Card #117: Invitation

2 observations:

  1. I always seem to get sick over long, holiday weekends.  And it sucks.  😦
  2. You know I’m in full-on cosplay build mode when I willingly go to Menards, even after working the late shift at work and having not had supper yet.  🙂

So those are my excused for not having this post up yesterday.  I’m sick, and I was working on a costume project.  The going to Menards thing was on Monday (though I was there again today) but it led into working on costumes and I had though about posting that observation on facebook but never got around to it so I did it here instead.  And now I’m rambling, which must be a result of illness.  I had intended to write this yesterday, but once I got started sanding plastic, I just couldn’t stop!  And stayed up later than I should have.  Which is probably also why I’m sick.

Hmm.

Anyway, I was tasked last week with making some invitations for the Alpha Center, since they know I like to do that sort of thing.  Since the invitations really didn’t have anything to do with babies, I made them pretty generic.

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A little patterned paper (used some really old stuff up, yay!), a yellow card base, and some red to frame out the words.  Inside of course was all the details about the event, printed on the computer.  And I added a couple blue gems for a little sparkle and decoration.  I didn’t have enough of any one blue to do all dozen cards, so a few of them were different.  But since everyone will only see their own card, it doesn’t really matter.  🙂

Ok, I’m going to bed now.  A long day of costume work is in store for me (and my wonderful mom! hi mom!) tomorrow, and I’m beat, so hopefully a better night’s rest tonight and I at least won’t be hacking all day in her sewing room.

Oh, also, if you haven’t seen it yet, GO SEE WONDER WOMAN!!!  I finally saw it today, and it did not disappoint.  🙂

All right, off to bed now…

Card #103: Baby Shower Invitations

I know, I know, I’m late with this post!  I’m sorry!  I had every intention of getting this up on Saturday, but I just couldn’t.  I was going to make a different card than this last week, but then I realized that I HAD to get the invitations for the Alpha Center’s Meet the Babies event done by Tuesday of this week (as in, tomorrow!) so I switched gears and worked on those instead.  I got the cards to the point that I thought they would be done, but they looked so boring that I wanted to add a little something.

Now, for all the embellishments that I have in my drawer, I don’t have much for baby stuff.  I just haven’t gotten to that stage of life and there was nothing suitable to make the cards cuter.  And Saturday was a day when I just wasn’t going anywhere.  I had played with some new makeup that morning and the foundation I tried, well, let’s just say that my skin doesn’t even get that shade in the summer when I might actually have a bit of a tan.  Not to mention that I was also practicing winged eye-liner and ended up with lines that rivaled the ancient Egyptians.  Or Bucky Barnes.

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Ok, maybe it wasn’t quite that bad!  But, yeah, I wasn’t going ANYWHERE that people could see me.  And Hobby Lobby is closed on Sundays, so I didn’t make it there until tonight.

But I found some perfect little stickers to liven up the invites, and I think they turned out pretty cute.

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I printed out the details (which I have photoshopped out here) with two per page on white cardstock, then used the Cricut to cut out the yellow.  I rounded the corners of the yellow then glued it down before I cut the white apart.  And tonight I added the little safety pin stickers.

It is a really simple design that could totally work for baby shower invitations or could be adapted with different shapes for different kind of “save the date” cards.

So that’s last week’s card, technically.  I’ll have another one for you on Saturday (Lord willing!) for this week.  In the meantime, happy Monday!

Card #60: Meet the Babies Invitation

Phew, barely making it this week!  I’ve had a busy week and I was out at my folks’ all afternoon, so I’m only now getting around to blogging.

As I’ve shared before, one of the fun things I get to do while volunteering for the Alpha Center is working on crafty stuff.  Once a year for the Life Skills class, we invite all the participants from the previous year to come for an evening of fun and fellowship after they’ve had their babies.  They get to see everyone again that they went to class with and share baby stories, and we get to coo and aww over all the precious babies.

Well, that event is coming up, and I’ve been tasked with creating the invitations again.  I based my design off a baby shower invitation I found on Pinterest.

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I erased the event details in the pictures

I had picked up a whole bunch of nice white envelopes really cheap from a bead store that was going out of business (so sad, I miss that store!), and I found a package of pre-cut white cardstock on sale at Hobby Lobby that I thought would fit the envelopes just perfectly.  I wanted to make these invites just single-layer invites instead of a folded card style.  Well, the cardstock ended up being a bit too big for the envelopes, so I had to trim them down anyway.  I used my handy new adhesive dispenser to apply the decorative paper onto the cardstock, as well as the yellow cardstock to the paper.

The little duck was cut out on my mom’s Cricut cutter before I had to give it back to her, and I used Glue Dots to glue the yellow on the back.  The duck is adhered to the card with a piece of mounting foam, and the green chevron washi tape gives a nice little touch and background for the duck.  I only put glue on the top of the white cardstock with the event details so the bottom would be loose to give a little more 3D effect.

I will be honest and admit that I only have one of these cards done so far.  But I wanted to get a sample done to show you guys and to know for sure how I wanted to make them.  Finishing the rest is on my list of things to accomplish tomorrow after church.

Card #8: Baby Shower Invite

First of all, let me say thank you to the sweet soul who anonymously sent me this chocolate bar in response to the “Send Chocolate” card I made a couple weeks ago:

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It certainly was a nice surprise, and I will savor every bite of the delectable dark chocolate.  Somebody obviously knows my favorite kind!

Now, the story behind this week’s card is a little different.  One opportunity that I am very blessed to have is the chance to volunteer each week at the Alpha Center, our local pro-life crisis pregnancy center.  We help young women and men who are facing unplanned pregnancies and give them opportunities and resources to help them through their pregnancies and with the children after.  I help each week during the Life Skills classes, where the students learn valuable skills and knowledge on how to care for their new babies.  Once a year, the graduates from this class have a big celebration, where they can bring their precious little ones and just share an evening of fun and fellowship.  As the staff at the center know that I am a craftsy-type person, the last few times this event has come around, I’ve been asked to make the invitations for the event.  This year they asked me to just come up with the idea and make a sample card so a group of volunteers can put them all together.  Now, being the perfectionist that I am, I have to admit it’s a little hard giving up the task of making all the cards myself, but I came up with a cute idea and wrote some pretty clear instructions (I think anyway!) on how to construct the cards, so I’m sure they will turn out fine.  🙂

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I apologize for the crappy night-time photo.  I had to construct the card on Wednesday night and bring all the materials to the Alpha Center on my way to work on Thursday morning, so I didn’t have a chance to get a good daytime photo.

All the materials I used on the card were from Hobby Lobby.  Seriously, I love that store!  These days, it’s odd if I’m not in there at least once every other week or so!  The cards needed to be gender neutral, so I got pre-made turquoise cards and some cute baby paper.  The paper is attached to the card with adhesive squares to avoid the wrinkling caused by glue.  The “You’re invited” cardstock was printed on the computer and trimmed to size, glued to the strip of cardstock underneath, and attached to the card with adhesive squares.  The little flower is attached with a glue dot, as is the little bow on top.  Hopefully whoever from the volunteer group is making the bows for the cards is better at it than I am!  I’ve never been good at bows.  Inside is another printed piece of off-white cardstock with the details about the event

If you would like to learn more about the Alpha Center, or how you can help, you can check out their website here.