Saving money…

Hey, there.

So, the other day when one of the moms at Colin’s school saw the Valentines we made, she complimented them and then said in the sweetest voice, “You must save SO much money by making your own cards!”

Yes, I am laughing with you.

If she only knew, right?


I thought I would share the invites for Colin’s upcoming 5th birthday party.

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Yep, he wanted a bowling party. With a Super Mario theme. And momma liked the challenge.

Found a Mario clipart online – one where he was throwing a fireball. But, of course, I replaced it with a bowling ball. The clipart was all the wrong colors so I removed the color in PS from everything but his face and re-colored with Copics. Audrey helped and Colin colored the bowling balls.

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And since I am incapable of keeping anything I create simple, I did a fun fold. Which Colin loves.

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And the funky fold opens up to reveal the party info.

Isn’t that new Hero Arts + Basic Grey star background perfect for birthday invites?

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We had to make 30 invites…

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And Colin addressed them all.

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Colin LOVED the cards and many of his friends have told him the same. That makes it SO worth it.

Now THAT is priceless.



(Oh, the winner of the configurations was Barb E.)


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107 thoughts on “Saving money…”

  1. What cute invites, Jennifer! I love the fun fold – I never do that (well, except for one of the flickr group scrambles, and let me tell you that was not my best result!) I love that the kids helped make them too! I hope Colin has a fun and happy birthday!

    And congrats to Barb!

  2. Colin and Jennifer these cards are adorable and my gosh 5 years have flown by! Have fun at your bowling birthday party Colin!

  3. That comment gave me a good laugh! Not to mention what your real hourly rate is and Audrey’s too! The invitations are adorable! I hope people are saving these cards!

  4. Awesome! I am looking forward to doing my little ones invitations again this year. Luckily I don’t have to do 30 like you! Ha ha. And yes, what that lady said about saving money… SO LAUGHABLE!

  5. Love the Super Mario brother cards. They came out awesome. One day I will too be able to make birthday cards like that for my kiddos!

  6. oh if only that mom knew the real cost of stamping our own cards. I don’t think I save anything. What I use to spend at Hallmark, I now spend on stamps and papers…and then some. And that doesn’t even account for the time spent stamping! LOL! Love your invites (and the Valentine’s too)!

  7. Wonderful invites and marvelous that you had such great help :o)

    Whoo Hoo, Barb, cannot wait to see what you make with the configurations :o)

  8. Now that is one cute card, I love it! About that comment that the mom made–my SIL said the same thing to me and I had to bite my tongue and just smile. Hopefully they’re appreciating the love that went into making it! Happy Birthday Colin!

  9. I would hate to tally all the money I have tied up in crafts!! Your BD card invites are just the cutest. Very clever Mom!! I am sure Colin loves them thou. Give him a birthday hug for me. Five is sort of a milestone, so I hope he is looking forward to it. I am a little out of touch with game stations these days, but Mario Bros. have been around for some time. My kids who are in there mid thirties plyed Mario Bros on their Nitento’s when they were young. That was some time ago.

  10. Those are so sweet Jennifer!!! You are so clever!!
    I had to laugh too – only another crafter would know how much money you saved …. NOT – but you had so much fun and those moments spent with your kids helping are priceless. And they’ll remember them!

    Thanks again for sharing!

    Louise C.

  11. so flippin cute! ya…my hubby says each card I make these days must cost about 50 bucks LOLOL>>>>but…he is so okay with it…luv these wonderful men of ours!

  12. Hilarious comment by the other parent. I agree with the other blogger that she is a bit jealous…maybe you should offer to take her under your wing and teach her!!

  13. such a cool party invite!! LOVE Mr. Super Mario!! fabulous fold and team work! it will be a super fun party! thanks for sharing! have a wonderful weekend! =)

  14. *LOVE* these invites! And the comment about “saving”, and the background stamp, too! It just made my middle-of-the-night-nursing-momma-duty better!

  15. These cards are incredible!!!! The amount of time this must have taken is unbelievable! I hope your kids realize, even if other parents don’t, the time and cost involved with doing such fantastic projects with them. Thanks again for being such an inspiration!!

  16. Wow.. you defiately met your challenge! Awesome card… glad Colin & friends loved them… lots of work…if people only knew how much $ actually can go into making 1 card! But, it is fun and so worth it when it brings a smile to a friend’s face!

  17. So very cute! We have had a couple of Mario birthday parties (way back in the day). Lots of fun. I’m glad kids still like Mario.

