Thursday, September 21, 2017

Welcome to the Murder on the Orient Express (Party) & Giveaway

Who's excited for the Murder on the Orient Express movie coming out on November 10th starring Kenneth Branagh as Poirot?  We are and we thought we throw a Murder on the Orient Express party to celebrate. From now until the movie launch we will be featuring a craft or recipe that salutes one of Dame Agatha's many books every Thursday, and most will salute, Murder on the Orient Express. Once we're done, you should have everything you need to throw the perfect Murder on the Orient Express Party. The first step of planning any party is the invitation. And that's what Lorraine Masonheimer has created for you today. Your ticket to the Orient Express...

Don't forget to comment in the section below to win a paperback copy of Murder on the Orient Express. US Residents only. 

For a Murder on the Orient Express movie viewing party, gather your friends with a train-themed invitation complete with travel sleeve.  The “ticket” is made with the train’s colors, a train track, a drop of blood and a grease stain.  All to be revealed by reading the novel or watching the movie.

8½” x 11” brown leather texture cardstock
Black, red, cream, navy blue and yellow gold paper
Black and white striped paper
Splatter & 1” circle stamps
Charcoal gray and light gold ink pads
Glue dots
X-acto blade

Step One:  Create Invitation Base
Cut a 7½” x 4” rectangle from the brown leather texture cardstock.  Cut the blue paper to 7” x 1¼”, the gold to 7” x ¼”, the black to 3½” long x ¼” side and the striped paper to 3½” x slightly less to create the rail line.  Using the computer, create a 7” x 2” text box and type the suggested details as shown on the cream paper.  Create a 7” x 1¼” text box and type the suggested details as shown on the blue paper.  This example uses AR Julian.  Print onto an 8½” x 11” cream paper.  Cut to fit and glue as shown.

Step Two:  Assemble, Stamp & Embellish
Glue the cream paper to the top of the leather base.  Glue the gold slightly underneath the cream paper.  Glue the blue slightly over the gold paper.  Glue the black and white strip paper to the black strip centered to form the train track and glue as shown to form the ticket stub. 

Stamp a circle over the Venice Simplon Orient-Express type using a charcoal inkpad.  If desired, stamp a small splatter onto the stub using a light gold inkpad.  Cut a small blood drip from red paper and glue as shown.

Step Three: Create Travel Sleeve  (Optional)
Cut a 8¾” long x 7” wide shape from the leather texture paper.  To create the front flap, score and fold at 4” and clip the left corner as shown.  To make the tab, score and fold at 7¾”, clip the corners and glue the right side to the back.    If desired, type “Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits,” print, cut into an 4” long oval and glue to the front flap.  Slip the invite into the sleeve, and the sleeve into a business-sized envelope and mail.

TIP:  Ask guests to arrive in period costumes or favorite Orient Express characters and let the mystery unfold—All Aboard!

Don't forget to leave a comment to enter to win a Murder on the Orient Express paperback book.


  1. As always, great craft Lorraine. I cannot wait to see the movie in November!

  2. These are so cute!!! I love this book and can't wait to see the the books years ago and want to read again....

  3. Great craft advice. Love Agatha Christie books. Love Murder on The Orient Express.

  4. Love the crafts! Read the book a long time ago and am definitely looking forward to the movie!
    Sheila siarkiewicz

  5. What a fun craft. Looking forward to reading the book and then seeing the movie.

  6. This is delightful and very interesting. I love it.

  7. I can't wait to see the movie. I love the books.

  8. This giveaway is wonderful. So creative and special.

  9. Love crafty Thursdays and this one has a great project and theme. What fun!

  10. Can't wait to see the movie. I haven't read the book yet, but would really like to read it. Cool "ticket".

  11. This was an amazing result from a craft with paper products and more. The idea of having a train event sounds fabulous. Will be looking forward to seeing the movie; the book was wonderful as I am sure the movie will be. Hope we all have beautiful tickets like these as the craft today!!!

    Cynthia B.

  12. What an intriguing invitation! Super cute!! I need to refresh my memory of Murder on the Orient Express because I read it eons ago!

  13. What a pretty idea. I never read the book but saw the old movie. My mother figured it out within 15 minutes. I told her she was crazy.

  14. That would be so cool a costume party. It would be fun going out looking for the items to put the costume together.

  15. I want to read the book and see the movie.

  16. What a great idea for the craft! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  17. Paula Jacobson
    I love the way the ticket (invitation) is made. It looks like so much fun. I can't wait for the movie. Thanks for the giveaway