I got together with my friends Heather Guilliams, Sherri Gough and Darlene Crockett yesterday for a whirlwind wedding invitation stamp-a-thon for Heather. In the course of 5 hours we managed to get 160 invitations and RSVP cards stamped and stuffed.
The stamp set used is retired, Roses in Winter, but it is my all-time favorite set that Stampin' Up! has ever produced. The color combination on the roses are retired colors as well - cameo coral, apricot appeal and mellow moss, along with the current always artichoke. The base and panel of the card are vanilla and the mat is always artichoke. Heather had picked up the vanilla base cards along with matching envelopes earlier and then taken her very vanilla and always artichoke to an office supply store to have them bulk-cut, saving us all a ton of work and our trimmers some wear-and-tear. She had everything printed and ready to go, we just needed to stamp and assemble the invitations.
Here is a photo of the RSVP postcard that went inside the invitations... we wanted to carry the theme of the roses onto the cards. They asked me to stamp the roses - the larger one on the invitation is a 3-step image and the smaller ones are 2-step with the base images being rock-and-rolled in two colors, so I stamped well over 1,000 times to create these... my arm and wrist are a little sore this morning. Everyone stamped something on the cards, remember that when creating this many cards assembly line stamping works best!
Here are some pictures of the assembly process - Heather used the new vanilla smooch spritz to add a little shimmer to the stamped pieces before putting them all together. The color guard worked great! It was so fun getting together with my wonderful stamping partners and making all of these and now Heather has these beautiful invitations to send to her friends and family.
Okay, I have just one more picture to share with you... it is sort of embarrassing! My stamping studio was a DISASTER as of yesterday morning - UPS had delivered several packages of my new goodies and I was trying to sort the retiring products from the new and changing out the color stuff - it was as if a giant tornado had ripped through my room. Can you relate?
But I am happy to report that with the help of my favorite stamping assistant Kelsey (my DD who so desperately wants to turn 18 so she can sign up to be a demonstrator), my table was cleared and the floor was vacuumed and clear before everyone arrived!!
Thanks for stopping by today - I hope you have been inspired to stamp your own invitations in the future. It is a great way to use your stamping supplies and save some money in the process... just ask a few of your best friends to get together and you can get them done in no time and have a great time, too!