I didn’t do all the decos for the shower- I just did a couple of items. The cupcake picks, the banner, and a “words on a stick” banner type thing for a table.
I know- I have been a huuuge slacker! I actually haven’t been, I just haven’t been blogging all my creations! I’m going to attempt to catch up!
Let’s jump right in to the details of a Halloween themed baby shower I was a part of last October (2014).
Invitations..Mommy and I scoured Pinterest and the web for invites we liked..Here is a step by step on what we ended up doing.
I designed the actual invitation part on picmonkey.com as a 4×6. Always add a frame of about 1/4 or 1/8 of an inch around the image so when it prints your “important” stuff doesn’t get cut off.
I usually print at Walgreen’s because they have good quality and great coupons, plus a lot of them are 24 hours for late night crafters like me! The back ground is a 6×6 piece of orange on orange chevron glitter (it was Doodlebug brand) cardstock. The pregnant momma is from the Cricut cartridge, Everyday Pop Up Cards. Her witch’s hat is from the Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge.
Our little momma – I used a pale-ish skintone color for her basic shape. I set the Cricut for approximately 3.5 inches.
For her hair, LBD, and shoes, I used a solid black cardstock, and as always, for all of my solid cardstock images I used and recommend the Recollections line of 8.5×11 cardstock from Michael’s. I have tried many different kinds and this brand is a great monetary and quality value. Just a note- I used black for her hair because the invites were for a mom with black hair, obviously you are free to use whatever color you want! Her hat is the only solo witch’s hat on Happy Hauntings, but it originally had a spider hanging from its tip. It was very delicate and wasn’t necessary for us, so I removed it. I then embellished the hat band area with green Stickles.
Then I layered it all together and, voila! Finished Invitation!
I hate my laundry room. It’s is a combination of Seussian colors that I loved when I painted it 8 years ago, but now I just cringe when I see it. I am in process of repainting and revamping the room- it is my laundry room/pantry/linen storage/eBay storage room so it serves many purposes. It is a busy place so a major reno is hard- this shelf was a simple idea to help add storage and prevent objects falling behind the washer and dryer. I also needed a new lint bucket and a money can – us know- for our “laundered” money!! For the lint can, I used a large cardboard coffee can. I painted my base coat, a crackle coat and my top color. I then used the Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge for the lettering and the Cricut Cake Basics cartridge for the bases. The shelf it self is a 1×12 piece of pre-primed lumber and hubby used 2 “L” brackets to mount it over the laundry machines.
These cash wreathes make the PERFECT gift. There is NO WAY to lose giving one of these wreathes! They have a lot to offer ($$CASH$$) and serve as home decor or a memento of the special day!! I am including step by step photos of 3 wreathes in 2 different styles.
For this project you will need:
Wreath form – foam or straw are really the best options.
Burlap (or whatever you want to wrap the wreath in)
Contrasting ribbon or fabric
Cash- I prefer to use $1 and $2 bills – for weddings I like to use $2 to symbolize 2 singles becoming one!
E6000 glue or hot glue
For a suspended letter wreath you will also need a large wooden or chipboard letter and beading wire
For a banner wreath you will need wooden (or heavy paper) pennants, lettering ( I use different fonts on the Cricut) and twine or beading wire.
Begin by wrapping your base material all around your wreath form.
Once that is done wrap a portion of the wreath with the contrast material or ribbon.
You can add a bow directly across from the contrast, if you like.
If you are doing a banner wreath- I painted my pennants, which I got from Michael’s.with a base color I wanted to peek out, then coated with crackle coat (man, I love crackle coat) then covered in my secondary color. After they crackled I sanded them for an even more worn look. I then added the initials (or date) of the celebrant.
This one was a baby shower gift – The wreath matched the shower and nursery theme.
This was for a wedding- the colors/theme were burlap and turquoise. The “lady” is the card- I will make a totally separate post on the Julie Nutting stamps!
For the suspended letter(or anything else) here are some clear step by step pics…
We wrapped the wreath form in the burlap and accented it with a teal-ish wired ribbon from Hobby Lobby The chipboard B was covered in coordinating buttons with E6000 and we drilled 4 holes in it- 1 in each “corner”.
We threaded the flex wire thru the holes and tied very tight double knots then tied the ends around the wreath form. We did this with all 4 corners. It gives the look of the letter just suspended in midair in the middle of the wreath.
I folded the $1 bills at into a “heart” shape(I’m no good at origami) and pinned them to the very top of the wreath.
Then I began the $2 bills around the wreath. You kind of fold/crumple the bills into a nice shape and pin them, overlapping all the way around. I like to only cover about 2/3 of the wreath, especially if you have an accent bow on the side.
Almost done…just one more thing to add….
What kind of unique gifts do you like to make? If you make a cash wreath share your pics with me!!
I am involved in a mission that provides birthday and last day of chemo cakes for children going through cancer treatment. This is one of those cakes. It is called a ‘No Mo’ Chemo’ cake. This child asked for a yellow cake(vanilla, basically) with a deer hunting theme. I had done a camo themed cake in the past and was excited to do it again. It is actually easier than it looks and I will go through it with you step by step.
You will need :
3 white or yellow cake mixes
3 boxes of vanilla pudding mix
Regular icing for layers
Crusting Buttercream to ice cake
Fluorescent Orange food dye
Black food dye
Brown food dye
Green food dye
(For the dye I use Americolor)
3 cake pans
40 million spatulas, spoons, and various scraping instruments
Viva paper towel
Prepare your first cake mix according to the box(or recipe if you are trying to one-up me).
