I can’t believe it is the middle of October already! I love Halloween and that is a great excuse to throw a party. Last year I went a little over board with our party and at one point I think we had a total of 73 guests milling all around our house and backyard! NOT KIDDING! I remember telling my husband right after closing the door to the last guest, “NEVER AGAIN!” Don’t get me wrong, the party was a HUGE success and I have had many of last year’s guest recently asked me if there was a “save the date” for this year’s party. However, I am only insane once and decided to scale WAY back on the invite list to a few very close friends and their kids.
I wish I could say I came up with this idea on my own, but not so much:-) Thankfully I “blog pal” around with some amazingly talented ladies and this idea came from Ribbons and Glue. When I saw her project, I just knew I wanted to do something like it and when I started thinking about party invites, I thought how cool it would be to make a party invite that is very personal and can be used as Halloween decor for years to come.
In another project I saw from Ribbons and Glue, she had these little ghosts that she found at Target. I loved them the minute I saw them, but I have a thing for ghosts and snowmen so that was not too far of a stretch for me to HAVE TO find those. Sadly, I could not find them right away until last week when we were in the $ bin area at Target and my oldest spotted the LAST box of them! WOOT! WOOT! Those were scooped up in a NY minute and the project stated to take shape!
I found some scrap wood the hubs was tossing out and sanded it down, painted it black and then did a layer of white/orange at the same time to give it a “candy corn” feel with craft paint. I let it dry and then sanded it down again to distress it.
Using Simply Charmed, I cut the “font” BOO at 3 1/2 inches. I ran it through my Cuttlebug Spots and Dots. The ribbon I used was from the Celebrate It line from Micheal’s and the little purple bling I picked up there too. Using twine from the Twinery, I made a “spider web” behind each “O” just fastening twine with tape. I added a little black gem to the middle to appear as a spider.
The paper is from a Holiday stack from Cloud Nine Designs. I added additional ribbon to balance out the block. I then glued the paper over the ribbon using Zip Dry. I also used the same paper and glued it to the back of the block where I then added another removable paper piece with the details of the party information on it (sorry no pictures of that… did not want to risk having 73 people showing up on my doorstep:-))
As for the little table scatter ghosts, I wrote the names of all the members in the family with a fine tip Sharpie and added bows to the girls. I used glue dots and added googly eyes (totally scrap-lifted that from Holly- I am really not craft stalking her, I promise! However, if you have not seen her blog, I highly recommend it! Her blog has inspired me greatly and actually has lit a fire of creativity in me when I felt like I was losing my creative mojo) and then used medium sized glue dots and added the ghosts to the “BOO”. I then used pop dots to the BOO.
So far the invites have been a hit and they love that it is something that can be used for years to come and it was so personal.
Thanks for sharing a piece of “not your everyday ghoulish invite” pie with me.
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