MFT Birthday Explosion Box

DAY 3 of 3:  Innovation Master

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I’m no innovation master, but I do LOVE interactive cards!

Explosion Box

This was the card I was most excited to make – but also the one I was most nervous about.  I had so many ideas in my head, but making it all come together requires a lot of discipline.  I had to talk myself out of getting too wild… “Settle down, Caly…” “No…don’t even think about it…” 😛

When I narrowed the ideas down to execute this card – I took my sweet time.  I colored MANY images and only used what I thought would fit.  To construct the box, you’ll need a 12×12 piece of card stock.  Score it at 4 inches on all sides, then cut the score marks, stopping at the center square.  This box is a 4 x 4 inch box closed, so if you want a 3 x 3 box, start with a 9 x 9 piece of cardstock and score at 3 inches.  The lid works the same, except you’ll want to factor in a 1″ lip and 1/4″ flap for gluing to keep the sides down.

HERE IS THE FINAL PROJECT:

Explosion Box - Opened

The focal point of this card is the paper cake.  I cut strips of 1 1/2″ paper, applied some color using Spun Sugar distress ink and snipped them from one end to the other in fringe style so that I can wrap them to the curvature of a circle to form the tops of each layer of the cake.  I added a scallop border at the top of each layer colored with Cracked Pistachio distress ink.  Once the cake was done, I die-cut the Cheers word die and adhered two layers of white cardstock to make it strong.  I glued two strips of acetate to it and cut two little slits on the top of the cake to hold it up like a cake topper.  I really love how it turned out!

Explosion Box - 3D Cake

Initially, I envisioned a cake with critters and animals all over it.  When I put the cake together and attached it to the center of the card – I realized the cake is no where big enough to make this vision come to life – so I settled with making triangular stands for the gift boxes, bear and hippo so they are able to stand with support.

Lets get into the details of each flap, shall we?

Flap 1:  Magic Slider

Explosion Box - Magic Slider Tab

Explosion Box - Magic Slider Tab 2

I should’ve taken this shot straight on – I promise it is aligned perfectly! What’s better than interactive cards?  Mini-versions, of course!  This was so fun and easy to do.  Makes me giddy!

Flap 2:  Waterfall Fold

Explosion Box - Waterfall Flip Tab

Explosion Box - Waterfall Flip Tab 1

This one was tricky!  I wanted to fit all the elephants on this 4″ x 4″ space without overcrowding it and those ears made positioning difficult but I think it turned out ok.  🙂

Flap 3:  Shaker

Explosion Card - Shaker Tab

Explosion Card - Shaker Tab 1

These tigers are fiercely cute, right?!  I wanted to make a square shaker but didn’t have a square frame – so I settled for this rectangle frame, but I really love it!  It’s more of an accent and doesn’t take away from the rest of the card.

Flap 4:  Peek-a-boo Windows

Explosion Box - Flip Tabs 1

Explosion Box - Flip Tabs

I’ve never done these peek-a-boo windows before and thought this would be a great opportunity to try them out.  I colored the pieces using the same distress inks mentioned above for some interest (Spun Sugar and Cracked Pistachio).  I stamped different short sentiments on the doors to fill the dead space and sequins to act as knobs.

I added little party hats throughout to tie the different flaps together and to make it more cohesive.  How about that gingham patterned paper, though?  I need a few more of those packs on hand!

Here it is one more time so you don’t have to scroll up:

Explosion Box - Opened

EEPPP!!!  The photos just don’t do this card justice.  I really hope you like this card!  I’m so excited about it and I honestly don’t think I could ever make a card that could top this – it’s 5 cards in one!  Good luck to everyone who entered this contest – you are all amazing and talented and I’m so blessed to be a part of this community!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

XOXO,

caly-sig

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Cracked Pistashio

Copics:

