Monday, June 27, 2011

Parisian Explosion Box

Hey Party People!  I attended my mother's birthday luncheon this weekend and the party had a Parisian theme as she is planning a trip to Paris for her 60th.  She invited all the guest to go with her and I can't wait to go.  To keep with the theme, I decided to make her an Explosion Box with a Paris slant.  Here is what I came up with.

Here's the details.

Carts and Materials
  • Summer in Paris - Eiffel Tower, fleur de lis, crown, Paris
  • MS Elegant Cake Art - Happy Birthday
  • Paper - Timelesss Collection by Teresa Collins
  • Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tattered Rose
I used a 12" x 12" sheet of paper from the Teresa Collins Timeless Collection for the base.  It has a beautiful pink flocked damask design on the piece that I used for the outside of the box.  I cut out 4" x 4" squares at each corner to make the base of the box. 

I cut the top at 6 1/4" x 6 1/4" so that it would fit nicely over the box.

 On the inside, I added various pieces of bling from my stash (I love bling so I have a lot of it!).  I then added a crown (cut at 3" wide) and a fleur de lis (cut at 2.73" wide) that I covered with MS Coarse Glitter.

I made a pocket from a scrap piece of paper to put money in.  It could also hold a gift card.  I then cut a small card to put opposite of the pocket.  I distressed both pieces with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tattered Rose.  I cut out Happy Birthday (2.55" wide) and Paris (3.54" wide) and added them to the piece as well.

Now to the centerpiece - the 3-dimensional Eiffel Tower!  This cut came as a 3-D cut.  They made it with one detailed cut and one solid cut.  I chose to cut out 2 detailed cuts which worked but was murder to put together.  But I finally got it together and placed it in the middle of the box.  I added some flowers and some bling and my project was complete.
I made a video I wanted to share about how I put this all together.  I included a little snippette of video from the party of my mother opening the box.  She really loved it!

Let me know what you all think of my first Explosion Box!  Leave me some blog love and I'll talk to you later!



    1. That is gorgeous! I love it! I bet that tower was HARD to cut! Thanks for the video! I want to make one now!

    2. This turned out gorgeous!! I loved watching your mom open it! She was scared like something was going to jump out at her!! Cute!!

    3. Wow! I just now she had to love it! So beautiful from the ribbon, to the paper to all the cuts and bling! Very nice!

    4. Gorgeous project, fabulous video (as always), and a beatiful mom too! I know she loved it-- she seemed to truely be enchanted... of course the trip money didn't hurt!
      Nadia (With Glittering Eyes blog)

    5. OMG this is amazing. Gorgeous. Love it

    6. That is lovely! What a wonderful, thoughtful gift! . . . and lots of bling!

    7. Robin, this is gorgeous! What a great idea for a birthday card!

    8. this is great!!! So super impressed with everything you do! I want to copy it, but don't think I have that skill!