Monday, November 14, 2016

Invitation Inspiration


We've reached the last day of Papertrey Ink's November release countdown, and it's party time! Today we are featuring Invitation Basics, designed by Lexi Daly, numerous Big Basics word dies, designed by Nichole Heady, and the Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical die collection, designed by Betsy Veldman. The team has divvied up gender and age ranges, so you'll be seeing invitation ensembles from first birthday all the way up to adult. It's going to be fun -- so glad you're here!


All of the new products will be available at 10 pm ET on November 15 in the Papertrey Ink store.


My ensemble is for a male 40th surprise party. My go-to choices for masculine cards are bright gender-neutral colors, a simple design, minimal (or no) embellishments, and often Kraft card stock. 


Let's start with the card. It features the relevant info -- party, 40, and surprise -- in a clean, graphic way. The balloon, candles, and "shhh!" are all from Lexi's Invitation Basics

The word die-cut is the Big Basics: Surprise! die. The little tag on the balloon is from the Wrap It Up die set. I used By the Numbers dies for the 40, borrowed bits and pieces of Hooray sentiments to stamp the "it's a" flag, and grounded everything with a pair of stitched banner strips from Tag Sale: Quilted. And last, the card base was cut from Classic Kraft using the Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical die set. I usually think of scallops as a bit more feminine, but I think they're subtle enough on this card base that they still work.




Stamps: Invitation Basics, Hooray

Dies: Invitation Basics, Big Basics: Surprise!, Wrap It Up, By the Numbers, Tag Sale: Quilted, Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical

Ink: Fresh Snow, Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening, Canyon Clay

Paper: Classic Kraft, White, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Enchanted Evening, Green Parakeet

Other: natural linen thread, navy blue enamel dots, metal clip





I love to stamp matching envelopes, and should really remember to do it more often! 

Of course the big risk with a surprise party is that somebody will accidentally spill the beans, so for good measure, I stamped "shhh!" lightly across the whole front. The cake components are from Invitation Basics.



On the back flap, I added a row of candles and then stamped the adorable "don't blow it" sentiment. Too fun!



Stamps: Invitation Basics

Ink: Fresh Snow, Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Green Parakeet, Classic Kraft

Other: Kraft envelope





And last is a cute tag that could be used on party favors. The cake and sentiment are both from Invitation Basics. The tag is made up of a Holiday Hugs stitched and scalloped circle on an Enclosed: Basic Folded Tag base.





Stamps: Invitation Basics

Dies: Invitation Basics, Holiday Hugs, Enclosed: Basic Folded Tag

Ink: Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Green Parakeet

Paper: Classic Kraft, Stamper's Select White

Other: natural linen thread




For more invitation inspiration, visit the Papertrey team:




11 comments:

Leslie S. said...

So cute & clever and love the colors you've used!!

Jan Elmore said...

Oh my! You've out did yourself...again! I love the 'kraft' look! What a clever idea!

artful-notions said...

From start to finish, all wonderful! Your coordinated invitation and gift tag are delightful! Masculine and fun!

Cindy Beach said...

I LOVE your projects, Amy, and the tips you gave inspire me for my own masculine creations. The colors and details on your card and gift tag, even including the envies is amazing!

Alina said...

I love your projects, Amy!

Tammie said...

Amazing projects Amy! I love your style so much! You are such an inspiration for all cardmakers! 😊❤️

Marybeth said...

Beautiful projects and I love the stamped envelope!

nancy said...

Your sense of humor is right in line with Lexi's. I love how you incorporated all of the little extras from the set. And the green "Surprise!" is the perfect pop on a primaries color card. Fabulous, Amy!

Sandy M said...

All I need is a reason to have a party.. I love the card and matching envelope. So cute.

María Alba Negrón said...

Hi Amy,

Gorgeous as usual!!!

Cariños,
María Alba

lexi said...

such an awesome birthday ensemble - i really love the colors you chose! the candles and don't blow it on the envelope flap are a really fun detail!