Love is Brewing Invitation

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

A dear friend of mine is getting married later this year and I couldn't be more excited for her and her husband. Her mother is throwing the bride to be a coffee themed bridal shower and asked me to do the stationery. Not being one for a hard core theme, I had a hard time coming up with an invitation with a twist that wasn't too cutesy. Long story short, I finally settled on an idea I loved - mini burlap coffee bags with the invitation tucked inside.

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They were a lot of work but I hope my friend and her guests get a kick out of the concept.

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They look simple but they took forever (mostly because I had to make 100 of them!) And then to take to a whole new level, I sprayed the bags with a little scented coffee oil so they come out smelling like a starbucks. First time I've worked in the sense of smell into an invite!

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I've been rooming with these bad boys for quite a while. So happy to send them off to their rightful owners. Now I just have to whip up some matching escort cards and menus and I'll be home free.

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76 comments:

  1. goagainstthegrain9:06 AM

    oh. my. god! Seriously amazing! Gah! I don't even know how to express the amazing-ness of these!

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  2. D'vine Living9:07 AM

    Love the idea! Well done!

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  3. These are absolutely amazing!!  What a lucky girl to have such a seriously talented friend like you!

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  4. Wow, that is such a cool idea! Where in the world did you find such tiny burlap sacks?

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  5. saigewisdom.blogspot.com9:35 AM

    ah-mazing! how did you add text to the mini-burlap bags?!

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  6. Fantastic! Would you show us how to add the printing to the burlap bags?

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  7. jillian9:39 AM

    so cute! i love these. great job. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  8. WOW!!!! girl!  those are amazing!!  So funny over 12 years ago when I got married-we did the coffee favor too with 'A Perfect Blend" but boy it was NOTHING as awesome as these!

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  9. ramblingrenovators9:55 AM

    Mmm, now you have me craving a coffee! I would love to receive one of those scented beauties in the mail. Your details, as always, are impeccable. Love the burlap, the chocolate envelopes... love everything!

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  10. Love, love love....I'm married to a barista and this is just brilliant.

    So, I don't know if you would want to share your secrets, but I would just die if you would give a behind the scenes at the specifics of how you make your amazing invitations.

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  11. Wow those are amazing and such a fun idea!

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  12. Wow those are amazing and such a fun idea!

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  13. Alandval201110:38 AM

    Blown away by your creativity...gaw, I love it! :)

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  14. Design Love10:46 AM

    Totally amazing and beautiful!

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  15. Ordinarymol11:16 AM

    What a fabulous idea!!! Love it!

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  16. Newburgh restoration11:16 AM

    This project was awesome. I hope you show how you did the bags! 

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  17. Chelly Jones11:53 AM

    Love! Your friend is going to flip when she see what you've done.

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  18. I am amazed.  I wish I had a bit of your creativity!!!

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  19. Weber_d12:16 PM

    what a creative invite! How absolutely lucky to have you as a friend!

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  20. Very clever - I love it! :-)

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  21. LOVE these!!! you are so creative!

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  22. Natalie1:16 PM

    AMAZING! I absolutely love the whole concept. How did you get the writing on the burlap bags? stencil and spray paint?? So cool...

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  23. MrsLimestone2:03 PM

    Yep, exactly. I'll share some photos of how I did it in another post.

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  24. Wow! These are truly an act of love. Just so chic. What a talent you have for bringing a concept to life. And the scent? Genius.

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  25. Hschlotterbeck2:52 PM

    You have outdone yourself - they are spectacular.  Being a huge coffee fan myself, even more of a LOVE for these invites.   Great great work - I'd be thrilled to get something as cool as this in the mail.

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  26. Those are incredible!  What amazing detail- right down to the scent.  Your creativity, as always amazes me. 

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  27. Wow, great idea... and that was A LOT of work, your friend is really lucky... really neat !
    The stamp in the top right corner reads "100% genIUne"... is this intentional ?

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  28. MrsLimestone4:30 PM

    Gah - no! Not intentional! I'm an idiot. Nothing I can do now but hope no one notices.

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  29. Wow these are so wonderful. I have some coffee sacks left over from covering my dining room chairs and I wish I had the patience to make something as gorgeous as these with them! ps love your blog.

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  30. MrsLimestone4:41 PM

    Thanks Erica. Thankfully I found these bags ready made but I love coffee bag upholstery!!

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  31. MrsLimestone7:23 PM

    Thanks Laura.  I found them at papermart.com  There was zero chance I would have sewn these one by one :)

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  32. MrsLimestone7:24 PM

    Thanks.  I wasn't sure if anyone would be interested but Ill be sharing that in a future post.

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  33. MrsLimestone7:24 PM

    Will do.  Just have to scrounge up the photos.

