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Favorite Things Valentine Party

Homemade Valentine Stamps and Crafts

I hosted a Favorite Things Valentine party for my high school friends and their kids last week. We have a party every year and I must admit, it’s taking more and more thought to come up with a new theme every time.

You can see the past two parties here: Valentine Party | Valentine Detective Party

Favorite Things Invitation

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There were plenty of brown paper packages tied up with string at this party, but we also had our share of pink and red hearts, glitter and more. It was a great combination. I mailed the invitations in brown paper bag envelopes and sewed some hearts along the bottom to pretty them up. :) The invitation asked each kid to bring a small gift under $5 of their favorite thing for a little gift exchange at the party. That part was a lot of fun.

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Party Prep

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Before the party I prepped a banner kit for every kid. Each bag was filled with their own supplies including washy tape, stickers, glitter, banner and glue stick. Even though I filled the table with more supplies, I think it’s always fun to give each guest something of their very own. It makes it a little more special.

I used my Silhouette Mint to make some stamps for the kids to use on their banners. This little machine is amazing and you can create stamps so fast! I scanned in some images I drew and printed them out at stamps. Then I added some ink and they were ready to go. Once you fill the stamps with a little ink, you can easily get 50+ stamped images from it. When it starts to run out, just add more ink. These are great for small children too, because they were a lot cleaner than having them mess with a stamp pad that would get ink all over their hands.
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I wanted to share some of my favorite things with the kids at the party. When I was little my mom had her stash of craft supplies, and us kids had our own separate stuff. I remember feeling like I won the lottery any time my mom would let me use her ribbons, paints, stamps or anything that was normally off limits. I let loose for this party and put out glitter, paper, stamps, ribbon, and more. I expected my house to be a mess with all this crafty goodness open to little hands, but that’s what made it more fun.DSC_3220

I covered each table with white butcher paper. I bought a roll of this a year ago and LOVE it. It’s the best tablecloth for craft projects and kids parties. (I also pull it out sometimes for the kids to color huge pictures on. They think it’s awesome.) I glued hearts along the center of the paper to make a table runner. The best part of it all, when the party was over, I just gathered it all up and threw it in the trash. Heaven sent with all that glitter, confetti and glue the kids were using. DSC_3228 DSC_3259

They loved having free rein on spoonfuls of confetti and glitter, using all the sparkly ribbon and pretty tape they wanted. They glued on hearts all over and let their creative juices flow freely. I love giving kids an open ended project without them having to make a craft that looks just like a sample shown. It is so fun to see how their minds work and the things they come up with.DSC_3274

With 18 kids at the party, I planned on glitter spilling. I think my kids were the only ones that did spill it. Figures. Haha! I love this shot of my little girl’s feet covered in glitter. I’m telling you, that sparkly stuff was everywhere. Good thing I gave each kid a tiny container of it and didn’t put out bowls full of it like originally planned. I think that would be really pretty on the tables with older kids, but with some one and two-year-olds, I tried to play it safe.

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I love this shot of the table during the party with those little hands creating. This is just what I pictured when I planned the party, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. I hope you feel inspired to get a little messy with some Valentine crafts this year.

You can find all the cut and stamp files used at the party in the links below.

Black and White Tribal Party

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These two wild boys are really into a show they discovered on Netflix called “Yakari.” It’s about a Sioux Native American boy named Yakari, that has a gift that allows him to communicate with animals. My kids think he is the coolest. They are obsessed with animals and the fact that Yakari not only rides a horse, but also talks to animals, makes him the greatest person in the world. A tribal party seemed like a good pick for their fourth birthday. Don’t you think?tribal party invitation

As I was drawing all the animals they checked several times to make sure I included “Great Eagle” and some other animals from the show. All designs were approved by them. I’m pretty sure they run the show around here. :)
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Decorations

My mother-in-law makes these amazing cakes for all the grandkids every year. This was the first year we had a friend party instead of a family one. She lives a few hours away, so she didn’t make their cake this year. I completely forgot to order one until the day before the party. Oops! That night I whipped up a few plastic cake toppers using my Silhouette Cameo and shrink film. It’s becoming my new favorite stuff to cut. You can check out my tutorial for cutting shrink film to see how you can make your own cake toppers.
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I created this simple banner using my Silhouette and the print and cut feature. If you don’t already print and cut party decorations or other projects, you must start. It saves so much time!!! DSC_2830Their birthday is a few days before Christmas. We threw the party two weeks after when things weren’t quite so busy. I took the Christmas decorations off our trees and strung some banners on them as party decorations.

Party Favors

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All of the party favors were given out as prizes for the different games we played at the party. I love the simplicity of these two games.

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The memory/matching game has 12 pieces total. Six different animals to match. I used Silhouette’s Temporary Tattoo Paper to transfer the icons to the wood discs. I applied them the same way would to your skin. When they were dry, I sprayed them with a matte sealer. I don’t know how well it will actually protect them, but so far, so good. We have played this game probably 100 times or more, and they still look like new. I’m calling that a win.DSC_2641DSC_2984

This tic-tac-toe game was so EASY to make. Seriously. Fastest party favor I have ever made. I used a sharpie to draw the tic-tac-toe board on a cotton drawstring bag (similar bag found here). Then I filled each bag with 5 arrowheads and 5 rocks. That’s it! Piece of cake, right?DSC_3051

I made feathered headbands ahead of time for each guest to wear. I painted white feathers with some black acrylic craft paint and let them dry. Then I just taped them to the inside of the headband. I love how they turned out.
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Another simple prize that was given out were these candy arrows. I filled some plastic tubes with Sixlets, then used glue dots to adhere the paper arrowhead and feather to each end.
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For one of the activities we made pinch pots. This party was for a bunch of 3 and 4-year-olds. They did surprisingly well at this. We went through each step of creating the pot together, then they used toothpicks to make designs on their pots. I used this homemade clay recipe and it worked out great. DSC_3013

You can find all the cut files for this party in my Silhouette portfolio or by clicking on the images below.

