Thursday, September 29, 2011

Meant To Bee - Invitations and Paper Goods

I thought we should start off with the first thing you need to send out when you are planning a party - the invitations. Your invites will be the first insight your guests have to the type of party you are planning and what theme you are going with. All of your paper goods will also coincide with the invites. As I have stated (numerous times) I consider myself "craft challenged" and my instinct is to head straight to Etsy to find the real "pros". I had someone in mind to do my invites and paper goods but, I found myself 14 days out from the party (not good advice and please do not follow my lead on this!) without a confirmed order. I was close to panic mode and knew I had to get the invitations done so, I ventured into what I consider a foreign country - Michael's Craft Store. I found some A7 card stock with envelopes, a 4x6 white card stock and some little wooden bee self-adhesive stickers. 

I have a program called PrintingPress from Moutain Cow that I bought years ago - a good investment at $29.99 since I have been using it for many years now! It makes printing invitations, RSVP cards, envelopes and more super easy!

I knew there would be certain paper goods I would need: stickers, banners, table tent cards, decorative cupcake sticks and address labels. The stickers and the address labels proved to be the easiest out of the bunch! I have used these labels (the same boxes mind you!) for years and multiple projects! I have perfected the round label using MS Publisher! I used the round labels to print the invitation envelope seals and stickers used on the push cake pops. I changed the sticker up, a bit, for this post. But, this can be used to seal the envelopes to the party (before, during and after!) or to seal a favor bag or box. There are so many uses! This is what it will look like:

This file was created using MS Publisher - if you use any other program you may need to change a few things to tweak it. This can also be reinvented for so many other needs like changing the text to say - SAVE THE DATE and then add your date underneath or change the words to "THANK YOU" to use on favors! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE BEE STICKER
*Should be used with Avery 8293 labels

One of the next projects was creating table tent cards. These are pretty easy to make. Simply print out on heavy stock paper and then cut into four. I actually used a heavy photo paper I had (to give them a shiny look) but, card stock will also work. I then used some ribbon I had to go with the theme and used a little bit of gorilla glue. Boy, that glue really could work on a's amazing! You can download the template for the table tent cards here. Simply change the text to work for your party - these can also be used for seating cards or escort cards! I do all my work in MS Publisher - if you use another program you may have to adjust the specs.

Cupcake topper or party sticks can be used for a variety of goodies. These were fairly easy to make - the hard part was finding the right size puncher to use! I think checking online would be a better way to go because, honestly the selection at craft stores  near me was somewhat limited! They had a lot of them...just not the perfect size or shape. My first purchase was for a scalloped 2 inch circle - that just did not work though! It just seemed too small once you punched them out. I then purchased a 2.5 inch round circle punch. I bought some fun scrapbook paper at Michael's ($0.69 per sheet). I used the 2.5 inch puncher to get the polka dot circle, printed out the smaller decorative circles on photo paper and just used some household scissors to trim and of course some 6 inch lollipop sticks. The lollipop sticks were $4.99 for 100 sticks! My gorilla glue came in handy once again to assemble. These were fun to do and I plan on using this idea for some other upcoming parties. You can download this image to use for the smaller circle - just add text or image you want to use. You can also use your photo editing software to change the color of the circles!
One of my craft friends, she is in the "pro crafter" category, made the Happy Birthday banner for me. She has all the fancy gadgets, like the Cricut, which would have made a lot of my DIY projects easy! I couldn't see investing that kind of money into my own projects although, I do think that it would be fun to own one to see what I could come up with! Bee Creative, my friends business, has all kinds of banners, invitations and well, pretty much anything you can think up - she can do!

This finally wraps up my post on the invitations and paper goods! I hope all the files I uploaded will help you with your crafts projects! And if you are on Facebook, head on over to Bee Creative and "like" them! Now, let's talk about one of my favorite things: the sweets!!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Busy as a bee!

I have been a little quiet on the blog lately but, not without good reason! I have been working feverishly to plan my daughters 5th birthday. Without a doubt, any party planning always makes me think about weddings - because a wedding, engagement shower or bridal shower are simply parties. They are celebrations where you have a lot of people coming together and they inevitably cost a lot of money. One of my goals with the blog is to show you how to save money on your wedding - or any celebration you are having! My daughter finally chose her birthday theme: Bumble Bee and my wedding brain kept telling me "Meant To Bee" with every detail I was planning. Because there is SO much information and detail to share, I am going to break it down into a couple of posts so, bear with me, because at the end you, my faithful readers, will be rewarded for buzzing a long with me on this journey! I will provide you with all these great things to make your event and planning MUCH easier:

  • Tutorials - how to make all the DIY items
  • Templates - blank templates for you to use
  • Vendor tips and reviews
And...finally, you will be rewarded with a giveaway! I have an amazing giveaway planned for you! Please share this blog or these posts with your family and friends: anyone planning a party or a wedding - especially if you feel it is meant to bee!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hong Dou - beautiful Chinese male in underwear 01

First collection of beautiful Chinese male model starts with Hong Dou (红豆), a male model for underwear in China. These amazing pictures show perfect body of this male model and they are talented mixed of: the man with gorgeous face, his hunky sexy body, the beautiful blue sky and the beach. Pictures you will see here are just at the start, and whole collection will come up later with beauty of other Asian male models. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Nick Husin - a gorgeous beach body

Nick Husin, one of the model for body training advertisement on internet. By the told story, he was success in great change from skinny to a muscle beautiful body as you will see hereafter. But forget about this ad, the best thing you will enjoy in his pictures is gorgeous body with amazing chest and 6 pack. He has beauty of Indonesian or Malaysian guys that you met some where, with dark strong skin and friendly smile that you'll never forget.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Alec Su with different mature look

Alec Su (蘇有朋/苏有朋/Su You Peng) is famous actor in Taiwan (also in China). His skill was admitted with a long list of TV shows, movies and pictures everywhere in Chinese region. His fans love him with handsome face of young cute boy, also with talented acting in his movies. Start to be well-known after the Chinese TV series Princess Returning Pearl (series 1 and 2), he proved himself as a skilled actor, but more than that, he's also an Asian singer and model. This collection presents to you the difference of him - the mature look of fashionable Alec Su.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sexy Thai guy posed on NEED+

This is just a pick from hot Thai collection from MagazineDee, the place with thousand of Thai hunks. Man on this picture named วี-ธนพร ศรีบุญยัง (cannot find his English name), who has very beautiful hairy legs. The series is "Raining day" and if you're curious, you can find more about this collection that his and another guy played with clear raincoat. His body is not so perfect, but the way of posing for picture is juicy, just like other Thai hunks on MagazineDee