Monday, 16 September 2013

Wedding invitations

Hello everyone,

I hope you had a good weekend and are all geared up for the week ahead. I am enjoying the last few days of my fifties before my I turn 60 this week, and I am looking forward to celebrations/commiserations with my family and friends.

The challenge over at Curtain Call this week is Sunflower Surprise



and I want to share some wedding invitations I made recently for some good friends of my daughter who were getting married. They wanted a sunflower theme in blue and yellow and needed 100 of them! In case you are interested in trying mass production, I'll outline the steps I took, but if not, just scroll through. As I had never made so many cards of one design before, I set up a a kind of production line with all the components before assembling them together, 20 at a time.



I kept the design simple with Papertrey Ink 'Fancy Flourishes' stamped randomly onto yellow card with Dandelion Memento ink, and I found a lovely flourishy invitation stamp at Waltzing Mouse Stamps (Big Day Essentials)that coordinated beautifully. I needed 100 die cut sunflowers along with their centres, but could not face manually cutting such a large number, so I die cut the shapes in black card, scanned them into the computer, and after importing them into the Silhouette software, I was able to cut them out on my Cameo. Once I had them cut out, I stamped the sunflower with the Dandelion ink and the centres with Blue Danube ink and the Papertrey Ink Simple Sunflower stamps. I stuck them together, curled the edges a little and added some glitter for some sparkle.



This was the result when it was all assembled, with the word panel scored a few times to add interest and a little gem popped on the 'o'


and this is the same one but for the evening invitations


I cut some small sunflowers to put on the back of the invitations


like this



I also decorated the envelopes with a stamp from Simon Says Stamp 'Envelope Sentiments' and tied batches of them together with blue ribbon. 



Here they are all packed up and ready for collection.



I also made the table names and place-cards for the tables, with, you guessed it, little sunflowers! This time they were really tiny and I shaped them to give some dimension


For these, I used the same technique of scanning and importing into the Silhouette software so I could cut them on my Cameo. The stamp is another one from Papertrey Ink, this time the 'Places Please Stamp Set'. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of making these, especially as I really like the couple but I would caution that it is not for the faint hearted. I learned such a lot as I went along, the major thing being to make sure you have enough materials before you start. I kept running out of the yellow card, and as it wasn't available locally I had to wait for mail order which held things up a bit. Nevertheless, I would encourage anyone to have a go - I got great satisfaction from seeing them all packed up and ready to go.

Thanks for stopping by

Hugs
Carol x


17 comments:

  1. oh my goodness, Carol! these are amazing! so glad you could share them with us at the Curtain Call!

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  2. Carol, you wedding creations are amazing, so personal and beautiful.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  3. Carol they turned out so fantastic! I just love them and your post with your process is fantastic! They must be so happy with them, a beautiful and handmade touch. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

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  4. Wow, what a large project but they turned out so lovely. All the details on them are just perfect.

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  5. These are amazing! Love the blues and yellows; so beautiful and happy together. I don't think I could make 100 invitations, let alone the envelopes and place cards. You are one fantastic friend. Gorgeous. Bev

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  6. P.S. Thank you too, for the kind birthday wishes. It's been a great birthday!
    Bev

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  7. Thanks for coming by my blog! What beautiful cards, definitely a professional finish! And love the matching place cards!!

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  8. Oh Carol well done you, these are fabulous! You have done yourself proud, I have made wedding invitations a few times for different people and no matter how easy you think you've made the design, it takes up some hours! I bet they were delighted ;)

    Have a very special day on your special birthday! :)

    Hugs
    Vicki x

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  9. Wow! That's an impressive project! The result is really lovely, and I especially love the stamp on the envelope touch. That just makes it even more special! x

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  10. Wow, Carol! I stand in awe! NO! I bow down LOL What a beautiful gift to bring your daughter's friends - a customized invitation like this - with so much love put into it, Carol. Just beautiful. Thank you for showing how you organized things and put them together. And Congratulations on attaining your big SIX-O birthday! May you enjoy many more happy and healthy years. Carol, thank you for your recent visit to my blog and leaving such a sweet comment - that was so nice of you! I'll be celebrating (not commiserating) with you! hugs, de

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  11. These are absolutely gorgeous. So many sweet touches. This has got to be a huge labor of love--so many wonderful sunflowers. And, congratulations on your upcoming birthday. You do know that 60 is the new 40 (at least in California).

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  12. Oh my gosh Carol! What a beautiful set of wedding projects and invitations . It looks like it might have been fun to make. Beautiful work!
    One of my best friends just turned 60 too.
    I hope you have a wonderful Birthday! A very Happy 60th to you! I like what Joyce said, lets go with that! Then it's like I'm in my thirties ! Lol.

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  13. These invitations are gorgeous! Simple yet very elegant. You did a wonderful job creating and putting them together. Have a wonderful birthday!

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  14. Oh, wow, these are fabulous, Carol! Absolutely gorgeous!

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  15. absolutely beautiful and so professional.I wouldn't dare attempt mass production, tried it once and hated it!
    Linbyx

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  16. Good heavens, woman, I hope they paid you well. What a tremendous amount of work and beautiful execution!! These are quite possibly the happiest wedding invites I have ever seen! I hope you had a fantastic birthday! You are going to love the sixth decade, honest!! Hugs, Darnell

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  17. Wow! Fabulous production! and the sunflowers are so pretty! Love the style of your cards- neat, clean, crisp...

    thank you for visiting my blog. will be happy to come back here to admire some of your cards x

    Martha

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Thanks,
Carol x

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