Saturday, March 12, 2011

Baby's 1st birthday invitation

My baby boy is turning one next month and we're having family over to celebrate.  I'm doing a nautical/beach theme (bring on summer!).  I made these invitations today and wasn't planning to enter them in any challenges but there were two that I couldn't resist.  

Annabelle Stamps is hosting a challenge using red, white and blue!  Oh how PERFECT!  haha!  Sometimes I need these challenges for inspiration but I had already designed my card with these colors!  I remembered their post from Friday so I smiled to myself as I worked away today knowing I could enter!

The top of the lighthouse is stamped on the front and then the whole lighthouse is on the inside along with the party details.  I'll spare you the date, time and my address and just show you the inside left side:

I also love the blog Less Is More.  They are all about clean and simple cards and again I didn't make this card with the intention of entering but their theme is "off the edge".  I absolutely couldn't resist because of my lighthouse!!!  I designed this card a couple weeks ago and just made it today.  I decided to do one with lots of white space and one layer to qualify for their contest, but I am mailing the one above to our invitees. 
(Less Is More DT - Per your recent post about your comments, I appreciate the critique and reminders of your rules and take no offense if I don't qualify.  I love your blog and just like sharing with fellow card makers.  Thank you for coming by!)

Printed the text from my computer directly onto white cardstock.  The baby is a Close To My Heart stamp that I colored with Crayola colored pencils.  The lighthouse was a random stamp I got from a friend!  I used a fine-tip pen for the black balloon but the red one above is a punch.  For the blue sky, I dipped a cosmetic sponge in a blue ink pad and rubbed it all over.  


  1. What a cute image and a perfect birthday invitation!!! Love it!

  2. Hi Mary!
    I love your card!! Everything works so well together and I love your images! Thanks for playing along with the AnnaBelle Stamps challenge this week!!

  3. Hi Mary
    What clever invitations! WE can forgive the red punched 'layer' I think!
    Clever use of the lighthouse, live that you put the whole thing inside
    Thanks so much for entering
    "Less is More"

  4. What a great invitation, they're fab Jo

  5. Very clever! I couldn't figure out what was 'off the edge' until I saw your stamp.
    Anne x

  6. What a super card for invites to a baby's 1st .

  7. What a clever thing to do with the lighthouse, love the invitation

  8. Brilliant card, love what you`ve done with the lighthouse.
    Lynne xxx

  9. Beautiful invitation, great use of techniques, especially love the sponging!
    thanks for joining in the fun at AnnaBelle Stamps 'Say it in Red, White & Blue' challenge! :)

  10. Gorgeous cards Mary, so very adorable and perfect for 1st birthday invites. So glad you could play along with us at AnnaBelle Stamps!

  11. It's gorgeous Mary! So sweet!
    It was great to have you play along with us this week :)

  12. What an adorable card, Mary!
    LOVE your super cute image, soooooooo CUTE!!!
    Thanks for playing along with us at AnnaBelle Stamps!

    Take Care,
    Kylie X

  13. Beautiful little card! Thanks for joining in with AnnaBelle stamps this week and good luck!