Cloud Nine Birthday…

This interactive birthday card was just a hoot to put together.  Even though I knew what it was supposed to do, I still squealed when it actually worked…

Here’s the card front…


How much fun are these hot air balloons?  When you slip off the belly band, you get this…


How much fun is that?  Of course, the Carried Away Designer Series Paper was awesome to work with.  This was my first twist/pop card so it took me about an hour to make.  I do think it would go much faster next time I make one.  You can watch videos on YouTube if you need that type of visual, but I will give you all the “digits” today and hope you’ll give it a try.  I would do a video for you, but I’m really behind from being gone a week and with the start of Sale-A-Bration and the new Occasions Catalog today I’m feeling like…eeeeekkkkk!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this card…


  • Paper:  Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White and Calypso Coral Cardstock, plus Carried Away Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Lift Me Up
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Up & Away Thinlets Dies


  • The Mint Macaron base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The DSP layer on the front cover is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with multipurpose glue.
  • Inside the card base cut two DSP layers 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Attach with multipurpose glue to inside top and bottom.
  • For the belly band cut DSP 1-1/2″ x 13″.  Wrap around folded card and attach with SNAIL where the band overlaps.  With Thinlet Dies cut different colors for hot air balloon to match your DSP and one hot air balloon…mine is Night of Navy.  Sponge back of hot air balloon with multipurpose glue and arrange different colors over glue.  Glue balloon at an angle to belly band and set this piece aside.
  • Stamp front cover sentiment on scrap Whisper White and hand cut cloud shape.  Attach to lower right corner of card front with multipurpose glue.  Cut clouds and one of smallest balloons and attach to top of card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Let’s make the twist/pop mechanism.  Cut a piece of Mint Macaron CS 8″ x 3-1/2″.  Score at the short end at 1-3/4″ down the center.  With a pencil on the long end, mark at 2-1/4″ and 5-3/4″, turn to the other long end side and make the same marks.  Line up on score board one top mark and the opposite side bottom mark and score.  Do the same with the other side.  You have created an “x” pattern.  Fold the center fold in “mountain” fold.  Lay piece flat and fold each side of the “x” score lines toward you and burnish.  Be sure to burnish all these score lines really well.  Push the center folds to the center so that your piece looks like this…





  • Burnish well.
  • Lay your card base flat with inside showing.  Lay a ruler across your card so that you can see the center point.  You can mark that with an “x” because this will be covered anyway.  Add Tear ‘n Tape to both sides of triangle.  Remove protective paper from one side and align your twist/pop piece just below center point you marked and attach.  Now remove protective paper from other side and close your card.  Burnish front and back while closed.  Now open you card and you can see how this piece works.


  • Now let’s make the piece where your art will be.  Cut a piece of Mint Macaron 10″ x 3-1/2″.  Score on long side at 2-1/2″, 5″ and 7-1/2″.  Make the center score a “mountain” fold and the other two “valley” folds.


  • Lay your card flat and center this piece over the twist/pop piece.  Fold back the right panel.  See the rectangle in the twist/pop piece at the top?  Mark with and “x”.  Now fold back the left panel and mark the rectangle at the bottom with an “x”.  Add Tear ‘n Tape to these two rectangles.  Center your art piece panel over the twist/pop piece.  Hold in center and remove protective paper on the right and attach.  Repeat on the left.  Fold your card and burnish well.  Open it…Ta-Da!
  • Now all you do to finish is decorate your four panels and add pieces for writing your message.  I used a piece of DSP for my panels 3-3/8″ x 2-3/8.  At the bottom the Calypso Coral is 2-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ and the Whisper White is 3-1/4″ x 2-1/4″.
  • Close your card and slip on the Belly Band.  Alright, take it off and watch it open again…and again…etc!  It’s really cool isn’t it?

If you have read all these directions and not just skipped to the “B-ism”, then I know you can do this card.  Take it one step at a time and enjoy the creative process.  You will be so proud of yourself.  There will be more posts with this technique and I will seriously try to get a video done…maybe “live”!  Wouldn’t that be fun.  But, if you want to watch a video on YouTube, search twist/pop card.

Woke up to no TV’s working…drives me nuts.  Not that I watch them past the news in the morning, but I like the noise in the background.  Try calling your service sometime…it’s an international experience!  If you need a catalog…let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  It is an exciting day at Stampin’ Up! as the new spring catalog is released today and it’s also the start of Sale-A-Bration where you can earn FREE product…YAY!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


what I need after that call that lasted 90 minutes…and they still don’t work.

But I can always get my fingers inky and Be HaPpY!



  1. This is really beautiful!! I can’t wait to give it a try… and thanks to your directions, I can! Thank you!

    • I’m so glad you like it Crystal…just take it a step at a time and I know you will have a beautiful creation. If you have a question, just drop me an email or comment…B!

  2. Sorry, Billie, about no tv this morning. I hope by now they are working. I love this new technique I haven’t tried before. I like to challenge myself. This bundle is at the top of my wish list and I’m keeping your digits so I can make it when I get my supplies. I love all the colors you used and all the different elements to create this technique. So cute and it will be such a huge surprise for the recipient. I hope tomorrow is a better day for you. The “b-ism” is very cute. Today a friend told me she was going to hold a quilling class for a group of women who had never quilled. She said she may need a bottle of wine. I suggested she put in the aluminum water bottle she takes everywhere and no one will know!! What do you think?

    • Hahaha…I’ve been tempted to do just that at times, HJ! No the service for the tv is still not fixed. Supposedly they are to come tomorrow afternoon. How convenient!…B!

    • I’m so glad you like today’s Post Cheryl. This set has been a lot of fun to work with…B!

  3. Hello Billie,
    Simply amazing digits. They worked perfectly. Thank you! My word for this year is “Big Hugs!” Everyone needs them! Have a great day!

    Big Hugs!

    • Did you also squeal when you opened the card the first time? I opened my over and over…So glad you were able to follow the “digits”. Actually I’ve heard from other readers who said they had been able to follow along and make the card. Made my day! Thanks for stopping by today!…B!