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Custom Daredevil Shirt ~ Silhouette Blog Hop & a Giveaway!!

When Sid turned two we had an Evel Knievel themed birthday party for him.  This seemed perfect for our little daredevil.  Admittedly when discussing this theme with Ian he was a little concerned. It took me a while to figure out why, and then I explained to him that Evel is a person’s name and that he was not evil, and when I say ‘daredevil’ I also don’t mean someone who is bad. I just love how kid brains process things.

Evel Knievel Party Decorations


Originally I wanted to make Sid an Evel Knievel suit. And when I say ‘I wanted to make’, I really mean I wanted my mom to make him one (see picture).

But it was so hot and we had lots of water activities at his party that he wouldn’t really be wearing it…..so I scratched that idea.

I also thought of just making him a shirt that looks like the top of Evel’s suite. Think tuxedo shirt….

But I still wasn’t sold on that idea.  Then I found an image somewhere on Google that I thought would be great for his shirt and a whole new idea was formed.

I wanted to customize Sid’s shirt so I took the image traced and altered it. (As I do with everything I make.)

Sid Evel Knievel birthday shirt

It is convenient that Sid’s name only has three letters and fit under the motorcycle in place of the engine.  I used two colors of flocked HTV (HTV=Heat Transfer Vinyl), it’s the kinda fuzzy stuff. I personally think it holds up better than regular HTV by the way.

It was a little difficult to get a picture of him in his shirt on his birthday (left) but he still wears this shirt all the time (he’s three and a half now).

Custom Evel Knievel Shirt

I went ahead and used the same image for his party favors.  I simply replaced Sid with Ride, as I felt people wouldn’t want to take home bags that say “Sid” on them.  For the bags I used the printable HTV for light colors (there is a difference between the one for light fabric and the one for dark fabric, I explain it in this post) and had my Cameo cut around the outside of the image, and the larger pieces inside.

Evel Knievel Party Favors

Inside the bag is a matching tattoo and sticker also made with my Silhouette Cameo.

Turns out that this Silhouette Challenge theme was all about Fabrics! So I just knew this project would fit in perfectly. Now since using HTV is only one option with working with your Silhouette and fabrics these wonderful ladies have come up with some other amazing ideas for you.  My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Art Party Smocks Custom Daredevil Shirt ~ Silhouette Blog Hop DIY Lightning Bug Wall Art with Lights DIY Chevron Mickey Mouse Shirt with Glitter HTV DIY Nautical Pillow Cover + A GIVEAWAY! Recycling Tee Shirts - St. Patty's Day Style! Appliqued Initial Heart Pillow Wrap-Around Shark Shirt Sew A Shopping Tote Into A Zipper Pouch 3 Creative Onesies for Baby Girl & Free Cut Files Pom Pom Tail Bunny Onesie Freezer Paper Stenciled Cushion with a Giveaway! Rawr! Dinosaur Birthday Shirt customize your Picnic Blanket It is Well With My Soul T-Shirt Design Monogrammed Envelope Pillows + Giveaway {The Silhouette Challenge} Toddler Trouble Shirt with free cut file DIY Ombré Tote Upcycled t-shirt cat... Meow! Little Helper Stenciled Kids Apron DIY Easter Egg Shirt - Silhouette Heat Transfer & Rhinestones DIY: Crazy Cat Lady Shirt + Free Cut File

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Hand Made Decorations for a Pirate Party

This past month I have been busy making Ian’s birthday party decorations.  I wanted to share a few of the items I am making.

I don’t want to spoil the surprise, so this is just a sneak peek at what I can do now that I have my Silhouette Cameo to help me.

Ian had decided he wanted a pirate birthday party this year.  I wanted his invitations to be pirate chests that open up to revel treasure, and a treasure map.


I quickly gave up trying to draw a treasure chest and just purchased a cut file from the Silhouette Studio Store.  After which I ran it through my Cuttlebug to emboss the paper with a wood grain.


I went to Photoshop and created a picture of coins and jewels that matched the shape of the card.  I imported that image into the Silhouette Studio software so that my machine would cut around all the little shapes for me.


I also created a cut out that would contain all the information on the card.

