Friday, 23 May 2014

Pop up box card for a 'Little Knight'

A little neighbour is five today, it promises to be a fun afternoon as his Birthday party is being held in a 'party bus'. For the uninitiated, it's an old London double decker bus which has been converted into a 'party bus'. The idea is that you can hold a childrens' party in a safe, well padded (snigger) and self-contained area with usually a slide from the top deck down to the lower deck, 'ball pools' to play in, other activities and they also supply food and drink if required.The bus parks outside the front of your house and better still, there's no clearing up afterwards. Neat idea! Maybe we need one for the Snippets Playground on wet days?

I made this card for the little chap - it's really hard to see all the elements but there's a castle in the background against cloud patterned paper, a dragon, a little knight and a couple of other toppers, all popped up on acetate strips:
I used:

- an A4 sheet of SU 'Baja Breeze' to make the basic box

-  a mixture of papers from three paper packs to decorate - 'Serif's 'Picnic in the Park', 'Let's Fly Away' (free with Quick Cards Made Easy magazine ages ago) and Echo Park's 'Hello Summer'

- then I set to with a couple of packs of toppers, bought in Hobbycraft, with a knight and dragon theme and strips of acetate to create the 3-D scene and the remaining stickers just decorated the flaps

- the only extra things I did was to pop the number 5 over the existing number 1 on the little knight banner and also added the little chap's name to the front flap by stamping with SU's 'Pacific Point' ink onto a snippet of 'Baja Breeze' card and then punching out the circles using one of SU's 'Itty Bitty' punches. The stamps are from a letters and numbers set made by Craftwork Cards - really with their card candi in mind

- oh, and I stamped Happy Birthday on the back of the box, using Inca Stamp's ''Dot Birthday' and SU's 'Real Red' ink pad - then added the last remaining 'Little Knight' for luck :) 

All that remains is to find my ear plugs ready for a couple of hours of fun and games :)

I already had this card in mind for Taylor but it was also a good way to remind myself of the measurements and make a template as well as measure, fold and cut a basic box as Sam (Hettie) wants to have a try at making one on Saturday.  I can see some more fun and games ahead!!



Karen said...

WOW!!! That is one awesome card Miss Pixie! Absolutely fabulous creation! I have shied away from them because of the measuring, scoring and cutting lol! I do love them though and this is a stunning card. Have fun on the bus Karen xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Oh Di not usually a fan of these exploding boxes but wow what a great job you have done so very beautifully thanks for sharing, Shaz in oz.x

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous explosion box, you did a gorgeous present for somebody
have a lovely weekend
hugs and kisses

Julie said...

Fabulous card Di! Wouldn't mind a play in the party bus myself!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Wowsers Di this is AMAZING! Bet it'll be Taylor's favourite card. Do you do video tutorials as I'd love to know how this comes together. Hope the party isn't too crazy for you. Xx

Glennis F said...

Snap!! I am in the process of making one of these too! Yours is lovely

Aquarius said...

I've seen many of these cards recently but this one is wonderful and so right for a small boy - he will love it I'm sure. Enjoy the party.

Anne said...

Great card Di. I love these and did one with ladies at my card class. X

Sue - said...

That is such a fun box. I'm sure he'll love it! I think they're great to make as well and so easy. The bus sounds a fantastic idea as well - wish they'd been around a few (well quite a lot) years ago when my boys were small. It would beat the scout hut any day!

Pippa said...

Wow Di, this is a work of art and a half! x

Sarn said...

Flipping 'eck, have tried to comment on this beautiful card TWICE from posh phone - don't think I've mastered the internet side of it yet!

So . . . here I am at the computer!

Must say this card is FAB-U-LOUS Di. Bound to be his fave one!

Now don't you be tempted by the bus slide - remember your back!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Stamps and Paper said...

Morning Di...just love your fabulous little box card...perfect for a little chap


Carol Willis said...

Love your pop up box card Di, fabulous elements.
Hope you have a great weekend.
Caz x

Mrs A. said...

Lovely and colourful. These pop up boxes are proving to be very popular. Now dun you go putting your back out going on that there slide. Hugs Mrs A!

Lynne said...

Ooh super duper Di.You are such a clever girl. Far too much measuring and brain work for me though.
Enjoy your party but be careful, all those rampaging kiddies can be very dangerous ;-)
Lynne xxx

Viv said...

Oooo very clever Miss! Your such a clever suausage - I am in awe... LOL Love this Di - amazing detail - fab! x

Hettie said...

Wow! This has to be my favourite! So clever. You clever clogs!

Sandra H said...

Aww Di this is gorjess such a lot of lovely detail added too x

505whimsygirl said...

Hello Di,

What a great card! The party bus sounds like a great idea!! I'd get the ear plugs ready too.

It's raining here - so glad to get any moisture.

Hi Len,
Hugs to both of you,

scrappymo! said...

This is so fun! I think it is the nicest card in a box I have ever seen!!!
The theme is perfect for a 5 year old little boy...the details are superb.
Wish I could join you both at the crop...I will be there is spirit though! lol

Sue said...

Oh Di this is absolutely fabulous!!! I haven't had a go at making one of these yet even though I've had the instructions for weeks LOL..he will really love this its great. Have a great weekend ..its sooooooooo miserable here hope it clears up for Wednesday and our day out with Sue P lol huggles Sue xx

jimlynn said...

Di, this is WOW!!!! How wonderful and fun. VERY creative and cute. He's going to love it for sure!

Lynn said...

This is truly amazing - this will blow the little mite's socks off for sure! Lynn x

Kathleen said...

Stunning, love it and so jealous.

Kath x

Kathleen said...

Oh heck, forgot to say I hope you have a great day tomorrow, or today whenever you read this.

K xxxx

MagsB said...

Oh this is perfick for a 5-year-old! He'll have such fun examining all the details! Wonderful work, Miss! (And that party bus sounds awesome! Am I too old to want one for my birthday?!)

Have a lovely weekend!

love Mags B x

Sally H said...

Oh wow, Di! How absolutely stunning! Gorgeous box card! Sorry I have been MIA for a couple of weeks. It has been a bit mad at work and I have been marking SATs papers all evening most nights.

Patricia said...

Hi, just popped in to say ....... I love your card and the Card in a Box. Absolutely brilliant
Have a great weekend

Patricia x

Shirley said...

OMGosh, Di!! Retired social worker here and cultural psychology too! Love your bus integration! What a fun day and what a gorgeous card he will have! He is going to love this!! A really fun card for a 'knight' boy!!

MagsB said...

PS Have you seen the current 'Quick Cards Made Easy' magazine? Someone rather special stars on the 'Your Cards' page! :)

love Mags B x

LesleyG said...

Wow this is just fantastic! Love dragons lucky boy xxx

Debs Willis said...

Great pop up card, I bet he loves it!
debs x