Our gorgeous girl Cara turned double digits (her words - 10 to the rest of us) at the beginning of May & finally had her birthday party last weekend, so today I’m going to share some birthday fun & projects. First, of course is the birthday girl herself on her special day....I can't believe how much she's growing up....& yet is still our little girl!
Cara asked to have a sleep-over with some friends, but as she wanted to have more girls over than we could fit in (& truth be told – than Mum & Dad could handle), we agreed she could have 4 friends stay & have a crafty party with more girls beforehand (much to my surprise, as she doesn’t generally share my stamping obsession). The challenge was on.
Cara requested purple (razzleberry – check!), pink (melon – check!) & aqua (huh?... but yes! some treasured retired cool caribbean to the rescue!), chose a cupcake theme, & we’re off. Well, I started playing & thinking & asking Cara questions. 10 mins later, ”Muuuuummmm, can we start making them now?” “Ummm, no, not quite yet babe” I reply. The pressure! Anyway, after a bit more fiddling, I finished the sample & got the approval to go ahead. Cara helped punch, tape & attach the various bits together & this was the final result. I have to say I was very happy with how they turned out. What a team!
The party projects
Cara’s brief was “to make some stuff” so that gave me plenty of freedom. We only had 1½ hours for craft though, so everything had to be pretty quick & easy to do. I finally decided to decorate a calico tote bag, make a paperclip bookmark & post-it note holder, all in Cara’s chosen colour theme & here are my samples...
I bought the basic calico bags online – a bargain at $2 each. I cut lots & lots & lots of fabric flowers & butterflies (backed with appliqué adhesive) with my trusty Big Shot (yes, it cuts fabric fabulously!). It was such fun to watch the girls choose their pieces & lay out their design. Here’s a pic of all the bits they had to choose from. Yes, I went a bit mad cutting shapes & still have tons left.
Damien & my dear & brave friend Kellie helped the girls out by ironing on all the pieces, so before long they were all done. Here are some of the final creations from the sleep-over girls (since I totally forgot to take pics at the party in all the chaos). If you look closely, you’ll also see their glittery purple initials tied on a ribbon to personalise the bags some more. Everyone also received a matching notebook & pen at the party. They all seemed thrilled with their creations & so was I.
(click on the pic for a bigger version!)
Bookmarks & Post-Its
Then we moved on to the bookmarks & post-it notes. I had pre-stamped & punched all the bits & the girls did a great job putting everything together. I was quite amazed how quickly they did everything & told them my grown-up class ladies would have taken a lot longer.....although I have to say it would have been quite a bit more relaxing, but with about the same amount of chatting! Here’s a closer pic of the projects - front & back.
I hope all this gives you some ideas. Leave a comment or drop me a line if you like the projects or have any questions. I'll be back soon with something...that's not a butterfly!
Inky wishes, Di
Cara's birthday card
Stamps: Many Merry Messages ('wishing you a'), Party This Way ('happy birthday), Butterfly Prints
Card/Paper: whisper white & lots of Brights collection card, Brights Patterns DSP
Ink: regal rose, rich razzleberry ink pads
Accessories: brights brads, ice rhinestone brads
Tools: butterfly punch, Big shot, butterfly wings embosslit, timeless type alphabet dies
Stamps: Create a Cupcake, Family Phrases
Card/Paper: cool caribbean (retired), rich razzleberry, melon mambo, whisper white card, Brghts Patterns DSP (melon mambo)
Ink: cool caribbean (retired), rich razzleberry, melon mambo ink pads
Accessories: basic rhinestones
Tools: punches - itty bitty shapes, build a cupcake, 2 3/8 inch circle, 1 3/4 inch circle, word window, dies - circles #2 die (2 inch circle), scallop square clear
Tools: Big Shot, Dies - Flower folds, Island Floral, Beautiful Butterflies, Circles #2
Cupcake Paperclip Bookmark
Stamps: Create a Cupcake
Card/Paper: rich razzleberry, melon mambo, whisper white card,
Ink:cool caribbean (retired), rich razzleberry, melon mambo ink pads
Accessories: basic rhinestones, melon spotted ribbon (retired)
Tools: punches - itty bitty shapes, build a cupcake, 2 3/8 inch circle, 1 3/4 inch circle, word window, dies - circles #2 die (2 inch circle), timeless type alphabet
Owlie Post-it note holder
Card/Paper: rich razzleberry, melon mambo, tempting turquoise, whisper white card, Brights Patterns DSP, Other DSP (retired - can't remember the name!), post-it note book
Accessories: basic rhinestones, googly eyes (non SU)
Tools: punches - itty bitty shapes, 2 step owl