When I received my new occasions catalog I noticed this great new line of products from a collection called, It's My Party. Since I love themes and because February is also my birthday month I decided to throw my own event entitled, "It's My Party" on my birthday weekend! At this event each guest received a pad of It's My Party Designer Series Paper and a package of It's My Party enamel dots and them put them to use creating several projects using these fabulous new products.
First I got the house ready. I created cake boxes with the adorable Cutie Pie Thinlets and used the It's My Party Designer Paper on them so everyone would see another use for this fun designer paper.
I was really happy with how these cake boxes turned out. It was my first time using the Cutie Pie Thinlets and I found that this box was really simple to put together.
I used the coordinating It's My Party Washi tape on the center of the box to make it look more "cake like". This box opens up very easily from the back so it was super easy to open them after assembly and fill them with a variety of mini chocolate bars.
Speaking of chocolate, there were also cute cupcakes both in chocolate and vanilla on display in my kitchen. I created these cute little toothpick toppers out of the It's My Party Designer Paper and some punches and added a sentiment from the Sunburst Sayings stamp set.
Next to the cupcakes I put some of the cards I had just received in the mail for my birthday on display. I LOVE getting hand stamped greetings in the mail. Aren't these cards pretty?
A special thank you to Annie C., Dawn G., Lisa C., Shannon W. and Kim W. for these beautiful cards that had just arrived the day before this event. Perfect timing to put them on display!
The card pictured on the front row, left side was created by Shannon West of Stampin' Up! Shannon recently started a campaign to bring birthday cards back. It's sad to admit that sometimes although I make cards almost on a daily basis I sometimes end up sending a Facebook message or text rather than a card. Shannon's mission to bring birthday cards back really inspired me so I have plans in this new year to join her in this mission and hope I can inspire others to do the same.
As my guests arrived they had the opportunity to create 3 projects, enjoy refreshments and shop at an exclusive retired stamp sale.
Project one was a birthday bag. It was made with two pieces of Designer Paper that were scored at 2 inches and 9 inches and then you turn the paper and score it at 3 inches and 9 inches. You know if it's something that I am putting together, it has to be SIMPLE! I let my guests choose which pattern they wanted to use from the pad they were given when they checked in. It was fun to see all the different patterns of pretty birthday bags that were completed.
The handle of the bag was just stapled on and I hid the staple under this cute little punched out balloon that coordinated with the paper pattern I chose.
It was great to see so many smiling faces from my customers, down line and friends who stopped by to support this fun event. This is my down line, friend and travel buddy Zeny. I love to travel with her because she always has fun snacks on the plane and my favorite is her home made trail mix. Hmmm maybe I can persuade her to fill up this bag with her delicious trail mix for the trip we are taking together in April?
Project 2 was actually 4 projects in one. There was a cute box that held three gift card holders all adorned with different patterns of the It's My Party Designer Paper and embellished with the It's My Party enamel dots.
The inside of the card had a black strip that was stapled at the bottom and on the sides. I then stamped a sentiment on white card stock and punched it out with the Washi label punch. The punched strip covered the bottom staple but I let the side staples show because I liked how they looked. Using staples provided a quick way to make a pocket so it could easily hold a gift card.
Speaking of "gifts", these two are very dear to me and it had been awhile since I had seen them. These two special ladies always bring smiles to others when they attend my classes just by being themselves. I was so grateful they were able to be a part of my class that day as it truly made my birthday event extra special to have them there.
The final project was this simple birthday card created with the Party Wishes stamp set and Party Pop Up Thinlets.
To highlight the inside of the card I used a piece of the matching Designer Paper to go behind the Pop Up Cake that was created with the Party Pop Up Thinlet die.
As people left the event, if they had brought a friend or placed an order there were given this final bonus card created with the Big New stamp set and Party Pop Up Thinlets. I LOVE the new party punch pack that I used to create the cute cupcake embellishment on the front.
The inside of the card popped with our Party Pop Up Thinlets and a small strip of the It's My Party Designer Paper.
All in all it was a WONDERFUL way to spend my birthday weekend. Who knows I might have to host an event like this every year because it was so much fun. Thank you to all who came and made my weekend special. Thank you too for the cards, flowers, cupcakes and other special unexpected blessings. It was SO much Fun to spend my a birthday weekend filled with so much inspiration, creativity and love!