Place Cards for Drinks

Place Cards at a Potluck

Place cards can really take the guesswork out of unidentifiable foods and drinks at a potluck. Of course, potlucks are awesome because you get to sample people’s favorite foods. But drinks can be a bit more mysterious when stored in coolers and igloos. Place cards will help speed up the beverage counter because people can quickly see what their options are.

Place Cards for Drinks

Place cards for drinks

As you can see, I created three place cards using a table tent design…meaning they stand on their own. I attempted to laminate them…but when that didn’t stick, I opted to cover them with clear contact paper. That makes them look less cute…but more durable!

Place Cards for Tea

First up are the place cards I created for tea. I originally created a large card…but thought that would be a bit much. So I refined it and created a smaller place card.

tea place cards in two sizesThe paper I used for this place card is from K & Company. I distressed the edges with scissors and with tim holtz distress ink.

I used a sizzix swirl die plate on my cuttlebug. Then used some quickutz alphabets and spellbinders  rectangle scallops for the label.

Oh, and the ribbon is from creative impressions.

If you look really closely at the smaller card, you’ll see that the swirl acts as a divider for two different decorative papers. There is a lighter brown paper on the bottom left corner and a darker brown on the top right corner.

This item was fairly flat, no brads or gems, so that I could cover with contact paper. I didn’t want anything that would snag or tear.

Place Cards for Lemonade

Now, the lemonade was more of a challenge. The word is quite long! The face of the place cards measure 4″ x 2.5″. So there’s not a ton of room for letters. But still I opted for a chunky letter so the tag would be easy to read.

place card for lemonadeThe clear contact paper kind of hides or distorts the cute distressing on the card.

First I ran a piece of brown cardstock through the cuttlebug using a texture plate. I then distressed the raised elements with Tim Holtz white paint.

I also created the teal daisy with a quickutz plate. And I used the same letter plate for this card that I used on the tea place card.

Again, the edges are disgressed with scissors and ink.

Place Card for Water

The last place card I’ll share is the one my sister and I created for water. It was a team project. She originally designed a large card…but I trimmed it down to fit the 4″ x 2.5″ format.

place card for waterAs you can see, I distressed the paper. Use the cuttlebug. This time the paper has a decorative edge from the labels 8 die plate from spellbinders.

This design is on the simple side.

My goal, as I said earlier, was to create cards that are easy to read and would help keep the beverage line moving.

I hope these inspire you to create beautiful custom place cards for your next potluck or party.


Mother Daugher Stamping

My mother and I got together to do a bit of stamping. We wanted some birthday cards, anniversary cards and get well soon cards. A tall order for one afternoon!

First – My Creations

I’ve seen a lot of large scalloped circle cards. Below you’ll see quite a few variations on that theme.

You’ll notice I have two very different styles here. The Get Well card (for my 98 year old grandmother) is a simple design. Solid papers and clean line images. I love the tone on tone of the greens. The birdcage card (a happy birthday card) is one of those “more is better” type cards. I distressed the edges of everything with Tim Holtz distress ink. Of course, bling finishes off both cards!

I’m sure you’re going to think I’m crazy. But I couldn’t resist creating a bright birthday card for a niece or nephew. This is definitely not my traditional style, but sometimes you want something that appeals to someone elses style.

Do young children have style other than a love for bright and colorful? I’m hoping not…cause the only thing going for this card is the color! =)

Believe it or not, I did color the image with Copics. This is a Stampin’ Up Stamp. Most likely it’s retired…but it’s a new stamp for me.

I was also playing around with my “simple” style. Here I used some shiney brown paper and added a simple horizontal line and flower.

I love how “white space” can really add strength to the focal point. Not sure if I successfully accomplished that here. But I thought it was fun.

I think this also may be the first time I’ve adde 3D flowers to my cards. I mail all my cards…so they have to be fairly flat.

My Mom’s Creations

Here’s a peek at what my mom created. She made her own version of the large scallop circle card. She opted for the more simple version…with lots of gems.

She created two other card following a layout she saw in an old issue of Paper Crafts Magazine. That’s a great way to get inspiration.

We had a nice time creating cards. I hope you enjoy creating some, too!