Minnie Mouse Banner

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Here’s the Minnie Mouse banner from Gwen’s second birthday party.  I used my Silhouette to cut all of the shapes and the background paper is digital paper printed on my printer.    For the Minnie Mouse birthday party I choose to use pink & blue colors so it was very important to find coordinating paper in these colors.   I was thrilled to find a great set of papers in the perfect pink and blue colors from Lane + May Studio on Etsy.

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I wanted to use pattern papers and cut out big thick letters to put on top of the patterns.  This set of papers has 24 different designs and I used just about all of them (except the two animal prints).

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Here’s how I made this DIY banner:

  • Printed the digital paper pack onto white 12×12 cardstock.  Amy from Lane + May Studio helped adjust the colors so that when I printed the digital papers the pink came out the perfect shade.  I really appreciated her willingness to help make it perfect so that it would match the rest of the colors, like the pink in the ribbon wreath.  Printers can be difficult because they all interpret colors differently.
  • Made black heart paper (from the blue heart paper) because I needed another black print.

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  • Cut scalloped circle shape on the Silhouette – 5 Scalloped circles (by Lori Whitlock)
  • Size – outside circle is 5.5 inches, inside is 5.0 inches
  • The outside of the blue & pink papers are mounted on black cardstock.  The black didn’t look right for the black/white patterns and some of the Minnie patterns so I made some solid pink and solid blue backgrounds to mount these pieces.

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  • Used two pieces of organza ribbon in between the scalloped circles

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  • Popped up the letters with three pop dots on the back of the letters

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  • The raised dots help make the letters show up nice on the paper.  Here’s a detail view showing how much it lifts the letters up off the paper.

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Here are some of my favorite banner pieces.  I just love how the patterns all look together.  The hearts, polka dots, chevrons, stripes

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Here’s a photo the Mickey Mouse banner I made last year with digital paper & a triangle banner shape.   This was the first banner I made with the Silhouette and I used Mickey Mouse used digital paper for the banner flags.   See full post here.

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  • Scalloped Circle Shape – 5 Scalloped circles (by Lori Whitlock) Design ID #20452
  • Cardstock – White Bazzil used to print all patterns and colored backgrounds, black bazzil used for letters
  • Font – Luckiest Guy (cut via the Silhouette), size 305pt – search via Bing to find it for download
  • Pink Ribbon – American Crafts
  • Organza Ribbon – white, black and blue
  • Adhesive – Pop Dots, Glue Dots
  • Minnie Mouse Digital Paper Pack – Lane + May Studio (Etsy)



Chevron Elephant Baby Shower

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Over the last month I’ve shared all of the handmade items for the chevron elephant baby shower and today I’d like to share the photos from the beautiful day.  I’m excited to finally find a moment to get this post out because I’ve wanted to write it for the last month.  We had the shower in early April and then there have been two birthdays (mine and my son’s fish birthday party) in my family since.  We still have one more coming up (Minnie Mouse party) in just another month so I am a busy as a little (crafter) bee these days to get ready for the next party.  Baby Hope will be arriving very soon and so it’s time to share these photos with the exited mommy, daddy & big brother.

Here’s the shower invitation in a frame sitting on the desert table.  Having the invitation on display is a new thing for me and it adds a nice touch to the décor to have it on display.  We hung the circle garland banner above the dessert table & also along the large windows that overlook the water.  We made them in three different heights to fit the various spaces.

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We served coffee & tea in the reusable Starbucks cups with the handmade felt sleeves.  Guests took their cup & felt sleeve home to use again.

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Here’s the table of sweet delights.  I am really happy with how it turned out, I’ve never had such a fancy table arrangement and had fun taking all the photos.  I used a plastic table cloth from the party store, love how easy it was to make the table look polished and also very inexpensive.  Picked up the wooden stamps (spelling out HOPE) at Michael’s Craft store and thought they’d be perfect to put on display at the shower to announce the baby’s name.  I made the blue stand that the elephant is sitting on by gluing a vase & plate together and then spray painting it.  I’ll share some photos from that project later.  Having one serving piece that’s not white on the table makes the table look much more interesting.

