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Exploding Slimming Box!

Hello Crafters

Long time no see! Can someone please tell the time fairy to go MAKE time instead of taking it! Where oh where did this last week go??? Firstly I must say that I have been popping in to all my favourite blogs, and although I may not have left a messsage, I have been visiting, so please know your blogs are still important to me, and have given me the ‘Crafters Fix’ when I haven’t been able to craft myself. So thank you for that!

I had my first week off from work this year and I simple have not stopped, just Christmas shopping, wrapping, buying, writing christmas cards(which off course I thought I had covered, but nowhere near), arranging, listing…….and I got to about Thursday and said”ENOUGH”! I said to Mr Kim, “Do you realise I haven’t even crafted for 1 day, or done my blog in weeks? I am definitely going into my card room and not coming out until something has been created!!!”

So briefly my friends I woke up with this idea a few days ago. I knew I was going over to my brother and sister-in-laws for dinner, so I wanted to say thank you and as Helen is a fellow Slimming World sufferer, I mean attendee, I thought about how difficult it is at Christmas time with all these treats about, and as Helen is a ‘Choc-o-holic’, I thought it would be nice to be able to reach for something that was already worked out in ‘Syns’ (fellow SW buddies understand this language) but for mere mortals this means ‘things we should not over-indulge on’, so I made an exploding box which would offer nice things that we could maybe be a little naughty with but not too much!

So here it is, and I am soooooo proud 🙂


As you can see, little treats inside compartments in the centre, and on the outside, each tag tells how much each item’s syn value is, all worked out using the slimming app to keep us on the straight and narrow.

These picture really do not do it justice, but Helen thought it was brilliant and it definitely will be a go to idea in the future for birthday’s etc.

Well, must dash, I have a get well card to make for my other sister-in-law, and yes……more presents to wrap, and a dinner to plan, ironing to do and it’s back to work tomorrow, so hi-ho hi-ho it’s off to slave we go!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂


Kim x

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Exploding Baby Box 3

Hello Crafters

Hope your weekend has been packed full of wonderful things. Mine certainly has, that is why I am posting so late, so please forgive the last minute post.

This is a quick little post as I wanted to share this little box with you. It was made for a special couple to have had the wonderful news that they are expecting twins after  a lot of finger crossing and ups and downs, so I was super excited for them.

This took around 5 hours to make, but was very pleased with the end result, and even happier with the look on the faces of the new parents!

So there you are, a few little trinkets and a lot of work, makes a beautiful box!

Have a wonderful week


Kim x

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Exploding Music Box

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Well here is the exploding box I promised to share with you. This was purely a make that I had in my head and wanted to get the idea out, as it was getting in the way of future creations 🙂

The finished box is around 12 cm sq, so not as tall as my usual boxes, but hopefully just as good. It’s a bit different as I love these Visible Image Music stamps. I did purchase the Tonic Studios Rococo Guitar die for this project, but due to the size, it ended up as a brilliant topper!

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So here goes, there is quite a bit used in this little box but all worth it!



  • Papermill -300 gsm White Card
  • Range – 235 gsm Silver Mirra Card
  • Patterned card for guitar from stash.
  • Clear acetate


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  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks:
    • Sing – Seedless Preserves, Victorian Velvet, Broken China
    • Rock Out – Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple
    • Jazz It Up – Squeezed Lemonade, Stormy Sky, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron
    • Play It Loud – Mowed Lawn, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord
    • Outer – Pumice Stone
    • Wall – Fired Brick
    • Floor – Walnut Stain
  • Memento:
    • Guitar – Love letter, Tuxedo Black
  • Kaleiacolor:
    • Sing – Berry Blaze
    • Jazz – Riviera
    • Trumpet – Spectrum
    • Outer – Spectrum

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  • Versafine:
    • Characters – Onyx Black, Majestic Blue
  • Embossing Folder

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  1. To make the box
    1. You can follow the guide from here but use 6 pieces of card:
    2. 4 for the sides – 14 cm x 14 cm (5.5″ x 5.5″), score at 2 cm (0.79″) and cut corner of each side of the tab to fit all four tabs on bottom when glued.
    3. 2 for the bottom – 12 cm x 12 cm (4.7″ x 4.7″) to strengthen and cover the tabs glued on the bottom.
  2. To make the lid:
    1. cut 1 no 18.2 cm x 18.2 cm (7.2″ x 7.2″) (Please measure the inches to be accurate to fit the box, as these conversations are rounded).
    2. Score at 3 cm (1.2″) each side and notch out the flaps. Glue flaps to form lid.
    3. Cut 1 no white card 12 cm x 12 cm (4.7″ x 4.7″), and emboss with brick folder, and distress with pumice stone ink.
    4. Cut 1 no 11.5 cm x 11.5 cm (4.5″ x 4.5″) silver mirra card and mount white emboss card. Mount this onto the lid.
    5. Cut 4 no pieces of mirra card 11.5 cm x 2.5 cm (4.5″ x 0.98″).
    6. Cut 4 no pieces white card 11 cm x 2 cm (4.3″ x 0.79″) and emboss with brick folder. Mount onto silver mirra strip. Mount onto box lid sides.
    7. Cut out 2 no guitar pieces, 1 in silver mirra card, the other in patterned card of choice. Push out a few elements to mix n match to contrast guitar sections.
    8. Cut 1 guitar die cut from double sided adhesive, peel one side and stick onto the back of silver guitar. Mount the patterned pieces into the empty sections with the patterned card. Next peel and stick the patterned card onto the back and fill with the remaining pieces. Mount this onto the lid with 2 no very small clear acetate tabs across the center.
    9. Cut with silver mirra card the Happy Birthday sentiment and glue to lid.
  3. Decorating the box:
  4. Cut 9 no 11.5 cm x 11.5 cm (4.5″ x 4.5″) Silver Mirra card.
  5. Cut 9 no 11 cm x 11 cm (4.3″ x 4.3″) White Card. These will be the panels that you work on to form the backgrounds. Colour and decorate as desired.
  6. Using 1 of the white panels, stamp with the hardwood floor using walnut stain ink and mount onto one of the silver mirra cards. Cut in half diagonally.
  7. Stamp in onyx black Versafine ink and fussy cut all five characters from Visible Image stamps, stamp the drummer again in Majestic Blue Versafine and fussy cut.
  8. Stamp on white card using Kaleidacolor ink the sentiments with each character and cut out using desired die. Decorate as desired.
  9. Cut a piece of white card 17.2 cm x 13 cm (6.8″ x 5.1″) and stamp the brick wall with fired brick distress ink, both sides, leaving 1 cm white space at the bottom. Cut out section in center. Score across the white area at the bottom and cut in two equal places, Exploding Box Wall Guide.
  10. Die cut 2 no party music in silver mirra card and glue to brick wall.
  11. Attach mount tabs to the box floor. Attach the diagonal sections of floor tight against the wall with 3mm sticky pads. This will be the wall support.
  12. Attach both drummers, one either side of the wall with clear acetate small tabs and glue.
  13. Mount decorated panels onto the silver mirra card and then mount onto each side as desired.

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There we are, one Exploding Music Box. Quite a bit of work, but one of a kind.

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This box is now looking for a home, so I hope I can find it a good one!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend


Kim x