This is the first year of our lives where we have children that live away and are coming home for the holidays. Seems like such a weird concept.
But how exciting is it to have people come to your home for the holidays? Parties, dinners, family, friends…there’s nothing like being at home for the holidays. Can ya feel the love?
So today we have a little bit of home-ee type items going on.
Let’s do something in the party realm with our darling Miss Maggie!
How stinkin’ cute are these invitations?! My creative team constantly wows me. I never would have thought to use those elements to create an invitation. And I love how she turned the Buffalo Check to red. ack!
Here’s what Maggie has to share about what she did:
It’s here, it’s here! It’s finally here! With the holiday season upon us and Christmas just weeks away, I’m working to make every single minute of these days as merry as they can be. And, even though the weekend days can be packed with sports and stuff for the kids, I’m making a concerted effort to spend some time doing Christmas stuff with friends, too. So I thought it would be fun to host a little crafting get-together for some of my favorite adults.
In order to get everyone in the holiday spirit, I designed some invitations using a couple of Kerri’s digital stamp sets – Deck the Halls & Believe. As much as I ADORE Kerri’s physical stamps, I think I love the digital stamps even more because they give me so much freedom. I can change the colors & sizes, personalize the designs, and mix & match them in ways that may not be feasible with the actual stamp sets.
For these invitations, I began with Kerri’s Buffalo Check background. I changed the white to red using my photo editor (I use Photoshop CC), and sized the background to 5×7. I added a white rectangle over my background and added a narrow black stroke around the outside to make it stand out a bit from the check pattern.
Then came the fun part.
Using the Deck the Halls digital stamps, I added the little car & tree to the top of my invite…again adding a narrow stroke to the outside of the tree. Next, I used the “DID THIS” checklist stamp (also from the Deck the Halls set) to help explain what the get-together would entail. I found a font that closely resembled the font used in the stamp and changed up the wording a bit…replacing “DID THIS” with “CRAFTING,” and adding in “FRIENDS, FUN & HOT COCOA.” Then I replaced the “HAPPIEST SEASON OF ALL” sentiment with “deck the halls” – from the Believe set. I finished up the invitation with some more info about the party and printed out my new creation. I used some heavier, textured cardstock I had on hand, and the effect is so cool with the Buffalo Check! It sort of looks and feels like flannel and I absolutely love it!
Next, I created the envelopes, adding a few little trees from each digital stamp set and the “NAUGHTY” & “NICE” checkboxes over each recipient’s address.
I can’t tell you how happy I am with how these turned out! I’m so excited to drop them in the mail…I hope everyone can come!
Seriously, simply darling! I would totally come with an invite like that! Aw shucks, I’d come if Maggie just said, ‘Hey, come!’ :)
And now for the one-day freebie, which is a lovely Christmas Village.
And I promise, this village was already on my agenda and has nothing to do with attending Heidi Swapp’s Christmas craft event last week. :)
One design comes as all separate buildings, one design has the two sections of buildings welded together and one design is just a straight line silhouette of buildings.
More homes for the holidays. :)