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  34. MrsLimestone7:27 PM

    I'll share how I did the bags in a future post.  As for the other parts of the invite, Im using Adobe Illustrator.  Not something I can convey in a few short tips but not that hard to master if you are willing to put the time and effort into learning.

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    1. i love love love these! I'm planning a bridal shower for a girlfriend, are you selling this design anywhere?

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  35. Abigail Naqvi7:33 PM

    Wow! These are adorable - what a clever idea! Love them.

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  36. ap2ch.blogspot.com8:53 PM

    Love this!!

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  37. I absolutely adore these! Amazing work Stefanie.

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  38. Bonnie10:38 PM

    You are brilliant!  They're amazing!!  I wish I had 1/2 your creativity!!!

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  39. This is so tres chic, really freak'n cool,  if I received an invite like this, I'd keep it forever.

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  40. You are amazing.  Absolutely, 100 percent amazing.  Those are beyond fantastic.  I'm almost speechless!  The bride is lucky to have a dear friend such as you!  

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  41. Those are amazing!! If I ever got an invitation like that I would be floored!

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  42. Beyond fabulous!

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  43. Holy Moly!!!  You just ooze creativity, they are SO fun!!!

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  44. Goodkarma4:35 PM

    These are absolutely kick-ass....love 'em!

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  45. Looking forward to your post on the printing process (on the burlap bags).  Would love to know what essential oil you used to create the spray for the coffee scent - will you add that to the post too?

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  46. daisyandjack2:03 AM

    the invites are so cool - you are full of such great ideas - wish you lived in Australia !

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  47. MrsLimestone9:42 AM

    Will be posting about the bags next week. The oil was something I found on eBay - I've never had a need to buy essential oils before so I can comment on the quality. I just watered it down, put it in a little spray bottle and sprayed the bags.

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  48. OMG   ditto to everything everyone said about the invitations
    they are awesome!

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  49. LOVE!!! Those are amazing!!!!

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  50. nancy rebelo10:28 PM

    Could this be any cuter? 
    Nancy (dreamitbuilditstyleit.blogspot.com)

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  51. These are gorgeous! Great job! :)

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  52. Bercton9:16 PM

    Very interesting!

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  53. Kim Partyfrosting9:31 AM

    I heart there! I love a coffee theme too and total genius on the coffee spray!





    hugs! Kim @ Party
    Frosting!

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  54. Sandy Yates3:50 PM

    These are simply amazing!  Do you use a local printer?  You ROCK!

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  55. Kam80712:06 AM

    what a great idea.  I'm stealing some of the idea to use as shower gifts to fill with coffee for a brunch shower.

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  56. Great Work! Did you use a specific brush font/ effect to make the stamp looking circle, rectangles and text in illustrator? This looks so great!

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  57. MrsLimestone3:27 PM

    Hmm..not sure what you mean. No special effect really - just did the layout in Illustrator as usual.

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  58. Lilkim54011:24 AM

    Where can I buy them??

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  59. This is a great idea. I"m making these for my sisters bridal shower but Im having a hard time guessing the sizes of the bags, stationary and envelopes. Can you please help me? Thanks

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  61. Psyfrye28:33 PM

    I have the same questions...

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  62. These are amazing! You are so creative!! What an inspiration.
     

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  63. Lauren Pasternack9:03 PM

    i love the "love is brewing" coffee theme and kind of want to steal it for my best friend.  can you tell me where you ordered the burlap bags from?

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  64. melissa7:10 PM

    did you ever say how you got the words printed on the bags? and where exactly did you find the bags on papermart.com...i can't find them! i LOVE this idea!!!

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  65. I shared how I stenciled the bags here: _http://www.brooklynlimestone.com/2011/07/how-to-stenciled-burlap-bags.html_ (http://www.brooklynlimestone.com/2011/07/how-to-stenciled-burlap-bags.html) Papermart are still selling the bags. If you do a search on their site, you'll find them.

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  66. Perryj510:36 PM

    I love this invitation!  This is exactly the kind of shower I am organizing for my sister in August.  Would you be willing to sell a set of 60 invitations?  Please let me know!  Thank you!

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  67. Glad you like them. Email me directly if you are interested in having a set made for yourself.

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  68. Suzannebrasil863:20 PM

    Im trying to make these invitations for my sisters bridal shower but im having a hard time with the invitation part. did you have someone design it and where did u find the acordian style paper?

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  69. I designed it and had it printed.

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  70. This is a really brilliant concept! We are thinking of asking you to work on our wedding invites using this very same concept! Can we talk about via email at this stage? :) 

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  71. Hi Kate - I don't think Ive received an email from you. Did I miss it?

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  72. Suzanne Salgado9:06 PM

    Where can I get this for my wedding??? They're perfect for my theme!

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  73. I'd love to have this invite on my wedding. I've sent an email with some requests. Here's hoping to received it. Thanks. -wmadrilejos@gmail.com-

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