Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Baby Shower Invitation

Our youngest niece is having a baby boy in September. That's so hard for me to believe, because I'm sure it was only yesterday, she was an adorable baby that I loved to keep and sew for. She's going to be a great mom, and she's going to be close enough that I can be a substitute Gran. My youngest daughter and I are giving a Baby Shower Luncheon. Of course, my daughter won't be there, since she lives in Arizona, but she wanted to be a part of it. My best friend is letting me have it at their guest house which is perfect for entertaining and is helping me with the food preparation. At any rate, I've been waiting for the paper to go on sale at Hobby Lobby before starting the invitations. It finally did this week, and not a moment to soon. I fly to AZ next week to get MonkeyMoo and bring him back for a two week visit. I sure won't have time when he gets here. These are the same papers we're going to use for the Birth Announcement, so I sent my niece to her HL for all the paper they had(for the announcements), and I went to Tupelo.

This is the invitation. It's nothing more than textured cardstock punched with a Martha Stewart around the page and folded down over the gingham paper. I wanted to make the bottoms match so punched those also. The hardest part was punching the double slit punch for the ribbons. My thumb is never going to be the same.
Since the shower is being given at my friend's guest house(not a business) that's not on the beaten path and not on the Garmin either, my daughter suggested that I add a card with both registry information and directions along with the invitation. Her idea was that the invitees could just slip the card into their purse instead of having to take the invitation shopping or to the shower. I thought that was a great idea. However, her thoughts on what I should do would have taken me forever. From the get go I wanted to use this image from Phindy's Place called Something New. My niece and her husband are animal lovers and have dogs and have had cats, so it's perfect for them. I am doing minimal coloring on the image, just enough to make it noticeable. I also embossed the image card, used a corner punch to insert the directions sheet and then mounted it onto the gingham paper.
I love designing and making invitations that are not run of the mill and are unique. I think this one qualifies.

Hope you like it and I love feedback.


  1. oh these are beautiful!! so elegant and perfect. fabulous job!

  2. Shirley, you could do this professionally, these are PERFECT!!

  3. OMG, Shirley---Whisk Woman is right! You could definitely do these professionally because they ARE so professional and gorgeous!!! Thank you for joining us this week for the Phindy's Place Challenge!

  4. What a great idea! I really love this card...
    Thanks for joining us at Phindy's Place challenge.
    xxx Anne-Marije

  5. This is such an awesome invitation!!! So creative!!

    Thank you for joining us at Phindy's Place!!

  6. What a clever use of the image, great invitation!

    Thanks for playing along at Phindy's Place

  7. I FINALLY got to post. What a mess may account was after changing my email address.
    Now if I could just figure out how to get my pic up.

  8. Wow Shirley - these turned out really great - and i love the pram image so much more than the baby face LOL!!!

    I agree with those above - they're very professionally finished and neat. I might case the idea for some of my wedding stationery LOL.

    big hugs
    Paula x x x