Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sandra's Butterfly Birthday Blog Hop

Blog Hop
Happy Saturday!  I hope that you are hopping along with us today for Sandra's Butterfly Birthday!  If you arrived here from Jess's blog, My Scrap Diary, you are in the right spot.  If not, make sure to head back to Sandra's blog, 365 Days of Cricut.  

I am so excited to participate in today's hop.  Happy Birthday Sandra!  I hope you have a wonderful day!  I have a lot of pictures sorry in advance.

This post might be one giant excuse to bake a chocolate cake and buy myself some sweet spray roses...oh well.  The things I do for a blog post...  :)  I put together a few ideas for a vintage butterfly themed party.  I was thinking about a little girl's birthday party, but it would also be sweet for a bridal or baby shower.   
I decided on a simple tri-fold card for the invitation.  I wanted something that was simple enough to duplicate, but still special enough to set the tone for the party.
I printed the invitation wording onto white cardstock, and then added a mat of the coordinating patterned paper.  Of course, I also added another butterfly to the inside of the invitation.  It's hard to tell in the picture, but the little butterfly is also glittered.
I also decided that the birthday girl might need a special crown for the day.  If this was for an actual party, I would make crowns for all of the attendees, but the birthday girl's would be the most elaborate.  
I have been wanting to make a cake banner for some time, and since I happen to be a little challenged when it comes to decorating cakes - this is PERFECT!  It turned out so sweet and cheerful - and it was super simple to put together.  I cut the letters out using my Silhouette and it happens to be the same font that I used for the invitation wording...I'm kind of picky that way.  I love that I can use any of the fonts on my computer with the Silhouette.  (Plus...look how perfect and teeny they are.)
I also made some ribbon wands that not only serve as a favor, but also become part of the party decor.  These were so simple...I am definitely going to file this away for the future.  All I did was tie a few satin ribbons to a wooden dowel, but before I tightened the knot completely - I added a bit of hot glue to the dowel.  I found the butterflies in the floral section of my craft store and hot glued them to the top.  So much easier than the fairy wands that I've made in the past, and they are still really cute.
I also made a sweet little favor box to fill with little candies or maybe a little bottle of bubbles.

The next stop on today's hop is the super sweet

Sandra's Butterfly Birthday Blog Hop List
Lauren (You're here)

  • Cake - 
    • Beatty's Chocolate Cake 
    • 7 Minute Frosting (I couldn't find the right recipe online, so this is mine.)
      • 4 egg whites
      • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
      • dash salt
      • 1 cup sugar
      • 1/4 cup water
      • 1 tsp. vanilla
      • 1/4 tsp. almond extract (optional)
      • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat egg whites, along with cream of tartar and salt until they reach stiff peaks.  In a small saucepan, combine water and sugar.  Bring sugar and water to a boil and let it continue boiling until it reaches 238 degrees.  (Try not to stir AT ALL.)  With the electric mixer on high, pour the sugar mixture in a small stream over the egg whites.  Add your extracts.  
  • Font - "Coffee Milk Crazy" (I think I found it on'm sure you can google it.)
    • Wooden Skewers (for cake banner)
    • Tabbed Banner (Silhouette Online Store)
    • Nested Butterflies (Silhouette Online Store)
    • Adjustable Crown (Silhouette Online Store)
    • Tall Favor Box (Silhouette Online Store)
    • Patterned Paper (K & Company - Sweet Nectar)
    • Cuttlebug A2 Victoria Embossing Folder 
    • Martha Stewart Glitter - Crystal Fine
    • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
    • Wooden Dowels - Michael's (Pre-cut, by the popsicle sticks)
    • Assorted Satin Ribbon
    • Butterflies (Set of 3) - Michael's (in floral section)
    • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - White

    Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a fun weekend!


    bonnie said...

    OMG sweetie all so stinkin' cute...perfect for a party! Love the colors you used and my goodness that cake is enormous...looks delicious! Have a great day! :) Hugs x

    Sandra 365 Days Of Cricut said...

    OMG Lauren you totally out did yourself here LOL! It looks like a real party, everything looks so perfect and that cake looks so delicious! i love the color combo you chose and that cake banner and butterfly wands were a great idea! Thank you so much for being in my hop!!!

    P.S. I like the brick wall in your house LOL its so pretty!

    Linda Therrien said...

    wow - you made so many special things!! great job!! Thanks for the recipe for the cake :).


    Marilyn said...

    Beautifu butterflies!!!!
    mimicaro9650 at yahoo dot com

    Linda said...

    Love your party package!

    Wendy said...

    Love the party!

    joydee1963 said...

    I want to come over! wow,Great job!! joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

    buglvr2010 said...

    Wow! This is fabulous, Lauren. I love it!

    Adrian said...

    WOW, u out did yourself, fabulous!

    Amy said...

    This is very fun and creative! Love all the embossing! :)Amy

    Michelle said...

    WOW! What a layout!! I love the color theme of your decorations! everything is so girly looking...I LOVE it! I like your cake banner too! ;) I am a new follower. Youre welcome to come visit my blog and follow if you like!


    Carrie's Corner said...