It says

“Avast, me hearties!
Join us for a swashbucklin’ adventure
Shiver me timbers! Captain Ian is turning 4
Board ye ship ‘n follow ’tis old map
to find a buried birthday treasure!”


I used the digital graphics from Just So Scrappy‘s YoHo Pirate kit (as I will do for various other items I made for this party) to make cut out a treasure map.


The three elements inside the card were made with the Silhouette’s Print ‘n Cut feature, which I think is da bomb!

I cut the treasure chests out in a light brown and dark brown cardstock.  I also cut the straps in the same two colors, I then used the light straps on the dark chest and vice versa.  The buckles and locks were cut out using a gold-colored cardstock.  I glued all the elements together, except the map, which I attached with a brad so it can be moved.

Using the same digital graphics I created a pirate flag topiary  table decoration.  I had to create my own cut file for the flag portion, cutting out the skull and crossbones.


I sandwiched a white piece of cardstock in between the two flag pieces, which I glued to a paper straw.  The base is made using the print and cut feature, it is an adapted cupcake wrapper shape.

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And what it just wouldn’t be a party with out party hats!


For the pin wheel I used the sketch feature that can only be found in the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition.


I ‘hand’ drew the skull and bones, and by hand I mean I used the draw polygon tool.  I used the sketch tool to make the skull look more hand-drawn.  I used a black Sharpie Marker to draw the lines with the Cameo and then made the cut around it.


This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to decorations that can be made using a personal cutting machine.  I would never have been able to cut out all the pieces to make forty invitations, if I had to do it by hand.

I have much more planned and will revel more after the party.

Happy Crafting


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Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

The Great Lamp Rescue Barnyard Animal Paper Garland & Party Details Sweet and Simple Easter Bunny Card Owl Theme Baby Shower Ombre Paint Chip Earrings & Free Cut File Spring is Blooming Drop It (Like It's Hot) Hexagon Tray Spruce Up Your RECIPE BOOK Gift Card Giving Free Cut Files Custom outlines for stamps Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Juice Boxes Wine Themed Bridal Shower Learn How To Make A Sewn Paper Garland! Moroccan Thank You Card 3D Flower Spring Wreath For the Love of Paper: Cutting Embellishments Create Your Own St. Patrick's Day Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers Swimming Word Art St. Patrick's Day Lime White Chocolate Chips Cupcakes + Freebie You're invited to a dog party! I'm so Lucky! Spring Wreath with SIlhouette Cut Flowers Tiny Princesses Paper Dolls Colorful Quote with your Silhouette Get Well Bouquet with Persimmon Roses Greeting Card Holder Baby Shower Invitations How-To Create a Custom Pillowbox on Your Silhouette Machine + Free Cut File! Quality Time Jar Matchbox Cover with {FREE CUT FILE} DIY Baby Girl Shower Invitation Candy Alphabet Travel Game Paper Garland Pretty Paper Roses DIY Geometric Heart Journal Hand Made Decorations for a Pirate Party Wedding Shower Gift Heart Map Decoupaged Letters (A scanner + A Silhouette = Spectacular results!) Easter Pop-up Box Card with Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper from Stampin' Up! Better World Greeting Cards Star Wars Silhouette Canvas Monogrammed Gifts Make Printable Gift Wrap with your Silhouette Software Free Printable: Blank Banner with free Silhouette Cut File

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Birthday Pirate Shirt

When my son makes a decision he sticks to it.  The past two Halloween’s I asked him to pick a costume in August and he stuck to that choice. For TWO months.

Oh, did I mention he is three?

His birthday is next month, March, so in December I mentioned that we needed to start thinking about a theme for his birthday party.

Without hesitation he asked for a Skeleton Birthday party.

We were in the car with my husband and we were talking about it and this is what was said:

Hubby: do you want a Dia de Muertos party?
Ian: No dad. A skeleton party.
Hubby: I know but a Dia de Muertos party has skeletons…
Ian: No Dad! a skeleton party because skeletons are my favorite.  Skeletons, turtles and seals are my favorites.

So I started planning a skeleton party.  For about a week.  Until we got a catalog with party supplies in the mail.

