Wednesday, December 8, 2021

December Birthday #3 - Mechanical Iris

 My grandson's favorite subject in school this year is engineering. 

For his 15th birthday tomorrow I thought I'd try some engineering of my own by making him a card with a mechanical iris.

When you move the yellow tab up, 

the eye opens and this is what you see.

It works a little harder than I'd like, but I'm no engineer!

Here is the inside of the card.

This week, at Double Trouble Challenge #99,  Troublemaker asks that you choose an event as your theme, but the event is Up To You.  (My event is Matthew's birthday.)  Twisted Sister wants to see a number (15).  And Double Dare has teamed up with the Anything Goes Paper Fun Day Challenge #36, which I am entering, too.  


Here are a few additional challenges

Paperminutes Challenge #721 - Numbers

Use Your Stuff Challenge #437 - Plaid

Allsorts Challenge week 653 - Use a Die (The Happy Birthday is a die from Shady Lane Expressions.) 

Inkspirational Challenge #2 - Plaid


My December birthday cards are now finished and I can return to Christmas card mode.




  1. Wonderful card for a budding engineer! I can only imagine he loved it because it's very clever and wonderful. Thanks for sharing your lovely project with us at The Paper Funday Challenge. Donna

  2. Well done on making this interactive card it's so clever. Thanks so much for using a die in my challenge at Allsorts this week.
    Lynn x

  3. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card at Paperminutes.I am sure your grandson will Love it.
    Heike DT

  4. Debi, what a great card for a teenager's birthday! Love the iris shutter you used to disclose his age, and the inside is terrific with the number appearing on the golf pennant! Your use of the plaid paper on the front is genius! Thank you for sharing your card and talents with us at Double Trouble for our "It's Up to You" challenge!!! -Donna

  5. Wow, love this. Twisted Sister will be so happy that you used her optional twist to use a number... I have to check out the mechanical iris as my husband golfs every day and his birthday is coming up. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble and The Paper FunDay. Might want to submit this to Creative Creases as well.

  6. I have seen this fun fold but never had the moxie to give it a try. Thank you for the inspiration, Debi! I am sure your son will love his birthday card. Thank you for joining us at Double Trouble Challenge #99.

  7. Wow!! This is super cool!! That is going to be a treasure of a card for him. Thank you for sharing with us at Double Trouble! :)


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