Friday, February 24, 2012

Happy 2nd Birthday, Monkey!

Happy Birthday to my niece Clare, who turns 2 on February 24th, sharing the birthday with her mom, who turns, well, I better not say! When my Stampin' Addicts friends were planning a Blog Hop in honor of Stampin' Addicts' birthday, I decided to share what I'm making for Clare's party for the Stampin' Addict Party, AKA blog hop! Stampin' Addicts is the THE place to go to surf the galleries and forums on all things Stampin' Up! The folks there are friendly and helpful- and TALENTED!

Speaking of talented, on this blog hop, you can click on links from one blog to another to see 11 party themes done Stampin' Up! style! You may be starting on my blog or coming from Kim's Sesame Street Party, or going backwards from Heidi's Rapunzel party. Any way you get here, enjoy what I have to share and then click on link to the next blog to continue onward. If you get lost, click on the banner above to get the full list. Come back next week for pictures of the actual event and some more details!


Here is the whole ensemble. Bubba thinks I went overboard, but a girl only turns 2 once! I made a banner, hanging monkeys (those crazy heads on the spirals like look goofy in my picture), gift bags for the kid guests, a gift bag for my present for her, and thank-you notes.  My inspiration was the paper goods my sister picked out already. She loves matching paper goods to her themes and she makes and decorates the cake to go along with it. This particular paper product set came with a cute monkey, and in colors that matched Stampin' Up! How cool is that?


The banner took a Sunday afternoon. I'm not sure why, the process wasn't that hard, it just took me a while to get it set up just right. It comes in three pieces which I can hang in one long chain or like I did the photo. I use my Big Shot and the Perfects Pennants Die in the colors. If you look closely, you can see I used the Chocolate Chip Polka Dot Ribbon to lace the banner. I also added flowers from the Fancy Flower Punch stamped with the Mixed Bunch Stamp Set from the Occasions Mini Catalog.

The monkeys came from punch art I had seen. I combined a few ideas and made them bigger so they fit on my bags:

When my sister and I get in the same place (for the party), we can fill the bags with Goldfish (Clare's favorite snack), Bubbles (Clare's favorite thing to do), and more. Names can be written on each as kids arrive, since the RSVP's have been slim. We aren't really sure who's attending yet! Can you believe I used all Stampin' Up! Punches and dies to make this cutie? You'll have to come back Monday to see how I did it!

Finally, my sister always writes Thank-you notes for presents. She's amazing that way. Here are the one's she'll send out:

I wanted them to look similar to the invitations, but not exactly. I was lucky when I found out that the edge of the Blossom Bouquet triple layer punch fit on the 1 1/4" Circle with the monkey! So very cute!

Well, I'm sad to say  that's all I have to share on this hop. You can now go onward to visit Heidi's Blog with her Rapunzel Birthday party!



Happy Stamping!

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15 comments:

  1. These are so fun! Claire is going to have such a great party! I love your punch art monkey for the bag toppers.

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  2. Amazing punch art in the extra large size! The monkey banner is truly a special keepsake for Clare. Love the pennants on the gift bag too - that would make a great centerpiece!

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  3. That banner is amazing!!! Love all the fun bright colors. And your monkey is stinkin' cute! Fabulous job on all your projects. Your niece is blessed to have such a talented auntie. :)

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  4. More fun than a barrel of monkeys!! That banner is incredible-- I can see why it took an afternoon! I like that the pieces are separate too-- she will be able to enjoy her name even after the big day!

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  5. Love, love, love these monkeys! Especially the punch art faces! Eve's teacher is crazy for monkeys, so I will have to try these!

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  6. Fabulous Monkeys!! Great details--love the flowers on the banner and the Treat Bags. Great work and not "too much" at all!

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  7. I love monkeys and these are the cutest! Claire is going to love her party! Great job, Auntie!

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  8. Love the monkeys! That banner is so cute, and such a cute monkey on the treat bag! What a neat tip to be able to use the triple flower punch on the circle. I don't have the triple punches yet, but one of my stampers had this one, I'll have to tell her about this! Great job.

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  9. Wow, Sara! Those monkeys are amazing! Really, really cute projects.

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  10. Stinkin' cute Sara! Clare is one lucky girl. I want to come so I can get an adorable monkey treat bag.

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  11. Stinkin Cute and that banner is AMAZING!! I love it!!! Everything is adorable!!

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  12. Fun! Those monkey faces are the cutest!

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  13. Love your monkey faces. Everything is just adorable!

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  14. Oh my gosh, those monkey faces are too darn cute!

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  15. OMGosh! Those monkeys are the cutest little things!! The Island Floral die flowers are just perfect with them too.

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