I planned on today's blog post being about the beautiful invitations I'm making for Sarah's baby shower, and generally how awesome* I am (I still haven't decided if I'm going to blog the decorations, etc. as I do them, or after—but the invitations will go out as soon as I'm done with them, so I'm not ruining a big surprise). I bought the paper with Monkey after work, and after the child went down, I settled in with my design software to figure out what I was going to make.

*This may not actually be true.

It took longer than I expected (Duh. I need to tattoo that to my wrist.) and I ended up designing the card base instead of buying a pattern from the Silhouette store. I practiced on a couple pieces of construction paper first, and I'm really proud of how it turned out!

I got two "decent" cards (and a pile of trash) out of four tries—but I figured out what the problem was, so that's good.

I forgot to take a picture of the card base cut out of the paper I actually used, so you get a picture of the Silhouette cutting it instead.

Now, here's where things get as tricksy as fat hobbits. I decided that my next step would be cutting out the words for the front of the card. (Again, after having taken longer than expected to pick out a font, etc.) I managed to crunch 10 instances of the phrase "Baby Shower" in an 8.5 x 12 inch area, and then filled in the gaps with butterflies. It was crowded. (Click Here to see, because I can't squish it into the content column.) I was not looking forward to picking out all those tiny bits, but it would be worth it in the end, because the invitation was/is going to be awesome.

Sent the pretty green paper in…

Cursenuggets on a stick! What I failed to take into account was that my test paper (and the cardstock used for the card base) was thinner than the pretty green! It didn't cut through all the way! And now I'll be going to bed close to 1:30, after cleaning up the crafty stuff (it's in the middle of the front room, which means it's in Monkey range), and what do I have to show for it? Two out of ten card bases complete, and one out of two of my green sheets are ruined, and I'm cranky. But hey, at least I know for next time, right?

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