Ice Cream Party Cupcake Toppers

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These are the handmade cupcake toppers for an Ice Cream birthday party.  I created three different versions so I could use the pink, blue & green ice cream cones as the backdrop for each design.  This time made them slightly larger than my last two sets, I used 3 inch scalloped circles for the outside circle and 2 1/2 inch circles for the inner with white cake pop sticks. 

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The papers are all digital patterns from Erin Bradley Designs (Etsy) and were the perfect colors for this Ice Cream Party.     



I printed the outside pattern paper on white cardstock then punched with the scalloped circle. The inside circle with the three lines around the border was designed with the Silhouette software and I printed a dozen on each sheet.   Then I punched them out with my circle punch. 

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Here are the coordinating water bottle labels.   The top & bottom label have the same monogram design that I made for Gwen’s first birthday party water bottle labels.   I just swapped out the background patterns from this ice cream set and changed the colors of the fonts.  The super cute frame in the second one with the ice cream cone was a free download from Clementine Digitals (Julie also made the clipart at the top of my blog). 

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Isn’t this color pink & blue some of the best out there to work with?  They are so bright & colorful.  I love these colors. 

This banner coordinates with the thank you tags seen in this post from last week.

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Next I’ll be sharing the banner & photo clips that were made for this party.  After that I’ll share the items from a Mickey Mouse party that was also this past weekend.  I really enjoyed having the chance to make so many fun things over this last week.  As we move into September my focus is going to be on Scrapbooking because I have a few albums I’d like to finish before the end of the year.  I’ve got to set some goals so that I can get layouts completed!


Ice Cream Party Gift Tags

I am excited to have this entire week off from work and I am hoping I’ll be able to squeeze in some craft time each day.  Good idea, right?!  I have very long “to-do” list that includes a few blog posts, getting caught up on things around the house, hiking Mt. Si, few scrapbook layouts, creating some party decor, enjoying the sun and spending time with the kids.   

Regarding the parties…This upcoming weekend two friends are having birthday parties for their little ones and I am creating some handmade paper decorations.

The the first thing I’d like to share are party favor thank you tags.  As you can see the theme is Ice Cream and the baby girl is turning one year old.   I am so excited to get to make some things for this super cute little girls party & for fun such a fun theme. 

Party Favor Gift Tags

Do you ever use digital paper packs & embellishments? I am very new to making things with digital files. (never even done a digital scrapbook page).  My favorite part about digital is that you can usually download the files straightaway (or they arrive w/in 24 hours) and begin creating.  Not to mention they are super affordable (some shops even do by 2 get 1 free specials).

I found the digital supplies to make the ice cream tags on Etsy (Erin Bradley Designs), the ice cream cones are so adorable that I was instantly inspired to make a ton of things.  

Ice Cream Cones Clip art: 


Coordinating Digital Paper: 


I printed background colors in blue, green and pink (polka dots and stripes) on white cardstock and then punched out a scalloped circle with my 3 inch round Paper Shaper.  This was the easy part. 

Next I designed the inner circle of the tag starting with a 2.45 inch circle.  I wanted to use my 2.50 circle punch to punch the tag out.  I offset the size of the circle so that there’d be a white border after punching. 

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I used pink and green circles that were from the owl set of clip art (Digital Bake Shop) from Gwen’s party.  Then put a dashed blue circle with the words wrapping around the top half of the tag.

Getting the writing to follow the circle and for the letters to be at the right angle to read was the hardest part!  It took me a while but I am so glad to learn how to do this trick. 

Party Favor Gift Tags

The second hardest part was figuring out which command to use in order to erase the bottom of the cone so it wasn’t showing behind the green and pink circles.  I felt very accomplished after learning how to erase the bottom of the cone!   I printed all of them on one 12×12 sheet of cardstock and then used my circle punch to cut them out. 

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I added some colorful ribbon (via the leftover stash) and left them untied so that we can add them to the party favors before the party.    If you have any digital tips or ideas to share I’d love to hear them. 

I’m going to continue with this cute circle theme for the rest of the items.  The circle goes well with the shape of the ice cream scoop.  Now I better get busy and create the rest of the paper items!!

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I’ve been enjoying summer and it’s been a few weeks since my last post (too long!).  Don’t worry I am still here!   I did recently update my blog with a new theme and some cute scrapbooking clip art that I found on Etsy.  Have you ever searched for scrapbooking clip art?  We’ll there’s not ANYTHING out there and I was happy that Julie @ Clementine Digitals thought it was a great idea to make a cute set of Scrapbooking clip art for her store.  She used colors to match my new theme and now I’ve added some of my favorite scrapbooking “tools” to Laurel Lane.   Julie makes some really great digital scrapbook papers, I recommend you check out her site & Etsy store.  I picked up the digital polka dots & striped paper too because they can be used for so many different things.


Today wanted share this cute gift idea I found on Pinterest for a latte gift card holder.  Last month I made these for my little one’s teachers to thank them for being their teachers for the last year. 

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This cute card & idea is from Eighteen25.  It’s very easy to make and is a fun way to add a personalized touch to the thank you message. 

