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Florida Memories Exploding Box, New Giveaway & Special FREE Gift!

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That always-inventive Design Team Member Shannon Cooper has made a fab gift for one of her daughters: a Florida Memories Exploding Box! It’s such a perfect combo of bright summer colors & a personalized gift.

From Shannon’s blog post:

After five years of being a Floridian, my daughter packed up to attend grad school in another state. She left behind scores of friends, colleagues, a few family members, and loads of memories. So, when presented with a Double Explosion Box from Alpha Stamps, I didn’t have to think twice about how it was to be decorated. It was fortunate for me to also have gotten two collage sheets of vintage Florida postcards and souvenirs… it couldn’t have been more timely! I covered the exterior of the box with a few choice images and on the top went a miniature white beach chair, cocktail umbrella, and an over-sized Cosmo. It’s hot in Florida. You gotta stay hydrated, people.

The box itself is 3″ x 3″ — an excellent size for a small gift  and the “exploding” interior offers eight surfaces to embellish. I used these areas for photos of my daughter and her friends, and found the mini box portion of the Framed Matchbox Book to be cute picture frames.

Beside these 2 photos of Shannon’s project, be sure to visit her blog for more photos and tips (and see the Giveaway below for a close-up of that soooo-perfect flamingo snowglobe). And here’s Shannon’s supply list, too.

New & Back in Stock Miniatures!

NEW Tropical Beach FREE Gift Kit!

After seeing Shannon’s adorable project… and checking out the goodies that are planned for the clearance sale, I decided to give away some of the things Shannon used instead! (And beside Shannon’s theme: I’m also including a tiny working compass, inspired by Nichola’s artwork in last Sunday’s newsletter!)

There are less than 20 of these CHAIRS left, so I cannot guarantee you’ll get one but until they run out: ALL 4 of the items in the photos will be included FREE with all orders placed today through Saturday night, July 21st (2018).

Whenever I run out of the chairs, I’ll substitute something tropical or beachy (similar in theme as Shannon’s artwork and coordinating with the other items). You know me… I’ll pick something cute.

Note: the citrus slices included in this group are pre-cut… but if you’d like to cut your own, there are still polymer canes available in lemon, lime & orange.

Hooray for the Florida Memories Giveaway!

Time is fleeting, so lucky you!… this Giveaway includes EVERYTHING in Shannon’s supply list AND all 4 items shown in the Tropical Beach FREE Gift Kit above!

Note: if an item is duplicated in the Vacation Memories Kit (included in the Giveaway) and also listed separately in the supply list, I’m just including one of those items.

To enter the Florida Memories Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Friday Night, July 20, 2018).

AND tell me: What vacation memory would you make a mini shrine about? Any little props you’d like me to find that would help?

Don’t forget to leave your (hello!) correct email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via

Hey, who won the Explore Box Giveaway from Sunday’s newsletter? That would be Kathy Toews! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, July 19th, 2018

48 responses to “Florida Memories Exploding Box, New Giveaway & Special FREE Gift!”

  1. Cheryl says:

    I love this project!

  2. Jen J says:

    How cute! I hope to go on a cruise soon so this is petfect

  3. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love the summer sand globe! I would make a Disney World one!!

  4. Michelle says:

    I love the sand globe! I would make a box with our family beach vacation memories.

  5. Jo says:

    this is so cute! what a great way to create a memory book – could use this idea for any holiday, too!

  6. Nadine says:

    My daughter starts college in a month so it would be nice to make something for her of our family memories.

  7. Rhonda S says:

    I would make a Clearwater Florida memory with this.

  8. Nelda says:

    I would love to make a memory box for my Mother that captures the special time we spent together in Hawaii.

  9. Carla says:

    Love the exploding box! I’d have to do our trip to Europe!

  10. Jean Marmo says:

    This is just amazing! My daughter has a collection of snow globes. I think she needs a sand one!

  11. Donna Kottcamp says:

    I love to travel so there are a number of trips that I might choose for a theme. I think the first would be Australia. There are so many wonderful sites to picture around the outside and with the amazing flowers, unusual animals and beachy areas There would be a lot of options for embellishments. I have wonderful photos of my son holding a koala and petting a kangaroo…as well as snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef….

  12. Traci says:

    Great keepsake. I love the beach theme the top of the box is so cute. Love her idea.

  13. Laura says:

    This project looks like so much fun! I would make a memory of Ireland (havn’t been there yet but planning a trip)

  14. Catharine McCammon says:

    Wonderful fun! Two grandbabies live in Florida. We’ll assemble all of our doodads on my next trip exploding with adventures and fun!

  15. Linda Stroud says:

    My shrine would be for my two week cruise through the Panama canal that started in Florida and ended in California. A little cruise ship would go along with this giveaway!

  16. Celia says:

    I don’t take vacations. But I would use the items and make a box about summer and use under my seasonal tree

  17. Ann F. says:

    I would love to make a tribute to our trip to Joshua Tree. A remarkable place.

  18. Dianna says:

    I love this creative idea. If I win, I would use the supplies for a beach scene for my sister. The possibilities are limitless. If I don’t win all the wonderful goodies, I would do a wild animal park. I have raised and trained many tigers and other exotic animals over the years. I would like to find a miniature tiger for my scene.

