Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Ah, choices

So here, in all of its modesty, is the invitation that I made to invite people tour 25th wedding anniversary bash. It's Basic Grey (Origins) and a text stamp - Dawn Houser at Inkadikado. Honestly, I've never met one of her images or calligraphy stamps that I didn't like. Or have to own. I've had this stamp for ages and as you know I've been stressing for ages over these silly invitations as well; so I shouldn't be surprised that a stamp that I almost consider an old friend is the one that does the trick for me huh? Mr Dunnit liked it too. And then I ran out of paper (four A6 cards from a 12" sheet is the best I can do, madam). So Mr Dunnit suggests I stop worrying and use something else. Well he would, wouldn't he? He has absolutely no idea how long it took me to choose these three tiny pieces and how much I worried about them being cheerful and representative and maybe possibly even vaguely tasteful. So then I did choose again, I forced myself to stay at my desk until I'd done the number that I needed.
And this one emerged. Same sketch (I couldn't possibly have changed the sketch as well, I mean, it's getting on to be a 26th anniversary party as it is!) This one is made using new My Minds Eye papers - Oh La La to be precise. As on the other, the only touch of silver is the embossed text. So have I created a choice monster? Is it either/or? It is not. I stacked them alternately and forced myself to write and address them in the order they came off the pile. After all, our friends and family won't know that some of them were different, and of course, just like Mr Dunnit, they won't begin to understand the agonies I went through, just to choose. For goodness sake, it was harder than choosing my Mr Right!

34 comments:

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Both beautiful Julia :) I can understand how you felt 'cos usually that's what we do - have all the same cards for invitations! But as you say nobody will know they got a different one, unless they happen to pay a visit to another family member.
Anne xx

Crissi Harvey said...

There both lovely and i like the fact that theres 2 kinds who says everthing has to be the same.

Wipso said...

I think they are both really lovely.
When my daughter got married she wanted 6 different designs for her invites, all with cartoon characters on and the designs were to match the tables they were sitting on at the reception. Of course cartoon characters wern't the norm or at all what I had in mind but I do have to say everyone loved them, gave me full praise for doing them and some even collected a full set as a keepsake. Just go with the flow Julia and I will keep a look out in the post for my invite :-)
A x

Angie said...

I do not think it matters a jot how many different ones there are ...they are the same design ie sketch ...with flowers and the same sentement. Perfect for what you wanted to convey ...every one will love them.

Did you see that I had a senior moment this morning and posted a day early lol xx

Linda Elbourne said...

After 25 years I am guessing you did a good job of choosing Mr Right :0) As you also have with those yummy papers ... love the invitations equally ... and that is a lot! I wonder which one I will get ... or where I came in the pile ... actually I am guessing I was n't on the list in the first place ... but if you fall out with anyone and strike 'em off before the big day ... I am available X

CoventryAnn said...

They are both lovely, the MME papers are my fave, so I'm glad you had to have a design re-think half way through!!!

Pam said...

They are both lovely Julia. Hugs Pam x

Sandra said...

Both are just gorgeous :) .. my fav if I just had to choose one would be ... the BasicGrey, no, the MME, no the BasicGrey! ... oh goodness, see I like them both LOL.

Sally said...

Both a brill - and is there a written rule that all have to be the same?!

Twiglet said...

Really like those Julia - gorgeous colour combo

Helen said...

Love both of them - now all you have to do is get them in the post, lol! See you tomorrow!

Alix said...

ooooh now i need that stamp!! lol

Linby said...

love both of them and won't mind which one I receive ha ha!
Linbyx

nicola said...

both are really beautiful, the words are really nice such a sweet sentiment!

Lyn said...

They are both equally gorgeous and the recipient will know that each was made with loving care for your very special celebration - congratulations to Mr and Mrs ~dunnit :)

Unlike us, we missed our 25th anniversary because we both thought it was the following year! We just decided towait for the 30th instead (dependent on any divorce proceedings.....)

Cardarian said...

Ha, ha, ha I loved that "it was harder then choosing Mr. Right!" I think nobody except people who do cards and scrapbooking can understand the never ending turmoil of choosing papers and anything for cards - I can spend hours looking at my stash trying to decide what to choose! I must say Mrs.Dunnit you have dunnit right! Beautiful cards and so perfect for the occassion! I love the words and as it is the silver anniversary it definitly needs a bit of silver on it! Even better if they are different and unique it almost says "everyone I invite is very special to me"
Cardarian

Sheilagh (60 x60) said...

I love them both and love that stamp, I must have it!! Congratulations on 25 years with Mr Right, I will be 83 god Willing when we celebrate Silver..lol

PS. Will Power was hiding behind the Broccoli, thanks for the hint;o)

LadyBug said...

I think they both look great! I love the idea of having different cards. and as you say no-one else will know that every card isn;t the same..... unless they all decide to bring their invites to the party LOL! I'm sure everyong will love getting a beautifully handmade card and will love you for them!

Kaz said...

They are both fan Julia, well done on getting them done. Are they posted yet?
I have that same MME set of papers and lurve them loads. xx

kelly said...

Love them both Julia, FAB!!!!!

Kelly

helen miles said...

both are well lush! xx

my5bratz said...

think they are both gorgeous, love the sentiment...and the pics are fine too ;0)

Paula Gale said...

i think having more than one style is the sensible option - if you liked a pair of shoes - wouldn't you get it in more than one colour - ok, ok, i'll talk inks then. You'd need more than one ink... get the picture - there is absolutely nothing wrong with more than one... it shows that you are bold and brave and (as well as indicisive and fussy)LOL, it shows that the content is more important than the cover - and they should be honoured to receive a bloody invite in the first place. :O)

I preferred the pink one though!!! ROFL!

Paula x x x

Kirsty.a said...

I think using 2 differents sets of papers with the same sketch looks great. People will feel they've got one designed individually for the, whilst still being part of a cohesive set. I should definitely claim this was a deliberate decision!

Susie Sugar said...

These are stunning darling , I love the papers you used on both but the lower one is my fave I adore that paper
Hugs Susie x

Rosie said...

Gorgeous result though Julia - I like them both! Hope your party is wonderful!!

Ikki said...

Wow, what a task and mither you set yourself...and in the end both lovely! I know they would be when they finally made an appearence. Now enjoy the party - as the words say - Live well, laugh often and love much. ikki

Hels Sheridan said...

Gorgeous designs...love them loads..and that sentiment is just perfect hun x

Toucan Scraps said...

Julia are you OK? It's after lunchtime on Wednesday and you havn't posted yet - getting worried here.

Glen said...

Great job Julia. You made the right choice - in all departments! ;-) Congratulations and have fun with your celebrations. TFS. ~Glen~

Kathy said...

ooooh, thanks for the answer to my query from last week - now I know the answer and can rest easy I'm not missing out on some special stash!

Darcy said...

gorgeous invites Julia, really,really lovely. When I make xmas cards I have the same agonies, ony reinforced when i come to write them, who gets which design etc....why do we do it lol

My name is CINDY...... said...

Well I think these are lovely but I can totally emphasise - I am the same at Christmas when most peeps probably just open them and stick them on the side. Takes me hours to choose papers for any artwork (let's not even get into the number I won't cut up 'just in case I need that for something special', I have about 200 of those). I'm more decisive with paints and inks. You've made me realise that maybe I should do invites for our 20th anny which is coming up (may be too old to celebrate by 25 years). Yikes! Where is the year going?

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