Beauty and the Beast Birthday Invitations

I must admit, this year’s birthday invitations are fancier than my wedding invitations were lol. But I chalk it up to having more experience with card making now vs. then.

  
These beautiful invitations were my inspiration. 

*Fair Warning this is a lengthy step-by-step tutorial  To get started, I went to one of my favorite craft stores “Hobby Lobby” and purchased: 

• 5.5″x7.5″ Kraft Envelopes

• 5″x7″ Navy blue bifold cards

• 4″x6″ White cardstock pack

• Embossing heat gun

• Embossing powder

• Clear embossing stamp pad

• A stamp

• Gold vellum paper

• Gold & white place cards

• Glue sticks 

• Permanent glue roller

   
 I used Kraft envelopes and addressed them with my calligraphy pen to make them fancy.
 I started by opening up the 5×7 blank navy card and carefully folded the outside edge to meet the middle crease. 

 I repeated this step with the other side.

For the wording I used the intro from “Be Our Guest” song and added some of my own verbiage and of course it had to rhyme. 😉 I then inserted a silhouette of the Beauty and the Beast dancing. 

I printed the invitation insert on the 4″x6″ white card and trimmed it up to fit a little better inside the 5″x7″ navy card. I used the glue roller on the back of the white card and pressed it into place.

 

  Now comes the embossing stage! I discovered that I LOVE embossing and wonder why I didn’t get an embossing gun years ago! 😍 I lightly pressed the stamp on the stamp pad then immediately stamped the navy card above the insert. 

  Immediately cover the clear stamp imprint with embossing powder (I chose gold sparkle for an elegant look).

 Lightly tap off the excess powder but make sure not to flick your card too hard otherwise you will make the powder fall off the stamp imprint. 

Then use the embossing gun to essentially melt the powder to the paper. (Warning the embossing gun gets REALLY hot and I accidentally got too close to my carpet and have the melted/burnt spots to prove it! 😳 Hubby luckily wasn’t mad and with a smile on his face he simply made the comment “You will do anything to get rid of this carpet and get hardwood floors won’t you?” Hahaha, it really was a mistake but given my track record with also accidentally electrifying myself with the stove after making comments how much I wanted a new stove I can totally see where he is coming from. 😋 I cut 1/4″ x 11.5″ strips of gold vellum. I measured the length for the sides of the frame. You can use the scrap to measure the length for either the top/bottom pieces (you will get 1 side & 1 top piece per each strip). I made sure to cut the corners of top and bottom frame pieces at a 45 degree angle to give it a more finished look (this doesn’t have to be a perfect 45 degree angle so I just eyeballed it). Next use the glue stick to apply glue to the backside of the strips and press them in place. 

 
I chose to use place cards for the outside seal (added bonus is that I was able to use BOTH the front and the back of the place cards so I didn’t have to buy another package. I used a small crown stamp that I already had and embossed it with the same gold sparkle powder. For the wording I broke out my calligraphy set and hand wrote “Be Our Guest” on each card. 

Cut the gold vellum paper in 2″X11.5″ strips (you will get 4 pieces per sheet of paper). Make sure to count how many invitations you are making so you know how many strips to cut.

  Forgive me as I forgot to take a picture of this next step. All you need to do is lay your navy card in the center over the gold strip. Fold each side of the gold strip so they overlap in the middle. Apply the glue roller to the center of the place card, place it over where the vellum meets up and press it into place.

  I love how the gold strip and seal simply slide on/off the invitation!

At this point I was torn. The invitations look amazing but I also wanted more (I know I’m crazy sometimes lol). So I also added some gold fleur de lis in the corners.  

I ❤️ how elegeant the invitations came out. 

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DIY Mrs. Potts & Chip

Mrs. Potts and Chip are finished! 

 So anyone who knows me would say I’m a perfectionist but sometimes that OCD side of me totally pays off lol. I knew immediately what kind of tea pot I wanted to use for Mrs. Potts but when it came to Chip I couldn’t find one that was just right and I wouldn’t settle for a cup that wasn’t the perfect size & shape. But after about a month of searching I found the perfect cup to transform into Chip, even IF it didn’t have a chip in it. 😉  

This set of characters were actually pretty easy to complete once I had the items with the shape & sizes I wanted. 

