A Matryoshka Doll Themed Baby Shower by Kathleen of Twig & Thistle

I’ve had baby showers on the brain in the months since I found out that my sister was going to have her first child, and the Russian nesting doll themed shower that Kathleen of Twig & Thistle put together for her sister is so irresistible that I’m really trying to fight the urge to squee. Squee! Sorry, I couldn’t hold it in any longer. Kathleen also shares the oh so cute banner from the shower and gives us a step-by-step for how to make our very own. Take it away, Kathleen!

Matryoshka Doll Baby Shower

I’m so excited to be visiting on Paper Crave today! When Kristen told me that she’d be out of town for her sister’s baby shower I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share some details from my own sister’s recent baby shower. I illustrated, designed and letterpressed the invitations all around a russian stacking-doll theme. The illustrations are meant to look like my sister and her husband and their soon to be born baby boy!

To tie the invitation in with the shower, I used dusty blue and pops of yellow throughout the event. To dress up the space, I created a little banner that I hung above a table which read “Baby Leckie”. This would be perfect for any type of party really and it’s so simple! I’ve included a downloadable PDF with the whole alphabet in both Blue and Pink if you’d like to make your own. Simply print, cut and hang and you’ve got an instant customized party sign! Complete directions are below.

I’ve got more DIYs and details from the event on my blog Twig & Thistle and I’d love for you to come visit if you’d like. Thanks so much to Kristen for having me and happy planning to all of you!

Matryoshka Doll Baby Shower

Materials Needed

3″ Circle Punch like this one from Marvy
Color Printer
1/8-1/4″ Craft Punch


1. Download banner PDF (A-Z) in Blue or Pink and print onto card stock with a color printer. Trim each circle out using a 3″ circle punch taking extra care to line up the edges. If you don’t have a 3″ circle punch, then a craft knife can be used instead.

2. Punch holes with a craft punch where indicated. Add a little extra detail by threading a grommet through the hole. Follow instructions with grommet kit on how to attach to paper.

3. Once your phrase is all cut out, determine how far apart you want your letters to be. I spaced mine about 4″ apart. Thread a piece of twine or ribbon through holes making sure to secure each one with a knot to prevent sliding then hang!

images from Twig & Thistle

Weekly Wrap #27 : Summer Fun with Kellie Medivitz

Weekly Wrap

It’s a very special Weekly Wrap this week with the incredibly talented Kellie Medivitz, whose It’s a Wrap goodies are a constant source of gift wrap ideas and inspiration. Today, Kellie’s sharing some fabulous summer DIY gift wrap inspiration and an awesome printable, too! Ready, Kellie? Here we go!

Happy Friday to all of you paper cravers out there! Let’s see how pretty we can tie a bow, place a gift topper, flower and/or bon voyage card on this week and call it a wrap!

I was so excited after Kristen asked me to guest post this week. When we decided I would post for her Weekly Wrap series, I was all over it like white on rice!

For this week’s “Weekly Wrap” series I wanted to spotlight wrap ideas of summer memories that would sprout new inspirations and keep on giving.

Seriously!, who doesn’t love gift wrap that is a gift in itself?

DIY Summer Gift Wrap Ideas

(1) Adorable hairpins? Unique and fun gift toppers? Ahh, of course! These little lovelies were created by kayte terry of This is Love Forever. Are you dying to start creating these for yourself? Then get crackin’!

(2) We all love receiving fresh cut flowers, don’t we? Unfortunately they never last as long as we’d like! Well, check out these long lasting No-Sew Flower beauties. In a vase, on a gift or final hair accents. You just can’t go wrong. Flowers by Dana of Made.

(3) Talk about a “re”cycle of life! First a tank top, and here a beautiful gift topper. I would place money on this gem making an adorable hair accessory as well! This innovative idea was crafted by Charissa of The Gifted Blog. Check out her tutorial and many other gift wrapping ideas from Charissa

DIY Summer Gift Wrap Ideas

(4) Let it Grow wrap set. Something I created just for you! Download for complete step by step directions. Enjoy :)

images from their respective owners

Rifle Paper Father’s Day Cards + New Art Prints

Lots of awesome Father’s Day cards and gift ideas over at Rifle Paper Co., and I’m absolutely loving their new hat card set and Hat Collection and Animal Alphabet art prints. These would make great, unique Father’s Day gifts, and even though I’ve never been much of a “hat person”, I’d love to hang both the hat and animal prints on my walls.

Rifle Paper Co. Father's Day and Art Prints

images from Rifle Paper Co.

Mike Dornseif Screen Printed Wedding Invitations

Mike Dornseif Screen Printed Wedding Invitations

Be still my beating heart. These screen printed wedding invitations, created by the groom, illustrator Mike Dornseif, are absolutely fantastic. And I see that I’m not the only one who thinks so. Every little detail — the birdie bride and groom, the scrollwork on the birdhouse roof, the butterflies, and the squirrel in the tree — is just perfect. Love the purple, too! – via French Paper

image from Mike Dornseif/French Paper

Sweet Harvey Letterpress Baby Invites + Announcements

Sweet Harvey Letterpress Baby

Aren’t these giraffe letterpress baby shower invitations and baby announcements from Sweet Harvey absolutely darling? I just love that cutie patootie giraffe.

On a somewhat related note, this will be my last “live” post here for about a week, as I’ll be heading off to Pittsburgh for my little sister’s baby shower and to visit with friends and family back home. I’m so excited that I’m going to be an aunt again! While I’m gone, I have plenty of paper to share, including a number of baby-centric goodies, and stay tuned for some incredible guest posts, too!

See you back here late next week!

P.S. I’m going to be pretty much internet-less during my trip, so no email access — yikes! New commenter approvals won’t resume until I return, so please be patient if you make your first comment in the coming week, and it’s not approved for a while. Thanks for understanding!

images from Sweet Harvey