Petal cone die – Miriam Thomas
 

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In my last blog entry- I shared Adam’s Angry Birds Birthday Party . The day after Adam’s party we had a party for his twin, Erin.  This was a GIRL ONLY EVENT!  Even her 3 brothers had to spend some time outside with Dad while the girls enjoyed some crafty entertainment….much to their disgust! (Having said that all the boys- including Dad were allowed into the craft classroom after the party and were allowed to get creative too!)

Erin enjoyed the afternoon with a group of really lovely young ladies.  They were beautifully behaved the entire time! What a gorgeous bunch!

Here is the invitation that went out to her guests (Created in “My Digital Studio”)

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GETTING SPOILED ROTTEN!

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A SNAPSHOT OF SOME OF THE DECORATIONS (Luke asked me why Dad and I hung up ‘lots of those things you use to wash yourself in the shower’….Hmmm I guess some of them looked a little like a ‘shower puff’)

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The girls were invited into my ‘craft classroom’ (that I use for adult classes) for a bit of creative ‘girly time’.

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Each guest made a bracelet, a little purse to carry the bracelet and an ice cream card.

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They cut out the purses using a die and my Bigshot. Aren’t they cute!?  The ice cream on the front of the card was cut out of the shapes on the petal cone die.

I’m pretty sure they all enjoyed themselves and they all did such a wonderful job! 🙂

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We got so distracted that we ‘almost’ ran out of time for the party food.  I had just enough time to throw the party food on the table before the parents arrived to collect their children.  Please excuse the photos….it was my intention to make it look ‘pretty’ but in the end it was just placed on the table randomly and the sun was in an awkward position to take decent photos.

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The main food was of course- Ice Cream! All the girls were able to make their own ice cream Sundaes.  (I think a few were so ‘creative’ that they went home with a belly ache!) There were a variety of toppings to create their own ultimate Icecream Sundae! The other party food included cupcakes, sherbet cones, purple butterfly shaped biscuits, fairy floss, ice cream ‘cake pops’, marshmallows, popcorn, lolly teeth and other tasty treats!

THE CAKE

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I must admit that I wasn’t entirely happy with how the cake turned out! I’m not one to make too much of a fuss of a birthday cake.  I am normally one to just  throw on some icing and lollies and hope for the best…..but I’m not sure I pulled it off this time! I just didn’t get the balance of colour right! I was hoping the chocolate on the icecream would be a deeper turquoise, the purple icing darkened over time and the pink wasn’t ‘pink enough’ (I used most of the food colouring on the red part of Adam’s cake the day before oops! )   At about 11pm I wasso disappointed that I was very close to starting up the oven to bake another cake and Jason convinced me that it would be crazt- reminding me that it only takes a moment to sing “Happy Birthday” and then the cake is cut into pieces!  No-one seemed to mind that I didn’t bake another cake.

ERIN BLOWING OUT THE CANDLES ( I can’t believe she is NINE!)

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THE AFTERMATH

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Each guest took home the items they had made, a bag of lollies (decorated by Erin using retire Stampin’ Up! papers that matched her theme perfectly) plus a small wrapped gift containing a journal and shower gel, lotion etc all wrapped up with gorgeous Stampin’ Up! ribbon.

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It is our final family birthday this month (All 6 birthdays are within a 6 week period) – I must give some serious thought to what I’m going to do for Jared’s birthday in about 9 days time!

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!

 

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Blast off!

 

It is the start of the ‘birthday season’ in our household.  The first birthday for the year is Luke and he will be turning 5 years old tomorrow!   I’m in disbelief that my ‘baby’ will be FIVE! As his birthday falls over the Easter weekend he celebrated with a party with his friends on Wednesday.  I was quite rapt when he requested an alien/ space themed birthday.  Luke has quite a vivid imagination and I was worried his ideas would be a bit too ‘out there’ for me to achieve but I knew I could pull off a space themed party- especially as I had the “Blast off” stamp set and “Outer space” wheel sitting on my stamp shelves ready to be used.

