Archives for August 2010

Lots of Pink Girly Birthday Card {Birthday Bliss}

My daughter turned 4 today and asked for a pink cake with pink frosting so I made her this pretty pink card to match.

Card base is Melon Mambo textured card stock, layered with textured Pink Pirouette. The stamp is called Birthday Bliss and I used Melon Mambo and Pink Pirouette ink to stamp on whisper white, punched out with a 7/8″ square punch. Those squares were layered onto textured Early Espresso with stampin dimensionals. In between, I twisted 1/8″ Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon and attached it to the back with sticky tape.

Along the bottom of the early espresso layer, I added pink pirouette and melon mambo circles made with the 1/2″ Circle Punch, adhered with mini glue dots.

The sentiment was stamped with early espresso ink on whisper white card stock, then cut out. I also stamped the center portion with melon mambo ink, cut out the rectangle, and attached it to the oval piece with stampin dimensionals.

A tiny pink bow using the 1/8″ Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon finishes off the card.

Modern Wedding Card {Poppy & Gray}

I made this for a friend who was attending a wedding last week. The card is a 6″ square, made from a 12″x6″ sheet of textured basic gray card stock, folded in half.

Across the front, I layered 2 strips of poppy parade DSP from the In Color Prints Pack (Hostess Level 1) on Whisper White and overlapped them.

The stamped image is from a retired set called Year After Year. I stamped it on Whisper White card stock using Basic Gray ink and shaded it just a bit with gray Copic Markers. Then, I used the 2 Way Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to add sparkle to the cake.

I layered that onto squares of Poppy Parade and Basic Gray card stock, paper piercing the corners.

The glitter letters & numbers are Making Memories glitter alphabet stickers.

Across the front and back, I tied White 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon into a bow to close the card.

Inside, I forgot to take a picture, but I used a sheet of Poppy Parade DSP (same as on the front) layered with Whisper White and stamped a sentiment.

Samoas Inspired Cupcakes {Coconut, Caramel, & Chocolatey Goodness}

I found the recipe for this cupcake and knew I had to try it–Samoas Girl Scout Cookies are my favorite. The brown sugar cupcake recipe is excellent, as is the caramel filling (I made my own salted caramel sauce) and chocolate ganache. The coconut topping got a little too firm (I think I added too much toasted coconut–next time I’ll try a little less to keep it more runny).

I decorated some of the cupcakes with piped ganache (while it was still a little warm and liquid). The others were topped with a red fondant flower.

Notice the flour and sugar canisters in the background. I bought them from Williams Sonoma (wide mouth glass canisters) and added Stampin’ UP! Decor Elements to the front (retired Hostess set of 4–flour, sugar, coffee, and tea).

As you can see from the picture above, I formed the coconut topping into a patty and topped the cupcake. Below, I made the patty a little bigger, which was overkill in my opinion–and I really love coconut! If the topping was runnier, it would have definitely been easier to eat.

This was a test run. Now I know what I’d like to change next time I make them. My daughter’s 4th birthday party is a luau theme and this is one of the cupcakes I planned on making.

Yes, that’s right, I said ONE Of the cupcakes. Coconut is one of those ingredients people either love or hate. I’ll have a safe choice too–it will definitely involve chocolate!

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