March 20, 2009

key ingredients challenge

Good morning! Taylored Expressions just keeps branching out! Now Taylor is offering a Key Ingredients Kit Subscription and today I have a sample of the first kit being offered. To find out how you can subscribe and get this month’s kit (plus get future month’s kits before they're even available in the store!) check out this post on Taylor’s blog! When Taylor sent us these Key Ingredients she issued a little challenge to create anything but a card and to be sure to use one of the cute chipboard buckles in the kit. You know how I am with challenges, bring them on! I absolutely love the colors in this kit - from the deep reds and oranges to the bright blues and greens - such a contrast that always makes unique cards and projects. There are so many things in this kit I can't wait to use - the Parisian Mist glitter and all of the gorgous ribbon for sure! I really wanted to put it all on this little explosion box, but that got a little out of control, ha! I did use the large oval buckle, blue satin ribbon and of course the coordinating cardstock and patterned paper from the My Mind's Eye Free Bird collection. This little explosion box is so much fun to make and you can hide a treat inside, or a message and it will wow the person who opens it. If you are curious about the size of the box, it's a 2-1/2" cube.

Hop on over to say hello to Taylor and the rest of the Baker's Dozen who participated in this month's Key Ingredients challenge and see what they've cooked up for you today!

Taylor VanBruggen
Charmaine Ikach
Donna Baker
Ana Wohlfahrt
Jodi Collins
Laura Fredrickson

recipe -
stamps: it's your birthday, lots of thoughts (stampin' up!)
ink: tempting turquoise, pumpkin pie (stampin' up!)
paper: taylored expressions key ingredients kit (frosted teal, papaya puree dark, choice buttercream cardstock, my mind's eye free Bird collection)
accessories: taylored expressions key ingredients kit (chipboard large oval buckle/cardstock overlay, blue satin ribbon), silver brads (stampin' up!), flower punches (ek success)


  1. Karen, this is just ADORABLE! I LOVE that big buckle on the top of the box! Awesome project!

  2. Oh this is so much fun! Love the sentiment inside too as an extra surprise!

  3. ADORABLE little box! What a great idea!

  4. Fabulous box Karen!! What a fun way to package something up for that special person!

  5. How cute Karen! I haven't made an explosion box for years, but they were a fave of mine for so long! This is so cute with the buckle and flowers! Awesome project!