Boom! An explosion box, fun to make and even more fun to give!!

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I have been wanting to try an explosion box for a long time.  With fall sneaking up on us so fast, I got to thinking that a haunted house for Halloween would be perfect for my first one!  These amazing boxes look like a regular present until you lift off the lid and all the sides fall down to reveal a little 3D scene hiding inside.  They may take a while to construct but I can’t tell you when I have had this much fun paper crafting!  It was so therapeutic designing it, cutting all the little pieces and trying to come up with creative ways to make all the parts.   Such a great time, even my husband got in on the fun helping me come up with a fun way to make the little fence! Since this is a complex project I did write a pretty long post but please take the time to read it all.  There are a lot of fun tips hopefully you will be inspired to make your own explosion box!

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The first step is to assemble the box bottom.  It is a piece of 12″ x 12″ Whisper White cardstock, scored at 4″ and 8″ on all four sides.  Download the template and box assembly tutorial here.

Next I added the squares of Basic Black to the outside of the box and the Happy Halloween Designer Series Paper (“DSP”).  I wanted the back panel to stand up so the moon and tree would show up behind the house.  Before I adhered this panel to the box, I attached the tree and moon DSP to the Pumpkin Pie square.  Then I drew extensions of the branches using a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker and two little bats were cut from Basic Black and adhered to the moon. This was set aside.  To make the panel stand up I cut three small trips of scrap cardstock 1″ x 4″ and bent them into an “L” shape.  They were adhered to the back panel and base allowing it to stay upright.  Then I attached the moon panel on top to cover the strips. Next the squares of polka dot DSP were added to the remaining three panels.

I used a piece of Soft Suede cardstock in the center. Since I wanted it to look like a patch of dead grass and dirt Soft Suede ink was sponged randomly on this piece to give it a little “texture”.  The letters B-O-O were cut from Pumpkin Pie cardstock and a little clear Wink of Stella was added to give them a little sparkle.  They were added to the center of the bottom three panels with dimensionals.

I stamped five ghosts on Whisper White with Memento Black ink and cut out using the ghost die. Three were attached to the letters and I set the other two aside to use later.

Now it’s time to start the house.  I have loved these cute little houses since they were introduced last year.  First I cut two of the houses using Basic Gray cardstock. Before assembling I used the embossing paste and brick decorative masks to make the bricks. Since I wanted a slight gray tint, I added a few drops of Smokey Slate into the paste and mixed it all up.  After the bricks were dry I assembled the house using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (“MLG”).  The shingles were cut from Basic Black and attached to the roof.  Don’t throw away the scraps from cutting the shingles, we will use these later on!

Learn how to mix Embossing Paste here

I cut the window frames from Basic Black.  They were glued to scraps of So Saffron then cut them out.  The door is Smoky Slate stamped with the Hardwood background stamp and cut out.  The door frame is Basic Black and the door knob is a little pearl.  One of the ghosts was attached to the house and a few bats were attached in the windows. When fully assembled the house was then glued to the bottom of the box using MLG.  Set aside to dry.

On to the cemetery.  Now this is where I had to really think outside the box.  What was I going to use for the tombstones???  I started flipping through my framelits and looked at the popsicle from Frozen Treats, yup that’s it! I cut two from Smoky Slate and one from Basic Gray, sponged with Basic Gray ink to give the appearance of stone.  They were bent and the trimmed.  The last ghost was attached to the center tombstone so he is peeking out.

The little fence proved to be quite the challenge.  My husband came to my stamp room to see how I was doing.  I was playing with different things but I was stuck on what to use to make the little fence.  He happened to be sitting across from me and was playing with the scraps from the cut shingles  He grabbed my snips, cut a little and voila a little fence! LOVE that man!  Not only has he always supported me in my stamping business but he always willing to help me when I get stampers block.

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Me & my husband Brian

The path was torn pieces of Basic Gray then sponged with some Soft Suede to age them.

The final step is the box top.  Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 8 1/4″ x 8 1/4″. Score at 1″ and 2″ on all four sides. Download the template and box lid tutorial here. Assemble the box lid according to the tutorial.  I based this part of the template on the banker’s boxes I use at work for storage.

