Sunday, June 22, 2014

My First Card in a Box

Today I'm sharing a "Card in a Box" ... it's the first one I've made, and I'm using it as my DT inspiration for the new challenge starting today at Di's Digis Challenge Blog.  Warning: this is a "Photo Heavy" post, the darned thing was hard to capture in pics, lol
I absolutely loved making this card, the young lady from across the road (I've known here since she was four!!) had a "little" boy last week, his name is Alakae and he weighed in at 8lbs 4oz -I met him today and he is GORGEOUS! Congrats to Hayley and Dave :-)
I found a few templates and tutorials on the web, here's a good tutorial, but I ended up making my own template because I wanted one in metric (hard to find) that folds down to a 15cm or 6" square (even harder to find!) here's a link to my template, it's on my freebies page.  I added a belly band to keep it from springing open too readily - these cards really do go amazingly flat for posting, if that's a consideration and still have the multiple layers we all love!  Bunny Zoes Crafts and Divas by Design have "layers" challenges running so I'm entering there.
The image I've used is Butterfly Baby Ted, he's gorgeous too, isn't he? I coloured with Copics then fussy cut him (and the butterflies!) and mounted them on strips of acetate of differing lengths to give a more "floaty" feel.  Corrosive Challenge is Cut it or Crop it, so I'm definitely in!  I smothered some die cuts from Make It Crafty (they no longer stock them, sadly) in Stickles and added some butterflies to acetate strips behind the teddy and some baby themed ones to the different layers inside the box and to the flaps as well.  Ladybug Crafts Challenge has a For the Boys or Use Die Cuts challenge, I'm in on both fronts, lol.  The die cut on the front flap was cut using a Nestabilities Standard Circle die from the Kaisercraft Lullaby pad, I put the baby's birth details on this flap and stuck a plain panel on the back of the card to use as a sentiment panel.  Card Mania ChallengesGem of a ChallengeTuesday Throwdown and The Crazy Challenge all have "baby" challenges so I'm entering there while Bearly Mine Challenges has for the boys, so in there too.
The "welcome" is made from beads I've had in my stash for-eva! and the gold pearls and Card Candi are from stash too.  The patterned paper is from a pack I got in Spotlight, it's so lovely and fresh, I'll be entering Hazel's Patterned Paper Challenge for the first, but I doubt last, time :-)  The Paper Shelter wants to see Anything But a Card, so I'm classing this as a box to enter, lol, and Fab'n'funky Challenges wants to see shaped cards, so I'm hoping this is in the spirit of that challenge and entering there too.  Through the Craftroom DoorPaper Crafting JourneyLittle Miss MuffetStampin' for the Weekend and Clear It Out have Anything Goes challenges so I'm entering them as well.
Well that's it for today's card-in-a-box, check out the rest of my teamies inspiration... hope you get a chance to enter the challenge too; we have a FABULOUS prize from Little Darlings Rubber Stamps, and if you use one of Di's lovely digis you go in an extra draw... win/win I say :-)  
 Sorry about all the photos today.... here's another one in an effort to show the layers, lol, I LOVE these cards and have already started making a couple more - and I saw the recipient's reaction when they opened it today (which of course you don't always see) and it was truly worth the work... they loved it too :-)
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna


Lorraine said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Love it!!
Have a fab weekend
Lorraine x

Sue said...

WOW! This is stunning Donna and I am pleased that you showed so many photos so we can see all your wonderful attention to detail.
I am very grateful to you for sharing your template too, I have been meaning to try one of these for a while and you have really inspired me.
Sue xx

Denise Goeldner said...

Wow this is gorgeous, such a cutie image coloured beautifully and love all the elements added, just adorable. Thanks so much for joining us over at Bearly Mine Challenges, good luck and hope to see you again.
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CraftyGirl said...

Such a little cutie! I am very glad you entered this week at Tuesday Throwdown. I hope you had fun!!! See you back very soon to play in another fun challenge.


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Crea-Sandra said...

Beautiful creation, love the lay-out!
Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design!
♥ Sandra ♥

Pat K said...

Gorgeous pop-up box Donna. Love all the beautiful detail and of course that adorable image. hugs, Pat K xx

Sue B said...

Aww this is really sweet! such a cute little bear and you've coloured him beautifully! I love the gorgeous papers and embellishments! :-)
Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design this week!
Hugs Sue B xx

Cvetelina Borisova said...

Such a cute card! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenges.

Anna said...

Aww, this is really cute!!
Thanks for joining us at TPS this week and good luck :)
Hugs Anna

Shirley said...

Absolutely gorgeous pop-up card. Love you created a scene in the front. Thank you for joining us this week at Fab'n'Funky.

Unknown said...

What a lovely project! I just love it! Thanks for playing at Clear it out challenge blog! We hope to see you next time! Good luck

Cara said...

This is too darn cute! Thanks for sharing this with us at Through The Craft Room Door.
Please join us again! (Hugs) Cara

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

This is beautiful Donna and I love all the gorgeous detail. Thanks for sharing with us at The Paper Shelter this week, good luck! Susan x

Judy said...

Your box card is so cute and adorable!

Anne said...

Gorgeous work Donna. Very pretty
Thanks for playing along with The Paper Shelter
Anne x

Elizabeth Hart said...

This is the cutest baby card box!!Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Paper Crafting Journey, Elizabeth (DT)

Carla S. said...

Fantastic box card, Donna! Love every detail you added! Thanks for joining us for the Little Miss Muffet Challenge!

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...


Have a great weekend
Hugs Shell xx

Ani said...

This is gorgeous! Thank you for joining our challenge at Card Mania! Good luck!
P.S. Donna, please send me an e-mail to regarding your GDT application at Card Mania Challenge Blog

Laney said...

wowza!! looks fabulous!Thanks for joining us at BMC

Chrissy said...

This is just gorgeous Donna..fabulous colouring on your cute little bear and love all the details...thank you for the link to a bigger size card..I really want to try one of these pop up cards..gorgeous.


Anonymous said...

Oh what an adorable pop up box, love it!...thanks for joining us at A Gem Of A Challenge!
Helen x

cotnob said...

This is a fabulous card in a box, such an adorable image.
Thank you for joining us at A Gem of a Challenge.

Desire Fourie said...

This is absolutely delightful. Just love the baby boy in such a creative box design.
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