The ItsyBitsy Say it with Roses Challenge

It’s Valentines Day folks!! So first off let me wish all our wonderful fans, friends and readers a very Happy Valentines Day!!! Here in India it’s kind of a non-festival but it’s certainly a reason to craft!! So here I am presenting my Valentines Day creation which coincides with our latest challenge – the ItsyBitsy Say it with Roses challenge.
The theme is pretty straight forward. All you have to do is create a project which contains at least one rose. It can be a 3d rose, a rose stamp, a rose picture, a rose die cut – anything as long as it is a rose. And to inspire you along the way, I made a 3 tiered cake gift box that contains 3D roses and rose die cuts. Here’s a look at it!
To give you an idea of the size, here are the dimensions. The bottom tier is 6″ wide by 6″ long and 3″ tall. The second tier is 4″ by 4″ by 2.5″ tall and the top tier is 2″ by 2″ by 2″ tall. I created this gift box as an innovative way to present gifts to a loved one on Valentines Day or a Wedding anniversary. When presented the recipient will wonder if it is a real wedding cake and then as they explore they will find a nest of boxes concealed within containing different gifts. And being the craft-obsessed person that I am, of course these gifts are going to be crafty as well and will be featured in my next post. 

Here’s how the gift box works. First of all, all the tiers are stand alone boxes that have been glued together. The decorated exterior for each tier is actually the lid of each box. One you raise it, you have access to the box below. I embellished the lid and glued on the flowers ensuring that the lid would be free to open and close when required. So the flowers aren’t glued to the tier below, they are glued to the edge of the lid. Since all the tiers are glued together, when you open the bottom most tier, you literally lift the entire cake along with it.
As for the detailing, this was an extremely laborious project. Firstly I  had to make about 52 roses to cover all the edges. Each rose has been created using the Swirly Rose Die and some red punch paper. To see how I used to the die to make the roses, watch this tutorial. Next the box was all white and to give that pretty black rose design, I used the Couture Creation Rose Die and some black punch paper. Then I glued the die cuts all over the white box. I covered everything with a layer of Mod Podge that not only gave a gleamy satin finish but also sealed all the die cuts in place. Finally I added a rim of pearls to each layer. Can’t resist those pearls!!

Rules of the challenge:
  1. Your entry can be anything hand made as long as incorporates a rose somewhere in the creation.
  2. Entries can be submitted until 10th March 2014.
  3. Entries will be open to audience vote from 11th to 14th March 2014
  4. Following this, the top 3 and finalists will be selected after combining both audience feedback and judges feedback.
  5. In order to submit your entry, click on the inlinkz button provided at the end of this post, add your image and link to your blog post containing the submission. There is a single category for all types of hand made creations.
  6. If you do not have a blog, please create an album on any online photo gallery like Facebook, Picasa etc, ensure the settings are public and link it up as detailed in point 5. 
  7. Each participant can submit a maximum of 3 entries.
  8. Submitting old projects is not permitted. All submissions have to be created after 14th Feb 2014
  9. In your blog post, create a link back to this page – The ItsyBitsy Say it With Roses Challenge.
  10. Entries are welcome from all over the world however if you are one of the top 3, we can only ship your prize to an Indian address.
  11. We will select the top 3 entries all of whom will receive vouchers worth Rs. 500 redeemable online at
  12. In addition 6 finalists  will be selected all of whom will receive a badge to display on their blog.
  13. The top 3 will also be invited to send in guest post for the ItsyBitsy Blog in February / March 2014.
Right that’s it from me! Hope this challenge intrigues as much as it did me and looking forward to seeing your entries!

Submissions for the ItsyBitsy Say it with Roses Challenge


  1. Wow!!! This is such an eye candy. Stunning project Sunehra. Yes, you were right when you said that 'great minds think alike' on my blog comments 😉 lol, how I wish I had posted my project a few hours late so I would have been able to link it here. Anyway, great challenge !!

  2. Loved this to bits 🙂 I'm just wondering how many roses you've made!! But the result is magical! isn't it? I'm waiting for my crafty mind to start working on this 🙂

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