About Me

Thank you for stopping by and getting to know me! My husband and I have enjoyed 22 years of marriage together. We have three grown children: our daughter who has given us three adorable grandchildren--two girls and one boy, ages 8, 5 and 3. We also have twin sons, one married and one single, with another adorable grandson age 4. Our lives are full and blessed. My husband works in the aviation industry and we've managed to be transferred every five years since 1995. We've lived in St. Louis, Missouri (our hometown), Hershey, Pennsylvania, Crossville, Tennessee, and now Newnan, Georgia. We love the diversity we've encountered with all of the wonderful places we've lived. We've met lifelong friends whom we will cherish forever and have learned so many things.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Christmas Invitations

Hello everyone!  I know you are anxiously awaiting spring (and I am, too), but since I'm not creating as of yet (I took a bit of a turn for the worse in my recover process), I thought I'd share some older things with you.  Today I'm popping in to share some Christmas invitations I designed for one of my clients. 

For these invitations I used my Cricut, as well as some clip art given to me by my client.  My client loves funky, fun retro style and pin-up girls so this was my take on that theme.  I made up a set in two different colors reflecting the colors used in that era (I'm dating myself now...)

This is the boxed set as it was presented to my client.  It showcases the pink and green color combo for the first half of this set.  My client specified these invitations would be hand delivered, so the envelopes I chose to use were open on top and gave a bird's eye view of the ornament card inside. 

I used both glitter papers, as well as hologram papers to make this card.  I also used my Martha Stewart punch to add the pine needle detail that peeks out from underneath the ornament topper.

This is a view of the back of the ornament which has all of the party details and features the clip art provided by my client.  On the inside of the envelope I printed my logo on vellum so it could be seen through the window once the invitation was removed.

This is the second color combination.  I switched out the silver with gold and did a semi-traditional red and green, adding in a splash of pink.  You may not be able to see it from this photo, but pink was also in the patterned paper.  The ribbon was wrapped around the back of the envelope and pulled through eyelets on each side.  I used gold ribbon on this card and silver on the card above.

Here is a photo with the card removed.  I used my Martha Steward punch for the snowflakes in the lower right-hand corner, as well as a little snowflake bling I found at Wal-Mart. 

This is the opposite side of the ornament.  The invitations are identical except for the color combination and choice in patterned papers. 

Now let's see if I can identify the ingredients: 
Cardstock:  Best Occasions Cardstock Pack
Patterned Paper:  DCWV Holiday Stack
Glitter Paper:  Best Occasions Glitter Paper Pack
Hologram Paper:  Best Occasions Prismatic Paper Pack
Ribbons:  Offray - Flair Silver; Flair Gold
Cricut Cartridge Used:  Christmas Cheer\
Punches:  Martha Stewart Snowflake, Pine Needle

Hope you like them!  

Have a great day,


  1. Such great sparkly items! The hologram papers are great!

  2. Oh wow! You really worked hard on these invitations!!! I love how you made the envie so the top of the ornament peeks out! So sorry you are not feeling better!!! Thank you for your visits to my blog and sweet comments! You asked about the butterflies... they are Martha Stewart punches and then I just hand colored in the glitter. There are 3 different punches used. Hope that helps! Hugs and prayers for a quick recovery!!!

  3. Merilee, these invitations are stinkin' adorable!!! I only wish I had this kind of talent ; }

  4. Thanks to everyone for your sweet comments. I actually have trouble making multiples of the same thing...I'd much rather make them all different. Assembly line work just takes the fun out of it for me. ;o}

  5. Oh my goodness! Amazing!!! It overwhelms me just to think of all the details that went into making these! WOW-wee!!!