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I obviously started with the invitations.   I didn’t want to have too much cutting out or anything too fussy/ time consuming so most of the stamping was on a single layer of whisper white cardstock.

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At this point I hadn’t even considered a colour theme- but when I stumbled across as a space themed tablecloth and a space shuttle pinata I decided I would go with blue, orange and yellow (and black and white)- or in stampin’ up colours Pacific Point, Tangerine tango, and Daffodil delight.    I managed to find lovely paper lanterns and stars to decorate the backyard

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Of course, all of the party food was linked to the theme and I used the petal cone die to make rocket shapes and the Apothecary accent framelits to make labels for the food items.

mini meteorites

more alien cupcakes

 

milky ways

ufos

star cookies

space rocks

 

saturn rings

 

planet balls

hot meteorites

asteroids

 

alien slime

alien face biscuits

 

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food table

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alien cupcakes

 

I made little cupcake toppers using the “Blast off” stamp Set, circle punches and scallop circle punches

 

 

 

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There was so much left over food.  At least some people stopped to enjoy the sugar feast

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Luke LOVED his birthday cake

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singing happy birthday

 

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If laughter and excited squeals is anything to go by, then the kids all had a great time.  We played traditional games such as pass the parcel and musical bobs.  They went hunting in the backyard for planet tokens.  Those who managed to find Saturn received a prize.   I found a great rocket that the kids enjoyed colouring in

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They also had fun with the Space Shuttle Pinata

 

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There were smiles all round! 🙂

 

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Of course, no 5 year old birthday party would be complete without a fun loot bag to take home

 

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Here are the “Loot bag” contents.  I must confess that I think I have just as much fun as the kids trying to find items for the loot bags to fit the theme.

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Luke tells me his party was AWESOME and he is already looking forward to his 6th birthday party! I need to make it through the next 3 kids’ birthdays in April and May (as well as Jason and my birthday too) before I start thinking about his 6th birthday.   🙂

 

I love giving presents!   Have I mentioned that before?   🙂 At the end of the year I love to give a present to my children’s teachers.   I know how hard they work and want to be able to offer a small token of my appreciation.   For today’s post I wanted to share some gifts I made for my children’s Teachers.

First the thank you card

PATTERNED PAPER: Berry Blossoms

STAMP SET: (A la Carte) -Triple Treat flower; (Hostess Set)- Perfect Words

PUNCHES: Decorative label punch, Fancy flower punch, 5 petal flower punch

BIG SHOT ACCESSORIES: Little leaves sizzlet die, Many Thanks sizzlet die,

EMBELLISHMENTS: Designer printed brads (In Colour), 1 cm ruffled ribbon

COLOURS: Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder

I also made matching boxes to hold a gift! I used the Petal Cone die for the first time and I love love love it! It is one of those Bigshot dies that I flicked past in the catalogue (pg 160 by the way) MANY times and just didn’t see the potential!

What was I thinking!?

This die is fabulous and I can’t believe I didn’t realise the possibilities!  The petal die can be left open or folded- and even when folding it there are lots of options depending on whether you attach the tabs or not!   It also cuts out little labels when you pass it through the bigshot so you can add a sentiment or someone’s name!   This die would be fabulous for lolly bags for child’s birthday party, they would make gorgeous decorations on the Christmas tree (that could be filled with goodies).  You could even flip them over and make them into witches hats for a Halloween party or spooky themed party!  You need not even make them into a box- you could just use the panels to make a love heart shaped card!    You really need to get your hands on one of these dies (Just ask me and I’ll pop in an order for you!)  In the meantime- here is what I made!

I made a few more bits and pieces for the small gifts at the end of the year.  Please be sure to check back tomorrow!

By the way- if you want to contact me to order your petal cone die my number is 0419 947 047 or miriamthomas@westnet.com.au

Don’t own a bigshot yet?  Why not consider contacting me to book a workshop and I will do all I can to help you earn a discount on a bigshot.  Just by hosting a $600 workshop you could receive a half price bigshot as well as  $100 hostess dollars for you to select whatever you like out of the catalogue for FREE.

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