Saturday, August 18, 2012

How Does Your Garden Grow Blog Hop

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Elmo and Friends Holiday, Elmo's Party, Sesame Street Seasons, Going Places, Paisley, Winnie the Pooh Font,
Princess Party, Space
Link Party, Robot Party, Girls Make-up Party

I decided it was fall in my garden.

I used the Cricut Artiste cartridge to make this explosion box.

I did the fit to page and it came out to be 5 1/2" 90% of the leaves were made with Artiste, I also used the new Tablescapes Fall & Winter cartridge. I just cut various leaves out at sizes from

1" 1 1/2" 2" 2 1/2" 3" 3 1/2"

I used the Bo Bunny Apple Cider paper collection. I used one set of the Jewels, the dimensional sticker sheet. I bought the set of decorative brads but I did not use them.
I used 12 sheets of paper to make this. 2 cream, 2 yellow, 1 brown glitter sheet, 1 orange glitter sheet, and 6 of the Bo Bunny papers.

I used Star Dust Stickles, Cinnamon stickles, Hot Chocolate Liquid Pearls, Bisque Liquid pearls.
Zing gold metallic embossing powder, Antique Gold embossing powder, I used one pack of larger foam squares and one package of smaller foam squares. Some chunky Martha Stewart glitter in gold and orange. I used Tattered Leather Tattered Angel's glimmer mist.
I also used several gel pens

I will be selling this as a kit. You will get all of the peices cut out and the Stickles, liquid pearls and a small amount of the embossing powders. 2 Packages of foam squares, A small amount of the chunky glitter, 4 dew drop inks. You can pick to have the leaves embellished or not. This kit will be $25 plus shipping. You will be able to order this later in the week and it will ship out on Monday August 27, 2012. This is a first come first serve set, I will not be getting more in. Each week I will show a project and sell the kit and extra papers and embellishments for one collection of papers. Every Saturday I will post that week's project, then that evening on Ustream I will show you how to make it. Once you buy one kit you are then on the list to get the preview on the Friday before the project is posted. You can then order earlier than everyone else. If you have not ordered a kit before you can buy it Saturday night. There will be a limited number of kits each week. I will also carry the extras to match. But once its gone its gone.

Because this is the first kit, I have no idea how many to order. So they will be pre-sale now and will be ordered on August 27 and shipped on August 30.

On August 25th I will show a new kit and that night will be the class on Ustream for it. You do not have to buy the kit to watch the Ustream, it is open to all. Pre-sale will be Friday night and open to all to buy will be Saturday August 25.

I hand cut this girl from one sheet of paper. I then added Star Dust stickles to her hair, shirt, vest and boots.

Here is the top, the girl here was from the demintional sticker sheet

Here is the top view of the base of the box.

This bushel was so much fun to make. I used dementionla dots to make the leaves 3-D

Here is the box opened up

I cut out all of my leaves and I leave them on the cutting mat to embellish them with ink, it creates a lot less mess.

I aded Liquid pearls to the glitter leaves.

Here is the fun and messy part. I stamped in brown first then I inked some of the edges, then I prayed the tattered angels and intentionally let it spray large 'splatters' I also used Shimmer Mist in gold and sparkle.

Here are my leaves after I took of the excess paper.

I used Gold ink to stamps this design for the base.

Here are all of my leaves decorated.
I will be showing how to make them ALL on Ustream on August 25

Here is a close up of the inked and then glitter embossing on the paper.

I used several gel pens to outline the edges of the colors here on the paper.

Here is a little "tag" that I made for one of the sides.

Here is a close up of the girl on the inside. I cut her out by hand and then put the embellished leaves behind her.

Have you ever had trouble with adhesive sticking to glitter paper???
Just cut out a little hole on the back for the foam dots to go through, you do this from the bottom so the adhesive stick to the back of your top layer and the glitter paper fits around the adhesive.

Here you can see that I traced all of the lines on this paper to give it a richer look. YES it took FOREVER to do it. But so much fun!

