Bird Ballad Shadow Box Birthday Card For PP448

by Joanne James30. June 2019 09:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's my turn to host this week and as it's the fifth Sunday in the month I have a tic-tac-toe challenge for you to work with:


I have been on a bit of a creative roll lately with the lovely Bird Ballad suite and I couldn't resist using it again for my birthday card today - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Hello Sunshine - Yellow is one of my favourite colours to work with; I always think there is something so cheery about sending a yellow card, so I couldn't resist including this colour on the board and I decided to use Daffodil Delight for the base of my card. I'm also linking today's card up over at Festive Friday #FF037 where they have the design element of yellow as part of their current challenge:

#festivefridaychallenge, #FF0037, World Emoji Day, Yellow

A Fancy Fold - The outside of my card looks simple enough, with just a hint of embossing and a fussy cut bird and branch to highlight my sentiment, with a little linen thread and a Bird Ballad trinket for decoration. You could even be forgiven for wondering which line on the tictactoe board I completed (I actually followed the middle vertical line and the diagonal bottom left to top right). This card is no ordinary card though - it's a shadow box card and it opens to reveal this pretty stepped inside, courtesy of some windows cut with the Stitched Nested Label Dies and featuring a rear panel of the Bird Ballad DSP:


Not Just  A Label - The Stitched Nested Labels Dies are useful for framing and make great labels for sentiments - but you can also use them to make a fun lidded box too. Here's one I made using the second largest die for the base:


This box measures approx. 1 1/2" x 3" x 2" deep so is the perfect size for a few chocolates or a small gift. This is what it looks like inside:


The base and lid have a lipped edge, slide neatly together and I used colours to tie in with my card - I love when things co-ordinate! I've been working on a whole set of these boxes in different sizes and am planning to share those with you soon (maybe even with a video tutorial!)

This little card and gift combo is heading to my running buddy, whose birthday it is the week after next - she loves something handcrafted! I'm linking up with the team over at SUO Challenges today too where the current theme is 'birthdays'.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

The Paper Players Design Team
Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN!

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Enjoy your day; we will be collecting the youngest of the James Juniors from a sleepover and hoping the sun and high temperatures last long enough to enjoy a BBQ lunch. then having a quiet-ish day before his final week of school this year before he breaks for summer - eek!  I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (14) -

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
6/30/2019 9:19:06 PM #

This is SPECTACULAR! What a clever card. And the box! My mind is already spinning trying to work out how you did it! The swishes of twine are a perfect embellishment.

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
7/1/2019 4:02:52 PM #

Haha! Don't hurt your head with it Jan - I finally finished the prototypes for the whole set yesterday so will be able to blog with measurements and instructions sooner than you can work it out lol!

LaurieUnited States
6/30/2019 9:41:31 PM #

What an amazing card and box outdid yourself on this's SO awesome!

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
7/1/2019 4:03:06 PM #

Thanks Laurie - you are too kind!

Fiona Whitehead
Fiona WhiteheadUnited Kingdom
7/3/2019 2:13:18 PM #

Joanne - this is gorgeous and such a lovely surprise when you open the box - I'm not normally a yellow person but this suits this gorgeous paper and the bird so well.  Thanks for joining us at SUO Challenge this week.

Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
7/4/2019 4:09:23 PM #

Wow! Absolutely WOW! The card and box are absolutely stunning, Joanne! You are such an inspiration! Thank you for the great challenge.

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
7/4/2019 5:42:52 PM #

OH. MY. GOSH!  The card is fabulous enough....but a shadowbox?  AND a lidded box?!  You're killing me here....I just might have to try to make one of those myself!  LOVE them all!

jaydeeUnited States
7/5/2019 5:55:12 PM #

Joanne, of all your beautiful cards, this is my favorite.  The wonderful CAS simplicity of the outside belies the amazing inside.  I just love the front and how you kept the colors simple, but added texture. CAS perfection. Then how you tied the inside into the outside is pure genius - as is the box.  Stunning!

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
7/6/2019 1:10:35 AM #

Joanne, this is amazing!!!!!!!!  I love the shadowbox you created!!!!!  You ALWAYS amaze me!  I need a lesson!!!!!!  Come over and teach me and we can watch Wimbledon together!  I could go on and on about this beautiful creation!  But, how about CoCo!  Thanks for always inspiring me!  XXX

Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
7/6/2019 4:25:02 AM #

Joanne, your projects are STUNNING! I love the detail in the card AND a coordinating box? Wowza! Just gorgeous!

Christy Stanford
Christy StanfordUnited States
7/8/2019 5:47:16 PM #

That shadowbox effect is amazing! Love the cheery yellow with that cute lil bird Smile  Thanks for playing along with us at SUO Challenges, hope to see you again for a new challenge starting tomorrow!

Beth McCullough
Beth McCulloughUnited States
7/9/2019 3:11:56 AM #

Love your shadow box card and can't wait to learn how you make your boxes!  Awesome project!! Thanks for joining us at Festive Friday Smile

Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
7/10/2019 2:32:51 PM #

Congratulations! Your project was selected as a Festive Fave over at the Festive Friday Challenge. As a reminder, you can hop over to the challenge to grab your winners badge for your blog. Thanks so much for joining us and I hope you will play along again really soon!

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
7/11/2019 11:20:13 AM #

That is awesome news Anne Marie! I will pin your winner's badge with pride! This is a new-to-me challenge but I am now following so will definitely look to play along on a more regular basis!

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