Father’s Day was Sunday. Last Sunday! And I just finished up an explosion box as part of this years handmade gift. How bout you? Any other late crafters.
Each year I do a couple of things: 1) make a handmade card 2) get the dog and kid(s) hand or footprints into the card or on a piece of artwork 3) get it framed to hang in Husband’s office. He has graciously hung every card, framed drawing, and canvas painting that the babe or me have made. You can see a selection of past artwork in these posts about a DIY Father’s Day #1 DAD Canvas, DIY Wood Photo Transfers and Monster Father’s Day Footprint fun.
The Explosion Box How-To
Explosion boxes have become my go-to handmade gift. They are thoughtful, relatively easy to make, can hold any photos or memorabilia, and are downright cool. The look on the recipients face is priceless- especially when it is filled with their favorite memories and kind words.
You can make an explosion box super simple or with many layers and pieces. For this explosion box, I chose to make a simple base and add one insert of favorite photos from our year (2018).
To make the perfect size printable photos for an explosion box I use the Project Life iPhone App and collage two or four pictures into one, then print, cut and glue them where I need. It is a great way to get them down to a 2″x 2″ or 3″x 4″ size which fits into the boxes quite well.
The base size for this explosion box is a 4″ cube so you will start with 12×12″ card stock and score at the 4″ mark on all four sides. Cut out and remove the outer sections.
Lid: 6 1/4″ x 6 1/4″, scored at 1″ on all sides. Cut tabs.
Decorate before you glue.
Happy Wednesday! Today is accounting day- I attempt to go into the law office and get a little bookkeeping done, generally while the baby sits at my feet getting into things.
Meanwhile, I am daydreaming about what crafty things I will come up with next. Ha! I periodically check the clearance rack from Stampin’ Up! and I have to say there are some impressive deals. The acorn punch, balloon framelits, and Christmas paper galore (I’m looking at you Merry Music)!
As always, it is limited availability so snag it while you still can.
Do You Love Coffee?
Coffee is where it’s at. You know I love coffee! (Have you seen all of my coffee posts on Instagram? ha!) Between sipping a cup in the morning to the occasional afternoon Starbucks run for a pick me up, there is no caffeine shortage in my household.
So, as a small tribute to my coffee loving friends, and I am sure you have a few too, I made up some quick and easy coffee themed greeting cards.
These quick and easy cards have Stampin’ Up!’s Coffee Break patterned paper as the main component. I topped them off with a lace paper doily and a cut out coffee cup tied with string. Because the coffee cup shape is super simple, you can either cut them out by hand pretty easily or use the coordinating framelits to die cut them with your Big Shot machine.
Here are the super simple cards that are easy to recreate and send off to that special coffee lover! Want directions and measurements to make your own? Keep reading!
- Card base: 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 5.5″
- Patterned Paper layer 1: 4″ x 5 1/4″
- Lace Paper Doily
- Largest Stitched Circle Thinlit or 2 1/2″ circle punch
- Largest and Medium coffee cups from stamp set
- Crumb Cake die cut coffee coozie (thinlit that has textured ribbing)
- “Thanks a Latte” stamped and cut out or die cut with coordinating framelits
- White Baker’s twine tied in a bow
We R Memory Keepers Embellishment Storage
I was perusing Instagram, quite possibly my favorite place, enjoying the #craftorganization hashtag and came across a We R Memory Keepers Embellishment storage lotus flower. WOW! It was slightly off white, big and beautiful, symmetrical and had a ton of compartments. I knew I needed it. Now!
So off to Amazon I went to order my very own embellishment keeper. Two days later (thanks Prime shipping) my Lotus arrived and I loaded it up with the little bits and pieces that are all over my desk.
I decided to fill the We R Memory Keepers Embellishment storage flower with the things I sure most. in order to fit all of the little bits I wanted, I cut up some of the embellishment sheets (gold faceted gems & rhinestones, candy dots, etc.) so that they would fit properly into the largest bottom compartments.
There are two different sized mini clothes pins, multiple strands of sequins that I cut apart and use to glue individual sequins to projects, small pearlized paper doilies, gold bow paper clips, any my all time favorite embellishment- faceted buttons!! (I’ll drop a link to these favs below).
As you can see, I filled it up quite easily. I’m soon happy with the result. It really does straighten things up on my desk and makes it really easy to see what I am looking for without having to open tons of containers to find the button or gem I need!
Thanks to Amazon, you can grab one here: https://amzn.to/2Jz4RXY
Do you love it? Will you fill yours with your favorite goodies? As promised, here are the links to my favorite embellishments shown above (or the closest current thing to it):