Quick Creativity: ICAD

I’ve been keeping pretty busy lately between my two night school courses, my photography job and my own Superflash projects – but one of my new favourite things that I’ve started doing is “ICAD” – aka, Index Card A Day, a project by Daisy Yellow Art.  This is a great project where you design one 3×5 or 4×6 sized index card each day for 61 days (all of June and July).  There are prompts that you can follow, or you can choose to do whatever you want – the point is to take a bit of time each day to be creative!

So far, I’ve been following the prompts.  I’m not sure if I’ll stick with that through the entire project, but I’m enjoying it for right now!  Here are my first 5 cards:

ICAD #1: Prism

Day 1: Prism

ICAD #2: Circus Tent

Day 2: Circus Tent

ICAD #3: Hello my name is...

Day 3: Hello, my name is

ICAD #4: Puzzle

Day 4: Puzzle

ICAD #5: Galaxy

Day 5: Galaxy

Are you participating in this project?  Have you ever done anything like this to challenge you to be creative every day?  Leave your thoughts in the comments – and if you’re participating, leave some links to your cards too!

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Free Printable: Chalkboard Easter Tags

 

 

 

It’s almost Easter and that has me thinking about Easter baskets!  Every good basket needs a tag, so I’ve created these printable chalkboard tags for you to download and share with all the little bunnies in your life! Simply download the high resolution PDF file, print, punch, tie and go!Free Printable Easter Tags from Superflash Creative

 

To download the PDF file, click HERE and hit “save as”.

Supplies needed:

  • printer
  • cardstock
  • scissors
  • ribbon or double-sided tape

Instructions:

1. For best results, print on heavy cardstock.  Print and carefully cut along the edges of each tag.

2. Use the tags by either punching through a corner and attaching with ribbon, or attaching to a treat bag with double-sided tape.  Use the tags to embellish Easter baskets, candy jars, treat bags or any other gift you’re giving this Easter – Enjoy!

Petting Zoo Party

Petting Zoo Party by Superflash Creative

Back in September, Jennie emailed me and asked if I would work on a party theme for her little guy, Caleb.  Caleb was going to have a farm-themed party, complete with a petting zoo in his own backyard!  I was super stoked to design the invitations, bunting, tented cards and more.  I thought about what best conveyed a “farm” / “animal”/ “country / “petting zoo” theme, as well as something suitable for a little boy.  I came up with red, navy blue and beige as the main colours.  I started by hand-drawing and scanning all the animals.  I drew a cow, sheep, chick, chicken, pig, and rabbit, and after I scanned them in, I coloured them digitally.

Petting Zoo Theme Invitation by Superflash Creative Jennie wanted to incorporate Caleb’s picture into the invitation, so I had her send me a photo, and then I drew some overalls and a hat.  I put them into photoshop and combined them all, and the result was a truly customized invitation that she wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else!  It’s little touches like this that really set invitations apart when your guests receive them in the mail!

There was a lot of information to deliver on a single flat card invitation, so with the top half of the card, I played with the colours and fonts to really convey what the party was all about.  Below the dots, I included all the information that Jennie needed her guests to know, including address, time, food and clothing options.

The “Yay or Neigh” text was Jennie’s idea, and I thought it was such an adorable touch!

A few of the farm animals were placed along the bottom of the invitation.  Between the animals and the bandana graphics on the invitation, party-goers would recognize a lot of the elements from the invitation carried throughout the party with various party printables.

Petting Zoo Theme Tented Cards by Superflash CreativeI created a set of tented cards to be placed on the food table.  The middle was left blank so that Jennie could write in the food options once they were decided.  She chose adorable names like “haystacks” for Rice Krispie Squares and “Chicken Feed” for Chex Mix.  It was super cute!

I actually created 5 pages of Bunting for Jennie – below is just an example of how it turned out.  I did one sheet of the plain bandana print in the 3 colours, a few pages with each animal taking centre stage, and I also spelled out “C-A-L-E-B” using the same font as his name in the invitation.  And of course, the Farmer Caleb picture made an appearance in the bunting too!

Some other elements that aren’t pictured here are a large “3” and “Happy Birthday” with the bandana print that Jennie used as decor and for the centrepieces.  I also included black and white versions of all the animals so that the kids could colour them.  Oh, and of course, there’s a thank you card… but you can’t see that until all of Caleb’s thank you’s get mailed out!

Petting Zoo Theme Bunting by Superflash Creative

I really wish I had been able to attend Caleb’s party. I was told it was a blast for both the kids and adults alike.  And naturally, Caleb thought it was the best party ever!

Photos at this party were taken by local photographer, Rachel Price – hopefully she will have some on her blog soon to share with you all.

Are you interested in hosting a farm party of your own?  Or would you like me to design custom printables for your party?  Float over to my connect page to get in touch with me!

(Linky Party links are also found on the connect page – check that out to see where I’ve partied this week!)

Life’s A Beach – Photobooth!

Life's A Beach - Photobooth A photobooth can be such a wonderful addition to any party – and the good news is, it’s relatively easy to set one up!  For the Life’s A Beach birthday party, we picked a spot on a covered patio outdoor with nice lighting.  We nailed a large white sheet to the wall, and hung a fishing net, as well as the bunting for the party, available on Etsy.  Because the party was made up of 7-year-olds of varying heights, we also added a crate (covered by the white sheet) for the kids to step on – this allowed us to get some of the decor in the photobooth pictures.