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The mother requested that we serve her favorite sweet delights.  The doughnuts are from old fashioned with pink frosting & sprinkles, from Top Pot.  They are the best ever old fashioned.  The cupcakes are raspberry macaroon & vanilla as I gave a sneak peek of the treats in the cupcake topper post.  You can see the food tent signs, cupcake toppers and water bottle labels that I shared earlier.  I am happy with how the toppers look in the cupcakes, my favorite part was making the blue chevron pattern as the third one in the set.

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We hung the pennant flag welcome baby hope banner in front of the large windows along with the circle garland banner.

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We planned a few light & fun games and so these three chevron plush elephants were perfect for the prizes!    I love how the two-toned red one matches the chevron pattern exactly from the invite.    I found these on Etsy from Kelsey Bang.  They are good sized plush (at 7×5) and perfect to sit on a bookshelf or bed.  I am thinking about getting for my little girl too.

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Here are the recipients of the cute elephants.    The third one is the momma-to-be who can give the pink & white chevron elephant to baby Hope.  This is a great way for her to always remember this special shower.

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Here are the two shower games we played.  The Animal one was from Bump Smitten and the other was a cute one with moments from Tara’s childhood.

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Here are Michelle’s sweet handmade felt elephants.  I hung them from some branches with little wooden clothes pins.  Got this idea from Shawna who hung Owls from trees at my baby shower.

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Guests left notes with tips, wishes & advice for the expectant mother.  These notes can be put into a book with all the photos from the shower or even in the baby book.   I got the Wishing Tree idea from Elizabeth’s elephant shower that was featured on Hostess with the Mostess Blog.   Her yellow mod elephant shower was so cute and I loved all the details.   The baby game was also from this shower, she offers all of the paper pieces from her shower as a printable so you can recreate very easily.    I planned to hang the wishes from the tree too but it didn’t work because the branches on the tree weren’t as spread out as they would have needed to be.  Since the elephants were hanging from the tree it didn’t matter though.

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It was a beautiful baby shower to welcome the new baby girl.  I had such a great time making all the preparations & hosting with Michelle.

Cute little baby bump!

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All the extra cupcakes went home with guests in to-go cupcake boxes.   Yummy!!

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If you’d like to see how I made the things seen at the shower you can see the rest of the posts here.    Welcome Baby Hope!!

Chevron Striped Baby Shower Banner

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Today is the 2nd day of my spring break……Had a lovely morning run with friends at boot camp down to the shores of Lake Sammamish, the water was so still and peaceful.   Then a quick stop at Ben Franklin to get some cardstock for Gavin’s birthday party invites that I am working on finishing up.   I am really enjoying having some time off from the busy work days, many meetings and too much email.

I am excited to share a banner that I made to welcome my girlfriends new baby girl.  The banner is two pieces and reads “Welcome Baby Hope.”  It was one of the decorations for the Chevron Elephant Baby Shower and the expectant momma was thrilled to receive the sweet banner. 

I used the silhouette to cut out the banner flags and letters.  It’s really easy when you have such a great tool to do all the hard work. 

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To create the rectangle flags, I used the “build a banner set” file by Lori Whitlock from the Silhouette store.  I was excited to make a banner with this traditional banner flag shape.  My favorite part about making banners is that the shapes are endless and you can try a new style each time.   In the past I’ve made circle, triangle, rectangle, and heart shaped banners. 

Here’s a view of the banner flags in the Silhouette Studio software, this size flag is just right to get two per 12×12 sheet.   The banners flags are 5×7 and the white pieces of cardstock are 5 x 2.75.

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I printed the letters with black ink via my printer, cut the letters out with the Silhouette and then popped them up with foam to create dimension.  Lori Whitlock really thought about the purpose when creating the silhouette banner file, she made holes at the top so that it’s ready to be strung.  I love finding added shortcuts.   The font is 260pt and I kept enlarging it until it filled up the white strip as much as it could.    This might be my first time cutting out letters via the Silhouette and I am pleased with the result.  I love being able to use all the fonts on my computer, I have Over 1000 of them (I can hear Nicole saying “of course you do Laurel.”   Fonts are free & fun so it’s great to have options!   :)   

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The beautiful teal ribbon is my favorite part of the banner.  I got it at the local Ben Franklin (in Redmond) where they have a lovely supply of ribbons that can be cut to order.  I like the thickness (it’s larger than what I typically use), the two white stiches through the organza and the beautiful teal blue color. 

