Monday, July 21, 2014

Bridal Shower Cupcake Toppers with my Cricut Explore

Hey crafty friends-

I was recently asked to make cupcake toppers for a family member's bridal shower. I got to have a little fun with this one. I was trying to figure out what shapes to use when my sister in law (the matron of honor) told me the bride's ring is a large blue sapphire. I instantly went to my Cricut Design Space and started looking for the perfect cut. Here is what I came up with.

The ring shape is cut from the Once Upon a Princess image set. I cut the gem from 2 shades of blue cardstock and the ring from silver glitter cardstock. The backing shape was cut from one of my Martha Stewart cake images. I inked all of the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink. I did half of the toppers in this design then mixed it up with a different shape.

This shape with the wedding dress cutout comes from the Tie the Knot image set. I cut the top layer from a blue stripe paper and a second layer in solid white glitter cardstock to layer behind the blue creating the wedding dress.I stamped the "beautiful life" sentiment in black then inked all the edges in blue distress ink.

Here is what it looked like all put together.

I think the display turned out amazing! Everyone loved the way the dessert table looked and the bride was so happy. I now have requests for cupcake toppers for a baptism and a charity bake sale. I think I may have a business here!

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Have a great crafty day!


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Teacher Gifts

Hey Crafty Friends-

With my kiddos finishing another school year I found myself trying to decide what to give their teachers as an end of the year gift. I raided my craft room and found a set of coffee cozy dies I purchased from Papertrey Ink a few months ago. PERFECT! I let the kids choose the papers and shape they wanted to use and I die cut all the pieces. They helped with the gluing, after I inked up all the edges of course. The flags on the straws were just hand cut to the size I needed to fit the Thank You stamp. The finishing touch was a little twine wrapped around the cozy and a bow on the flag. Simple!

I purchased Starbucks gift cards and placed them inside the decorated cups. Super cute, super simple, and the teachers loved them. I will do this again whenever I need a quick gift. Hmmm, I'm thinking Christmas cups with felt would be adorable.

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Have a great crafty day!


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Tangled 5th Birthday Celebration!

Hey Crafty Friends-

I am so excited to share with you the projects I made for my daughter's birthday. She asked for a Tangled party and my crafty mommy brain instantly went nuts with ideas. The first thing that came to mind was there had to be floating lights! I wanted them to look just like the movie so here is what I did...

I found 12x12 sheets of paper that look like antique parchment. I cut them in half so I have 2 6x12 pieces from each sheet. I found an SVG file of the sun image from Tangled and cut it out of heavy white cardstock. I used it as a stencil over the "parchment" and sponged on orange and purple Distress Ink.

I then used brown Distress Ink to shade the edges and make it look aged as well as look darker on the outside and lighter in the center to give the illusion it is glowing. Then I glued the edges together to create a cylinder shape.

I finished it off by punching small holes in the sides and stringing fishing line to hang them from the ceiling and make it look like they are floating.

I hanged the floating lights from the ceiling above the dining table along with a few of the purple swirls to make a festive setting for the kids. To the right you can see my little treat table. I had so much fun with this!
I made Pascal party blowouts. So cute and so easy.

I started with a template that I used to cut 2 opposite facing pieces of green cardstock. I inked the edges with green Distress Ink, added lighter colored green circles, then added google eyes on top. The mouth was drawn on with a marker. I used a pink party blowout on the center and glued the green pieces on each side to make it look like his tongue sticks out when the kiddos blow into them. Here is what they looked like on the treat table...

Of course there had to be some candy on the table. I wanted to represent the Magic Golden Flower and the drops of sun so jelly beans did the trick!

My mom found a yellow flower that resembled the one from the movie so I took that and brushed the purple paint in the center. I brushed it with gold glitter and added gold wires in the center. In the frame I printed the "Flower gleam and glow..." song and placed it next to a bowl of yellow and orange jelly beans (a.k.a. drops of sun).

