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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Captain America Present

So the last couple of weeks, I have been telling you about my new obsession with wrapping gifts. My husband always jokes that I've set the bar high and I can never return to just plain old wrapping paper and a bow, haha.

If you missed the previous posts, you can see the pirate one here and the cowboy one here.

This time, the birthday party's theme was super heroes. At first I asked my son which super hero I should decorate the present with and he suggested Superman. I couldn't figure out how to add a cape to the present and there aren't really any other elements to Superman's outfit other than the emblem. I thought that was pretty boring, so I went looking for other super hero ideas and came up with Captain America. Yes, I know I live in Canada, but his costume just has so many recognizable elements and the ideas started brewing.

My son was still keen on having Superman, but I begged and pleaded him to change his mind, told him that Captain America was more fun for me, and I was the one wrapping it, so he was just going to have to live with it (end of 5-year-old rant. Mine. Not his)

So this is what I came up with. I used the same blue paper that I used for the cowboy to wrap the present. I just used a folded 11x17 sheet of legal paper folded in half to make the white bottom. I cut the star and the stripes out on my Silhouette (again, they could have easily been done by hand, but I'm lazy and I can't cut very straight) and just glued it all on the top of the wrapping paper.
The present
 This time I actually remembered to take a picture of the coordinating card. I used this font to get the Captain America font. I did have to alter it a little bit as it didn't have enough rings, but then I made it into a card using my Silhouette Studio program. I didn't have blue paper that was the same color as the wrapping paper, (and after I was all done I had a big DUH moment when I realized I could have just used a scrap piece of wrapping paper for the blue- oh well) so I just used some other blue paper that I had lying around.

The recipient was pretty pleased with the present, and his mom said she knew right away that it was supposed to be Captain America, so I guess that means I did a good enough job, right?

I'll be linking up here:

Friday, May 4, 2012

Cowboy Present

So last week I showed you the pirate present, which was one of my first attempts at coordinating the present with the birthday party theme. (I had one or two previous to it, but didn't take pictures)

This week, I'm showing you one I made for a cowboy themed birthday party that my son attended.

First I wrapped the present in blue wrapping paper. I cut a triangle out of some red wrapping paper that I had and glued it to the top to create the bandana. Then, using my Silhouette cutter, I cut out some paisley shapes, a sheriff star and some buttons and glued those on as well. It's difficult to see from this picture, but if you look really closely, I also cut out some fringe on my Silhouette and attached it around all the sides!

I made a cowboy hat card that went along with it, but silly me, I forgot to take a picture of it :(

I really had a lot of fun creating this little cowboy present and I think it turned out really cute! What do you think?

I'm linking up here: