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Safari Adventure Zoo Party Ensemble

Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Zoo Party Ensemble

Hello, G’45er’s!  Welcome to the Jungle!  I have such a fun idea to share with you today.  I’ve  used Graphic 45’s Safari Adventure papers and Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Beach Cabanas to create a super cute Zoo Party Ensemble.  I’ve covered everything from quick and easy invitations, to table decor, to a zoo party banner made with Staples Alpha Tags and even a mini album to hold all your fond zoo party memories.  There’s LOTS to see today, so you might want to grab a cuppa and a snack to sustain yourself cuz it’s going to be wild!


Zoo Party Ensemble, Safari Adventure by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2Here’s a shot of the beach cabanas that I turned into jungle huts surrounded by the party banner.  This is maybe the quickest, easiest banner you’ll ever make!  I simply traced  the Staples Alpha Tags onto patterned paper then used my craft knife to cut out the letter portion.  This goes really fast when you use your craft knife on glass because the blade just glides over the slick surface.  Each tag was backed with paper from the 12×12 prints and patterns, then traced inside the letters to make them pop.  I also painted the outer edge of each tag with black paint to anchor the design.  Add a few chips and tags, some pretty Rust Seam Binding, and the banner is done!

Zoo Party Ensemble, Safari Adventure by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6Here’s the banner hanging with the huts.  If you look closely, you can just see the mini album and the invite peeping from the back.  This zoo party ensemble is large, so it was hard to photograph.  But isn’t it fun?

Zoo Party Ensemble Mini Album with Snapguide

Zoo Party Ensemble, Safari Adventure by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 21Here’s a look at the cover of the tri-fold mini album.  This is such a fun design, and really easy to make.  I have a Snapguide tutorial that will walk you through the steps. You’ll also find lots of detail shots and a complete supply list in the Snapguide.
Check out How to Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Tri-Fold Mini Album by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Zoo Party Ensemble, Safari Adventure by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 26Here’s a quick peek inside.  I have a flip out photo holder on the left with some hidden pockets, and a fun waterfall folio made with Tammy Tutterow’s Waterfall 1 Die (Spellbinders). And just look at all these fun animal print ribbons!

Zoo Party Ensemble, Safari Adventure by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 37Here’s a quick look at the album fully opened.  My son’s family has a wonderful tradition of taking the girls to the zoo when they turn two, so this zoo party ensemble is all set for sweet little Liddy’s 2nd birthday.

Zoo Party Ensemble, Safari Adventure by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 44I left room on the back cover for a really large photo of the girls crossing this rope bridge.

Transforming Beach Cabanas into Jungle Huts

Zoo Party Ensemble, Safari Adventure by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Beach Cabanas (coming soon!) were quickly transformed into these darling jungle huts.  (there are 5 in a set, but I wanted you to be able to see the details…and there are even more shots in the YouTube video that follows.)  I simply traced each hut onto Safari Adventure 12×12 prints and patterns then used brown packing paper to build the thatched roofs.  I spritzed the paper with Glimmer Mist, tore off strips, and shredded the ends with my fringe scissors.  Then the paper was glued in layers onto the roof.  Wrapping Burlap Ribbon and Ribbon Leaves around the base of each hut  added to the jungle hut feel.

Quick and Easy Zoo Party Ensemble Invitations

Zoo Party Ensemble, Safari Adventure by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 11

How about a 5 minute themed invitation to your Zoo themed party?  Well, this is it.  I used a small kraft bag. as the base.  Then I just cut a rectangle of leopard print paper, matted it on black paper and fussy cut the Safari Adventure Medallion.  You could make one of these, then scan it into your printer and make as many as needed.  The little banner tag is from the Safari Adventure Tags and Banners.

Zoo Party Ensemble, Safari Adventure by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 18The actual invitation is even easier to create.  Simply flip over an ephemera card and add the pertinent details of who, what, when, and where.  Clip it into the bag and BAM!  You’re ready to get the party started!

Zoo Party Ensemble YouTube Video

To see each element in detail, I created a quick YouTube Video.  I hope you enjoy…and I hope I was able to share some ideas in this Zoo Party Ensemble that you’ll be able to use in your own party planning!

Thanks for stopping by!



