Best prescription for the *sads* (besides wanting to spill tears) is to think happy thoughts, look at happy photos, and make them happy somethings!! Yes!!
As you know, I 'celebrate' - with a card, note, maybe a wee treat - my niece and nephew's special "birth day" each month. In September, my niece will be 3 1/2 years old and my nephew 1 1/2 (gahhh...they're growing up so fast! They'll be in school in a blink, then they'll turn into teenagers, and...oh my, where does the time go!!). In my search for inspiration, I was drawn back (again!!) to the challenges over at Little Tangles Birthday Bash Celebration,
specifically the Party Favors Challenge. I'll wait while you check it out, as it's nothing short of FABULOUS and inspiring. The 'Smores photos and projects created by Tracey McNeely are amazing, so much so that my efforts to ward off a 'smores indulgence is weakening, rapidly (I'm not even a 'smore fan, but I could be convinced...).
As you'll discover, my project won't be anywhere near as delightful as Tracey's or the others who have contributed along the celebration paths, as a) I'm not that talented (trying, learning and growing, though!!) and b) I don't have any Neat and Tangles stamps...yet (order sent yesterday...yayyyy)! My projects for this challenge use the freebies here, and some 12 X 12 paper I've had in my stash for ages. Because my nephew wants what my niece has, and she wants what he has (sibling rivalry is alive and well!!), the paper works perfectly: sort of the same, yet sort of different.
A picture-heavy post, so I'll quit chatting and get a-moving:
First step: two treat bags, following instructions from this video. It's a darling little bag (my folding needs work; next time, perhaps less stiff paper!), that has two pockets on either side, and one through the middle. No adhesives required - just ribbon through the top. I water-coloured the little birds with Distress Markers, die cut them and added them to a die cut scallop circle.
Step 2: add two little tags...
Here they are separately..
Step 3: two little envelopes for two little 3 X 3 cards...
Put them all together and here's one "party favour" set: bag + tag + treat on one side of the treat bag, and when I give it to them, the envelope + card + another treat will be on the other side.
Here's the other...
and here's the whole she-bang...
And there it is: my Party Favours to celebrate Happy 36 Months Old, and Happy 18 Months Old.
THANK YOU to Little Tangles and Neat and Tangles for the awesome inspiration! Love this birthday bash!!
One more photo - my niece! We went to the Farmers' Market on Saturday, where she had her face painted. The artist asked her what her favourite colour was - purple (at that moment, anyway) - and then asked what she wanted to be - bumble bee. A purple bumble bee...and so she was.
Thanks so much for dropping by; please let me know you did! Your comments add sparkle to my day!!