Thursday, July 7, 2011

DIY party invitations!

I've been working on my princess' upcoming birthday are the invitations! I've decided to do a tutorial for them, since tea parties and cupcake parties are becoming quite the trend! :)  She will be having a "Vintage Cupcake and Tea" with my own modern twist, of course!  

One of my favorite things to do is turn scrapbook paper and cardstock  into homemade cards and invitations!  Since the color palette I've chosen has pinks, lime greens, and lots of polka dots and stripes, I went looking for a booklet of paper that had just that.  Lucky me, I found it! A great tip is to shop for craft supplies at places like TJMaxx and other discount department stores.  You'll be surprised at what you can find!  I found this pad which had the right colors, textures and prints.  Just look at the price! :) $3!!!!!  

Next I sketched out patterns for all of the items I wanted on the card: a teapot, a sweet cupcake, and an envelope for the spice blend I intended to place inside.  (You can add a teabag instead.  I'm obsessed with Chai tea, hence the spice bag.  Also, I had these prior to planning out the party.) Here are the patterns and the pieces glued together with my favorite craft glue stick! :) 

I have to tell you, that I love stamps.  One of my favorites is my invitation stamp.  I got it in the sale rack at Michael's for about a dollar.  I use it allllll the time!  I stamped the inside of the mini-envelope, and added in the information for the party.  Then, I punched two holes as such, and closed it up with the bag inside, tying some ribbon to hold it together.


Now comes the best part!  Attaching it all to my coordinating paper to finish off the invitations!  The more whimsical, and off center the pieces look, the better!  The only thing I centered as the focal point was the envelope of course!  There you have it! Easy homemade invitations for my Wunkie's party!  (yes, that is her nickname! hehe)  It's so easy to switch it up with various pieces and colors for different occasions!  Have fun, and please post your own versions!! :)

P.S. I'm thinking of adding some lettering on it, maybe "A Cupcake and Tea" on a cute die cut...we'll see.

P.P.S. This was all done without the use of a Silhouette or a Cricut...hand made :) But if anyone wants to give one of either machines...say for Christmas? I'LL TAKE IT! :)

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