Friday, 5 March 2010


My boss became a grandmother last year and baby Cai was coming up for his first birthday.  She asked me to make a special card for her to give to him and instead of a boring old card, I decided to make an exploding box instead.

I created the box from 12x12 cardstock, scored at 3, 6 & 9 inches, turned the card and scored the same on the next side to make 9 even squares.  I folded along the score lines and on the centre square placed a picture of Cai.  I made pockets on four of the sides and inserted a little note card with a bit of ribbon on each to pull the note card out with.  The idea here being that she could add any little birthday wishes or special phrases so that Cai could keep it and read them when he was older.

I made a lid for the box and typed some birthday wishes on it and stamped a cake image on it.  I then stamped another cake image and cut this out.  Coloured it and mounted it on foam pads and placed over the top of the other stamped image to raise it off the lid.

I decorated the outside of the box with some patterned paper and adhered some little chipboard zoo animals that I got from a DCWV set and it was finished!

I love making these - they are fabulous things that you know people will keep, particularly if they are for a special birthday or occassion.  My boss adored it and thought it was a great idea.  She filled it with a little gift and completed all the tags with some special messages from each of the grandparents and Cai's auntie and uncle.

Well thats it for today.
Have a good one.

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