Sunday, August 28, 2011

Owl-themed Birthday Party - The Invitation

Hello my crafty friends!

I've been having so much fun helping my friend plan her "Night Owl" pajama birthday party for her almost 8-year old daughter. I offered to make the invitations and had a blast making them!!

This is what I came up with:

This cute girly owl with birthday
invitation wording goes into . . .

this "sleeping bag!"

And here she is all tucked in the sleeping bag!

Here are both pieces side by side.

And yes, that Hoot-n-Holler saying on the front
is all pop-dotted up for dimension!

Here are all 13 invitations
(12 plus an extra for the scrapbook of course!)!

I used envelopes from past holiday photo card orders that
I never used, and also made return address labels to match.
Love, love, LOVE everything to match!

And here is the whole ensemble
ready to mail off to my friend-YES!

  • Cricut Hoot-n-Holler cartridge (for the front saying)
  • Cricut Everyday Paper Dolls Cartridge (for the pillow)
  • "You're A Hoot" birthday themed clipart purchased from Dreamlike Magic Designs Etsy Store
  • Recollections "South Beach" Cardstock package (dark pink, turquoise and lime green) from Michael's
  • Georgia Pacific white cardstock
  • CK Fun font
  • CK Jolly Elf font
So, about the clipart I used. Since I've had my Cricut, I haven't used clipart that much. I talked my crafty Cricut-y friend into letting me purchase the Hoot-n-Holler cartridge for her that was on clearance for $20 at Wal-Mart. I figured I would use it to make the invitations, and then mail the cartridge to her with the invitations when I was done so that she could use it for other party details. Great plan, right? She liked it, so she sent me via text photos of the paper goods she was using for the party for the purpose of choosing colors for the invitation. The photos were pretty good, but I wasn't positive of the colors (AGAIN, I LOVE when everything matches!!), so I hopped online and did a Google search for this party pattern. This is what I found:

So cute, right? Well I go to this blog, Dreamlike Magic, and it turns out Alicia (Dreamlike Magic's owner) makes clipart and such and was selling the matching clipart to this birthday party pattern in her Etsy shop! I so LOVE this paper crafting industry!!! Since I love matching so much, I scrapped the idea of using an owl from Hoot-n-Holler and bought the clipart and digital papers for this party. How could I not?!?!

I did feel guilty about not using the Hoot-n-Holler cartridge, though. It does have some pretty cute owls and sayings on it. So, I fulfilled its purpose by using it for the saying on the front of the sleeping bag. Yay! All is well in my paper-crafting world-LOL!

Since making these invitations, many emails, texts and phone calls have occurred between my friend and I regarding this mega bash. I will be making more fun items for her party so stay tuned! :)

I'm entering this invitation in the Fantabulous Cricut's Challenge # 74 - "Birthday Bash."

Have a great week all!

7 happy comments:

My Lil' Bits said...

Omgosh that is so cute! It really is adorable, I love the sleeping bag! Thanks for joining us this week at FCCB!!

Jules said...

I love it. Great job! :)

Hadar said...

Too cute! Great job!

Miss Kindergarten

bonnie said...

OMG these are absolutely cute and perfect! I love them all lined up like that...too cute! ;) Hugs x

Scrappy Moms Stamps said...

OMGosh - soooooo stinkin' cute! What a fabulous idea! I love it, and just might have to scrap-lift it! LOL :)

- Mel

Stephanie @ A Steph-Made Life said...

Oh my goodness, those are SO adorable! What a cute idea, Jen!!

Robin's Creative Cottage said...

absolutely adorable invites!!! Love it! Somethimes we forget that we don't "have ta" use our cricuts all the time =) Love it!!!!!

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