Thursday, February 6, 2014

Inspired by a friend and fellow blogger . . .

. . . who was inspired by another blogger who shared her inspiration and directions to create 'A Card In A Box!'  That's right ... and of course I had to give it a try!!!  

Oh Sorry, excuse my manners!  
Good Afternoon Everyone!  
I'm just so excited to share this creation!

Check this out . . .
(Warning!  Photo heavy post!)

 Is this absolutely awesome or what!!!!
My friend Diane (Nellie's Nest) shared her 'card in a box' HERE with me, and of course, being the good friend she is, shared (more like a challenge I think, lol) the links also.  Knowing good and well that I couldn't pass up giving it a whirl!
so, do you want to try one yourself??
Awesome!  Go HERE for the printed tutorial and
 for the video tutorial as well!!

 I will admit, I sometimes have a difficult time following printed instructions (I tend to over think things ... or I just let my Polish ways get the better of me, lol) so the video was a great help!!  I guess I'm more of a 'need to SEE it done' person. 

You could create these boxes for ANY occasion and there's even space on the back panel for a note or stamped sentiment (see photo below).   This extra panel is also what gives the back panel more stability.

NOW, how about this fact ... it lays flat for mailing!  Mind you, if you have decorative elements outside the 'box', as I have, you'll probably have to make your own envelope which is certainly easy enough if you own the WeR Memory Keepers envelope punch board.

It's a little difficult to photograph, but I hope you've seen enough to be inspired and want to try it for yourself!

And if you need more picture inspiration, there's a Pinterest board with a collection of various 'card in a box' themes.  Check it out!  So many talented people out in blogland!

Papers:  SU Real Red cs, Colorbok 'rosewood' dp, white cs, hot pink cs, hunter green cs
Accessories:  Crafty Secrets 'Valentine Kit' images, the following Cheery Lynn Designs dies ... 'Two of Hearts', LOVE, Exotic Butterflies Small, and Fanciful Flourish Small,
Michaels 'Offray' red ribbon, Spellbinder Classic Heart dies

I would like to share this creation in the following challenges:
Craft-Dee BowZ February Challenge - Anything Goes w/handmade bow
The Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge - Anything Goes w/twist-Valentines-Heart
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Sharing the Love
 Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes w/ribbons
Delightful Challenge - Anything Goes/Love theme
Dream It Up - February 'Flutters'  (butterflies)
Milk, Coffee Challenge - Valentine's/Love
Crafting for all Seasons - Show Us Some Romance
Bearly Mine Challenge - Vintage Romance
Simon Says Stamps - Love Notes
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - Red & Love
Sugar Creek Hollow - Love and Adore

Oh my ... I could just go on and on sharing this creation around blogland but I think that's enough for today!  Thanks so much for stopping by and I truly hope you've been as inspired by my creation as I was with Diane's and all you other amazing blogging, crafting friends!!!

I guess I should at least ask hubby if he's hungry!  LOL!
It's nearly 2 pm and I crafted right through the lunch hour!  


Diane said...

Fantastic, and I LOVE the paper you have you can't wait to try another one, I know I have about 5 waiting to be pretty and "Valentiney" (is that a word??) just shouts "LOVE"!
Always glad to inspire and "enable".....(it works both project my friend...hope you are warm and cozy in Ohio!!

Patricia St Martin said...

Darlene you won the besties images at TT challenge. I have your email address so I will send them to you, Congratulations!!! Love this card in a box idea it is so creative and you theme is wonderful. Love all the vintage. I'm going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs, Pat

Dawn Lancaster said...

A fantastic box & I love that it folds flat for posting!
Thanks for playing at Crafting For All Seasons this time!
Good Luck
Dawn xxx

Wendy L said...

What an amazing creation, it is so gorgeous. xxx

carol said...

WOW amazing work, thank you so much for sharing at CRAFTY RIBBONS X Carol

Barbara Bruder said...

Fabulous project. this is so creative,love all the different elements. Thanks for joining us at the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge this month. Also, currently Craft-Dee BowZ is having our February Blog Hop. Leave comments on the DT posts to be eligible for the prize. Hope you can join in the fun.

Holly Young said...

wow, this amazing! What a fabulous valentine you've made! It makes a gorgeous centerpiece!

Jo said...

this is so very very pretty!

RiNNE said...

This project is so fabulous! You did an AMAZING job! The details are magnificent! Thanks for joining us at Milk Coffee!!

Glenda Brooks said...

Wow, over the top girl! I'm off to check these out! You have inspired me for sure.

Sandy said...

These are so fun to make. Yours has lots to look at. Wonderful piece of art.
Thanks for sharing with us at Aud Sentiments this week.
Sandy DT said...

Oh Wow this is stunning will have to make one now myself. Thank you for joining us over at Crafting For All Seasons, Good luck and we hope to see you again soon. Alison xxx

DonnaMundinger said...

Just amazing! Love the rose DP and all the fab elements you've added. Gorgeous work! xxD

Sylvia Meppen-Rentenaar said...

This is just stunning! Thank you for joining the challenge at Bearly Mine Design this month. We wish you good luck and hope to see you again. Sylvia, DT-member

Pia S said...

This is fabulous, Darlene! LOVE your project this week for out Twisted Thursday challenge! And big congrats on winning those Besties images too:)

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

This is a stunning project! Such layers and layers of gorgeousness! Besides the incredible structure, I also really liked the eclectic elements you combined. You included vintage, retro, modern and elegant components and they all work together beautifully. Perfect color palette and the whole thing is totally out of the box (no pun intended). Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog!

Dawn C said...

Beautiful creation, love it! Thanks for playing with us at this week at Bearly Mine challenges this week. x

carol said...

wow this is fabulous...Gorgeous creation....Thanks for playing along with our challenge this month at BEARLY-MINE x carol

Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

Darlene, thank you for joining the Dreamweaver Stencils challenge this month! That is an unbelievable creation!!! WOW! It much have taken a lot of almost looks architectural.

sparklingblackrose said...

Ooh so sweet, fab work! Thank you so much for joining us at Crafty Ribbons this time :-) Elaine DT -xxx-

Rebecca Deeprose said...

I love, love, love explosion boxes and this one is terrific! Someone is going to be so thrilled to receive this'! So glad you joined us at Craft Dee BowZ!! ((hugs)) Rebecca

Daniele said...

love your exploding box of delightful wonderful details thanks for joining us at SCH

Elfies-Bastelstube said...

Amazing Gift Box. Like all the Details. Very cute.
Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons.
Hugs Elfie