  18. Jennifer, ROTFL. You not only saved time but money. Some people just don’t get it. Love..Love..Love the Super Mario invites..So Cute. As usual..You have outdone yourself.

  19. oh, yes, we save so much money and hey, so much time as well hehehe πŸ˜‰

    the invitation are great and happy birthday to Colin! have a blast in the party πŸ™‚

  20. I am reading your post and my son who is 12 jumps up from the coach asking ” Is that Mario?” To funny. So I showed him these invitations and he thinks that you did a very cool job. Lol! He had to know if the Mario character was a stamp or not.Lol. Once I said it was clip art he wasn’t so excited. Lol. I think that he would have asked me to purchase it if it were a stamp. Too funny! Lol! He loves Mario too and if he could have more games today, I am more than sure that we would never get him to do anything. LOl. Thanks for sharing this because this is a great idea.

  21. love these….so fun…you sure will have fun with that many little people and bowling…
    Happy Birthday to Colin

  22. BTW, I just saw your Hero Arts video on the “smooching” technique—fabulous! Then I saw the foliage dot embellishment Hero Arts product and was wondering if you would make a card sample using those? (Like you didn’t already have TONS to do!) πŸ™‚

  23. BTW, I just saw your Hero Arts video on the “smooching technique.” Fabulous! Also, I saw the Hero Arts product foliage dot embellishments, and I was wondering if you were going to do a sample card using that product? (Like you don’t already have enough to do!) πŸ™‚

  24. Oh Colin is so lucky to have a Mom like you. He will always remember these days when he is an adult. Bless you Jen for being such a wonderful Mom ! Oh Yes, I loved the cards too.

  25. I had a good chuckle with the homemade Valentine’s being cheaper than the $2 to $3 box of store bought ones. Maybe they’re cheaper if you live somewhere posh where they exchange fancy, custom printed Valentines, but of course there’s still your hours and hours of valuable time that need to be factored in. LOL! Definitely a labor of love. When I first started scrapbooking my husband patted me on the back and said he was so happy I found a cheap hobby–He will never live down those infamous words. πŸ™‚

    Your Mario Bro. Birthday cards are so cute and creative with Clipart and Copics–Love the fun fold and how you overlapped the circles with the inside message! Your big picture of all of them made up makes me happy. πŸ™‚

  26. HAHA That is funny! I just finished up making 35 Baby Shower invites for my friend πŸ™‚ It’s a boy with primary colors and sports themed… not exactly super easy to find but was simple to come up with ideas for. She LOVED them and more important it’s my happy time and hearing people say that is super cute helps. πŸ™‚ You are so lucky to have such great helpers to assist you with yours! Have a great weekend!

  27. Just love those invites – so good when you had help from both Colin & Audrey – these are precious times – enjoy!
    I giggled when I read the saving money idea…I thought that once too!! I even tried to sell it my DH when he noticed the mushrooming pile of craft stuff! Tee hee!!

  28. Hahaha! I can’t wait to share with my hubby how much money I save us by making the cards! Oh that’s classic! And I have to agree with Shereen, definitely a time saver! Seriously, was this a tongue-in-cheek remark? Some school moms, well. let’s just say, she may be a wee bit jealous:) LOVE the card and clipart idea. Thanks for the entertainment. That was just a killer! lol

  29. Super Mario picture: Free
    Hero Hues Cards: $2.99
    HA Star Background Stamp: $11.94
    Colin and friends loved the cards: PRICELESS

    There are some things money can’t buy. For everything else there is Mastercard.

    Hope you’re having a great Sunday!

  30. Think of the vacations we could take with the money “saved” by making our own cards. LOL just so funny.
    The invitations are SUPER. So fun.
    Happy Birthday Colin.
    Have fun at his party.

  31. REALLY cute! And, um, what ever happened to the child’s age +1 rule for the number of kids to invite? 30?!?! Even for bowling that’s a LOT! It will be fun, though. I think the best parties my kids had were bowling – they get to throw heavy objects and eat cake! πŸ™‚

  32. Hi Jennifer,
    I nearly choked on my tea. Note to self do not drink hot beverages while reading blogs! How are you going to spend all the extra money you have lying around? [*wink*] Love Colin’s invites…my 7 year old son would love them too! He loves Mario. Will have to google it to get the picture. You are awesome!
    Susan xxox

  33. Hahahaha,… yea, I bet we saved lots of money buying cards, but all of them went to the supplies..

    Cute awesome Mario card. so fun!!

  34. I am laughing too! People have no clue and if you told them the true cost of those cards and the time involved, they would think you were crazy. That is a lot of work you invested and they are WONDERFUL!

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