DIY Photo Banner | Using your iPhone

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I have a Valentine party coming up that I’m hosting for some friends and their darling kiddos. It is so fun to get together and see the things kids create and talk about while crafting. It’s one of my very favorite things. I’ll be posting some of the fun activities we’ll be doing at the party so you can use them at your parties too.

I want to personalize as much of this party as possible to show the kids how loved they are. I thought a photo banner would be a great way to do that. I asked each mom to send me pictures of their kids with one reason they love them. I printed all the photos and reasons they are loved onto 3×4 cards using the tutorial below. I then added gold glitter to mini clothes pins and finished them with a paper heart. Clip all the pictures to the banner and it’s finished. Each kid will leave with their picture as a little Valentine card from their mom. The cards can then be slipped into Project Life photo sleeves.

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FREE DOWNLOAD | Valentine Banner

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I’m continuing with my new Valentine designs in the Silhouette store this week. I just added 12 new Valentine patterned papers today that I used for my heart garland. I printed out a full sheet of each pattern and then cut them with my Silhouette like I would with any other patterned paper. Sew along the top half of the hearts to keep them from flipping upside down when hung.  Continue reading

Valentine Bags and Tags

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Love is in the air. I have some new Valentine tags and more in the Silhouette store this weekend. Go check them out and come back next week to see all the different ways you can use them.

Links for more coordinating Valentine inspiration

3×4 Journaling Cards | Heart Garland and FREE Banner

Neon Party

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Here is a simple farewell party I threw for a friend before she moved away. It was one last get together with all our girlfriends. I used neon circle labels found in the office supply section to add a little touch of neon to everything. It was so easy and fast.

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Each guest left with a potted succulent. I spray painted the plastic pots that they came in white. I then wrapped them with neon yarn and tied a clay tag to it. I used a stamp that says “keep in touch” to press the words into the polymer clay before cooking.

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The closest thing to a neon dessert I could think of was sherbet. These clear cups with lids were perfect for preparing individual servings before the party. I finished them off with a neon paint dipped wood spoon tied on top.

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The banners were so easy to make. I made the fringe banner out of neon tissue paper I cut and sewed together. The polka dot garland is made by sticking the neon circle labels to thread. The great thing about neon is a little goes a long way. This party was so simple and came together in just a few hours. I love when that happens!

Woodland Party by Ali

My adorable friend Ali is due with her first baby this month and I’m so excited for her. She sent me some pictures from a baby shower her mother-in-law threw her using the Woodland Party Theme. Notice the cake topper is the fox from the invitation. Clever. She also used the garland for decor along the table runner instead of hanging. Thanks for sending these to me Ali. You are going to be the best little mama and I can’t wait to meet the little guy!

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Hip Hip Hooray! Free Download

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I made this banner to celebrate my niece’s kindergarten graduation. It’s a great banner that can be used for many occasions, and goes well with a variety or party decorations. It would be fun for a summer party or to celebrate small achievements such as an A on a spelling test. Make little party favors using a coordinating tag, ribbon, and small paper sack.
hooray bag cropYou can find the free download HERE. If you have the Designer Edition of Silhouette Studio, you can simply import it and it’s ready to cut. For those of you that don’t have the Designer Edition, Silhouette is having an amazing sale right now. Click on the image below to link to their store. The sale prices are only available through the link HERE or by clicking on the image. Use code ROBISON at checkout to receive these promotional prices.

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Have a wonderful 4th of July holiday and I’ll see you Friday!

Patriotic Decorations

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Here are some last minute party ideas for the 4th of July. First are these Patriotic Food Toppers. There are no paper pieces to layer or toothpicks to glue, just cut and insert them into any yummy treat!

stars and stripes flags cropThe second is this simple flag banner using the Party Banner die cut. Another quick project that doesn’t require layering any pieces. You can find the tutorial for the 3D Star Garland HERE.

Tomorrow I’ll have another free download for you. Remember to take advantage of the current Silhouette Promotion on the Designer Edition Software so you can import all my free downloads to cut on your Silhouette. See you tomorrow!

Patriotic Bunting Tutorial

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Independence Day is just around the corner. I still can’t believe July is almost here. This summer is flying by. I have a few patriotic projects for you this week that you can make to decorate your home or holiday barbecue. As always, these projects are fast and easy to complete leaving you plenty of time for your other holiday preparations.

Today’s tutorial is for the patriotic bunting. This is classic decoration for Independence Day usually made from fabric, and I’m going to show you how to make it out of paper.

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Woodland Party

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I’m so excited to share my new woodland party today! It coordinates perfectly with the woodland animals from this post. This theme would be perfect for birthday parties, baby showers or a summer campout.

*Updated to add woodland cupcake wrappers and water bottle labels*

Woodland Animal Banner

This banner comes as a print and cut for fast and easy assemble. Simply string it through some twine and hang with the woodland garland. It’s a fast and easy way to add a big impact to your party.

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Woodland Die Cuts

These die cuts can be used alone to embellish and decorate, or strung together to create a garland. As with all my designs, they are simple and easy to create. Each shape is made up of very few pieces and colors so they can be assembled quickly. Tape them to some twine and you have a lovely garland. Continue reading