Tuesday, April 19, 2011

April My Pink Stamper Design Team Post - Cowboy Birthday Favors

Welcome to April's My Pink Stamper Design Team post. If you haven't visited Robyn's My Pink Stamper website to see the entire team's artwork be sure to click on this link HERE to do so. Our challenge was to create a favor (any kind) using our Cricut and My Pink Stamper Stamps (of course!) If you are interested in purchasing any of My Pink Stamper's fabulous sets click HERE to find all of Robyn's products and retailers.

After 8 years and three daughter's worth of pretty princess parties and high teas I am beyond excited about my son's first birthday this summer. I was torn between a train, fireman or cowboy theme, but the picture of my son on the wanted poster in an old fashioned rocking chair cast the deciding vote in favor of a cowboy party.

I made four favors and the cuts for each are below as well as the whole recipe!

1. Wanted Sign 
 I plan on taking pictures of the party attendees in cowboy hats and bandanas and then attaching them to Wanted signs, and placing a magnet on the back so moms can put them on the fridge if they like. I used a variety of words from the Sweet Baby and Everyday Sentiments My Pink Stamper Sets to spell out the text.

The Sign: Page 44 of the Old West cartridge. Select "q" and the "icon function". Cut at 9.5 inches from off-white cardstock.

"Wanted": Used individual letters from the Old West Cartridge cut at 1.5 inches from Cosmo Cricket Paper. I cut the letters twice and layered them so they would really stand out.

2. Hobby Horse Lollipop Treat

A dum dum lollipop is attached to the horse with glue dots. The "thank you" sentiment is from the My Pink Stamper Sweet Baby stamp set.

The "Horse" cut on page 59 of Create a Critter. I cut him from tan cardstock at 3 inches. I then cut him with the "Layer 1" function from white and brown cardstock. I used a paper punch on the brown layer  to create the circles around his eye and bandanna. I cut his mouth using the layer 2 function from brown cardstock and his bandanna from Cosmo Cricket paper with the Layer 3 function. His "bangs" are DMC floss bunched together in loops and held down by glue dots. His mane is a scrap of looped ribbon trim from my scrap bin. The original horse was full body so I cut the rest of him away with scissors so that the hobby horse stick would show.

3. Loot Bag
 Because I wanted this loot bag (which holds animal crackers and other small treats) to really look like rumpled fabric I sprayed the die cut with paper and then crumpled it up. I allowed it to dry from about 15 minutes and then carefully uncurled the cut bag. Be VERY careful as score lines will rip when wet if you aren't delicate.  After the paper completely dried  I cut off the handles to the bag and assembled it. Hemp was then used to close the top. I inked all the edges and added the dollar sign with dimensional adhesive.

The Bag: 
"Robot" cut on page 40 of Wrap it Up with the "Box" function selected. I cut the bag out at 9.5 inches from Cosmo Cricket paper.

The "$":
I cut the "$" from page 57 of the Old West cartridge, by selecting the "4" and the "shift" function. Because I wanted it to really pop off the bag and stand up to wear, I cut it 4 times at 1 3/4 inches and adhered them together.They were added to the bag with dimensional adhesive.

4. Birthday Boy Sherrif's Badge

The other little boy guests will have badges with their names handwritten on them, but Reid needed one with his birthday title on it! I used the "Sweet Baby" Stamp Set for the "Birthday Boy" sentiment. The paper is shimmery and 110 pounds so it looks very "official" (in the words' of my girls) and will stand up to little hands messing with it. I added a self adhesive pin back so it could be worn on a shirt. Be sure to use a Stazon ink so the glossy finish on the paper does not smear your stamped sentiment.

Badge Cuts:

The star badge was cut by selecting the "6" on page 59 of the Old West cartridge and using the "Icon" function. It was cut from shimmery silver cardstock at 3 inches. The inner star was cut using the same cut with the "shift" and "icon" functions keyed. I also used a sizzix folder to emboss the inner star and I added half pack silver pearls for fun.


Stamp Sets: Sweet Baby and Everyday Sentiments
Cricut Cartridges: Old West, Create a Critter, Wrap It UP
Embossing Folder: Sizzix
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket
Pearls: Reminisce
Ink: Tsukineko (blue, black and brown), Stazon (black)
Miscellaneous Ribbon
Lollipop (dum dum)

Thanks for looking,



  1. Adorable!! Sounds like you are going to have a fun time :) I love how you tied everything together!

  2. Simply adorable! I love all the details. Super cute!!!

  3. Love the whole theme you have here.....great projects and thanks for sharing all of the details. :)

  4. Great favors...their all so cute, but the bag is spectacular!

  5. Wow!! Lots of work, but a wonderful job. Your excitement really comes through.

  6. Hi Carrieanne,
    You sure put a lot of work and time into this project, and it turned out so cute. You must have an up and coming cowboy at your house. TFS!


  7. Wow!!! this set is soooo ADORABLE my friend, I love everything about it and will forsure keep this in mind for my Grandson :)

  8. These are all very neat ! The little boy is adorable too !

  9. These are all just so fun, creative, absolutely darling - what more can I say? I especially love the lollipop horse.

  10. YEEHAW! love all your projects!
    Hummer Hugs,
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

  11. Love the western theme. The wanted poster is really cute.

  12. omg...kuddos to you and all your projects. my fav is the loot bag. looking for it tomorrow.

  13. Wow so much work went into making the bestest (ok so not really a word, but it does give the right emphasis, lol!) birthday ever!!! The western them is so cute. I love the idea of dressing them up with the bandannas an taking pictures. XOXO, Julie. :0)

  14. These are such great ideas for a boy party! I all the details--especially your LOOT bags!!


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