Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Winnie the Pooh Baby Shower Invitations

Winnie the Pooh has been a favorite of mine since childhood.  And I guess I must have passed that love on to my older daughter, Emily.  Emily and her husband, Joey, will be first-time parents in mid-May and they have decided to decorate their son's room in a Pooh theme.  We are throwing her a baby shower next month with a Winnie the Pooh theme, of course.  Dee and I went to work on shower invitations and this is what we came up with.

The baby Pooh eating hunny was cut from the Cricut Pooh Font cartridge at 3" high.  The card is 4 1/4" wide by 5 1/2" tall -- to fit in a standard invitation envelope.  The brown "Baby Shower" frame was cut using the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridge and stretched a bit using the Cricut Design Studio.  The blue piece was run through my printer and the text is also brown.

Inside the card is the shower information and on the back is a map to the shower location.

The papers and other materials used are as follows:

Card base - Bazzill Lily Pond
Baby Shower frame - Bazzill Brown
Baby Shower insert - Bazzill  Evening Surf
Pooh - various Bazzill papers
Patterned paper - We R Memory Keepers - White Out Collection, Explore-Tracks
Ribbon - Offray, olive green with brown stitching
Bee - rubber stamp - Cloud 9 Designs - Simple Thoughts - Baby
Brads - mini pale green (purchased at Michael's)

Stay tuned  . . . more Pooh stuff to come!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Demi's 6th Birthday Invitation

Our baby will be six in April and of course a party is in order!  We aren't doing our usual invite all the classmates-blow out; just family and close friends. 

I created Demi's invitation using the Doodlecharms cartridge and the Cricut Design Studio.  I welded two of the party hats together at the pom-pom to create a folded card.  The inside was printed on my computer and laid out to cut on the Cricut.

The paper and materials used are as follows:

Base paper - Bazzill Artesian Pool
Pom-Pom - Bazzill Mexican Poppy
Patterned paper - Heidi Grace Designs - A Bird's Tale/Flowers
Glitter - Stickles Distressed "Broken China"

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Minnie Mouse 1st Birthday

Our youngest niece, Lexie, is one today!  Happy birthday, baby girl!

Her Mommy and Daddy had her party last Saturday and Aunt Jen and Aunt Dee made her invitations, birthday banner, birthday card, cake and cupcakes.  And Aunt Dee outdid herself!  The cake was amazing and it was only her FOURTH multi-tiered, fondant-covered cake!

The invitation was a Minnie Mouse head that I cut out on the Cricut using the Mickey Font cartridge.  I typeset the invitation and photo panels in Microsoft Publisher and printed them on my trusty HP Printer.  They were laid out in Publisher to then run thru the Cricut to cut the circles to fit on the Minnie head.  The ribbon is a sheer baby pink with white polka dots we picked up at our local Michael's.

The banner features several Cricut cartridges -- George and Basic Shapes for the scalloped circle (a cut file I downloaded from Okieladybug's blog - Thanks, Okie!), Mickey Font for the letters, and Mickey and Friends for the Minnie Mouse cuts.  After I glued everything down, we took it down to the local print/copy shop and had it laminated (rain was in the forecast).  Then Dee and I punched and eyeleted each side and tied the banner together with a narrow black satin ribbon.

The cake and cupcakes were fabulous!  The cake is 3 tiers -- white cake on the bottom and top layers and chocolate in the middle layer, all iced and filled with buttercream and then covered with fondant.  The bottom  layer is covered with an unflavored white marshmallow fondant, the middle layer is a pale pink "Tutti-Frutti" flavored fondant and the Minnie head is covered with an unflavored black fondant.  Dee created the Minnie head by baking it in half of a Wilton ball pan.  The Minnie heads, bows, and polka dots are all cut from fondant and attached with buttercrem.  The black and white polka-dotted ribbon was purchased from Michael's and spot-tacked to the layers with buttercream icing.

The Cricut was used on this cake, too!  Minnie's ears are cut from fun foam (non-edible),  the wires with the Minnies, and the banner on the cake base were all cut from either the Mickey Font or Mickey and Friends cartridges.  I created the banner in Design Studio and embellished it with a white gel pen.  The cupcake picks are also cut using the Cricut and hot-glued to toothpicks.

The birthday card was created using the Michey and Friends and Mickey Font cartridges as well.  The Design Studio was instrumental in creatring this card.  I "welded" together two of the tickets and then welded the words "Oh My!".  I backed the words with a decorative paper and embellished it with a black Zig writer.  The  inside wording was cut from the same decorative paper.  The finished card measured 5 1/2" wide by 8 1/2" tall.

