Bonanza Buddies Fun Fold Birthday Card for the Alphabet Challenge

Fun Birthday Card Featuring Bonanza Buddies and Animal Outing by Stampin' Up!


We have started a new challenge at the Alphabet Challenge. I really love it! Caz is our host and she chose “Z is for Zoo Animals.” This theme made me think of making a birthday card for a child. Since I hadn’t made a “card in a box” in quite a while, I thought this would be a great time to use that style with two current bundles – Bonanza Buddies and Animal Outing. I feel kinda guilty that all of these adorable animals are from the coordinating designer papers but does it make sense to stamp them when these are all ready to go??


Fun Birthday Card Featuring Bonanza Buddies and Animal Outing by Stampin' Up!

Fun Birthday Card Featuring Bonanza Buddies and Animal Outing by Stampin' Up! Fun Birthday Card Featuring Bonanza Buddies and Animal Outing by Stampin' Up!

My Secrets to Making This Card in a Box Project

Fun Birthday Card Featuring Bonanza Buddies and Animal Outing by Stampin' Up!
Card Dimensions
  • This card started with Whisper White 12″x12″ cardstock, cut 4 1/2″ x 12.” Then, it was scored at 1/2,” 1 3/4,” 6 1/4,” and 7 1/2″ on the long side and 2 3/4″ on the short side. Each score line was cut from the top to the score line (see photo). I love that this card folds up easily and measures 5 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ to fit easily into an A6 envelope for mailing.
  • Designer Paper for bottom section:
    • 4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″
    • 2 1/2″ x 1″ (2)
    • 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ (back side)
    • 5 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ (this is the middle area of the box to attach the second layer of animals)
  • Designer Paper for flaps:
    • Front: 4 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ (2)
    • Sides: 1″ x 1 1/2″ (2)
Card Details
  • After constructing the card base and adhering the designer paper to all of the sides, the rest of the card was so quick and easy! I chose the Birthday Bonanza and the retired Animal Expedition designer paper animals and cut them out with their coordinating dies. I also cut them again a second time with Whisper white cardstock to make them look nicer. The animals were adhered together with a small piece of window sheet in the middle of each animal to adhere them in place.
  • The grass die from the retired Basket Builder dies, cut with Mossy Meadow cardstock, was adhered to the card base.
  • For the sentiment in the front, I stamped it in Mossy Meadow ink and cut it out with the Stitched So Sweetly rectangle die. (You might notice that I did it twice. After adhering the first one, I felt like it needed some dimension so I restamped and cut it. I attached some retired Mossy Meadow ribbon over the first one and popped the second one up with dimensions.)
  • For the back, I cut Whisper White cardstock with the tag die from Birthday Bonanza dies, tied a bow with the Mossy Meadow baker’s twine then adhered it. The little koala was popped up with dimensionals.


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  1. brilliant make Debbie, love the dp on the box and a wonderful way to use the animal paper, love pop up boxes

  2. What a beautiful creation! I love the zoo theme and your wonderful card-in-a-box layout…..well done! We are so pleased that you joined us this week at Watercooler Wednesday. Karen – DT

  3. what a fantastic card, teamie!

    hugs and kisses from germany,

  4. This is adorable! Thank you for sharing the instructions, too. 🙂

  5. Not lyin’! Its an adorable little jungle box!
    Happy Day, my friend!

  6. What a unique and cute jungle gift for a child! I’ve never seen anything like this. I’ll have to try it with the dinosaur stamps and papers for my great grandson for his birthday in July. He loves dinos, however, I’m sure he would like the jungle animals, too. My great grandson lives in Oklahoma. Is this mailable? Thanks for sharing your idea for this fun fold card!

  7. This is so much fun. I love that you have a koala in there. They are my favourite. Hope you and your family are all safe and well. Love Dawn x

  8. Thank you for joining us at CUYL!
    Your card is sooooo wonderful.
    Hugs from Germany,

  9. This is adorable!! Those little critters are so cute and box cards are always so much fun! These little guys look like they are hanging out having fun in the jungle. Love it! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

  10. love your card-in-a-box; a nice change from “just a card”! THX. f or sharing.

  11. I know card in a box has been around and I’ve never made one. I plan to now, thanks for the inspiration. I also agree with using the designer series paper. It’s nice and that’s what it’s there for, go ahead and cut.
    I still do like to stamp.

  12. I love your little box of jungle animals! So cute! Thanks for linking to The House That Stamps Built!

  13. Always enjoy your cards, but you really outdid yourself with this one, I just love it! Thank you.

  14. Because of social distancing, my 5 year-old nephew cannot celebrate his April 15 birthday with friends so this card would be so perfect for him. Thank you for the the very clear and concise directions. Know that you will have made one little boy delighted!

  15. Oh my goodness…this is so cute, Debbie! I just love what you do and thanks for the cutting template for the box. I really like the fact that it’s more narrow than some of the box patterns.

  16. Your card is awesome; they are each week, I look forward to viewing what you have created. Thank you for sharing.

  17. Oh my goodness…Adorable! I haven’t crafted in months, but today I am going to try one of these box cards. Thank you for the inspiration!

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