Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Ahoy, Little Sailor!

Lexi has the helm at PTI's MIM this week,
with a real challenging challenge.
She turns money into a work of art, or origami, and 
attaches it to her card.
Lexi has us incorporating the money in our gift.
OK, sounds simple...
Mainly because she graciously has several 'how to' links up on her blog.
Thank you, Lexi!

One of my grandsons is turning 5, and I couldn't wait to do 
a 'special' card for him.
Using a 5 dollar bill, I made a pop up box card, with the bill as a fish.
This was my first pop up box, and I can't wait to do another!
It's kinda like decorating a miniature room. When you get started, 
it's had to stop with all the details.

Once you cut the basic box, a plan for a theme seems to propel
what is chosen. I used Ahoy stamps and dies, and Confetti Toss &
Super Succulents patterned paper, all on Enchanted Evening pattern 
paper pack. Confetti Toss reminded me of bubbles.
I filled in some of the 'bubbles' with aqua copic.

A view from the top shows the construction and how the bubbles and money 
were attached, with strips of clear card stock.

Back side with Shepherd's name and sentiment, 
added onto more bubbles.

It folds to fit into a standard A2 sized envelope.

Shell is heat embossed Apricot Zing onto vellum, and fussy cut.

Here's a list of the dies I used:
Bibliophile (small bubble)
Boutiful Banners (small bubble)
Heart 2 Heart #12 (medium bubble)
Modern Numbers (5)
Birthday Style (stars)
Frosted Borders (wave looking bottom border)
I colored vellum with copics before cutting out the circles,
and sprinkled on a few sequins. 

You Tube has some great videos that help you create 
your own pop up card box.
I found mine here:

8 of the 11 at our house this past Easter,
right before the hunt for eggs!
Getting them to hold still was no easy task!
Shepherd is the boy in the front on the right.
His brother is the baby being held, with his brother's basket!

Make It Monday #249: Make It With Money

Just found out JUGS challenge is 'vellum', so editing to add

Just Us Girls #343 - Trend Week


  1. wow!!! this is ah. ma. zing!!! the fish is so perfect for this!! and now i have to make a pop up box card. thanks so much for playing make it monday!

  2. Your card is amazing Nancy! I've made these pop-up cards before - they are alot of work! I can see you put so much love into it. :) Your grandson will love it!

  3. Lovely job, Nancy! Super creative and a great take on Lexi's challenge. I'm contemplating this challenge, and dont quite know what to do. You've really knocked it out of the park. Best of luck to you.

  4. just adorable and so creative!

  5. Excuse me a moment...I'm still picking my jaw up off the floor! OMG Nancy...this is absolutely incredible! You truly are the Queen of detail! Your folded money fish is fabulous and just so perfect for your fantastic aquarium box...I just can't get over ALL the detail you added! Sheperd is going to LOVE it! :0)

  6. A box of fabulousness! Fun fish too ; --Thanks for joining in at JUGS

  7. Oh my, this is so over-the-top creative!! LOVE everything about it, from the ABE face on the fish, to all the other wonderful nautical elements. And using the vellum for bubbles is genius. Great take on the challenge, thanks so much for playing along with us this week over at Just Us Girls!

  8. Too cute! I am in awe of your creation. Your grandson is going to love it!

  9. Wonderful birthday box and very cute family.. I like that you included the link.. I think I'd like to try the box and to think it folds down to fit in envelope.. wow..

  10. What a gorgeous and happy family you have, Nancy. And that money box is incredible. Some very lucky person is going to be so happy to receive that one.

  11. So creative, Nancy! Can't believe all the detail, time and love that you put into this fun card.

  12. Nancy, your first pop up box card is amazing and so wonderfully decorated!! Your grandson is going to love that special fish...I know I do! I need to try and make one of these!

  13. I love your origami fish and the AMAZING pop-up box, Nancy! Gorgeous grandkids :)

  14. Your grandson is going to,flip over this box and it has money too! What a great combo and perfect for a 5 year old! Your grandchildren are beautiful.....I see they must get all their good looks form grandma! They are all darling......reminds me of my bunch:) we are blessed!

  15. What an amazing gift in itself this pop up box is, Nancy! You truly are the queen of detail and this is living proof. ;o) The five dollar fish is genius!!

  16. I can't believe all the work you put into that wonderful box! That fish is fantastic! You have beautiful grandchildren too!

  17. This is amazing!!!! Who wouldn't want this for a birthday, or any occasion for that matter?! Lucky boy! Super love the picture of your beautiful grandchildren.

  18. What a beautiful family!! you are well blessed my friend!!!! I love the boys holding the great big brown bags LOL now those boys know how to hunt! giggles!!

    Your grandson is going to love this sweet sweet box!


  19. a-maz-ing card/project. love all the stamping and details and origami folded fish. This is a work of art.

  20. WowZa, Nancy! your grandson is going to be so excited with this totally awesome gift card. How much fun you packed into the box! Your attention to detail always amazes me! The folded money fish is fabulous too!
    PS: You have a beautiful group of grands there, enjoy!

  21. Nancy, your explosion box is adorable, topped off by the money fish. Won't your grandson be excited when he opens that card? Your grandchildren are a great looking bunch.

  22. This is the cutest card/box!!! All the personal details just add the specialness of your card. I know your grandson will be thrilled to receive this wonderful card.

  23. Great card,love all the details, but better still is the photo of all the grandchildren, how fun.