Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Party Bus Birthday Card

My youngest daugther will be turning 21 this week, so I wanted to make a special card for her birthday. She's stationed in San Diego, so I won't get to see her on her birthday, but I hope she feels the love from home! If you're reading this, Emily, just know you are treasured and Dad and I feel so blessed to be your parents!

The card design is based on an idea from Lisa Curcio found in this video: (1) Learn How to Make a Double Flap Fun Fold Card for Christmas - YouTube. I needed to modify it slightly so I could have a longer front panel, but the bottom base card measurements are the same as in the video. 

I chose some fun pattern papers for the card and then used cream card stock for the stamped and die cut images. The bus, animals, "It's your birthday, bus-t out all the stops" sentiment, and birthday desserts all come from Art Impressions' Bus Cubbies set. I just love this set, and my daughter is a big fan of giraffes, so I was so glad there was one in the set! I won the set over at the Art Impressions blog where they hold bi-weekly challenges. Thanks, Art Impressions! 

I created a top-fold mini card using the bus die and then stamped the front of the mini card using the coordinating stamp. I recently bought a Sizzix stamp and stencil platform that has a sticky mat on the base, and it worked great to hold the die cuts in place as I stamped them (I die cut the bus and all the elements and then put the paper with the die cut frames into the platform and then placed all the stamps over the coordinating holes in the paper before putting the die cut pieces back in the frames and stamping them all at once. It worked great!). I then colored the stamped images with Ohuhu alcohol markers before I glued them in place on the bus. I added foam tape to the wheels to pop them up a bit. 

This time I remembered to add the ribbon to the top card (see my previous post for my first try with this card design 😂) so the top card will stay closed when the ribbon is tied shut. I glued the ribbon to the inside of the bus being careful to place it where it doesn't show through the bus windows. 

When you lift the flap to see inside the bus, the sentiment "It's your birthday, Bus-t out all the stops" and the darling little koala can be seen. I love that the doors on the bus are scored so they actually open! So clever!

Here's a look at the card when closed:

The koala bear is peeking through the bus doors:

Here you can see the koala bear waving when the bus doors are open:


When you lift the flap of the bus, you can see the sentiment:

Close up of the sentiment:

Here's what you see when you open the front flap: 

Here's what you see when you open the second flap:

Each of the inner panels opens up to reveal more birthday sentiments:

Challenges I'm entering:

Art Impressions Blog: All Wrapped Up! Challenge #358 Week 1 (artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com): All wrapped up (I used ribbon to tie the card shut and also thread on the balloons) (1/2; ends 8/31/23)

Anything Goes with a Fun Fold for Creative Creases #64 (secretstamper.com): ATG with a fun fold (unlimited entries; ends 9/1/23)

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (3/5 for the week; 3/10 for the challenge; ends 8/30/23)

The Paper Shelter: ATG (2/2; ends 8/22/23)

I ♥ ProMarkers Challenge Blog (ilovepromarkers.blogspot.com): ATG with alcohol markers (I used Ohuhu markers) (2/3; ends 9/5/23)

Passion for Markers (promarkerchallenge.blogspot.com): Embellish It (unlimited entries; ends 8/29/23) Top 5 Pick 8/29/23

A Place To Start (hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com): ATG with a twist of leaves and/or trees (unlimited entries; ends at the end of the month)

613 Avenue Create (avenue613.blogspot.com): ATG (2/8; ends at the end of the month)

Stamping Sensations: Moodboard or ATG (I chose ATG) (1/3; ends at the end of the month)

We Love Stamping: Masculine or ATG (1/3; ends at the end of the month)

Gem of A Craft Challenge (pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.com): ATG (2/3; ends 9/1/23)

Allsorts challenge blog: All creatures great and small (1/3; ends 8/26/23) Top Ten Pick 8/25/23

