Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mo's Challenge #31



 Flower Child!


Denise, our Challenge hostess for the month, has asked the DT members to create something with the theme of flowers using one of Mo's wonderful images. This should be an easy one for everyone...who doesn't love flowers?!
I needed a card for my granddaughter's 7th birthday, which is at the end of this month. She loves to display the cards I make for her in her room, so I decided to do something a bit special.....an explosion box card.





This was quite an undertaking! The tutorial I followed had the wrong measurements for the box itself, but I made the corrections and forged ahead. The box and top were very easy to make, and went together quickly once I made some adjustments. Decorating it, however, was not an easy task!
I worked on it over the course of several days, an hour here and an hour there. I won't even speculate on the amount of time it took!




I used "I Love Ya Tomorrow", one of my favorite and (I think!) most versatile of Mo's images. I printed her out twice, flipping the second image, colored them both, cut them out and glued them together with a piece of acetate, that was a bit longer than the images, between them. I snipped the bottom of the acetate, bending one side one way and the other in the opposite direction. I slipped the ends through a slit I had made in a card stock and DP panel that would be adhered to the inside bottom of the box once I had finished decorating it with flowers. I created the curved greeting on the computer, again printing two, one for each side.




The daisies were made using a Spellbinders die and flower soft for the centers. The pink flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. (Have I said how much I love that site?!). The leaves were made using a Quickcutz  branch die and Martha Stewart's Leaf punch. Flowers and leaves were adhered to strips of acetate with mini glue dots and inserted into slits in the panel. 




 The box top was the last thing to make. I made a fluffy bow with some sheer, satin-striped ribbon, attached it with Scor-tape and decorated it with more flowers and two butterflies made with an MS punch and decorated with pale pink glitter and some small heart-shaped pink pearls. I used the MS Lattice Border  punch and grosgrain ribbon to give some interest to the sides of the box top. There are more daisies and leaves on the four side panels, too.


Now let's see the wonderful things you'll do this week! Remember, one lucky entrant will be chosen at random to win an image of their choice from Mo's store!
Thanks for stopping by!
Elaine

15 comments:

Dawn B. said...

Elaine this is amazing. It is one of the most creative ways I have seen a Mo image used. Your box is wonderful and she is going to love it.. Way to create.

Jennifer McGee said...

Absolutely stunning box - your grandaughter is sure to LOVE it!

Denise @ Paper Gems said...

Elaine,

YOU outdid yourself of this challenge! Now this is the WAY to use flowers!

JUST AMAZING!

Mo Manning said...

This is totally Amazing, Elaine . . . had to take a closer look and WOW -- your granddaughter is going to LOVE this!

Bernice said...

You are a genius, Elaine. Your work gives me shuch pleasure. Thank you.

Louise said...

This is simply gorgeous! I made one of those with 2 Snowy Christmas trees in the center, so I can sympathize to how much work it took you to do it! But the little girl with flowers are simply beautiful. Great job!

Cathy said...

Elaine, WOW!! This is the most amazing Explosion box I have ever seen. You always come up with the bestest stuff! Great Job on the challenge!!!

helen scott said...

This is absolutely stunning . . no wonder you don't dare figure out how long it took. I have seen exploding boxes before and wasn't impressed but you made my jaw drop! Well done and good luck in the challenge.

Renkata said...

ABSOLUTELY FAB.
Great details.

Ann English said...

Hi, Elaine! I LOVE this-it has a major WOW factor!

Elizabeth said...
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Elizabeth said...

Wow! The others have taken all of the good adjectives, so I'll give it a very Southern this is shut-my-mouth-and-slap-your-grandma good!

Heather said...

This is BEAUTIFUL! Loving the suprise of the inside of the box! Just absolute geniusness!

Lisa said...

HOLY MOLY This is out of this world! You've outdone yourself!!!! Just gorgeous all the way around!

merniebug said...

This just knocks my socks off. It's sensational.