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Make a Valentine Card Using Recycled Security Envelopes

Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Valentine's Day, Winter

Recycle a security envelope into a heartfelt Valentine's Day card with just a few punches and pastes. Years ago I saw a design*sponge post from derek & lauren that turned security envelopes inside out...Make a Valentine Card Using Recycled Security Envelopes... »
 
 

Giving Tree Personalized Postage Stamps

Invitations & Cards, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

You've asked for Giving Tree personalized postage stamps and so here they are! These Giving Tree personalized postage stamps coordinate with the free Giving Tree Save The Date Wedding Announcement printable template from Cristin...Giving Tree Personalized Postage Stamps... »
 

 

‘We’re Expecting’ fun and creative pregnancy announcement

Baby & Kids, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Under $10

Here's a really cute and creative pregnancy announcement idea for Facebook or traditional snail mail. Once again I'd like to thank Cristin Siegel for today's guest post while I'm on maternity leave. Take it...‘We’re Expecting’ fun and creative pregnancy announcement... »
 
 

Milestone birthday idea: Birthday postcards for 80th, 75th, 70th, 65th, 60th

DIY Gift Ideas, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Parties & Birthdays

My dad's 80th birthday was approaching and we wanted a milestone birthday idea that was memorable and fun. And what's better than a mailbox stuffed with personalized postcards sending well wishes from your family...Milestone birthday idea: Birthday postcards for 80th, 75th, 70th, 65th, 60th... »
 

 

Free modern orange and green DIY wedding invitation {seen in Style Me Pretty}

Free Printable, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Spring, Summer, Vintage Inspired, Weddings

Here's my modern orange and green DIY wedding invitation that was seen in the Style Me Pretty feature "Inspiration to Reality: Modern Clementine." I designed this unique mod wedding invitation (as well as round...Free modern orange and green DIY wedding invitation {seen in Style Me Pretty}... »
 
 

“Stickers” Birthday Party Theme Idea for kids {with free custom sticker templates}

Baby & Kids, Decorations & Favors, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Parties & Birthdays

Looking around our house it's clear that "stickers" was the perfect theme for Elise's second birthday party. Last year it was monkeys and bananas but like many kids her age Elise is a sticker...“Stickers” Birthday Party Theme Idea for kids {with free custom sticker templates}... »
 

 

60s-Inspired Modern Geometric Free Printable Wedding Invitation and Place Cards

Free Printable, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Vintage Inspired, Weddings

These free printable wedding invitation and round place cards are part of the "Inspiration to Reality: My Modern Clementine" feature at Style Me Pretty in partnership with Bliss Wedding & Event Design and C...60s-Inspired Modern Geometric Free Printable Wedding Invitation and Place Cards... »
 
 

Printable Thank You Cards for Pink Monkey 1st Birthday Party

Baby & Kids, Free Printable, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Parties & Birthdays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Elise loved her 1st birthday gifts and wanted to say thanks in style! I designed pink monkey thank you cards with a '1st birthday' bananas birthday party hat and yellow polka dots cards. Then...Printable Thank You Cards for Pink Monkey 1st Birthday Party... »
 
 

Retro Embossed Label Maker Thank Yous

Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

At the risk of dating myself my sisters and I used to play with embossed label makers when we were kids. With the new "improved" models and computers that came out in the 90s,...Retro Embossed Label Maker Thank Yous... »
 
 

Thanksgiving Retro Embossed Label Maker Placecards

Decorations & Favors, Fall, Holidays, Invitations & Cards, Thanksgiving, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Vintage Inspired

When Shane told me that he wanted to host our sixth annual Thanksgiving dinner I didn't quite know what to say. Baby Elise was born on October 20th and I was crazy sore and...Thanksgiving Retro Embossed Label Maker Placecards... »
 
 

Retro Paris Photo Notecards and A2 Size Envelope Template

Free Printable, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Vintage Inspired