    These are sooo super cute! I love the embossing on your box too.

    cau0617 at yahoo dot com

    Joan said...

    So pretty.
    schim18 at charter dot net

    Lisa said...

    Wow!!! You've been a very busy lady! What AWESOME projects! So happy to be a part of this hop with you!

    lnorris21 at hotmail dot com

    Cathy S said...

    You are ready for the party. What great projects, love the banner cake topper. Super job!
    Cathy S

    Houses Built of Cards said...

    Love the kraft paper with the pattern paper! Such a pretty combination! What a great bunch of projects too!!!

    Luv Scrapping Together said...

    Wow! Lauren, you really know how to make a party special. I love the whole theme. This would really work for a big girl. too!


    Peggie said...

    Wow you went all out and such special ideas to celebrate any kind of party. Thanks for sharing!
    barker944 at msndotcom

    Carley said...

    OH MY WORD! OK I am not shouting but I am whispering really loud (baby is asleep ha ha) You are amazing how have I not visited your blog before? Well I am your newest stalker lol! I love everything it is beautiful!

    Tina said...

    Love your party decor! You can decorate for me anytime!! I am a new follower!

    StephanieK said...

    Wow! You are in the party mood today! How pretty and festive it all is. I love the wands and that party banner.

    Kimberly said...

    What a fun party to attend!! Love the crown! :) You did a great job! TFS!!
    cutie.jensen at

    Eva said...

    WOW...what a cute little it all...cute-cute-cute!!!TFS.
    Eva :0)

    rakiya32 said...

    love all your projects! new follower

    giftshoppe2 said...

    give me a while and i'll be there
    got paper,scissors,glue,and appatite. Yummy goodies for a BD party. see ya
    linda in tx

    Lindsey said...

    love it all!

    Carol<>< said...

    oh my!!! such a great party!
    Carol N<><
    new follower

    Sandy S. said...

    Wowzeers..... absolutely love all your projects. Beautiful! TFS!


    Vivi Martínez said...

    Beautiful party set! Love every thing of every item.
    vivienpapel at

    Scrappy Mel said...

    Wow!! All I can say is... FABULOUS!!! I love how everything coordinates - what a great theme for a party. :)

    Lynda said...

    What an awesome party set this would be! I love everything that you have created especially those adorable wands! Great job!

    rlhamm1 at gmail dot com

    Sherrie K. said...

    Wow, you have been busy!! I love all your party sure know how to throw a party!! Love it all....fantastic!
    Sherrie K
    jskoning at msn dot com

    Pammie Kay said...

    Excuse me a moment...I was licking the frosting off the computer! Great party favors! Looking for a party to host now!
    What font did you use? Love it

    new follower..want to see what else yummy you post!

    memorieskeeper56 at yahoo dot com

    Lauren B. said...

    Pammie Kay - Thanks! I used a font called "coffee milk crazy" (funny name...I know). I think I found it on I'm sure if you Google it, it should come up. :)

    Kris Dietz said...

    What fantastic projects. I love all the details and thought that went into this. Beautiful! TFS.

    dietzrobles at yahoo dot com

    Jenny said...

    Lauren, you never cease to amaze me! You've got some mad skillz girlfriend :) Great job!

    papercraftjenny at gmail dot com

    PinkBlingCrafter said...

    WOW!! everything is just beautiful! Love the cake bannner:)

    Jenn said...

    Oh my!! Super adorable party set! Love how the cake banner looks - never seen that done before! TFS!
    hugs, Jenn

    mamawcindy said...

    WOW!!! You really did an Amazing Job!!! Your Card is Beautiful! Well everything is Beautiful! Love It! I'm already a follower. :0)
    cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com

    Ashley Nicole said...

    The set is amazing and the cake looks so yummy!
    glamoroussideofscrapping at gmail dot com

    janner said...

    Nothing you do is simple. It is simply amazing! I'm a big fan who really appreciates your work. Thanks for sharing.

    lindagk23 said...

    You did a wonderful job on all your decorations! They are so beautiful and your cake looks amazing! Thanks for sharing! lindagk23

    Giselle said...


    Latinacreativa said...

    WOW! I want to come to your parties! This is so lovely!-Raquel @

    ChristyLove said...

    I'm a big butterfly lover.I think that you hit the nail on the head!!!!Everything is so cute!!!!

    PLEPOMA said...

    What a beautiful display. Everything looks beautiful.

    Anita Braddock said...

    WOW Love all of the great projects you did everything is Beautiful the colors are so great. loved the background on the card and boxes. what a great job. you should be so proud of yourself. thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

    Percilla G said...

    Wow where to begin.
    You did an amazing job on each item.
    Love the embossing folder you used on this

    Cynthia Vanderhoek said...

    Lauren, OMGoodness. You totally went all out! I love a good excuse to buy roses. Although you being such a neat person, you don't need an excuse. The embossing is impressive. Thanks for including all your tool/supply list. Such a beautiful job and I especially love that cake banner. So cute. Thanks for sharing. Cyntha Ü

    Shawnee said...

    What a great party!! I love your cake and all the decorations!!


    Trisha said...

