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Sunday, 5 February 2012

Dream Valley Challenges

Hi Folks,
Today sees the start of a new fortnightly challenge over at Dream Valley Challenges.  The theme this month is a nice easy one for you - Valentine.
For this challenge our fabulous sponsor is Joanna Sheen who is generously giving a £10 voucher for the store.

Here is my inspiration for this challenge.  I decided to not do a card (after all, how many Valentines cards does a married woman really need lol).  Instead, I have made an exploding box which will be given to my hubby on Valentines Day.  He loves chocolate so I am going to fill it with little chocolate hearts.
Used lovely black and red combo for the overall colour scheme.  I used a sentiment stamp I had for the front panel of the box that simply says 'to you from me'.  Didn't want it to be too slushy lol.  The other panels were stamped using a freebie stamp from a magazine.  As it showed a box of chocolates I thought it fitted in quite nicely.
Here is a photo of the lid of the box.
Used some vintage ribbon to make a big bow.  The flowers were all made by me using oddments of the papers used to decorate the inside of the box.  I sprayed them with spray and sparkle to make them shine and also added a die cut glitter leaf spray.
This is the inside of the box.
Didn't want to make it too fussy so just used various papers that were in the right colour scheme.  The bottom of the box had glitter card and another heart stamped with the 'to you from me' sentiment.  I also added some little white hearts on acetate that spring up when the box is opened.

Why not pop over to Dream Valley Challenges and check out the stunning work of the rest of my team members.  Such a talented bunch they are.  The challenge lasts for two weeks and you can enter up to three times with any project as long as it fits the theme.  Why not give it a go?

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
The Stamping Boutique - Valentines
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Loves Me, Loves Me Not
Top Tip Tuesday - Valentines
Stamps R Us - Valentine
Stamp N Doodle - Valentines Day
The Paper Shelter - Love is in the air
Whimsy Stamps - Make your own flowers
Aud Sentiments - Anything but a card
Little Miss Muffet - Valentines
Moving along with the times - Have a heart
Squiggle Stamps - All loved up
Simply Create Too - Red Hot
Allsorts - Free and Easy
One Stop - For the one I love
Little Claires - Anything but a card
One Stitch at a Time - With love

Wow, don't think I have ever entered so many challenges with one project.
Thanks for popping by and hope to see you again soon.


  1. This is a stunner Mags ♥
    Love everything about it...
    Eva Marie

  2. Wow Mags this is an absolutely gorgeous box, your hubby is very lucky, mine doesn't even get a card, lol! x x

  3. What a super project Mags.

    Thanks so much for joining in our Free and Easy February at Allsorts this week, good luck and hope to see you again.

    B x

  4. This is so beautiful, Love it x
    Wendy x

  5. Gorgeous creation, I'm sure hubby will love it!

    Thank you for sharing with us at MAWTT this week, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  6. Hello Mags. How beautiful and such a lot of work and detail too. Thank you for joining us at MAWTT and good luck.
    Love Sandra xx

  7. This is just gorgeous.Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Whimsy Stamps.xxx

  8. wha a fabulous exploding box.. full of love .. gorgeous embellies
    Thanks for joining us at LCI and MAWTT this week
    Lisa x

  9. As if this explosion box wasn't gorgeous enough, you go and add suspended hearts! That's BRILLIANT. Like love is floating in the air. :)
    Lovely Valentine box and an all over wonderful project.

    Thank you so much for playing along with us at Top Tip Tuesday!
    Remember you can enter up to 3 projects and 3 tips and don't forget our new Caught Our Eye winner post!
    Hugs to you,
    Lisa xx

  10. Wow Mags, what a fabulous creation, great idea to have your 'floating' hearts too! Lucky hubby getting this filled with choccies!

