Wedding Fan Favor by Sandee Shanabrough


Hello! Sandee Shanabrough here with an easy idea for your wedding, using the beautiful Solid Tiffany Blue Card Stock 100# from!
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The wedding season is almost upon us and so many are planning outdoor weddings. You want your guests to be as comfortable as possible.  Why not a fan?
Fan 2First I printed out a little announcement/thank you onto a sheet of Solid Tiffany Blue Card Stock 100#.  Using Spellbinders Labels 29, I cut out the printed information and a heavy piece of chipboard that is white on one side.  I used Scor-Tape to adhere the two pieces together.  I glued the fan handle to the back with a strong adhesive.  When I took the photo above, I had planned to tie lace on the handle.  However, I changed my mind and used seam binding instead.  I like it better!
Fan 3What do you think?  This is something that is easy to do in mass quantities, it wouldn’t be very expensive, and your guests will have something to keep as a reminder of your special day!
Thanks for taking a look!  Have a wonderful day! products used:

Anniversary Card by Sandee Shanabrough

Hi there!  Sandee Shanabrough here again!

This time with an elegant card for a wedding or for a special anniversary!

Anniversary 1On a base card made with Classic White Card Stock 100#, I attached a layer of  Black Brocade on Classic White Solid 100# with foam tape.  This beautiful paper has been embossed with Spellbinders A-2 Matting Basics and Radiant Rectangles dies.

Anniversary 2I stamped the scripture from Our Daily Bread designs Scripture Collection #10 onto a piece of Classic White Solid Card Stock 165# with Memento Black ink.  I cut it out with another die from the Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles dies.  This card stock is rather thick so I did need to run it through my cutting machine several times using a shim.  But the result is beautiful!  I added a beautiful blue organdy bow to complete the card.

Thank you for looking!  Have a wonderful day! products used:

Classic White Card Stock 100#

Classic White Solid Card Stock 165#

Black Brocade on Classic White Solid 100#

Embossed Hello Card by Jeanne Streiff

Hi! Jeanne Streiff here today with an easy to make embossed anytime card.

Hello Jeanne_streiff WMI cut and scored Solid Razzle Pink Cardstock 100# to make a card back (4 1/4″ x 11″ and then scored and folded in half).

Hello 1 Jeanne_streiffI cut a new panel of Solid Razzle Pink Cardstock 100# 4″ x 5 1/4″ and embossed with and embossing folder from Sizzix and my Big Shot Machine.

Hello 2 Jeanne_streiff WMNext I added a few paint splatters (white craft acrylic paint thinned with water).

Hello 3 Jeanne_streiff WMI attached the panel to my card and added some trim.

Hello 4 Jeanne_streiff WMI used ClassicWhite Solid Cardstock 100# to die cut the phrase (die cut from The Stamps of Life) and attached it to my card as shown above.

Hello 5 Jeanne_streiff WMHave a great day! products used:

ClassicWhite Solid Cardstock 100#

Solid Razzle Pink Cardstock 100#

DIY Equine Themed Wedding Invitation by Anna Wight

Hello, hello! Anna Wight with you today, sharing a relatively simple DIY wedding invitation made with the A7 Atlas Taupe Brown Recycled Pocket Card, Sand Specks Recycled 80# Cardstock and Black Medium 65# Cover cardstock from
I started by designing my invitation using a word processing program. I printed the invitation onto Sand Specks Recycled 80# cardstock. I trimmed the cardstock to the size I needed, and backed it with a piece of Black Medium 65# Cover cardstock, cut slightly larger to allow a narrow border to show. I used a serrated tracing wheel to add some faux stitching lines around the edges. I adhered this portion of the invitation to the Pocket Card with tape runner adhesive.Next I printed simple RSVP cards and a small map to the location of the event, and tucked them, along with a pre-addressed and stamped envelope, into the pocket of the Pocket Card.

To seal up my invitation, I printed horse icons on the Sand Specks Recycled 80# cardstock and punched them out with an oval paper punch. I adhered the oval to the flap of the invitation using a tape runner adhesive. Finally, I wrapped the Pocket Card with hemp cording, tied in a bow.

