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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Decorate To Celebrate -- Challenge #2 -- Birthday (for an adult) Themed Party -- CASINO NIGHT!!

Welcome to another WONDERFUL Wednesday!!  How are all of my sensational friends in bloggie-land??  There's a lovely breeze outside, the sun is shining, and good things are in store!! :)

Today is the start of Challenge #3 at the Decorate To Celebrate!! Challenge Blog!!  The theme for this challenge is Birthday Party (for an adult)!!  So we want to see all of your decorations and party supplies celebrating everything GROWN-UP!!  :)

My dad's birthday is coming up next month, so I decided to make something we could use for his birthday celebration...  I thought about making something 'wood' themed (hammers, saws, drills, etc.) since he's a fabulous wood-crafter...  Then I thought about a 'water' inspired theme (sailboats and lighthouses) since he loves that kind of thing too...  But finally, I decided to do a 'Casino' themed event!! :)  I hope to add some more pictures of the party supplies in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back or sign up for email updates if you'd like to see more (including my Casino 'cookie' chips!!)...

To create these fun party supplies, I started with plain black plastic plates, red paper cups, red plastic flatware, and red noise-makers...  I used my gypsy to weld three circles and the letter "I" from the Plantin SchoolBook Cricut Cartridge for the 'clubs' and to weld a heart and the letter "I" for the 'spades'.  

I cut a set of each suit from vinyl at 1.5" to decorate the cups and plates...  To make the noise-makers, I used real playing cards and adhered them to 3"x4" rectangles of black cardstock before attaching them to the straw part of the noise-maker.
The flatware was wrapped together with a band and topped with a 2" club-shaped die cut.
I loved the idea of making a door curtain, so I cut larger versions of each shape (3" and 5").  I used the 5" shapes interspersed with playing cards (sandwiched back to back with adhesive) on fishing line.  The 3" shapes were adhered to a separate string of fishing line to hang between the strings with playing cards.
I didn't imagine how difficult it would be to take pictures that represented how the door curtain hung!!  The fishing line is nearly invisible, so it looks like the shapes are floating mid-air!!  I really love how this turned out!!  :)

Now it's YOUR turn!!  Link up your NEW Birthday (for an adult) or ANY Themed party project at the Decorate To Celebrate!! Challenge Blog (click HERE)...  The winner(s) of the challenge are invited to be future Guest Designers AND are entered to win the Grand Prize for July -- A $40 pack of Vinyl for your Cricut or other die cutting machine!!  For more inspiration, be sure to visit the other designers' blogs:

Thanks so much for stopping by!!  I can't wait to see what YOU create for the challenge!!
Until next time,


Besthobbyeva said...

These came out awesome!! So very clever!!! Such an inspiration!


girlia said...

Amazing!!! Amy. This is just simply amazing

Tami B. said...

I don't know what I want to do more...try to recreate your fantastic projects or just come to the party. No kidding, you REALLY did an outstanding job on this one.

Unknown said...

Wow you did a great job, your Dad is going to love it and everyone will have a great time. Where do you find the time?? Awesome job!! Hugs, Pam at

Dawn said...

You did an awesome job on all the stuff you made. You should be very proud of yourself and I'm sure your dad and everyone at the party will love it. You put alot of thought and work into this. Great Job!!!

Lisa said...

AMY, this is so AWESOME!! I love, love, love everything you created! I'll admit to being a diehard blackjack player (not a good one, mind you, just a diehard one!) The curtain is fabulous!! Love everything! :D


Unknown said...

Love this casino theme!!!! Great idea and great job!!!!

Pat N. said...

Wow, really neat stuff you made. Like the curtain idea. That's adorable! Everything is terrific.--Pat N.

Kate said...

These are fabulous, Amy!! I saw your decorations over at DTC and had to pop by to let you know how impressed I am. These will be a hit at your dad's party. I'm so impressed with your clubs, too! I thought they were an actual image on a cartridge somewhere. Great job!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Super fun!

Unknown said...

LOVE THIS! Such a cute idea. I love party planning and these are adorable decorations. Thanks for sharing!

Amy said...

This is so cool and you did such a great job! Love the idea of casino party and you did such great decorations! TFS! :)Amy

Kelly S said...

Wow! Those are some fantastic party supplies you have created. I love the door curtain. Very clever!


Karen H said...

Wow, this entire set-up is just incredible! (I'm excited to see more when you post it.) That door curtain is fabulous! I now need to make one for my next event. Or just for any day. ;) You've done such a beautiful job, Amy. He's going to love it. Thank you for sharing your creativity. :o)

Hugs and blessings!

Just A Pac Rat said...

Wow, wonderful project idea. TFS

Unknown said...

This is so awesome. I am gonna try this for our next poker party. YOU GO!!

Juliana T said...

wow! you really went all out! These are wonderful! It's great to be a guest designer with you!

Jessica Buffa said...

Wow, you never cease to amaze me! This is so fabulous. Special to the "gambler" in all of us!

Amy said...

This is so awesome! I love everything that you made! :)

Cheryl said...

AWESOME! I love your clever ideas.

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Samantha J Designs said...

Very cool decorations!!! love it! tfs! :-)

-Sam :-)

SamanthaJDesigns @

Sherrie K. said...

Wow, what a party!! Love all the rocked this!! Great ideas:)
Sherrie K

Erika Valdez said...

UMMM one word AMAZING!!! WOW girl you are so creative!! I love what you did! Now I know where to come if I need some inspiration lol!! TFS

Your DT sister,

Tara said...

What great ideas! I love your curtain!

Unknown said...

SUPER cute Amy!!! looks like a fun party~

Squirlygirl said...

Wow Amy this TOTALLY ROCKS!!! I want to spend a day inside your head, hehehe. Maybe my brain will start coming up with more cute idea's like this. You make it look so easy!

Squirlygirl said...

Wow Amy this TOTALLY ROCKS!!! I want to spend a day inside your head, hehehe. Maybe my brain will start coming up with more cute idea's like this. You make it look so easy!

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