Bears:. E41, E53

Gifts/Balloons/Party Hats: V000, RV63, B000, B01, G000, BG11

Palms: E53, E55, G03, YG06

Tigers:. E55, E31, W6, W8

Elephants:. N0, N2, E00, R20

Butterflies: C00, C01

Flowers:. E55, Y15

Bunny:. W0, W1, E41, R20, B00, BG01

MFT Adorable Elephants
MFT Adorable ElephantsEH | SSS | MFT
MFT Beary Special Birthday
MFT Beary Special BirthdayEH | SSS | MFT
MFT Birthday Bears
MFT Birthday BearsEH | SSS | MFT
MFT Fierce Friends
MFT Fierce Friends
EH | SSS | MFT
MFT Happy Hippos
MFT Happy HipposEH | SSS | MFT
MFT Snuggle Bunnies
MFT Snuggle BunniesEH | SSS | MFT

White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
MFT Stitched Interactive Window Trio - Vertical
MFT Stitched Interactive Window Trio – VerticalEH | SSS | MFT

MFT Circle STAX Set 1
MFT Circle STAX Set 1
MFT Beary Special Birthday
MFT Beary Special BirthdayEH | SSS | MFT
MFT Birthday Bears
MFT Birthday Bears EH | SSS | MFT
MFT Happy Hippos
MFT Happy Hippos EH | SSS | MFT
MFT Suggle Bunnies
MFT Snuggle BunniesEH | SSS | MFT
MFT Fierce Friends
MFT Fierce Friends EH | SSS | MFT
MFT Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames
MFT Single Stitch Line Rectangle FramesEH | SSS | MFT
MFT Stitched Traditional Tag STAX
MFT Stitched Traditional Tag STAX EH | SSS | MFT
MFT Cheers
MFT CheersEH | SSS | MFT

MFT Stitched Square Scallop Frames

EH | SSS | MFT


MFT Stitched Scallop Edges
MFT Stitched Scallop Edges
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Tim Holtz Mini Distress InksEH | SSS
>Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black InkEH | SSS | AMZN
MFT Homespun Gingham Paper Pack
MFT Homespun Gingham Paper Pack EH | SSS | MFT

Recollections 12x12 White
Recollections 12×12 White
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb EH | SSS
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST
Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills
Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills EH | SSS | AMZN
Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools

Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools

EH | SSS | AMZN


Sakura White Gelly Roll
Sakura White Gelly Roll
3M Scotch Foam Tape
3M Scotch Foam Tape EH | SSS | AMZN
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue EH | SSS

3.5 inch Round Acrylic Block
3.5 inch Round Acrylic Block
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring BoardEH | SSS
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone FolderEH | SSS
Uchida Marvy Jewel Picker
Uchida Marvy Jewel PickerEH | SSS | AMZN

Darice Crystal Iridescent 5mm
Darice Crystal Iridescent 5mm
PPP Sparking Clear Confetti Mix
PPP Sparking Clear Confetti MixEH | SSS | PPP

Blushing Bride Baker's Twine
Blushing Bride Baker’s Twine

Absorber
Absorber

1/4 Inch Circle Handheld Punch
1/4 Inch Circle Handheld Punch

MFT Gold Sparkle Card Stock
MFT Gold Sparkle Card Stock
Stazon Jet Black Ink
Stazon Jet Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN
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Week 3 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hi Everyone!

I honestly cannot believe I’ve kept it up with this coloring challenge.  How amazing that you can really do what you love if you make it a priority! I’m sure that after this challenge is over, I’ll find it less motivating to make the time to craft.  It has been amazing.  I’ve created cards doing things I haven’t done in a long time.  Some cards are more challenging than others but I’m finding that no matter how the card turns out – there are so many wonderful people encouraging and supportive of my work.  THANK YOU, everyone!  I’ve gained so many followers on Instagram as a result and I feel so honored and blessed!

Lets go ahead and dive right into week 3’s cards!

Day 15:  Monstrous Birthday

Monster Love 1 copy

This stamp set came highly recommended by Jennifer McGuire and I had to have it (imagine that).  😛  It really is a fun set.  I recently did a shaker card using some solid stamps but these ones are fun when you have time to color.  If you’re interested in purchasing – you can check it out here.  Oh…just FYI – I don’t have any affiliate links – I’m not too sophisticated with all that!  The googly eyes really make this card fun!

Day 16: I’ll Stand By You

I'll Stand By You

This Flamingo Together stamp set is one of Lawn Fawn’s mini stamp sets. I really love these mini stamp sets – and I think they fill a 4-bar sized card just perfect.  I did some masking and ink blending to create this card using distress ink.  The fussy cutting isn’t so bad when you cut off their legs and stamp it back in ;).

