Thursday, November 13, 2014

Mountain Plains Crafters Blog Hop Day 2

Today is the second day of the Mountain Plains Crafters blog hop.  How would you like to win this prize? 

Make sure you check out all the design team member's blogs and enter the rafflecopter on the Mountain Plains Crafters.

The theme for our hop is being Thankful. We decided to do projects instead of cards. I decided to make a Fantasy Box. I first found the instructions for making a Fantasy Box in 2007. They are easy to create and have a WOW factor. If you want to make one yourself, I have added the link to the Stubbystamper website here:


Materials Used:
Cereal Box,
Typing Paper
Acrylic report folder
Water bottle
Gold shimmer paint
Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms Dies
Tombow Extreme Adhesive
Tombow Fastener Tabs
Unity Stamp Co :
         Classified Newsprint
         Stitched Daffodils

I started with an empty cereal box 
(This cereal is my favorite. I love the peaches and apples.)
One cereal box has enough cardboard to make 2 fantasy boxes.

I used the following Unity Stamps Co. stamps:

Classified Newsprint
Stitched Daffodils

I used black stazon ink and I randomly stamped the two stamps onto plain typing paper.

I did a technique that I call INK SPRAY SMASH. This picture shows the markers that I used... That's right cheap Crayola Markers.

I took an acrylic report folder and I cut the bottom off and cut one side off so that it opens up like a book.  I randomly scribbled with the markers on the inside of the open folder.

I sprayed the scribbles with my spray bottle of water.

You can see how the water makes drops of colored water.

I closed the folder and gently smooshed the colored water around. 
(I know, smooshed is such a technical term.)

I opened up the folder 

I carefully placed the stamped paper into the colored puddles.

What it looked like when I turned it over. I love this technique because you never know what you will get and you will get a different result every time.

I took the gold shimmer paint spray and sprayed it in the areas that had a little more white showing than I wanted.

I repeated the ink spray smash with the inside paper and the cardstock that was used for the lid and the inside boxes. 

Time to put the fantasy box together. I used the Tombow Xtreme adhesive to adhere the cereal cardboard box pieces to the typing paper.

 I used the Tombow adhesive tabs to close the box. You can make the box without
them and the lid will hold it closed, but I think it is a nice touch.

The little inside boxes can be used to hold small trinkets. I put some quilled roses, some buttons and some charms. You could also put chocolate or some other small candy.
 ( I was going to show it with Hershey kisses, I bought some last week...  but for some reason... I didn't have any left when it came time to photograph the box)  

 See how the Tombow fasteners hold the box shut...

I decorated the top of my box with quilled roses that I made using the Bitty Blossoms Dies. I added lace and pearls around the edge of the lid.


You made it to the bottom of my super long post. Thanks for taking the time to read it. Now you might be looking  at this and wondering how it shows being thankful. Well, it is a box that you could put keepsakes in so it made me think of memories. I am thankful for good and happy memories. Last week a friend of my daughter, a young 19 year old man had what Doctors think was similar to a stroke. His college room mate found him unconscious on his dorm room floor. When he was revived, he had lost his memories. The Doctors think that he had some brain damage due to lack of blood flow that made it so he lost his memories. He didn't remember his parents when they came to pick him up at the hospital. I feel so bad for his family. I can't imagine lost memories. Sometimes it is the little things that we take for granted that we should take time to be thankful for because they can be taken from us. Please join me in praying for the man and his family.

Check out Paula's blog Next or go back to the Mountains Plains Crafters blog.

Since this is a mixed media project with the theme of thankfulness I am entering it into this month's Mixed Media Mojo November Challenge.


  1. What a fabulous box MariLynn - and thank you for sharing your method of colouring your paper - I used the ink, spray, smash technique at class this week, and have a project that will go up on Wednesday next week using it.

  2. talk about trash to treasure! you do it VERY well, my friend. Thanks for this tutorial

  3. Good golly woman, you can turn anything into magic! I love how your mind works. This is so beautiful.

  4. Marilyn, this is fantabulous! I love it and I love how you made me wait to see the results of what you were creating. It was like opening a gift.

  5. Beautiful project! Love the way your background turned out... pretty colors!

  6. what a beautiful project - I need to try that technique for coloring - thanks for joining us at Mixed Media Mojo
    Barb Housner (DT)

  7. Beautiful. Thanks for the detailed instructions.
    A plain cereal box became a work of art.

  8. Love the blues and greens of this project thanks for sharing.

  9. are SO SO creative. I just love this. And I am so sorry about your daughter's friend. That's so sad. I hope he slowly or quickly starts to regain some of his memory back.

  10. I love your project and love the inking technique you shared.... what gorgeous colors you can get.... Thank you so much for a new idea to put into use and that box just turned out so great!

  11. LOVE your project! The colors and stampings are wonderful. Such a gorgeous fun coloring technique, will have to try a play with it! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Mixed Media Mojo!~kim

  12. This is a great project. The colors make it so beautiful. This is something I could do with my children.

  13. wow! What an awesome box. Gorgeous colors.

  14. The idea and techniques behind this piece are awesome! Such a neat way to make a box inside a box. Loves it. Thanks for playing with us at a Mixed Media Mojo! ~Niki DT