Here’s a quick and easy idea for thank you favors to give to guests at a baby shower. This was for a surprise shower that was also on mum to be’s birthday. The theme was red and blue.
Here are the contents; a mini thank you card, popping candy, lolly pops, a little bag of milk bottle sweets and jelly babies, a washi tape flag and a cup to pop it all in. I also stuffed the bottom of the cup with tissue paper so the items sat close to the top of the cup.
This is the litte ready to pop card which I printed onto some patterned card stock.
A birthday card design for children that love pretty bugs and insects. Created with Sharipes.
I made this little soft toy robot for a friend’s first baby and I was inspired to make the card to match. I’ve added some images showing how to make the toy robot below.
The robot was simply made of 6 sewn cubes. For each cube stitch together 6 squares on the reverse leaving one side open for stuffing. Turn right side out and stuff. Close the open seam with a hidden stitch.
Make 4 small cubes for the arms and legs one large cube for the head and a medium cube (slightly smaller than the head) for the body. Attach the arms legs and head to the body. First securely sew the body to the head. For the arms attached them along one edge so they can move but for the legs attach along the 4 top edges so they remained in place.
Finally embroider on a cute face and some buttons.
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Bunting makes such pretty cards. Here’s two different layouts I used for birthday cards. I stamped the letters onto different coloured card with enough spacing to then cut out the triangles, then I glued them down along a curve as if suspended.
Here’s a collection of cards I created using my custom made candle stamp. I’ve found that it’s a really useful stamp to have as it can be used to quickly create simple birthday card designs. Also it I think it works really well with coloured stars made with a star shaped punch.
I knitted this little puppy from a pattern I found on Pinterest. It’s called Pupster, was created by FuzzyMitten.com and can be purchased on Ravelry.
It was a really quick and simple pattern to follow. I decided to embroider the eyes open as I made it as a gift for a new baby. The original pattern has instructions for a jumper but I decided instead to give him a green scarf to keep him warm which was simply a length knitted in sticking stitch. I also decided to make him all one colour apart from his snout. The original pattern has instructions to have different colour patches on his hands, feet and tail also. Due to the simplicity of the pattern it was easy to make this change so not only is it a good pattern to follow but also a versatile one.
This was my first attempt at carving my own stamps using the Undefined stamp carving kit by Stampin’ Up. It was a very welcome gift and a fab addition to my stamping equipment.
This is what the kit contains in the box and my first creations. A pair of owls and a candle. The kit has some designs to attempt so for my first stamp I used one of those which is the speech bubble pictured.
It is a really simple process. On some paper draw around the included wooden backings to get the bounds for your stamp design. Then with a pencil draw your design within those bounds. To transfer your design onto the foam you can then place the paper onto the foam and rub on the pencil. Then using the tools carve out the rubber where there is no pencil. I found it was good to start with the fine v shaped tool to go round the edge of the design then scoop out the large parts with the u shaped tool. Before sticking the foam to the wooden backing I stamped the wood with the design. The foam has a sticky backing so can then be simply cut out and mounted to the wood. And that’s it. A custom made stamp ready to go.
As the kit was a gift I then used my stamps to create a thank you card. Woot! Since making the stamps I’ve found that the candle design has been really useful for making simple birthday cards.
I made these framed origami butterflies for a friend’s birthday. It features two origami designs from Michael Lafosse’s Origami Butterflies. It’s a lovely book with simple to follow instructions. I stuck the butterflies to some patterned card with sticky foam squares so they sat firmly against the card. I used doubled up squares behind the wings to support them and to prevent the butterflies from tilting backwards. I finally mounted the card into a deep box frame.
I made quite a few butterflies with various patterned paper and chose the best ones to go in the frame. Since I had some left I used one to make this simple birthday card.
Here’s a simple silly birthday card that I made with coloured pens, googly eyes, coloured card and some red cord.
I drew two copies of a simple monster with a thick outline, cut them out and stuck one on the front and the other on the inside. On the front of the card I cut out the eye holes and then covered them with a pair of googly eyes.
On the inside I coloured the eyes back and glued some red chord to them and the other end of the cord to the back of the googly eyes making sure the cord was long enough for the card to open fully.
Finally I added the speech bubble. I stuck this on with a foam square to add some dimension.
So the recipient gets a monster surprise when they open the card.
My friend and I spent many happy childhood hours adventuring through the cave of monsters in the game Bubble Bobble. She recently became a mummy and I couldn’t resist modifying the old intro screen of Bubble Bobble into this new parent card. :)