Sunday, December 30, 2012

Letterpressed Christmas Card 2012

Letterpressed on Crane Lettra 600gsm.

Champagne Glitter: Goodwill & Dollarstore Christmas Tree 2012

This years' Champagne Glitter Christmas Tree was decorated with ornaments purchased either at Goodwill or the Dollar store. If you walk into Goodwill before the holidays, you will find HUGE bags of ornaments for $1.99.  I spent about $6 on ornaments then headed over to Micheal's crafts for some Martha Stewart Glittering Glue and Glitter. I'm sure you can use other glue/glitter, but the MS brand is what works for me :)  I also like how fine the glitter is.


plus glitter:
plus cheap plastic ornaments = this:

The dollar store had sets of plastic snowflakes, just add glue & glitter & you wind up with this:

Joanns had a sale on "bridal" fabric, I picked up 3 yards of a shimmery satin and the same amount of a glittery tulle. It's just draped it around the bottom of the tree, no need to sew, hem, iron or whatnot.


For the Star, I folded a $0.99 piece of 12"x12" glitter paper to make it 3D ish.  I actually needed to cut the paper in half and print each half of the star separately since my printer wouldn't take the full 12x12 sheet. You could probably hand draw a template to fit on one sheet.

Cut around the edges, use a bone folder to crease the lines (create "mountain fold" on point lines, "valley folds" on lines between points):

Left template:
 and right...
And voila...
Put it all together...

The additional decorations on the tree are some chocolates that had a gold wrapper (tie on ribbon and hang), bows made of glittery ribbon (always 50% off before the holidays) and white curly willow type sticks I found in the floral decor section at Ikea.

It took some time, but not much $$ to create my 2012 Champagne Glitter Christmas Tree :)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wedding Invitation Giveaway :: LAST DAY TO ENTER

Head over to Couture Colorado to enter a wedding invite contest where you can win 50% OFF letterpress wedding invites!!  Contest ends tonight! Hurry Hurry!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

How to Word a Wedding Invitation - The 6 Essentials

If you've been trying to figure out how to word your invitation and are getting more and more confused, don't worry, you're not alone.

To break it down, there are 6 essential pieces of information that need to be included: 1. the Host  2. the Request line 3. the name of the Bride & Groom 4. the Time 5. the Date and 6. the Location .

Beyond these 6 essentials, the rest is just preference.

Host Line

The host line is exactly what it sounds like. Whom ever is "hosting" (i.e. paying for) the wedding is considered the host.  If it is your traditional mother and father of the bride paying, the host line may simply read:

if both sets of parents are hosting, it would read:

*Notice how there is no "and" between the sets of parents?  This is the "proper" formatting, however, if you are more comfortable with adding an "and" between the two, by all means, go for it.

If the bride and groom are hosting, the line would read:


Request Line

The Request line is where the host requests a guests attendance to an event.

A traditional request line would read:

You see both spellings of "honour" and "honor" on invitations.  The first being the obviously more formal but both are perfectly acceptable.  Requesting the "honour (or honor) of someones presence" is a formality usually reserved for a religious ceremony at a place of worship.  Weddings outside of places of worship would read:

Bride and Groom Names

This one is pretty standard, if only the parents of the bride are listed as hosts, then you would write the brides name using just her first and middle name (since her last name is presumably the same as her parents). For example:

If both parents names are listed, you would include the first and middle name of both bride and groom:

Feel free to use "to" instead of "and" depending on how the rest of the invite is worded.

The most formal way to write time is:
Also, if you're worried that your guests won't understand that by saying six o'clock, you don't mean six o'clock in the morning, feel free to write out:


Writing out a date can be pretty confusing, so here it is:

The day of the week, in this case Saturday, leads and is capitalized. The day of the month is lower case since it's not a proper noun. The month is capitalized, again a proper noun. Only the first letter in the year is capitalized. Again, if you're more comfortable with capitalizing Two Thousand Eleven,  go for it, I can guarantee the etiquette police will NOT come knocking on your door :)

Now, I'm sure you've also seen the year written both ways, "Two thousand eleven" and "Two thousand and eleven".  The former is the most "proper" but the latter isn't "wrong" per se. It just depends on your taste.

This is simple the place, city and state where the ceremony will take place.

Or, if you're only including the invite and RSVP in the invitation mailing (without a reception card or any additional info), you could write:

When you combine all of the components, you have a complete and properly worded wedding invitation:

**Of course, not all weddings or family situations fit in to a neat little box with a bow on top :)  I'll post some options for other types of family situations later on.  In the mean time, feel free to leave a comment w/ questions on how to word an invite for your particular situation.