30 Days

30 Days of How Tos, Tuts and Giveaways KICKOFF!

Welcome to…

I’m really excited that this is going thru and we’ll be learning tons together and having tons of fun! First, check out that list of TALENT in my sidebar! If you want to see the kind of amazing things in store click those links and check out their blogs. I couldn’t have possibly pulled this off without them! THANK YOU!!! I am turning 30 years old on October 12th and these 30 days are my way to celebrate! I’m thrilled that these ladies agreed to celebrate with me πŸ™‚

In the sidebar you’ll also see a blog badge that you can grab, I suggest you do! because if you click that badge in MY sidebar you can link up your blog and all month I will randomly be giving away some goodies to people who have the badge up. I kept saying GET THE BADGE, I hope you listen!

For the first day I have a little How To for you as well as a Candy! I’ll be showing you how to make a Shadow Box Card. Here we go!

First you’ll need 2 pieces of paper measuring 4.25″ x 5.5″, one for the front of your card and one for the back.

Next take those 2 papers and score them, from both the left and right edges, at 0.5″ and 1″

Next take the back piece of paper and decorate it! Get crafty!

Now take the front piece of paper and cut a window into the center of the middle panel. I used my Spellbinders and Nestie to do a circular window.

Now that you have your window to see in to your Shadow Box, decorate the front!

If you haven’t already, fold on your scored lines to create the “box.” Front should fold back and out and the back folds forward and out. Then take your front and back and use you adhesive of choice to adhere the two outward folded portions.

Do any other decorating you’d like to a VIOLA! You’re done!

This is a really fun card as it flattens out for mailing, fits in a regular A2 envelope and when pulled back out stands on its own! Β I can see a lot of fun coming Β from this style of card. It could also make a really fun christmas card.

Now for the candy! I am giving away a little “kit.”

In this little kit you’ll get everything you need to recreate your own version of this card plus a little more πŸ™‚

To get into the drawing for this all you have to do is tell me, in the comments, what kind of card you would use the Shadow Box card to make. You might be inspiring someone! This is the first giveaway and you’ll have all the way thru Oct 29th to get your entry in. We will be announcing the winners of this candy and all the candies coming this month on October 31st. Lots of Candy for Halloween! πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping and we’ll see you right back here tomorrow!


  • Karen Frobisher

    Wow this is really cute and creative. I would love to make this for a friends birthday coming up. I already have a couple ideas!

  • JLJ Designs

    Such a cute project! I love the papers you’ve chosen. I’m starting to think about Christmas cards (just got SOG clear Christmas stamps in the mail : ) I think I’d make a Christmas card like you were peeking through the window of someone’s house.


  • Lola Azul

    I think I’ll do more than one, but the first will be with my last stamp (Magnolia with a butterfly) saying something like ‘Be careful cause the butterfly can go away’. Thanks a lot for this lovely present of 30 days of tutos. πŸ™‚

  • Tams

    Woweee! Just grabbed the badge, looking forward to joining in with the celebrations! I think I would use it to make a very pretty and girlie card, with one of the Mae images!

  • Missy

    I absolutly love this! I think this would be great for a young girls birthday or a graduation card for younger grades!

  • Trina

    I like JLJ’s window idea! I think that new SOG Christmas angel would look great on the outside with a message on the inside! Yea, I like that idea…

  • Kimberly

    Oh My goodness!! What an awesome card!! LOVE IT! I love this card. I would love to make a fun Halloween card or even a friend card like this! How cute would that be?
    Great Job!! πŸ™‚

  • The Crafty Den

    Hi Kristy, so excited to be part of your month long birthday celebration. I just have to remember to call over every day now lol! I love your shadow box and the stamp is super cute. I love the suggestion of a Christmas window – such a fantastic idea. Lots of love, Denise x

  • Ms. Jen

    So cute! I haven’t made one of these yet. I’m gonna have to give it a try now. I think this would be good for a toddler birthday card. They like things a little different and my besties granddaughter has a birthday comin up – wallah perfecto!

    Thanks for the tut!

  • Janina

    I love the shadow box cards with a underwater theme. It’s great if you add little fishies on the sides that then “swim” around when you move the sides of the card!!

  • Marilyn

    You don’t have to tell me twice, I grabbed your badge. This sounds so fun! And I plan to share this tutorial on my next DIY Tutorial post this week. πŸ™‚ Happy Birthday Month!

  • Carlyann

    wow! kristy i’ve always wanted to learn how to make one of these! as i’d love to do some in the woods kinda cards, ya know teddy picnic that sort of thing thanks for sharing!!! carlyann xx

  • Kim S

    First of I am super honoured that you asked me to part of your birthday bash – you totally rock my world and I’d walk along any road with you.
    And secondly…that card BLOWS ME AWAY…yeah, so I hijacked your sentiment buy seriously Dude, that is my fave card of you EVAH – so cool!

  • Angie Ha

    Happy Birthday! What a great way to celebrate. I’m extra excited to celebrate with you since my 30th is just 5 days after yours. I can’t wait to see all the techniques you have in store for us.

    I love the shadow box you shared today. Right away, I thought, how cute would this be for christmas cards… maybe Gwen or Tia in the background with presents all around.

