Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tuesday Tag-Along

I am participating in Tuesday Tag-Along

Friday, June 25, 2010

Pink and Brown Chocolate Dressed Up Cake

This is my latest dressed up cake inspired by Texas Monkey. I made it for my friend, Stephanie, for her birthday. I was originally going to add a strawberry ribbon around the cake with just plain Piroulines but I couldn't find the ribbon anywhere. Instead, I found this great chocolate brown and pink ribbon so I made the cake to match it. I colored Wilton white chips with a couple of drops of my Americolor Neon Pink Gel Paste to get the pink. It really is very simple to make this and the procedure is VERY forgiving. The layers actually split in the middle and I "glued" them together with chocolate icing. I also piped icing out of a bag along the inside of the Piroulines to make the cake level. When I put the strawberries on top, you couldn't see my repair work. BTW, the Piroulines can be found at Dollar Tree which makes them super cheap!

Below is a picture of my first cake I made like this which was featured on Texas Monkey.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Present for My Husband, Rich

This posting is a little late but I didn't want my husband to look at my blog and ruin part of his Father's Day surprise. Notice that the feet read "LUV U". This idea would actually work for about any occasion and any person...Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Moms, etc. Preston and Brett actually behaved for the 'photo shoot'. It was a miracle!!

Welcome Wednesday

I am participating in Welcome Wednesday hosted by Take It From Me.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Father's Day "Superhero Care Package"

First of all, I want to give credit where credit is due. I got this idea and the FREE printable from Alpha Mom.  Isn't it great that she took the time to make such a great printable and gives it to us for free?!
I looked at all the local craft stores and couldn't find a box like the one she used but I did find this great box on clearance at Michael's. I liked the colors but obviously, the shells weren't quite right.

So, I covered it with two sheets of cardstock. One sheet wouldn't fit over the entire top of the box. I put ribbon over the seams and attached my labels. Then, I put a scalloped tag over the shell on the side part of the lid.

Here are the "care" items below. The "Hero Juice" is a bottle of Jones Soda. My sons picked it out and Rich is just going to LOVE the flavor, Green Apple. Ok, maybe not so much but it looks great in the box. The "Jerky" is actually dried blueberries. Rich isn't wild about jerky so I thought that made a great substitution.

This is the final result. I am very happy with the way it turned out. I am sure Rich is just going to love it!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Coffee Filter Wreath

This is one of my latest projects. I found it at The Little Brown House and just loved it. I knew that I had to try to and make it. I didn't have a blog at the time so I didn't take pictures of the process. I followed all the directions found at The Little Brown House but I used greenery staples. I also figured out along the way that the wreath is more uniform if you fold the coffee filter in half then fold it over again two more times. Below are pictures of the process I used. The wreath with the ribbon hanger ended up costing me less than $5.00. What a deal!

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