bugs & butterflies printables

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I get a little clostrophobic this time of year. I’m originally from the South, where flowers are starting to pop out of the ground by now, while I sit here snowed in up to my ears… Oh well. Expanding our bugs & butterflies collection is my way of kicking the season off early in my winter wonderland.

Plus, I’m so excited to announce that Mom magazine will be featuring this collection in the 2Q 2010 issue. I can’t wait to see how their photo shoot goes on Monday and share images with you! While we wait, here are a few pics from ours.

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I’m really loving the mix of patterns in our new bugs & butterflies cupcake picks and cupcake wrappers. They go so well with the new mix of color plaid plates and napkins. By the way, when you buy this template you’ll receive all four designs so you can just mix and match away!

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Here’s a close up of the cupcake design with the green and white stripe wrappers.

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And here’s a close up of the cupcake set made from the yellow beehive design. 

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We also created straw slips. This is just one of the four patterns you’ll receive with the template. Others include green and white polka dot with butterflies, yellow and green polka dots, and green and white stripes. Each has space to write the child’s name or you can just use the colors to mark the cups.

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And we tried out a few napkin rings for the Mom magazine photo shoot, settling on the green and white dragonfly version. But what this means for you is that you get all three with one template. {wink}

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The other standard you’ll likely find with all of our future collections is the placecard/food and candy table markers. Are these not adorable?!

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Oh, and we can’t forget favors. We created bugs & butterflies cello bag toppers.

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Here’s a closer look at the “Thanks for buzzing by!” design. They’re such a quick and easy way to wrap up yummy treats for your guests, and

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last but not least we created these fun “Thanks for buzzing by!” goody bag tags. You can find all of these in the bugs & butterflies collection later this week. As always, I hope we’ve helped inspire your next celebration!

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introducing owl couple

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I’m soooo excited about this one. I know some of you are saying… “she’s always excited.” But this one is truly special. You see, I have a beautiful cousin and two beautiful nieces who are pregnant right now and surely one of them will want their baby shower to be a hoot! (Come on girls, indulge me!)

Our new owl couple custom invitation, thank you and printable collection would be an excellent way to pad the nest of any mom-to-be. Here are a few of the details:

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We decorated our cake plates with brown cardstock scallops to showcase our whimsy tree branch cupcake wrappers and owl couple cupcake picks.

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Shown on our pink and brown table decor is the second cupcake pick design: our pink and white stripe “Babies are a hoot!”

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We also made some adorable nest cupcakes (toasted coconut and candy malted milk eggs).

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I love these printable placecards since the little owl ears stick up and give the typical flat card some dimension. And if you’re not having a sit down meal, they also work great as food labels on buffets or candy tables.

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These beverage wrappers are also perfect to wrap hurricanes or even candles. And check out the super cute straw slips (also great for stemware). They come in four patterns (pink and white stripes, tree branch whimsy, pink polka dot, brown polka dot) and have plenty of space to write guest names.

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And no need to fret over favors. These pink and white stripe owl couple candy bar favor wrappers are simple and a perfect treat.

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Or, use our cello bag toppers to package up other candies or favors that guests can take with them.

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You could even make owl cookies with our cookie cutters and place them in the cello bags. {wink}

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Just like the straw slips and candy bar favors, we used a pink and white stripe (same as the back of the invitation) pattern to embellish our owl couple napkin rings.

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And last but not least, if you’re feeling crafty, make a few of these DIY plush owls to set around your decor. Read more about them, including our free pattern template, in our earlier post. As always, I hope you’re inspired because this baby shower could be a real hoot!

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radio guest today!

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I should have posted this days ago… darn dinosaur… and peapod… and oh, yes… owl (haven’t told you about that one yet) photo shoots. Anyway, the wonderful ladies over at Mommy on a Shoestring were kind enough to invite me to be a guest on today’s radio segment! The show starts at 2:00 EST/1:00 CST.

I’ll of course be chatting about birthday parties. And if I told you too late… sorry! You can catch it after the show on Toginet. Look to the right, under “Recent Shows” and play the 1-21-2010 show.

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introducing dinosaur… roar!

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So I do have a perfectly good reason for not blogging yesterday, we were shooting our new dinosaur birthday party theme. My youngest is a huge, did I say HUGE, dinosaur fan, so he’s already claimed this one for his next birthday party. {wink} On to the pics:

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I just adore the bright colors, blueberry dot and red dot plates, lime green and lemon dot napkins and of course the “Happy Birthday!” dinosaur cupcake picks with coordinating cupcake liners. And if you look closely you can see the yellow T-Rex in the background… my son has run off with it already. Hope we didn’t need any more shots!

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Here’s an up-close shot of the “Roar!” cupcake pick. We used a scallop punch and a foam adhesive square to give it that 3-D effect. And don’t you just love the grass? I have to admit, we used a Cricut machine, but I bet you could do the same thing with a pair of scissors and a little patience.

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Recognize anything? Yep, one of the cello designs is part of our Valentine giveaway.  

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Or, maybe you prefer to give slightly larger favors (e.g., stuffed dinosaurs, dino t-shirts) and need a red and white polka dot gable box with a dinosaur tag? {wink}

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And here’s our dino napkin ring.

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Love, love, love the straw slips. This collection offers four “Roar!” designs and four blank designs in case you prefer to write each child’s name on the slip.

