My daughter, Annabelle, has the distinct disadvantage of a late June birthday. For the past few years we have never had her birthday party even remotely close to her actual birthday because the end of the school year is just so busy! This year was going to be different. This year we were going to plan ahead. Yep, that was the plan!
Well, things didn't turn out quite as planned. It's now August and we STILL have not had her birthday party. Of course, we were away for pretty much most of July so that's a good excuse, right?
The hard part for me about birthday parties is coming up with an idea. Not just any idea, but THE GREATEST idea in the world. For example, one year we had a Nancy Drew mystery party for my eldest daughter. The invitations were sent out in CODE! (with a decoder just in case - the girls were only 7!) The cake was a big magnifying class and we did "spy" training at the party. Pretty cool idea.
I have finally decided that we will have an ice cream party for Annabelle next week before school starts. Not just your average ice cream party, mind you. The kids are going to make their own ice cream (in ziplock bags!) How fun is that? This invitation was actually the inspiration for the party idea.
This card was inspired by a card that Sarah Vrolyk posted on her blog a few weeks ago. The ice cream is given dimension with Marvy's Liquid Applique. You just use a tiny bit and then heat it for a few seconds with a heat tool to make it puff. (Be careful not to overheat as it will turn brown - this is a fun effect for toasted marshmallows though!) The "cherries" are red A Muse twinkle stickers (TW101 Micro dot).
I must get back to work now. I've been working on finishing up our new catalog. It's such a big job... and I'm such a big procrastinator. It's almost done - just a few more hours. No more blogging or checking email until it is DONE!