When I make invitations I like to embellish and stamp the envelopes as well. It's like a little hint to the cuteness that waits inside!
Instead of having people spend money on buying a card to go with a gift, they wanted a cute way to request children's books with a handwritten message inside. I thought it was a super cute idea. Has anyone ever heard of this before, because I sure hadn't. I didn't write the poem, and don't know who did since it was supplied to me, but it sure is sweet.
Now for the Diaper Cake,
since that's what you really want to see right?!
Yes, I handmade all the 3-D furniture for it. It was a ton of work, and a little overboard, but that's the kind of girl I am. I used my Cricut to cut everything out, although not from cartridges. Fortunately for me, my Make The Cut still works with my Cricut, and as far as I understand it, it will continue to work as long as I don't update either the software for MTC or the firmware on my Cricut. I'm keeping my fingers crossed because I don't know what I would do without MTC now, and I just don't have the money to buy a Silhouette or other cutter right now, but that's definitely down the road somewhere ever since the stupid lawsuit between ProvoCraft and MTC!
(If you don't know what Make The Cut is, it's a software program that you can use with your electronic cutter to cut out virtually any shape, without cartridges! However, due to above mentioned lawsuit, it is no longer compatible with Cricut machines.)
Anyways, sorry.... There is still a TON of photos to show you, so I'll get right to it! I will share some more details about how I made the furniture at the end of the post if you're interested.
Now, I want to kinda walk you through the process of how I got my inspiration for this baby shower.
I wasn't given a theme to work with, just a photo of a bedding set at Babies 'R Us, and a color scheme that needed to incorporate flowers. The colors are Purple and Brown, with Teal and Green accents. The colors are so soft and peaceful together but still very modern and fresh. But without a concrete theme, my creative mind hit a brick wall and I was really drawing a blank about how to proceed. Here's the photo I was given.
Starting with the Invitations, I hand stamped papers to resemble the patterns found on the Babies 'R Us bedding. The dotted circles on the "sheet" resembles the dotted flowers on the real thing. The flowers on the actual quilt and wall art I incorporated into the invitation quilt as well. The invitation mimics the nursery theme all the way down to the chair rail on the wall, and the paper lace crib skirt.
After the invitations were finished and sent out, then came the brainstorming...
Check out how similar the hand drawn quilt and the miniature are! However, don't pay close attention to my horrible drawings of the dresser and crib at the top!! (Bet you couldn't even tell that was a crib huh!) Lol!
I made the mobile by bending a pipe cleaner into the shape I wanted, wrapping it with ribbon, and tying beads on strings dangling from it.
The quilt is actually a miniature quilt! I sewed tiny squares together to make the top and layered it with batting and a piece of fabric on the back. The binding looks horrible, it was just so difficult on such a tiny piece! But no one really noticed.
They give you this pattern which you can print out and then handcut.... but since I already went and did all the work to turn it into an SVG, I figured I'd be nice and share it with ya! Here's the silhouette if you want to do it yourself, or just leave me a comment with your email for the actual SVG file.