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Plus, we found this six-piece cookie cutter set including, among others, T-Rex, Pteradactyl and Brontosaurus. 

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Oh, and how can I forget to show you my palm tree cupcake… that got broken just before the shoot… it was a lot taller. {giggle} Oh well, you gotta roll with the punches and use carmel to put your Twix tree trunk back together. The leaves are actually gum drop candy rolled flat, cut with kitchen scissors to the shape of leaves and then slightly curled up at the edges. I attached them to the tree with green icing, same as the grass, and allowed it to dry before inserting it into the cupcake.

As always, hope you’re inspired and make sure you stop in the shoppe to see all the details!

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gift: Valentine cello toppers

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I sat around trying to think of a fun way to show our customers, loyal readers of my blog, bloggers who have shared the shoppe and candidly anyone intrigued enough to stop by, how much we “heart” them on Valentine’s Day. In the end I decided to give away another free printable. This time it’s a craft you can do with your kids: adorable Valentine Day owl and dinosaur cello bag toppers.

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Pick out your favorite candy or bake up some goodies, put them in clear cello bags (shown with mini cellos, but you can cut off the longer ones), print off the topper, have your child sign his/her name, fold and staple (instructions are provided if you prefer ribbon). It’s simple and much cuter, in my opinion, than the cardboard ones I used to get as a kid… especially since I don’t recall getting any cookies attached. {wink}

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UPDATE January, 24, 2011 – we just posted for 2011! Read the post on how to receive your templates!

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We hope that you will love these new printable designs as much as we loved creating them. And remember, our kids don’t get to have all the fun… I plan on giving these to my girlfriends too!

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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din-o-roar party ideas

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Yesterday I shared an inspiration board for our soon-to-be woodland fairy birthday party collection {excited giggle} and today I’m sharing another soon-to-be. Within the next few weeks we’re going to introduce a bright and bold dinosaur birthday party collection. I can tell you my three year old, a true dinosaur enthusiast, is already making plans (literally) for his birthday in June.  

These are a few items from my inspiration board:

Enjoy and I’ll share our new creations soon!

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introducing something blue

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On Friday I posted a sneak peek of our new bridal shower: “Something Blue.” I’m proud to say that the new custom invitation, thank you and decor are now available in the shoppe.

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Silver plates and moire blue crepe paper placemats.

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Diamond ring and “I do” cupcake picks with beautiful silver and blue damask cupcake wrappers and white sparkling sugars. (Picks shown with 2 1/2″ circle punch, 2″ scallop punch and foam adhesive square for 3-D effect.)

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Phrase “I do” and diamond ring, wine marker from our printables collection.

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I put a little glitter on the diamond ring for sparkle. {wink}

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Diamond ring keychain favor, that doubles as a beautiful napkin ring against the silver plates and blue moire napkins.

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Or, if you prefer, printable napkin rings embellished with “I do” and diamond rings.

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Bake your guests some treats with wedding ring, wedding cake (see how it can double as a dress) and wedding gift cookie cutters.

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And maybe a martini glass cookie cutter could be fun too!

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Throw in a little candy,

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beautiful flowers, some fabulous food and you’re all set to shower your bride-to-be with an elegant party in her honor.

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This table is also perfect for a snowflake themed shower. As always, I hope we’ve inspired you for your next celebration!

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choo! choo! all aboard!

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I’m so excited to announce our newest “train” collection. The table decor colors alone just make me smile: blueberry, lemon, grass and rich red.    

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Along with the custom train invitations and thank you cards, we designed these train cupcake picks and wrappers,

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straw slips,

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napkin rings, and

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favor tags for our printables collection.

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And this was a fun little craft we created just for the shoot. The sign was so easy and only cost about $2.00 to make. (The train at the base was purchased as seen at the craft store for a mere $.59 and would be perfect as a placecard.) All you’ll need are two pre-cut wooden bases (small for sign and medium for base), yellow craft paint, dowels and black craft paper for your letters. Oh, and a sweet hubby to drill the holes for you. {wink}

As always, I hope you’re inspired for your next celebration.

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a royal birthday

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We launched a fabulous, if I do say so, Prince & Princess birthday party invitation last year. It’s fairytale castle and fire breathing dragon make it perfect whether you have a little prince, a little princess or both. And this year, we launched a slightly girlier version, Princess Castle, focusing more on the castle and a whimsical gated entryway. I’m not sure which I like more.

So with our new design we also wanted to style a new table. Don’t you just love this fuchsia and white polka dot plate and napkin set with lime green rim!?

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To this we added favors including enchanted carriage boxes:

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Princess crowns for the special girl:

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Royal court tiaras for all of her guests:

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And of course we had to create some new printables to go with our already popular pink polka dot cupcake wrappers and princess crown and castle picks:

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Like crown embellished napkin rings:

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And princess straw slips:

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Stop in our shoppe to check out all the details and more. I hope we’ve inspired you for your next celebration! 

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sneak peek at Santa

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I know it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet, but I’m already looking forward to Christmas. As a matter of fact, we recently launched a new design and it’s none other than Santa himself!

I’m planning to use him for my annual cookie decorating party…  yes, sprinkles everywhere… but the kids have a blast decorating cookies for Santa and of course a few for themselves. {wink} And as this year’s favor, each little one will go home with his/her own Santa (child size) apron. The boys are so excited they keep asking when we’re going to start baking!

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