Now as some of you may know...I'm a Papertrey Ink junkie...they are my "go to" sets...and what do I do when I'm stumped for ideas for decorating a cake...go hide out in my rubber room and get inspired... and that's what Papertrey Ink's "Wreath for all Seasons" did...inspired my Thanksgiving cake below. This is a devil's food cake, the chocolate buttercream icing and a rasperry jam filling (TIP: to get a jam type filling to setup nicely, 1st make a ring of icing about 1/4" from the cake's edge, being sure that it is a completely solid ring. 2nd ADD a box of jello that is the same flavor as your jam. I used seedless raspberry (Smuckers) and added a box of raspberry jello... I micorwaved the jam for 60 seconds, stirred and then continued microwaving in 30 second increments until the jam was liquidy...I then poured it all into a bowl, added the jello and then put approximately 1/2 on the cake. I then put the cake in the refer for about 15 - 20 minutes...long enough for the jam to solidify some, I then added the second layer). I then iced my cake with buttercream icing and then I melted some chocolate candy wafers and piped my grapevine wreath on top. I then melted some red candy wafers and made my "berries". Then I added my shell border. Thanks for joining me today!
When I saw this on one of my favorite cake decorator sites (cakecentral.com), I had to recreate it...and let me tell you this is impressive and ssoooooooo easy... I'll give written directions here, but for those that have fast internet here's the You Tube instuctions, it's super easy! You'll need: Flower Pot 1/2 ROUND styrofoam ball Toothpicks Approximately 5 Cupcakes decorated like roses (use tip 1M for frosting) Greenery Wire cutters (for greenery)
Place styrofoam ball in flower pot, rounded side up, making sure the top is even with the top of the pot.
Place 2 toothpicks in the center and top of the styrofoam ball, giving them an inch or two in spacing...this is what you'll put the cupcake on...
Repeat this going around the ball, spacing your toothpicks out for the cupcakes
Now, starting with one of the sets of toothpicks on the side, pull out, put toothpicks 1/2 in cupcake and then place cupcake with toothpicks back into the styrofoam ball with the holes you just made. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes, ENDING with the cupcake on top.
Fill in the spaces with the greenery, trimming as needed.
Ok, true enough, this is yet "another" cake...but it's a DIAPER CAKE...non-edible...LOL.... I just LOVE making these...I'm always excited when I hear about a mommy-to-be...I start planning my diaper cake post haste! Then I wait on pins and needles to find out girl or boy and nursery decor. This cake in particular I'm not at all sure about Nursery decor, but who doesn't LOVE a teddy bear?
The particular cake below is called a BOUTIQUE DIAPER CAKE and you can find FREE INSTRUCTIONS HERE. The reason I PREFER Boutique diaper cakes is because they are quicker to make and the diapers don't have to be rolled, making it easier for the parents to use later on. My particular cake here uses 3 different cake pan sizes...12", 8", and 6" (and I didn't pack the 6" too full so I could "squeeze" it a little smaller.) There is a dowl rod going through the center of all the cakes for stability and the teddy bear is attached with a rubber band around his hand that goes around the dowl rod...I then tucked a foot underneath the 2nd layer of the cake to keep him stable...once the diaper cake is put into shrink basket wrap and shrunk he will be securely in place. I also added some silk flowers as a topper...I collect inexpensive silk flowers through out the year for just such purposes...I also like to wrap with them too instead of bows...so pretty! A view from the top looking down....
Here's some "pump-cakes" that I made for the clients at the barn...chocolate cake with buttercream icing with Twizzler stems... they went quickly (both making AND eating!). Hope you Halloween is Hauntingly fun!
I know I've been a bit absent here from blogland lately...life moves fast. Our horse business has been keeping me hopping, this is the busiest "slow" season we've ever had...every stall is filled...usually I have a lot of down time this time of year...not this year! LOL However, I did find yet "another" passion besides playing with paper...I decided on a whim to take a cake decorating class at the local vocational school... turns out it's pretty darn fun, and I'm not too bad at it for a green novice...in fact my instructor keeps asking me if I'm sure I haven't done this before...LOL... So anyway, below is a few of my "projects"... Below is the inspiration for the cake below it...this is one my clients show outfits... she's 15 and has been begging me to make her a cake...so I did...keep scrolling... And here's her cake...not too bad since it was my first non-homework cake...she loved it!