Here you can see the tracing when just a little bit of it is done

Here is the little dome covered in adhesive to stick the leaves to. I used eyelets and brads to keep it attached to the lid.

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  1. Wow!!! I love your exploding box. I would love to make this.
    Katsews at gmail dotcom

  2. Your box is VERY pretty. I really like this cart and all the 3D objects it contains.


  3. What a great project. Thanks for the step by step!!


  4. Erica, Your explosion box turned out beautiful!! I love all of the details..glitter, stickles, leaves, etc!! Awesome job, girl!!!


  5. Very interesting explosion box. It is so detailed. What a great job your did. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  6. WOW!!! awesome project and great tutorial, loving the hop...

  7. Woww awesome project, thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  8. AWESOME!!!!! I love everything about this project! Can't wait to see how you did all the leaves on Ustream!


  9. I have not seen a cart in a while that I just REALY wanted....this one has hit the spot. Great job and awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Wow! Your techniques and ideas are amazing! Such a stunning project! Thank you for sharing your ideas and creative inspiration!

  11. You are so creative. I learn something new from you every time I see one of your projects. Thanks for sharing. Carol Kirby.

  12. You are so stinkin Creative!!! :) Love your tutorial!! Never would have thought to do the embelishing right on the mat!! Awesome!!! TFS!!! I am a new follower here!!!
    ilovetonkinese2 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  13. What a gorgeous card!!! I'm a follower!

  14. I love your little box and all the details! :)

  15. So this what the leaves were for. I love your fall Creation. Especially the flowers. TFS AJ-

  16. Love the colors! TFS! I loved the little bushel of items as well as the tag!

  17. All I can say is WOW WOW WOW!
    What a lot of work you put into this! This is just so neat!
    I love your talent, Erica!

  18. AWESOME Erica!! I don't know how you find the time to do such detailed projects with all that you do already!! Thanks for sharing this project!! I want this cart!!

    Ildi-The Craftin Mama

  19. All I can say Erica is WOW!!!! What a beautiful project!!!! Love it!

  20. This is amazing! So many great things to look at. I can't believe you cut out that girl from one sheet - looks great! I haven't hopped in a blog hop in almost a year. I am glad I saw your hop on FB. tfs

  21. Fantastic Erica, you definitely took some time and patience to do this, you can tell. It came out amazing:) Thanks for having me in the hop, lovin it:)

  22. Beautiful... I just love this project!!! So creative and the colors are gorgeous :))
    thanks for sharing :))

  23. WOW Your explosion box is a work of art. TFS all of the wonderful details.
    dmcardmaker (at AOL)
    (email follower)

  24. Erica, this turned out absolutely beautiful. Love all the sparkle and fabulous layers. Great tips on inking those leaves. Love it. Also adore the tip for applying the adhesive to the glitter always have the coolest little tips!
    Jessica S

  25. What a wonderful explosion box!!Very Beautiful!Love the leaves!!

  26. This is fabulous Erica! I love all the colors and the little girl is so cute! TFS, Mary M

  27. WOW.. Erica.. this is so amazing it's not even funny. I cant imagine how much time it took to make something like this. All the details geeze how do you do it?!! Thanks for sharing!

  28. Erica you always show great projects with helpful photos ... You make it look so easy... Love the kit idea and ustreams !!! Can't wait to see more ..I'm a fall girl too.

  29. Wow!! That little box is simply AMAZING!!! I am at a loss for words! It is so rich looking! Gorgeous!

    Thanks for all the little tips and tricks!

  30. Wow Erica, this is REALLY impressive. It must have taken you forever to finish it! I can't believe you traced all those lines on that patterned paper by hand!

    And what a great idea to sell the kit for it!

    amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com

  31. this is amazing Erica, the detail work that you put into this box, I can't wait until the 25th to see on ustream thanks for the inspiration
    upnurse at aol dot com

  32. Wow that is so cute!!! Love it!