The first thing to do is download the card template from the link above.  Since I have a white cardstock supply I printed mine on matte cardstock with my home printer.  The blog post recommends printing it as a 5×7 print at Costco which is a great idea.  This will ensure it looks nice & is thick.

Here are the supplies I used:  

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The Starbucks “thank you” gift cards seen here are very colorful so I choose to use red & purple twine to tie in with the colors on the gift card.  For the back of the card I used a teal Bazzil, I have a ton of this teal blue cardstock left over from Gavin’s birth announcements and it the perfect color to use for the back of the card. 

Then I followed the tip from the sisters at Eighteen25 and put the cards into pastry bags.  It was a cute way to wrap them up and make it a surprise as to what’s inside the bag. 

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I used purple twine on half and then red on the other half. 

Thanks for the great idea Eighteen25! (and to Annett who “pinned” this one).

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baby girl First Birthday Party

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I’d like to share some photos to show of how my daughter’s First Birthday Party came together on the big day.   Most of the decorations were handmade by me and if not I indicate where I found them or the special person who made them.   I link below back to the original post where I share the details for the various crafts.

The invite was my inspiration for the banner and for the colors that were used at the party.     

Birthday Party Invite from Tiny Prints

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Handmade fabric bunting banner-my first time making one on the sewing machine.    Fly Away fabric by Robert Kaufman.

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Tissue paper pom-poms -Martha Stewart (pack of 5).  The tissue paper comes in a flat stack with the edges already scalloped.  You have to add a wire to tie it and then shape the tissue paper.  I was expecting them to pop out of the package like an accordion so it was a little more work than I anticipated.  The first one didn’t turn out well but then I figured it out and was able to get the other 4 to be full in shape. 

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The package comes with two colors (light and dark purple).  The sizes vary too.  Don’t give up if your first one doesn’t turn out as expected.  Your second one will be much better.

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The pom-poms added a nice splash of purple and brought more texture to the room.   Gwen likes looking & pointing up at them. 

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Beautiful handmade cookies – ordered from TSCookies on Etsy.  I recommend this shop, the cookies came quickly, on time and I didn’t have to order them months in advance like so many of the cookie shops.   She bakes over the weekends and then sends out the cookies on Monday morning.   They have so many different kinds of cookies for every theme.  They were a great addition to the owls at the party.  Each guest got to take one (or more) home to enjoy.  I love that they are individually wrapped with a colorful shiny ribbon to compliment the cookie color. 

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Cute owl plate to serve the first cupcake to the birthday girl – a shower gift that was purchased from Etsy.  It was fun to use this for the first time.

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The cookies were in four bright colors (purple, pink, green and teal) to match the other items.  I used my cupcake stand to display them so that they’d be more prominent than in a bowl. 

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Personalized Water bottle labels– handmade with digital papers from Etsy (The Digital Bake Shop).  It was my first time making labels with digital papers (from scratch).  I also did the photo clips (below) with the same papers.  However, the water bottle labels were much easier to create because the labels don’t have to be a fixed size.

My favorite one is the pink polka dot one with the monogram “G” in the background and “Gwenyth” across the top.   

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Handmade Owl gift bags for kids-Used Amy Tangerine Sketchbook patterned papers.  I love how the owl made by paper piecing stands out on the brown bag.  

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Fabric owls –ordered from Etsy made by MariaPalito.  These little cuties were inside the gift bags for the kids.  Got them in four colors (blue, pink, purple and brown).

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First year mini album-made with supplies from Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection.  Includes a photo taken each month during the first year in the same chair with two stuffed owls.    It was easy to pull this together the week before the party because it’s simple and just has one hero 5×5 photo with three small 2×2. 

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Photo clip garland-made in Photoshop with digital papers from The Digital Bake Shop on Etsy.  I used the same digital files on these as I did the water bottle labels above.    These were more challenging to make because they the inside circle has 6 layers. 

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Owl Birthday Cake– Used design found in Parenting Magazine.   Baked by my husband.   Frosted/Decorated by my girlfriend (seen in photo below). 

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Lovely Owl Cupcakes– also designed & made by my sweet girlfriend.  The cupcakes are from a box mix and were baked by my husband.  They are chocolate with a home made vanilla crème in the middle.  He loves making sweet desserts and had fun figuring out the filling.    My favorite part is the beautiful frosting in blue & purple! 

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I displayed all the fun owl décor items on the table with a ivory tablecloth so that they could all be shared together.  Then the food and drinks were on the opposite kitchen countertops. 

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Here’s the birthday girl taking some of her first steps.  She took her first 2 steps ON her actual birthday.  We are having fun watching her start to figure out how to walk.    This dress was perfect for the big day. 

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Enjoying her new birthday gift…..a ride on musical toy.  Of course she doesn’t stay in any one place for more than a second so I am ready to catch her when she falls off.

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The baker and chef-

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Two of my super crafty friends.  The one on the right made the beautiful cupcakes & cake! 

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We had the party on a Saturday afternoon which was the perfect time and the naps worked out well so our little girl was rested.  I took the day off on Friday from work so that I could finish the album up and get everything else ready.

Also, Thank you to everyone who helped me get everything ready! We couldn’t have had such a great party without the help from our friends/family.