A Special Birthday…Card in a Box!

There’s a special little girl who lives on the west coast who will be celebrating a birthday next month.  This card was created especially for her.  I’ve made several “cards in a box” but saw one by Francis Martin that inspired this one.  Thanks Frenchie!

Here’s the card…


Now what little girl doesn’t like the color purple and balloons?  So, I’m hoping this card will be a hit.  Below are the “Stuff ‘N Digits”


  • Paper:  Perfect Plum and Whisper White cardstock, Afternoon Picnic DSP
  • Stamps:  Perfect Punches
  • Ink:  Tangerine Tango


  • Perfect Plum cardstock:  9 x 5 1/2″ scored on the long side at 2 1/8″, 4 1/4″, 6 3/8″ and 8 1/2″.  Turn.  Score on short side at 2 3/4″.  Cut from the long side at each score line to the 2 3/4″ score line. Cut half of the 1/2″ section out.  Put sticky strip on the remaining tab and glue box together.  Fold three sides down and you have the box!  Cut a 3 1/8″ sq of cardstock.  Score at 1/2″ and 2 5/8″ and cut in half to make braces for inside the box folding them in a “Z” pattern to fit.  Short panels in front are 1/78″ x 2 1/2″.  Back panel for signing card measures 1 7/8″ x 5 1/4″.
  • Balloons are made with small oval punch, sponged around edges and “shine” mark added with a White Gel Pen.  The base of the balloons are the feet from the owl punch.  Glue Baker’s Twine to back of balloon and the balloon to a strip of window sheet.  Glue window sheet strip to inside the box with glue dots.  So much fun to put together.  You could go nuts decorating these little boxes.

I have seen these boxes everywhere with everything inside from balloons, flowers to a whole darn forest complete with animals! You’ve got to give this card a try…I know it will become one of your “go to” cards for a “WOW”! card.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today:  “The best things in life are free…smiles, hugs, laughter, …etc.  Make your own list.”

Have you checked out some of the new videos? There is a video tag to the right of this column or you can go to YouTube and type in my name “Billie Moan” to see all of them.  I’ll get this “card in a box” up soon, but I hope I’ve inspired you to give it a try…you will not be disappointed.

Inky hugs…



    • Thanks Karen. It was fun to make with the balloons. I’ve made one with the Backyard Basics stamp set and framelits that match that I liked real well. May do that one in class next month. Thanks for commenting.