DM is a huge Star Wars fan. Munchkin had watched all of the movies (mainly through closed eyes) before she was 5 months old. So for his birthday it seemed appropriate to make him a Stormtrooper birthday card. And carrying on the theme from last year, it needed to be a pop up!
As I’m sure you can imagine, life has been a little like riding a rollercoaster this past few weeks. So I was exceedingly happy to carve out a little time to myself to put this card together for DM. His birthday was a low-key affair, but a perfect one. The sun came out over the weekend and we got to relax and enjoy what felt like some of the first Spring days in Lausanne. I also took him to Funky BBQ in Geneva and bought him copious amounts of American BBQ. So he was a very happy man!
I created this card using my cutter/ plotter. Then cut out black cardstock and glued it behind to add the details.
This year Munchkin and I collaborated to create a card for DM. Below is the result. Munchkin directed where she wanted me to draw hearts and with which crayon, then got to embellishing the rest of the card, leaving me to do the final assembly.
It’s a simple design but quite effective and really easy to put together.
Above is the slightly tweaked version you can download templates for. I’ve included both PDF and SVG files, so you can use a cutting machine (like the Silhouette if you have access to one).
To create this project you’ll need 3 pieces of A4 card, an x-acto knife and some glue or double-sided tape.
If you’re collaborating with your Munchkin, I suggest letting them decorate the card stock first.
Print the PDF templates below onto the back of their artwork and cut it out; this way you won’t see the score and cut lines muddying up their artwork.
Or put their finished artwork through your cutting machine. This way your card won’t end up looking like something Frank Gehry created. Read more
For Munchkin’s first birthday party I made up a suite of items that all fit with the Bee theme we’d set. I wanted them to be modern and sweet, without covering everything with flowers or running with a black and yellow bee theme.
On the day, I incorporated loads of fresh flowers and lots of little modelling chocolate bees into the decorations. But for the invitations, thank you cards and goodie/ gift boxes, we went with something a little more modern.
This was as we had lots of our friends around, not just Munchkin’s playmates. Starting next year, we’ll have much smaller parties with her friends and it’ll all be based around what she decides she loves at that time. So I’m expecting to have to create Totoro, Curious George or Winnie the Pooh themed parties!
The gift boxes were a hit. We filled them with sweets and chocolates. They also perfectly matched the cookies we gave away.
The templates for matching invitations, thank you cards and their respective envelopes will be on the blog next week.
They’re cut out of A4 card stock (as per usual, the thickest you can get through your printer!). I used 200 gsm. And they make up a box 8cm (tall) x 9cm (wide) x 6cm (high)
I cut the goodie boxes out with my Graphtec cutter, but a little research has shown me that the Silhouette system now has all the same functionality. So if you have a Silhouette you can make these exactly as I have. If you want to change them, you can. Load up the file in Illustrator and modify it to your hearts content.
For those of you without a cutting system, I’ve also included PDF files with the entire image printed on the top as shown below. One with the score lines marked and one without. This means it can be cut out by hand excluding all the intricate detail in the top of the box. Read more
I don’t often share the work of others on this blog. But now and then I stumble across something that I can’t resist sharing with you, this is one of those things!
I haven’t made these paper pieces of fruit… yet. Primarily because Munchkin still has a habit of making papier mâché out of everything she can get her hands on. But they’re splendid!
I can’t help but think they’d make fabulous presents filled with candy, or put in a fruit bowl as a table decoration. I only wish I’d thought of the idea! Honestly, though, Mr Printables do some splendid work I’m exceedingly envious of. Go check them out here