Thanks for joining me here today! I hope you are inspired!
Anna Wight products used:

Peach Metallic Pocket Folder Invitation by Debbie Seyer

 My name is Debbie Seyer and this is my first post for the Papers and More Design Team!
 I have a unique event coming up in the month of April.  My oldest daughter is a Senior in college and is required to have a musical recital as one of the requirements to complete the Music Education/Saxophone Performance degree.  So in April, she will be performing 30 minutes of Tenor and Alto Saxophone music pieces with a piano accompanist for her professors, family and friends.  She asked me to create an invitation that she can hand out at school to the professors and a couple of her saxophone lessons teachers.  So this is what I came up with using the A-7 Atlas Peach (Coral) Metallic Pocket Folder card.
Peach Invitation 1 These invitations will be hand-delivered so I had some fun creating 3d flowers using the 80# Sand Cardstock and the Botanical Rose dies (Heartfelt Creations).  I created a “belly” band closure so that the doily heart (Tonic Studios die) and the flowers could just be slipped off to read the invitation.
Peach Invitation 2Inside the pocket, I created a program for the performance.  I will make some other programs for the actual day to hand out but I thought including the program in with the invite would give her professors a glimpse of what they will be listening too!  I also think a RSVP card and a card with directions to the venue would be a good idea, too!
Here is a close-up of the flowers I created using the 80# Sand Cardstock, I inked the edges with Rose Coral Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink and added some seed pearls.
 Peach Invitation 3
These will be a labor of love for me to create  to celebrate all of my daughter’s hard work and hours of practice!  I can hardly wait for her performance!
Thanks for stopping by!
Other supplies:
Ink – Rose Coral Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink
Tools – Computer, Printer; Botanical Rose dies (Heartfelt Creations); Doily Heart die (Tonic Studios); flower shaping stylus and mat; sponge; Art Institute Adhesive Dries Clear Glue
Embellishments – white seed beads (Hobby Lobby)

Mixed Media Friends Card by Jeanne Streiff

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Hi! Jeanne Streiff here today! I’m going to show you how to make a mixed media card with a little acrylic paint, die cuts and Copper Metallic Cardstock 105#.

I started by thinning down white and turquoise acylic craft paint with a little water and splattering a pooling a little paint. The Copper Metallic Cardstock 105#  worked perfectly for this technique. I cut the Copper Metallic Cardstock 105# 4″x 5 1/4″.Friend 1 Jeanne_Streiff_edited-1I added a little more paint. Friend 1a Jeanne_StreiffI then painted another piece of Copper Metallic Cardstock 105# with some simple lines and dots leaving a little copper color showing through.Friend 2 Jeanne_Streiff_edited-1I used a die cut to cut out a fun squiggle shape.Friend 2a Jeanne_StreiffNext I die cut a heart from Classic White 100#.Friend 4 Jeanne_Streiff I die cut my phrase from Copper Metallic Cardstock 105#Friend 3 Jeanne_StreiffI cut  Classic White 100# 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (half sheet of 8 1/2 x 11″) and then scored and folded it in half for my card back. I attached the Copper panel and the die cuts as shown. I finished my card off with a few metallic sequins.

Here is a closer look at my finished card. Card size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.Friend close Jeanne_Streiff_edited-1 products used:

Copper Metallic Cardstock 105#
Classic White 100#

other products used:

die cuts: Sizzix (660218 Scibbles & Splat, 660222 Handwritten Love
acrylic paint
paint brush

DIY Frozen Party Invitations and Favors by Sandee Shanabrough

Sandee Shanabrough here with a birthday party invitation and two party favor ideas for a Frozen birthday party theme that you can easily DIY for your little princess!

Oh, a strand of blue pearls, and silver elastic cording too!

Frozen 3I adhered the printed invitation and then popped up the snowflakes with foam tape.  I glued a silver bow onto the double snowflake for a little dazzle.  You could easily add sparkle with glitter or glitter glue as well.

Frozen 4It would be very hard to have a princess party without a magic wand! The star/snowflake combo is taped to the lollipop stick. You could use a straw for this project as well.

Frozen 5And here is a cute little cupcake topper!  You can see how the toothpick slides up in between the two flowers that are glued together.

FrozenOne more view of all three projects.  The sky is the limit as to what you can create for your princess party!  Remember, if hosting a party for a very young child, be sure to supervise them at all times with smaller or pointy pieces.

Thank you for taking a look at this fun project!
Have a wonderful day! products used:

Adventures in DIY Cost-Saving Wedding Invitations

Written by Bianca (,

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My health had gotten the best of me lately and it’s been rather difficult to get any of my DIY projects done. The list is rather lengthy, so I’ve been feeling the stress in more ways than one and it came out in my first wedding nightmare. The scene began really normal; set during wedding rehearsal.  All of a sudden I felt rushed for time. Nobody was doing what they were supposed to be and things were going undone. The discomfort was enough to wake me briefly, but I fell right back asleep into the nightmare. Only this time, it was the wedding day. The panic was about stage 9 and I was having a full-out melt-down.  It was 45 minutes to show time and my makeup wasn’t done. I called out for my makeup artist (MUA) and Puff Daddy appeared with his handlers not far behind carrying makeup brushes insisting that he didn’t work before he had a few drinks—(BLANK STARE). It got even weirder from there, but I won’t bore you with all my foolishness. I’m chalking it up to all those Ciroc commercials that have inundated the television and apparently my consciousness.

