Well, we certainly had a very busy weekend!
Friday the 5th was our daughter's 7th birthday and here is the card I made for her. She was very excited when she received the card.
Since I had the experience of making the birthday cake with beads and wire last time, I thought I would try to create my own bead design this time. So I came up with this cup cake design. It even has a cherry on the top! I am quite happy with the result. Here is a close up picture of the beaded cup cake.
If you are interested in trying beads and wire on cards, have a look at this book called 'Step-by-Step Bead Cards' by Kate MacFadyen. It is a good place to start. There are lots of projects in the book and the clear instructions make them easy to produce.
I actually took Friday off to prepare my daughter's birthday. I spent most of my time baking cakes and making up party bags for her birthday party on Saturday. On Friday night we had a home made chocolate lemon cake with poppy seeds to celebrate her birthday. (I have to say the cake was yummy!) Then on Saturday, we took her and her friends to a Wacky warehouse for an hours play and then McDonald's for lunch. This year she decided to have a "Cup cake and High School Musical" theme birthday. So I decided to make this birthday party a bit different by making my own cup cakes and party bags.
Each cup cake was decorated with High School Musical (HSM) images and sugar stars. Then they were wrapped individually with clear cellophane bags and red/ gold ribbons. Not only do these cup cakes look good but also they are a lot easier to hand out for people to take home.
For the party bags, I also used clear cellophane bags to fill with lots of sweeties, chocolates, HSM stickers, balloons and party toys. I quite like the fact that you can see what you will get in your party bag. Apart from the contents, the actual party bag costs next to nothing!! The bag was sealed by stapling a folded thick card to the opening. The folded cards were cut out from cereal boxes which were then covered with free Laura Ashley wall paper samples. I decorated the card with HSM images which were cut from various gift boxes and packages. A sentiment "Just for you" has also been stamped on white card, cut into circular scalloped shape and attached to the card. Before stapling the card to the bag, I fastened a gold piece of ribbon onto the card to make a handle. This is simply done by cutting two small slits located at the fold. Then I threaded the ribbon through the slits and tied a knot at each end of the ribbon. Here is a closer look at the party bag.
When my daughter handed out those cup cakes and party bags, people were impressed. You could hear "WOW" from everywhere!! It was a success!! Even one of the parents asked "Which shop did you buy these party bags from?" Ha! I then responded proudly "These are not shop bought. I made them!!" I was so chuffed!!
I hope you like my cup cakes and party bags as much as I do. I certainly will make these again, especially as they had turned out so good and that they were completely different to the usual cakes and party bags.
STAMPS: 1) Magnolia unmounted stamp- CC09 Chasing Tilda from Chasing Butterflies Collection 2009.
2) Papermania clear stamp- Just for You from Exclusive FREE Clear Stamps.
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black and Whispers permanent-waterproof black ink.
PAPER: Pink with green squared pattern paper is from Paperchase Scrapbook Pad- Pack 25 Paper Stack Pastels. Rest of the papers/ cards are from my own stash. Red flowery and black and white wall papers, used on party bags, are from Laura Ashley.
DIE CUT: Quickutz- RS-0017 Balloon
Others: Copic markers, seeded beads, wire, gems, clear glitter glue, decorative scalloped scissors, card candy and ribbons have also been used.
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