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Mar 10

You’re invited to a dog party!

My little boy just turned two. Seriously, where did the time go? 

Even as a big, grown up, two-year-old, YMGP’s most favoritest thing is still dogs. He yells for his dog to come into his room every morning. He repeats, “Bye dog-dog” for the first 10 minutes or so after leaving the house. He gets super-excited when he notices the giant pictures on the wall at Target that have dogs in them. He just loves dogs. Clearly his birthday party needed to be dog-themed… and clearly I was going to DIY the party as much as possible. In fact, I made so much stuff for the little party we threw him that I have decided to split it into several posts. I thought it would be fitting to start with the dog party invitations I made, which may have been  my favorite part of the whole party!

dog party invitations with moveable ears at theexperimentalhome.com

Cute little yellow dog, right? I designed him, named him Sparky and worked the whole party around him. 

Do you see the white brads on top of Sparky’s ears? You guessed it, Sparky’s little gingham ears move aside to reveal all the party details.

dog party invite with movable ears from theexperimentalhome.com

Honestly, I am just smitten with these invitations. They were pretty easy to make using the “print and cut” feature of my Silhouette Cameo, and I am going to show you just how to make your own. Buckle your seat belts, this tutorial is long and detailed, but I promise these invites aren’t that hard to make. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom, because I have teamed up with some other amazing bloggers to share the mother load of paper Silhouette projects. 

Let’s get started, shall we? To make these dog party invitations, you will need card stock or paper in various colors (I used light yellow, white, pink and dark grey card stock as well as red gingham scrapbooking paper), two brads per invitation, some glue, a printer and your trusty Silhouette machine.

Don’t have a Silhouette? No problem, if you have a reasonably steady hand you can still make these dog invitations. You can download a zip file containing Sparky’s design in four different formats (.eps, .svg, a .jpg assembled and a .jpg of the separate pieces) here. Add your text, print him out, get busy with some scissors and then skip down a ways to see how to assemble your dog party invitations.

Otherwise, download the free Silhouette cut file here. Then open it up in Silhouette Studio. It should look like this…

make dog party invitations with your Silhouette

You should find a dog head with the ears in place and some other facial features below (from left to right: nose, eyeballs, tongue, eyes). You will notice if you go to the “cut style” menu that only the outside of Sparky’s head is set to cut. Let it be, and you are ready to add your text.make dog party invitations with your Silhouette

Text, yes, text. I actually didn’t know about the “print and cut” feature of my Cameo until I started playing with it. It may be one of the coolest thing that machine does (and Silhouette machines do lots of cool things!).

You can use the text tool to add whatever text you want or need to Sparky’s head. Keep all your text inside the ear shapes so it will be hidden by the ear flaps you will cut out later. Obviously, the text I am showing you here is fake, you will want to include times, locations, and real contact info :).

make dog party invitations with your Silhouette

Next, you need to fill the text, so your printer will know to print there. I just used black text. Also, go back to the “cut style” menu and set the text to “no cut”.

make dog party invitations with your Silhouette

Then you need to add registration marks. These are printed by your printer and recognized by your Silhouette in order to make sure that it cuts in the right place relative to whatever you printed. In this case, they ensure that the text is located in Sparky’s ears. Go to the “Registration Marks” menu and check the box next to “Show Reg Marks”. I didn’t change any settings… honestly I don’t know what they all do.

make dog party invitations with your Silhouette

Now you are ready to hit print. Can I tell you a secret? I didn’t actually believe my inkjet printer could handle card stock until I printed out these dog party invitations. Seriously. But, my printer fed and printed on the light yellow card stock like a champ.

Next stick your printed card stock to your cutting mat and load it into the machine. It should look something like this (note the registration marks on the top… there is one not pictured on the bottom as well.)

make dog party invitations with your Silhouette

Then send the file to your Silhouette. It will scan the mat for the registration marks before cutting anything. Once it finds them, it will tell you. If you have trouble, be sure that you are cutting in a well-lit room, your Silhouette cannot see in the dark.

invite_ss_registration_detected

Once Sparky’s face is cut out, you can start cutting out the other pieces. Go to the cut style menu and change what pieces are set to cut. I cut the nose and eyeballs out in dark grey, the tongue in pink, the eyes in white and the ears in red gingham.

dog party invitations with moveable ears at theexperimentalhome.com

Use a glue stick (or whatever glue you like) to assemble Sparky’s face. Glue the eyes and nose on the front, and the tongue to the back.

dog party invitations with moveable ears at theexperimentalhome.com

The last step is to add the ears. Attaching the ears with the brads is a little bit tricky, but I experimented a little until I found the best way to do it. First, align the ears perfectly to Sparky’s face. Use paper clips to hold them in place.

dog party invitations with moveable ears at theexperimentalhome.com

Then use something sharp (I used a thumb tack) to poke a starter hole through both the ears and the back of the invitation. 

