Friday 20 February 2009

Exploding Box - India

This box was commissioned by Mark, for his wife Kate. He was quite clear that her passion was travel and especially India.


The arched 'doorways' were cut using the Sizzix small tag die.

The background stamps I made myself. They were based on ceremonial henna (mehndi) hand paintings

more very soon...

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Great box, i'm sure that she will love it,

    Greetings Yvon.

  2. WOWZER... these are all beautiful and such a lovely inside and different kind of thing that I have ever seen with the exploding boxes... what a wonderful surprise for anyone to open and enjoy at any give moment!! just lovely, I think I will be trying one of these in the near future!! thanks for sharing.. I may be back to ask some questions!! :O) that is if you don't mind!

  3. Elaine! This is simply magical! How in the world did you "make" your own background stamps? This is simply incredible! I can't get over it. The colors are stunning! Amazing work! Best, Curt

  4. Girl, you just blow my mind each and every time. This is GORGEOUS!!!!! You know I love butterflies (afterall the name is sjbutterflydreams :D:D:D:D:D) so this one is like my favorite, I think, no, I love them all!!! You are just so talented.
    Hugs, Sabrina

  5. I came across your blog today via the crafty Blog site and am stunned by how beautiful all your boxes are. I'm not surprised that you call them magic!
    I'll have to keep returning to see how to do all the various aspects of constructing these boxes. I've only made one exploding box, but that was much more traditional. Yours are SO opulent!

  6. OMGosh (jaw hitting the floor - grin)! This is so beautiful, Elaine!! I love the colors, the windows, and that beautiful background stamp that you made yourself. Each of these beauties is a work of art!

  7. I am in awe! Your boxes are stunning!! My favorite is this India one, the colours are amazing. But every single one of them is a work of art! I so would love to try making one of these!! I don't know that I have the patience that you do though!! I can't wait to see what you make next!!

  8. I came across your blog via SCS challenge to make the origami box. I'm so glad I randomly chose yours to look at. I love boxes of all types. Yours are simply mind numbingly beautiful. I subscribed right away. Can't wait to see what else you make. GREAT work. I, too, would like to know how you made your own background stamp. It's a beautiful design.

  9. Wow, wow, wow! Your work is incredible. I've never seen such gorgeous work before. You are now in my reader so I don't miss seeing any of your work. I can't tell you how inspiring your blog is and I can't say enough times how absolutely beautiful your boxes are. Thank you so much for sharing your art.

  10. You made the stamp yourself??!! Wow....simply gorgeous!! As is the whole box! I continued to be impressed with each and every creation you make and share here. I look forward to seeing what sparks your imagination next! (TiikkiStars at the Shack!) :>:>

  11. Hi there! Hope everything is great with you! I have gived you an award you can pick up in my blog :-)
    Have a lovely week!

  12. WOW! Theyre all so beautiful * cant stop looking* Amazing work! :D

  13. How very very lovely! It does remind me of the art of India too!

  14. Wow - all your boxes are absolutely gorgeous - they're all so beautiful it would be difficult to have a favourite - look forward to seeing your future creations!


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