Below is my "practice" cake...I need to practice my roses...
This week at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge our challenge was to create a card using colors of FALL! Our sponsor this week is Magnolicious who has graciously donated the prize below. I decided to go pumpkin on my, I have spied my first pumpkins showing up at the local stores and farmers market around here and it put me in the "pumpkin" mood! I started with my sentiment stamped it, I then stamped my basket of pumpkins and cut it out on another sheet. I then drew a box using a ruler and then layered my pumpkins and pumpkin basket around my new frame. I then layered it with my ribbon. I then decided to add some pumpkin tendrils by using wire that I had wrapped around a skewer.
Stamps: PTI Vintage Picni, CC Designs Autumn Sentiments
This week on the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge, our challenge was to make a card with a grid on it. I decided to do a modern grid card, and you can find directions how I achieved this look here. Our sponsor this week is:
First I stamped my sofa and table and then I drew my grid on my card...my squares are 1/2" each. I then colored every other square with copics and did some slight shading. Then I added my sentiment and ribbon...this was such a fun and easy card to create...I can't wait to see what you come up with...Recipe:
This week on the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge our challenge was a sketch...I just love sketches, takes so much guess work out of the design... I personally collect sketches for inspiration for future use...I just copy and past my sketch to a document, print it out and 3 hole punch it into my card sketch binder (I also have a scrapbook sketch binder too).
My card this week card this week uses an image from a line called Pure Innocence, the stamp is called "Are we there yet" which can be found at My Favorite Things. I just adore this line...I love the adorable, yet simple images in this line.
For my distressing I decided to ink my edges of the card, of the flourishes, and I also decided to distress the white cardstock by sanding and piercing.... giving it a more aged look. I also decided to pull out my colored pencils and Gamsol and color this little gal in, although I did use Copics for her skin. This was such a fun little card to put together...thanks for joining me today, I can't wait to see what you come up with!
Recipe: Stamp: Pure Innocence Are we there yet Paper: Joann's and Paper Studio Other: Pearls, Flower Sticker by K & Co, button by CTMH, lace, piercer, ink, Copics, Colored Pencils, Gamsol, Maya Road pins, Sizzix Die Flourishes, Jewelry Tag
This week at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge is a color challenge...and my favorite to create in...PINK! Our challenge was to make a creation using Pink! You can use black or pink as a background, but the main color of your creation must be PINK... love it! Our sponsor this week is Magnoliacious and that graciously donated the Magnolia stamp below.
Ever see something in a magazine and you just "have to recreate it"? I saw these wonderful masks for Halloween in this month's Scrapbooks Etc. and I've been on a mission to recreate it them...in my own way of course! So I used their template, found HERE, and shrunk it (it is about 1/4 of the size) to put on my card... I stamped it, blinged it up and used 1 feather to give it a little flair. I then added a little star wand that was a party favor (6 for $1 at Dollar Tree) and added a bow to that. I then layed the whole thing on crepe paper that I ran a stitch through and gathered lightly. I then put everything on my paper that is stitched and then added my little tickets in the corner. I'm so glad you could join me today...I can't wait to see what PINK thing you come up with!
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Just the Ticket and Fancy Flourishes
Ink: CTMH Bubblegum and Memento Tuxedo
Die: Papertrey Ink Just the Ticket
Paper: Paper Studio
Other: Wand via Dollar Tree, Organza Ribbon, Crepe Paper, Thread, Feather, Rhinestones, Feather
This week at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge our challenge was to use TWO STAMPED images on our project, a perfect time to use the masking technique, if you so choose. Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp and they are donating a $25 gift certificate to the winner of this weeks challenge. For my card this week, I decided to use one of my new stamp sets from Papertrey Ink, Up, Up and Away. I just love these balloons...so pretty... and I decided to color them blue, but that left me with a slight problem...the background paper was blue...what was a girl to do? I decided to make a sun, that would be enough variation and I started with just the yellow circle...not wanting to cut up millions of bits of ribbon I decided to adhere some folded crepe paper for my sun's rays...and I think it came out pretty cute...thanks for joining me today, I can't wait to see what you've created this week!
