Thursday, April 10, 2014

Happy 80th Birthday!

Hi everyone! We're already into week #2 of my April guest designer gig with 4 Crafty Chicks! Where has the first quarter of this year gone?! My inspiration project for 4CC #189 - Use Polka Dots is another one of those cute pop-up box cards. I made my first one back in mid January (HERE if you'd like to take a peek) after I had seen the tutorial in a Splitcoast Stampers newsletter. It was so much fun that I decided to make another one - this time a Happy Birthday for a co-worker's mother-in-law who will be turning 80 this month! ;)

The sweet mother-in-law is still quite active and works in her garden regularly, so at the recommendation of my co-worker, I went with a gardening theme - complete with a garden gal, little veggie seed packets, flowers, and a little bottle of seeds! ;)

Her age is displayed with large chipboard numbers as the main focal point of the card. I used a cute little garden gal digi which I nestled among all the little seed packets. I also added a variety of felt flowers.

I stamped the birthday sentiment on a square die cut, matted it on a pretty scalloped die cut and adhered it to the front flap.

In addition to the garden gal and felt flowers, several little seed packets of peppers, peas and organic tomatoes, a branch with tiny pearls, chipboard hearts and a heart paper clip are the embellishments that pop up when the card is opened. What fun!

Check out the little bottle of seeds tied with brown twine! Isn't it great?! I thought this was an awesome touch - it contains real flax seed, wheat and barley! ;)

Here's a peek at the front which I decorated with more of the stamped seed packets and a chipboard flower. And you can also see the polka dot paper on the outside of the box which is the focus of our challenge theme this week.

Oh, and I should mention that the most uber awesome thing about this card is that it folds flat for mailing! How cool is that?!

I'd love to enter this adorable pop-up box card into the following challenges:

  • Blue cardstock from stash; Heartfelt Creations clear cardstock
  • Blue/green polka dot and coordinating shades of blue paper from stash
  • Papermania Home To Nest mini clear stamps
  • GKD Happy Birthday stamp set duo
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Robyn's Fetish Heloise Garden Gal digital image
  • Copics: E00/11/35, YR09/15, Y00/15/17, B91/95, G20/24, YG11/63/67/93, R00/23/25/27
  • Spellbinders Classic Rectangles, Scalloped Rectangles and Foliage dies
  • Chipboard numbers, flowers and hearts from stash
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology glass vial
  • Brown Studios Blackbird twine
  • Michaels white, yellow and purple felt flowers
  • Branch die cut
  • White and yellow flat-back pearls

I hope you've found a little inspiration here to play in our polka dot challenge this week! C'mon, you can do it! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)


  1. This is so wonderful, so much to see and look at. Love it, great job with the challenge, and super happy you are with us. I am sure she loved it, and you for creating it. Awesome! Way to go!

  2. This is such a cute gift box full of goodies for your friends Mother-in-Law, Leslie! WTG! Love it!

  3. Absolutely Beautiful! I have yet to have time to learn to do these-but I love them. I love the little glass bottle. For some reason I just really like seeing them on projects. Everything is very pretty! Great job!

  4. Wow!! You did a fabulous job!! Love all the little packets, little container of seeds, little gardener image, just such great details!! Her mother should be esactic over this!

  5. Leslie, this is amazing! I love every little detail you have lovingly added to your friends Mother-in-law birthday card. She is going to love this.

  6. The detailing on this is fab, I totally adore the little bottle of seeds, great idea. We really appreciate you taking the time to join us at
    Through The Purple Haze Challenges Hope to see you again next week
    Hugs, Teresa DT
    Ceesa's Card Creations

  7. Just beautifully made its a super card and im sure it will be loved.

    fiona dT

  8. Lovely pop up box card! Thanks for joining in this weeks challenge at TTPH X

  9. Awesome Pop Up card!! Love your design and well, just everything about it! Thanks for joining Through the Purple Haze Challenges and hope to see more of your creations!


  10. Hi Leslie, your entry was actually added I have deleted the later one,this entry is sitting at No.50.

    Its a fabulous entry too...
    Thank you for playing along in our challenge at Rhedd & Rosies....
    Sandie ( blog owner ) x

  11. This is fab! thanks for joining us at Paper Crafting Journey..Sue DT

  12. Lovely card box <3 Love the little bottle with seeds, its a wonderful addition to a card with garden theme :)Thank you for joining us at Through The Purple Haze this week, good luck!

    Lisbeth, DT

  13. This is such a wonderful project! I can really see all the love and thought you used in making these. Great details.Thanks for taking the TIME OUT and joining our challenge!

  14. What a great project! I especially like the little bottle of seeds!
    Thanks for using your dies & punches at Crafting For All Seasons this time! I hope you can play next time too!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx

  15. This pop up box card is so gorgeous!! What a fabulous idea to mark a milestone and make it so special!!!
    Thanks for joining us at Through the Purple Haze Challenges!
    Darcy xx

  16. What a great box-card! So personnal and so many things to see...
    Thanks taking the Time Out to join us, Gerrina

  17. love this pop up box!!! thanks for joining us at hobbybook

  18. Lovely card. Thanks for joining in the fun at Crafting For All Seasons.
    Fiona DT

  19. Fab pop up box! Thanks for playing with Hobbybook.


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