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The pink & red elephants look really great with these three chevron striped patterns.    I love the three hearts that are coming out of the mommas trunk. 

The banner will be used to decorate the baby shower but then can also be hung in the baby’s room.   Banners are great gifts that can be used for room decorations for years to come.  I received two owl banners from at my baby shower and have have them hanging in Gwenyth’s room.  Now that she’s 1 1/2 she’s even noticing them and talking about them.    The first one says “Baby Gwen” and was ordered from Etsy for the shower, hung it above her crib but had to take it down when she turned one because she was trying to pull it off the wall.  The second one is a triangle shaped “Gwenyth” banner that’s up high above the closet doors so it’s safe from little hands. 

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I am in love with the pink, red, blue color combo.  The digital paper pack comes with two-toned chevron combos like I used on the invite and then these version with the color/white combo. 

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It was raining the day I finished the “welcome” portion of the banner so I was only able to get a full view of it all together here on the table.  Thank god that that Saturday was dry so that I could get the photos of the “baby hope” portion (seen above).   I like to get photos outside whenever possible to get the best light and it’s tough to do that in spring in Seattle. 

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Welcome to sweet Baby Hope!  We “hope” your arrival into the world is a memorable one.  I can’t wait to meet you!! 

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Links to the other shower decorations:  invite, circle garland. 

Stay tuned there’s still more elephant baby shower decorations to share in upcoming posts! 


  • White Cardstock (80lb) – print chevron pattern on 12×12
  • Silhouette Banner Flag – Design ID #25735 (Lori Whitlock)
  • Digital Art –Chevron & Elephant Art (Erin Bradley Designs)
  • Ribbon – Teal Blue with a double white stich
  • Font – Doctor Soos Bold (260pt)
  • Pop Dots – all night media

Chevron Circle Garland Banner

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Hello, I am happy to be posting today…..I am enjoying my first day of spring break week as I create a long list of “to-do’s” for the week. 

I’d like to share a chevron striped circle garland that I made for an elephant baby shower.  This was my first time making a simple circle garland banner and it was so much fun!   My wonderful crafty partner, Michelle, helped me create these garlands for Tara’s baby shower. 

Three Quick Steps to make a garland: 

1.  Select your sizes for the circles.  Michelle choose three sizes of circles from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches.

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2.  Next punch out all the circles.  Vary the sizes between the chevron pattern & solid colors.  I love these circle punches and have gotten so much use out of them.  They are so quick and easy.

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3.  Sew circles on the string.  Arrange the circles in piles and then get out your sewing machine.  This is the fun part!  I love sewing through paper and this goes very fast.    It helps to have all of the circles arranged in the order & quantity you want for each strand.   I used pink thread for all the garlands. 

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There’s about 1/2 inch in between the circles.   We made three different sizes of the garlands: small, medium & large.  At the shower, the garlands are going to hang in front of really large windows that overlook the Puget Sound.  With all the light coming into the room they will look really lovely dressing up the room for the shower.    

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Here are the finished circle garlands on a white backdrop.      

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I used Erin Bradley’s Chevron stripes digital files to print the chevron patterns onto white cardstock.  Digital files are perfect for basic patterns because you can print as much as you need.  As I share the rest of the party creations you’ll see the chevrons across all the party decorations.  I did a mix of the solid chevron red/pink pattern and the white/color striped version.  I was fun to have various options with the patterns.  

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Michelle thank you for helping me create these garlands for the shower!!  I am looking forward to making another circle garland banner for my upcoming son’s fish birthday party (blue & orange). 

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You can see the chevron elephant baby shower invite here (and the rest of the shower creations when posted). 

Supplies:    Digital Papers from Etsy (Erin Bradley Designs).  Printed on 80lb cardstock. 

