Sunday, January 19, 2014

How now, brown cow! - Card in a Box

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This week at Pile It On we want to see wood items and themes (one of my favorites...which is why I chose it!). Our sponsor is A Day for Daisies, so I combined our challenge with their "Yellow" challenge to make this project featuring Cow in a Dress from ADFD.My wooden items are the Wood fence, Woodgrain DP, and Fence die cut.

The moment I saw the lovely Card in a Box at Calla Lily Studio, just yesterday, I knew I had to make one right away! There's a great written tutorial at Splitcoaststampers, but I took her suggestion and made the smaller version by Stampin T! (video tutorial). However, I trimmed my card down to be 5.5 inches tall, to fit in an American/A2 envelope.

Here's the card all closed up:
It was fun to design this as a card and as a box. I added some gold Stickles to two of the corners for a little balance. I decorated a little clothespin to hold it down for this photo; it really wants to pop up!

And here it is as a box:
I typed up the sentiment, printed it on shiny yellow paper (Recollections), and heat-embossed it in gold (Stampendous). I colored the sweet image with Copics, and used a yellow gel pen for the ribbons on its legs.

I received the wood fence from Linda as part of a City Crafter swap some time ago. I cut it down for this project, and painted with white Crackle Paint.

The Garden Fence cut file (designed by Claire Brennan) is a freebie from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

The current challenge at Our Creative Corner is to use "one of your Shopping Sins"...that is, something new that you bought without a specific purpose. The woodgrain-patterned paper (Echo Park/Lori Whitlock) is a new sin purchase...I went crazy with woodgrain patterns this year! The ribbon roses are a past sin purchase, in that I bought them maybe 2 years ago because I absolutely had to have them and never used them!

I really enjoyed making my first Card in a Box, and find myself really wanting to make more!Many thanks to everyone for the inspiration. Be sure to check out the beautiful inspiration parade for this kind of fold on Pinterest.

A Day for Daisies: Yellow + ADFD image
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge #159: Fancy Folds
Die Cuttin' Divas: Die-cut (paper fence) + Something Old & Something New (I used Old stash ribbon & wood fence, and New paper & technique)
Just B Creative Crazy: Just Because Anything Goes Linky Party
Our Creative Corner: Use one of your Shopping Sins/Something New (woodgrain paper)
Stamp n Doodle: Animal
Sweet Pea Stampers: Flower Power
WordPlay January Challenge: Yellow

Update: This placed in the Top 3 for Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge #159. Whoo hoo!

Thank you for visiting, and hope you'll join us this week at Pile It On,


  1. CG - this has to be the cutest thing ever - I low that little cow!!

  2. HOLY COW! is right, in fact that's putting it mildly. I cannot believe this. I am in LOVE, LOVE, LOVE with this sucker. Holy SH@T. I have got to make one of these thingies. I don't know when but I gotta have it.

    Do I sound enthusiastic, cause normally I'm an old, fat, couch potato type that takes an atom bomb to move and this thing has got me motivated!

    Seriously CG, this card is way over the top. Totally Cool.


  3. There are no sins...not any more, aren't there! ;)
    Your 3D make is stunning! Love the pop-out effect a lot!

    Thanks for sharing it with us at OurCreativeCorner!

    Claudia x

  4. What a lovely shaped box card thanks for sharing with sweet pea stampers this week Rachel DT

  5. What a gorgeous card-in-a-box you have made here. Lovely idea. It fits our challenge this fortnight of “flower power”. Thanks for taking part and good luck. Best wishes, Kym (Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge Blog Design Team Member)

  6. Wow!!! Amazing card from the fold to the bright colors and super sweet image.

    Thanks for joining us in our fancy fold challenge at Crafts 4 Eternity.


  7. Dear CG, I haven't seen anything like this before, this is a wowzer! Have a nice week!
    Anna xxx

  8. Wow, holy cow! This is a gorgeous project. Thank you for sharing at Sweet Pea Stampers "Flower Power". We wish you good luck and we hope to see you again. Sylvia, DT-member

  9. Adorable. I have never seen this type of creation/card before. I will have to go check the tutorial out.

  10. What a totally fantastic Card. I haven't seen anything like this before, it's wonderful.

    Thank you for sharing it with us through Stamp 'n' Doodle, and the best of luck.

    Anne-Marie x x

  11. Well done CG, I recently was shown how to make one of these, thought that it was awesome, yours looks so good, blessings Hilde

  12. Thanks for sharing your wonderful creation for the Sweet Pea Stampers 'flower power' challenge - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

  13. What a fabulous creation! Stunning!!
    Thanks so much for sharing, and for playing along in my wordplay saturday challenge!

  14. Fabulous card! Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

  15. I saw this over on the ADFD blog and had to rush over to tell you how cute I think it is! what a fun design!!!! I've never seen anything like this before and absolutely LOVE it!!! you are so clever! :)

  16. Such a clever piece of crafting! I imagine that lots of adults and children would love to receive this.
    I shall no longer think of my stash as sins - merely purchases yet to be used!
    Thanks for joining us at Our Creative Corner. Juliax


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