1st Birthday - Card in a Box


One of my favorite fancy fold or interactive type of cards is the 'Card in a Box' type. How many ever I make, I never get bored of it. It's always new, special and fills one with joy on opening the card :) I made one for my daughter's first birthday and I loved it so much. Check out my first card-in-a-box here! I wanted to do the same for my sister's daughter too, and ended up making this one for her 1st birthday :)

I didn't have much time to prepare so I went with a smaller size and lots of balloons in different shapes. The balloons are diecut from two different die sets - The Cats Pajamas 'Balloon Frame' and Peek-a-boo Designs 'Balloon Mania'. I've attached them using acetate sheet strips.

I wanted to add the number 1 for the 1st birthday but didn't have any dies, so I manually drew a mirrored number 1 on the backside of the gold cardstock and fussy cut it out :)

The base is a metallic blue shimmer cardstock and I went with the color palette of blue, pink and gold :) The patterned papers and stamps used are a mix-and-match from different sets. For gold diecuts, I used the gold mirror cardstock from Dress My Craft. The sentiments are stamped using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I also wrote my niece's name 'Sanvika' using a black marker.

On the outside, I added tiny gold heart diecuts for more interest :) 

Linking to,

2. Diecut Divas - Jul - without the twist
3. Pink Gem - Week #13
4. Digi Choosday Week #28
5. LTSCB #123
6. QKR Stampede #355
7. Tuesday Throwdown #435
8. 613 Avenue #223
9. A Bit More Time to Craft #95
10. A Perfect Time to Craft #07
11. A Place to Start - Jul
12. Always Fun #118
13. Brown Sugar #291
14. Cardz 4 Gals #100
15. Cardz TV #93
16. Crafting by Designs - Jul Anything Goes
17. Crafting with an Attitude #53
18. Crafts Galore Encore - Jul
19. Crafty Catz #469
20. Crafty Sentiments - Add a sentiment
21. Craftyhazelnuts PP - Jul
22. Creatalicious #166
23. Creative Inspirations - Jul
24. Creative Moments #172
25. HLS Anything Goes with Dies - Jul

26. Kreative Tanten #31
27. LPOCF #109
28. LTCCB #36
29. MIUCB #27 - without the optional twist
30. Morgan's Artworld #07
31. Papercraft Challenge #20
32. Pennys Challenges #437
33. Pixie's Snippets Playground #356
34. Polkadoodles Week #27
35. Simply Create Too #151
36. TTCRD Week of 09 Jul
37. Unicorn Challenges #45
38. Virginia Show & Share #7

39. YNS Fun Friday #117 - 3 colors (blue, pink, gold), 3 blue balloons, 3 pink balloons, 3 gold balloons
40. Scrap From Your Heart #35

Thank you for stopping by, hope you like this fun card! Do let me know your feedback! Have a nice day :)


  1. This is the perfect keepsake- wonderful job and Happy Birthday! Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday! Vicki- DT

  2. Beautiful box card love all the balloons and pefect for a 1st birthday-love the Disney one you made for your daughter too
    Carol x

  3. Great creation love all those gold hearts ! Thanks for sharing at 613 Avenue Create x

  4. What a great job! Your box card is fantastic! I agree, opening one of these up is magical for the recipient! I love all your balloons and little hearts. Super impressed with your hand cut number 1 and hand written name! Beautiful selection of backing papers too. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge
    Linda DT

  5. Cute box card. Thanks for joining us at The Unicorn Challenge Blog for our "For a Baby or a Child" challenge.

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  7. What a delightful Box card and very well put together.
    Thanks for joining us at A Place to Start this month.
    Scarlett xoxo

  8. Balloons in a pop up box - I'm in heaven! This will be a card to treasure and keep in a memory box , it's exquisite! Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join in with future challenges too.

  9. What a stunning pop up box card - so clever and beautifully made with attention to every little bit of detil! I adore it!


    Di xx

  10. Fabulous creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin/Coordinator xx

  11. What a beautiful creation.Thank you for entering your card for polkadoodles craft challenge.
    Shamita - DT

  12. Hi just popping back to say-Thank you for joining us at Unicorn
    Carol DT x

  13. Thanks for joining us at the QKR Stampede Challenge this week. DT Kathy [myasperations.blogspot.com]

  14. it sure is a special birthday a 1st and this is a special card and thanks for sharing at crafty catz this week and good luck in the draw

  15. Cute birthday card. The acetate to connect the balloons to the card make the balloons look like they are free-floating up into the sky. Love that. So glad you joined us at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge.
    Arlene DT for

  16. I see you joined us at Die Cut Divas also. Even from the outside, the person will want to open it to see what could be inside. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas this month.

  17. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    craftartista.blogspot.com {My Blog}


  18. What a fabulous Creation you`ve made I love it and
    Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Craft Challenge
    Hugs and much creativity

  19. Beautiful box card. Love it!
    Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at Kreativ-Tanten and good luck! Hope you will join us next month again.


    *DT + Admin* Do-Al(l) Kreatives{#31 – On the wave}
    *DT* Kreativ-Tanten Challenge{#31 – ATG}
    *DT* Craft Rocket Challenges {#61 - Animals}
    Alex' Kreative Seite

  20. Beautiful and fun box card! Your niece will love it! Thanks for joining the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog monthly challenge. Dorlene DT LTSCB

  21. What a stunning card, love this. Thanks for joining in with the Cardz 4 Galz challenge.

  22. Such a pretty pop-up card. Love the soft colors and all of the details. TY for joining us at Die Cut Divas :)

  23. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Unicorn. Have a nice day,.. Succes!!
    DT Anneke

  24. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz, good luck!!! Amy DT

  25. So much love and care went into this fabulous project! Love the balloons on the acetate!

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments Designs for our Add a Sentiment challenge.

  26. Love this party in the box!! So glad that you join the fun with my “Show & Share”! WONDERFUL!

  27. So creative!! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘

  28. Great card ! Love all of your design decisions! Thanks so much for playing along with us at A Place to Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner/Designer
    A Place to Start Challenge Blog
    613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog

  29. What a great project! Such a fun design, I love these boxx cards. Thanks for sharing it with us at Digi Choosday good luck and hope to see you again!

    Jennifer, DT

  30. Thank you so much for sharing your project with us! I understand completely the joy of making a box card like this - the recipient is always gaga over the design and so excited to 'play' with it! Nicely done!
    ~ginny, DT for 613 Ave C
    RubberMAD (GettyCollection.com)

  31. Awesome birthday card , and lovely design.... Thank you for joining us at A GEM OF A CHALLENGE this week, hope to see you again
    ลฝeljka DT xx

  32. Wonderful project and so nicely crafted! Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner/Designer

  33. OH! Box cards are my favorite! Great work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Robin DT for http://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com.au/

  34. Great card! Thank you for joining us over at Brown Sugar Challenge! Hugs, Alina DT

  35. I love these boxes, great job creating it with so many details!!

  36. I love your take on a card in a box! What a super sweet card! It is just perfect for you daughter's first birthday! Thanks so much for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.

  37. What a perfect pop up box card. Love it.
    Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge. Happy crafting! Catherine x DT

  38. A lovely card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes + optional 2 or more design papers” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)

    (DT Simply Create Too)

    PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy these past weeks…


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