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Yo-Ho it’s a Pirate Party

Yo-Ho Let’s Go! To a Pirate Party!

The theme for this month’s Silhouette Challenge is “my favorite things” meaning my favorite Silhouette supplies.

The main reason I got my Silhouette Cameo was to cut paper and make party decorations.  I love to make party decorations and have always gone a little over board, but now that I have my Silhouette, I go hog-wild.

This past March we had my oldest son’s fourth birthday party and I just knew this month’s challenge would be the perfect opportunity to share them with you.  Or should I say, the perfect opportunity to force motivate me to finally get around to writing this {wink-wink}….And let me warn you, this post is full of pictures.

 

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Ian decided he wanted a pirate party for his birthday, so I got to work, starting in January.

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The invitations were treasure chests that opened to show a map, some treasure and the party info.  The exterior of the invitation was a cut file I purchased through the Silhouette store.  I used my Cuttlebug to give it the wood grain look.  I used elements from Just So Scrappy’s Yo-Ho Pirate digital scrapbook kit to make the map and as a background for the information section.  I used graphics from this kit in almost everything I did for this party.

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I designed the coin and jewel pile and used Silhouette’s print and cut option to cut them out.

 

I love making rosettes for parties, and this party was no exception.

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I created these party hats for the kids.  This skull and cross-bones was from the a flag in the scrapbook kit.  I used some of the negative skull and cross bone cut outs in other decorations, like the bunting flags (see below).

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I don’t think I would have been able to make a dozen pirate party hats with out my Cameo.

 

I really loved these flag topiaries.  I cut the flags out from the kit and used the digital papers to make the each base.

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Of course there has to be a picture of the Birthday Pirate!

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The bunting flags were made with the digital papers and cut with my cameo.  I used twine to string them all together.

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You can see where I added the negative skull and cross-bones from the party hats.

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I decided to use the sketch feature in the Studio software to make the skull and cross-bones for these straw rosettes.

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One of my favorite things from this party was the “Happy Birthday” banner.

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I really like how the layered flags turned out.

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I wanted to use this bone font but each piece of bone on one letter is a cut line, so I used the offset tool to cut all around the letter.  I could have used a sketch pen, but I just printed them.

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I used the custom design tool and the sketch feature to make the skull and cross-bones for the number part of the banner.  Instead of writing the number, I cut it out, so you can see the background color.  I used sisal rope to hang the banner across the window.

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I also used the print and cut feature on the elements from the kit to make other banners.

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I cut out some pirate items as silhouettes and put them in these Tolsby frames from Ikea.

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These are my new favorite party items, and they are really inexpensive and simple to adapt to any party.

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I used black vinyl to keep the silhouette look.

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I also purchased this 3-D pirate ship, from the Silhouette store with the idea that I would enlarge it for the center piece.  I had so much other work to do, that I just decided to use it as decorations.

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These treasure boxes were too small to be used as the gift boxes, but they made great decorations.

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I filled them with glass stones and chocolate gold coins, and had them through out the house.

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As a guest gift each kid got to take home a hook and a Thank You bag.

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The tags say “Thanks me hearties!”  I also made the gift bags using the digital papers as the panels for the bags and black card stock for the bag base.  I used a variety of the papers included in the kit.  The skull was attached with foam dimensional tabs.

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Each bag had a pirate bandanna, an eye patch, a pirate ear-ring, some tattoos, cold coins, chocolate coins, and a telescope.

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The hooks wouldn’t fit in the bag, so the kids got to get them out of a basket.

The Table

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For the table center piece I took these Easter buckets I got at the dollar store and transformed them in to a mast from a boat.

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I actually envisioned it much bigger, but the wooden dowels I had, limited the size.

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Using the idea from Sid’s beach party, I made a plate with brown sugar sand and pearls (Sixlets) coming out of one of the paper treasure chests.

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The cake

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I did not make the cake, this awesome creation was made by my aunt.

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This table-cloth was the most expensive paper table-cloth I have ever purchased, but I absolutely loved it.  The skull candy dispenser was the one thing my son said he had to have at his pirate party.

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My son likes to wear his bandana as a pirate cape.

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The drink labels were also made using the Cameo’s print and cut feature.  Have I told you how much I love that feature?

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We had some extra tattoos so I transformed a dish my mom had.

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I used the sketch pens on the cameo.  It was really easy and something I did at the last-minute, but wouldn’t have if I didn’t have my Silhouette.

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I took the sign I made for Sid’s beach party and cut out letters to make it look like Pirates had taken over the beach.  I was going to redo the sign, but my mom wanted to keep the original, so I had to make something temporary.  She has kept the sign up on the front of her house since Sid’s party.

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Of course the night before I decided to make Sid a shirt to wear for the party.  Then I realized I had to make Ian one in a similar style, even though I had already made him a birthday shirt.

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Here is the birthday shirt I originally made for his party.

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I ordered extra hooks to make a Hook Toss game.

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I just cut circles out of a cardboard box and painted the flattened box.  I used my cameo to cut the letters out of cardstock and Mod Podge to glue them on.

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Baby Sid loved playing the hook toss game.

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It was super difficult to get a picture of the birthday boy, he was in constant motion that day.

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Since it was March in the Pacific Northwest, we couldn’t let the kids play outside.  The kids got walk the plank in the basement.  I used a wood board my mom had, some step stools and the kid pool.  I thought about filling it with those plastic balls you find in a ball pit, but didn’t have time to order them.

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The kids didn’t need anything to jump into.  They loved the plank just the way it was.

And what kind of pirate party would this be without a real pirate?

My cousin is part of a pirate group in Portland and he was kind enough to show up in full pirate grab.  He was the hit of the party!

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It was a busy day but Ian loved his party.

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Thanks for visiting, remember to Shine On

 

Dawn Marie

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!”

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

 

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