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blue girl presents: birthday box card
This month is my Sister-in-Law's birthday month.  I'm pretty sure she has super powers.  She is a full time Mom and wife, a lot-of-the-time labor and delivery nurse, and the owner and creator of all things at Love Deliveries.  She can do pretty much everything...and she can do it well.  I tell her she is crazy quite often.  But she is crazy in the most wonderful way.

You should check out Love Deliveries for some fun gems like this crazy cute tie bib.  I love these!
Love Deliveries: Baby Boy Tie Bib
Or this beautiful quilt.
Love Deliveres: Pink and Grey Throw Quilt
Or this sweet cupcake shaped oven mitt.  Isn't it darling?
Love Deliveres: Cupcake Oven Mitt
We celebrated Becky's birthday over the weekend. 
blue girl presents: birthday box greeting
A fabulous girl needs a fabulous card!
blue girl presents: exploding box birthday card
I created an envelope for the top flap so that I could tuck in a card that had extra space for a personal message.
blue girl presents: exploding box birthday card
The squirrel was cut with my Cricut (an amazing gift from Becky!).  The flower and heart shapes on the miniature gifts, and the rounded corners were cut with punches.  All of the other details were cut and shaped by hand.
blue girl presents: surprise birthday box greeting card
Thank you for visiting.  Come back tomorrow, and we'll talk about dessert!
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blue girl presents: party giraffe greeting card
Are you tired of my animal cards yet?
blue girl presents: paper elephant party
Because I have so many other ideas...but the animals REALLY wanted to party.
blue girl presents: parade of party elephant greeting cards
Everyone loves a good party right?
blue girl presents: party owls greeting cards
Woohoo!  Let's celebrate!
blue girl presents: giraffe party greeting cards
I hope you're having a wonderful day. 
blue girl presents: party owl greeting card
Thanks for visiting.  Hooray!
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My dear friend Rachel is getting married.  One of her most favorite movies is Disney Pixar's "UP."  She has a dating story and an engagement story that involve the movie.  So when it came time to throw her a Bridal shower, it was only natural that it would be an "UP" themed shower.  Rachel's sister Sarah was the main host.  She opened up her home, bought dozens of balloons, and organized all of the wonderful food.  I got to have fun with most of the crafty things.
blue girl presents:up theme party signs
My Sister-in-law surprised me with a Cricut machine this past Christmas.  I am in love with it.  I was dreaming about making little signs for the shower, and even borrowed cartridges from my Sister-in-law to make it happen. 

The shower was being held relatively near my parents house.  So, I arranged to leave a few days early so that I could spend time with them. Unfortunately, I ran out of time to create the signs before leaving.  No worries.  I just packed up my Cricut machine and brought it with me.  But alas, the night before the shower, I discovered that I had forgotten the cord for my machine! 

I still couldn't stop thinking about how cute these signs would be, so I woke up early the morning of the shower and created them without the machine.

My Dad was teasing me for asking to borrow his big paper cutter and a cutting blade.  "I don't know what kind of plot you're hatching," he said.  "First you ask me for a guillotine, then a knife.  You might as well ask for a chainsaw next.  I have several for you to choose from!"

blue girl presents: diy wilderness explorer bridal sash
I got it in my head that I wanted to create a Wilderness Explorer Bridal Sash for the Bride.  I thought about making it out of felt, and then decided that might be crazy...

Until I found this:
Wilderness Explorer Sash on

Making the patches turned out to be incredibly fun. 

For some of the badges, I looked to the ones from the movie.
Some badges were inspired by ones created for the movie but not used. 
A lot of badges were specifically created for the bride.

White seemed the appropriate color for a bridal sash.  Using white fabric that was already in my stash, I sewed a simple sash.  (By hand...because it has been so long since I have used my sewing machine, I couldn't find the cord... I seem to have a problem with misplacing cords...)

blue girl presents: diy wilderness explorer bridal sash with felt badges
I was too excited to get a great photo of the final product.  But here is a photo that I took with my phone. 

The desserts were AMAZING.  (Click the photos for a larger view and more info.)
blue girl presents: macarons jean-marc chatellier's french bakery
Melt-in-your-mouth delicious macarons from Jean-Marc Chatellier's French Bakery.
blue girl presents: up theme party
Setting up the food table.
adventure book ellie's badge up theme party favor
I was inspired by My Own Road to create my own "Ellie Badge" for the favors.  Jen has a great tutorial, though I didn't follow it exactly.

I ordered bottle caps and resin from Annie Howes The resin made the pins more durable, and it was very easy to use.  Special punches made cutting out the soda circles and making holes in the caps a breeze.

Creating the mini adventure book was just a matter of cutting, scoring, folding, and punching.  I loved the result.

The message inside was based on the quote from the following video.

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