Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Golden Anniversary Party Invitations

My biggest project to date (aside from these cookies) was to make invitations for my parents' 50th wedding anniversary party.  I originally thought it would be about 20 or 30 invitations, but it ended up being 52.  I went through several iterations before finally deciding on this layout and design, but I am thrilled with how they turned out.

I used gold 5x7" cards (on sale at my local Paper Source store), and printed the information on luxe fino cream paper from Paper Source. I used this stamp and this gold ink stamp pad to add a little shimmer.  I downloaded the font for the invitations from, which has been my resource for fun fonts lately.

Not only did I make the invitations, but I also made RSVP cards and inserts which show directions to the party location and information about a nearby hotel where I reserved a block of rooms.  The maps were fun and easy to make - I've made them before, using this tutorial from  

The party is a few short weeks away and I have a few other ideas up my sleeve, so they might be making an appearance on the blog as well, so stay tuned!

Onesie Cookies for Becca's Baby Shower

My good friend Ashley approached me a few months ago to ask if I'd be interested in making ~50 onesie cookies for her sister-in-law's baby shower.  I was ready for the challenge and said yes!

Patrick helped me out with the production - he did all the baking and I did all the decorating and packaging.  Ashley was planning a jungle themed shower with the main colors being green and yellow, as Becca and Mat didn't find out if it was a boy or a girl until the day the baby arrived!

It looked like everyone had a great time at the baby shower, and the cookies made it from Illinois to Connecticut safe and sound (for the most part).  

I also need to show off Ashley's diaper cake - how adorable!!

Thanks, Ashley, for letting me be a part of Becca's baby shower --- and welcome to the world little Isabella!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Baby Shower Invitations

One of my biggest projects to date was to make invitations in the shape of onesies for Carol's baby shower.  I found the design online and after some trial and error (and a few cursewords) I am thrilled with how they turned out.  I used cover weight paper in fuschia and text weight paper in blossom (both from Paper Source) to make the cards. The envelopes were the same shade of pink as the trim on the onesie, and these labels for the addresses.  I thought the crystal gems were the perfect touch to the front of the card to jazz things up a little bit.

I am a bit late in getting this post up - the shower was in November - and Baby Fiona has arrived!  Check out this super cute munchkin!!!

Patrick's Birthday Party

Patrick turned the big 3-0 back in November, and along with the help of his family we threw him a party at his brother's house after Thanksgiving.

I had a lot of fun working on the invitations, and turned them into a spin-off of the Tour de France logo, given Patrick's love of cycling.  The map of the US shows every place that Patrick has lived.

The party wasn't a complete surprise, but Patrick didn't know the party's theme until the day of the party, so I used address labels from Paper Source that said "Confidential" on them.  I also thought the Simpsons stamps were perfect.

We had a great party with a lot of Patrick's family -- Patrick's sister, Rachel, helped me do decorate the cake!