Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – Invitations

Happy Friday, crafty friends! I hope you are all getting through your to-do lists and are starting to feel a healthy dose of the Christmas spirit creeping in.  My kids finished school this week so my chances of quiet crafting time have evaporated, but I am looking forward to not rushing out the door in a flurry of yelling about shoes every morning and having some chilled out days at home together.

For our December team hop we have the theme “invitations” to work with. Although this isn’t really a Christmasy theme I’ve managed to make mine a Christmas invitation. My four year old Sammy asked Grandma why she hadn’t sent him an invitation to “the Christmas party”, ie. family Christmas lunch at her house. Grandma, who can never say no to her blue eyed golden boy, of course promptly promised a very special invitation just for him, and then promptly asked me to make it.

Since we are going to Grandma’s house, I decided to bust out an old retired Stampin’ Up! set (Barn Door and the Sliding Door Framelits) and make an invitation with a fun interactive element based on her shiny black front doors, seen here last Christmas with some super cute kids standing in front of them (but not cooperating with the photographer).

And the matching invitation turned out like this.

The base card is Shaded Spruce, then a layer of gold foil, then some red DSP from ‘Tis The Season.

To make the front doors, I black heat embossed the door stamp on Basic Black cardstock, then cut the doors with the matching framelits. I cut a piece of thick Whisper White cardstock just a tiny bit smaller than the two doors put together. To adhere the doors onto this so that they can open, I cut two pieces of Whisper White card 1″ wide and the same height as the backing piece, and scored these down the middle. These are attached on either side of the backing card, and then each door is adhered onto the top of these pieces.

The doors can then swing open to reveal a space underneath, where I will put the text of the invite (which was not ready at the time of writing this post, because that’s just how this week has gone!).

The whole thing sits flat enough to mail as a standard letter – because of course the boy wants to get his invite in the mail. The little wreaths are popped up on Dimensionals but the whole card is still not too bulky.

I’m so glad I went with the traditional red and green Christmas theme for this card, it really pops against the black doors and it is just so festive, esepcially with the pops of gold. Can you believe this is actualy the first time I have used this bundle, even though it is I think maybe 3 years old now? I always thought it would be super fun to play with, and it turns out I was right!!

If you’re hopping along this link will take you back to the start and the fabulous Kelly Kent, if you didn’t start there make sure you hop along until you return to your starting point. Always so much creativity to enjoy with the Paper Adventures team!

Thanks for stopping by,