Summer Party Invitations

As you know, I love to plan parties and I’m on to the next one!

I made these invitations this weekend and I’m debating between an anchor motif or the darling crabs.

For the anchor invitation, I used the anchor die cut punch from the ‘Martha’ collection along with some rubber stamps.

I wish I could say these were my own ideas but I learned how to make them at the Paper Source store.
(A link to their workshops is at the end of the post.)

I wove baker’s twine up and back through the anchors. It would’ve been much easier with a needle but putting a dab of glue on the end of the string helped guide it through the very small hole that I made in the anchor cut-out and card.

On the inside of the invitation I thought using cutlery stamps for the ‘time’, ‘place’, ‘date’ was original when working with such a large open area. An anchor rubber stamp was used in the corner. I embossed the stampings in clear to give them a glossy, raised texture.

Here comes the crabs!

The crabs were made with another Martha die cut punch.
I just can’t get over how cute these little critters are!

I used an azure colored ink pad that had ‘chalk’ in its name which meant it dried almost immediately and I glided it over the surface of the card. I took a metallic gold ink pad in the shape of an eye and made twists. The crabs are stuck on with tiny foam backed mounts so they stick up a little. I bent the claws to give them more dimension. (Okay, that was my idea!) 😉 A traditional ‘party info’ stamp was used on the inside of the card.

We kept the anchor theme going ~ All you need is 4 things to make this menu or program ~ a sheet of cover stock, sheet of their luxe textured paper (or any lighter colored paper to use for the insert), a die cut punch and bakers twine.

Easy, easy, easy!

Ahoy! One more anchor on a small take-out container.
I would place a small square of white or navy tissue and puff it up and leave the flaps up so you could see the punched design.

Aren’t these little take out containers cute as can be to hold a party favor?

Pink & green butterflies anyone?
I am loving the color coordinated brads.

Paper Source Workshops

And because I can’t resist a fun party, I’ve linked up to Made By You Mondays.
Go check out all these fabulous posts today!

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  1. OMG I die!! The crabs! To stinkin cute!

  2. everything is so cute!! I am leaning towards the anchors.

  3. SO cute!! i love going to classes because they really teach you techniques you wouldn’t have learned otherwise! great job

  4. Oh, the crabs are darling, I’d go with those (but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t, in part, to those car commercials with the crab “I pinch!”).

  5. I quite like the anchors. The nautical theme is so in right now. I’m in love with those takeout containers! I had never thought to do something like that! So so smart and shows your guests that you’re going the extra mile. Way cuter than a mound of tin foil and tupperware.

    Summer parties are the best aren’t they. Being able to enjoy the sunshine is so lovely.


  6. So darling! I would love an invitation like this! Sell this idea to Papyrus so some of us who aren’t as artistically inclined (i.e. ME!) can buy these cuties!
    I love the anchors especially; and the take out boxes are to die for!

  7. stop it. the anchor invite is too much. it’s just too much… how in the world are you so cute??

    … and i hope you take this as a compliment- i am with Bell’Invito Letterpress and have seen it all! Love these.

  8. These are both just adorable but I vote for the anchors. I might have to steal these ideas. I have both those punches 🙂 Thanks for the ideas.

  9. These are amazing!! I am dying over the little crabs!! It’s all SO cute!!

  10. OMG OMG OMG AUNTIE PASTA!!!!!! I DIE! gaggaagaa over BOTH OF THEM!!!! i was planning on getting take out boxes for my candy buffet…and NOW im gonna steal this idea….and your punch!! hah!!! i knew i loved you for a reason…and its to be my inspiration on SOOOOO many levels!!! muah!! xoxo

  11. What creative ideas … both are great inspirations to have a party .. the anchors would be perfect for nautical theme aboard a boat – or a house boat (we rent one a few years ago and it was a great time!!) – the crabs … being partial to shell seafood… I love the the crab invites… I’m thinking you’ll just have to host 2 parties… SMILE.

    My friend I have left something for you over on my blog …see it here:

    Happy Monday ..HHL

  12. Wow, what can I say, you are a jack of all trades! They are both beautiful, the only disappointment is that I am too far away to be invited to your party, how lovely would it be to receive either one of these in the snail mail!

  13. I just love the anchor theme…, and the container is soooo cute!

  14. loving those little chinese take-out boxes for sure! you are tres talented mon cheri!

  15. I’m torn ~ I love them both. We always have the nautical theme going on in our home but I personally love crabs. Those boxes are adorable!

    I was told that this is really spring and that it just happens to be unseasonably chilly. If you’re interested in Monterey wear at a very good price I’ll share the name of my most favorite vender ~ we were on a first name basis by the time I left 😉


  16. These are awesome! I wish I were this talented! The next time I’m having a party, can I contract you to make my invites for me?

  17. I love all of these! SO cute! xo

  18. How fabulous!!! I love the crabs!!!

    PS, I left you something on my blog this morning!