Polkadoodles Cardmaking, Craft & Scrapbooking Challenge: ATG (2/2; ends 9/1/23) Winner 9/2/23 Email sent 9/2/23 (Bella Bear Hot Chocolate, Sugar Hit, Chossing the Christmas Tree)

Craft Rocket Challenges: Animals (ends at the end of the month)

Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Inspiring creativity 8-ways each week: Top row: Red, patterned paper, die cuts (1/3; ends 8/24/23) 

Scribble Challenge (rabiscochallenge.blogspot.com): Birthday (2/5; ends at the end of the month)

{PIN}spirational Challenges (pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.com): Birthday + animals (1/5; ends at the end of the month)

The Diva's that cut ....paper!: Beginning of a Poppystamps Month (die-cut-divas.blogspot.com): Pop up creations (1/4; ends at the end of the  month)

Critter Crazy CHALLENGE BLOG (2craftycrittercrazies.blogspot.com): Animals as the focus (1/5; ends at the end of the month)

Crafty Animals: ATG with animals (ends at the end of the month)

Creative Fingers Challenge Blog: ATG (3/3; ends 9/6/23)

Papercraft Challenges (papercraft-challenges.blogspot.com): Shaped cards (unlimited entries; ends 9/14/23)


  1. Wow, what an awesome group of cards-so cute! Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas!

    1. Thank you so much! This one was fun to create!

  2. This is tremendous fun Carrie, Emily will love it I am sure.

    How perfectly it fits our All Creatures theme at Allsorts as well, thank you. Thanks for also linking up at We Love Stamping.

    B x

  3. An extremely fun and interactive card which Emily will love. thanks for sharing at Allsorts and Passion For Markers this week.

  4. Wow! It's a fabulous design, such fun with all the flaps and surprises, I'm sure your daughter will love it! Thank you for joining in at Stamping Sensations this month.

    1. Thanks so much, Chris! It was very fun to create!

  5. Such a Fun card Carrie - this has so many details - a wonderful outcome!
    Thank you for joining us this moth at We Love Stamping
    Maxine WLS DT

    1. Thank you very much, Maxine! This was a special one to make!

  6. This is so much fun!! Absolutely love how it turned out. Super cute image and so creative how it opens up! Thank you so much for joining our challenge at Allsorts this week!

  7. Super fun fold card. Thank you for sharing it with us at Critter Crazy Challenge.
    Anne CCC-DT

  8. Wow! Awesome card!! Thanks so much for participating in my PINSPIRATIONAL challenge!!! I appreciate that you play along and I enjoy visiting your blog!! Have a happy crafty day!! Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  9. WOW, Adorable card. I love the vehicle. I've never seen anything like it and then you surprised me with the bus opening up to see the cute message. Then the whole card OPENS up. Surprise, surprise. So glad you could join our challenge at Die Cut Divas this month.

    1. Thanks so much, Arlene! This was such a fun card to make!

  10. Wow! What an adorable card! I love all the different panels with birthday wishes! Thanks so much for joining our All Wrapped Up challenge at Art Impressions!

    1. Thank you very much, Sharon! AI's bus cubbies set is a new favorite!

  11. Love your party book card. Very unique. Thank you for joining us at A Place to Start this month. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/

  12. WOW! This fun fold is absolutely adorable! Love all the critters, especially the Koala Bear! I might have to check this fold out for Noah! Thank you for playing with Creative Creases Challenge, and I hope you can join us again soon. We really appreciate your support!
    Debbie, DT
    Secrets To Stamping

    1. Thanks so much, Debbie! I'm sure Noah would love a card with all the little pop outs!

  13. Fabby creation with a lovely design. Thanks for playing with us over at PFM this week. A new challenge is up for you to enjoy at this point.
    Love n hugs

  14. Oh my goodness this is a great interactive card. You've done it again Carrie! Thank you for entering Creative Creases #64. Hope to see you again soon.

  15. what a fun card! looks like there's so much work to do it.really love the design. thank you for joining us at 613 create