Sunday, June 12, 2011

Super Easy Cupcake Ice Cream Cones *No Oven Required*

I haven't posted in forever and I thought this was a good one to start with. I got a Babycakes Cake Pop Maker for Mother's Day. If you don't have one, you really should get one. I have tried the "traditional" cake pops. I made the biggest mess and it took me forever. This machine works great!

When I first saw the machine advertised I wondered if the cake balls were small enough to fit inside a Joy Kid's Cone (there are 60 to a box). Sure enough, they fit perfect. I have tried cooking the cones in the oven with cake batter in them but it was disaster...the cupcakes would stay up, they were uneven and cooked more in some places than others. Below is a picture of the cake ball inserted into the cone. Isn't it a perfect fit?!
I put the bottom part of the cake ball on top since it is more rounded than the other side. Next, I added the frosting in a can to the cupcake and added sprinkles. It is beautiful?!
A little tip to get them to stay on a plate as shown in the picture below...put a dab of the frosting on the flat bottom of the cupcake. As long as you aren't to careless with them, they will stay put. I took them to my son's Kindergarten End of the Year Party. They were a huge hit with the kids and adults alike.

Here is another picture from the party:

Ok, back to the subject, one cake mix will make about 60 balls which is just enough for the pack of the kid's cones.




Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Christmas Card 2010

I finally decided on my Christmas cards for this year. They had such a great selection at Shutterfly that I had a very hard time deciding. I finally decided on the following style. You can't see the inside but it had spot for 4 additional pictures & text. I think it turned out great!

Joy Magic Story Christmas 5x7 folded card
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Turkey Toes with Free Printable



I originally saw this idea at Chasing Fireflies and recently saw a version at Dylan's Candy Bar. At anywhere from $10.00-$14.00, they are pretty expensive especially when you consider the cost of candy corn this time of year. Also, my version is politically correct :) "No turkeys were harmed in the making of this product". I used small 3x5 ziplock jewelry bags with the 3 inch circles and I used the 2 inch circles with the jars. If you are wondering about the jar, it came from Hobby Lobby. I bought it on sale for 75 cents...it was perfect. Anyway, here are the files if you want to make them yourself:

2 inch
2.5 inch
3 inch

* Note: These are to be used for your own personal use...not for sale in any form.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Christmas Card

Well, it is almost that time of year...Christmas Card Time. I always hate this time of year because I usually wait till the last minute to get my Christmas cards out. I always have a hard time deciding what picture to use and actually sending them out. Last year, I had someone on Etsy make a digital image for me so I could print it myself...Big Mistake!! I had them printed on cardstock at a local print shop and had to cut them myself. They ended up costing more than if I had just had someone else do them. I had used Shutterfly in the past and been very happy with them.I don't know what got into me last year that I didn't order from them. The print quality was much better than the ones I had printed at the print shop. I recently received an email from Shutterfly and was amazed at the wonderful christmas cards designs that they have this year. I will definitely be ordering from them. Did I mention that they will mail them for you?! How great is that!! A few clicks and I will be done with the Christmas cards. Here are some of my favorites:







 I was also thrilled to see that they carry holiday gift tags as well. I love to bake and give cookies, etc. as Christmas gifts. These tags will add a touch of elegance to my gift. I like the fact that it has my information already printed on the tags. Here are some of my favs:




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Monday, October 11, 2010

Monster Birthday Party


I haven't posted any new projects lately because I had been working on my son's birthday party for the past month or so during my spare time (which I never seem to have enough of). Well, it is finally over. I feel bad saying that but it is true.

Here is the invitation. You will have to excuse the blanked out portion...my husband is super paranoid about listing any details that pertain to our sons. I got them from Announcing You.

We had it at Monster Mini Golf which has great decorations. I purchased a party package from Dimple Prints. The wonderful matching cupcake toppers were made by Robin's Cake Art. The cookie toppers were made by Hello Frosting. The little chocolate and coconut/amaretto cookies were made by Fusion Sweets. The vinyl decals were made by Vinyl Express. The monster finger puppets soaps were made by Brown Bag Bath Bars. I guess you could say that Etsy was my party planner because I got almost everything there. Also, I want to give credit for all the wonderful pictures to my friend, Mayela Colina.

The Birthday Boy & Location Pics:


The Food Table:



The Candy "Boo"fet

The Goodie Bags, Craft & Misc:


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