One thing is for sure, it helped me get moving enough to finally break through the haze and get off my tush. As of today, I’m proud to report that my invitations are done and out the door. If it wasn’t clear before, I really enjoy print/visual projects. And it was really eating me up to not be able to get them done.

For starters, the invitation design was done long, LONG ago—even before our save the dates were finished. The biggest hang up was the RSVP information card. It was my decision to nix response cards in order to eliminate the costs of return postage and envelopes in favor of a live RSVP service. One of my best friends used a RSVP service where guests called and got a live agent to go over all the pertinent questions (i.e. meal choice, guest’s name). I was impressed by it and planned to use it for our guests that aren’t savvy enough to RSVP via our wedding website (which I LOVE btw). Well, that plan went bust when I called and discovered that the company no longer offers the service. I was SO bummed. I searched and searched but couldn’t find another service like it. Every other service offered a voicemail message system, where they’d compile the information and send it upon request. I wasn’t impressed and the cost was laughable. Why pay someone hundreds of dollars to do what can be easily done for free?

In what could be described as nothing short of a state of delirium, I found myself saying aloud, “Nice job Bianca, you now have another project.”

I know what you’re thinking…I should probably suck it up and spend a little more money, huh? Well, I thought so too until I had a major breakthrough. A few months ago, my fellow budget blogger Abby, posted about ways Google can be helpful in wedding planning. And I happened to stumble upon another great use to add to the list—Google Voice. It turned out to be an incredibly awesome and VERY easy solution to my RSVP dilemma for a whopping $0.

All I did was sign up for a phone number and create a voicemail message for guests to RSVP through. In the message, we ask callers to leave their name and number, as well as, confirm their attendance (ceremony only, reception only, both or none) and meal choice (seared salmon, grilled chicken or vegetable lasagna). Using the default spreadsheet generated by our wedding website (which is our alternate RSVP option). As the calls come in, we can either answer them or wait for the voicemail messages to record the guest information. Google makes that easy by giving the option of listening to the message or reviewing a Google-generated transcript of the message. And every time a message is received, Google sends an email alert. The best part is that I’m not stuck with this task all by myself. I can route incoming calls to Sherrod and my sister/MOH who have graciously agreed to help manage the incoming data via Google Docs.  If you’re interested in a more detailed description of this process, leave me a note in the comments section and I’ll get to work on a tutorial and share the script we used.

This invitation project was all about saving money. And at a grand total of $225 (including postage), I’d say missioned accomplished. Here are a few more ways we saved on our invitation suite.

  • The design was made using free fonts I found on the web. Pinterest is full of ideas for fonts to use for wedding invitations. I picked fonts that best suited the elegant and modern feel we chose for our wedding.
  • I purchased the paper and envelopes from Paper and More. I am a BIG fan! I did very thorough research on the cost of paper and found their costs to be the lowest around. They offer a $3.99 flat-rate shipping rate no matter what you order or where you order from (in the U.S.). Even better than the low cost is the fantastic customer service.
  • Google also came in handy in creating a personalized map for our details insert. I wanted something clean and found a few helpful tutorials. This one is solid, and it was right up my alley since I don’t have Photoshop on my computer. It’s not a perfect map, but overall I’m happy with the results.
  • Last but not least, printing didn’t cost a thing…except a promise to my girlfriend that I would design her invitation suite. Done and DONE! This was an easy ASK because the project didn’t require many prints and I enjoy designing print projects. Every invitation and details card printed 2 per page; and the reply cards printed 4 per page. I did all the cutting myself.

Without further ado, here’s a preview of our invitation suite.


Slightly edited to protect sensitive information

Cost Breakdown

Paper: $148

Adhesive: $7 (approx.)

  •  Miscellaneous purchases of Adhesive Dots and Rubber Cement

Postage: $70

I made 150 invitation sets and still have plenty of paper left to make signs and cards. I loved the silver brushed paper so much that I purchased additional packages for our program covers.

Hopefully with this task out of the way, Puff Daddy won’t be making any recurring appearances as the MUA in my wedding dreams.  It’s good to be back…

-Reprinted with permission courtesy of Bianca

Sleeve Pocket Cards – Invitations made easy!

1. Choose your sleeve color (this one is Topaz Blue Metallic)  –   View Sleeve Card Colors

2. Choose your Cardstock backing. We can cut it to 5 x 7 for you!  (this one is Bright White Linen 80#)  –  View Cardstock textures and colors

3. Choose the Text paper to print the wordings We can cut this to 4.5 x 6.5 for you! (this one is Topaz Blue text 81#)  –  View Text Paper Textures and Colors

4. Create your print document or use this template  –  View Printing Template

5. Print on  your home printer or have it done by a local print shop.

6. Use an adhesive to apply the text printed paper to the cardstock you choose  –   View Adhesives

Happy invitation making!

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