Christmas 2013

Here is my Christmas Card for 2013.  Yes- I know….I know…Christmas was months ago but I’ve just been sifting through photos on my computer and wanted to share this anyway!    Perhaps it may even give you some ideas for Christmas this year.  Why not Pin it on Pinterest for later in the year!?

I always feature a photo of my kids on my Christmas card and then I usually add stamped images and other embellishments.  It can be a time consuming process when I have loads of cards to create…thank goodness I love it so much.

This year  I used My Digital Studio to create my card.  I had to print off photos anyway so figured I may as well add some embellishments digitally seeing as I have My Digitial Studio at my fingertips.  I had the main area printed and then adhered the images to my Stampin’ Up! cardstock.  Voila!

 

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Jared’s 11th Birthday Party

So….a quick flick through some photos on my computer and I’ve realised a whole month has passed since we celebrated Jared’s 11th birthday and I still haven’t added some photos from his party.  Time just seems to move at lightning speed these days!

In fact it is  hard to believe how fast the past 11 years have flown by

My ELEVEN year old

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(picking out some music while he waited for guests to arrive)

I created his invitations using My Digital Studio.  (You can download a free trial of this super program here)

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The evening consisted of lots of music, lots of loud laughing and chatter, silly photos, dancing and happy faces!

I kept the “guest gifts” pretty simple.  It was mainly 11 and 12 year old boys who attended and I wasn’t sure how well “lolly bags” would go down with that age group.    Instead I covered chocolate bars in wrappers that I created in My Digital Studio and matched the design to the invitation.

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I also purchased some large lolly-pops and kept the ‘decoration’ super simple.

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My scallop circle punch is one of my ‘go to’ items especially for creating simple tags like thise above.   Please check out this punch and other punches in my online store here

I would loved to have made some ‘novelty’ party food but instead kept things pretty simple to appeal to the pre-teen age group.    The guests had savoury finger food, BBQ sausages in bread, pizza, soft drink, lollies and other nibblies.  I couldn’t resist making one small tray of ninjabread men just for a bit of  laugh.

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The kids basically entertained themselves for the evening.  It was nice to sit back and just watch the kids enjoy themselves.  Most of the evening seemed to look like this….

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The guests also had a bit of fun with our homemade “Photobooth”.  I snapped lots of crazy shots.  Here’s a small selection of shots…..

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CAKE TIME!!!!

 

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I purchased some novelty candles that kept lighting up again over and over that got quite a few laughs!  Jared tells me his party was “Seriously epic”

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Phew- and that’s our household’s birthdays over for another year! :-)

Adam’s Angry Birds/ Gamer Birthday Party

Sincere apologies for my lack of blog entries lately.  As always, it can be tricky balancing blogging with living life.  April is a busy time in our household with lots of birthdays including  our twins who turned 9 years old on Sunday 28th April.  They each had a party with their friends and also a family BBQ.  As their birthday fell in the WA school holidays they got to celebrate with friends a little early.  Here are some snapshots of Adam’s Angry Birds/ Gamer Birthday party.

Firstly the invitation.  I created Adam’s invitation using MY DIGITAL STUDIO which is a Stampin’ Up! product for creating digital projects.

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If you would like to try out this product- You can download a free trial from my online store.  Just click on the button that says ‘shop now’.  The full version is only $24.95 and includes lots of great content.  Try it out and let me know what you think!

Anyway- back to the birthday party.  I didn’t use a lot of Stampin’ Up! products for Adam’s decorations but I can assure you that my Stampin’ Up! PAPER SNIPS got a good workout (It is great that my kids are now at an age where they are lots of help with the party preparations! Thanks for your help with all of the cutting!)

THE DECORATIONS

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OPENING THE GIFTS….with a little bit of ‘assistance’.   Thanks so much to the party guests for all of the lovely gifts for Adam!

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ENTERTAINMENT

The entertainment included an ‘off screen Angry Birds Game”- complete with a slingshot.  Erin blew up and tied lots of green balloons and Jared drew bad piggies faces faces on them

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We also had a game where we popped “Goomba” balloons”, a  Mario pinata and “Pin the moustache on Mario” Game

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TIME to “PIG OUT!”

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(The labels for the food items were cut out using my Bigshot using the Petal cone die and Apothecary Accents Framelits)

TIME FOR CAKE

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and finally……the PARTY FAVOURS

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Call me crazy but I love all of the birthday party preparation.  I was even crazy enough to hold a party for Erin the following day.  Stay tuned for pictures!