Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sweet 28 Blog Hop

If you've just come from Paper Crafts by Candace's page
you're on the right path, if not, go to
so you can start from the top and don't miss any of the great ideas today.

I'm so excited, and nervous so be nice.  HA, just kidding.... This is the first hop I've participated in.  Enjoy.

Happy Birthday to Love Bug Creations, this is her birthday themed hop and I hope you'll enjoy all the neat ideas that we're sharing today.

Not only is it her birthday but also my grandfathers.  Tomorrow we'll be celebrating his 80th birthday.  I volunteered to make the invitations since I live out of state.  Now keep in mind, I volunteered to make these thinking... How many people can grandpa know?
My goodness, let me tell you, I had invitations coming out of my ears.  I sent out more invitations for his party then I did for my wedding last summer.  In all, I mailed 63 invitations out and there are 141 people total that have been invited.  Man, he's quite the popular guy. 
I did not have enough of the same paper to make them all the same so I ended up with 11 different versions, they're all similar but have a bit of a difference.

Anyways, enough of the details, here's some of the invites I made:

 This one I really liked the background paper on, thelight blue paper is glittery so it really added a nice touch to them. 

This was my first project I got to use my design studio on, I used it to weld the word celebrate together, I outlined celebrate with a light blue gel pen and added the dashes around the backdrop to it so it looked like stitching.  I won't bore you with the inside, it's just the details of the party, no cutsie stuff.

I did feel a little brave too and decided to make my first banner.  I went a little overboard, it's enormous.  Each star is 10" and there are 10 of them.  The first picture is a litte small of course, it's strung across the wall of the room I'm transforming into my craft room.
Each of the letters, I added the dashes to with the same light blue gel pen to give it more demension.  I'm happy with how it turned out.  The letters are from Ashlyn's Alphabets, I'm pretty happy with how it's all come together.

One more thing, this is my gift to my grandpa.  I asked everyone invited to send me pictures and reasons why they love him or memories they've shared with him.  I've compiled a 300 page photo album that has the pictures from his life - childhood to current, each page includes at least one reason why we love him or a great memory that someone in his family has had.

I hope you enjoyed looking at this as much as I enjoyed making them.  Thanks for hopping by.

9 - Kim (your next stop)

Thank you so very much for stopping by - Have a great day!


  1. Oh, Sarah - what a wonderful treat for your grandpa - wish him a Happy Birthday from the LoveBugs......thanks so much for being a part of the b-day bash for Kim! You are a special gal!
    Mama LoveBug aka pam
    pam_lash at yahoo dot com

  2. Good morning, Sarah! Wow! Awesome invitations and banner! It's so sweet that you're going all out for your grandpa... I'm sure he'll love you all the more for doing this for him. I hope he has a marvelous birthday. You did a great job on these.

    anniebeescraftroom at gmail dot com

  3. These cards are great! That was brilliant to use different paper designs with the same color scheme. Beautiful job.

  4. oh wow such wonderful projects.... Love them

  5. very sweet! Im sure he loved it !! Its so hard to do a manly card/invitation, you did a great job and the album was awesome! What a nice way to treasure all the memories

  6. Lovely projects. Love the album you made for your grandpa.
    debbie_craine at hot mail dot com

  7. Wow Sarah! What an massive amount of work! I will say being 80 he's had plently of time to make friends ;) Happy birthday to him! I love the invites and the banner but the album for him has to be the best! I miss my grandpa and this has me in tears! So very sweet and I'm so happy you shared this with us! Thanks again for being a part of my birthday hop! :)

  8. WOW!! Love the invites and the book!! He will LOVE it!!!


  9. These are some great cards, a great banner and book!! What a special birthday!!

    I am a new follower!!


  10. Great projects! LOVE the book you put together for him :)

    phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

  11. What a fantastic undertaking. Not only will he love it, it will be a great family treasure. TFS. Hugs, CyndiU cureta2 at yahoo dot com
    I'm a new follower.

  12. You did an awesome job!! The invitations turned out great!! My favorite is the album you put together - a true gift from the heart! It will be loved.
    TFS - Kim
    tandkparker at comcast dot net

  13. The invitations are adorable!!! I love that they were not all the same! The banner is soooo cute! It will look great at the party! What an AWESOME idea for the memory book. Never would have thought of that!! New follower! Looking forward to future posts!! Thanks for sharing!!

