Sunday, May 30, 2010

Birthday Invite

This is my grand-daughter's 4Th Birthday party invite. I finished it yesterday, and her mom said that she liked it, so this is what will be in production starting today. I wasn't sure how many she would need, so I needed to use only supplies I have in large quantities, or supplies I can easily obtain. Yes, this invite is mass produce-able. At the present count, my daughter needs 30. Yeah, I'll have them all done by Friday. It's only 30! It looks like alot, but actually when you start making them, it does go pretty fast. The trick is not to make individual cards. Cut all the card stock first. Stamp everything on the card stock pieces next. Then add the little stuff. For instance, all the butterflies will be die cut, then I will add adhesive to them, dip them (usually 3-4 at a time) into flock, and they will all dry during the same time. The crowns will be stamped on scrap card stock from the castle pieces, then all punched, then I'll add the crystal effects on all the little circles, and they will dry together too. At the very end, do you assemble each card. If you noticed, I didn't matt everything. When you are producing alot of cards, you want to get the most out of your products. So, I edged all the card stock in basic brown, and juniper, to give the card stock depth, and give the illusion of matting without using my card stock. It also cuts down on weight and bulk, when you mail them. Neat little trick, huh?
This is one of those cards that uses product from 'everyone'. So, here goes the recipe:
Solid Card Stock: kraft & very vanilla (Stampin' Up!)
Pattern Paper: wishful thinking (Fancy Pants)
Inks: basic brown & so saffron (Stampin' Up!), hollyhock & twilight (CLose to my Heart), & hibiscus (Paper Trey Ink)
Blender Pen: (Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: castle (Auntie Amy), cherish the moment (Close to my Heart), & tiny tags (Stampin' Up!)
Die cuts: labels four (Spellbinders)
Ribbon: flirty (Stampin' Up!)
Butterfly: beautiful wings embosslit (Stampin' Up!)
Flock: cotton candy pink - sparkly (Our Craft Lounge)
Thread: linen (Stampin' Up!)
Button: aunt gert's garden (SEI)
Rhinestone: clear & light pink (Crystal Stickers)
Flowers: white (where memoreis are created) & green (prima)
Punch: 1/2" inch circle (Stampin' Up!)
Dimensional Adhesive: crystal effects (Stampin' Up!)

If you have any thoughts, please share. I am always curious as to what others think of my work. In my bubble, they are all beautiful. I try not to make things 'half-ass', and I believe that if you are going to do something, do it well. But especially, if your name is on it, put your best foot forward.
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