Thursday, March 8, 2012

100 Bridal Shower Invites!

Hello my dear crafty friends! Happy Thursday!  :>  I want to start this post off by saying a heartfelt thanks for all your kind comments on my last post!!!! Every comment you took time out of your lives made me smile and feel special!  Thank you for visiting and leaving me love!

Today I want to share with you the bridal shower invites that we made for my brother's fiancee! In total there were 6 of us working on these invites. I invited a few friends and my two friends Sophie and Kate came over to help! (Any of my crafty friend's I've met up with at Scrapfest would know these two girls!) My brother's fiancee Oksana came too and two of her bridesmaids!  So thankful for all the help!  :>  We made 100 invites!  It's going to be a big shower that my mom and Oksana's mom is throwing.  I realize it's not typical for the mother's to throw the shower but here the Croatian (my side) and Ukrainian (her side) it's quite common.  We started around 3:30 and worked on them until about 9:00 I would say, with a dinner break!

Oksana and I came up with the design heavily influenced by this card.  It was easier to look at cards online and agree on something together.  We did simplify it as we had to make 100!!!  We went to my LSS together and picked out cardstock together.  And picked out the flower stamp together!  Chad was able to print the details of the invitation right inside the cardstock which saved a lot of time!  We all worked in an assembly line sort of card making!

Please ignore the not so great photos, I took them late at night:



We embossed the cachina (teal) bazzill cardstock with the damask plate by Papertrey Ink and adhered it with the embossing in.   The flower is from Blossom Art by Hero Arts. I heat embossed most of the flowers beforehand in white and we all cut them out, so much faster with 6 hands!  The sentiment is from Scattered Showers by Papertrey Ink.  We stamped them with a matching ink, I stamped the bottom and Sophie stamped the top!  Everyone worked on assembly and we got it all done! Towards the end of the night I had the idea to stamp the flower inside the card with the lilac posie by memento ink over the text!  :>

By the way I have two good tips for faster stamping when your stamping 100 flowers like I did!  When I was stamping the flowers with versamark I inked the stamp well and stamped the flower and than restamped it without inking it again just with more force and they both "caught" the white embossing powder fine.  I basically inked once and twice stamped.  Than when I stamped the flower inside the card with lilac posie ink I inked up the flower stamped it and on the next card I huffed on the stamp and stamped it again.  Sure it was slightly lighter but it still looked great!  Both methods saved a lot of time!

My lovely husband Chad made us chilli for dinner and I made oreo cupcakes for dessert!  By the time I remembered to take a photo Kate had gone home as she brought her daughter with her to play with Ariel.  So here is a photo of us minus Kate:

As you can see Ariel and Carter enjoyed being around us.  When Kate's daughter was there they weren't around, and another guy friend popped over to watch some of the game (I think the oreo cupcakes called his name) and brought his 1 year old son who kept Carter busy.  But when they were gone Ariel sat there quietly that it took me a while to notice in my stamping pursuit!  Carter not so much he was even crawling under the table!  :>  

What a fun night!  So excited for the shower and for the upcoming wedding!  Ariel is finally going to be a flower girl!  Oh how I have waited for this day!  And Carter will be the ring bearer, we just won't trust him with the actual rings...

Well I am off to work on dinner!!!

17 comments:

Cindy said...

Looks like it was a lot of fun. Isn't it great to craft together?

Carol Mc said...

The invites look so nice. I'm sure the best part was making them with family.

Maureen Morton said...

What a project filled with love - I really enjoyed the story of how your family and friends came together to make it happen. You are very special, Anita! The cards are sweet - love the colors. Thanks for the production tips, too. Can't wait to see the wedding pics!

Barb said...

Cute photo of all of you, Anita! So fun that Sophie and Kate helped you out - say hello to them! Love the invites - beautiful colors! I have never heard of 100 people being invited to a bridal shower - crazy, but sounds like fun! Hugs to you! :)

Simone said...

Wow you were busy! LOVE how they turned out. Looks like you all had a wonderful night :)

Dawn said...

I am suitably impressed Anita. It is quite a great design... looks stunning in those amazing colours

Lynn said...

Ah...that looks like so much fun Anita! The invitations are gorgeous!

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jennfontaine said...

They turned out great! I love the colours-so pretty! I'm happy you had so many friends to help out and that you got them all done while having a good time!

~Tammy~ said...

That looked like a lot of fun and my goodness! Wow! that was a lot and they turned out GREAT!

Vicky said...

So much fun! Love the cards!

Tiffany said...

Wow! What a wonderful burst of bold colors! Love it and the tremendous amount of work that went into it! And you had fun too!

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Beautiful invitations, Anita! And to answer your question, I am lucky that in Houston there's quite a few Asian grocery where I can get some Indonesian spices & I brought back some from Jakarta as well. :)

Alice Wertz said...

fab simple design. these invites look amazing, Anita!

Greta said...

That embossing plate was the perfect background & I love how you used the flower! Thanks, too, for the tip--would never have thought you could stamp twice without re-inking. How fun to be involved in a family wedding!

Brenda said...

Awesome teamwork Anita! These are gorgeous and I love the colors!

Emily Leiphart said...

Wow, that's a ton of cards but they are so lovely! I can't wait to Ariel as a flower girl. That's so exciting! Too funny about Carter and the real rings. That's how I'd be with Damian. :P

 

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