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 Elephant Cupcake Toppers and Labels

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Day three of my crafty spring break, I need to reserve some time tomorrow to clean up around the house but it’s so hard when there are creative projects on my mind.

Today I’d like to share more colorful decorations for the Chevron Elephant Baby Shower.    At the shower we are going to serve delicious cupcakes from Trophy and what a great opportunity to make some cupcake toppers to decorate.  The pregnant momma loves Trophy cupcakes and has requested the Vanilla Vanilla and Raspberry Coconut Macaroons cupcakes for the shower.  Every week she goes to Trophy for a treat with her son and they enjoy a sweet treat.  She’s probably tried all of the flavors on their menu and these are some of her favorites.  It’s such a great idea to serve these beautiful cupcakes at the shower.    Here are photos of the cupcakes in case you don’t click through to Trophy, warning it’s very dangerous to go to their site if you have a sweet tooth.   

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We are also going to serve Top Pot sprinkle doughnuts it’s going to be a very sweet affair!    Thanks to Jim & Deanna for getting all the sweet bites for the shower, it’s so very thoughtful of you!   Tara, Michelle and I really appreciated all your help with the food.


Cupcake toppers are fun & easy to create.  I love the added color & festiveness they give to the cupcakes.  For these toppers I wanted to use colors for the paper & designs to compliment the cupcakes Tara selected. 

With the colorful pink frosting above, I designed three versions (with the Silhouette software) and then cut them out with my circle punch.    I printed and then punched out all of the circles arranging all of the papers on the table. 

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I used three different sized punches for these toppers:  2 inches for the inner circle, 2.25 inches  for the red circle and 2.50 for the outer scalloped circle. 

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Grab your glue gun and add a dab to attach the little wooden dowel in between the outside layer and the red layer. 

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Here’s the finished products.  I am starting to grow quite fond of this trio of colors.  Teal blue looks so great with the pink & red. 

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I used these same designs for the water bottle labels.   I added the circles to the chevron paper and then printed out 8.5×11 sheets.  I was able to get 4 labels per sheet. 

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Peel off the labels that came on the water bottles and then tape the custom made label to the bottle. 

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I created one new design because I couldn’t use the blue chevron pattern from the cupcakes on top of the red chevron background.  Took the three little hearts from the momma elephants trunk and grouped 3 of them together. 

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Making labels is a quick project and adds a lot of fun personalization for a shower or party. 

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Next up I am excited to share a few handmade felt decorations for the shower.    I hope that you’ll like them as much as I do!    Any guesses at what the felt creations might be?  Let me know…..


  • Circle Punches –  2 inches, 2.25 inches, 2.50 inches (scalloped punch)
  • Wooden Dowels and Hot Glue Gun
  • Paper-White cardstock, red & pink Bazzill cardstock
  • Digital Art –Chevron & Elephant Art (Erin Bradley Designs)
  • Font- Plain (David), Script – Corenia Script Demo

Soccer Birthday Party

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Who likes soccer balls and yummy cake?  If you answered “I do!” then you are going to enjoy  the fun birthday décor that my sister-in-law created for her son’s second birthday party.

The thing that amazed me the most about her creations is that she didn’t use a die-cut machine.  No silhouette or circuit (I think my brother needs to get her one asap!).  She made the banner and food signs by tracing shapes, using stencils to hand cut the letters and a little support from the computer.

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I don’t have the patience or skills to hand make all my stuff, this is why I’ve fallen so hard for my cameo.  It does all the difficult work.  Today I am going to show you that you can still make your own décor even without a personal die cut machine.

The banner was the focal part of the party setting the stage for the active soccer party.   The banner is so cute with the alternating colors, pattern and soccer shapes.  I love the how much the white letters pop on the dark backgrounds.    I can’t even imagine making this banner free handed.  GREAT job girl!

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Here’s the birthday banner I made last year for the lil’ guys first monkey birthday party.

Here’s the custom photo invitation that includes two cute photos of the birthday boy playing soccer.

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Moving on to the food….there was so many sweet treats served.  She made cute food tent signs that tied the menu to the soccer theme.

Here’s the goalie’s popcorn.  These food tent are simple and fun.

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The signs are black cardstock folded with the white printed label on the front.

