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,


Hi everyone! As you know, the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog is turning six this month, and to celebrate, we’re hosting a Sixth Birthday Blog Hop & Challenge lasting six days, with six sponsors and six prizes! Be sure to visit the blog to check out all the details! I’m showcasing each of my blog hop projects individually so I can enjoy sharing them in some challenges.

The next blog hop project I like to share is a gorgeous purple birthday card I created using a couple stamps from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Whole Shebang stamp set. This stamp set has some of the coolest sentiments ever!


I layered a piece of digital paper on dark purple cardstock to create the background. I stamped the large birthday sentiment on white cardstock and cut it with a stitched rectangle die. I cut another stitched rectangle die cut from medium purple cardstock and another stitched scallop die cut from the dark purple cardstock, and then layered them all together. I adhered them to the background which was then adhered to the card base. I added some white gel pen dots to the sentiment and a few gemstones to complete the front.


I decorated the inside panel with leftover strips of paper and cardstock used on the front, then stamped the sentiment.


And one final look… loving how this turned out! What an amazing stamp set!


Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Elegant Eggplant cardstock, Stampin’ Up thick and regular Whisper White cardstock, Fred She Said digital paper
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Whole Shebang stamp set
Ink: Stampin’ Up Elegant Eggplant ink, Sakura white Gelly Roll pen
Dies/Punches: My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangles STAX dies, My Favorite Things Die-namics Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle STAX die
Accessories:  Tim Holtz stamp platform, Michael’s purple rhinestones

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying our sixth birthday blog hop and challenge! We’ll see you again soon with another blog hop project showcase! ;)

Scrappy hugs,