My beloved daughter turns sixteen this week. If you have a little one under the age of five and someone says to treasure this time while your little one is throwing a tantrum....heed those words. Time does fly by...really fast. It really seems like just yesterday I was droppping her off at kindergarten. I can still see her dragging this HUGE backpack on her back. She would have to lean forward and gain momentum to make it from the car door to the front door of the school. I tried buying her a new smaller one but she wouldn't have it. She refused to give up her big girl backpack for a baby one. Now we are counting down the days until she takes her first real step to independence by taking her driving test. Once she passes it, I will no longer have the privilege of taking her to school and watching her walk through those school doors. Yup, times are a changing.
And with change comes....Tiffany's. My daughter is a complicated child. She loves waterpolo because she loves the ability to kick and pull on all the other girls but she takes hours to do her hair and make up and has yet to reach 5 feet in height. She wears sweats and t-shirts to school but loves a great pair of stilettos on the weekend. (I don't think they are technically stilettos but they are really high.) She is so loud and has a laugh that can be heard from miles away...she stands out in her all boy engineering classes. The teacher teased her the first few weeks of class by stating she must of transposed some numbers when signing up for her sophomore classes because she is not the engineering type...that was until she maintained a 97 or higher average in the class. YOU GO GIRL!
So it was only appropriate to make her an invitation for her birthday party that was as paradoxical as she is. So I made her invitations Tiffany themed but with a twist.
Aren't they hilarious? When we came up with this idea, I couldn't wait to do them. They are very similar to the ones I made for my friend's wedding. You can see those here. Now I know quite a few mother's that will be appalled by the wording on this invitation but you have to know my daughter and our close relationship. She makes great grades, volunteers during the summer in the summer swim league. She is a dedicated athlete and has a big heart and wise advice for troubled teens. She shares their stories with me and the advice she gave or asks me for advice for them. When she is confused about a relationship with a boy or girl, she asks for help and looks for biblical truth to back up her final decision...she is a good kid...with a weird sense of humor...so these invitations speak volumes about her.
So we took a road trip to the Highlands area and went to The Paper Source for our supplies. Now if you don't have one near you, you can buy their items online. Thank goodness I took the 45 minute trip to the store because while there I found this unbelievable gift wrap to use for the liner.
I fell in LOVE with this paper. The picture above is a link to where you can purchase it. Let me just say, that I have not been asked to endorse this product...I just love it soo much that I have to share. The picture at the website does NOT do it justice, so I thought I would take a picture of it for you. No flash was used to take this picture. What you see is the light reflecting off the glitter from the small lamp that I have.
I think it goes well with the Tiffany theme. Liners dress up the envelope and this liner is like jewelry for the envelope. I wanted the recipient's of the invitation to experience the thrill of a Tiffany's box. Picture it. They open the Tiffany blue envelope and are greeted with the brilliance of a gem as light reflects off the thousand pieces of glitter. Then they are introduced to more brillance with the crystals I hotfixed to the front of the invitation. And of course, no Tiffany box would be complete without white ribbon. What do you think?
-5x7 cardstock in Pool from The Paper Source
-8.5 x 11 Text Paper in Pool
-8.5 x 11 Savoy Cotton Paper from The Paper Source
-Glitter gift wrap
-White ribbon from Wal-mart
-Hotfix rhinestones from Imaginisce and/or Jolee's
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