And Lexie loved it all!  She giggled and pointed at all of the Minie Mouses and she devoured the smash cake her Great-Grandma Shirley made her as well as some of Mommy's cake and a cupcake that Aunt Dee fed her.  The party was wonderful and windy.  And Dee and I had so much fun making a special little girl's day a little more special.

Monday, March 15, 2010

5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 . . . Blast Off!

Dee and I were hired by a friend to make invitations, buffet tags, a door sign, and diaper cake for her sister Kelly's baby shower. Kelly and her hubby are having a little boy and the nursery is decorated in a rocket theme with sage, black and white accents. I used one of the new Cricut cartridges "Everyday Paper Dolls" for almost all of the items created. The two paper doll cartridges that Provocraft created for the Cricut are fabulous! There is far more than just paper dolls and clothes on both.

Invitation: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" to fit a standard invitation envelope. The black mat is a cardstock we custom order by the ream from a local paper company. It really has a nice weight and stands up to anything I stick to it.

Typeset the invite in MS Publisher and ran white cardstock through my printer. The rocket is cut from the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge and uses a sage green and navy blue Bazzill cardstock and a shiny metallic silver cardstock (manufacturer unknown). I then embellished it with a white gel pen and adhered it to the invitation.

Buffet Tags: Same card stock and rocket embellishment as the invitation. This card is 4" x 6" when folded.

Welcome Sign:
This was designed with two purposes in mind. One, to hang on the front door to welcome guests to the Baby Shower; and two, to then hang on the baby's room door. The sign is 12" x 12" and has a 12 x 12 piece of Bazzill Beetle Black, then a black and white polka dot paper by Reminisce cut to 11 1/2" x 11 1/2". The next layer is a sage green Bazzill cardstock (I think it was Guacamole) cut to 11" x 11". The "Welcome" was cut from a piece of scrap red cardstock and is from the Animal Kingdom cartridge. The Astronaut and rocket are from the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge and were created from scrap cardstock. I adhered the completed sign to a piece of chipboard, punched two holes using my Crop-A-Dile and tied a black grosgrain ribbon for the hanger.

Diaper Cake: This truly is the piece de resistance! I literally had a "blast" making this diaper cake . . . pun absolutely intended! Same cardstock and scraps used as well as some vellum (UFO) and "bling." The rocket's exhaust was created using the Cricut Design Studio and the Calligraphy Collection cartridge. I hid the inner cut lines and welded together several of the flourishes (image6) to create the exhaust clouds. The little boy's name was created using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge using the endcaps feature. The single stars were also cut using Plantin Schoolbook. Embellishments were ink pens and glitter glue (not Stickles, I use the Joann's brand, it works just as well and costs less!). Silver floral wire was used to make the rocket soar and the stars hang in the "atmosphere."

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Here Comes the Bride . . .

Over the last couple of years, Dee and I have gone into the wedding invitation "business". Just by word of mouth from friends and family to their friends and families. We did one massive destination wedding in 2008, three smaller weddings in 2009 (one of which was our daughter's that I've already posted about) and two so far in 2010 (no photos of these yet). Below are some photos of the various things created. Enjoy!

The Junior-King Wedding ~ April 2008

Items created included: Save the Date notices; Wedding Invitation (as seen above); Rehearsal Dinner invitations, Rehearsal Dinner menu cards and buffet tags; Gift Basket tags and welcome folders with the weekend's itinerary; tags for hand fans and wedding program; Wedding Dinner place cards, personalized menu cards, and buffet tags; all wedding signage; favor box bands, labels and recipe card for the Bride's Pound Cake favor and Wedding CD favor; Tags for Bridesmaids and Flower Girls "Survival Kits"; a "Do Not Disturb" sign for the Honeymoon Suite; and a 5 ft. long, double-sided sign for the Bride and Groom to hold up at an NBA game they went to on their honeymoon.

The Webb-Jarvis Wedding ~ March 2009

Items created included: Wedding Invitation with response card, registry information and map; Rehearsal Dinner invitation with map; Wedding program; Personalized cocktail napkins; Cake slice favor box; and Thank You notes.

The Meaders-Johnson Wedding ~ May 2009

Items created included: Wedding invitation with response card and map; personalized cocktail napkins; Sand Dollar favor with legend; and Thank You notes.