Explosion of Impressions

Last month my Mom turned 70 and as you can guess I wanted to make something special for her.

What do you make for a 70-year-old that doesn’t take up space (as she recently moved to a small apartment) but is still something that she can remember getting on this special day?

I decided on theย Hexagon Explosion Box from Simply Crafty SVGs:

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First of I want to say, that if I have to go into details, this post is going to be waaaay to long, so I put a video at the end of the post so you can see all the goodies.

The box is made from AC Cardstock in Vanilla, Cranberry, Leaf, Kraft and Wave and decorated with patterned paper from Graphic 45’s “Times Nouveau” Collection.

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I decorated the lid with several Prima flowers, Vinyl, enamel dots and different trinkets from my stash.

Taking the lid of reveals the Explosion of Impressions:

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All the layers are decorated inside and outside and the follow pictures show a bit of it:

I made some of the panels into small pockets for the tags to fit in and wrote some details about my Mom on them. I also used the Silhouette Sketch pens to draw parts of lacing patterns on the tags as it’s on of her favorite crafts.

On the pockets I also drew crafting motifs all found in the Silhouette Design Store.

On the largest layer, I added some quotes and saying that I found in the Silhouette Design Store – all about crafting. Well the box theme is crafting actually ๐Ÿ˜€

On the smallest layer I added small labels on which I wrote a greeting from me, my Sister and the rest of our families.

I put the present inside the box in the middle and decorated the lid with knitting needles and a piece of knit also from the Silhouette Design Store. I also decorated with more vinyl lacing pattern and some gems.

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This was a little bit about the Explosion Box – please have a look see at the video below to see more and thank you so much for visiting today – see you soon โค

 

 

Carnival, Shrovetide or Fastelavn….

…..a dear child has many names ๐Ÿ˜‰

This is the next celebration here in Denmark. It usually falls in the School Winter Holiday week 7 and is celebrated mostly by children. It wasn’t always so, but that’s another story – Google will tell you all about it. It’s actually quite interesting ๐Ÿ™‚

Fastelavn or Carnival is celebrated by dressing up and going house to house singing a little song about getting buns (special cake-type bun usually a Danish ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). If the kids don’t get a bun, candy or money, they will make trouble. It’s kinda like Trick or Treating.

The homes are decorated with Fastelavnsris which are bouquets of Willow branches, decorated with paper cats and colorful paper strips. The story about the Fastelavnsris is that if the parents sleep to late on Fastelavn morning, theย children can whip them with it – yikes!

Another fun tradition is “Beat the cat of the Barrel” A barrel filled with candy (in the old days they put a living cat in there – the monsters!!!) and hung from the celling and the kids take turn beating on it with a stick (kinda like a baseball bat) until the barrel breaks and all the candy falls out. The kid who breaks the barrel is crowned Cat King and the kid that makes the barrel fall to the ground is growed Cat Queen.

Oh wow….that was a long explanation of Fastelavn…..and now I get to the point ๐Ÿ˜€

I made some decor for Fastelavn this year…..it’s been a while since I’ve done that but I just had to. It spoke to me ๐Ÿ˜€

The gorgeous Masquerade 3d Embellished Maskย from Jodi G. Warner of SVG Attic and SnapDragon Snippets. (find it in Silhouette Design Store or at SnapDragon Snippets)

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This was great fun to make especially decorating it ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s made from AC Cardstock in Robin’s Egg and patterned paper from Graphic 45’s Midnight Masquerade. I also used glitter paper in pink and turquoise.

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I decorated it with some matching flowers from Prima that happened to be in my stash along with some different matching ribbons and rhinestones. I really got to see what I have stashed away, looking for the right embellishments – but that’s ok because it sparks new ideas ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I feared that the mask would be hard to assemble but it just flew together – no trouble at all.

So now I have the first piece ready for February when the “Carnival comes to town” ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for visiting – hope you made it all the way through the post and didn’t get lost inย my ramblings of Fastelavn ๐Ÿ˜€