Happy Red, White, and Blue Birthday!

My hubby’s birthday was July 9. He’s quite patriotic and terribly fond of the old red, white, and blue. Last year I spelled out Happy Birthday on his card using Naval signal flags (he was in the Navy) and knew I would have to top that one this year.

Card in a Box to the rescue! BooYah! (is that still a thing?)


Is that R,W, & B enough for you? And a few sparkly silver stars, too.


I borrowed Jennifer McGuire’s technique of adding gems to the center of the sequins, and I finally found some of her favorite Ranger Multi Medium Matte with which to attach said sequins. It is everything she said it was, it holds tight. If you find some in stock somewhere, stock up. It sells out regularly.



One more thing I learned while making this card:

If you attach the elements to the strip prior to inserting the strips into the box, use glue on the tabs of the strips. I used Scor-Tape and let me tell you, it was more than a little tricky to get them positioned properly. As you know, once that stuff sticks it is S T U C K! Wild horses couldn’t pull that stuff off. Not without taking the paper with it, anyway. So make your life easier and just use liquid glue - Tombow Mono Multi, Aleene’s Easy Flow, whatever you have. It will hold as well and give you a little more wiggle room to get them in just the right spot.

OK, one more thing…I used Glue Dots to attach the elements to the acetate strips and also to the inserts. It was easier than cutting strips of Scor-Tape forever.

I think he was pleased, but I have NO idea what I will do for next year’s card. Will someone please come up with a fabulous new technique before next June? Thank you.

Paper: BoBunny Dot Patterned Paper, unknown sparkly holographic paper
Stamp: Verve Stamps
Birthday to You
Dies and Punches: My Favorite Things Label die (apparently discontinued), Sizzix Stars Die, EK Success and SU Star Punches
Other: Miscellaneous sequins, Hero Arts and Memory Box Gems, Ranger Multi Medium Matte


Card in a Box

Apparently I have been a bit out of the loop lately. The Card in a Box technique is more popular than I imagined and the first time I saw one was this lovely example on Miss Dixie’s Blog - Happy 4th. She used a cut file for the Silhouette, but my machine is smaller and I didn’t think the files would fit. So I did what I always do - I Googled it. Oh myyyy…there are so many examples out there. I found the instructions for this version on Splitcoast Stampers and SO many other variations, many of which I pinned to my Pinterest board.

I have a pen friend who has been feeling a bit under the weather, so I decided to try my hand at this fabulous new (to me) trend.

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The flowers and such are attached to acetate and then to 2 strips inserted into the middle of the box. Two things I learned from this card:

1. The acetate must be fairly sturdy. Overhead transparencies are not strong enough to hold up the die cuts. It would have looked more like a garden in dire need of watering (droopy flowers).

2. Arrange and adhere the elements on the strips before adding them into the box.

I used Scor-Tape to attach the things to the acetate strips and to the inserts and although I haven’t heard from her yet, I think it probably arrived intact. There are some versions that can be mailed in a standard A2 envelope, but this one is larger and had to be sent in a great big envelope.

Check out the links above and make one of these yourself. They are lots of fun to make and I’m sure the recipient will think you are a freakin’ genius! Which, as we all know, you are :-).

Paper: Doodlebug Design patterned paper, BoBunny Dot Patterned Paper
Dies: My Favorite Things Plentiful Petals and Fancy Flourish, Impression Obsession Heart Set
Punches: Martha Stewart Butterfly punch, EK Success Star Punch