Sunday, July 15, 2012

Lego Ninjago Birthday Party part 1

My son seems to like picking themes for his birthday parties that haven't made it to the retail market of party store heaven.  This time it was Lego Ninjago. I scoured the internet but there were no cups, plates, napkins, games, pinatas or even ready-made goodie bags to be found.
Was I up for the challenge?

Here's how it went!

On arrival ninjas received their headbands.

 Then made a Hover Craft, craft.
Going with the Spinjitzu theme these spin as they hover.
Simply blow up a balloon, attach to the hover craft and it slightly lifts off the ground.
I thought the kids would use the floor but the dinning table served the purpose of see the actual hovering action.

Next was Ninjago training with 2 teenage black belt friends.
The demonstration afterwards was a treat! The kids were in awe!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Happy Harvest Banner

I wanted to add some much needed fall decoration to our family room so I set out on creating this Happy Harvest Banner.

I started with the letters by using my Cricut and the Speaking of Fall cartridge. All the paper was from my scrap bin which made it harder to find enough and get it all to coordinate. (In hindsight, I wish I'd used the Imagine and printed the paper and cut it. That's why I got it in the first place.)

After I settled on my letters I needed a base for them.  The 2 Hs were much larger then the other letters so I decided they needed their own base, a pumpkin.  The pumpkins were cut from the Speaking of Fall Cartridge the letter P.  I used Design Studio to make them 6" wide and 5 1/2" long.

The only brown paper I had was too plain and my kids were longing to help so I used white butcher paper and brown acrylic paint.  Using their fingers they swirled Espresso and Brown (Craft Smart brand) around to cover the white.  Before it dried I sprinkled Martha Stewart Antique Silver glitter on the paint. While the glitter is still in my daughter's hair it did give a nice sparkle to the banner.  The brown base pieces are cut from Lacy's Labels, "All Girl" at
4" wide and 5 1/2" long.

You might notice that the Indians and Pilgrims do not created the H letters in the cartridge.  I used these characters from other letters to make the H. 
The Pilgrims are holding turkey legs and the Indians are holding corn, both also from that cartridge but from other letters, cut much smaller and glued together to help form the Hs. 

When I was almost done, my son says "Mom you should switch the corn to the Pilgrims and the chicken to the Indians."  Why, I ask.
"Because the Indians make Butter Chicken."
My boy is too smart for his own good.  I'm glad he knows good food, even if he doesn't yet know the difference between Native Americans and people from India (who are known as Indians too).

I hope you got a chuckle from that as I did.
Have a Happy Harvest Season everyone!!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Secret Sister Cards

I recently made a few cards for a Secret Sister.
I don't often make cards so this was a fun twist from my norm.
  They were fast and easy. 

This coffee cup was mimicking a Starbucks and fits a pouch of Via just perfectly. The card is made by linking 2 cups together to fold on the seem. The wanted a shiny plastic look for the lid of the cup so used glossy photo paper. The hot shield was made by sending brown paper through the crimper. Over all it turned out to be a great card to give my secret sis a little break in her day and pick up me.

"Be still and know I am God" is a verse from the Bible (Psalms 46:10)It helps me to relax when I get a little stressed out so I wanted to share the verse with my friend. This card was a fun way to do just that. I was planning on just adding glitter on the wings of the bumblebee but added it to the words for a little more sparkle.