happy fall birthday * MFT Superstar Contest

Hi there, crafty people

A wonderful crafty friends birthday is coming soon and she loves handmade cards, especially those with a fun twist. So I sat down, drew a sketch, chose a topic, picked a color combo and crafted my heart out 😊 Check out the video at the end of the blog post! 

🌟 I couldn't pass on MFTs Card Design Superstar Contest. What an awesome event to play along!!!

→ if you don't want to read all of the blog post, just follow the bold words 😉

I wanted a fall scene with a happy birthday hedgehog that's playing joyfully in the colorful leaves. He's mounted on an action wobbler so he can actually "jump" around. His friends are shouting "yay, yay, yay" and have a cute little present for him. Because it's fall, it's a bit windy and some leaves are falling from the trees.

This is the front of the card. I kept it simple to make the surprise of what's inside even bigger 😉

Yes, the inside almost looks like you couldn't fold this card anymore, but you can flip the bottom up and still close the quite bulky card 😊 I even sent it through the mail,  as I'm writing this post, it's on it's way to Germany.

This little fella is the birthday kid and he's mounted on an action wobbler and has some leaves attached to him with some foil. I wanted this cutie to have a LOT of fun and what's more fun in fall than to jump in a pile of leaves. If you look closely, he almost makes a leaf angel (like a snow angel) 😉 Let's not talk about all the die cutting and adhering of the leaves 😆

The birthday hedgehogs friends are popped up and fold back if you close the card. To make them shout "yay, yay, yay" I stamped the sentiment on transparent foil (like you use for shaker cards) and cut it in something like a speech bubble shape.

This bird's eye view might be my favorite picture of this card. You can see the cute little fella in his pile of leaves and the leaves on some thread that softly are falling down with the warm fall wind.

For design aspects, I went for an all time favorite of mine... the number three, because it's pleasing to the eye. I have tree trees, three clowds and three hedgehogs. I wanted to make this scene harmonious, so I went with a strict color theme and I felt that Distress Inks and watercolor markers (Zigs) were perfect for the look I was going for. 
You can spot many cardmaking techniques here such as, ink blending, die cutting, stamping, coloring, fussy cutting, adding foam tape, stamping on foil and the tree fun twist with the action wobbler, the pop up effect and the 3D look of the leaves on the thread.

If you're still reading this, WOW to you! This is an unusually long blog post but hey, it's an unusual card 😉 Thanks for sticking with me... you're almost there 😉

Here's a closer look to the wobbler and the falling leaves ...

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"Happy Hedgehogs"
"Birthday Chicks" (sentiment)
"Happy Hippos" (sentiment)
"Birthday Bears" (present)

"Pop-Up Happy Birthday"
"Stitched Alphabet"
"Grassy Fields"
"Flat Bottom Clowd"
"Solid Birch Trees"
"Stitched Tri Peek-A-Boo (Window &) Edge"
"Wonky Stitched Circle" (for one of the tree tops)
"Whimsical Waves"

Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers
water brush by Kuretake
Distress Inks
Versafine Onyx Black
white thread
action wobbler
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Ranger Multi Medium Matte Glue
transparent foil
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I enter this card at the MFT Card Design Superstar Contest in the category Innovation Master.

Thanks you so much for stopping by!
Have a colorful and cozy fall :-)


  1. This is fantastic, Nicole! I love all the dimension and the interactive features. And goodness, all those leaves! I applaud your patience in die-cutting and gluing them all.

  2. Brillant, Nicole, einfach brillant!

  3. <3 aww! that's so sweet ! Love it

  4. This is super cute and fun, Nicole! Beautiful coloring! Thanks for playing along!

  5. Diese karte ist wiiiirklich uuuuuuunfassbar grandios!!!!! Echt!!!! Uuuuunfassbar!!! Traumhaft! 1000000 dank nikki ❤️❤️❤️


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