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Birthday Owl

Today we went to a Harry Potter Birthday party for one of Aidan’s friends. It was lots of fun despite the rain and it meant I could get a little creative by making a costume as well as a birthday card!

I was agonising over the card I should make … I wanted it to be themed but I really couldn’t figure out how …. but then I decided that it should have an owl on it, so that was a good start! I had seen some gorgeous owls on Dani Holland’s blog and thought they were cute ‘holding’ the hearts so I figured I could do similar with a cupcake and so my new best friend (aka the Build a Cupcake punch) came to the rescue!

Of course I knew that the owl needed to be like Harry’s owl, Hedwig , so that decided the colours for me, but I wanted a little more texture on him, so I scrunched up my cardstock and then separated it to create a faux suede side before punching the layers out, you can see that a bit better below. 

On to the costume …. my sewing skills aren’t great and I didn’t measure anything, just used a piece of black material I had in the cupboard and the maroon is some leftover quilt binding I had in a drawer as well as some gold ribbon – well of course he had to be in Gryffindor colours! You may also be able to spot the scar drawn on his forehead too! Here is the little wizard I took with me …..

Thanks for reading! K 🙂



Banners seem to be the trendy thing this past year, dont’ you think? I haven’t given in and bought myself the Pennant Die for the Big Shot yet (although I must admit I have been close to putting in on an order some days 😉 ) but seeing so many around I kept wanting to make a card with one on it and I finally gave it a go with some gorgeous new products from the new mini catalogue.

As soon as I saw the Sweet Stitches DSP I thought the colours would be perfect for a banner and of course then my colour scheme fell into place as I picked the colours from the DSP. I’ve used the Create a Cupcake Stampset along with the Build a Cupcake Punch too – they are fabulous products and I have seen so many ways to use them!

I cut the pennants for my banner by cutting a strip of DSP 1 1/4″ wide and then marking along one side at 7/8″ intervals. I then found marked along the other side of the strip at 7/8″ intervals, but started marking 7/16″ from the end of the strip. I was then able to quickly chop the pennants in my trimmer by lining up the diagonal marks. Once I stuck the pennants in place I then added a length of Daffodil Delight 1/8″ Taffeta ribbon to create the banner and, as you can see, I curled the ends of the pennants up so I could pretend they were flapping in the breeze 🙂

Enjoy your day! Kari