Friday, March 18, 2016

Nautical card in a Box

Hello Blogger Friends and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. I haven't given an update on my kitchen remodel for awhile.
We finally picked our countertop. We decided to go with granite. It was an interesting process to go through the warehouse and see all the slabs of granite there and choosing the one I wanted.
The piece we selected brings out the warm gold tones in our oak cabinets. They will be coming out to measure next week and then we go back to the store to see a computer layout of what it will look like. If we don't like it, we can choose another slab at that point. The install is scheduled for April 1.
I still need to pick my backsplash and flooring but I have a general idea of what I want. The contractor suggested I wait until the countertops are in before making any color choices. That makes sense to me. We are going to be inconvenienced for awhile and I will have to take my dishes to the basement to wash them. That alone will cause me to get a move on things and get a decision made (lol)!!
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for my post over on the CottageCutz Blog on Wednesday. The new release is all about nautical and I thought the best way to show off a lot of the dies was to make a pop-up box card.
Step 1: Cut cardstock to 9” x 5 1/2”. Score on the long side at 2 1/8", 4 1/4”, 6 3/8", and  then at 8 1/2”. Turn the cardstock 90° and score at 2 3/4".
Step 2:
Use a paper cutter or scissors and cut the score lines to the center score. On the end ½” score line cut it off on a diagonal to create a tab.
Step 3: For this step you need a bone folder, to fold all the score lines for a sharp crease. Once that’s done you tape the tab. Use red line tape and tape the outside of the tab. Bring the tab side over first to the middle and then bring the other half and press together. 
Step 4:
Now you have the look of the box. To add support to the outside back of the box, I used white cardstock measuring 2" x 4 7/8". You can use this panel to stamp a sentiment.  I added the lighthouse, birds (from lighthouse die) and star fish from the paddles and rope ladder die.

Step 5:To create my layers on the box, I used red card stock cut at 2" x  2 1/4" and patterned paper cut at 1 7/8” x 2 1/8” for the 3 box flaps that are hanging down. I decorated it with the CottageCutz Crab die cut in red cardstock. On the inside back panel the red cardstock measures 2" x 4 7/8" and patterned paper measuring 1 7/8" x 4 5/8".
Step 6:
For the inside dividers, cut cardstock to 3 1/8” x 3 1/8” and score this at ½” and 2 5/8”. Cut this piece in half and fold on the score lines. Both tabs should be folded back.

You use red line on these tabs as well. Tape on the outside of each tab. Tuck the tabs on the inside of the box to create your dividers. You can slightly close the box in this step to make sure the tabs line up straight.
Step 7: Decorating the box
I decorated the inside of the box with several CottageCutz nautical dies. On the back panel I used the large sailboat die, cut in navy blue cardstock. I stamped my "beach life" sentiment and used the circle set basics to cut it out. I cut another circle in red cardstock and slightly offset it.

I also used the Pelican die cut in a white confetti cardstock. Sponged his beak with distress inks. The wood mooring he is standing on is cut from Stampin'-Up soft suede cardstock and the ropes in kraft cardstock. The detail on the pelican and the wood mooring is amazing.


Well friends, that's it for me today. It was a long post so thanks for staying with me. I hope you enjoyed this card and will give the pop-up box technique a try. So until next time.......God bless!!!

I am also entering:
1.  Jade's Sparkling Butterflies has an anything goes with die-cuts.
2Craft Rocket Challenges is anything goes
3.  Just Keep on Creating has an anything goes.


  1. This is great Mary!! What a wonderful tutorial you did!! I'm quite envious of your blueprint style pattern and RED arrows too, Gosh, I need to get up to speed with mine (when I do one!). This is a marvelous nautical box and I just love EVERY element!! Beautifully designed!

  2. Zowie Mary, your explosion box is AWEsome!! Your nautical theme is super cool! So exciting to get you kitchen done, can wait for you to us how the reveal :)

  3. What a wonderful pop-up box card! I love the nautical theme and the dies are terrific! Thanks for the tutorial too! Thanks for playing along with us at Craft Rocket Challenges!

  4. What a STUNNING pop-up card you have made. It fits the Jade’s Sparkling Butterflies Challenge this fortnight well of “Anything goes/die-cuts or punches”. I love anything seaside related so I have taken a liking to all these dies you have used. Thank you for taking part and best wishes in the draw.

    Kym (Design Team Member)

  5. This is AMAZING, all your hard work was certainly worth it with this fantastic project, so beautifully made.Thanks so much for sharing your creation at
    Anything goes March link-up, Just keep on creating
    Susan xx



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