Halloween Exploding Box by Kelly Daye

Friday, October 20, 2023

Hi friends, Kelly Daye here with a spooky fun Halloween Exploding Box! Paige’s BOOtiful Garden Shoppe and Splendid collections were used throughout along with various cut files.
I started with Paige’s Exploding Box cut file and began by filling it with the Polaroids from the 20 Halloween Cut Files. After cutting the polaroids from white cardstock I hand stitched each phrase with 4 strands of colorful DMC floss then chain-stitched a frame around each with all 6 strands of white DMC Floss.
I wanted the outside of the box to look like two ghostly friends floating through an eerie garden. The flowers are made with Paige’s Layered Flower & Layered Flower cut files and a few fussy cut blooms from Splendid Paper 13. Tiny die cut bats hang on a piece of wire overhead for some extra spooky dimension. Little extras: enamel dots from Paige and Enamel Button Stickers from Garden Shoppe. The cute chipboard tag about friendship is from the Hey Pumpkin Chipboard, also available in Paige’s shop.
Four more boo-tastic paper-backed cut files by Paige fill my Exploding Box with extra spookiness: Sugar Skull, Monster, Witch Hat, and Candy.
Also inside, another box hides a tiny surprise! The box top was decorated with Paige’s Too Cute To Spook Cut File. A wee mini album, just 2.5” square, was made with Garden Shoppe Paper 17 using the hidden hinge technique I learned in this Virtual Class with Paige. I chain stitched the cover for some pretty texture. Team member Amber Mitchell is also a big inspiration. Amber makes super cute mini albums!
Check out my YouTube today for a peek-a-BOO inside!
I hope you’re inspired to make your own Exploding Box and fill it with fun memories using Paige’s cut files and paper collections!

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