I started with molding air dry clay around the Mrs. Potts, the sugar and creamer holders. The clay gave Mrs. Potts the appearance of her rufflie hat/lid and all of the tea set characters their rimmed feet.

  
After the clay was dry, I spray painted the characters a soft white color to ensured they all matched and I loved the softer color because bright white would look too new and after all they have been enchanted for seven years.  

After they were completely white, I simply took some acrylic paint and perfectly colored sharpies and added the custom paint job to give this cute little tea set the perfect look. To Lyssa’s delight I even gave Chip his trademark “chip” that contributed to his name. 

Check out the other characters:

DIY Cogsworth 

DIY Lumiere

Sleeping Beauty Party

 
Our little darling chose Sleeping Beauty as this year’s birthday theme. So for the color palette we chose different shades of pinks, white & gold (especially gold sparkle…a princess just HAS to have her sparkle). We used doilies and tissue paper to make the banners which turned out beautiful and completed the look.   

 For the girls we made them beautiful crowns (tutorial) and gumball necklaces. I got the idea for the fabulous necklace stand from Life Ann Style 

 
For the Knights we picked up chest armor and shield from Dollar Tree and spray painted gold. For the swords I was originally playing around with the idea of making them wood swords but remembered how rough boys are with each other and decided to go with inflatable ones since they would most likely be smacking each other with them lol.

(Image coming soon)

For our princess we bought this amazing hand-made Aurora Dress from Miquel Zotto, even after letting her play in it most of the day it held up extremely well and is still as beautiful as the day it arrived.

 
We opted for sandals instead of dress shoes but was not disappointed with the pretty pink sandals I got on Zulily.  

Per the request of the birthday girl Josh, myself and my parents also play dress up for the day (yes we are totally kids at heart too). Daddy got to be King Stefan and I was lucky enough to be Queen Leah. So I based our outfits off of the characters.  

  My dad’s outfit was so much fun and was super easy to make in order to make King Hubert’s character come to life.

The gift bags were book bags that we transformed into customized bags for the kiddos.   

We simply used our refurbished buffet table as the gift table and hung the Happy Birthday banner to complete the look.  

Then the birthday girl opened her presents on a pink chair made suitable for a princess. 

   There were so many details it’s hard to fit them into one post, there was a huge inflatable dragon flying above the tables, goblets for the girls, mugs for the boys, adventure coloring books, chicken, roasted potatoes, pinwheels, cake pops, French vanilla pink velvet cake, and other goodies galore.

  

    

At the end of the day we were blessed to have so many friends and family join us to celebrate another wonderful & healthy year.  
 

Favor Bags for Little Royalty

Woot! I just finished personalizing the favor bags for the upcoming princess birthday party. Ok, ok they are ALMOST finished…I still need to add the initials for the girls bags but I won’t do that until we have a confirmed RSVP list. But overall I am very happy with the results!

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DIY Sour Cream Crown

We just finished the crowns for our princess’s upcoming birthday party.

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I wanted the crowns to be unique which meant I needed to make them myself (like I really needed the excuse lol).
I entertained the thought of lace crowns for a minute since I loved the ones done by thegirlinspired but in the end I decided I wanted ones shaped more like Aurora’s crown since we are having a Sleeping Beauty themed party.
In order to achieve this look I sketched out a crown on cardstock until I had the shape I desired.

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Then traced it on some sour cream containers (don’t judge but we definitely go through a lot of sour cream in our house and I save the containers because…well you never know when you will need one).
Next I cut the crowns out using my new handy tandy shears that I got from my mother-in-law for Christmas (thank you again Connie…I LOVE these things!!).

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After I gave them a good two coats of Rust-Oleum gold spray-paint (letting them dry fully in between coats) I gave them one coat of Valspar gold glitter spray-paint.

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Now I am just debating whether to attach them to the gold headbands or not. Either way, we are super excited with the results so far.

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Simply Meant To Be Wedding Cake

I had the pleasure of making a wedding cake for an amazing couple

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Over 1,000 petals went into making all of these roses but it’s totally worth it to see the smile on the bride & groom’s faces when they see the cake for the first time 😊
Congratulations Olivia & Donavan!