  • Chevrons-I am using the pink, red & blue across all the decorations. 
  • Solid Cardstock-  aqua cardstock, red cardstock, pink cardstock (Bazzil)

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Scalloped Heart Banner

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Here’s a simple DIY Valentine’s Day Heart banner that I made to celebrate February.  I was inspired by this pin on Pinterest of a BHG paper heart garland.   With the Silhouette I knew this would be a breeze to make.  I have a lot of valentines paper (waiting to be made into layouts) in my stash and used Cosmo Cricket (Chemistry collection) paper for this banner.

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Here’s a quick summary of how I made it and let me say it was a quick project!  Cut the shapes & strung them together in just 30 minutes.    I used the 11 hearts shape found inn the Silhouette store by  Lori Whitlock.  Used just one of the hearts from the set and then made it about 3×3. 

I then separated the two pieces and put the scalloped heart on one page.    Here’s what my pages look like in the Silhouette Studio. 

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I put the standard heart on another sheet and made it even smaller so that the outside heart would have a good setback. 

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I cut 4 sheets each of the two hearts.   By making two separate cut files I made sure that all the hearts would be different patterns for the outside/inside pieces.  I love the fancy edge the scalloped shapes offer. 

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I was quickly done with the cutting and assembled my hearts together.  I recommend using double sided paper so that you can make more combinations.

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As you can see, I hung the banner across our headboard to add a festive touch for February.  I am happy with how it turned out!  I love how easy it is to make banners and projects with the Silhouette. 

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It was really hard to photograph this banner hanging on the headboard. The light is super low right now since it’s winter makes it challenging.  These photos of the banner hanging don’t have the warmth that I normally like to convey, at least the photos of making the hearts (above) from my craft room are warm enough to show the full colors of the paper hearts.

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Happy Valentine’s Day to you!! Hope you get to enjoy some sweet treats with your loved ones.

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Supplies: Paper-Cosmo Cricket (Chemistry), Digital Shape-11 hearts, Silhouette Cameo

Mickey Mouse Silhouette Banner

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This is a banner that I made with my new fabulous tool the Silhouette!  It’s a big TREAT to have an electronic die cut tool like this and I am so thankful to be able to get one with my bonus from work.    It arrived about two weeks ago, just in time for me to test it out with this banner project.  I used all digital paper supplies for the banner and then the Silhouette did all the designing/cutting.    This was made for my girlfriend’s Disney themed 2nd birthday party for her son that was at the end of August.  I made a handful of other Disney themed décor items for the party and I’ll share them over the next few posts. 

Close up of the cute Mickey pattern (it came in three colors).  There are three layers to this piece (the flag, the circle and the letter) all on pieces of cardstock.

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I put the “Happy 2nd Birthday” portion all on one string because she wanted to hang it outside along the roofline all in one line.  Then I put “Cooper” on another string so that she could hang it in his room or save with mementos.   

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  • Digital PaperMickey Inspired from Etsy.  Have you seen how reasonable it is to buy digital paper?   Only $3.00 for this set. 
  • Printer Ink– make sure you have have back up cartridges on hand just in case
  • Silhouette – shapes from Silhouette store (build a banner set by Lori Whitlock). Used the plain orange triangle (keeping it simple for a boy banner) that includes two holes for the ribbons.


  • Ribbon-yellow & white ribbon from Michael’s craft store (perfect colors for the paper).  From the dollar bin. 
  • Adhesives– glue stick works great for the circles and then use pop dots for the letters. 


1.  Print the pattern paper.  I printed the pattern paper on white cardstock.  Then began running it through the Silhouette to cut out the banner pieces.  I was able to get 2 banner pieces per 8.5 x 11 sheet. 

2.  Design the inner circle for the letters.  Used the Silhouette software to design and it’s so easy to use!!

3.  Print & Cut the circles with the Silhouette.  I love how crisp the circle cuts are with this machine!  It made the circles look absolutely perfect.   I couldn’t use my circle punch because these were larger than my punch.   Here’s what the sheet looked like before cutting.    I ended up making a three circles as the borders (thick black, small yellow and red dash).  This circle with the three borders was used again later on other items for the party.  Once it was created here I just had to resize for the other pieces.  