Stamp: Papertrey Ink Up, Up and Away
Die: Papertrey Ink Cloud
Other: Glitter, Paper Piercer, Crepe Paper, Copics, Pop Dots
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This week on the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge our challenge was to use Buttons and Bows! What fun! Our winner for our challenge this week will receive a $20 gifter certificate from:
For my card this week I decided to use another Pure Innocence Stamp called My Balloon...I just love this line! This little girl is so adorable and instead of using the actual balloon I replaced it with my colorful button...kind of a fun little play! Thanks for joining me today, I can't wait to see what you come up with!Recipe:
Stamps: Pure Innocence My Balloon, Papertrey Ink Basics Dots and Just the Ticket
This week on the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge our challenge was to create a card or project that was just for boys! It can be anything as long as you stamp it and it's for boys.
Our sponsor this week is My Favorite Things with a $25 gift certificate to the winner...if you haven't shopped there you should go take a look around...it's one of my fav's!
Now onto my card, when I tend to go boy or masculine I tend to go clean and simple...men kind of frown on frilly flowers and bling, bling...LOL... When I saw this little doggie in the My Favorite Things store I knew I just had to have him... he looks JUST LIKE my little Chihuahua Bella...and well since I can't resist spoiling her rotten, how could I resist an image that looks just like her?
I colored in my little dog with Copics and layered him and then I decided I wanted to add a dog collar, unfortunately the photo does NOT do my collar justice! I then added my little ticket sentiment and added a little dog bone punch piece from a punch I hadn't used in YEARS (and I'm not kidding...I think it is one of the first punches ever made! LOL)
Thanks for joining me today, I can't wait to see what you come up with! Recipe:
Stamps: MFT Puppy Chow, PTI Tickets
Paper: DCWV Pet Stack
Other: Nestabilities Buckles, Grosgrain Ribbon, Dog Bone Charm, Dog Bone Punch
This week on the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge the challenge is to create a card or project that has spaceships, aliens, robots, fairies or anything else that is from another world! This can be anything "Make Believe"...
For my card this week, I decided on a space theme. I just love this little girl astronaut and her spaceship...so cute! I really wanted to do a "moon" and the spaceship blasting away, so I cut out the moon with my Nestabilities, stamped on the it and THEN embossed it...then I added a little bling to it... Such fun! I also added the polka dotted paper as the background as it reminded me of stars in space... Thanks for joining me today, I can't wait to see what you come up with!
Digital Image: My Graphico
Stamps: PTI Fancy Flourishes, Sentiment by Studio G
Paper: Paper Studio
Other: Nestabilities Square, Scalloped Square, Circle, Labels 4, Cuttlebug Spots and Dots Embossing Folder, Pop Dots, Copics, Memento Ink
This has been one super hectic week for me, I had 3 horse show judging jobs and in between running back and forth to the show that my husband and clients are at...and the heat index has been about 105...so Christmas... well it's seems way way off in the distant future, but I know it will be here before I can blink my eyes! Stamptacular Sunday's Challenge this week is to create a Christmas card/project and since I'm dealing with a heat wave and am not feeling the joy of Christmas quite yet, I got creative on my colors and decided to go hot pink and neon green (figure this will be the perfect card for a teen)...so I still "kind of" have my red and green and my Christmasy image even if I'm not quite feeling "it" yet... Can't wait to see what you come up with this week! Here's the challenge instructions below:
Create a Christmas card...you're free to do this any way you wish. Create two DIFFERENT cards and be entered into our weekly prize drawing twice, create three different cards and you'll be entered three times, create four and you have four chances to win, etc...
I Scream, you Scream, we all SCREAM for ICE CREAM! This week on the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge, we have a color challenge...the colors in your favorite sundae...yummy!
We have TWO sponsors this week, they are Magnolialicious, who have donated this adorable stamp below... and Some Odd Girl with the winners choice of 3 digital images...how fun
Now I have a "new" favorite sundae (it was formerly peppermint icecream with fudge) and I discovered it about 6 months ago at Culver's.... Banana's Foster Sundae...vanilla icecream, with sliced banana's and a cinammon caramel over the whole thing...I'm soooooo in heaven! So this inspired my color choices this week.
