Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Simple Invitations

I love dinner parties. I love everything about them. The preparation, the selection of a theme, the invite list, the invitations themselves etc. I do have one rule; never serve the same thing twice. Of course this means I serve my guest new recipes...ones I haven't tried before....once that may require us to order pizza (that has happened only once...ok maybe twice). I look through every single cookbook I owe. I post-it all the potential appetizers, sides, main course, and of desserts. I normally have about 20 to 30 choices which get dwindled down to 10 -12 and then finally down to 2 choices of each course about a week and a half before my party. The week of the party I make my final decisions. I know this is a very tedious process but I never know what I want to eat until the week before. Then there is the table setting, the flowers, entertainment... I could go on. Basically, I love the details of a dinner party. The details make me happy.

Currently I am planning a dinner party for two friends who share a love for crafts like I do. Well, one of the two shares a love for crafts, the other is coming along because she likes to hang out with us. This will be the first time they will be visiting my home so everything has to be perfect. Beginning with the invitations.

 I thought about doing a digital invitation but how lazy would I be if I couldn't make two invitations? These are simple in nature in that they are a pattern repeat - circle and square. I stamped "you're invited" with versa mark ink and then embossed it using white embossing powdered. The butterfly and dragonfly are brads. I of course rounded the corner edges. And did you notice, I used two of my kraft envelopes from maya road. I love them. I think they will too.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

New Goodies

As with many crafters, I purchase more supplies than I will every use. And if it's on sale - forget about it. I love visiting craft web pages like papertrey ink, twos peas in a bucket, and hero arts. I torture myself. I go through all the new product and add what I like to my cart (as if I could afford to buy all that my little heart desires). Once I am done, I look at my grand total, almost have a heart attack, and close the web browser. I will never understand why I do this to myself. But once in a while, once in a blue moon, when I think I see a pig fly, I actually purchase what I put in my cart. One item that I recently purchased, and absolutely love, are these maya road envelopes. Ten came in a packet - two of each size:

How cute are these?!! They are made of kraft paper which I am loving more and more. The scallop edge is to die for and the closure makes them perfection. They are small; ranging from 5.7"x 2.5" to 3.8"x 5". They would be perfect for a gift or a small card you would hand deliver. I am so excited to use them. The great thing about new products - they inspire you to creative something wonderful with them. If you are interested in purchasing these envelops you can go to either maya road or two peas. Enjoy!