Summertime

Mexico

Last week we were in Mexico for a wedding. It was hot and humid but still amazing. Mexico is our happy place.

This week I’ve reopened my shop and I’m working on some new listings that I hope to have in the shop soon.

Summer is our favourite around here. Sleep in, eat treats, hit the splash park two or three or 12 times at least!

What are you doing this summer?

 

Stationery as a Gift

Stationery Makes a Great Gift
I realize I might be a bit bias seeing as I design and sell stationery but truly I think stationery makes the best gift! It works for just about anybody and it’s one of those gifts that keeps on giving! For example a package of 8 “You’re A Delight” Thank You Cards are given in appreciation to a friend and this friend can now use said cards to show their gratitude to 8 other people! It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

Happy Friday everyone!

 

Party Animal Mini Party Hat Tutorial

Party Animal Mini Party Hat Tutorial

In yesterdays post I mentioned this fun Party Animal Birthday Cake that I made for my sons 2nd birthday. I saw the idea on Bleubird and loved it immediately. Here’s how I went about creating these tiny little party animals…

Party Animals

Materials:
Plastic Animals (I got mine at the dollar store in 2 different sizes)
Patterned Scrapbook Paper
Clear Plastic Mini Hair Elastics (also bought at the dollar store)
1″ Hole Punch
Clear Tape
Scissors

Party Animal Party Hat Tutorial
1. Punch out some circles with a punch. I think I used a 1″ Punch. You’ll have to eyeball the right size based on the size of your animals.

Party Animal Party Hat Tutorial
2. Make two cuts from the edge of the circle into the middle of the circle cutting away roughly a third of your circle.
3. Gently wrap the circle around your finger making a cone and secure with a tiny piece of tape.

Party Animal Mini Party Hat Tutorial
4. Cut a tiny slit into the top of the hat with a pair of scissors.
5. Insert 2 fingers into an elastic band.
6. Carefully insert one end of the elastic band into the top of the hat where you just made your slit.
7. Using your finger hold the elastic band in place at the top of the hat while carefully wrapping the other end of the elastic band around the animals head and then remove your fingers.

Party Animal Party Hat Tutorial
Done! I liked that the elastics held the hats on securely without taking away visually from the colourful hats! Plus they looked liked they really were part of the hats!

Party Animal Party Hat Tutorial

Party Animal Party Hat Tutorial

They were a hit!

Party Animal 2nd Birthday

Party Animal 2nd Birthday

Our son turned 2 recently. We didn’t want to go too nuts with party details so instead we had a very low key event complete with this fun Party Animal Birthday Cake. It was a huge hit! I saw the idea for the party hats on the blog Bleubird. Tomorrow I’ll share with you how I attached them to these wee little animals.

Party Animal Cake

The cake was 3 layers, 2 chocolate and 1 vanilla. Vanilla Butter Cream Icing was used between each layer as well as on the outside of the cake. While the icing was still wet I carefully added Fudgee-O crumbs to the outside of the cake as well as the base of the cake. To make the Fudgee-O crumbs I put some Fudgee-O’s into a plastic bag and crunched them up with a rolling pin. If the crumbs get a bit too moist you can add some icing sugar to the bag. This will help to dry them up. I got the idea for this cake from this one posted on the blog Created by Diane.

Party Animal Cake

Party Animal 2nd Birthday

Party Animal Favor Buckets complete with Animal Paddle Ball, Animal Crackers, Animal Sand Molds and squishy Water Balls, just cause!

Floral Thank You Cards

Floral Thank You Cards
In just under a month my awesome cousin will be marrying my awesome soon-to-be cousin in Mexico! I recently attended the bridal shower where we were asked to bring handmade gifts. I made these fun Floral Thank You Cards including a matching personalized tag.

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Look for a similar design coming to my shop this summer!

 

Photo Shoot Outtakes

A few more shots from my photo shoot with Greg Bain Photography. We’ll call these the Outtakes!

Greg Bain Photography

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Photo Shoot with Greg Bain Photography

Photo Shoot with Greg Bain Photography
Okay so back in the Fall my friend Greg moved back to Canada with his family and started a photography business, Greg Bain Photography. He offered to do a photo session for me and I enthusiastically said yes! Fast forward a few months (almost a year!) and I’m now finally sharing the photos with all of you! I felt a bit out of my comfort zone doing this as I’m usually the one taking the pictures but it was so much fun and a great way to ring in my 35th year!

