Welcome to Simply Sweet Scrapping! This blog was created to share a variety of craft ideas focusing mainly on paper crafts. I have been interested in crafts and art since I was a young girl and have tried everything from crochet to rock carving. With the new explosion of interest in scrapbooking and card making, I have happily jumped on that bandwagon. I like to use a variety of mediums and tools when crafting. I bought a Cricut a few years ago and fell in love with it! After a small learning curve it has become an essential tool in my arsenal. My husband is handy in woodworking and can build almost anything. I love to have him help me with my creations.

I do not claim to be the originator of any of these projects. I find ideas from a variety of sources, sometimes making changes, combining them with other ideas, or coming up with something unique. I hope that these projects inspire you.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Luau Beach Party Invitation

I made these invitations for my daughter’s first birthday in September. I really wanted to throw a luau but I wanted to baby it up a little bit. I used turtles and the beach theme to achieve that. I had two versions of this invitation, one I was able to flatten down so I could send it in the mail. The main difference was that I used the umbrella from the “Life is a Beach” cartridge and did not add the Styrofoam.
I wanted these to resemble a typical “beach bag”. The invitation was supposed to be a book and was in story form. I am not sure if anybody got it.
The towel is made from a terry washcloth. I cut
it into strips. I added the Styrofoam to help keep the bag open and also to support the umbrella. I hot-glued a washer on the bottom so it could stand on its own.

The umbrella is my own design. I cut two circles (~6inch and the other a little smaller). The large circle I scored so that there were eight even “pie” pieces. I then added another score to every other pie slice. I folded in the pie pieces with the extra score and then flattened it back out. I glued the paper on the umbrella and then added an eyelet in the center. I folded the pieces in making the umbrella shape. I used an 1/8th inch dowel rod for the base. I had to sand the very top to fit it through the eyelet. I added a small wood ball to the top. I used white glue to connect the ball and the eyelet to the stick.


  1. I love this invite! Simply cute and that umbrella is unreal! You have very good ideas :)

  2. Love this invitation. Very cute idea.