Saturday, 24 July 2010

A Gatefold Party Invitation

My mum is a having an important birthday at the end of September, and decided that she would like to find a lovely restaurant to have a lunch party for some of the family. Like you do, I offered to make her some invites.

Her request was to have something green on it as it is her favourite colour, but apart from that the design was up to me.

I'd seen this beautiful swirly green and white paper in a local craft shop a few months ago, as I thought it was really pretty and would make some fabulous cards.

Eventually I decided to make a gatefold card and bring together the colours green and silver and incorporate the butterfly that I often use into the design.

I only had to make 7 luckily because I had not appreciated how long it would take to cut out all the layers for each card -13 on each card if you include the matting under the butterfly.

I've been making them for a while, as they are so time consuming to do, but here is the finished result. I was happy with them and my mum loved them.

For the inside I have added a piece of mirrored card, and on top of that put the details of the party on.

The sparkly butterfly cut on the craft robo, and was matted on white card, then swirly green paper and finally a silver oval, and attached to the card using 3d foam pads.

Yesterday through the post I rececived our invite to the party, and knowing what it was I asked my youngest Jack to answer it. When he took it out of the envelope, he said 'wow mummy, this is a pretty card, I wonder who made it'. With a big smile on my face, I said I did, and he gave me a big kiss, as it was really pretty. He is only 7 bless him, but I love him to pieces for making my day!


  1. this is gorgeous, love the style and the swirly papers :) xx

  2. Gorgeous Caroline, what a lot of work involved but well worth it for such a lovely card, I bet your mom was thrilled. How lovely that Jack said your card was so pretty, that must have meant such a lot to you.

  3. They are beautiful. I love the papers and of course your butterfly.x

  4. what gorgeous invites, very elegant x

  5. Beautiful! What more can I say. x

  6. Wow lovely card - the butterfly looks fab on this card.

  7. Beautiful invitation and what a fab thing for your son to say to you x

  8. Gorgeous, I bet your Mum was very happy with them. I love the butterfly! x

  9. Gorgeous invites. You can see you've put a lot of work into them. Jaqui x