Referee Pretzels & MVP’s chocolates

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For the three bigger signs seen here in the pastries she used a scalloped circle hand punch to do the outer/inner circle.  I have some circle punches too and use them often.  If you like to make little signs, cupcake toppers, table décor, etc. I recommend having them in a variety of sizes/shapes.  EK Success punches are my favorite (seen here and here ).   I have a few other brands and wish they were all EK Success.

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Here are the Half-time Refreshments, good ol’ fashioned water.  The birthday boy had a sweet bite and is enjoying the little soccer duck toys.

The birthday boy wore a custom monogramed shirt with his name, a big 2 and a soccer ball.  Very cute to have a party shirt made!  There are some beautiful designs on Etsy.

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The Coach’s Cookies – mini and regular size mint Oreos were Gavin’s favorite.  He definitely was eyeing all over those delicious cookies!

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The birthday cake was a great big soccer ball of cupcakes with green soccer turf frosting across the top.  She made cute soccer ball cupcake toppers to place in the cupcake cake.

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Thank you Tags on all the party favors:  Cookies & popcorn for the adults with a very cute handmade thank you tags.

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The white & black thin ribbon used to attach the tags were the perfect colors for this party.

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The kids were given bath time soccer duckies and handmade fabric crayon rolls (from Etsy) in the goodie bags.

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Gwen & Gavin say Happy 2nd Birthday to their cute cousin.    It’s so much fun to see all the kids together, wish we lived in the same city.

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Great job to my sister-in-law!  I can’t wait to see what you make next.  Hope my brother picks up on the gift idea (personal die-cut machine) that you would put to great use!

DIY cupcake wrappers & cupcake toppers

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June is one the biggest birthday months of the year around our house.  We have so many friends & family members with birthdays.  The fun part for me is that I get the opportunity to make some party items.  Today I’d like to share cupcake sleeves & cupcake toppers I made for one of the June parties.  This is the same birthday girl I mentioned earlier in the birthday card post who loves pink

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Here’s the invite (Tiny Prints), created by her mother, that set the theme for the party.  A cute little bear holding a balloon and the party being hosted at Build a Bear. 

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I found three paper patterns to use for both cupcake décor items and made the sleeves first.    I followed this cupcake wrapper tutorial found on  The best part was the template that worked perfectly to get the desired shape. 

After cutting the arched shape, I used this fun Martha Stewart punch to add detail to the top edge of the wrapper.   It’s one of the new around the page punches and also includes a corner piece.  I’d like try it soon on a card. 

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It was so easy to make these cupcake wrappers.  I just added a piece of tape on the seam and they are ready to go. 

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The best thing about making your own cupcake toppers & sleeves is that it doesn’t take many supplies.  I was able to use just three different patterns seen here from the BasicGrey Kissing Booth Collection (Better Half, Cupid, You + Me). 

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For the cupcake toppers I used my circle scallop punch on the outside and a circle punch on the inside.    This time I went larger on the circle size with the outside being 2.50  and the inside 1.75  inches (greater offset between the tw0 shapes).    I like that more of the pattern is showing than the last set of cupcake toppers I made. 

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I printed on two of the toppers (adding name & age) using this great printable template that has cupcake toppers you can customize.  I only used the pink circles but it would be fun to do a party and use the entire printable. 

I don’t know Photoshop well enough yet to select the colors that I need to match my background supplies so that’s why I love finding something that was already the right color.    I added a big number 5 to this one. 

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Added the birthday girls name to this one. 

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For the third one I had to bring in the cute bear from the invite.  I used a Martha Stewart punch that punched out the shape & also embosses the paper to give it detail on the feet & belly of the bear. 

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Here’s the birthday card (shared earlier) that I made to go with the balloon theme from the invite & using the same cute paper for her birthday wish. 

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Cupcake toppers & cupcake wrappers are so easy and quick to make!  I encourage you to try it next time you are celebrating to add a nice touch to enhance the theme.  They can be used for any occasion.

Here’s how the toppers & wrappers came together on the cupcakes at the party. (It’s hard to get great photos in restaurants with dark lighting) But you can see how cute the paper items look on top of the pink frosting cupcakes! 


Here are a few other “bear things” that were made by the birthday girl’s mother. 

First she made cute little bears (table top tents) to have standing at each place to welcome the kids.   Having the bears be two pieces of paper (still joined at the top) made them stand up nicely on the tables.  For the boys she made boy colors and for the girls they had girl colored bears.  