  14. What a wonderful way to honor your grandfather - amazing!! SO glad to be hopping along with you and am a new follower as well.

    Jenny Kozar

  15. Love your Invatations for your Grandpa's Birthday party. My Grandmother will turn 98 next month. Grandparents are such a blessing to have in our lives. Sending Birthday wishes to him. I'm a new follower. :0)
    cindymarshall63@hotmail dot com

  16. Sarah your cards came out awesome! I ♥ your first banner too!!! TFS ;)


  17. Grandpa's are priceless, love your project, TFS!! blanphear @ yahoo dot com

  18. I love the idea you had to make an album with something special said by everyone. That is one of the greatest gifts I am sure he will receive.

  19. Love the banner and invitations are very cool,joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

  20. New follower here. Love your projects! Thanks for sharing! Congrats on your first hop!

  21. Very cute.
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

  22. Great job, I'm positive your grandpa will be proud of all your hard work. Thanks for sharing.
    melissakleinhen at yahoo dot com

  23. You did a lot of work! and did an amazing job also. I am sure he is going to love it all!!!


  24. Oh you made me cry! What a wonderful gift for your grandpa, I hope someday I have a grandchild that loves me that much!

  25. Sounds like you love your grandpa, he is going to love the book. Nice job on the invitations.

  26. What a great idea I'm sure he's going to love this.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    mpetrovich23 at yahoo dot com
    or at my blog

  27. Wow, what a feat! I think you did a superb job. Love the album idea, great keepsake! Thanks for sharing. joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

  28. WHEW! That's a lot of GORGEOUS invitations. Great Job. Have fun celebrating his special day.


  29. I love the book What a wonderful idea


  30. Wow, that's a fabulous gift for your Grandpa.

    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

  31. OMG Your grandpa is going to love his album. Loved your card and banner. TFS

  32. very cute love it TFS!!!


  33. Thanks for sharing! These are great! I love the spandex comment!!!

  34. your grandfather is lucky to have such a talented granddaughter! great projects. new follower, thanks Tami

  35. Sarah! You are amazing! Invites are gorgeous! Banner is awesome and book is incredible! You have me speechless (you know how hard that is)

    Great job chicki! Congrats on your first blog hop!

  36. Awwww,Happy Birthday to your Grandpa!! He is lucky to have such a great granddaughter!! Super projects! New follower. Congrats on your first blog hop too! Come by and visit me sometime!

  37. These are all so special! I bet your grandfather just loved them. Your invites look fantastic! Great banner - Stars must have been a challenge. You are so sweet to put together this album for him. You must love him very much, putting all this work into his party and memory.

  38. Happy 80th to your Grandpa, my mother just had her 80th also.
    Katsews at Gmail dotcom

  39. ..i hope your grandpa enjoyed his special day.. what a ** fun-tastic ** idea you came up with.. mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

  40. Sarah your invitations and banner are just incredible! I love that you did different variations... nothing wrong with being a little different! TFS and I'm sure your grandfather will be very happy you took some part in his celebration!

  41. Wow! I'm sure all of your hard work will bring tears to your grandpa's eyes! What a special gift to have a scrapbook with all of those memories! Great ideas thanks for sharing!

    I'm one of you newest followers. Please feel free to stop in and hopefully become a follower too!

  42. Wow Sarah - all those invites and you did an album too? i am totally impressed! I did albums for my hubby's grandmothers' 90th birthdays and again last year for the one that made it to 100 - she will 101 next month. But the albums took about all i had :) These are fabulous! I am sure your grandpa was thrilled and everyone else too :)

    rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

  43. Love your cards and banner.
    cstephenson at q dot com

  44. Wow! Looks like you've been busy! Great job!


  45. Your invitations and banner are fantastic! The album you all did for your grandpa will be forever charished!


    laura dot dietsch at rocketmail dot com

  46. So many GREAT projects!! The invites are AWESOME, your banner is FANTASTIC, and the album is OUTSTANDING!! What a great tribute to your grandfather... Thanks for sharing something so touching... :)

    I'm happy to be a new follower!! :)

    Amy :) at
    scrapbookingwithamy (at) gmail (dot) com

  47. Great job! Love your projects. I'm sure your grandpa enjoyed himself and ALL his friends. The invites are cute. TFS such wonderful inspiration.

    Christel (Scrappin' Sista)
    askscrappinsista (at) hotmail (dot) com

  48. Awesome! Love it..