Saturday, September 3, 2011

Some progress!

I've worked until the early morning hours most of the week and have made a good dent in making my son's birthday pary invitations!  They still aren't done, but I wanted to show you what they look like so far!

I have all the animals pieced together (which was so tedious with them being small and I'm making 28 invites!) as well as the card fronts. I just need to cut the card bases and make a final decision about where to put the "1" as well as if I will put an "Its a Party" stamp on the front or not.  In an effort to save time and not drive myself even more crazy with making these, no inking or other fanciness (other then embossing my barn door, couldn't help myself!) - so just plain and simple on these!  :-)

I used my new favorite cart, Pop-Up Neighborhood, to make everything on these cards!  The card base is cut at 5.75 x 5.75 and the animals at 1.5".  I embossed the barn door using the Cuttlebug embossing folder 'Forest Branches' to make it look like an old barn door.  Then I pop-dotted the animals up to give them some dimension! 

All the cardstock is Recollections from Michaels - this was my first time using this cardstock and I love it - it cuts beautifully in my Cricut and is very heavyweight!  It will definitely be my main brand from now on!

The inside will be easy, just need to add a layer then print the party details and add the little pig!  For the card base, I welded two barns together using my Gypsy, then removed the cuts for the door and window and cut it in Kraft cardstock.  Then I cut another barn in my barn red cardstock and applied it to the card base - it worked out perfectly to cut the base then another front, so my barn roof wasn't flat but I still had the shaped card that I wanted!

What's giving me the most difficult time is the envelopes!  :-(  I bought a Martha Stewart scoreboard this week, in hopes of being able to make the envelopes using a piece of 12x12 paper (or smaller) vs using my cricut where the envelopes would need a 12x24 piece of paper for that size. 

My cards are 5.75 x 5.75 but of course, trying to find a guide as to how big to cut the paper as well as where to score, is easier said then done.  I'm going to keep searching and hope I can find something online!

I'm at 15 days until the party, so cutting it really short and of course, I have to work all weekend.  :-(  So with any luck, I will get these finished up and ready to mail by Tuesday - I have a feeling that Monday night will be another late one trying to get these done since I won't be able to work on them again until after I get a couple hours of sleep on Monday morning after getting off work!  I will post the finished invite early next week, so come back to see it all done!

Hope you have a great Labor Day weekend, thanks for stopping by!


  1. After I posted this and started searching to find envelope help, I found this very helpful tool!!

    And I just tried it and it worked perfectly!! :)

  2. Kimberli they are fabulous! good luck getting them done

  3. super cute and very creative!!

  4. Hi Kim,
    These are just darling. Great work. TFS


  5. Cute invitations!

  6. These will be so cute! :)Amy

  7. The invitations are so adorable! That does look like a great cartridge.
    Thanks again Kimberli for being our FCCB Spotlight Sunday guest. And I just wanted to say, I am so glad your hubby is OK and what a story you shared, it was very touching. I love that you made a layout with your/his kidney.
    I love your creations and am your newest follower!
    Sabrina :)

  8. This is looking so fun! Good luck in getting them ready!

  9. Came to your site from FCCB spotlight 9/4. Cute invitation. I do not have Pop Up Neighborhooid but have used Country Life for a barn image. Saw that you indicated your invitation cards are 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" so the next size up is a 6" x 6" square. On the Martha Stewart score board there is a triangle piece that has the envelope sizes for dimensional cards and it indicates that for a 6" x 6" square card you use a 10" x 10" piece of paper, "a" line score 3 3/4" and "B" score line 3 3/4".
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  10. Came to your blog through FCCB, too...what cute invitations!

  11. I have NEVER used this barn cut! I'm going to have to get to it. And thanks for the sweet comment you left on my blog!


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