Life's A Beach - PhotoboothThe best part about photobooths is that you get high quality photos from your party, where most will look directly into the camera – which is rare of party photos!  It is an interactive element to a party that all people, young and old, are happy to be a part of!  Add in a few props, and you can keep everyone entertained for hours!

If you have the capabilities, it’s fun to offer on-site printing – this allows for a take-home souvenir from a fabulous party.  It can also double as the “loot bag” for kids – and it’s a lot more memorable than candy or cheap toys.  It’s also fine to NOT offer prints from the party – you can email the photos or collect them all in an online photo album so that they can be shared afterwards.

 

Life's A Beach - Photobooth by Superflash Creative Life's A Beach - Photobooth by Superflash Creative

Life's A Beach - PhotoboothBecause I love you all so much, I’m offering up my photobooth props as a FREE DOWNLOAD.  You can click that link to download and print.   Cut them out, attach them to a small dowel rod, and you’re set! Add in a few other fun props (I found the Elvis glasses and luau garlands at the dollar store – and I made the chalkboard out of a dollar store tray, by painting it with chalkboard paint), and you’ve got yourself a rockin’ party that won’t soon be forgotten!  The props can be used for any party – they’re not “beach” themed at all.

If you use them, I’d love to see some photos! Post a comment and share them!

As always, blog link-ups can be found on the connect page.

 

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Life’s A Beach!

Life's A Beach, Superflash Creative, party, printables, pink, yellow, turquoise, etsy, bunting, For her 7th birthday, my niece requested a Beach Party theme, with bright pink, turquoise and yellow being the main colours.  Since I was planning a trip to Toronto that coincided with her birthday, I created the printables here in Florida, but also got to set up the party while I was visiting!  The Life’s A Beach party sprang into motion – you can pick up the printables for yourself over at the Superflash Creative Etsy Page.

The palate was super bright and colourful and it was really fun to come up with a design.  I chose the stripes to be somewhat reminiscent of a beach towel, and all the icons were of a beach theme, like sunglasses, flip flops, sandcastles, star fish and more.

Life's A Beach Party, photobooth, bunting, printables, Superflash Creative, beach, We only needed a short bunting for our party (you’ll see it in the photo booth!), but if you need a longer one, you can print out more pages and keep stringing!
Speaking of the photo booth – it was definitely the hit of the party! 7-year-olds really love starring in photos!

We set it up outside, on a screened in porch.  We nailed a plain white sheet to the wall, and then used an old fishing net and the bunting to decorate it.  We placed a sturdy crate on the floor and the sheet was long enough to cover it – this was ideal because some of the shorter girls were able to step up, and still have the bunting and fishing net in the background.  To the left, we set up a little Ikea table with a basket full of props.  (By the way – the moustache and giant dollar store elvis glasses were definitely the favourites at the party!)

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Girls love their crafts!  For “entertainment” at the party, we came up with some beach-themed crafts.  It started with the paint a sea shell station, which was set up outside beside the photo booth.  The girls really loved this – some had never even seen a sea shell before! Some of the girls painted 4 or 5 shells themselves!

Life's A Beach Party, Superflash Creative Next, they moved on to the decorate a palm tree station – and it’s hard to say which craft they loved more!  We set out lots of tools for them to decorate with – from small pieces of paper that they could make a mosaic with, to glitter, sequins, gems, fancy scissors, markers, oil pastels and more!

After the girls ate, they moved onto the create a friendship bracelet station, to try and wind them down a bit.  Having craft stations set up is great, because it gives them something to take home (besides the loot bag) that they actually made themselves.  The girls really loved doing all these crafts!

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Life's A Beach Party, cake, beachy bears, teddy grahams, candy, gummies, Superflash Creative What’s a party without sweet treats?!  For Nicole’s Life’s A Beach party, we made a cupcake tower, with super cute, coordinating cupcake picks, and found a palm tree shaped platter to display my sisters famous chocolate chip cookies!

My favourite part though, was the cake I got to decorate for her!  I don’t normally consider myself to be a cake decorator, but I saw this idea floating around the internet, and I really wanted to try it for myself.  I used brown sugar for the sand, and two shades of turquoise icing for the water.  A few teddy grahams and some dolphin and shark gummies rounded out the cake.  This was a complete surprise for Nicole (I decorated it while the girls were painting shells outside!) and she was thrilled.  This is an easy enough design for anyone to make, and a great addition to any beach party!

That’s it from the beach for now! Check out some more photos over at the Superflash Creative Facebook Page and printables from the party at Etsy.  Look out for super cute photobooth pictures coming soon!

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Paper Flower Bouquet

Paper Flower Bouquet I have always loved making 3D works with paper, and I’ve always loved the look of paper flowers, having previously decorated my condo with several vases full of them.  This bouquet took a lot of work, but it became a beautiful representation of me.

The bouquet consisted of about 24 different flowers, made out of different types of turquoise, red, black & white patterned and solid papers.  I also added pompoms, jewels, feathers and tufts of tulle throughout the bouquet, and fresh jasmine flowers as well.

Once I crafted each flower individually, I enlisted the help of my friend Kim who works as a florist by day, to help me create the shape and structure of the bouquet itself.  When it was put together the way I wanted it, we then wrapped the stem in satin ribbon and added a bit of bling.

It was a lot of hard work and dedication to create this bouquet but definitely worth it.

my bouquetworth the hard work