Gert’s aunt is celebrating her 80th birthday this year. That’s a whole lot of candles! Her actual birthday was several months ago, but she wanted to invite the whole family to a fancy restaurant and it got a bit tricky to get everyone to come because of vacations and other various reasons. So, the one date that seemed to work for most people was August 31st.
She originally purchased invitation cards at a local store, which she simply had to fill out (such as the date, address, etc). But then she wasn’t happy about how it looked, so I offered to give it a shot. She was quite excited about having something personalized and was keen on adding her own touches. One requirement was to add a picture of her as a small child, and she got to decide about the whole text.
Because of her old childhood picture inside, I decided to go for a total vintage look.
She absolutely loved the final result; which is quite an achievement because she’s one tough lady to please lol She definitely knew what she wanted, so I’m glad it met her expectations. It’s not always easy to interpret what people envision in their heads. So yay for another card success!
I had intended to post this well over a month ago, but only managed to get around to it now. My in-laws celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July. They had organized a whole fancy dinner for the entire family and felt a bit lost as to how to get their own menus and name tags made, so I offered to do it. Here are the results:
Right after printing, before they were folded
I also took their portrait, which I’m not going to post here for obvious privacy reasons. But it was taken in their yard and had pale and dark pink hydrangeas in the background. Hence the reason why I used these particular illustrations on their menus, so that everything would blend into one theme.
The background was printed in a pink damascus pattern, which gave a nice lace effect.
You can see it well on the back of the menu cards.
So I used the same pattern for the name tags that were going to be placed on the tables, at each assigned seat.
And here are additional pictures of everything together:
All neatly packed and ready to give:
They loved the result. And I was very pleased to hear that most guests actually took their little menu and name tags home after the party, which is the biggest compliment I could get :-)
Here’s my first shot at making my own greeting cards! It’s a French May Day card with a vintage graphic, which I sent to my family right before May 1st. The goal on the long run is for me to use my own illustrations. But since this was a first attempt, I grabbed some graphic that was ready to use.
Not too much of a disaster for a first try, if I may say so myself.
I’d like to make more time for drawing and sculpting. Though with a baby on the way now, I can already tell it’s going to be a challenge!