January 20, 2015

Box Crafts...

I also made these two pretties for my tree, because I love sweet
boxes, dioramas, shadow boxes and such.
The kitten face I printed from FPTFY. I used my glitter pen
to add sparkle to its face. It's hard to see but it's on there.
She's got a polymer clay heart attached to a piece of velvet
ribbon as a collar.  I also attached a tiny ribbon rose to her ear

In this box I used an image from Wings of Whimsy.  I used
red Stickles glitter glue on her shoes, hat, wrists and ankles.
I added a tiny red pom pom to the top of her hat and a little
clear glitter on her heart collar and the hearts on her outfit. 
The red balls around the inside edges are cut from Christmas
picks (Hobby Lobby).
I made a polymer clay heart to dangle from the bottom and
added beads to the top hanger.
You can see here how I added folded cardstock behind the
paper doll for dimension. I did the same with the kitten face. 
And this sweetie is a tiny chenille (pipe cleaner) teddy bear 
my Mom made for me last year. I added a polymer clay heart 
to her hand and a piece of twine for hanging. I love the google eyes. 
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January 13, 2015

Valentine Ornaments...

Today I made a few more ornaments for my topiary.  I thought I would share 
these also.

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January 10, 2015

Valentine's Day Craft...

I have a topiary tree that I decorate for every holiday. Yesterday, I made these sweet 
Valentine wands to add to my other decorations. 

I found the red and white striped straws at Target the other day in the dollar section.
I also bought the mini red and pink balls in the Target Christmas clearance.
The large hot pink balls are from the Hobby Lobby after Christmas clearance.
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January 1, 2015

My Frozen Cake...

I made a Frozen cake for my granddaughters 8th birthday. It took me all day, but that's probably because I haven't made such an elaborate cake before. I am pretty happy with the way it turned out. Most importantly Brylee loved it:)).  I used recipes from Pinterest on making the ice shards and also got ideas on making snowflakes from white chocolate. I used snowflake sprinkles, sugar crystal sprinkles and tiny white round sprinkles. I was lucky enough, after searching every store I could think of, to find the Frozen Ornaments in the after Christmas clearance section at Target. That was luck indeed!

Below is a picture of my candy ice shards. They look like old green glass to me. I followed
the directions I found on Pinterest and used blue food coloring but it came out greenish. It still 
looked cool on the cake.

Here's where I found my recipes and ideas. The chocolate cake recipe is mine and I will 
list it below also.

And here's my chocolate cake recipe:
Deep Dark Chocolate Birthday Cake
2 cups granulated sugar
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup boiling water
Preheat oven to 350.  Grease and flour pans or prepare cupcake liners.  Mix dry ingredients in a large
mixer bowl or mixing bowl.  Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.  Beat on medium for 2 minutes.  Add
boiling water and stir.  Mixture will be thin. Bake in pan for 35-40 minutes until toothpick comes
out clean.  Cupcakes take less time, I wanna say 20 minutes or so,  just keep an eye on them and check with toothpick.
Cool completely then frost with the Buttercream frosting.
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