Thursday, November 3, 2016

Birthday Monkey Invites

Hi there! So happy you found your way to my blog! I share creative things here of all kinds and mediums. I like to call myself a Lifestyle Crafter. I lead a super busy life with a large family and I run my own business in my home as well so carving out SPECIFIC time during the days and weeks isn't always something that takes priority. BUT... the need to design and create and use my hands to express my love of color and art is something I NEED to make time for or it bottles up inside meand that's not good. 
SOOOO.... when every day life happens I tend to use times like these to CREATE and then my heart is happy and my soul is creatively nourished!  It may sound silly to some but this is part of who I am. My sweet Chloe Bug is celebrating her 7th Birthday TODAY!!!!  We have much planned over the next 3 days but one thing she is SUPER EXCITED about is a trip to the Phoenix Zoo with a few of her favorite friends! Since it didn't require sending out A LOT of invitations I decided to make the three of them super special and handmade from the heart!  
Before I show you the invites.... 
here's a fun photo of my Birthday Girl! 

She's our darling caboose and making birthdays fun for her is something I look forward to!  When she decided she wanted to visit the ZOO for her birthday and I asked her what animal she wanted on her invites she immediately said... "Monkey!!!" The monkeys are her favorite exhibit! So it was only fitting. I started first by finding a free monkey png file online then added the leaves and wording to it using (ha ha that's funny!) But seriously I love PicMonkey for editing my photos and creating fun graphics. Once I designed what I wanted I saved it and printed them thru Walgreen's one hour photo as 5x7 prints. Here's the base design I saved for future use. I keep them saved to share or make invites again for someone else. 
You're welcome to save this and use it too!  

Here's the final after I added the wording and then matted it on white cardstock. Also a little machine stitched sewing around the edges for a handmade touch.  

We found some generic wooden Monkeys at Hobby Lobby that I just added the bows and heart to then tied them on to the front of these large polka dot envelopes I made. Personal touches make things fun and sweet!  These little ones are only small for a short time so I try and add a little sparkle to their lives when I can! That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by!