Day 17:  Octopi My Heart

Octopi My Heart 1

Another mini set by Lawn Fawn!  When I prepared for this challenge – I pulled out a lot of images and Lawn Fawn just has the cutest little outlined stamps.  If you’re interested in this set – you can see it here.  This card is really simple – I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do with it – so I went with a dry-embossed panel.  Simple and cute!

Day 18:  Hang In There

Hanging Sloth

Okay…you guessed it! Another Lawn Fawn set.  LOL – I have so many that are sitting there and silently calling my name.  I’m honestly so excited that I got to use all of these stamp sets!  This one can be viewed here.  Very similar to the card above, I did a simple window with a dry-embossed panel on top.  This time, lightly brushing some ink to add more interest the woodgrain.

Day 19:  Glad We’re Friends

Glad We're Friends 1

This Snuggle Bunnies set by MFT can be found here.  It’s an adorable set with several bunnies and teddies.  I did some ink sponging on the white panel and softened it with some vellum.  The black and white strip of washi tape on the left helps fill up some white space and ties the black sentiment banner together.

Day 20:  Out of This World

Out of This World Birthday

This is a full stamp set by Lawn Fawn and can be found here.  There are so many little images to color but I limited myself.  The background is created using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and I used Copics to color the stamped images.  It’s so stink adorable and so easy to create!

Day 21:  Chunky Monkey

Miss Hanging Out With You

I was browsing SSS one day and came across this monkey stamp set.  I’ve never purchased Sugar Pea Designs stamps before but this one was too cute to pass up. If you’re interested, you can view the item here.  I limited myself on the number of images for the coloring challenge – but this stamp set comes with lots of different monkeys and they are all super fun!

There are only 4 more days to this challenge!  I’ll be back to share the last 9 cards next weekend.  Have a wonderful week, everyone!

XOXO,

caly-sig

 

 

Birthdays and Babies

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to stop by and share a few cards I’ve made recently – all birthday related.

I made a floral card in a box card last month for a friend that was a huge hit -another neighbor asked me to make one for her mom. If you want to see the details for the box, please see this blog post here.  The only difference is I used Clearly Besotted’s Miniature Florals for the flowers.  I’m also entering this card in Darlene Devrie’s LiveLoveCards’ monthly challenge. 🙂

floral-card-in-a-box-2
floral-card-in-a-box

floral-card-in-a-box-1

She asked for bright colors!

Another neighbor had a baby last week – so this is a really quick card that I made to welcome Baby Joseph:  I used MFT’s Stitched Banner Alphabet dies, Snuggle Bunnies, and their Stitched Square Scallop Frames dies.

welcome-baby-joseph

welcome-baby-joseph-1

This card is so simple – I just sponged some Blue on a square piece of white cardstock, stamped the images and then colored them with various copic markers.  The die cutting really does all the work on this card.

Last but not least – I have another birthday card that I made for a personal friend who lives in California.  She loves bunnies – so this time, I used Mama Elephant’s Page Huggers to make her a card.  I actually have a list of supplies for this card that I will post below.  Just some sponging, stamping and coloring again using Copics :).

page-huggers-birthday

page-huggers-birthday-1

I hope you’ve enjoyed these! Until next time – I’m busy working on Holiday cards!

xoxo,

caly-sig

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

COPICS: N2, N4, W00, W1, G14, YG09, YR15, YR16, B60, BV00, R20

ME Words Defined
ME Words Defined

EH | SSS |ME

ME Page Huggers
ME Page Huggers

EH | SSS |ME


SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black

EH | SSS

EK Success Powder Tool
EK Success Powder Tool

EH | SSS | AMZN

WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine

SSS | AMZN


Crisp Canteloupe Ink
Crisp Canteloupe Ink (Retired)

Pistachio Pudding Ink (Retired)
Pistachio Pudding Ink (Retired)

Sweet Sugarplum Ink
Sweet Sugarplum Ink

Whisper White Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents

EH | SSS | AMZN


Absorber
Absorber

SSS Friends Die
EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched

Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

EH | SSS

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS