Homemade Invitations

I finally finished making some homemade invitations for my grand kids to pass out to their friends for their yearly pirate party that I host for them. Aaaaarrrrrgggghhhh~
While searching the web for idea inspirations, I came across a pop up card that had a ship in it! It was love at first sight. I decided to incorporate that into an invitation. I had a book of maps that I pulled sheet after sheet from to use as the base of each card. Here is the inside of each card. I think they turned out pretty cute!

I used the template from Robert Sabuda, he not only has the pop up ship, but a lot more to choose from too *free of charge* I printed out his template and cut the pieces out and then I made my own template to suit my needs a little better. For example, I traced as many sails as would fit on one sheet of paper and then I used Picmonkey to add text to the sails to create the invitation information. Then it was just a matter of printing and cutting out everything. Easy peasy.

I was at a loss as what to put on the front of each invitation. I didn't want it to be really grand as it would take away from the awesome pop up ship on the inside. So I kept it very basic. I used a large skull stamp my friend gave me and then just added some red glitter to the heart shaped eyes. (I am determined to use more glitter this year) I also crinkled up the paper and then added some ink to make it look old. I tore the edges and just glued each one in place....

Lastly, I tied each one up using some raffia. I added a beautiful bling-ring to each invitation along with hand written tags my grand kids wrote. Taaaaaaaaa- daaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Invitations finished -check!
Forty five more days... not that I'm counting.
big hugs,


  1. That is sooo cute ,They will love
    very creative project
    Hope you have a good week end.

  2. So Cute! I know your Grands' friends love the party every year.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  3. All I can say is that I hope your grandchildren appreciate you! Adorable!

  4. Those are absolutely amazing. Their friends must be so excited to head to the party! Aye Matey!

  5. These are even cuter in person! Thanks for bringing them over to work on last Tuesday night!

  6. So very creative and cool, they are so lucky to have such a talented grandma!!

  7. You are amazingly creative! I can't even imagine either set of grandparents hosting a pirate party for me and my cousins. What fun!

  8. Every time I visit your blog, I am reminded of how over the top creative you are - you could have worked for Disney or the movies, or theater, or in some kind of way like that. Have you watched the videos on youtube by Hollywood Haunter? They do sets for Halloween, an old Ghost Town, other things. The kids must think your house is sooooo cool!


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