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Monday, September 2, 2019

There's Gnome time like Christmas...

 There is a new 613 Ave C  challenge starting Aug 4th:  "ATG or the optional Twist: "Create an Exploding Box".  You have the month of Sept. to show your creative talents!   For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas from the DT's inspirational contributions - click HERE!
It is interesting to see that even among the DT on 613, we had two different definitions of an "Exploding Box".   You can see the other version that card makers think of by checking out the Design Team's Inspiration pieces on 613 Ave C 's website.  At least two of us thought it was this version... we decided either is correct!
The measuring and cutting of these types of projects is something I don't really enjoy - I seem to lack spatial concept skills and it takes me forever to get everything to fit exactly.  So when dies became available to make these boxes I jumped on the bandwagon!  These make a spectacular gift/card at any Holiday when people like to decorate.  The fact that it folds flat is a bonus for storage.

**The box and all the layer dies to decorate it are from a die set named  "A2 Card in a Box" by the Stamp Doctor.  The owner/designer, 
Mechele Monet, creates beautifully done written instructions and for those of you who are more visual learners like me, there are videos showing the process start to finish.  What I like best about Mechele's instructions is she almost always has the most efficient and easiest ways to connect all the parts without measuring!  [Ginny likes that!]
**The Pine trees are actually all from one die - just cut from 3 different paper scraps from my stash [a dark green, a grey-green and the DP with the stars on it.  Wink of Stella has been applied to the stars.]   This pine tree die is one of several in a set from Stampin' Up called "In the Woods Framelets".  It even cuts the front of the tree so you can lift the boughs and make it 3-D.  Love this set!  Stampin Up changes availability and "current" catalogs so often - I don't know if this is still available or not.  I could not find this die with a search of the website.  I have used 5 trees on this project - 3 are cut shorter by just cutting off the top of the trees to the length I need.  The 5th tree is on the back - see picture below.

**The very tall grass is a die is by Stephanie Barnard from The

The box folds flat for mailing - it easily pops open to the display mode.
Create wildly and color with abandon!

Penny's Challenge #445 – ATG Always
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
CHNC-X-mas #453ATG X-mas/Option: Something beginning with an 'S' [Song]
Gem of a Challenge - #17 - ATG
Crafty Creations - #397 – ATG Always Top 3
Simon Says Wed – ATG
Sweet Stampin' Christmas – ATG X-mas/optional: Snow People
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #113 – ATG Always
SheepSki Designs #30 – Die Cuts or Punches TOP THREE
Get Creative Challenges – #84 – ATG / No Twist WINNER
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG
A Place to Start – ATG


  1. fabulous card in a box much dimension and wonderful die cuts...the recipient of this glorious card will keep it

  2. Wow - what an awesome box card! Anyone would love to get that in their mailbox at Christmas.
    Thanks for joining us at A Place To Start this month.
    Scarlett xoxo

  3. Hey Ginny! : )
    This is such a wonderful creation and a labor of love! I'm in love with all things "gnome" so you had me from the get go...but I really like the way you used the pine tree die (especially on the back panel) to really give this pop-up card textural dimension! This is AWESOME! : )
    Rachelle - DT@APTS

  4. Such an amazing Christmas creation! I love the music sheet panels. Their simplicity works well to highlight the complex pop-up components! Wonderful composition and construction. Thanks so much for supporting our challenge at A Place to Start!
    Chana Malkah

  5. Amazing card !! Neatly done !! Thank you for entering at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges . Good luck with your entry.
    Sharmitha @ Crafter's Icon

  6. Fantastic make Ginny, love the woodsy Gnomes!! Gonna have to try my hand at one of these!*
    613 Avenue Create DT Sister💕*

  7. Fabulous make Ginny, I love the trees and cute gnomes, fabulous pop up exploding box..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  8. This is fab Ginny i love the colours ! The gnome is pretty cute xx

  9. Wow! This is a wonderful creation! I just love it! Thanks for joining us and good luck with with your entry!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

  10. Gorgeous and fun creation! Who wouldn't want to receive this in the mail? Thanks for joining us over at the Creative Challenge of Christmas at Sweet Stampin'.

  11. Hi, Ginny! What a fun, utterly delightful creation with this fabulous fun fold and the lovely coloring! Beautifully done. Thank you for all the photos and the explanation of your creative process! Thank you for uploading your pretty project to Christmas at the Sweet Stampin’ Challenge . Hope to see more of your creative submissions in the future.
    Warm Smiles,
    {Creative Smiles - my little crafting world}

  12. Ginny, thanks so much for all the support and inspiration you have given to this team over the years. You are an absolute joy and there is a special place in my heart for you! Oh, btw, I love your project! :D)
    Chana Malkah

  13. Amazing project! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge. Good luck.

  14. Ginny, this is super fab and just amazing!! Jackie 613 teamie xxx

  15. Aw Ginny , this is so special i love it ! Kraftyjean x

  16. This is a very cute card. Love all the details. Thanks for joining the challenge at Get Creative Challenge Blog.

  17. This is a great make! So fun - Thank you for joining us at LPCF - Good luck

  18. I love your pop-up box - the elves are so cute, and the positioning of all those layers is just perfect. You've created a perfect little festive scene.
    Alison x

  19. Your box card is amazing. Thanks for joining the challenge at Get Creative Challenge Blog.

  20. Oh wow Ginny this is a gorgeous and such a festive popup design.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  21. Fabulous card!
    Thank you for sharing with Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge!
    DT for Patterned Paper Challenge
    Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!


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