I don’t know about you but I find myself excited when a birthday comes around or a wedding or a baby shower in the family because that means I’ll most likely be able to be part of it!! I have for years now been asked to make the party invites for our events and the challenge of trying to come up with a design to match the theme is like I’m about to sing on stage in front of people!!! Do you know what I mean?? Well, I can only compare it to that because I used to sing solo songs at church in front of everyone, I did that for a very long time and I remember feeling sweaty and a little nauseous and my knees would just knock together up until the first sentence of lyrics come out….then I fall into the warmth and comfort of what I love doing and it then starts to melt away!! I almost feel that as I step up to my table and start jotting down what I see in my head and then…. I search for products here at home to see what I have to start creating! It’s fun to me…It really is! LOL
This project had to be simple and fast because I literally had just 2-3 days to make. My beautiful mama asked me to make about 40 at first but because it was 2 weeks until the event I did get a little frantic. I usually minimum need a couple of months ahead of time because I like to be detailed and I like to be able to have time to change things up if I need. ESPECIALLY if I have to make 50-100 invitations. She went down to 25 if possible.
You see, people, even my family, don’t know that I have to mentally prepare myself for these things! They don’t. I mean, It’s the color theme, the idea of the party or theme, is it masculine or feminine, how many I need to make (the more I make the more time I’ll need), I have to make a list of what I might need and have to shop for what I don’t have and then the expense, will I have to go back to a store when it’s on sale, will I have enough (which is why I over buy sometimes), will I need to make menu cards or something else, is it formal….you see what I mean?? It’s a lot!!
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE doing it but I need time! Family, I hope you’re all reading this! LOL I LOVE ya’ll!!
Ok, so let’s get into it!
Today’s project was 25-27 simple, quick, pretty and small invitations that means not a lot of detail. That’s a challenge in and of itself. I was going to start with one flower tied with a narrow bow… but meh…it didn’t look right so, bouquet it’ll be!! I had tons of tiny roses, closed, open and curled… enough for a bouquet for sure. I needed a heavy card stock, 90-100lb because it was a double sided card style and not an open and close style and then something with texture and something for color….or both. I remember wanting to use watercolor paper for something because of the texture it had….SUPER pretty and sturdy! Anyways….this is what I came up with, no embossing, no mixed media, not a lot of layers, no fancy opening, no foiling. SIMPLE! and the important thing is that my mama loved them! She just loved the bouquet and the color! Her words were “Elegant”….so I was good with that.
The size of the pretty “Pale Rose” card stock was 3″ x 4 3/4″. The white watercolor paper for both sides was 2 3/4″ x 4 1/2″. The stamped “You’re Invited” card stock was 1″ x 2″.
The Pion designer paper was the perfect texture and the perfect colors to match by bouquet, well, I actually picked the paper first but thankfully the paper flowers matched it great! Good enough for me!
Some detailed pics of this project and a product list to follow!
Here’s my product list of this project for your reference!
- Pion Designs “Paris Flea Market” (no longer available) Visit their website!
- Bazzil “Pale Rose” card stock
- Sizzix “Garden Greens” die set by Tim Holtz
- Stampin’ Up wood stamp set “Sincere Salutations” (no longer available) Visit their website!
- Ranger Ink Stamp pad “Jet Black”
- Clear bags size: B54 4 5/8″ x 5 3/4″
- Water color paper. I got both of mine at Hobby Lobby but I cannot find them anymore on their website. The first pad I used was by Daler and Rowley, then Master’s Touch, both Cold Press paper. There are similar pads (just unsure of the texture for some) at Simon Says Stamp, Michaels, Blick and Jerry Artarama
- Glossy Accents
- Zig glue pen
- Magic cutting mat
- WOC Website down at the time of this posting. Wild Orchid Crafts White Tuscany Roses
- Wild Orchid Crafts Ivory closed rosebuds 6mm
- Wild Orchid Crafts Open Pale Pink roses 15mm
- Wild Orchid Crafts Open Pink roses 15mm
- Wild Orchid Crafts Pale pink Gypsophillas
- Wild Orchid Crafts Pale Yellow closed rosebuds 6mm
- White cord/twine 2mm
Below are some of my staples I always use in my Studio!
- ATG gun and adhesive refills
- Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine gray and white (this one is a starter kit)
- Cricut Maker Die cutting machine in Champagne and Blue
- Large cutting mat
- Large Guillotine cutter by Xacto
- Small Guillotine cutter by Fiskars
- Foam dimensional adhesive 1″ wide
- Detailed Hot Glue gun
Software I use to create my videos and graphics:
- Cricut Design Space
A peek at my mama’s birthday party! Isn’t she beautiful!!? I’ll share her party prep Vlog Lisa and I did at my “At Jules House” channel soon!
Another invite you may be interested in is my “Coco Chanel Inspired Baby Shower 4 pc project“!
For a list of my gear click the button below!
Thank you so very much for stopping by! I hope this post and video was helpful in some way for you. Have an amazing day guys!