  19. Mary Warren says:

    My best friend from high school had lived in Florida for many years. Our visits there were always special. I’d like to send a special surprise card to her for all those wonderful memories!

  20. Sandie says:

    Although I live in California, I am still a Florida gal. Love this box. I want it, I need.

  21. Andrea Pretlow says:

    The exploding box is such a neat idea. I would make it warm and summery for my sister so that when those long Green Bay winters roll up on her, She could bask in some warm sunshiney images.

  22. Rebecca R. says:

    So fun! I would love little trinkets that represent up north cottage getaways on Lake Michigan! Like evening stoles in a cute little downtown with family eating ice-cream! Thank You!

  23. Kathryn McCartney says:

    I would love to make this project to send to my mother in Texas. I haven’t been able to visit her in over 20 years and she loves it when I send her things from Florida (where I live). 😁

  24. I love this exploding box. My favorite part is the flamingo under glass in the middle. Love it. I’m heading to Chicago to see my daughter; any city goodies?

  25. Chris K. says:

    Our trip to Disney World would make a good project.

  26. Janice says:

    This is adorable! I especially love the lounge chair & cocktail!
    My son wants to move to Florida when he is dove with graduate school, so I would make this project as a dream box for him.
    I would love it if you could find more domestic animals, espaecially dogs & birds for some fun projects.

  27. Karen Mallory says:

    How cute is this exploding box! I don’t go on vacations but I have lots of great times with grandkids at my house. I would love to make a grandkid memory box!

  28. Peg Adams says:

    Shannon did a fantastic job on this exploding box. If I’m lucky enough to win, I would love to make a box similar to Shannon’s for my daughter who lived for several years in FLA with lots of good memories. She misses it terribly. Even if I don’t win, I still will make one for her & maybe one for me! Thanks.

  29. Janet Turner says:

    I love this idea. I live with a family of Disneylad fanatics, so that would definitely be my vacation theme.

  30. Patsy Eccles says:

    Great project! Really, Really nice. I have a couple of favorite trips that would be interesting to do with this idea. Keeping with Florida theme, we had a fun Key West, Florida trip with emphasis on Key Lime Pie!! And my all time favorite was our Civil War Battlefield trip traveling from Florida through the east to north of Washington DC!! Lots of fun ideas here!

  31. J. Nicholai says:

    These exploding box projects are super cute! Such a fun way to display photos and little souvenirs.

    I would fill the globe with beach sand and shells from Hawaii, then maybe add a teeny hula girl as well.

  32. Marykay chisum says:

    The last vacation I had with my
    Mom before she passed. The entire family went to the Oregon coast. It was the last time we were all together as my brother passed 11 months before my mom.

  33. Congrats Kathy! Love, love, love! Everything about it is great. The colors, theme, and the Flamingo snow globe. I have many to pick from, not sure yet. Thanks for the chance.

  34. Jeanine says:

    I love the beach chair, so cute. I’m crazy for the Flamingo snow globe. Gives me some great snow globe ideas! I would love to win this.
    I would love to see more animals, ghoul dolls & regular dolls if possible on the site.

  35. rosalie e lunger says:

    I love flamingos, this project is right up my alley..Thanks for showing it!!!

  36. Barb A says:

    My mini shrine would have to be about the fabulous trip to Disney World with my son, daughter-in-law and 3 granddaughters. We stayed in a treehouse on Disney property for 12 fun filled days…..the best 12 days of my life!!!

  37. Marcia Kaiser says:

    Oh, why Florida of course! I go every summer to
    Sanibel island & have been buying & collecting
    Island scrapbooking to make an album & this would be perfect!🧜‍♀️

  38. Diana bittaker says:

    I would love to fill the box with memories from either my Italy or Paris trip- so either a small Eiffel Tower or a little gondola.

  39. Bridget Haig says:

    Wow this is so cute, I look forward to making one of these. Being a Floridian.

  40. Mary Mac says:

    Would make a beach scene of course, with shells that I have now.

  41. Cindy rice says:

    Hello, very cute. I love they beach vacation idea.

  42. Kim R says:

    My daughter just got back from Hawaii. This would be perfect for her!🏝

  43. Jackie says:

    I would do a memory box of our recent trip to China.The parasol is great and a little pagoda would be awesome.

  44. Susan M L says:

    Love the relaxing scene on the top of the box! I would make a Florida box for my sister, who has been there several times. If I were to make something for myself, I would use vintage postcards with scenes of Atlantic City, NJ.

  45. Laura callies says:

    I would make one of my trip to see Crisping Hellion Glover’s screening of the first two films of his trilogy and The Big Slide Show. A snail would be an amazing add on to the center piece. I love the Florida box, i lived there and you captured it!

  46. Dennis L says:

    My wife is big on beaches and oceans, so I would make this for her.

  47. Luanne Shoup says:

    I would make something fun for my kids who live in Florida!

  48. Oooh cute! I loved Hampton Beach, I saved sand and tiny shells this would be perfect for me I love exploding cards!!