    Oh Lauren this is just fantastic.....what time does the party start?? I'll be right over! Lol. I love absolutely everything you created!!

    Theresa said...

    All your party projects were so cute..cake looks yum. TFS!

    Cathy said...

    Oh my goodness! great job on all your projects!!!!!!
    mexicopetshop at hotmail dot com

    HappyPlaceJen said...

    Wow! This is an incredible butterfly-themed party ensemble! I think I like the banner on the cake the most. Awesome idea! And thank you for the cake recipe and the font name. I love that font! I already downloaded it since I'm a bit of a font junkie - LOL! Great job on it all! ~Jen

    Ro said...

    everything came out so beautiful! love, love your projects!


    jennifer said...

    OMG!!! I wish it was my birthday and you were planning my blog hop!!!

    Sharon said...

    How totally fantastic!!! Every one of you projects are awesome!! :)

    Soesty said...

    Amazing party theme ! Wonderful job ! Enjoy your cake and thanks for the recipe !

    Suzy said...

    What a fun way to celebrate Sarah's birthday! I love your butterfly party set. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win :)

    Jennifer M. said...

    These are the most adorable party items ever. I love your attention to detail and color. Absolutely gorgeous.
    I'm a new follower. I can't wait to see more of your crafty creations. :D


    Bunnyfreak said...

    Wow. Great party decorations.

    Josie0602 said...

    Wonderful party decorations!! I really love the wands!

    Live Love and Scrap said...

    Oh my stinkin goodness Lauren!!! You really outdid yourself this time!!! how adorable is everything!!! my favorite has to be the cake clever are you!!!


    Melissa said...

    All of your ideas were so cute! I especially loved the treat box!

    dolfnz777 at yahoo dot com

    callyannc said...

    Huge fan. My favorite blog. Thanks CallyAnn

    lmkindell1 said...

    Love your work the embossing is great.

    GreenScrap said...

    Your projects are amazing and the colors are super fab!! You can come to my house and plan My party :)
    TFS!! Take Care!!
    Jennie @

    Anonymous said...

    You are very creative.

    Pixichick said...

    Wow, just adorable.

    Christy said...

    You are such an inspiration to me!!! Love all you do!


    pruttybird said...

    OMGoodness ... all your projects are just adorable. Love the cake idea.

    pruttybird at comcast dot net

    nanapuddin said...

    Great project! Looks like fun! TFS!

    Kards by Kathi said...

    What a great idea....LOVE butterflies. Your projects are really beautiful. I am so glad you did this hop as it gives me SO much inspiration. Thanks.

    Ildi-The craftin mama said...

    I am here from Sandra's Birthday blog Hop!! WOW...I love all the beautiful things you made for this hop!! Thankjs for sharing!!

    Ildi-The Craftin Mama

    Ildi-The craftin mama said...

    I am your newest follower, please check out my blog and do the same.

    Ildi-The Craftin Mama

    Jamie said...

    Everything is so beautiful! TFS

    CA Scrapper said...

    Your projects are so awesome!!


    cascrapper at gmail dot com

    Angie said...

    I love all things butterfly and really liked your decorations.

    Thank you for sharing!

    Teresa Ciarleglio said...

    What great projects. They are all beautiful!


    Daisylove Creations said...

    OMG!! I love all your projects, you are so creative and talented!! I always find so much inspiration from your blog, thanks so much!!

    Jeri said...

    Wowzer! What a fantastic theme party idea. Love all your projects, but I sure wish I could get a piece of that yummy looking chocolate cake. Great job! Thanks for such wonderful inspiration and party ideas.

    Bernadet Rodakowski said...

    OMG - you went ALL you and I LOVE it! So much creativity going on here, don't know which is my favorite, the mini banner or the butterfly wands. So awesome!

    liz at liz's paper loft said...

    oh my goodness, everything is just adorable!

    Bella Scrapbook Designs said...

    Love your butterfly bday decor. Its great to be in the blog hop with you

    Monica Flores said...

    Lauren this is absolutely amazing as always!! Your projects are so inspirational. You are very talented!! Im so happy to have been a part of this hop alongside such amazing people like you!!

    Simply Cricutting

    Sugarlips said...

    The whole set is super adorable. You did a great job.

    AmyJRockstar said...

    WOW! That was one fun "fake" party! Holy cow, you did a lot of work for this project! I LOVE it! Quite amazing! Thanks so much for being such an inspiration. This was a super fun post!

    Be sure to stop by my blog to enter my 500 followers giveaway!

    XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
    amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

    Kathy's Kreative Spot said...

    Awesome Birthday layout, I love it all.
    Katsews at gmail dotcom

    joeygirl86 said...

    This is such a wonderful project! You did such a great job! Thanks for joining by sister in her bday celebration, I know it meant a lot to her! :)

    Glora said...

    WOW, this is over the top AMAZING and wonderful! I love every single project. Thanks so much for the inspiration. Hugs- Glora

    A Creative Journey said...

    OMG! Your projects are awesome! You have been really busy and CREATIVE! TFS! I am a new follower and would be honored if you would check out my blog and if you aren't already, become a follower too at Have a wonderful week and I look forward to your future projects!!