio

  13. Beautiful holiday project! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  14. Alicia, This is AMAZING! I really, REALLY LOVE it!

  15. Wow! Love your explosion box and I love this G45 paper! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous.

  16. Amazing, fabulous project. Thank you for joining us at TioT.

  17. This box is so awesome, the layout, the detail, the colors, the everything!

  18. WOW! This explosion box is amazing and all of the details that went into it are fantastic. Thanks for joining us at CHACB.

  19. Great job on your explosion box!

    ~Ashley W

  20. YOWZA!!!! Amazingly beautiful!! Thanks for joining us over HIMCR this week!

  21. Wow! Love the drama of opening this box to find so many layers of luscious Christmas goodies! It's a gorgeous project! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  22. Wow!!! Awesome! That must have taken a long time to make this!! Such talent!Thanks so much for participating in our A SONG IN YOUR HEART challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper

  23. gorgeous box! what a great project!

  24. What a perfect project to make with your hoarded Nutcracker papers! I love it. I love all the small details and extra bits you used. Just lovely! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  25. Absolutely stunning!!! thanks for sharing at Jellypark Challenges :o)

  26. Super box. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for my CHNC challenge extra for December - hope to see you again soon x