Happy 100th Birthday, Ms. Turner!

You are going to want to keep reading ALL THE WAY to the end of today’s post. I promise you’ll be glad you did! How often do you get to offer happy wishes to someone you love on their 100th birthday?! It doesn’t happen a lot. When Ms. Turner, an active member of Mom’s church, celebrated her 100th birthday, Mom asked for a special card for this special lady.

Mom asked me to make a special card for Mom could give Ms. Turner on her 100th birthday. What a special gesture! I chatted with Mom several times about it in the months before the monumental birthday. That request shifted to a need for individual cards from each of Mom’s closest friends and then, maybe, from the group of them. When I (somewhat sarcastically) suggested that I could just make a card for the whole congregation to sign, Mom jumped on that idea. I was stuck, but I loved the challenge – and it felt a bit more special.

At a Rocket City Stampers retreat in March, the hosts showed us how to make an Explosion Card which combines three panels from the Envelope Punch Board to create a huge card that unfolds multiple times. This was the perfect card for Mom’s church to give Ms. Turner since they could all sign on multiple panels of the card.

Here’s how I built this multi-fold card:

Steps to Make an Explosion Card, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Here are the steps with a little bit more instruction for each part.

Step 1 - Explosion Fold Card with Envelope Punch Board, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingI used 12″ x 12″ Kraft cardstock (retired) to build the base for the Explosion Card. The center panel gives a 6″ x 8-1/2″ panel (the largest panel on the Envelope Punch Board) with an 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ piece of cardstock. I believe the other two panels are 6″ x 4-1/2″ but I could have created three 6″ x 8-1/2″ panels if I wanted. As long as the height is the same on each panel (and as long as the card will fold), any size will work.

Step 2 - Explosion Fold Card with Envelope Punch Board, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Based on the size of each panel, I cropped cardstock that Mom could glue into each panel of the card after folks had signed it. I can’t imagine the shape the card would be in if it were passed around to lots of people who had to unfold and fold it back over and over. There are three panels on the inside of the card and two panels on the outside.

Step 3 - Explosion Fold Card with Envelope Punch Board, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

I decorated the front of Ms. Turner’s card with this gorgeous Calypso Coral and Silver Foil patterns from the Sweet Soirée Specialty Designer Series Paper. The panel looks like a tasteful amount of confetti in celebration of her big party. I added three numbers with Silver Foil and the Large Numbers Framelits Dies – how many people can say they get THREE NUMBERS on their birthday card?!

Step 4 - Explosion Fold Card with Envelope Punch Board, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

The card, once folded, is wrapped with Silver 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon. While the Large Numbers Framelits Dies and Sweet Soirée Specialty Designer Series Paper retire at the end of May (or when supplies run out), the Silver 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon will continue into Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Annual Catalog.

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Here’s a super-sweet photo of Ms Turner, holding the card I made for her (and shared with you today) to celebrate her 100th Birthday.

Ms. Turner's 100th BirthdayHow beautiful is she!? I’m so happy I could play a small part in her birthday celebration.

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  1. “…In this we make a difference”
    You are the complete embodiment of that concept, Brian. What a fabulous card and acknowledgement of a monumental milestone. I’m so moved by your creativity and thoughtfulness. Brilliant job done, sir!

  2. Worked out great! Your post was very touching and you could tell she loved it.

    • Thanks, Rick! When you first showed me that, I thought, “There is no chance I’d ever need a card like that!” but made it anyway. So happy to have been introduced to it so I could make this one for this special occasions. <3

      • I know I thought the same thing when I did it. But, when I shared it with the others they were like yes we have to do it.

  3. What an awesome idea Brian, for an awesome occasion!!! Thank you for sharing. <3

  4. Brian, you are such an awesome son. You created that beautiful card to celebrate the birth of such a sweet woman. God bless you. The card is fab and so is the picture of her with it.

    • Thanks so much. I wish I could have been there with Mom to celebrate with Ms. Turner, but she gave me a recap. Sounds like a wonderful event for a wonderful lady.

  5. What an awesome occasion! My mom, Mrs Turner, just turned 91 last month. I wish I could understand this card… do you have a video? I can’t understand how it closes…. I may be dense but a video would help see how it opens and closes.

    • Happy birthday to your mom, Connie! The card is comprised of three envelopes from the Envelope Punch Board. Each of the outside envelopes is glued to the middle envelope at the flap. Each envelope folds up, and then they all fold together. If you play around with it, I’m sure you’ll be able to figure it out.

  6. Good job Brian….awesome card I know she treasures!

  7. You are such a blessing in many peoples life’s….thank you for always sharing….

  8. The photo of Ms. Turner holding her card is priceless. Love the concept!

  9. Wow 100 looks fabulous on her! Your card is gorgeous and amazing! Love that fun fold!

  10. This is such a wonderful card.

  11. What a very good idea for a card for group signing!
    Beautiful card for a beautiful lady!

  12. Awesome card and so special that you could help your mom make this day so special for the birthday lady. I still cannot believe stampin up has retired the number framelit dies. So glad I has this set. They are just perfect. Easy to use and the “right” size. I made a magnetic picture frame to store mine above my big shot.