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Cutie Pie Retro Kids Cards

Cutie Pie Retro Kids Cards and a Little Announcement

Hello, Friends!  I have such a fun post to share with you today.  Many of you have seen me share projects made with beautiful digital collage images from my favorite Etsy shop, Polly’s Paper Studio.  Well, Ginny Nemchak, the amazing artist and owner,  has asked if I’d be on her design team!  Are you kidding me?  Play with Polly’s Paper goodies?   Twist my arm!   So today, I’m sharing these Cutie Pie Retro Kids Cards.Retro Kids

These images are available for instant download and you can get all the information HERE.

Baby Boy Retro Kids 01

I love baby boy cards, and this little sweetheart with his brown and white puppy has stolen my heart.  Most of the papers I used on these cards are from K&Company Brenda Walton’s Dollhouse Scrapbook Pad. It’s ancient, and I found it when I cleaned out the Closet of Shame this past Saturday.  It kind of made all that dust and mess worthwhile!  I added brown micro gingham ribbon , a denim patch, and loads of stitching to this sweet card.

Baby Boy Retro Kids 03

The inside is stamped with Fiskar’s “Make a Wish” stamps.

Retro Kids Baby Girl 01

If you make a baby boy card, you just have to make a baby girl card, right?  I trimmed this one out with goodies from my stash and added pink and white Baby Animals Cotton Blend Ribbon.

Retro Kids Baby Girl 03

The inside is finished simply with artwork from the paper pad, a strip of ribbon and a stamped sentiment.

Birthday Kiss Retro Kids 01

This little dollie is getting a birthday kiss!  I added a perky bow made with bright pink gingham ribbon. The rosettes are made with Tim’s mini rosette die and topped with one of the little envelopes from the paper pad and a vintage button.

Birthday Kiss Retro Kids 03

The inside of this card has a gift card pocket and tag that matches the little purse on the front.

Blue Jeans Retro Kids 01

I added a frayed denim panel and a burlap string bow to this cute little boy birthday card.

Blue Jeans Retro Kids 03

And every little boy needs a little red wagon!

cutie Pie retro kids 01

Fancy stitching forms the border on this card, along with another rosette, Spellbinder die cuts and more pretty pink gingham ribbon.  Because gingham ribbon is so perfect with cutie pie retro kids cards, that’s why!

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I stamped the number border along the top, thinking you could just circle the number that matches the birthday girl’s age.

Hugs and Kisses Retro Kids 01

Last but not least is this darling Hugs & Kisses card.  My double bow is made with Bright Pink Plaid Ribbon and topped with Bright Pink Polka Dot Organza.  It makes me think of a party dress circa 1960!

Hugs and Kisses Retro Kids 03

I had a blast working with these printable images!  I hope you enjoyed looking at them as much as I enjoyed making them.  If you love Vintage and Retro designs, you owe it to yourself to browse through Polly’s Paper Studio, because it is loaded with oodles of delicious paper treats! I can’t wait to share more Vintage and Retro goodness from Polly’s with you!

Thanks for stopping by!





It’s Your Big Day (Birthday Card for Kids)

Happy Saturday morning, folks!  Just popping in quickly to share another fun birthday card made with items from my scrap drawer.  This one is a birthday card for kids, and I call it “It’s Your Big Day”:

025 (2) Oops…should have warned you:  it’s bright!  I wasn’t sure about combining the pink stripe with the orange, but I like the way it turned out.  The little burlap flag banners add some fun texture, and I did some funky stitching to add more textural interest.

027 (2) The bear in the flower pot is popped up on foam tape, and all the coloring was done with Spectrum Noir markers.  I’m in a learning curve there, but practice makes perfect, right? 

028 (2) Butterflies were stamped randomly and colored in with Stickles.  Add a flag banner for your sentiment and you’ve got a very fun, happy birthday card for kids!  Here’s the inside:

029 (2) Love that hedgehog!  The sentiment, butterfly and hedgehog were stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink and heat embossed with clear powder.  Easy, peasy.

That’s all I have for today.  Hope you enjoyed this bright and cheery birthday card for kids.  It was made with scraps….but know one will ever know unless I tell them so.  Which, I guess I just did!  LOL  Have a great Saturday…and if you have time to leave a comment, it will make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty  little fingers.  Until next time,



Products used( in addition to scraps): Stamps: My Favorite Things Big Greetings Clear Stamps; Darcie’s Clear Polymer Stamp Set , Flower Pot Bear; ink: Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink; Dies: Spellbinder’s Large Scalloped Ovals; Other: Stickles, Lawn Fawn Baker’s Twine

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