  11. Gorgeous, beautifully made box. I love the hearts on the acetate inside. xx

  12. Gorgeous exploding box love your designs and your fabulous papers. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxx

  13. Wow! What a gorgeous exploding box. This will remain a really treasured possession for a very lucky person. Thank you for joining us at OSAAT Design Blog. Jennie xx

  14. Wow, this is gorgeous, love your colours and embellishments, thanks for joining us at Little Miss Muffet challenges, hugs, Sarah x

  15. Beautiful work! So many wonderful details to look at and take it! Love it


  16. Awesome explosion box, thanks for playing with us at OSAAT & Simply Create Too.

    xoxo Marjo

  17. WOW! Mags, this is an incredible creation. Love the very pretty details.

    Donna x

  18. What a gorgeous creation Mags, love it! Thanks for sharing with us at LCI and also at MAWTT this week, good luck for both challenges. Pami x

  19. This is a lovely project and the colours are great.
    x catherine

  20. Mags: Your exploding box is so beautiful--your husband will love it and the chocolates! Thanks for playing with us at Simply Create Too for our "Red Hot Challenge" #6.

    Simply Create Too Design Team Member

  21. This is fabulous Mags, hugs, Karenx

  22. what a brilliant idea Mags, I bet he will love it especially full of chocolate lol...I have never made one of these but must have a go
    Mina xxx

  23. This is simply gorgeous..Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter.
    Hugs, Linda

  24. Hi Mags, I popped by again to see what you have been up to and wow, this is lovely. Nice to see something different for Valentines day and I think hubby will appreciate that too, plus all the chocs..LOL!! Hope you had a good weekend.
    All the best Linda

  25. Gorgeous creation. Thanks for joining us at The Stamping Boutique. Hugs, Julia

  26. What a beautiful exploding box, love it! x

  27. Simply gorgeous exploding box. So many scrummy details.
    Thanks for playing along with us at MAWTT and Allsorts this week.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

  28. This is gorgeous, what a fantastic project. Thank you for sharing on Stamp n doodle.

  29. Hi Mags, Wow absolutely stunning project. Love the flower on the top and those pop out hearts.

  30. This is so cool Mags, what a fun little gift for hubby (especially filled with chocolates).

  31. Absolutely stunning! Susie x

  32. This is beautiful thanks for joining us at little claire

  33. Great exploding box! Very nicely decorated. Thanks for joining the Valentine's Challenge at Top Tip Tuesday.

  34. OMG!! That box is gorgeous! Thanks for playing with us at Stamp-n-Doodle:)

  35. great little box, love the flowers on the top, thank you for joining our challenge at OSCC this week, hugs, martina

  36. Wow, what a jaw dropper! Saw this on another blog and had to track you down. I love everything you've done.. what a talent!

  37. Oh this is just stunning and so unusual. Hope your hubby is going to treasure this.

    Are you perhaps prepared to share a tutorial on this or know where on the internet one can find a tutorial for this explosion box?

    Looking forward to hearing from. I have become a Follower here as well.


  38. Hallo Mags, This is a most gorgeous project, love the hearts and reds and flowers actually i love it all. thanks for joining us at squiggles and giggles hugs heid x

  39. gorgeous box! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Allsorts with this creation and good luck!

  40. Wow! Just wow! What a terrific idea, especially filled with chocolate hearts lol!!

    love Mags B x

  41. Beautiful - gorgeous colours and I love the way you've put it together.

    Thanks for joining us at Little Claire Designs.

    Helen x

  42. fabby box..love all the pretty details..hugs Debs x

  43. Oh, wow! Such a beautiful explodibg box!! Thanks for joining us at OSCC this week and good luck! Ani
    P.S. I have a candy on my blog if you're interested

  44. stunning exploding box! Love the flower! thanks for playing along with us at TTT with our valentines challenge! good Luck and hope to see you again soon! x

  45. gorgeous exploding box MAgs, very lovely
    thanks for joining our challenge over at the Stamping Boutique
    TSB DT

  46. Stunning box Mags, thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments this time. Carol DT x

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