Attach a Pumpkin Pie square with polka dot DSP panel on top.  Stamp the cat image From Spooky Cat using Pumpkin Pie ink on Whisper White, cut out with the cat punch.  Two ovals were cut from Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie to layer together.  “Trick or Treat” was stamped using a Basic Black Stampin Write marker so I could ink each word separately.  After assembling the oval the cat was adhered using a dimensional.  To add a little extra something, two bats were added and a black rhinestone dots the “i”. The completed oval was attached to the lid using dimensionals. To finish it off a strip of 7/8″ striped ribbon was attached to the edge of the lid.

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And the final project!

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I knew this little haunted house was going to be a lot of fun to make!  Of course after I was done with this project my head was swimming with all kinds of ideas.  I can’t wait to try my next one!

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~Jo

Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

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Earn a FREE exclusive stamp set – From September 1, 2017 through October 31, 2017 you can earn the exclusive Merry Patterns Stamp Set with a qualifying workshop or order.

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I Miss You!!

As many of you have noticed I haven’t posted in quite some time.  That is because as much as I would love to work my Stampin’ Up! business full-time, I do have a full time job at a CPA firm.  And as you may know,  in the US from December through April  15th it is tax time! And this year it went an extra 3 days until April 18th.  During this time I am so busy at work that I barely have time to breathe let alone devout as much time as I would like to my stamping business.  And that is OK.

As I keep saying this business can be run any way I want and each year I have to step back for a few months but I know when I return my business is right where I left it.

I still hold classes during tax season and we had a wonderful all day stamp event in January but finding the time for my videos and daily blog posts is an uphill battle.  With my classes and events I do get to see many of you on a regular basis but I miss sharing all my card and project ideas with you on my blog.  But I will be back very soon with videos and project ideas galore!

Oh and I have some very exciting news!!  As many of you know my daughter Sarah helps me so IMG_0993much with my website and videos, plus she is my right hand when it comes to my classes, events and craft shows.  Without her guidance and support I really don’t think I would have a website up and running let alone videos and pictures.  Well she decided to join the Stampin’ Up! family and recently became a demonstrator!  She plans on focusing her business on children and bringing stamping to them. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA and will be going back to school for her Master’s in education as she plans on opening a pre-school centering on education through art.  And she will be joining me this November in Salt Lake City for Stampin’ Up! OnStage.  So proud to have her join me!!

I do want to share a quick sneak peek at one of the suites that will be available in the NEW 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, the Eastern Palace Suite.

Shareable-1_EasternPalace_Apr0417_ENG[1]See those three ink pads peeking out?  Say hello to three of the new In-Colors!! From the top there is Tranquil Tide, a gorgeous blue-green color, Lemon Lime Twist – a fun bright green and Fresh Fig a rich deep berry.   You will also see a new product, Gold Vinyl Stickers that coordinate with the suite beautifully.  I can’t wait to try them out on all types of cards and home decor!  The detailed Designer Series Paper features Very Vanilla, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide and Dapper Denim.  The photopolymer stamp set, Eastern Beauty is bold yet elegant and can be bundled with the coordinating Eastern Medallions Thinlits.  Such a fun suite!  I will be having a class on May 6th featuring three projects using this suite.  For more info please see my current class schedules.

During the month of May, Stampin’ Up! will be releasing the entire suite prior to the catalog release in June.  This is something they have never ever done before!  I am so excited about that, plus there will be several bundles with bonus offerings.  Please make sure you stop back by next week, I will have several samples up and more information on this great offer!

Thank you for visiting! Over the next few weeks I will be posting several project ideas using stamps and accessories from the retired list.  These items are available through May 31st or while supplies last.  For an up to date list please visit my online store.

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Happy Stamping!
~Jo
Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

April Specials

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Out with the old….in with the new!!

Yes it’s that time of year again!  While we are always sad to see our favorites go, it is the perfect time to complete your wish list from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and the 2017 Occasions Catalog ! And as a bonus many items are on sale at reduced prices!  What could be better!!!

Be sure to check out the entire list as items are selling out quickly and once they are gone they are gone forever!

To see all the items on sale and shop now at my online store [CLICK HERE]

From Me:

As a thank you for supporting my business, with any order of $35 or more (before shipping and tax) you will receive a FREE Sampler of Designer Series paper!

Just enter the Hostess Code FWYFSKEF when you place your order online. I  will send your gift to the address used for your order. If your order is $150 or more DO NOT enter the code. If you enter the code you won’t get your Stampin’ Rewards for FREE goodies and I wouldn’t want you to lose out on those! I will automatically send your gift when the order is placed.