dog party invitations with moveable ears at theexperimentalhome.com

Feel free to widen the hole a little bit by moving the tack around or poking a second hole very close to the first. Then you should have no problem poking your brad through the hole. Once your brad is in place, remove the paper clip. Ta da! Sparky is complete and ready to be stuffed into envelopes and sent on his way!

dog party invitations with moveable ears at theexperimentalhome.com

Just twist Sparky’s ears aside to reveal the invitation to your dog party!

dog party invitations with moveable ears at theexperimentalhome.com

Don’t forget, this is the first of several posts on YMGP’s dog party! Check out the follow up posts here:

the invitations (you are here) | the decorations | toddler party activities | the cake

Here is a preview to get you excited! 

a dog themed boys birthday party at theexperimentalhome.com

Now for the fun part… Do you want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

Since getting my new Silhouette Cameo for Christmas, I have joined an amazing group of crafters who have challenged themselves to make a fun new Silhouette project every month. I will be sharing mine in the Silhouette Challenge monthly blog hop.

the silhouette challenge facebook group

This month, my Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing paper projects on our blogs, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

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Are you looking for boy’s birthday party ideas? Be sure to check out YMGP’s last birthday party as well. Here are links to the theme, the decorations, the invitations, and the cake. Fair warning, these were some of my first blog posts and they are a little rough around the edges, but the ideas are still awesome!

One more thing before I close out… St. Partrick’s Day is coming… you should try your luck at winning a $600 Visa gift card! Enter the Pot ‘O Gold giveaway here.

How’s that for the longest post ever on a Monday. Sorry about that. Sparky’s sorry too :).


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  1. Alexis @ Persia Lou

    These invitations are so cute! (I love, love the print and cut feature too) And the whole party looks really fun! I’m looking forward to more details. 🙂

    1. Laura

      Thanks Alexis! I may just get obsessed with printing and cutting!

  2. Sara

    Oh wow! Those invites are ingenious! Love the ears!

  3. Sarah

    This is adorable, such a clever idea.

  4. Allison @ Dream a Little Bigger

    Look at you all getting into the movable ears. That is so cute and so smart! I was so happy to see we both joined the Silhouette group on the same day and glad we’re going to be doing the challenges together, too 🙂

    1. Laura

      Thanks Allison! I couldn’t believe we joined on the same day! I’m excited to do more challenges with you!

  5. Pam - GetSilvered

    What a great theme. I love the little dog invitations and his adorabel movable ears!

    1. Laura

      Thanks Pam! The whole party turned out so cute,

  6. Kelly of Simply Kelly Designs

    These birthday invitations are adorable! I think it is ingenious how you put all the party info underneath the movable ears! I love print and cut too! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Laura

      Thanks Kelly! I may become obsessed with the print and cut feature before too long!

  7. Tanya

    Such cute invites. Thanks for sharing the file.

    1. Laura

      You got it Tanya! Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Lisa @ greylustergirl

    So many fun details! I love the party bags with the little doghouse ! and the ears…the ears! That is such a cute invitation!

    1. Laura

      I know… aren’t the ears fun! Thanks for stopping by Lisa!

  9. Diana

    Love the floppy ears! So cute.

    1. Laura

      Thanks Diana! I probably got way too excited about them!

  10. Joyce Fisher

    Hi Laura,
    Oh my goodness, this party is beyond fabulous!!! All the details are just too cute! Love the moveable ears on the invitations, love the doghouse party bags, love the cake!!! I am so excited to be a part of this incredibly talented Silhouette Challenge group!
    Peace, Love and Joy,
    Joyce

    1. Laura

      Thank you Joyce! It is my first challenge, and I have had such a good time seeing everyones projects! Best group ever!!!

  11. Jessica

    These are SO cute! I love that the little ears flip up to reveal the invitation!

    1. Laura

      Thanks Jessica! I never thought I would be so excited about ears 🙂

  12. Kalyn Brooke | Creative Savings

    I love this idea for a party. It’s so fun!

    1. Laura

      Thanks Kalyn!! It was a great time!

  13. Carrie

    That is too cute! I love the decor, the colors, and the moveable ears are the cutest ever!

  14. Aki @ Minted Strawberry

    Those flappy ears are a really good idea!

  15. Karen Marie Kedzuch

    Laura,
    Wow! It is posts like yours that make me wish more than 27 years ago I had a Silhouette Cameo. I did the cute things by hand and thought I was so clever. Your Two year old is a blessed little boy to have such a talented Mommy.
    SC Buddy,
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & LilyPads

    1. Laura

      Karen, your Silhouette doesn’t make you more clever… just more efficient! Thanks so much for your kind comment, I really appreciate it!

  16. Helen

    This is so super duper cute!!!!

  17. T'onna

    Cute party! I love that the ears on the invitation are movable! I also like the doghouse!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

  18. Randi Sowders

    You did a great job on these!!!! I love how you made them. it’s perfect with the movable ears!!!

  19. Glenna @ My Paper Craze

    These are just adorable! My grandson would love them.

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  21. Christine

    adorable ! merci beaucoup pour ces idées
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