open house invitation

I’ve been working on our Christmas open house invitations. I like to finish them in August when it’s usually too hot to be in the garden and before we begin decorating for Christmas in October. Once the decorating starts, I don’t have time to sit in the scrapbook room doing detail work. And when November arrives, I will be SO SO happy these are done.

When I get all the ribbons and little holly leaves on the stack to the left, the invitations will be finished.

open house invites

I used Print Shop to design the invitation. I imported the vintage postcard print, then added the invitation and the light green background. It’s printed on a cream colored “parchment” card stock. Each sheet of card stock printed four invitations. When I trimmed them, I left a cream colored border around the green to add a light border.

I used gold Stickles to outline the border of the postcard print, then used red Stickles to outline the green background and to color the ribbons and the holly berries. Green Stickles highlight the holly leaves. Once they dried, they were matted with red card stock and I used a Krylon 18kt gold leafing pen to put the last border on the invitation.


The holly leaves were punched from green card stock printed with “Please Come!” and outlined with the gold leafing pen.

punches leaves

open house invite

These will go in the Christmas cards and will be mailed the day before Thanksgiving. Once I get the invitations done, all I have to do for the Christmas cards is put together the Christmas letter. I’ll probably finalize that in October. But the cards/invites will be ready and waiting!



  1. April
    Posted August 29, 2009 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    You’re a girl after my own heart! I’m already thinking/planning Christmas also. My husband has gotten used to it, but other people think I’m crazy…I appreciate the thought, time, and effort you put into your Open house and sharing the true meaning of Christmas!

  2. Carolyn
    Posted August 30, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    How lovely these are Rhonda! You are so creative! I don’t know why I didn’t check sooner for pix of them … duh! I kept asking on Facebook for pix and here they were!

  3. Posted September 8, 2009 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    such a pleasant site, I enjoy it so much. Beautiful cards.
    Thank you for sharing.

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