Sunday, November 11, 2012

What an Explosive Blog Hop!

Good Morning!

That's right  you read that correctly -- this is going to be an EXPLOSIVE blog hop.  Not in a bad way mind you.  This hop is all about explosion boxes!!  They can be any color, theme, cards, invitations, treats, albums, shaped explosion boxes -- you name it.  In our hop, you will see several variations but there are so many out there.

If you just happened on my blog and would like to start at the beginning of the hop, start with Ashley's blog over at The Blog Hop Princess If you came her from Maria's blog at Joyful Stamper, then you're in the right place.

For my "explosive" album, I decided to make a mini album using an Altoids tin.  I have been wanting to make one of these for a VERY long time so when Ashley set up this blog hop, I knew exactly what I wanted to make.  Here are several pictures of my Christmas "explosive" mini album:


I used a paper pack from Close to My Heart called Pear and Partridge.  I also used our exclusive Art Philosophy and Artiste Cricut cartridges.  I also used some stamped images from the following stamp sets:  Perfect Fit - Holidays (B1412), Pear and Partridge Workshop on the Go stamp set, and "Capture the Date" our November Stamp of the Month. 

You'll notice that I don't have any pictures in this album.  Unfortunately my laptop crashed last week and I have not been able to recover any of my documents or photos, etc., sooooooo, I may end up having to add photos from the upcoming Christmas.

Oh, so I was going to write out the instructions for how to make this cute little Altoids mini album when I realized I hadn't written it all out.  THEN, I remembered that I had seen a YouTube video from Mary of CardzTV where she shows you step-by-step instructions.  When I looked at earlier it's almost exactly the way I made mine, so if you click here, it will take you right to her video instructions. 
Here's the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

Ashley ~ The Blog Hop Princess
Jamie ~ Jamie Lindstrom Designs
Maria ~ Joyful Stamper  YOU CAME FROM HERE
Lucy ~ Love 2 Create  YOU ARE HERE 
Sam ~ Scrapping with Pirkie   YOUR NEXT STOP
Haidee ~ Created2Bunique
Pam ~ MzLavr's2 Creations
Liz ~ ScrapiliciousLife

Well I hope you have enjoyed my "explosive" project and maybe we will inspire you to make one yourself!

Have a wonderfully crafty day!



  1. Wonderful and what a fabulous way to keep memories:-) TFS

  2. What an adorable box! Wonderful idea!

  3. I have not seen one done this way before..a new technique I must try..woo hoo!! TFS. I love it.

  4. Very, very clever idea and I appreciated a place to go for instructions - TFS!

  5. i love your album. Your ideas are so grand, and it looks awesome. Thanks for sharing.


  6. I love your album I have altoid tins I have been saving and now I have to try this love the papers you used !


  7. I really love this. I have been meaning to make something like this for a long time. I do believe you have given me the inspiration to do it! :)

  8. Can I call you the recycle QUEEN? Fabulous idea and so beautifully color coordinated and crafted! TFS
    Creative wishes,
    Claire S

  9. Great little box. The paper line you use was just too perfect. Thanks for being part of the hop I have so enjoyed looking at all the boxes.

  10. Hate to hear that your Laptop Crashed. Love your little Album! I may have to try making one. Looks like Fun! Thanks for Sharing! :0)
    cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com

  11. What a clever idea...I have some tin boxes that I can use this idea with.

  12. This is gorgeous! A lovely different take on the exploding box. I adore the colours. x

  13. What an awesome idea :) Great job at upcycling.


  14. This is awesome. A perfect explosion album and perfect way to capture holiday memories. Thank you so much for being a part of the hop.

  15. love you tin box super cute! So sorry your computer crashed and you lost all your pics.. thats the worst! :( hope you get it figured out.

  16. So funny, I've been wanting to make one of these for a long time. I think I might have to now. thanks for the inspiration. loved being in the hop with you

  17. What a wonderful idea for a mini!! I have got to try this some time!!

  18. This is AMAZING and I love it .... THANKS for sharing all of your wonderful ideas !

  19. Such a great idea for a mini album! I love the papers and embellishments you used.

  20. Beautiful! That is such a great idea. I love your papers and the cuts! TFS.

    dietzrobles at yahoo dot com

  21. Good heavens, your color selection is absolutely enchanting...take it from a paper junkie! This project is drop-dead GORGEOUS, Lucy! WOW!

  22. What a great way to make an explosion album! I will have to gather up some Altoids tins from my friends that buy Altoids mints! Thanks for the great idea - your album is wonderfully made! I am enjoying all of the great creations on this hop! Have a great week Lucy -

  23. Very nice, I liked the paper you used. thanks for sharing. going to make a pot of coffee and start at the beginning of this hop. Im sure it will be a good one.

  24. Clever project Lucy. Love all the beautiful details and the gorgeous papers you used.
    Hugs, Rosalee


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