Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

Monday, July 06, 2009

In the past, I've blogged about simple projects but I'll warn you this one isn't quite so simple. Its just a fun one and I wanted to share.

Mr. Limestone is hosting a bachelor party at Met's baseball game for one of our closest friends. Since its a little bit more involved than a throw together meet up with the boys, invites were in order. Naturally, I was all over the task.

We tossed around a bunch of ideas before settling on this one. Take a peak inside how it went down. A note for the observant: I don't have hairy man hands - thats my husbands guns and I'm behind the camera.

2MarktheWood
3CuttheWood
4StacktheWood
6SandthePlank
7PrinttheDesign
8IronOnDesign
9CarefullyPeelOffwhileHot
91PeeledOff
93Roundupyourballs95Glueyourballs
96ReadyToGo
97CutyourTurf
98BoxtoMaiil


As you can tell from the photos, this took quite a bit of elbow grease and time over several days but I think they were worth it. These are the kinds of invites I love to receive and love to make. (Hint,hint - if and when I ever get a surprise birthday party, a box is invariably more exciting than an envelope.)

83 comments:

  1. Those invitations are so incredible! I would love to open my mailbox and find one of those little beauties. You remembered all the details, down to the astroturf!

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  2. That is one fabulous invite!! Crazy fun. Your previous post, with the message board idea, also caught my eye...I was literally brainstorming about how to make one when I opened your blog, so now I have a better idea of what to do! Thanks...Janell

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  3. OMG, these are brilliant!!!!!!!

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  4. Awesome! I don't even like baseball and I'd love to receive one of these! The astroturf is just too cool.

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  5. These are awesome! They are so cute and make for a memorable invitation.

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  6. Shelle11:01 AM

    WOW...these are great! Would love to do this for my son's birthday!

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  7. Oh my goodness, these invitations are INCREDIBLE!!! I am in awe. Love it love it love it.

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  8. My husband doesn't even like baseball and he was oohing and ahhing! Fantastic!

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  9. These are totally wicked! That said, LOL about the man arms! I was thinking, "dang she has some hairy arms!" HA!

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  10. That is the best invite ever, and a great memento

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  11. I would flip out if I got an invite like this...so cool.

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  12. These are super AMAZING as usual!!!

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  13. Wow, those are great! What a fun idea!

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  14. Those are really, really amazing! If I made those I would wear one around my neck so I could admire it all day long. What a work of art!

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  15. wow these are amazing. So clever!

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  16. Did you just create the design on your computer & print it out on iron-on sheet???

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  17. These are really awesome. I love that they are truly invites that even men will be excited about. I love seeing your invites. Did you guys make the boxes yourselves? What program do you use to design your invites?

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  18. Those are amazing! Seriously, that bad boy would get hung up somewhere and would never be thrown away.

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  19. Those are fabulous!! Such a darling idea!!

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  20. How awesome! I totally love the originality and agree I'd be very excited to receive an invite as cool as these are.

    GREAT job!

    { Lindsey }
    http://greatfullday.blogspot.com

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  21. Completely speechless....my son is a baseball fanatic and my daughter-in-law is a creative invitation designer (just for fun, but I keep telling her she should start a design business).They will flip when they see these!

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  22. What an amazing job. They look stunning. What guy wouldn't like that you are so creative. When you get a chance can you stop by blog I would to hear of what you think about my latest project. I'm calling it a forest in our master bedroom.

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  23. For the record, Im not a baseball fan either. I don't really understand watching strangers playing with balls in general.

    Koodeker - Yep, exactly.

    Hello Lover - I used Illustrator and Photoshop b/c thats what Im most comfy with but these were a very simple design. They could have been done in any program.

    Yansy - Popping over there now.

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  24. What a great idea! Until, I saw the baseball get glued on I thought you were making coaster invitations. I'm sure all the guys will be shocked!

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  25. My jaw just hit my desk when I saw this, those invites are out of this world! They are so darling, and I cant believe you made them all yourself- I am in LOVE!!!

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  26. These are wonderful. I'm with you. Getting a box invite is so much better. Makes you feel like you are getting a little treat. How were they received so far? I know women love this kind of stuff but were any of the men gushing? They had better.

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  27. Hands down the most creative invitation I've ever seen. You are so talented.

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  28. Chelly - Mr. L has been talking to the guests so I don't know all the details. I did get to hear one guest say the invites were "fucking awesome". So i think that counts as positive feedback. I guess guys do things a little differently :)

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  29. 'fucking awesome' is the highest order of compliment a guy can give for anything so you 'hit a home run with these' (har har)!

    I'm astounded. The amount of work and thought to detail these took is incredible. Your husband is one lucky man to have such a creative wife.

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  30. Super fun! Well worth the effort! I'm sure the invited guests and groom would agree!

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  31. First, I am so glad you clarified that those were not your hairy forearms, phew! Second, these are incredibly, incredibly creative!

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  32. I LOVE those invites! I am in awe of your creativity!

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  33. I keep meaning to stop by and tell you that I saw this invite on my friend Keith's desk and couldn't believe how incredible it was! Long story short, I know the bachelor from college and have been reading your blog - by way of Harold - for a couple of years now!

    Love everything you are doing!

    Cheers, Juliet

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  34. So original! I too would love to receive an invite like this! Rock on, Mrs. L!

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  35. wow, so creative. love the wording 'final inning'.

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  36. You hit a total homerun with this one, Mrs. L! It's fabulous!

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  37. Freakin' amazing is all I can say!

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  38. I always knew you were brilliant...but, wow!!