Thank you Greg!

I wanted to do some fun, quirky colourful photos that I could use for my blog and on social media. Greg wanted to try some classic black and white shots with dramatic contrast. We set about creating both looks with the help of Laura from All Dolled Up Makeup Artistry in Red Deer Alberta who did my hair and makeup.

Here’s the fun, colourful photos first…

Photo Shoot with Greg Bain Photography

Photo Shoot with Greg Bain Photography

Photo Shoot with Greg Bain Photography

Photo Shoot with Greg Bain Photography

And now the dramatic black and white shots….

Photo Shoot with Greg Bain Photography

Photo Shoot with Greg Bain Photography

Photo Shoot with Greg Bain Photography

Photo Shoot with Greg Bain Photography

It really was so fun and Greg and Laura were great to work with! I highly recommend the experience! It’s a wonderful way to celebrate a milestone birthday! If you’re in Alberta be sure to look up Greg Bain Photography and Laura of All Dolled Up Makeup and Artistry. Both are based out of Red Deer Alberta.

You can also find Greg Bain Photography on Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

I’m back!

Portrait

I’m back! Well sort of. I never really went anywhere, just got busy! So very busy! But next week I’m back sharing some portraits with you that were taken of me back in the Fall as well as some baking and stationery projects that have been keeping me busy this Spring. Till then, have a great weekend!

Photo by Greg Bain Photogrpahy

Psst, I’m a wee bit more active on Instagram. Keep up with all my creative happenings there.

 

Mario Kart Birthday Cake

Mario Kart Birthday Cake

Today is our oldest son’s 7th birthday. He’s been asking for a Mario Kart birthday party since he got the game at Christmas. Here’s the cake I made for his party this past weekend. Do you think he liked it?

Mario Kart Birthday Cake

When he say his sisters Frozen Cake he immediately asked if he could have figures on his cake too. I found a set of 18 assorted Mario figures on Amazon.ca. I was originally going to do a race track but since none of the figures were actually race cars I opted for a more celebratory scene.

Mario Kart Birthday Cake

I started with a basic rectangular cake. When I was looking for the Mario figures on Amazon I came across Wilton Sugar Paper (I actually bought mine at Michaels). I knew it would work great for making the road and this way I’d avoid the yucky taste that black gel gives to icing. Win, win! I bought a black sheet, a white sheet and black letter Sugar Paper.

Wilton Sugar Paper for Mario Kart Birthday Cake

It was really easy to use. I placed a piece of regular paper onto my cake to see how big I wanted the road to be. I then cut it out and used it as a stencil on the black sugar paper. I iced the sides of the cake with chocolate icing and added a thin layer of green icing on the top of the cake. I then peeled off the backing on the sugar paper and placed it shiny side down onto the cake. The wet icing acts as a glue to hold the sugar paper in place so make sure you work quickly. Using the white sugar paper I cut out a very long and skinny triangle. I then cut the triangle into pieces for the white dashes. By starting with the long skinny triangle I was able to give some perspective to the cake.

Black Letter Wilton Sugar Paper for Mario Kart Birthday Cake

I then carefully peeled the black letters from their backing and using a small paint brush and a tiny bit of water I wet the back of each letter and then stuck it onto the white serving tray. Again the water acts as a glue for the sugar paper letters. Just make sure you don’t use too much water or the black colour will start to run.

Mario Kart Birthday Cake

Finally I added a large Kit Kat bar to the top to serve as the podium. Using some chocolate icing I very carefully added the figures to the cake. Using my grass cake tip I finished the cake with grass carefully going around the figures and lining the road. I love my grass icing tip. It covers all manner of sins!

Mario Kart Birthday Cake

That’s it! I’m really happy with how this cake turned out. I was a wee bit sad when we cut into it but it’s meant for eating right?! It made one birthday boy very happy that’s for sure!

Happy cake making!

A is for Awesome

Pegboard Letter DIY

Check out this super fun Pegboard DIY Makeover I found on Rue Rococo thanks to the lovely Sarah of SarahHearts. I kinda want to go buy some right now and go cutting crazy! Just think of all the fun shapes you could make!

 

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