Minnie Mouse Birthday Invite

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Today I’d like to show the invitation that I selected for Gwen’s second birthday party.  After seeing how cute Cooper’s Mickey Mouse birthday party was last year I knew I had to do Minnie for Gwen’s second.   I’ve been amazed with how popular the Mickey Mouse party posts are on the blog, I had no idea!  It was really fun to plan a Minnie Mouse party and I even tried a few new things I’ve never made before for this party.  I can’t wait to share it all with you.   A month before Gwen’s birthday I let her start watching a few of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse shows so that she’d get to see Minnie and get to know the characters.  It’s been a big hit and she adores Minnie Mouse.  She loved having a Minnie party and I can’t wait to share with you all the fun things that I created.

I found this photo invite on Etsy (ThinkBeautiful Megan Peeler’s shop) and personalized the colors & phrases for our party.  Gwen has started to love watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and after there are the cute Minnie Mouse Bow-Tique mini-episodes.  Gwen wears a lot of bows in her long hair and I thought it would be cute to have this party be Gwen’s “Birthday Bow-Tique.”

I wanted to do a double sided invite with a pattern & photos on the back.  Think Tiny Prints but this time I did it old school scrapbook style with 3 real (hard copy) photos added to the back side.  The invite is more substantial when mounted on the white cardstock and I wanted to share a few more of the photos so the back was a perfect opportunity.     I sat Gwen on a refinished hot pink bench a coworker gave me to take some photos for the invite.  I had taken a lot of photos but she wasn’t smiling in most of them.  Then her big brother came outside and she flashed the smile I was hoping to see.   I love the main photo.

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These were fairly easy to make and I am pleased with the finished invite.  Here’s how I put it all together.

It’s a 5×7 photo and then I mounted it on a 5.25×7.25 white piece of cardstock that has blue/white stripes printed on the back.  The stripes in this digital paper set were much thicker so I reduced the size so that they’d work on the back of the card.

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I took the Minnie silhouette from the cupcake toppers I purchased from the Etsy shop.  Then cut it out and made a full sheet of just the circle portion removing the blue heart background.  I made the circle 1.25 inches so that I could use my circle puncher to cut them out.


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We sometimes call Gwen “Gwennie” so I thought it would be cute to use “Gwennie Mouse” for the party.

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Photo Invite – Etsy shop ThinkBeautiful

Minnie Mouse Digital Paper Files – I’ll be using these to make many more things for this party (banner, drink signs, food signs, subway art and more!)

  • blue & white digital paper (Etsy – laneandmay)
  • Minnie Mouse silhouette taken from Cupcake Toppers (Etsy – laneandmay)

hot pink, black and aqua digital scrapbook papers pink, black and aqua minnie mouse digital scrapbook papers

  • EK Success Circle Punch 1.25

Fish Birthday Invite


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Today’s the second post in preparation for the fish birthday party for my son’s 5th birthday.   Last time I shared the M&M fish cupcakes and now this is the handmade invitation that kicked off making some decorations for the party.  I used the Silhouette to create an invite with die cut shapes, this is the 3 goldfish and bowl shape.   Gavin’s turning 5 so I added two more fish to the bowl.   It’s so fun designing cards with the Silhouette because you can cut the exact size you desire.  

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On the inside of the card I scraplifted a cute fish party invite design from Etsy, once again thank you for the inspiration!  Luckily I had a “V” in Gavin’s birthday number so that I could recreate the the fishbowl.  “One or Two” both work really well for this invite as the water looks best in a closed letter.  To add a little more color & texture I added the blue twine to the top of the fishbowl.  The twine also looks good when you open up the card to read the details showcasing a nice splash of blue and white twine. 

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I was very glad that I cut so many fish because I was able to use them on the other party decorations.  I’ll show you more of these cute fish on my next few posts. 

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I’m glad it worked to add the orange and white chevron fish to the group.  Since this is a boy party I wanted to keep the color palette simple with yellow, oranges and blues.  I created 5 different sizes/shapes of the little fish so that there would be variety in the fish bowl.   I am glad we are celebrating an odd number because 5 fish fit well in the bowl. 

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One more fish on the backside of the invite…..”made by Laurel.”

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Elephant Baby Shower Invite

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Today I’d like to share a handmade invitation that I made for an upcoming baby shower.   The theme for the baby shower is elephants with chevron patterns.  The momma & baby girl elephant clip art files are so sweet, I am so glad that they are being used for this celebration!   As you all know, chevron patterns are on trend right now (in scrapbooking, fashion, & décor) and I love being able to incorporate them into the handmade decorations.  The three colors we are using for all the party are light pink, teal blue and red (see the digital papers below).  

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I got the idea to use this beautiful shape for the main portion of the invitation from a great post on the Silhouette blog.  I had been playing around with the design, wanting to use the red chevron background but it’s a lot on it’s own.   I hadn’t figured out how to pull it all together until I saw this idea.   With the label shape on top of the pattern it peeks out but also lets the invitation body stand out.   Thank you Jeana for the idea & inspiration!  

I printed the background chevron paper from digital files, designed the invite with the silhouette and popped up the blue banner baby shower flag (with pop dots).   Digital paper is fun for making party stuff because you can print as much as you need. 

The momma elephant has three hearts coming out of her trunk, where I’ve added glitter glue for a little sparkle.  Thank you Michelle & Christine for helping me assemble the invites! 

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If you are looking to make these yourself, here’s all the elements I used for this invite. 


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

  • Chevrons-I am using the pink, red & blue across all the decorations. 
  • Elephants-Founds a cute momma & little baby girl to decorate everything.

Digital Paper Pack Personal and Commercial Use Colorful Chevron Stripes  Pink Valentines Day Elephants Clipart Commercial Use Animal Clip Art Graphics

Silhouette Shapes-

Fonts-  Plain (David), Script – Corenia Script Demo

We’ve been busy creating a bunch of other cute & fun things for the baby shower.  I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on.  Or even tell you the things we are making, but I can’t say that either!  It won’t be for another month though because I want to surprise the expectant momma.  It’s hard for me to keep surprises though so this will be fun to see if I can actually do it.  Since she’s a fellow crafter it’s all that much harder to keep it quiet but surprising her on the big day will be worth it!