Monday, April 14, 2008

For the Boys Challenge

Last week, Lauren and I were chatting and we decided to challenge each other to create a gift or party favor with a boy theme using the same stamp set. I don't have this set yet (and I stress YET) :), so Lauren sent me some of these Pink Cat Studio stamped images for the challenge. I decided to go with a Cowboy Party theme for Isaac's 1st birthday. His birthday isn't until November, but there's nothing wrong with thinking about it early, right? (Lauren's son, Noah, has the SAME birthday as Isaac. Correct me if I'm wrong, Lauren! Before I was about to have Isaac, Lauren assured me that he would be a wonderful boy because his birthday was a good day!) My first idea was to make the invitation like a "WANTED" sign using "Billy's" face as the picture. Under the picture, I would stamp a "cowboy name" for each child invited. Shown here are "Billy the Kid" and "Wild Cat Colton".
Some other names my husband and I came up with for some family and friends are Rootin' Tootin' Reid, Maddy Oakley, Ado Adelaide, Duke Lucas, Alamo Alden and Sasperilla Steele to name a few. The treat bag is made from a brown lunch bag that I added distressed Kraft cardstock to the front and back. The straps are hemp twine and are laced through tabs made with the large oval punch. I added some fringe by cutting slices in some Chocolate Chip cardstock. Inside the treat bag is a package of pretzel rods, a red bandana and a little notebook made with my Bind-It-All. I figured I could add other little toy items for the actual party. Billy was colored in using Copic markers.

I really enjoyed this challenge! After coming up with the idea, the most challenging part was thinking everything through BEFORE touching the images, because if I messed up, I couldn't just stamp another image! LOL Now make sure you go and check out Lauren's FABULOUS take on the challenge! I'm sure she will WOW you just like she did me! Thanks, Lauren, this was a lot of fun and you can rest assured that I HAVE to get this set now! :) Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day! SUPPLIES USED: Billy (Pink Cat Studio), Dot Invitation, Classic Alphabet, Rough Edges Alphabet (SU); Paper- Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White (SU); Ink- Onyx Black (Versafine), Chocolate Chip (SU); Accessories- large oval punch, large star punch, cello bag (SU), hemp twine, Bind-It-All, sponge, Copic markers

46 comments:

Melissa D. (SCS honeybee7896) said...

This is just the cutest party goodies you can imagine. I literally, within the last several minutes, ordered this same set. I saw it on Lauren's blog as well a few times and finally just bit the bullet and bought it. I am so excited to get it in the mail.

Lisa's Blessed A Latte said...

Love what you did with Billy...I just love my set too!!!!

Karen said...

Okay, that is about the cutest little invitation I have ever seen!! What a fun theme for a party!!

Rose Ann said...

That is a FABULOUS set, Charmaine!! That little cowboy is so cute too! Awesome, girl!!

Latisha said...

how cute is this! I like how it says Issac's 1 year old rodeo.

Tessa (shastess on SCS) said...

Very cute Charmaine! My little one will be one in october! Should I start planning now? Maybe I should get through the older one's 4th b-day this summer.Such a cute invitation! I really like how you personalized them - did you use the simple alphabet by PTI? Guess I should have read supplies more closely. Oh well great job! I am off to find this set and be enabled to buy something once again.

Janine said...

I wish my boys were 1 again!! How cute are these projects!!!

Lauren (mytime) said...

I LOVE it!! I didn't realize they were lunch bags! Nice idea. Love the fringe and distressing!! Think of all the fun cowboy stuff you can do for the party :D Maybe Piony rides? HEHEHE
I think you should get them done now!! Trust me time flies. Yes, they do have the smae birthday! So cool. Thanks for a fun challenge girl!

Dawn Easton said...

Oh my goodness Charmaine! This is totally adorable!! Love the theme! It's been fun seeing both your and Lauren's creations. Challenges with friends are so much fun!

Kelly Bee said...

I love your wanted invite and the distressing is just perfect for this theme!

Stefanie said...

Too stinkin' cute Charmaine! I love this Billy set too and am so glad that you and Lauren are posting ideas with it. How fun!

Dawn said...

very very cute. Love what you did with this set. Great ideas.

Flossie's Follies said...

These are great,love that goodie bag and that invitation is adorable.

Basement Stamper said...

You two are so creative and this set is adorable, what a wonderful idea!

Bee said...

Really cute little sets!♥ Love the distressing and the "wanted" theme! :-)

Lisa H. said...

I love this and think I must, run, and get this set. I have 3 boys and this little guy is too, too cute! love what you did with him. Have fun planning the little guy's first. We just did one in Feb. for our youngest. That first year just flies by, doesn't it!