This offer is only available only through Joanne Mulligan, an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  At this time I can only accept orders in the United States.  

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Holiday Decor – JOY Boxes

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Here is an easy little holiday decor project using 3″ x 3″ White Gift boxes, Designer Series Paper, little ornaments using the Merry Tags framelits and letters cut using the Large Letters framelits. Since it is fairly easy but does take some time to assemble, I didn’t do a video, but went with pictures to show the project.  If you have any questions about this project, please contact me any time!

To begin – assemble three of the White Gift boxes, discard the acrylic sleeve (if preferred you can use the sleeve over the finished sides as added protection).  Next cut 12 pieces of This Christmas Designer Series Specialty Paper.  You will cut these slightly smaller, 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″.  Set the front piece for each box aside and using the wide end of the Multipurpose liquid glue attach one square to the two sides and back leaving the front, bottom and top clear.

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Left Side

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Back

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Right Side

With the Merry Tags Framelits, cut three of the solid tags using Garden Green cardstock and three of the filigree ornaments using the Gold Glimmer paper. Using the Multipurpose liquid glue attach the glimmer paper to the solid piece, making sure the Garden Green peeks through. To this attach a piece of Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine at the top and secure to the square of DSP that will be on the front of the box with dimensionals. Then secure the excess bakers twine to the back with a glue dot.  Attach to the front of the block with the multipurpose glue.

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Close-up of the ornament and baker’s twine to see how it is attached to backside of the DSP and hidden when glued to the gift box

Cut the letters “J”, “O” and “Y” from Cherry Cobbler cardstock, attach to the blocks as shown with dimensionals.

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Completed boxes

And there you go!  The boxes can be filled with treats or just put on display!

Project Dimensions:

  • This Christmas Designer Series Specialty Paper – 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ (cut 12 pieces)
  • Garden Green cardstock – 2″ x 2″ (cut 3)
  • Gold Glimmer Paper – 2 ” x 2″ (cut 3)
  • Cherry Cobbler cardstock – 3″ x 5″
  • Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine – 7″ (cut 3)

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Happy Stamping!
~Jo
Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

October Specials

From Stampin’ Up!:

Don’t forget to take advantage of the buy three get the fourth FREE DSP sale going on now until October 31, 2016. To see the full list of papers on sale [CLICK HERE]

From Me:

As a thank you for supporting my business, with any order of $35 or more (before  shipping and tax) you will receive a FREE Sampler of assorted 6″ x 6″ Designer Series  Paper!

 Just enter the October Hostess Code 2QQBH6AH when you place your order online. I  will send your gift to the address used for your order. If your order is $150 or more DO  NOT enter the code. If you enter the code you won’t get your Stampin’ Rewards for  FREE goodies and I wouldn’t want you to lose out on those! I will automatically send  your gift when the order is placed.

This offer is only available only through Joanne Mulligan, an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  At this time I can only accept orders in the United States.  

To shop with me [CLICK HERE]

All I Want for Christmas are Stamps and Accessories Under the Tree!

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No matter where you are on your stamping journey there are always new stamps, accessories or tools you would like but sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming.  As the holiday season approaches, many of you will be letting loved ones know that you would like some stamping supplies under the tree or perhaps you are shopping for someone you love.  I have come up with several gift idea bundles to help you choose the perfect gift.  Of course these bundles are meant to help make your selections easier, you can always change items as needed. (Note: If changes are made to the listed bundles the retail price will change) 

Bundle #1 – “I’m Just Starting Out” – This bundle features an all purpose set (wood mount) that covers any occasion such as Birthday, Wedding, Sympathy, New Baby, Christmas, and Just a Note. I have included ink, markers, cardstock, envelopes and adhesive in the bundle pricing.  All you need to get started stamping!    Retail price $109.00

Bundle #2 – “I Don’t Have a Lot of Time but Still Want to Craft” – This bundle features either the Oh Happy Day or Watercolor Wishes Card Kit all inclusive kit.  These all inclusive kits include all you need to create 20 cards. They include pre-cut and pre-scored cardstock, embellishments,  an exclusive stamp set, acrylic block and ink.  All you need is adhesive and scissors which are included in the bundle.  Retail Price $52.00

Choose one kit:

