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January IAR Challenge – Anything goes

As many of you know I am all about flowers  – no matter what they are made of. I have a greenhouse full of orchids and craft room full of paper flowers. Flowers are also my favourite embellishment, I put them on every card I make.
Last month I got a great opportunity to become a member of a great design team at I am roses. Of course I said yes and this is my first challenge with them.

Our theme this month is Anyhing goes. Easy right? You can create anything you wish, but you have to incorporate white flowers!!!!!

For my first project as a IAR dt I made my first explosion box with a cake. This was a fun project to make. I had a little trouble with the cake, but it turned out ok. Projects like this take a lot of paper, time and embellishments.
Of course I had to use my beloved Tilda. I used Tilda hiding heart from With love collection, 2013.

For this explosion box I used:

  • colors: TH distress ink markers and distress ink pads
  • ink: archival black
  • watercolor paper: Langton HP 300g
  • design papers: Maja design – Sofiero
  • stamp: Tilda hiding heart (With love coll, 2012), Happy Birthday sentiment
  • die: DooHickey – tilda tag, heart swirl, leaf; Marianne – decorative elegance, Spellbinders
  • punch: circle, MS – branch
  • white cotton cord 
  • pearl string
  • white lace
  • white saten cord/lace
  • flowers from I am roses
  • stickles glue (stardust).

Flowers used:

  • Small White Paper Flowers – S10
  • Small Soft Purple Paper Flowers  – S10
  • Mini White Paper Flowers  – R2 – 15 
  • White Mulberry Paper Flowers – R4 – 15 
  • Soft Pink Mulberry Paper Roses  – R8 – 2 
  • Mini Mixed Purple, Green, White Paper Flowers –  R2 – 600 
  • White Mulberry Paper Flowers –  R3 – 15 
  • White Curly Roses –  G3 – 15
  • White Mini Rosebuds –  T1-151

Here’s a few seconds long YouTube video about my explosion box:

I’m entering this box into the following challenges:
  1. My Mum’s Crafts shop: January challenge Love
Thank you for stopping by today and Happy New Year!!! Hugs, t.


  • Unknown

    Vau vau vau!!!! Res je ekspolozivna, tako in drugače. Zeloooooo je lepa Tami! Všeč mi je vijugast zaključek in vse dobrote, ki so znotraj nje. Čisti presežek.
    Še veliko lepih ustvarjanj v novem letu ti želim. Mwah!

  • Suzi Mac

    Wow!! this is beautiful Tamara, wonderful colouring and use of those beautiful flowers. Congrats on your new DT position. Hugs Suzi x

  • Mojca

    Ne boš verjela tudi jaz jo imam kmlau v planu :)))) sem ravno učeraj iskala malce inspiracije, ampak tal tvoja je pa za dol past 🙂 res lepa! lp

  • cebelica

    Hvala za lepe želje! 🙂
    Tvoja škatlica je fenomenalna! Sploh tista tortica na sredini mi je super. Mene že nekaj časa mika, da bi se spravila k izdelavi, ampak mi do sedaj še ni uspelo. Mogoče v tem letu. 😉
    Vse naj naj v letu 2014! xx

  • Kat W

    *thud* …that is the sound of my jaw hitting the floor when I saw this project. It's pretty from the outside but when you see it opened then it is utterly stunning – you totally outdid yourself here and should be soooo proud of this beautiful piece of art 😀
    Hugs, Kat x

  • Unknown

    *squeeekk* this is amazing!! Pls pls do tutorial! Can I have the measurements? I really want to ehm 'try' to make one ( if I can that is) thanks
    Xo anny

  • Marita

    Here we are at March 2017 and it is still attracting comment! Congrats on a beautiful explosion box. I want to adapt one for my daughters wedding, you've given me some great ideas. Thank you. Marita