Hi everyone! Happy May 1st already! It’s time for another fun challenge over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog and I’m excited to share my DT inspiration project for LTCCB #46 – May Anything Goes! I created an exploding birthday card! You know how I love fun folds and this was the first one of these I’ve attempted. Fun, fun, fun!

I had a pint-sized visitor who jumped into my light box just as I started taking photos, so I had to share! I’m pleased to introduce you to Loki (‘God of Mischief’ and very appropriately named by the hubby), who was rescued from the freezing cold back in late October. It was about 19 degrees and snowing, and he showed up under our 85-year-old neighbor’s carport with his little eyes matted shut and crying. She called my husband and that was it… we had a new addition to our family. He’s growing in leaps and bounds, and is full of ‘spit and vinegar’ as my mother would have said! UPDATE: I work ahead on many of my projects and this shot of Loki was taken several months ago when I created this project and scheduled this blog post. You’ve actually already been introduced, lol! ;)


Okay, on to my card which is really the subject of this post, lol! My inspiration for this explosion card came from… yep, you guessed it… Splitcoast Stampers, and the tutorial can be found HERE. I made the card 4-1/2″ square and it boasts a large stamped birthday sentiment on the belly band to keep it closed.


I used fun bright coordinating papers from The Paper Studio along with Stampin’ Up cardstock.  I’m totally in love with this paper – I love the whimsical feel and the bright colors. ;)


I stamped on the top of the exploding mechanism and embellished it with some Gumdrops. Here’s a shot of it opening up…


And fully opened…


And one more peek with the belly band on it, ready for mailing! What a FUN fold! I’m so smitten!


Sharing in the following challenges:
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #05-2020 – Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place: May Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: The Paper Studio white cardstock, Stampin’ Up Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie cardstock, The Paper Studio four Seasons and Everything In Between paper pad
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Whole Shebang stamp set
Ink: Stampin’ Up Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie ink
Dies/Punches: Sizzix Dotted Rectangles die
Accessories:  ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever, MISTI stamp tool, Gemini Junior die cutting machine, Doodlebug Design Sprinkles Lilac Assortment

I hope you’ve enjoyed this fun fold and will link up an ‘anything goes’ project with us this month! We can’t wait to see what you’re working on! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,

Author: Leslie

I'm definitely what one could consider a crafting junkie! I love making cards, 3-D projects (especially paper shoes, mini albums and gift bags), mixed media projects, altering items, as well as occasional beading and making jewelry! Fortunately, hubby is very supportive! Life is good! :D

2 thoughts on “HB2U”

  1. Love Loki , he is also one lucky cat to end up with your family .
    I have been searching for the instructions for that design of card …. thank you for sharing and also for the link .
    I love the papers you’ve used they’re very pretty

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