Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A Dinosaur Train Birthday Party - The banners, signs and food labels

There are so  many adorable, colourful and delightful characters in the program, Dinosaur Train, and Ben has a love for several including the main characters, Shiny, Tiny, Don and Buddy but he also loves Daphne, Tank, Mr Conductor and of course, Mr Spinosaurus.  Ben asked they all be there to say Happy 4th Birthday and this is how we did it...
This was the banner that was to be on the window on the front of the house.  Luckily we could squeeze this on our outdoor patio feature wall...squeeze it was though!
The creation of the banner was accomplished in Stampin' Up! MDS a program (that is so worth the $25AU it currently costs) that allows you to import images and create great home decore, cards, scrapbooking and so much more!  

Ben chose the images he wanted and I imported them into MDS and simply used electronic punches to get my shapes and then I filled them with electronic DSP contained within the program or used MDS to create paper from images.  I used a triangle punch and filled it with a background fossil image. (ie the blue background of the triangular banners is a repeated segment from an image sourced on google).  The triangles for the banner were cut out using the Stamping' Up! Trimmer.

I then used a second and third punch to create the scallop circles that were filled with coordinating cardstock - Gumball Green, Tangerine Tango and Pacific Point.  I then filled the scallop circle with a coordinating circle and filled it with a DSP.  Finally I added a letter and coloured it coordinating with the DSP and scallop circle background.  These were grouped, printed and punched out using the coordinating scallop circle punch and mounted on the triangles using Stampin' Up! Dimensionals.

I then copied a number of images of his beloved Dinosaur Train characters and sized them in MDS, printed them, then cut them out and mounted them on the banners using dimensionals.  I used a retired punch for the ribbon holes on the banner pieces which enabled me to thread the pieces together with retired  Kaszazz ribbon.
There was to be a fossil dig, but that activity got rained out - this is how it looked the day before...

and these were the markers to tell the palaeontologists where to dig...

The children did get to collect their dinosaur and egg from Benniosaurus' Terrace and these are the signs I made to direct the children...

Other signs included a Welcome, Activity Centre and Dining area
Unfortunately due to the rain these were not on display in the yard as intended.  Instead they were stuck on the brick work, so sadly I think they were a little un-noticed.
I labelled all of the food for a little fun . . . with not only the Dinosaur Train characters, but dinosaur themed food names :-)  Ben thought this was a lot of fun!  The food labels were made in a very similar way as the banner; using MDS with a rectangular background and images of characters fussy cut and adhered to the background using dimensionals.  This assembly was then glued to a background card as shown below.
There were Erupting Mountains, Dinosaur Eggs, Fossil Biscuits and Volcano Cakes just to name a few
To see more of the food please go to the post - The Food & Healthy Eating

MDS is so much fun once you get into using it and being able to punch out the scallop circles was just amazing.  I thought I might be hand cutting those, so you can image how chuffed I was to learn the punch in hand matched the punch on MDS.  What an awesome tool and so worth the small $25AU!

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