Saturday, May 21, 2011


Today I have for you the invitations that I made for my husband's surprise 50th Birthday Party next weekend (luckily, he isn't interested in reading my blog!).  I really wanted cows, as the theme is "HOLY COW!  Mike is 50!".  I didn't want to do the traditional black/funeral type of 50 party and for some reason the cows just popped into my head. 

Since we don't have any cow stamps, I turned to punch art - of course!  Don't I always?  The cow's head is the Top Note Die cut down and shaped a bit and the snout is the largest of the ovals on the Ovals Die.  Everything else is punches with all noted in the recipe below.  You could easily adapt this into a horse by taking out the horns and moving the ears to the top corners of the head and changing up the colors.  Hmmm... maybe I'll have to do that in the future...  

It was fun because my youngest daughter, Colleen, even volunteered a few hours to help me on the last day.  And Jenni helped with a bit of the last minute assembly, so it was a family event for Dad!  Hope you enjoyed my fun little invitation!

  • Stamp Sets – On Your Birthday (#111664, $33.95)
  • Card Stock – Basic Black, Whisper White, So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Soft Sky Patterns DSP (retired)
  • Ink – Basic Gray Classic, Pacific Point & Pear Pizzazz Markers
  • Punches – 2" x 1-3/8" (Wide) Oval (#119859, $16.95), 1-3/4" x 7/8" (Large) Oval (#119855, $15.95), 1-3/8" x 5/8" (Small) Oval (#119863, $15.95), Scallop Circle (#119854, $16.95), 2-1/2" Circle (#120906, $16.95), 1" Circle (#119868, $10.95), 3/4" Circle (#119873, $10.95)
  • Accessories – Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430, $3.95)
  • Tools – Big Shot, Ovals Die (#114525, $15.95), Top Note Die (#113463, $21.95)


  1. You have the neatest ideas!

  2. Your cow is awesome! I love your idea and punch art creativity. Thanks so much for sharing all of your fantastic ideas :)


  3. Great Cow!! I love how you tapered down the top note. So often folks don't and it really takes away from it. You did a great job!


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