April Showers challenge reminder

This is my second project for Paper Crafting World’s April Showers challenge.  It’s a four-inch explosion box!  I used a few different springtime PCW files to make it.  The umbrella is from the Bears Under Umbrella file; the bumble bee is from the Bumble Bee file ( 🙂 ); the butterfly is from Baby Set 1; and the flower is the new Flower in Pot file.

Making an explosion box is easy.  Start with a 12 inch square, an 11.5 inch square, and an 11 inch square.  Score them at 4 inches on each side.  Cut out the corner pieces.  Decorate how you like, and adhere them together on the center square only with the 12 inch on the bottom, the 11.5 inch in the middle, and the 11 inch on top.  Use a six inch square for the lid, scoring at one inch on each side.  Fold the corners in and glue.  It makes a 4 inch cube.  When you take the lid off, the box explodes into a little scrapbook!

My little bees are cut at 1.25 inches.  They cut great, even at that size.  I did not cut out the little pink nose, though.  I used a marker for that.  When I cut tiny eyes, I sometimes lose little pieces, so I like to put them together and do any inking or detail work right on the mat:

I cut out 8 bees, 8 butterflies, 8 flower pots, 2 umbrellas and one large flower, then just adhered them in different places on the box, leaving some room for photos and/or journaling.

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I have one bee, two large flowers, and six flowers in pots to save for future projects!!

You have one more week to enter your April Showers project in our challenge!  Hope to see yours there!


About Evelyn

I created this little blog so that I could have a place to show different crafts that I make for my family, my friends, my students, and myself! I have always enjoyed crafting. I particularly love paper and wool, and that's what I'm currently working with.
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7 Responses to April Showers challenge reminder

  1. gramjak says:

    This is an awesome explosion box, Evelyn. The colors are spectacular, and your tutorial is wonderful!

  2. You did a beautiful job and I have yet to do one. Your directions are explicit in the ease of making it so I will give it a try today or tomorrow. Just wonderful!!!

  3. Creative M says:

    Beautiful!!!!!Love the Tutorial.I will try to make one.In the past I made one and it was a mess…LOL but with your insructions I understand it better.Thanks..

  4. Jen says:

    This is absolutely adorable, Evelyn! I love the bees and the colors you used are so spring-y and fresh! Great job.

    ~ Jen

  5. Evelyn says:

    When you ladies make yours, make sure you show me!!

  6. Michelle R says:

    This is so CUTE! I LOVE the little bees. The paper is adorable too. I find that the most challenging…..deciding on paper!


    • Evelyn says:

      I have a ton of paper. My husband kids me that that corner of the house is sinking! But color and paper choice is the hardest thing for me. I often cut out something and the colors just don’t work. I knew the polka dots would work, though, because they’re so springy. I love the little bees, too!
      Thank you for all your nice comments!

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