Wednesday, July 18, 2012

You Are Cordially Invited

Someone special to me is having a very special birthday soon, and when I was thinking about creating some invitations, I was inspired by this tasty sketch at Art, Scrap, and More.

I loved the swirls in the background, and I love that butterfly stamp from Hero Arts, but before I went for the direct scraplift, I used the sketch with some October Afternoon supplies and some tags given to me by my good friend April, trimmed to fit the standard card.

(Supplies: Card stock and swirl stamp by Stampin' Up! Ink by Tim Holtz Distress. Numerals by American Crafts. Sentiment stamps by TPC Studio and Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday. Tags and brown twine, unknown manufacturers. Red twine by My Mind's Eye. Yellow twine by Doodlebug Designs. All other supplies, October Afternoon.)

My favorite is the one on the left, though all of them have their appeal. I liked how the sketch could be translated into distinct looks, and I really liked that I was able to use patterned papers as card bases so that the inside isn't so plain.

After playing around with all that October Afternoon yumminess, I created four additional invitations, scraplifting the original card inspiration with a few differences.

(Supplies: Card stock, marker ink, swirl and sentiment stamps by Stampin' Up! Inks by Tim Holtz Distress, Ranger, and Colorbox for Stephanie Barnard. Butterfly stamp by Hero Arts. Numerals by American Crafts and Target. Tags and ribbon, unknown manufacturers. Metallic ink by Gelly Roll.)

That butterfly stamp is one of my all time favorites, and I did a little sparkle work by outlining with one of those wonderful Gelly Roll metallic ink pens. Here's a closer look:

I always love some shimmer!

Thanks so much to Alexandra at Art, Scrap and More for her wonderful sketch, which is so versatile and inspired me to get these invitations finished and into the mail. The party's not far away, now. I can hardly wait!


  1. Beautiful cards, Mel! Love the tags, butterflies and the "80"s.

  2. Wow Mel these are all so gorgeous!! :)