Ian looked through it for a few days.  He kept talking about who was going to have what party.  He then said “This boy is gonna have a pirate birfday party” while pointing to his chest.

After some discussion we decided to have a pirate party instead of a skeleton party.  There was still almost three months to plan.

He has not changed his mind, but he has picked out his next five party themes.

I wanted to make him a shirt for his birthday party.  My Silhouette Cameo has the ability to cut heat transfer material to iron on clothes.

I designed a shirt with a skull and crossbones wearing a birthday party hat and the words “Birthday Pirate” instead of ‘Birthday Boy’

It was going to be a surprise but when the only time you have to work on something is when the kids are home nothing is a surprise.   Everyday he asked where his skeleton shirt was and if he could wear it.


I was finally able to say yes, and he was so excited.  Only about 2 months before his party.

You can read about the process in a three part series starting here.


Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs, so pursue the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!


  1. DIY Screen Printed Curtains by Chicken Scratch NY
  2. “Cute as Cupid” shirt by crafts, cakes, and cats
  3. Easy Easter Bunny Onesie – Silhouette Cameo Craft by Adventures in All Things Food & Family
  4. Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover by My Paper Craze
  5. DIY Monogrammed T-shirts with Silhouette Heat Transfer Material by Pitter and Glink
  6. Sew Cute Applique by Life After Laundry
  7. Machine Applique with SIlhouette Cameo by The Sensory Emporium
  8. Mommy and Em’s Coordinated Aprons by TitiCrafty
  9. Valentine’s OWL Always Love You T-shirt by My Favorite Finds
  10. Teddy Bear by Work in Progress
  11. Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS! (& cut file) by From Wine to Whine
  12. Upcycled Birchbox Cameo Accesory Organizer by Cupcakes&Crowbars
  13. No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life
  14. Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  15. Lady Bug Tote Bag with Silhouette Rhinestones by Ginger Snap Crafts
  16. Valentines Baby Onesie & Boy’s Shirt + Free Cut Files by The Frill of Life
  17. Easy Fabric Art by McCall Manor
  18. Easy Heart Appliqued Onsies by Create & Babble
  19. DIY Bleach Spray Shirt by Practically Functional
  20. Felt Star Wands by Cutesy Crafts
  21. Baby Quilt by Dragonfly & Lily Pads
  22. Canvas sketch project and a share by Clever Someday
  23. Glitter Iron-On Top by Simply Kelly Designs
  24. Crawl, Walk, Bike by It’s Always Craft Time
  25. Stenciling Sherlock by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
  26. Monogrammed Burlap Garden Flag by The Turquoise Home
  27. “Team Betty” Tote Bag by The Thinking Closet
  28. Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl (working title) by feto soap
  29. Foxy Lady Pajamas by Mabey She Made It
  30. Rhino Onesie by It Happens in a Blink
  31. Surprise Holiday Banner by Whats Next Ma
  32. No-Sew Interchangeable Fabric Bunting by unOriginal Mom
  33. Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags by Weekend Craft
  34. Fabric Applique Valentine’s Day T-Shirt by DailyDwelling
  35. Pretty Up Some Organza Bags by Getsilvered
  36. Birthday Challenge by Fadville
  37. Yoda Kid’s T-Shirt by Architecture of a Mom
  38. DIY Sock Minion by Create it. Go!
  39. Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  40. Bleach Pen Gel & Freezer Paper Stencils Made with the Silhouette Machine by Bringing Creativity 2 Life
  41. Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging by Terri Johnson Creates
  42. Nautical Pillows by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
  43. Mark Your Territory- Dog Flags by Black and White Obsession
  44. “Good Morning, Sunshine!” Memo Board by Tried & True

Happy Crafting


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A Birthday Beach Bonanza

When Ian was born during spring break, which is in March, I was sad he couldn’t ever have a pool party at my mom’s house.  Well unless everyone has wet suits.

Then Sid was due in mid-Sept. and I thought for sure he would be early and was excited cause we could have a pool party/BBQ for his first birthday.

I was wrong and he wasn’t early, but right on time, he was born on his namesake’s birthday.  So when his first birthday was approaching I decided to have his party on the first Saturday after the Labor Day holiday.  In hopes that the weather would still be nice that early in Sept.