I adore these Magnolia's...and this particular one looks a little perplexed...I'm always needing a "hang in there" card for someone in need of a pick me up and I thought the sunny yellow would help. Did you see that I repeated the egg theme in the lower left corner with a button and a pearl that I colored with a yellow Copic? I kept this card simple...and fairly flat for easy mailing. Thanks for joining me today...I can't wait to see what your favorite sundae is! Recipe:
Stamp: Magnolia, Studio G (Sentiment)
Paper: The Paper Studio
Die: Labels 4 by Nestabilities, SU Scallop Edge Punch
This week at on the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge we have a fantastic sketch to follow...I always love these fun little sketches Priscilla comes up for us...they are so much fun!
Our sponsor this week is Stamp and Create and the winner of this challenge will receive a $20 gift certificate to their website...what fun!
I decided since I had about 30 of these little chef's all stamped up and partially colored that it might be high time to use at least 1...LOL... I just love the Magnolia line and the rolling pin she is sitting on is from the same line. I ordered these stamps last year for my cookie exchange party before Christmas...I didn't get around to using even 1/2 of my images, but they sure were fun to color!
Since I was loosely trying to following the sketch, I thought I'd make a little sugar cookie accent, I cut out two circles of the same size (different colors of paper), I then took my "frosting" or white paper and trimmed it with an uneven edge, I then added it to my cookie and then used my circle scallop punch to punch out "teeth marks"...I then added some pink sugar glitter...yummy! Thanks for joining me today and I can't wait to see what you come up with!
Occassionally, just occassionally I get to do something not completely horse related (big grin)... we managed to sneak away to a movie last week and on our drive home I saw one of my favorite little knick knack stores advertising a flea market that weekend...so I drug poor Kevin along and loll and behold, this wonderous beauty stood out, a swiveling shelf unit...with a price tag of $5...couldn't believe my eyes...what a deal! Now for the fun of filling it...apparently it held "dog supplies"... now it'll be my flower holder! Love it!
Happy 4th of July! How are you celebrating America's Independence Day? I think here at the farm we'll probably just watch the fireworks shows from our front yard...we get the best view and get to see 4 different shows!
This week on the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge the challenge is to make an Arperture card (ie. a card with a hole in it with an image showing through). Our sponsor this week is My Favorite Things who was generous to the Stamptacular Design Team and sent us products to use and the winner of this weeks challenge gets a $25 gift certificate. WOW! I LOVE the Heather Ellis line "Pure Innocence", her characters are just so adorable! The stamp I chose for my project today is called "Start Each Day with a "Whee"!
The minute I saw this adorable stamp, I knew I wanted her swinging from a tree...and since cork is so hot right now, I thought I'd give it a whirl. I bought a roll of it at Joann's and free hand cut my tree trunks. I then ran them through my little "X" Xyron and placed them on my card. I then punched out my leaves (SU Bird punch), and added my grass (Martha Stewart Icicle punch...don't you love it when you can find a different job for a tool than it's original use?) I then added my flowers and apples. I then added sticker pearls to the center of each flower and colored them with a red Copic.
Thanks for joining me today, hope you have a great holiday weekend and I can't wait to see what you come up with!
Stamp: MFT Pure Innocence "Start each day with a Whee"
Paper: MFT Summer Collection (flowered), all other scraps
Die: Nestabilities Circle and Scalloped Circle
Punch: Martha Stewart Icicle (grass), Stampin Up Bird (leaves and limbs on tree)
Create a card or project using stars and stripes. You're free to use any colors you choose, as long as you include stars, stripes and stamping!
SPONSOR: Susana's Custom Art & Card DesignsPRIZE:
One SHEET of Victoria Case SCACD Spring Collection Stamps
I just love this basket with the flag and stars coming out of it...such fun! I wanted a vintage looking americana card, so I kept it simple and added a rusted tin star I had left over from another craft project. Thanks for looking, I'm glad you stopped by and I can't wait to see what you've come up with!
Create a card or project that has a bug on it. If our participants make something for a baby then they will be entered in to our drawing twice!SPONSOR: Simon Says StampPRIZE: $25 Gift Certificate plus FREE SHIPPING This week I was inspired by my Basic Grey paper to create this bee and honey pot easel card. I used my oval nestabilities and did some creative trimming to come up with my honey pot. I added my honey and used my Martha Stewart punch to create the honey drips! I then cut out my bee from the paper and added it to my honey pot and add a creative flourish. I also added some stickles to the bees wings and the flower centers. Thanks for joining me again today...and again, I'm at a horse show for about a week...so maybe I'll come back with more photos when I return. Happy Crafting!