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I love how she put the child’s name on the shorts/skirt that the bear is wearing.  They are so cute!

They are 5 tall x 4 wide and were made on with the circuit.  The circuit makes a nice bear with having it be two pieces.  

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There were also some of these cute bears decorating the walls of the restaurant.   These ones were much larger, about 8 or 9 inches tall. 

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The last handmade item was the same bear you saw at the table settings but this was a thank you note attached to each build a bear box.  It was tied to the window and included the child’s name.  This was a brilliant way to know who’s bear was in which box so there were no mix ups.

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It’s slightly smaller than the tabletop bears and the measurements are 4×3.    This is a great way to send a personalized thank you note home with each child. 

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Here’s the sweet soccer dog that Gavin made.  All the boys loved the bows and put them on their bears & dogs too. 

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The boys with their cute bears.   

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Cute white princess bear wearing a lovely blue gown! 

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Visit from Pauline the bunny!  She took pictures with all the kids. 

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The girls really loved the PINK bears…especially the birthday girl!!  The birthday girl also got to carry around a big gold bell. 

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The birthday girl had a wonderful time at her 5th birthday party.  I was very impressed with what a GREAT party her mom prepared (she always does wonderful events) and  Build-A-Bear did a fabulous job hosting all the kids! 

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choo-choo train cupcakes

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Today I’d like to share these cute Thomas the Train cupcakes that my friend made for her son’s 4th birthday party. 

As you can see these adorable cupcakes have little trains on top of EACH cupcake.  The kids couldn’t have been more excited to find a real toy train on top of their sweet treat!    These cupcakes were made by my talented girlfriend, Nicole, yes-the same person who hand painted Gwen a birdie print for her baby room.    This is the 4th year that she’s made amazing cupcakes for her son’s birthday. 

Here’s the party invitation (from Tiny Prints) that set the theme for the choo-choo train party.  Roman's 4th BD_May 2012 (1)

She placed the trains on top of pieces red licorice (similar to a log boom) so that they wouldn’t get frosting smeared all over them. Then secured each train to the licorice with Washi Tape so that it wouldn’t fall of the top of the cupcake.  

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This was my first time hearing about or seeing Washi tape. At first glance, I thought it was a ribbon but it looked like plastic so I was confused. I now know what a HUGE trend it is because it can be used on just about any craft project (see how Joy used it on her card). I was excited to learn about this new product from Nicole, thanks for the introduction! I can’t wait to get some and try it out on one of my projects.

Here’s a great blog post where Lisa describes just what Washi tape is and where you can purchase.   

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To keep with the train theme I used this train cutout as the hero item for the birthday card. 

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I based the card off of Card Sketch #3 found at Sketch Support. 

Here’s the birthday boy in his cute train conductor hat and Gavin wearing his striped hat too.  Happy 4th Birthday sweet boy! 

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Card Supplies: Colored/pattern paper- Crate Paper Zoom Collection, Stamp-BasicGrey, Distress Ink-Tim Holtz

cupcake toppers

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I’d like to share some cupcake toppers that I made for my son’s birthday party.  This was my first time making these and I had so much fun!  They are so quick to make and you can do them so many different ways. 

The hardest decision I had was selecting the final size I wanted for the circle, two inches or 2 1/2.  I settled on 2 inches because I knew that they wouldn’t be too big for the cupcakes.  We were having regular size cupcakes and I didn’t want the toppers to take away from the actual cupcake. 

I used the same festive Life of the Party Collection paper that I used for the invitations, pinwheels and banner.

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Cupcake toppers can easily be made with extra scraps of paper.  I was thrilled to have a use for the leftover stuff from the banner.   I had more than enough paper choices because I just needed 2 inch circles.

I used 7 of my favorite color schemes (9 patterns) from the patterns seen in the banner so that the designs would vary.  For the text that’s on the white paper I used Word and created a template.  I added a circle shape to the document and then defined the size of the circle, adding a border that’s slightly smaller than the punch allowed me to have the blue outline around the outside.  Having the blue line makes it super easy to know where to line it up inside the punch.

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Next up I’ll share more colorful party decorations… can see a HINT below in this picture! 

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  • 1 1/2 inch circle punch
  • 2 inch scallop circle punch
  • hot glue gun
  • mini dowels (Woodsies 2 5/8 tall)
  • text created in Word
  • white cardstock
  • pattern paper-Life of the Party Collection (BasicGrey)