Our first task was to create some pretty invitations for her friends and family. We had a look on Google and she loved the picture of a clam-shell shaped invitation that she saw. So I dusted off my trusty Cricut machine and set to work. The outside of the card was relatively easy, being a simple cut on the machine, but the inside was a little bit tricky.
I wanted to print the party details on the bottom part of the shell and a picture of Ariel on the top part of the shell. As my Cricut machine only cuts and doesn't print, I had to print the text and picture first through my normal printer and then try to line up the printed area with the cut area. I worked out that by cutting a template on the Cricut first and then holding the whole page (with the cut out piece removed) over my computer screen with the Word document open and zoomed out to exactly match the paper size, I could line it all up and once it was printed I then put it through the Cricut and it cut perfectly!
After gluing the 4 "shells" together, I decorated the front of the shell with silver Kindy Glitz along the ridge lines of the shell to give it a bit of dimension. My daughter was very happy with the result, especially as pink and silver are two of her favourite colours.
Here is the front of the invitation:
And the inside:
And a close up of the glitter on the front:
I will post some pics and details of the birthday cake shortly.