Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Invites and Announcements

I love babies, especially little babies. One of the best things about being a member of a large family, there are usually babies. The younger nieces and nephews are now giving us more great nieces and nephews. My niece and nephew(sister and brother) are the latest to get into the baby business. My niece had Coleman almost 4 weeks ago and her brother's wife is expecting Corbin in early January. What's really great about this is that both couples are good friends and the boys will be the same age and will grow up together and probably be as close as brothers.

A month or so ago, I posted the invitation for my niece's shower luncheon. We're giving the niece by marriage a shower in November and my assigned task was to create the invitation and get them in the mail. I dropped them in the mail on my way to finish the birth announcements. I wanted to do something different from the last invitation, but something that would also show that I consider this niece just as special. I found an invitation that had 3 ducks on it and decided that I could use Make the Cut to design a card with the ducks to be cut with my Cricut. I also needed some rubber ducky paper and was fortunate to find Simply Sweet Designs. She had exactly what I was looking for, and her prices were great. The Kit is called Rubber Ducky-Boy and I used the solid blue paper for the outside of the invite and the white background duck paper for the inside.

And now for the birth announcements. I'm so happy to say I've got this project finished too, and I love how they turned out. This time I used the Make the Cut software to design the onsie pattern and the bib. We started out with a blue gingham paper and a blue polka dotted paper from The Paper Studio. However, we couldn't find enough of either and it took a whole sheet of paper, so I went looking for some digital paper to print. When I couldn't find what I wanted, I contacted Paulette with Create with TLC, and she made me 3 different sized polka dotted papers. The bibs were first cut out with the Cricut, then the monogram was printed onto the bib, holes were punched for the ribbon and then the bib was run through the Cuttlebug to give it a dotted swiss pattern and texture.

Assembly required using the Scalloped Oval Spellbinder to cut a hole for Coleman's picture, and then sandwiching the picture between the patterned paper front and the solid white cardstock back. The pictures of Coleman were made by my nephew with Coleman in a basket in their front yard.

Thanks for stopping by. Now I can get back to making some cards for a few challenges. Next week I have another project that I need to get done, but you're just going to have to wait and see what it is. Thanks for stopping by.


  1. The announcements are cute, but I luuurrve the invite! (Of course, lol) :D

  2. These are so amazing Shirley! I can see the love you put into them and I know you will be appreciated!! ~jeni :)