Look what I got for Christmas!! I am so excited about my new stamps and can't wait to play with them. Aren't they cute?? If you want some for yourself, go check out the Some Odd Girl blog.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
I have been seeing cup cozies everywhere lately...craft magazines, blogs, Pinterest, etc. I just love them! I decided to make a couple myself using a paper sleeve (from my local coffee shop) as a pattern. These are the first two I made. Now that I have the hang of it, I'll have to do another post with some instructions....it is sew easy. ;-)
Saturday, December 3, 2011
I made these snowmen cakes using a metal cake mold I got from TJ Maxx. The eyes, mouth and buttons are royal icing - the hat is coated in royal too. The nose and holly are made with fondant. The body is covered in butter cream icing and coconut. You could just dust them with powdered sugar or cover the entire cake in fondant. There are a lot of options with this cute little guy.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
These are my little snacks I made for Thanksgiving this year.
I found the idea for these acorns on Pinterest....love me some Pinterest! I couldn't get it to link back to the directions, but it was easy enough to figure out. Here's how I made them: Open mini Nutter Butter cookies and remove the peanut butter. Put a small skillet on the the stove eye and get it hot, touch the bottom of the Hershey kiss to the skillet to melt it, then stick the melted part to the Nutter Butter. Melt the bottom of a chocolate chip and put it on top as a stem.
|Turkey Cake Pops|
Make your chocolate cake pops. Be sure they have chilled for about 30 minutes then use melted chocolate as glue to put the candy corn feathers on. Let those chill for a few minutes, then add the eyes (made ahead of time from royal icing), beak (pointed end of candy corn), and waddle (candy sprinkle).
Friday, November 18, 2011
Some of my Twilight Saga crazy friends and myself decided to go see the midnight showing of Breaking Dawn. Well, you just can't go to a movie that late without a midnight snack - goodie bags are a must!!
I used the Martha Stewart "Drippy Goo" punch to add some blood at the bottom of the tag. To make the blood look wet, I added a little diamond glaze.
The goodie bags have Ghirardelli dark chocolate squares (with gooey red rasberry filling inside), vampire fang cookies, and vampire bite cookies. Oh, and plastic vampire teeth...of course. :-)
These vampire bite cookies are so much fun. They are filled with red jelly on the inside, so when you bite into them, they "bleed". I got the idea and recipe from Baking Bites blog. Check out it out for the complete recipe.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Another Halloween is over. If your kids are like mine, they are already thinking about next year's costume. Maybe you are one of those that like to plan way ahead too. If so, you may want to consider my costume for next Halloween. I was Flo from Progressive. It was very easy and I even found a web site with step by step instructions. The most expensive part was the iron on printer paper, normally it is about $7 for a pack of 5 sheets, but I got it for around $5 with a coupon . The apron was about $3. Both purchased at Hobby Lobby. I didn't own white pants or shirt like Flo's, but found them both at the Goodwill - $5 for the outfit. The navy head band was $1 at the Dollar Tree. I already had the shoes. So I spent about $14 total. Not too bad considering the price of some costumes at the party stores. Check out the website if you decide to be Flo next year. FLO INSTRUCTIONS
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Here are a couple of easy to make Bowling themed cakes. They are double layer 8inch cakes with butter cream frosting. The decorations are made with fondant. Even if you haven't used fondant before, you can do this. Roll the fondant flat and cut the stars and circles with cookie cutters. It is a lot like using play-doh. I hand sculpted the fat little bowling pin and bowling ball. You may want the bowling pin to be tall and thin, but I was going for more of a cartoon look. Don't forget the little finger holes on the ball. I used the end of a paint brush to make them. Insert sucker sticks into the bottom of the pin and ball, then push them down onto the cake. This will hold them in place. Super easy!
The fondant rick-rack along the bottom of this cake was shaped using a fondant mold.
The little beads at the bottom are made from fondant too.
Monday, September 26, 2011
My daughter has "Bieber Fever" like most girls her age. So for her 9th birthday, we had a Justin Bieber theme party. Don't think you will ever have a Justin Bieber party? Never Say Never!!
We made our own invitations on the computer that looked like concert tickets:
Typical party paper goods:
Since the party guests are getting older, I thought I could go with a smaller goody bag and give them things can really use (or eat). Pen, pencil, elastic hair bands, a ring, candy, and a Justin Bieber sticker....all in purple!
We had sour patch kids candy - it's Justin's favorite. We also had some chocolate candy and cupcakes. The chocolate microphones are made with candy molds and pretzel sticks. We added purple food coloring to the cupcake batter, used purple cupcake liners, and made toppers with purple paper. Add a little sparkle to the cupcakes with some edible disco dust.
I made the cake using fondant and an edible image that I bought at my local cake store. I made the microphone with chocolate fondant.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Here are some fun shark snacks that you can use for your next pool party or summer celebration. I made these for a swim team event.
Shark sugar cookies with royal icing.
White chocolate shark suckers made with candy molds. The eyes are royal icing (also on the cookies).
Shark fin cup cup cakes.
The fins are made from fondant. I used the top portion of a Halloween moon cookie cutter for the fin shape.
Monday, July 4, 2011
I want to share some cards with you that are all about fun in the sun. My friend Patty designed them and I made them at one of her card classes. She designed these cards using punches that I bet a lot of you already have. (A big congratulations to Patty....she just became Grandmother for the first time.)
This little guy is made with oval punches for the body and beak, half of a butterfly for his head, and his feet are part of a snow flake punch.
This sun burned dude is a bunch of circles and ovals with corner punches for this arms. The sun is a scallop and circle.
Here we have circle, scallop, and cloud punches. The flip flops are made with the dog tag punch, oval punch, and flower punch.