Thursday, June 21, 2018

Easy Invites

So good morning!  Its a rainy rainy day here and I have plans to make more tags since its a "stay in" kind of day.  But first lets back up to Tuesday.  I had my dining table all a mess with my paper stuff (I know....I have a craft room but it keeps escaping to the dining room Geez) and there a knock at the door.  Daughter in law walks in to use my paper cutter.  On her side of the family they are trying to plan a double wedding shower and her mother volunteered to make the invites.  Well ends up her mom just handed her a bag from Hobby Lobby and said: "Here I bought this.... can you print something on them?  I just want 5x7 flat postcard like invites."  Boy that's kind of general!  LOL
So my Daughter in law printed 5x7 invites, came over to cut them and then...hated how plain they looked.  So she said HELP!  With no money in the budget.......and thin Hobby Lobby card stock pack in cream I had to get the wheels turning.  PLUS....all 50 invites needed to be done by Wednesday............the next day Wednesday!!!  WHAT???  Oy Vey!
Here's what we started with:

 We at first thought that maybe we could just stamp a doily in the spaces to make the paper fancier.  It was not a "Bad" idea but it didn't seem enough.  Plus the paper was so...well paper thin and just didn't seem like a quality invite.  My daughter in law so wanted to impress her family with these invites so we had to work harder and I thought we could add a layer by using an emboss folder giving more stability to the card.  So we came up with this:

Still not exactly what she wanted so she jumped on to Pinterest and found a card with a doily type of gate fold.  Well there was no way we could make "NEW" cards.  Nearly all the paper had already been printed and the layer for the back had all been cut and embossed. (Yes I told her we should just do the cutting and embossing for 1 but....)  So I had this half die doily, and we were able to crank out 100 half's for the 50 cards.  That's alot of cranking!  haahaa.  We put it together by leaving a bit of an edge next to the doily so that it could be slipped in between the embossed layer and the front and then jute for closure.  Here's the final result.

So after 5 hours of cutting, cranking, and embossing oh not to forget inking all the edges and the embossed piece I sent her on her way home to assemble.    All in all I'm pleased with the result.  It might have taken all afternoon to figure this out but when all your given is a pack of cream paper with half of paper used for the print outs you can still come up with a decent looking invite.

That's it for now...........I'm going back to tags!


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Tags R Great

Tags Tags newest passion.  I have decided that our ladies group will be making a series of Tags.  All kinds of tags.  There will be Christmas, Birthday, Just because, just to name a few.  Alot of people don't send cards but they do give gifts and what could be better than a handmade gift tag to go with that gift?  So with out further ado lets get started.

Set 1 is Christmas.
TAG #1 and #3 Were made using the Pinwheel Punch Board by We r Memory Keepers.  They are both 3" x 6" Cream cardstock was used for the base on #1 and the DSP is by Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs.  The Christmas Memories sentiment id a rubber stamp by Door County Rubber stamps.  Tag #3 was also made with the Pinwheel punch board.  This time it was kept super simple by just running it through a snowflake embossing folder and then having some silver ink swiped over the top.  The large snowflake was a Martha Stewart Punch and the smaller punches were punched from an old EKSucess punch.  The little red bow was a Tim Holtz punch.
The middle tag was made using the new Tag punchboard by WRMK.  Love this little guy.  The tag is also a 3"x6" black base and DSP was also G45.  The deer head and the sentiment was a stamp and die set that came with the craft magazine Papercrafts from the UK.  That flimsy doily under the deer is a piece of die release paper I had used with the doily on tag#1.  I saw no reason why I couldn't use it too.  I've done this in many of my cards when I use wax paper.  Then I saw this release paper that was printed and just had to have it and give it a try.  The paper really helps on intricate dies.
So those are the first 3 tags.  I'll be working on the next set and I can't wait to share those with you too.
Until then............................