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I wanted to send something to my friends in Gibraltar for their birthdays since I was not able to make it over. After last years gift shopping success, I had no idea what to get and making presents is all well and good but they have to be posted and few paper crafts I could think of would post well.
I realised I had some beautiful card left from my Hunky Dory set that I thought were too pretty to be used as cards to decided to make then into little note books. Which wonderfully just about matched the cards I had made for them.
I now they have all been received and hoped they were liked.

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Birthday prep

R had her 5th birthday this week.

This year I promised we would do her a party (sadly lacking in the last 2 years since we moved here).

How to do  children’s party on a budget without making life too difficult for your self????

nope still can not answer that one

but I focused all my crafty energies on party makes last week and feel my efforts help make the party a success.

R asked for a superhero theme so

I cut out some masks (from templates) that the kids could decorate when the arrived

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I cut up some old t-shirts and stitched on some velco to make capes (stunningly modelled by teddy here, really bad photo)

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I cut up some cardboard boxes and drew squares for windows on some (lack of time to do all) for a little photo backdrop. Sadly the kids did not want to pose for me.

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6 days before the party I decided to make a piñata. Got the girls to help me make it with paper mache over a balloon.

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I put on as many layers as possible hoping to make it strong enough to hold the sweets but turns out I made it nearly indestructible. Mums had to take turns after it proved the kids were not getting anywhere. Ended up being ripped open from a small hole I had left at the top.

You never know how savage children can be until you tell them there are sweets in something they can not open.

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I made party bags from neswpaper

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and some little notebooks to put in (i refuse to spend money on pointless little toys the kids don’t want)

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I also put in some little pencils, balloons and sweets of course

and finally…

The birthday cake

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I didn’t make this but I think it is too awesome not to share

Upcycling some more with left overs

 

A couple of months ago I main a small cutlery holder for the girl’s bit using some cereal boxes as the base. well I came across the left over parts of the boxes used the other day and had another brain wave to put these bits to good use.

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So I used various glues to reshape the boxes (had been folded flat)  and stack them together.

And I bet now your thinking OK she has done this before. It is going to be a paper stacker. But no, these boxes are too small for that anyway… maybe A5…

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Anyway on to decorating

As a side point if anyone sees one of these gift wrap cutters anywhere let me know as I want another one, it is great for cutting pages out of magazines in a neat way

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Isn’t it pretty, strange how something seem much pinker after you have made them… still wait for the last picture

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Add some plastic tubs left over from fresh raviolli pasta in the Supermarket and look I’ve made a chest of drawers

Brilliant right?

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OK I thought it was pretty awesome anyway

 

 

Card makes June 2014

Not the most productive card making month but I have been on holiday, that in my excuse and I am sticking to it.20140611_13575920140602_171852

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