Monday, January 19, 2009

Been busy making 160 Valentine Tea Programs

Ok, if anyone ever asks you to make 160 of ANYTHING, you should probably say NO! Actually, though, making these programs was pretty fun overall. I decided to use a standard A2 card, which I will then line with pink paper once all the text is figured out. Yes, that's right - this is actually just the COVER of the program. But, I digress.

Anyway, I came up with this design - seems I thought it would be best to use the most number of tools at once. This is what happens when you spend time looking at the splitcoaststampers gallery for too long. The cup, which is shadowed with a second die cut, and the smoke curls are from the Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge. I used the Cricut Design Studio to maximize the number of things I could smush onto the page. I know I could have used 'auto fill" but where's the fun in that? Of course, I thought I could get more onto the page this way. The paper behind it is run through the Big Shot with a Cuddlebug swirl die (160 times). Then, I thought it would be fun to use the Fiskars threading water punch on the bottom bit of paper. That was the most painful of them all to do. But I got pretty good at lining things up!

Anyway, I am thrilled with how this came out. What spurred me into action was the great paper sale at Joann's last week (6 sheets for 96 cents). What was disappointing was that someone got there before me and scored all the 12x12 printed Valentine paper and so what you see was cut from 8x8 - hence the design studio software for the printed papers. Did you know Joann's rings up every piece of paper individually? The people behind me in line are now well aware of this fact. I bought tons more paper than I needed (over 300 sheets) since I hadn't really figured out what I doing yet so wanted lots of choices. Unfortunately, some new people will soon learn that they scan each sheet individually when I go back to Joann's to return the excess. Stay tuned for the next part of the project: Table hostess cards and name tags/place cards.


  1. I LOVE your invites! It is hard enough to get 60 Christmas cards made. I can't imagine how long it took you to get 160 made! YIKES! Love the embossed background!

  2. WOW! Your design is so eye catching!
    Beautiful programs....and to think you made 160 of these!

  3. Awesome design! Cannot wait to see the next part of the project.

    Janis LU


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