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  39. Even before the balls were applied, these are the most creative invites. Ever. Love the copywriting, and choice of fonts and design. Timeless wrapped up in clever. Very inspiring!

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  40. Awesome!! I'm not surprised but I am impressed. Crazy good job. Where'd you find those balls?

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  41. Amazing. So very very creative. Wish I had a pinkies worth of your creativity!

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  42. These are amazing! So darn cute and creative!

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  43. Robyn2:44 AM

    holy moly! i loved these! you always amaze me!!!!

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  44. Cute - but way more effort than I'd be willing to put into this! He must have been thrilled!

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  45. FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  46. wow. I wish someone could build a little museum to host these incredible invites you create. Simply amazing!

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  47. Ok so when i first saw the wood I thought it was cheesy, but seeing the end product I was totally WRONG! These were so cool, and your hubby must feel like the most fortunate man alive to have a wife that is so creative! I know his friends must be jealous!

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  48. You and mr L put us all to shame, mrs L. That is all. =]

    ::quickly hiding my evites::

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  49. Anonymous12:29 PM

    GRAND SLAM !!!

    Oh how I would love to receive an invite done up like these :)

    I hope they were well received..what a fun idea for a bach party !!

    Kathy :)

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  50. Wow, I mean, just wow. Those are awesome.

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  51. These invites are seriously awesome. You and your husband are very, very talented! I would love to receive an invite in a box too :)

    Kylie

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  52. Amazing!!! They are adroable. I would cherish an invitation like this.

    I once sent Christmas cards in a box. Our sentiment was on a flat card and then the next flat card had a picture of the kiddies. And underneath that was chocolates. It was my favorite Christmas card ever. I just might have to do it again this year.

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  53. What a creative invitation! They're amazing. Not sure about the cost of sending 3D cards/invites here in Australia but this is a great idea. The closest I've come is sending a card with instructions on how to stick together the paper cake slice I'd put on the front of the card. I got a good response from the receiver!

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  54. Fifty SIX comments? Um, seriously??? You are totally my hero.

    I LOVE them. Can you send me high res? I need to feature these.

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  55. P.S. MR. LIMESTONE: CONTACT ME BEFORE EVEN THINKING ABOUT HAVING A SURPRISE B'DAY FOR THE MRS., OK?

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  56. Wow, wow, WOW! Those ARE fucking awesome.

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  57. Are you seriously not this talented in real life...man..wow..girl you rock..GET IT! looks so good..I would have never thought..

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  58. Wow!! These are so fun and different!!! LOVE EM!!

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  59. WOW. jaw dropping design! As a graphic designer myself, I always rate how good a design is based on how jealous I am of a piece. And I am jealous like something fierce. Nice work!

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  60. You guys ROCK! Amazing! Brilliant! I love it and I agree a boxed invite is so cool! Hugs from Conroe, TX!

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  61. Wow! Those are so awesome! What kind of paper do you use to iron the design onto the wood?

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  62. Those invites are amazing .... you are soo talented!!!!!

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  63. amyks4:32 PM

    Those are so great! A standing ovation from a Red Sox fan!

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  64. The invites were / are crazy! I love it... they work for all kinds of fun events... way to go, super creative and fabulous! Do you mind sharing what kind of paper you used to print on the wood? Thanks!

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  65. I used regular old iron on tshirt transfer paper. You can buy it at any office supply store.

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  66. At the risk of sounding like a real wack-a-doodle, I have tears in my eyes looking at these incredible invitations! They are truly a work of art, and you should be SO proud of your creative self! I also have two boys who play serious travel baseball, and I appreciate the theme! You ROCK!!!

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  67. you are my invitation-making idol!

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  68. Mrs L, those are totally and insanely awesome. My jaw dropped. Creative and just WOW.

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  69. I am completely amazed by the creativeness that went into the invites. They are truly save worthy.

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  70. LOve the invitations.. I dont understand baseball since i live in india. The creativity is just awsum.
    I do have a question though. What sort of paper did you print on and then iron on?

    Thanks
    Rashmi
    BAngalore,india

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  71. My jaw dropped. These are amazing!

    I have so many project ideas swirling in my head! Thanks for sharing!

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  72. You could go into business, seriously! Those are incredible and wish I could "re-do" my friend's bachelorette party invites with something fun like this. Amazing!

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  73. I just found your blog through Oh. Brooke, and she has this link in her post. These are amazing!

    I design couture stationery and invitations, and i'm so impressed by these. I love to see beautiful and unique items, and especially ones that had the elbow grease included. They are the ones most worth it!

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  74. Tinker36766:55 PM

    would love to order these for my sons 2nd b-day how do i order..

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  75. Tnr_hrndez11:51 AM

    Omg!!!!!! I love it!!!!!!!!!

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  76. Anonymous5:55 PM

    Hi! Love the invites!!! What brand of iron on transfer paper did you use? Was it on a ink jet or with a laser printer? Thanks!!

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  77. Brenda9140210:30 PM

    I love these! Can you please share where you purchased the Baseballs at? I would love to make some for my brothers party. Thanks!

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  78. B Loves R3:26 AM

    Simply amazing. Can you share where you purchased the balls? Looking all over the web and can't find anything similar.

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  79. Cassy Chesterfield8:21 PM

    That is so coo :) I'll have to try and make it

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  80. Hello! I love this invite and am having trouble tracking down the baseballs that you used to make it. Do you mind letting me know where you found them? Thanks for your time!

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  81. These are awesome! Where did you purchase the baseballs?

    Thanks,
    Kelly
    kellyscealf@gmail.com

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