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Foiled Disco Invitations!

You guys, this post is soooo Groovy Baby!!

Remember how I said that one of my bff’s is preggo?  I know, it’s totally all I’ve been yammering about.  Well, guess who is throwing her one totally le chic baby shower?!?!?  Yes!  It’s me!!

And how did I come up with this good-time-guaranteed theme?  It kinda came to me while we were discussing what sign Little Miss was going to be.  Aquarius.  The age of Aquarius?!?!?  Wow, so perfect.  Right?!

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The way to really introduce a theme to guests is definitely with the invitation.  They will know if this is going to be a party worth driving 20-30 miles for… I think these definitely give the impression that it’s going to be a fête not to be missed!!

Wanna make some?

Okay, so here’s what you’ll need –

  • Paper (I got the pink and purple from Joann’s and the shimmer and glitter from Michael’s)  Make sure that the paper is not too textured for the foiled areas
  • Then you need foil.  I got mine here
  • Paper cutter (you can do it by hand, but if you’re making a bunch then it’s really a sanity saver)
  • Envelope maker – also makes your life easier
  • Honeycomb tissue balls – The ones I purchased are no longer available, but these are pretty similar
  • Paper punch
  • Laminating machine
  • Adhesive
  • Glitter spray – optional

First off, go and visit Jenny here.  I had seen her feature awhile back and loved the idea!  I just expanded on it… Man, this would be good for the holidays.

The hardest and most important part is to design your invitation.  This took me quite some time, but I’ll give you my templates here… please tweak them for your own use.  I also hand drew in some dots before making copies.

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Did you notice how Jenny said that you HAD to use a certain ink?!  Please make that notation because I had to print parts at home and parts at the office, since I wanted color and the right ink.  I’m so demanding.

Grab those honeycomb balls and spray them with glitter – they are your disco balls.

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I used a paper clip to keep them open.  It just adds a little sumthin-sumthin.

Obvs, print out your invites and trim them to size.  Prep EVERYTHING first.  So key, you guys.

Cut your foil in advance too.  It really helps.

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With your basics prepped you can set up a work station.  Turn on the laminating machine and while each invite goes through, you can fold envelopes, invitations and glue in your envelope shimmer, which I made by making a template first from an envelope.

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Okay, this is important.  Once the foiled piece comes out of the laminating machine – DON’T TOUCH IT.  Let it cool.  Put it to the side.  No touch.  Got it?  It will peel better that way.

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Once I had the front and backs attached with adhesive, I used the puncher for pizazz.  I like that word, pizzzaaaaazzzzzzzz, jazz hands!

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So, so shiny.  I love this technique!

Then put in the disco ball.  That’s right, put the ball in the crack.  Giggle.

For the stuff that you didn’t plan for, please make at least 10 extra.  I don’t know why but some of my foiled fronts didn’t come out perfectly.  And, AND!!  When I went to seal up the goodies, I had to add some pink duct tape to the back…. I just happened to have some stashed.  I wasn’t happy about the idea (at all) but I really didn’t want the invitations opening up en route and not getting delivered.  That would have been bad.

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Does this make you want to boogie down?

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Everyone got a unique invitation because of the different colored “disco balls” and varied papered I choose.  It’s kinda fun that way!

So that’s about it!!  Now I’m off to finish up some more planning for the actual event…so much to do, so little time!

Interested in another invitation idea?  Check out Yaso’s Mad Hatter Bridal Shower.

And as always,

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Happy Halloween – From my Little Guardians!

Have a wonderful Halloween weekend!!

I know we will be pounding the pavement hard tonight… we have offered Cash for Candy and the boys are READY to go!  And with those moves they’ll be keeping the streets safe too!

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Last night, Rocket the Raccoon nabbed 1st place for the costume contest at Gracie Barra in Northridge!  Great party and great fun!  (If you’re curious how I made the mask, check it here and for everything else, it’s all kind of a blur!!)

OH!  And if you see a fabulous costume, say something!!  My gosh, last night I saw one of my favorite costumes of all time – literally a scene from the movie Up, complete with the grandpa figure, boy scout and house with balloons (worn by mom)!  It was CRAZY amazing!!  Gotta up my game next year!!  HA!

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Let’s Make a Mask!

Yes!  It’s almost Halloween and I for one am super excited!  Mostly because like it or not, I’ll be DONE with costumes tonight.  Wow, the freedom… Sigh…  But obviously, I love me some Halloween!!  And with the kids?!  Forget about it.  It’s just so. fun.

This year my boys will all be the fabulous men in Guardians of the Galaxy.  You saw the movie, right?!  We are all huge fans up in here.

Reign, my oldest is going to be Rocket, the smart ass genius – wonder why he picked that character?!?  But omg, Rocket is a freakin’ raccoon.

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Now how to turn my very human son into Rocket?

Make a Mask!  Of course!!

And you can do this too – it’s actually super easy!

Grab a paper towel, some foil, flour and water for the base.  For the details I used a glue gun to attach the fur.  Friends, I made the mask Tuesday, let it dry overnight and then yesterday I finished it up.  All in all, it was about an hr project.  Total!

Take your foil and place it over the face, pushing in (gently) around the eyes, temples and nose to make an impression.

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Make a quick mixture of flour and water and cut your 1 paper towel into strips.

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Completely saturate the strips, wiping off excess, and place them over the foil impression. Easy, huh?

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Let it dry.  I actually left mine for a full day almost, but that was mostly because I didn’t have time to get to it sooner.  Peel the foil off the mask… DON’T peel the mask off the foil. There’s a difference – you’ll see.

Trim it up!  Here you can see that I started on the eyes.

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You have a mask!!  At this point, it’s really up to you to figure out where to go next.  Paint, glitter, blood or hey, how about some fur?

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Once you’ve got it all filled in and glued, hand sew an elastic band to the back.

And that’s it!!  It will fit sooooo nicely because hello! it was made for that little, perfect face – Yours!

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And here’s a quick pict that I snapped while Reign got dressed this morning.  I’ve still got a bit of trimming to do, (especially at the forehead) but I think it turned out pretty good!  And I’ve got to comb those eyebrows!!

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Have you got anything special planned this Saturday??

I’ll be sure to show you some pictures of the full enchilada later!

It’s not to late to make something unique!  Get to it!

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