Sunday, August 28, 2011

Upcoming segment

I am excited to share some fun ideas with you for making vertical banner decor.  Be sure to tune in to Tuesdays segment.

I will even have a new "Olive the Owl" to share with you!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Pattern Downloads

I apologize for those of you looking for pattern downloads from the "Cake Toppers" post.  I had some technical difficulties, but I finally got the documents loaded.  Here you are:

For the Bride and Groom Cake Topper, click HERE

For the Baby Carriage Cake Topper, click HERE

For the Silhouette digital cutter file with all of the toppers, click HERE.

Happy paper crafting!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Handmade Toppers on Studio 5

Nothing says "celebration" like a beautiful cake or cupcake.  Today on Studio 5, I showed a few fun ideas for topping off your sweet party desserts. These handmade paper toppers are all so easy to create.  Many of them are pre-made die cuts and stickers that came together in a breeze!

What you'll need to create toppers of your own:
1. Die-cuts (My Mind's Eye is a great resource for pre-made adorable die-cuts) or paper pieced item
2. Stickers, embellishments, ribbon (get creative and spice up your creation)
3. Toothpicks or skewers
4. Adhesive

THE MONOGRAM
A monogram topper is a fun way to celebrate a special individual.  It is also great for weddings! 
To create a monogram topper:
1. Cut 2 of a large letter from heavy patterned paper.  I used the My Mind's Eye Lime Twist line for this "M".  You want to cut your letters in reverse of each other so that you can sandwich them back to back. (I used my Silhouette digital cutter to cut my monogram, but you could print a large letter on your computer, cut it out and trace it onto patterned paper if you don't have access to a digital cutter)
2. Use adhesive to place toothpicks or skewers at secure points along the base of the letter.  Adhere the picks so they stick out a few inches from the letter.
3. Glue Letters together.
4. Add ribbons, bling, ink or any other decorations you desire.
5. Place the topper in the cake.

THE SILHOUETTE

There is nothing as simple and classy as a silhouette.  I love the idea of topping off a wedding cake with a bridal silhouette cut from paper.

To create this topper, I used my Silhouette digital cutter and the new My Mind's Eye Lost and Found line to cut the bride and groom. I then used varying sizes of paper flower punches and a smattering of decorative My Mind's Eye brads to add dimension to the decorations.
To create this cake on your own:
2. Cut 2 silhouettes from the template (back to back)
3. Use adhesive to glue silhouettes together with toothpicks or skewers sandwiched between.
4. Place silhouette in cake.
5. Add additional flowers and decorations as needed.  Toothpicks can stick into brads or be glued directly to the flower.  You can also sandwich the toothpick between two flowers if you want it to be double sided.

I also created a mini version of the silhouette bride and groom to place on a cupcake.  I love the idea of creating matching cupcakes to serve guests at a large event.  I create this topper in the same way as the large topper, just on a smaller scale. 

PAPER PIECED THEME TOPPER

If you enjoy creating your own paper pieced art, a cake is the perfect way to show off your talent!  I created this baby carriage on my Silhouette digital cutter, but you can download the pattern to hand-cut your own here.  
I created a second skewer for this cake so that my sign could sit at a different angle than the carriage.

And a cupcake to match

CUPCAKE LOVIN
A My Mind's Eye die-cut, some curly-q wire and this cupcake was good to go.  I cut a strip of coordinating paper to sandwich the wire and the die cut together.
This cupcake was creating using a My Mind's Eye sticker, a circle punch and ribbon.  I love the idea of adding a second pick with a name or title on it.  To little flags can be added so easily by wrapping a sticker or paper around a pick.
It has been so long since I designed an owl for Studio 5, I just had to add this one!  For a different look, use a tall BBQ skewer and layer paper pieced works with titles and ribbon.  You could also do the same type of pick with a cute decorative pencil that they "eater" could take home.

A special thanks to Dick's Market in Bountiful who provided all of the cakes and cupcakes for this segment!  Also, be sure to check out My Mind's Eye's new releases. They are, as always, ADORABLE!



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Studio 5 Sneak Peek!

Today I picked up a wedding cake and 6 adorable cupcakes from Dick's Market in Bountiful.  The girl at the checkout seemed confused :).

I have been madly decorating and crafting up fun toppers all night.  Here is a sneak peek of Friday's segment.  Be sure to tune in on channel 5 at 11:00 am to catch the entire segment.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Exciting News

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a fabulous food storage company about teaching a class on the magnet menu board that I created last year.  I designed two different color waves and I am very excited to share them with you.  We are still working on all of the final details, but the class will be taught in late September at Honeyville Farms in Salt Lake.  Of course, kits will also be available.  More details to follow soon.  For now, a few pictures to wet your pallet!

If you already know you are interested in getting a kit or taking the class, feel free to leave a comment on the post or contact me and I will send you info as soon as I have all the details.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Summer Lovin'

As I am looking forward to fall, I couldn't help but enjoy one of the last great summer weekends we will have in 2011.  This last Saturday I jumped at the chance to visit Lagoon (the local theme park) with my sister and her two little boys.  Walking through the park brought back so many memories of junior high and the thrill of adolescence! It was also so much fun to see the excitement (and fear) in the little boys eyes as they rode the rides.  Kids are so great!  I thought I would share some of my favorite pictures from our day out at the park.
This ride made me laugh so hard.  I rode with Boston and I just held out my camera the entire time and took running shots of his expressions.  So fun to capture the moment.

I was actually shocked when Boston rode this ride with me.  He was so scared to go on everything.  I think the fact that most of the ride was camouflaged in the trees helped.
If you can't tell, I am loving the vibrant/vintage effects for these amusement park photos.  It just makes the colors so vivid and fun!
*Camera Hint *The sports settings on your camera are a great way to capture roller coaster shots.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Back to School...Way Back

Okay, so I may be attempting to make up for my incredible lack of posting with a hoard of adorable vintage images!  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Fall...that is no secret.  For me, Back-to-School time is the beginning of the most fabulous season of the year. So here is to cooler temperatures, vibrant colored leaves, crisp delicious air, and boot season!

I hope you enjoy using these fun "Old School" images in your cards and tags.  Just click on each image to enlarge and download for safe keeping!