Recently I took part in the first inaugural Chicago Craft Social hosted by Amanda Edwards, Megan Hall, Megan Heep, and Jessica Jones. In addition to meeting tons of super cool crafty Chicago ladies, I...Retro Paris Photo Notecards and A2 Size Envelope Template... »
 
 

Sewn half flower + loose leaf fabric wedding invitations with fabric backs

Free Printable, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Sewing Projects, Weddings

I am totally in love with these DIY sewn fabric wedding invitations that I designed for recent bride Natalie Fayard. Thanks to Google, Natalie and her mother found me and my sewn fabric poppy...Sewn half flower + loose leaf fabric wedding invitations with fabric backs... »
 
 

Chicago Avenue Bridge Graffiti Urban Thank You Card

Free Printable, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

This free printable urban graffiti thank you is perfect for your everyday thank you needs. Every time I drive over the Chicago Avenue Bridge I look forward to seeing the "thank you" graffiti spraypainted...Chicago Avenue Bridge Graffiti Urban Thank You Card... »
 
 

Smythe Sewn Letterpress Wedding Invitation Book

Inspiration, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Weddings

Holy smokes! This invitation by Nick and Nikki Lo Bue is one of the most amazing wedding invitations I've ever seen. Nick and Nikki had a charming story behind their relationship which inspired them...Smythe Sewn Letterpress Wedding Invitation Book... »
 
 

Giving Tree Save the Date Wedding Announcement for Fall

Free Printable, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

How sweetly romantic is this save the date wedding announcement for Cristin Witcher and her fiance Adam Siegel's fall Chicago nuptials? Adam designed the whimsically simple letterpressed save-the-date announcement and matching tree branch mailing...Giving Tree Save the Date Wedding Announcement for Fall... »
 
 

Chicago Skyline Notecards and Lined Envelopes

Free Printable, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

My favorite Chicago mommy blogger Janna Devylder, sons Gus and Eli, and husband John are moving to Savannah to teach at SCAD. So I decided to make them a goodbye gift. These handmade, bright,...Chicago Skyline Notecards and Lined Envelopes... »
 
 

Recycled wrapping paper sewn wedding card

Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

My downstairs neighbor Susan gave us a beautifully wrapped wedding gift in thick, shiny silver and pearl-like white wrapping paper. Channeling my mom, I decided to fold up the shiny white and silver paper...Recycled wrapping paper sewn wedding card... »
 
 

High School ‘Secret Passed Note’ Engagement Party Invitation

Inspiration, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Vintage Inspired, Weddings

Leave it to Heather Crosby to come up with an invitation concept that I've never seen before. Heather's beloved brother Chad and his lovely bride-to-be Shayda met way back in high school. A chance...High School ‘Secret Passed Note’ Engagement Party Invitation... »
 
 

Sewn return address on envelopes and matching custom photo stamps

Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Sewing Projects, Weddings

We customized the envelopes for our wedding invitations using a couple of easy tricks: Sewing our return address on the back of our envelopes and adding custom photo stamps from PhotoStamps.com. Supplies: A7 size...Sewn return address on envelopes and matching custom photo stamps... »
 
 

Sewn invitations

Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Sewing Projects, Weddings

Here are our sewn fabric wedding invitations that were featured in the The Knot's 2007-2008 Fall/Winter National Magazine and "Amazing Wedding Cakes" on WeTV. After searching fabric stores, websites and even ebay, the poppy...Sewn invitations... »
 
 

Double zigzag sewn wedding program booklet

Free Printable, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Weddings

I had a ball designing our ceremony programs as small, handsewn booklets. Our non-denominational readings that Shane and my friend Liz found were super cool and so I wanted to our guests to be...Double zigzag sewn wedding program booklet... »
 
 

Online reservation system

Invitations & Cards, Weddings

One thing that greatly simplified our wedding logistics was a custom online RSVP system. Through our website we were able immediately see who had responded for all the events throughout the weekend. We looked at...Online reservation system... »
 
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