Ashley K. said...

This is so cute. I really like this set. Someday soon it will be mine. And, just a sidenote, my son Isaac was born in November too. But he will be 4 this year on the 11th.

Deb said...

Wow, these are fabulous, love them!!

Alexandra said...

This is some of the most stinkin' adorable party goodies I have ever seen!!! Totallly cute Charmaine - I love those images too!!!!

*STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Kelley said...

What an adorable boy gift set! With two girls, I have such trouble getting my mind to think in that direction. How fun!

Dottie K. said...

What an adorable set. I love the box and such a great nvitation. Just fabulous!!!! :)

Libby said...

This is so adorable! Love that you came up with fun names for the kids too, what a great touch!

Teresa tmhowe@charter.net said...

You did a great job with the challenge! What a great idea and love the colors you chose! I'm sure your son and his friends will love it!

Alyssa said...

So, so, so adorable! I love this set and I love the Wanted invitation theme! Too cute!

Diane Gilbert (djluvs2stamp on SCS) said...

Charmaine these are just the cutest party favors!!!!! ADORABLE!

Jenn B said...

Very cute! It will definately be a hit at the party!

dasimonds said...

What a fantastic challenge...
I love the "Cowboy" theme.
Great Card!
All your projects..
are just the perfect "BOY" package.
*Thanks for sharing.
**I popped over from Lauren's blog.. Wonderful to have a challenge.. it produces some Great Ideas!

Dee

Neva said...

Charmaine these are just adorable. I love that idea. You are so creative gurl. I just know all of those little cow pokes are gonna have a real good rootin' tootin' time.

Joan and Amy said...

This is such a cute set of goodies. Joan

Heather said...

So cute- I love what you did with Billy!

Barb Schram said...

This is so cute and well thought out!!! I love the theme ideas and you really did a fantastic job!

Julie Masse said...

Wow!! you did an awesome job with this!! What a fun fun party theme and a great bunch of treats you made!! Ethan did the cowboy birthday last year - so fun!! :)

Jennifer Ofiana said...

ok, this is just beyond fabulous! I love that you guys chose to do boy stuff! I have two boys so this is awesome.. thanks so much for the inspiration!

Alli Miles said...

Charmaine *gasp* THIS IS FABULOUS!!!

Linsey said...

How totally FUN! And so cool! Perfect for cowboy Issac! I love your creativity on the ivitation, how cute is that!! What a wonderful theme! How neat that the boys have the same birthday! very special! What lucky boys to have such great mommies! Super project!

Beedubya said...

CHARMAINE!!! I love this!! I have 2 boys and am going to be having a tonne of birthday parties in the next few years. Could you come up with something like this every year and then I don't have to hurt my head trying to think stuff up? LOL! Really, really cute! Bravo!

Donna said...

Charmaine, this is TOO cute!! I bet Isaac will have a wonderful
1st birthday! I love the pretzel package!! I have my Dress Up Gabby stamps coming (for my niece and by the end of the year will have to get my Dress Up Joseph stamps too...it's so cool you can personalize them! can't wait to see what else you come up with once you get your stamps!

Heather said...

High noon!! OMG, I love that! I love everything about what you did! I really want a BIA & have been spending crazy $$ on this obsession lately so I haven't been able to bring myself to go that far.. yet. These stamps are so adorable. First time seeing them & now I want these too. There are just too many cute stamps! I'm already obsessed w/Bellas, Rachelle Anne Miller's designs, cupcakes & monkeys!

Melissa said...

So, so so cute Charmaine!

Many Blessings,
M.

Danielle Lounds said...

Yikes! These are way too fun! :) Love the whole set and those stinkin' cute images!

Bethany Paull said...

It's so darling! Especially the fringe.

Melissa said...

Charmaine, your set is just too cute!! I love the ‘WANTED’ poster invitation, that was such a great idea! The paper bags worked perfectly and I love how you coloured the stamp! That’s so fun that you and Lauren challenged each other. Both of your projects are just superb!

Carolyn King said...

oh how cute can you get--I love your adorable party treats--what a cool challenge and you both did a fantastic job!

Juanita B said...

WOW!!! This does sound like a heap of FUN!! The name thing is so cool.
I love the tabs you used to enforce
the holes for the twine, as I've said before you are a certified genius, TFS.

Jessie/knightrone said...

This is beyond fabulous!!! I will have to remember this for when my sister has her son!!! You rocked this!!

Wife2TJ said...

WOW! This set you made is WONDERFUL!!!

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