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May 23, 2010

WEDDING INVITATIONS - METAMORPHOSIS MONDAY

I have decided to join in with Jan at Bobbypins Boardwalk for her Bragfest because honestly I think I should be bragging about the great invitations that I got to help with. It was such a treat to work on them and the bride, Leah deserves a big pat on the back for these.


I am joining in for Metamorphosis Monday over at Between Naps on the Porch with Susan. Please join us and see all the creative ideas out there. You will be amazed at what they all come up with. 






A few months ago I received an email from one of my son's friends, Leah. She asked me if I could help her with her wedding invitations. She wanted to make them herself. 
Could I? Oh my gosh yes!!! I was so pleased to be asked. What an honour. 
I have two sons and never get to do the girlie stuff with anyone. I was excited. 
She had some ideas to start with and we emailed back and forth for a while before we went out to the stores. We went first to Essential Packaging. I have posted about them before HERE and HERE. I won a great prize from them last year.

As often happens when shopping for ideas you end up with your brain spinning and full. We went to a couple other places that day and came up with a game plan and a decision on colors and style. Black Onyx which has a bit of sparkle to it, off white and fuchsia pink. The design is called a pocket fold and a pocket on the right side for holding directions, r.s.v.p. cards etc.
Leah and I met a couple times to go over details and then it came time for the ladies in the wedding party to come over and help with the assembly.  We spent quite a few hours working on these.
We decided to put a beautiful little bird on one side and we embossed it with a silver sparkle to match the sparkle in the black paper.Leah ordered the bird stamp and also a stamp made with their names on it. She got the embossing powder and stamping ink. The pink card stock is the background piece for the off white page with the wording on it. It is also sparkly. It will create a narrow pink frame around the white.
First we stamped the birds on the pocket and then sprinkled it with the embossing powder. Next we used a heat gun to activate the embossing powder which is basically a powdered glass that melts under the heat of the gun to created a raised, glossy image.
One woman stamped all the cards that were cut out while another cut out the strips of pink ribbon needed to wrap around the cards. It was really a challenge to get the stamps straight and even.
Don't worry we ironed all strips of ribbons straight and pretty.She had to make sure there were no stray strands from the cut ends.
So with the ribbon wrapped right around the outside of the pocket fold we finished off the end with the little cards. The ribbon matched the pink card stock perfectly.
We did lots of them. Quite a production line we had going. You would not believe the amount of glue tape we went through. That stuff is not cheap.
Now time to add the actual invitation to the pocket fold and the little cards into the pocket. 
Aren't those little birds cute? I know. You wouldn't believe how hard it was to find a nice bird stamp in the right size. Sorry, I whited out the names to protect the privacy of those involved. It was done in the Paint program on the computer. I didn't destroy an actual invitation.
The camera makes the black look way more sparkly than it is. Actually it is really subtle and elegant.
This is the finished invitation. This was so much fun for me and I truly was honoured to be asked to help with this special project. Leah was so easy to work with. She went with the flow and adapted to the changes as they needed to be made.  No Bridezilla here!!!!
Leah came by with a lovely card and some Australian wines (where the groom's family is from) to thank me for helping. What a sweetheart. Isn't that card cute? It says " a little note to say thanks" and there is a tiny little note on the card. Love it. 
Think I am going to love these too.

23 comments:

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Beautiful, looks like time well spent-enjoy!

mbkatc230 said...

These are beautiful Lori. They are so unique. I'm horribly craft impaired, so I can't imagine the work that went into these. But I love the fact that the bride was able to design these and have exactly what she wanted. Fantastic work! Kathy

Shelia said...

Oh, my goodness! How beautiful these turned out! I love the little special bird and the ribbon! What a great job and so individual.
Be a sweetie and thanks for popping in to see me,
Shelia ;)

susan said...

Oh wow! This was a production! She was so lucky to have help (and you were sweet to do it) They turned out lovely!

Martha said...

Nice invitations and what a great thank you note AND the wines!

Enjoy!

Sandy said...

Beautiful invitations, you did a wonderful job. I'm sure these will be remembered for years to come, very unique and special.
Thanks for stopping by and you kind comments. Yes it was a little nerve racking staining the island, I don't know who was more nervouse about it DH or myself. As I told him whats the worst thing that could happen? I have to sand it all off and start again!! Wouldn't be the first time that's happened to me! Talk soon.
Sandy

Joycee said...

So unique and beautiful! You are an artist to be able to create those!

Sherry said...

Lovely invitations. It was so great of you to help create such a special invitation.

dee dee said...

Your invitations turned out wonderfully! You are so creative and I love the mix of colors! You should do girly things more often... you have the skill for sure!
Dee Dee

Melissa Miller said...

Lori! Wow! Those are superb and so unique. Love the birds and the colors. The way they open is really snazzy too. Gorgeous!

Thank you soooo much for leaving me a comment on your blogging thoughts. I really appreciate it and feel the exact same way you do. I know what you mean about the emailing back on a post thing. You made me laugh!

Come by anytime! You're always welcome anytime sweet friend.
Blessings, ~Melissa :)

MiMi said...

Those are SO beautiful!!!

Shellbelle said...

Lori, those are FABULOUS! Nice that you had a production line to get these beauties finished. Your creativity has me in awe, I'm not worthy.

And how sweet of the bride to send you such a thoughtful thank-you gift. I'd be needing to drink some wine after all that work too!

nannykim said...

Wow a lot of work, but worth it. Very pretty; I think I will celebrate with a bit of your wine! We like autralian wine, and California, Spain, Italy, etc ;-)

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

They are amazing. It is quite the amount of work to make them isn't it?

Did you end up with the stock from Essential packaging? Their new line is gorgeous.

Jen

Merrie said...

They are beautiful! I bet it was so much fun. What a great memory you will all have of this wedding and creating these invitations. My daughter designed her own and we all helped make them by hand, much like these. That was 2 years ago and the memory still makes me smile.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Wow! Those were complicated invitations to assemble. I know you enjoyed it though! Linda

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

What meticulous work you have done on these invitations. They are wonderful -- so imaginative and unique! Love them and I'm so glad that you decided to link and let us do some bragging on you!

Sherry said...

Thanks for visiting me and for your nice comments. I love our little oasis too. The leaf fountain was made by a local lady, your are welcome to the picture.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Hi Lori: You did an amazing job on the invitations. They are so beautiful. Must tell my friend who's son just got engaged to visit your blog for the idea. Valerie

Kathleen said...

How pretty! So different..
Sounds like you enjoyed the process too!

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Lori you are mega talented. These cards are beautiful. I loved your pictures of the sushi by the way. I love the stuff, just amazing. Wish I had your talent for card making, just pure class.

@eloh said...

My daughter wants me to tell you she doesn't just love your stuff she covets your stuff!

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

Stunning! You have excellent taste! Those invitations will always be in vogue and I'm sure she'll be the envy of all her friends!

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