I love this Sugarplums Summer Emma stamp from CC Designs! I was able to pick up quite a few CC Designs stamps from this year’s used stamp sale at Cranberry Hill Mercantile. It has become one of my favorite little shops to go to. I colored the stamp with my Copic Sketch Markers, but unfortunately I did not write down which colors I used. I will try to do that in the future!
This card is a birthday card for my mother-in-law Shelley. I hope she likes it!
My husband calls this cake I made for my son’s 1st birthday party prehistoric because of its impressively large teeth. It was 11:30 pm the day before the party and I decided that I didn’t feel like rolling out tons of teeny tiny marzipan teeth so I made a few macho ones. The idea for this cake came from the Hello Cupcake book by Karen Tack & Alan Richardson. What a fun book! It was gifted to me by my sister-in-law Jen for my birthday.
The scales are made from Ghirardelli chocolate squares (halved) and cream cheese frosting. All of the little details like the eyes, claws, nostrils, and teeth are made from marzipan (as I am not a fan of fondant). In the book, the scales of the frosting are individually piped, but considering I did not have anyone else available to help make this cake, I think that simply spreading the icing on with a spatula worked just fine — it is A LOT of cupcakes!
Enjoy the pictures from my son’s birthday party!
Daddy doesn’t look too pleased that Jack is eating frosting…
But he just had to eat some since he helped make it!
My friend Sara came over today and we had so much fun adventuring into the world of Cake Pop making. I’d never really made them before, but I think they turned out well. After many laughs and UFO shaped pops, we ran out of room on my store bought display tray and needed to find a way to display the cake pops while we were waiting for them to set. I have seen many different ideas, but thought I would share a couple that I found (including a great DIY!). To make the cake pops we used Whole Foods chocolate cake mix, handmade fudge frosting from Cake Works in Campbell, CA, and Guittard Coating Chocolate.
1) The first is your general cake pop display that comes with the Bakerella Cake Pop Making Kit. My mom gave me this great kit for Christmas and I finally got to use it! This works exceptionally well, but I was worried that I might drip some chocolate on the pretty paper and it doesn’t store that many cake pops on its own. This might be best for showing off decorated cake pops that are already set.
2) This is a vintage floral “frog” that I picked up at an antique store on a day trip to Pescadero, CA. At first I had no idea what in the world this beautiful little green thing was. I thought it would be perfect to photograph jewelry on (which I also have done here). The sales associate told me it is used at the bottom of a vase to hold the stems in place. Genius. Here, it also holds the “stems” of my cake pops in place.
3) The third great idea came from Sara. I was complaining how I was running out of space for cake pops to dry and she asked if I had an egg carton. How smart! I pulled this one out of my recycling bin and grabbed my Martha Stewart Screw Punch. This tool is awesome. I have used it to cut everything from plastic to chipboard to leather to fabric. I really like this DIY display because it is cheap, easy to wipe off, and I don’t feel guilty if my chocolate drips onto it. Another great thing is that it can hold 18 pops at one time (yay Costco!). Click CONTINUE READING for the full tutorial on how to make this display.
I love looking back at pictures of when Jack was really little. My Mother-in-law had sent us a great pumpkin filled with candy for Halloween and it was the perfect size to give Jack a bath — he was too big for the sink and too small for he bathtub.
I was a little stumped on how to make a page with only one 4″x6″ picture available. This page was inspired by a sketch that I found on the Scrapbooks, Etc. website. I am so heartbroken that this wonderful magazine is no more! I used to look forward to it coming in my mailbox. They still have some great inspirational sketches at scrapbooksetc.com, so you should definitely check it out!
We LOVE Hawaii. It is such a wonderful place to visit. The beaches are lovely and the scenery is so lush. I thought the background papers of this layout really felt like Hawaii with the combination of the blues and the greens.
It really was so much fun to have our wedding in Hawaii. I was tempted to jump in the ocean with my big fluffy dress on!
Everything about our wedding day really was wonderful. I would not have changed a single thing. Our photographer had given us a great handful of black and white photos so I thought it would be fun to do a black and white themed scrapbook page layout. I also decided to experiment a little with some rub-ons that I had found in my wonderful Mother-in-law‘s crafting stash.
Going out for our first stroll was a lot of fun. We got to explore a few areas in our neighborhood that I did not even know existed. We took it nice and slow, enjoying taking some pictures along the way. Since the picture on top was the only picture of the three of us that I had last year, it was the picture that we sent in our Christmas cards. Speaking of Christmas Cards, I need to get working on those!
Who doesn’t like cake? Our wedding cake was especially delicious and kept us well feed the week after our wedding. I recently discovered framing pictures this way on my scrapbook pages and using scraps of paper to fill in the gaps. I think I like it. It reminds me of a Japanese lunch bento box, but in a good way.