  • Katie

    Hi Kristy! I’m loving the kickoff to your “30 days” it’s going to be so much fun!! I love the shadowbox card and think it would be cool to die cut a rectangle instead of the circle and then decorate the outside to look like a house and your looking through the window πŸ™‚ So many creative options, so little time!
    Hugs, Katie

  • Pat R

    Kristy, I’d love to party with you and put your badge on my blog, but I forgot how. πŸ™ Funny, ‘cuz I’ve got the “I’ve been Chibi’d” one there, but can’t remember how I did it. I copied the address, but don’t have the badge. What type of gadget do I need to add and how do I copy the badge over again? Sorry, I may have a blog, but I don’t always know what I’m doing.

  • Sara I.

    happy almost birthday!!!
    thank you for the awesome tute – they look so easy to do! i would love to try this for Christmas – with ones with hanging ornaments from the new sets!! thanks for the chance to win all those yummy goodies!!

  • Pam

    What a wonderful giftfor us to celebrate your birthday! Cant wait! Iwould mKe this card with a stamp set i have with a little squirrel. I think i need to go do itnow!

  • Kim H

    Great idea, thanks for the tutorial too, that helps alot when you are trying to figure out a card design. I will use this for some Christmas cards for family. Thank you for the month of candies, and sharing your projects.

  • amanda adams

    Love the tutorial and feel inspired to make some shadow cards for all my 4yr old daughters lil friends with birthdays this month..will use my ballerina mae and super tobie images on the front and then happy birthday sentiment in the background. Happy almost 30 creative lady!! And thanks for the chance to win xx

  • Michelle Hernandez

    AAAA! That card is soooo great! LOVE the 3D quality but I also love the papers you chose- they ZING off each other so perfectly! I don’t know a single person who wouldn’t flip once they received a card like this. Thanks for asking me to join the Odd Girl stamps fun! The badge is up on my blog and I’m ready to party with the hardest working stamp Mama in the world for the next 30 days. WOO HOO!

  • Lucianna

    I found you through Christy @ Tiddly Inks and I am so glad I did. Your card is just so cute and such a great tutorial! I think I would use them for my Christmas cards, who would want a 3D card like that in the mail πŸ™‚

  • Jess Marin

    Awww this is beyond cuuuute!! I love the scene you creayed inside the shadow box. This card would work will all sorts of themes so its really hard to just pick one but maybe a friendship card or get well card (something to be on display for a bit)
    Jess M
    Ps. I got your badge and I just linked up πŸ™‚

  • Corinne

    How STELLAR is this card? I haven’t seen one like it! It’s perfect for the scenic cards I like to do sometimes — i’d probably make a Christmas card or a birthday card with this. It would have to be for someone extra special of course!

  • Karen

    Love this card Kristi! Well, since I plan on participating in the “Hope to Cling to” challenges over on SCS I am going to use that for one of those cards (breast cancer awareness month)….I love learning new techniques…and I love that Panda Bear!!

  • Jennifer S

    Sooo cute, I would use it to make a get well card. I haven’t made a card like this but your tutorial makes it look easy. thanks

  • caz

    I would love to make a window box card of a girl on the front flying a kite that ends up in the back… or vice versa… to give it a bit of depth…

    Happy Birthday month!! Can’t wait to see all the other tutes to come!! xxx

  • sandi

    I would make a card using my grandbabies newborn pictures. I think my daughter and her friends would love it. Thank you for sharing

  • auntie em (emily)

    Great card technique! I love creating cards that are a little different!

    I stuck your badge on my sidebar so I will be sure to remember to come back each day and check out what you are up to!

    Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  • Bridget

    How cute! So unique, but simple. I love making unusual cards. Since it sorta reminds me of a snowglobe, I think a Christmas card with, maybe, a snowman & snowflakes would be cute. Thanks for the chance to win some candy, too!

  • Lucretia

    Card for a very adventurous little boy, like my great nephew. Great card and I love that cute stamp. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Annie

    cute card…I want that panda! I’m thinking Christmas since all these Christmas themed items are coming out. I would make a Christmas angel (from your newest release) peek out/ hang from the shadow box for a little girl or really anyone!

  • Melissa

    FABULOUS – looks so perfect with Pinwheel Panda too!!! You are awesome! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for everyone!

  • Carly Jo

    I *Love love love* the box cards that I have seen over at Beccys place. I think the two of them being 3-d would be really cool! I would make tons of birthday cards. Instead of a circle make a cake shaped cut out and then have a image of a happy Kaylee behind it. I like that this is simple and as you said fits a common sized envelope! Thanks teacher!

  • KarenB

    Very, very cool!! The first card I’d make would be one for my daughter to let her know how proud I am of her πŸ˜€ Despite all of her challenges this year she has been doing so well at school and learning to cope with the world πŸ˜€ And she loves pandas!

  • Leah Crowe

    THAT IS SUCH A CUTE CARD.. darn caps πŸ˜›
    I could see several uses for this style of card.. for starters.. for your most prized trick or treaters, you could put a special cello-bag filled with goodies in the center. ooh or money for a birthday present… the ideas are flying.

  • scrapalajen

    I was thinking about trying to do one but never knew how to. Now, you have given me the chance to do so thanks to your fab tutorial! I will use it for birthday, halloween treats or even as a party favor for weddings. Soo cute!

  • Donna

    Kristy, great little project, so cute, I think I will be using this a lot!! Thanks for all you are doing, not just with the give a ways, all the tutorials are great!! Feel like it is my birthday!!
    Thanks much,

  • Linda w

    I love the idea of this card folding flat for mailing. I think this would be the perfect card to send to a special little girl that I used to care for until she moved away.

    stamping on…

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