Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Niece's baby shower... PART I: The baby shower invitation

I'm still playing catch up with a few recent blogworthy things. Hang with me folks!

Who wants a store bought, cookie cutter baby shower invitation? No one! 
So of course me and my friend the Cricut machine had to do some work. 

This was so easy, but here's a HOW TO for you anyway...
Saw a few ideas out there thanks to a Google search and tweaked it to fit what I liked for our Sasha's little boy twins...

Of course the first step in the process was to print the wording on my printer and cut the papers to size. That kinda goes without saying. ;-) 

Moving on...

I couldn't find miniature clothespins so enter improvisation!

I cut tiny pieces of cardstock and then marked a tiny line across for the look of the wire piece that's on a real clothespin.
Cutting the tiny pieces of cardstock...now that was some real fun. 

Did I mention I made about 40 invitations? So 4 clothespins times 40 invitations... um yeah... that's a lot of tiny pieces of paper. And I haven't even gotten to the gluing part. 
Those store bought invites were starting to look pretty good... but.... I knew homemade would be more special and I had already committed to this here project so off we go!

I used the "Life's a Party" Cricut cartridge to make the onesies. 
Easy peasy!

I bought cheapy yarn at Big Lots for the clothes line. Keep it simple people - you're just going for the look of a clothes line. Doesn't have to be authentic. 

I placed the yarn and tucked it behind the cardstock with a tiny piece of tape on each side. A dot of glue held the yarn with the swag I wanted...

The 3D Zots made the onesies stand up just enough to add that extra little somethin-somethin I wanted. 
I use these a ton in my scrapbooking.

Gluing those tiny strips of cardstock was no small feat. But it can be done. I used a slender glue pen I got in Walmart over in the craft section. It has a fairly precise tip which made it a little easier. 

And there ya have it folks. 

A handmade extra special super cute baby shower invitation.... (ahem) made by yours truly.

Hopefully one day those twin boys will appreciate Aunt Lyndy's special touch. Probably not... but a girl can hope, right?

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