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4.  Cut the letters for the banner with the Disney font cartridge on the Cricut.  (I don’t have a circuit but was lucky to borrow one from a friend for this project)  The chunky Disney font on the Cricut was just perfect for the banner flags.    Also cut the two Mickey Mouse silhouettes on the Cricut.   I used the Disney script font (from my computer) on some of the other items but it wasn’t thick enough for the banner.  Cricut seems to have a hold on the “Disney” pieces because I couldn’t find them in the Silhouette store.     

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5.  Popped up the letters with pop dots so that there would be some dimension to the flags.  One of my favorite things about making Happy Birthday banners is there are 13 flags before you even get to the name flags, which means you get to use so many patterns!  It creates quite a striking look to see a collection of paper used together for one décor piece.  With cards and layouts its not possible to use so many patterns all at once. 

I love the black, yellow & red color combo with the stripes/dots/patterns.

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The white circles are just over 3 inches.   I made the black letters as large as I could to fill the space. 

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With the holes already precut (from the banner design file) for the ribbon it was so easy to string this one together.  What a great idea Lori had including the little holes in the flags.  This medium size ribbon was perfect because you could slide the banner pieces back and forth very easily.  

This shade of yellow is really soft & beautiful.

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Happy 2nd Birthday Cooper! What a great birthday celebration you had it was such a great time. 

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Next I’ll share the Thank You Tags, Water bottle Labels and Signs so that you can have ideas for your next Disney party.    I always have fun creating things for others because I get the chance to work with new themes.  Also, I’d love to share photos of how the party because Shawna did an amazing job.

Have a great Friday & weekend!

Ice Cream Party Circle Birthday Banner

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Here’s a banner that was made for the Ice Cream First Birthday Party.  I used my awesome new Silhouette Cameo to cut the outer scalloped circles (5.25 inches) from pattern digital paper that was printed on white cardstock.    I love how fun the scalloped circle is with the ribbon between each piece.  I think this is my favorite banner so far that I’ve made.   

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These patterns are from Erin Bradley Designs (Etsy) and were the perfect colors for this Ice Cream Party.    For the inner circle with the letters I used the Silhouette software to design a circle with the three borders.  After using Photoshop elements last time this was much easier using this new Silhouette software (I am so relieved!)   It’s the first time I alternated the color of the letters on the banner pieces and I am happy with how it turned out.   

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If I had to make this one again I’d add another circle with the ice cream cone to both sides of the birthday girl’s name. (Why didn’t I think of this while making it!)   I designed the inner circle with three varying circles around the border in the Silhouette software.  I was able to select the exact same color from the background papers and use that for the borders & letters.    I didn’t use the silhouette to cut out the inner circle because it looked fine to freehand cut these circles out.   I did another banner over the weekend where I did the Silhouette cut the inner circles and it produces a very sharp look.   I’ll share that one soon.

The pink ribbon is a 9 yard spool that I picked up when Paper Zone was closing earlier this year. I have to say they really may some lovely ribbon and have such fabulous colors. I am glad this color worked for this project.  The spool was the perfect size for these three banners, I had about 6 inches left at the end. (I never know how much ribbon to get when planning so wanted to jot this down for next time)  The green was some leftover lemongrass 1/8 inch thick from Gavin’s birth announcements, still around from over 4 years ago!

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I really do have fun creating handmade paper items for parties.  It’s not my business or something I’d ever do professionally.   It’s something that I enjoy because of the variety with themes and different styles you can try out.  It’s also a lot of fun to make things for friends who are so appreciative and enjoy seeing what I’ll make.  I do think it’s funny how many party posts I’ve been doing since the spring because it wasn’t what I planned.   This is my last Ice Cream Party post and next I’ll share some from a Mickey Mouse party.   Now that the parties are all over, September’s going to be about scrapbook layouts!  I need to make some progress with my “to-do” list and can’t wait to use up the great paper I’ve collected. 

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Supplies: Digital Paper & Clip Art – Erin Bradley Designs, Scalloped Circle – die cut shape by Lori Whitlock, Ribbon-American Crafts – Orchid

This banner coordinates these items also made for the Ice Cream First Birthday Party. 

  • thank you tags seen in this post
  • first year photo clips in this post.
  • cupcake toppers and water bottle labels seen here.   

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