Liam celebrated his 5th birthday in March with a fun robot party! Whenever we planned, we had to use a robot voice and call him LI-BOT 5. Of course, I had to get the Lots of Bots and Best Bots Forever stamp sets for use with all our party projects. And, his favorite color is red so we kept lots if Real Red and Red Glimmer paper on hand.
First, the invitations- a great shaker card with 5 hex nuts in each card. This invitation was inspired by several I saw in the Splitcoast Stampers SU galleries.
The trick to shaker cards is to make a mini shadow box. Stamp your image onto your card-stock (I used Whisper White and colored the image with Blender Pens and Stampin’ Write Markers). Liam wanted his robot to look like Wall-E so we used the wheels for feet. Once your image is stamped, frame the outside edge of your card-stock with dimensionals. This is like a shadow box. The outside frame part works best because it is connected and you won’t have to worry about gaps. Depending on the height of the item you use for the shaker, you may need two thicknesses of foam. Add your item inside the foam frame, peel the protective paper from your dimensionals and add a piece of clear window sheet to the top. Now you have a fully enclosed shadow box. I added a frame cut from Real Red to the top. The frame had nuts and bolts stamped around it and I stapled a bit old VHS video tape film to one corner. Good use of an old tape I had laying around.
I used Tasteful Trim to cut rick rack from the glimmer paper. I also punched lots and lots of gears from Basic Black using the Cogs punch. I also used a computer style font to print several 5’s in Real Red, punched them with a 1/2 inch circle punch and attached to the center of the cogs. I added some of the computer language stamps as well. Everything was attached to Brushed Silver card stock.
On the reverse side, I printed the party details onto Very Vanilla card stock and added an additional birthday bot.
Now for the party favors which were a CASE of a project that (Cristena Bagne did. I adapted it for my needs and made a tri-fold party favor/activity booklet. I used a 12×6 sheet of card stock, scored at 4 and 8 inches. I used the nuts and bolts stamp to create a background image. I put the birthday bot in the front along with the sentiment which was punched using the modern label punch. I used my cog punch for embellishments and the closure for the tri-fold is a Build A Brad with another computer font 5. I used stretchy cord as the “latch.”
On the inside, I used the Top Note punch to create a game board. Then, using Best Bots Forever, I made game pieces of the heads, bodies, and feet. There were two types of each and five of each type. Each game piece had a piece of Velcro on the back. This allows them to play Tic Tac Toe or Build a Bot. I used a resealable baggie to hold the game pieces.
When the tri-fold is completely open, you can see the coloring/activity pages I downloaded online as well as either flash cards or note cards. For the flash cards, I used My Digital Studio to print the number tags from Hoppy Birthday Designer Kit.
Now for food and decorations. I saved several boxes, empty soda bottles, and cans. I painted the boxes with silver spray paint. I cut two holes in the bottom for the legs. I filled the empty soda bottles with colored water and put the boxes onto the bottles. I cut a hole in top for the neck which was a can. Then I just hit glued the head on. For the eyes, I used Real Red rectangles or circles I punched. Mouths were either drawn or added using bits of scrap glimmer paper. The control panels were made from Love Impressions Specialty Designer Series Paper and extra cogs. I also downloaded a free image of gauges to print for each one. Arms and antennae were made using glitter pipe cleaners and styrofoam balls painted with silver spray paint. Last, I added party hats and horns.
Now for food and cake. I got some of my food ideas from Birthday Party Ideas. We gave the foods a robot themed name and I made signs using Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper.
And no robot party is complete without a fabulous robot cake:
For activities, the kids made robots using spray painted toilet paper tubes and they planted little seeds so they could have a plant like Wall-E. They also played pin the battery on Fender (from the movie Robots).
Overall, a great party! LI-BOT gave it 2 thumbs up!
God Bless and Happy Stampin’
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