So you've missed me...or maybe not... but it's "that" time of the year when I live on the road... a lot... with my horse show family...and most of the time...it's gone to the dogs... Below is my mother in law holding my little chihuahua Bella...with some borrowed "Doggles"...yes, goggles for dogs...who woulda thunk it? Well horse showing has gone to the dogs...and our dog walking crew...when we're on the road our fur families come with us...and this is some of them...we jokingly call it a dog and pony show...
Taking advantage of the showgrounds beautiful surrounding parks by "walking the dogs"...
Oh, Horses...you wanted to see the horses...well yes, we do that too...this is my ladies that show showmanship...all lined up in their pretty sparkly outfits and they're spit polished ponies....
This is one of our clients getting ready to go show for the first time on her new horse...
And this is my mother in law actually IN the showpen
So long days...sometimes wet, sometimes hot and humid...but we have fun...there's a little insider sneak peak of something BESIDES stamping projects!
This week for the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge, you will create a card or project with some sort of guy/man on it. If our participants create the card/project for their Dad then they will be entered in to the drawing twice!
This week I went clean and simple. Most the men in my life are simple guys with simple tastes...and enjoy some tv time. So I didn't want to fluff this card up with embellishments, I wanted this to be an extension of them... thanks for joining me today...I'm still horse showing...but I'll be back soon...
My card this week I wanted to keep simple...because I've got lots and lots of wedding's coming up and I need to mass produce this...so I decided to use my new Martha Stewart edger punch (doesn't that just scream elegant...definately worth the price tag!)...and do some embossing and add a few quilled roses (so easy to make with the quilling tool...I have a tutorial on here on how easy they are to make...check out the month of April!) I also decided to weave my ribbon through the edge...what fun...what elegance.
Thanks for joining me today and while I'm out and about horsing around (my job... as a horse show trainer)... I'm sure you'll create a beautiful card for this weeks challenge!
Stamp: Studio G
Paper: Pink from Basic Grey, others are from the scrap pile!
Punch: Martha Stewart Garden Trellis, Leaves
Die: Nestabilities Labels 4
Other: Pearls, Organza Ribbon, Textiles Embossing folder, Pop Dots
This week on the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge our challenge is to create a card or project that has a beach theme, something that you'd see at the beach or just uses colors you relate to being at the beach.
Now while my card doesn't SCREAM beach, these are some colors (being a transplanted California native) that I remember fondly from my beach fairing days...lots of pink bikinis and the warm yellow sand and sun! Doesn't this gal and her pup look like they are going for a great little drive? Makes me feel like I'm in my 20's again...LOL
For my sun, I used a star type of punch (Martha Stewart)...punched out 5, ran them through my xyron and stuck them together to come up with a honeycomb type of sun...just for a little pop off my card...
Thanks for joining me today...please note...I'm horse showing through the entire month of JUNE (and for those that don't know...it's my job...horse show trainer)...so...I'll be hitting the internet randomly as I don't yet have a laptop and I'll be ummm...horsing around...LOL Recipe:
I decided to go delicate vintage this week by aging my doily and fancying up a silk flower I had on hand with some Stickles and pearl. I added a little ribbon and a couple of pearlized pins along with a tag that I had slighty aged the edges (difficult to see in the photo). This was a quick and simple card, but definately one I'll use...can never have enough thank you notes... Thanks for joining me today, I can't wait to see what you come up with!
Paper: Scraps...but the blue is K & Co
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Fancy Flourishes and Through the Trees (sentiment)
Ink: Tim Holtz, CTMH
Dies: Nestabilities Labels 4, Border punch by EK Success
Now my maiden name means "ARBOR" in german...which of course means tree...so I thought that would be a little trivia to share with you today.
I had left my supplies out from last week, and decided to just go with the colors I had on my table...which are pink, brown and white (again)...but I think this card just turned out to be so much fun. I've been itching to use the new PTI tree set I had purchased about a month or so ago...I just KNEW I had to have a PINK tree...so this challenge was just perfect for me! And to be "green" I added some leftover sprigs I had from a home decor project...just to bring it all home! Thanks for joining me today...I can't wait to see what you come up with!