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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Decorate To Celebrate: Challenge #8 -- Anything Goes!! GRAD PARTY!! :)

Welcome to another WONDERFUL Wednesday!! :)  I would like to welcome all of my new followers -- It's SO awesome to have you here!!  If you've left me your blog link, and I haven't gotten over to visit you, I'm working on it -- If you didn't leave me a blog link before, be sure to leave one today, so I can pop over and visit you too!! :)

Today is the start of Challenge #8 at the Decorate To Celebrate!! Challenge Blog!!  The theme for this challenge is ANYTHING GOES!!  That means you can submit ANY decoration or party supply for ANY themed party (no cards or layouts, just decorations and supplies, please)!!  :)  The fabulous designers this week have some GREAT inspiration for you -- Kacee did a special occasion, Claire did a Charity event, Norma did a Posy Party, Brenda did a Baby Shower, Rhonda did an "Over The Hill" Birthday Party, and I...  Well, I've been on pins and needles to show you The-Girl-Child's Graduation Party!! :)

Here's the WHOLE banner....  a shot of the cupcake cake...  and the floating graduation cap curtain....
These were used as centerpieces for each table...  The grad hats were cut from the Locker Talk Cricut Cartridge at 2.5" (base layer and shadow layer).  I embossed the top layer with a Sizzix embossing folder.  The grad caps were then adhered to the front of an oval rosette and placed on skewers for easy display.
I made the floating grad cap curtain with the same grad hats cut at 3" (both layers).  After they were embossed, I also added some iridescent Stickles for some extra sparkle...
The banner was definitely a work of love...  The-Girl-Child's favorite color is...  RAINBOW...  So everything for the party was Rainbow-themed...  To create this banner, I used Creative Memories cardstock and decorative paper from the Cheerful Power Palette.  The letters were cut with the Creative Memories Traveler Cricut Cartridge using the "Road Trip" font.
The banner triangles were cut at  fit-to-page (scalloped layer first) using the Birthday Bash Cricut Cartridge.  I made extra large rosettes (12x12 paper cut in 4 3" strips, scored at 1/2" increments, adhered two strips end to end to end, pressed centers together to form rosette, held together with hot glue).  The 4" circles in the center of the rosettes were embossed with the same Sizzix folder as the graduation hats.  The letters were all embossed with the Cuttlebug Polka Dots 5x7 embossing folder.
While I did not make the cake myself (me? bake a cake?  I think not.), I was one of the first to ask for a rainbow themed cupcake cake in the shape of a graduation cap...  After plenty of phone calls and questions, I was sure it would be perfect -- And it WAS...  The kids LOVED the cupcakes so much, that we only had 4 left (WIN!!)....
Now for a few of the FUN times at the party....  The cornhole boards (regulation size) are always a huge hit at the Graduation Parties...  My dad actually made this set last year for The-Boy-Child's graduation party -- We LOVE them!! :)
The-Girl-Child surrounded by friends...  And sporting her very-most-favorite graduation present -- The necklace made by (my) The-Favorite-Nephew!! :)
Even The-Big-King came out for the party!!
The-Peaches-Cat was not quite sure what to make of these "floating" graduation hats...  Whose idea was this?
I hope you've enjoyed taking a peek at our Rainbow-themed Graduation Party!!  It was so much fun, such a beautiful day, and a great send-off for The-Girl-Child...

Now it's YOUR turn!!  Show us what you've got!! :)  Link up your NEW decorations or party supplies for ANY THEMED party at the Decorate To Celebrate!! Challenge Blog...



Decorate To Celebrate!

The winner(s) of the challenge are invited to be future Guest Designers AND are entered to win the Grand Prize for September -- A Slumber Party Cricut Lite Cartridge!!  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,

16 comments:

Kelly S said...

Love all of the decorations! Fabulous bright rainbow colors. The banner turned out great (that must have taken a LONG TIME to complete). I am sure your daughter appreciated all of your efforts. Just wonderful!!!

Kelly
http://kellyscraftylife.blogspot.com

Tami B. said...

I want you to come throw me a party someday because it sure looks like when you do it, you do it up right! Thanks for sharing the pics of Br... um, I mean the-girl-child's party.

PinkBlingCrafter said...

WOW!!! Amy love all the bright colors and all the detail on the banner!! Love all the projects and I know you put a lot of work in them:) Just fabulous!! Thank you again for having me as Guest Designer!!
Hugs,
Norma

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Enjoyed the virtual look of your grad party. Wonderful decor. Looks like fun was had by all.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
http://CreatedbySunshineHoneyBee.blogspot.com

Brenda said...

Your decorations turned out beautifully. I am loving the bright and cheery colors and the way you hung everything is awesome. I bet your cat was wondering what was going on. Thanks for all the wonderful pictures. Love it.
Hugs
Brenda

Sherrie K. said...

Wos, love all your party decorations. The banner is awesome~love all the colors. I have serioously been meaning to get over here to play in the challenges but it has just been a crazy summer. I am hoping things settle down a bit in Oct so I can come play at DTC. Thanks Amy for stopping by my blog and leaving me a nice comment:) you are sweet!
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

Karen Wilson said...

Wow Amy!! How vibrant..LOVE it! That's alot of cool decorating ideas. Looks like everyone had a ball too, even the king and cat!!

Oh and btw, lol, you have me now calling my son "The Boy" lol!

Kathy Salido said...

Hi Amy,
Wow, these decorations are absolutely fabulous!! I love all the bright, cheerful colors and all the detail, especailly the embossing. Great Job. Thanks for the sweet comments on my Baby Animals card. I am glad you liked my altered Giraffe!!
Kathy
http://3spoileddogs.blogspot.com/

Vicki said...

LOL..I get so frustrated because when I come to the comments to give you my thoughts someone else has always already said them before I get here!!!! I love coming to your blog, Amy..It is always bursting forth with creativity and wonderful ideas...

Pam said...

Great and wonderful job on The Girl-Child's party. I know she appreciated all her wonderful Mom did and does for her and her brother. She is a lovely young lady! You certainly gave her a memory:)) I have done this twice too, so I know the work that goes into a graduation party. It is a act of love and pride, in them and in ourselves for getting them there! I'm happy for all of you! Hugs, Pam at http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/

Tracey said...

Fabulous decorations Amy...You have really done a wonderful job. Love the bright colours too!

McVic said...

Love the decorations!! Super colorful and fun! They grow up so fast!!!
kacee

Carol's Creations said...

**Here from Decorate to Celebrate**Super cool rainbow decorations for the graduate! The banner is amazing!!!

Daynene said...

Beautiful project, clearly lots of time went into making this project. You did a beautiful job. TFS, hopping over from Decorate to Celebrate. Nenerscreations.blogspot.com

Miranda said...

Super Cute! Coming over from "DTC"! TFS!
Miranda :)
www.nanasscrapspot.com

callyannc said...

I love the bright colors! Cute decos! Wow so many entries! Cool! TFS Here from DTC! CallyAnn

 
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