The table was finished off with yellow swirl lollipops and Snuggly Duckling bubble necklaces. The little girls at the party did get a special treat with their party favors. Handmade Rapunzel crowns. They were dancing around swinging their "hair" excited to be a princess for the day.

I continued the hair theme through the decorations around the house. I used a 100 foot roll of yellow plastic table cover from the party store to simulate Rapunzel's hair and draped it down the staircase.

Of course the little Princess in the back wore her Rapunzel dress, wig, and carried around her Pascal. There was so much more to the party. There was a photo booth with a Flynn Rider wanted poster, a Snuggly Duckling sign on the front door, and all the kids painted their own canvas to take home. It was a great 5th Birthday! Creating parties is my passion and my kiddos will grow up having the best birthdays because mommy can't stay out of her craft room. I hope you enjoyed seeing how it all came together. Please email me or comment if you have any questions about creating this party. Thank you for stopping by. Follow me and come back again soon for more inspiration!

Have a great crafty day-


Monday, March 17, 2014


Happy St. Paddy's Day crafty friends! I hope you have a day filled with lots of festive crafting. Oh, and green beer!

I love the Paper Lace background on this card. It adds just the right touch.

Have a great crafty day!


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Frozen Birthday Display

Hey Crafty Friends-

I promised you pics of the Frozen Birthday Party cupcake display so here it is!

Super cute huh? My nephews loved everything. They were so excited to wake up to a Frozen wonderland filled with sweet, blue cupcakes.

I love making theme party projects. It's so much fun. The kids think it's for them but I think it's for me.
I hope you've been inspired by what you see today. Come back soon for my crafty fun!

Thanks for stopping by,


Friday, February 7, 2014

Cricut Cards Magazine- Published Project

Hey Crafty Friends-

Today I wanted to share with you my Christmas card that was published in the December 2013 edition of Cricut Cards Magazine. It's on page 21!

I wish I could have shared it with you earlier but rules are rules. I had to wait at least until the end of January. Didn't it turn out so cute? It's one of my favorites I've ever done. I used the Sweet Treats and Elegant Edges Cricut cartridges to cut my cupcake and word layer. Complete instructions are on page 22 of the magazine if you are a subscriber.

Have a great crafty day!


Friday, January 31, 2014

"Frozen" Birthday Cupcake Toppers

Hey Crafty Friends-

I'm back today with the cutest little project you ever did see. I am making cupcake toppers for my twin nephews' fifth birthday bash. They are throwing a Disney Frozen themed party, so I wanted to make something extra special to match the theme. Here is what I came up with...

Cute, right??? Here is how I did it:

I used the Winter Lace Cricut  cartridge to cut the white snowflake layer from Core'dinations glitter cardstock called white gloves. It was cut at 2.5 in. The blue snowflake layer was cut from Core'dinations glitter cardstock called blue diamonds. It was also cut at 2.5 in. The number 5 was cut from Sweet Treats Cricut cartridge at 1.25 in. from a darker blue glitter cardstock.

I used blue and white striped paper straws in place of toothpicks to stick in the cupcake. They work well for larger toppers like this. They are very sturdy and easy to glue the pieces to. The brand I bought came with 24 straws so I cut them in half so I can make 48 toppers. Before assembling I inked the edges of both snowflake layers with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Faded Jeans.

I stared by pinching about an inch of the straw flat. I didn't completely flatten it though, just enough to glue it down and have some dimension between the layers. I glued it to the front of the blue snowflake layer going about up to the middle of the inside of the snowflake.

Then I glued the white layer down on top of the straw. The final step was to adhere the dark blue 5 using foam dots I cut down to size. So cute and so dimensional.

The party is next week so I'll be sure and take lots of pictures of the finished cupcakes and share them with you. These little projects are my favorite things to do. They will make my nephews so happy and the party guests will enjoy the cupcake display. 

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