Bundle #3 – “Let’s Emboss” –  This bundle includes all you need to start thermal embossing!  You get a VersaMark ink pad, Embossing Buddy, Gold Embossing Powder, Clear Embossing Powder, Silver Embossing Powder and a Heat Gun. Retail Price $59.50

Bundle #4  – “A Little Something for Someone Else” – This bundle features the Designer Tin of Cards kit, several ink pads, and adhesive.  This little kit makes 16 cards and is the perfect gift for anyone who loves to send cards but my not be able to get out to the store. If they are not a stamper, you can make the cards and present the filled tin as a gift. This bundle incudes the kit, stamp set, inks, clear blocks and adhesive.  Retail Price $110.50

Bundle #5 – “Someone Has Been Very Good This Year!” – This bundle includes the Big Shot and all the accessories you will need to use this tool to its full potential! Bonus: This bundle will earn you $18.60 in Stampin’ Rewards, what a great way to get a few embossing folders for FREE!  (Embossing folders retail for $7.50 – $9.00) Retail Price $186.50

Add Ons for Any Bundle:

To print a copy of a Wish List [CLICK HERE]

If you have questions about any bundle shown here today or would like help with any Stampin’ Up! product, please contact me any time I would love to help!!

Thank you for visiting!  If you would like to get a notification each time I post a project share, specials from Stampin’ Up! or myself, class schedules or video tutorials, please make sure you click “Follow By Email” at the top of this post.  That way you won’t miss a thing! As always, please feel free to share any post on Pinterest or Facebook!

Happy Stamping!
~Jo
Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

October Specials

From Stampin’ Up!:

Don’t forget to take advantage of the buy three get the fourth FREE DSP sale going on now until October 31, 2016. To see the full list of papers on sale [CLICK HERE]

From Me:

As a thank you for supporting my business, with any order of $35 or more (before  shipping and tax) you will receive a FREE Sampler of assorted 6″ x 6″ Designer Series  Paper!

 Just enter the October Hostess Code 2QQBH6AH when you place your order online. I  will send your gift to the address used for your order. If your order is $150 or more DO  NOT enter the code. If you enter the code you won’t get your Stampin’ Rewards for  FREE goodies and I wouldn’t want you to lose out on those! I will automatically send  your gift when the order is placed.

This offer is only available only through Joanne Mulligan, an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  At this time I can only accept orders in the United States.  

To shop with me [CLICK HERE]

Happy Holidays – Part II

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As promised here are a few more shares showcasing new stamps and products from the NEW 2016 Holiday Catalog!  I have had so much fun the past few days creating cards to show off some of my favorite items from the catalog.  If you have placed an order with me during the past year you will receive a copy directly from Stampin’ Up! very shortly. On September 1st the online copy will be available and you can begin placing orders that same day. Enjoy!

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I am in love with this washi tape, Warmth & Cheer and the set, Suite Seasons has sayings for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas!

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Father Christmas is a set that begged for watercolor, I used the sepia technique on this card   (click here to see a video tutorial on this technique)

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Merry Mice is an adorable set that worked well with the new Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Bakers Twine Trio

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I had fun embossing the Merry Medley background stamp and Santa’s Sleigh.  I always forget how striking embossing can look.

Now that we have had a little sneak peek of Christmas stamps, I will share some Halloween and Thanksgiving ideas this weekend.  I told you this catalog is chock full of great products and ideas, only  a few more weeks until it will be unveiled!  Check back in a few days for more ideas!

Happy Stamping!

~Jo

Happy Holidays!

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Thought for a quick share today I would give you all a little sneak peek at some of the new products from the 2016 Holiday Catalog which will be available on September 1st. Just wait until you see this catalog it is absolutely stunning!  There is something for everyone no matter what your stamping style.  Enjoy!

 

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Using Santa’s Sleigh stamp set and coordinating thinlets

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Featuring Merriest Wishes stamp set, Merry Tags Framelits and Pine Bough Textured Embossing Folder

[Click here for directions and a video tutorial on how to make the Pine Bough Card shown above]

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Featuring the stamp set Cookie Cutter Christmas with matching Cookie Cutter Builder Punch and Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper

I’ll show more samples tomorrow so be sure to check back! Better yet why don’t you click “follow” at the top of the page that way you won’t miss a single thing!

Happy Stamping!

~Jo