  13. Wow! What a perfect design for a beautiful card that will have multi-signers. Mrs. Turner looks amazing to be 100. Love her picture. You were so sweet to make this beautiful card that she will treasure. Isn’t it funny how a design comes to you at the right time? I could see this design having quotes or flowers, etc. on each panel to make it a wonderful card for a get well, thinking of you, baby or birthday card. Great job, Brian. Enjoy your day!

    • Thanks so much, HJ! It really did come to me at the right time. This type of card would be gorgeous with lots of sentiments or images inside – I left it blank for all the signatures. I’m so glad you like the card, HJ! Thanks for your sweet comments. <3

  14. What an awesome event to be such a big part of! She has a smile that will light a room up! You are so blessed to be part of this celebration!

  15. Hey beautiful card Brian. Just what I needed as I need to make a birthday card for my Aunty Margaret who will be 100 on the 5th of June. So I might just case this for the family to sign.

  16. Jennifer Spiller

    What a sweet picture of Mrs. Turnur and her 100th birthday card! The Explosion card is perfect for such a Amazing occasion! I love the simple beauty of the out side. Just the right touch of shimmer and Shine!!

  17. Great card! Woohoo, she does not look 100!

  18. All I have to say Brian is you rock! You make everyone feel special! Love you!

  19. I love the large numbers dies. My grandmother turned 109 last October, so I’ve used them every year for her birthday. Tried to post a photo of her in this post but couldn’t easily do it . She looks great too. I love the big card to sign. Don’t need it often but wish I had had it last year for her. Thanks Brian.

  20. WOW! 100 years old and still active in her church. It’s wonderful to hear these beautiful good news stories. I’d love to hear her talk about how life has changed in the past 100 years. She looks beautiful and smart. I bet she even know how to text! How special that you had the privilege of designing such a beautiful card for such a beautiful lady. Thank you Brian for making this special day so memorable for her.

    • Thanks, Grace! That was my first thought, too! So much has changed in my short life, so I can’t imagine all of the changes that she has experienced. I’m so glad you like the card and agree that she’s beautiful!

  21. Katherine Anderson

    I don’t often comment even though I read your email daily. How wonderful you are at sharing what you love! Thank you for sharing the technique for a card that requires a ton of signatures.

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Katherine! So happy to hear from you. I’m more than happy to share and am glad this fold is helpful.

  22. That card is beautiful and just so perfect for a group signing. For a 100 birthday you need oversized anyway! You rocked it!

  23. Rebecca Borkowski

    Love this thanks for the great directions.
    Are you doing your dsp swatch books for the new catalog ?

    • Hi Rebecca! Thanks! I’m more than happy to share – and this was a project for a very special celebration. I am going to be making swatch books again for this catalog – I’ll be posting them soon, so please be on the lookout (and I have you on my mailing list to receive an email when they are posted). Thanks!

  24. Oh how special ! She is just darling with her adorable angel hair !!
    You are a sweetie to come up with something so perfect for your mom`s request. Fantastic card !
    Happy belated birthday Mrs Turner !

    • I’m so glad you like it, Sonny! I agree that she’s as sweet as can be. Sorry I couldn’t be there to celebrate with them. Thanks, my friend!

  25. This may be the sweetest post you’ve done. How very special it was for you to be able to make a card for such a monumental occasion. Your idea was so well thought out. You are one of the most creative people I know! What a sweet lady I’m sure Mrs Turner must be, and so very fortunate to have friends like you and your Mom!

    • Wow! Thanks so much Sharon! It was an honor to participate (even in a small way) with Ms. Turner’s celebration. You are so sweet to leave such a kind message. <3

  26. 100 what a blessing!!! Brian your thoughtfulness has no bounds! The card is fabulous and not only did Ms Turner get enjoyment from it, the entire congregation enjoyed your card. In addition, now everyone who reads your Blog will feel love in their hearts. Congrats to Ms Turner!
    Thank you Brian

    • Thanks for your kind comments, Katrina! I wish I could have been there to celebrate with them – such a wonderful thing to celebrate. <3

  27. Amazing, both your card and Ms. Turner! I hope I look close to looking as good as Ms. Turner at 100!

  28. Donna MacDonald

    Beautiful story and card. Well done. ?

  29. Your card was fabulous. What a thoughtful person you are. I enjoy reading your blog everyday.

  30. What a sweet story Brian! She’s darling and very special to have both you and your mom for her friends!

  31. Spectacular card for an adorable little lady. So sweet!

  32. Cindie McDuffee

    Just reading a number of your posts now- Happy Belated Birthday to Ms. Turner! Your card is a fabulous idea and looks so festive! Glad your Mom made the request…a good challenge always sparks your imagination!

  33. Me. Brian!! What a wonderful challenge for you to help celebrate Ms. Turner; one of my part time stampers will be 100 the end of August – she still drives. Thank you so much for sharing!!



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