Put a LARGE quantity of the black food dye into the prepared batter. Mix to desired darkness. Decant into a bowl and clean mixing bowl.
Step 2 & 3 – repeat step 1 with green and brown dyes.
Step 4- Grease cake pans- I use Baker’s Joy spray- my personal fave. Begin spooning each color into one pan, overlapping with the other two colors- in a camo like pattern-
Allow to cool- usually around an hour or two. While cakes are cooling you should prepare the layer ‘filling’.
Use regular icing- I prefer the Pillsbury Vanilla Cream cheese kind- and add a fairly large amount of the Fluorescent Orange dye. You want it to be vibrant- to look like Hunter’s orange.
Let it set up for a while after mixing.
When it has set and the cakes are cool you can begin putting the cake together. It’s very simple. Place base layer on cake board and ice the top with the orange icing. Continue all layers with icing in between-
Now make your buttercream- I use this crusting buttercream recipe.
Make your buttercream and divide into 3 bowls and dye as you did the batter- I recommend starting with the green first, then brown, then black- if you go in that order you won’t have to wash the mixing bowl in between colors. Give the buttercream about 10 minutes or so to set after you finish making and dying it.
All that is left is to ice the cake – CAMO STYLE!!!
You will need to start off with one color and PLEASE make sure your hands are clean because you will be using them A LOT for this. As you smear the icing on you will have to kind of …. encourage it to adhere to the cake. You will continue all over the cake in a camo type pattern.
After the whole cake is covered, you will need to smooth it out- first with a spatula and ultimately with your Viva Paper towel. If you are unfamiliar with the Viva method you can learn about it here
Once the cake is smooth- TAKE A BREAK!!
After your break you can mix your fondant with the orange food dye and roll it out to cut out your letters or shapes or whatever you want on your cake. I also added a hunter and a deer.
This is a lot of work but it turns out so cool and everyone gets a great surprise when they see the inside matches the outside! I hope your camo fans like it!! Show me some of your camo cakes!!
One of my good friends is turning 30 (so young!!)! She and a clan of her peeps are hitting the high seas on a cruise to Mexico next week and due to the celebratory nature of this Party on the Gulf, We thought it would be fun to put a sign on her stateroom door, So I made this one!
I googled the size of Carnival Cruise stateroom doors, because I knew they would be narrow- And boy are they!! A mere 22 inches. I used a full size sheet of poster board and took of about 2 inches on each side just to make sure it wouldn’t be too wide for the door. Then I got the Cricut out and for the people I used the Teen Scene Paper Doll cartridge. For the font I used the Winnie The Pooh font cartridge. I doubled matted the lettering for more pop and used neon cardstock from Michael’s. On a somewhat unrelated note, I ama huge fan of Hobby Lobby. Their products are great and they outflank Michael’s in the scrap and papercrafting field overwhelmingly. BUT – for solid color cardstock, esp for use with the Cricut, Michael’s store brand collections that I linked to above are THE BEST value and quality. I have had THE BEST luck with them. Ok- moving on! The beer mugs were from the Everyday Pop Up Cards cartridge. The island, palm tree and pineapple drink were all from the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge. Which, by the way, I have gotten A TON of use out of – probably the best Cricut investment I ever made!
First – our bare dolls-
Next- PUT SOME CLOTHES ON!!!
Those dolls are doing what???
See how the basic layout takes shape…
Then our lettering –
And special attention to the birthday girl- Kasey!
This is a seemingly easy project, but with all the die cuts and layers, it gets hard. I also SWEAR by one particular glue –
Scotch Brand Quick Dry Adhesive– I buy a bottle EVERY time I go to Michael’s and have a coupon!! It is magic glue for paper crafting!!
What have you done to decorate your stateroom or hotel room on vacation? Share your images and ideas!!
We had this armoire in the hall. I have never liked it. I didn’t pick it out, it came with the house. It has been the bane of my home decor existence for all time!! For a while it was in the dining room, then it served as the TV cabinet in our bedroom, then it served as a makeshift linen closet at the end of our hall. I couldn’t take the lack of a real linen closet or that monstrosity clogging up my hallway any more, so a few weeks ago I got hubby to repurpose an existing closet in the utility room into a linen closet – I will show that later- and somehow this armoire moved from the hallway to my entry foyer. It has hulked there for about a month now, mocking me. It knows I’m no fan.
But an impromptu trip to Michael’s with the hubby started the creative gears cranking. We found a can of magnetic paint on clearance and Hubs said he would love to make a magnetic key board. I added we should use the doors to the armoire as the surface. He liked that idea and there it was. We were going to paint the doors with the magnetic paint. Yay. Well- that was not enough for me- I needed to completely redo the monster, but it had to be cheap and fast. That I could do. I had a quart of Valspar Crackle Glaze from a past project, we already had the magnetic paint and I bought a $9 quart of Glidden Interior Flat paint in Almond Wisp plus a sanding block at Home Depot.
Step one- paint with crackle glaze
If I hadn’t waited a week to get new knobs, this project would have taken no time at all- I think there is maybe a 5 hour investment in this project!! And this really was low cost. Actually cash-money spent specifically on this project?
Magnetic paint – $6.50
Quart Glidden Almond Wisp $9.25
Knobs – $8.16
Total – $23.91 (and that is factoring in tax)
AWESOME!!! And it was fun!