I decided on a beach theme; melding a luau, surfer and underwater theme.

As usual I spent a lot of time on Pinterest finding inspiration.  I can’t believe how creative people are with food!

I got one of my hubby’s old surfboards down and sat Baby Sid on it for some pictures for his invitations.

The picture for Sid's invitation

The picture for Sid’s invitation


For the decorations I used five digital scrapbook kits from Just So Scrappy.

I of course had to make a “Happy Birthday Baby Sid” banner for the gazebo on my mom’s deck.  I also made some triangle and circle bunting banners.

"Happy Birthday Sid"

“Happy Birthday Sid”



I also made an “I am 1” banner for Sid’s high chair.

Highchair bunting and The Birthday Boy

Highchair bunting and The Birthday Boy

I saw these Jelly Fish made out of paper lanterns and thought they would be perfect for hanging in the gazebo.

Jelly Fish

Jelly Fish

My mom collects mugs, and has a wall of mugs in her dinning room.  Yes a WALL of mugs, which holds the ones she doesn’t want used that often.  Cause there are more in her kitchen.  This is only a problem when I am trying to take pictures of our food table and/or cake.

This time I decided to make a back drop to hide the mugs.  I made the “Surf’s Up” banner and glued it to cardboard taping the crape paper behind it along with some circles taped to ribbon and the blue “Happy Birthday” garland.

Backdrop and Cake

Backdrop and Cake

Let’s talk about THIS cake.  Not only was it adorable, with the little fondant boy to match the invitations, but it was DELICIOUS!!!   My Auntie made the cake, she does all our cakes.  It was vanilla with an orange cream filling.  Yes it tasted like a  dreamsicle ice cream bar.  And yes it was dreamlike and I probably could have eaten the whole cake. By. My. Self.

The Cake table

The Cake table

The Cake!

The Cake!

We made some fun beach themed food.  My mom hand dipped the Bugles in white chocolate to make sweet/salty shark teeth.  I bought the white powdered sugar doughnuts and pipped on frosting to make life preservers.  Using frosting we turned Nutter Butter Cookies into flip-flops.  The oyster pearls are Sixlets and Bubble Gum that I bought at the craft store in the wedding section.

Shark Teeth, Life Preservers, Flip Flop Cookies, Oyster Pearls

Shark Teeth, Life Preservers, Flip Flop Cookies, Oyster Pearls

My nieces decorated Jello cups with Teddy Graham, Swedish Fish and Gummy Life Savers.  My sister and nieces then made a beach scene on a platter for more fun edible decorations.  Brown Sugar was used for all the beaches and sand.

Food Table

Food Table

We also had Sour Punch Straws as pool noodles, Sour Gummy worms as fish bait and Goldfish Crackers as the catch of the day.

Food Table

Food Table

Of course I had to have food tag tents, how else would people know what they are eating?  My sister came up with some witty little names for the dishes.

Food Tags

Food Tags

The menu included

  • Puffer Fish Pizza Puffs; Three Cheese or Pepperoni
  • Driftwood Deli Meat Dip
  • Under the Seafood Dip
  • Chicken Curry Sand-Crab-wiches
  • Egg Salad Sand-Crab-wiches
  • Garlic Dip
  • High Tide Veggies and Ranch


We made a Surf’s Up  Strawberry Punch and a Sparkling Beach Berry Lemonade and also offered soda, juice and water to drink.



I made the little thank you tags for the guest gifts.

"Thanks a beach"

“Thanks a beach”

I bought the items for the guest gifts from Oriental Trading Company.

Guest Gifts

Guest Gifts

I made this sign to hang on the front of my mom’s house.

Beach Access Sign

Beach Access Sign

I also made this photo collage of pictures from Baby Sid’s first year.

A year of photos collage

A year of photos collage

Baby Sid woke up from his nap right before the party and came down to see the house decorated.  He was so excited!  I wish I had my camera at hand, but I didn’t know his whole face would light up!  He was wonderful and such a little trooper with all the excitement and people.

The weather was great so the kids got to swim and use the slip ‘n slide.

As always I couldn’t have pulled it off with out the help of my mom, sister and the rest of my family.

Happy Party Planning

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