Thursday, July 23

Retirement Party Part 1

The General Manager at work was retiring and we have been preparing for his retirement party.  I was tasked to organize everything, which I don't mind because it's kind of my thing.  For this post, I'd like to share with you the crafty side of the retirement party.  Some are quick and easy projects while the others were pretty challenging, with the celebrant being a male.

The retirement banner was easy.  The company deals with a lot of wood, so I used wood designer tape for the letters.  Nothing fancy. But what makes this banner special is the base.  I used the actual tickets we use for our wood products.  

For a more festive look, I added ribbon in between the letters.  See the border in the bottom?  Those are remnants from a previous project.

Using the same material for the banner above, I used the printed version of the tickets to wrap the retirement gift.  And to really maximize the materials we have at work, I used banding for the wood pallets to make a ribbon/bow with.  I have to say, this gift topper was the hardest to make because the banding is really stiff.  

'Til next blog!

Sunday, July 12

Baptism Invites

My high school friend from the East Coast asked me to make invitations for her daughter's baptism and 1st birthday.  I have made invites for her a few years ago, and the colors we used for those are more traditional (click here to see).  This time, they want something out of the norm.  They are die hard 49ers fans, so she wanted to have the team's colors as the theme.  

For these invites, I opted for a tri-fold base.  I worked on the contents first.  80 of them.  With Photoshop, I just had the details laid out on a 8.5 x 5.5 size, and printed them directly on card stock. It took several tries to get them to print in the right spot.  After printing, I folded each piece, followed by the tedious part of inking the edges of each fold.

After that, I started working on the front.  This involved several layers which required embossing and edge punching.  I worked on each layer, then put them all together.  I have to admit, I had a hard time figuring out how to execute the acronym.  I wanted to use die cut letters, but I got lazy, so I stamped and embossed instead.

How long did this take to make?  Definitely NOT one day.  For big projects like this, I take my time and do one portion on separate days.  That way, I concentrate on only one thing, so as to make sure all cards look really good and the same.

'Til next blog!