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Monday, August 20, 2012

Another Chocolatey Gift

I wanted to give a little gift to the SLP (Speech Language Pathologist) that helps my son so much. I started by making another batch of cake balls. Then I gathered some general measurements so I could make a box for them to fit inside. 
The base was made with some lightweight chipboard. For the lid I used a piece of patterned card/paper from DCWV Glitter stack. I cut a window in the lid using my Coluzzle and backed it with some transparency.
Before filling the box I created a parchment paper liner to make the box more food-safe. I didn't want the chocolate sticking to the chipboard or creating unsightly oil stains. Plus, who knows where this chipboard has been or who has touched it, right? I wasn't as concerned about the lid since their is enough space between the top of the cake balls and the lid. Unless the box tips or the lid gets smashed they shouldn't make contact.
I was able to get 16 of these little yummies into the box. That's enough for her (and her hubby should she decide to share) right?
Here it is all tied up pretty with a sheer chocolate brown ribbon from my stash. Hmmm... something's missing. Oh, right! A gift card.
I created a little pocket from chocolate brown card and cut an insert from white card to go inside. I decorated the pocket and the insert using scraps left over from making the box.
I added a sentiment using the Say It Loud stamp set by WMS using SU!'s Soft Suede ink. I tied the pocket to the ribbon using a bit of rustic jute from PTI.

We're expecting 3-digit temps again every day this week so for now this little gift is tucked in my fridge between the butter and the yogurt so that they won't melt between now and when I see her tomorrow.

Thanks again for stopping by for a visit. Hope you have a fantastic day!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Happy Little Treat

Remember the cake balls I showcased in my previous post? Well, I decided that they would be perfect for a little treat for a friend of mine.
I started by cutting a piece of 8 1/2" x11" black card in half lengthwise. I knew I needed about 2" of space for the delectable morsels to sit in the middle without getting smushed so I scored at 4 1/2" and 6 1/2". Then measured 1" from the top corners going across and down to create the "tab" look.
I bagged a few of the yummies up in a cellophane treat bag that I got at the craft store and adhered it with a bit of ATG tape. I just folded the excess portion of the bag down and closed the little wrap around "bag"at the top with a bit more ATG tape.
I decorated the front with some scraps: Yellow card embossed with a star patterned embossing folder, a piece of white card with blue and red lines drawn on using some Bic Mark Its and then punch with an SU! punch,  a scrap or two f dotted paper combining all the colors to tie it all together, and a yellow paper clip with a scrap of SU! ribbon for added detail. "A happy hello" was a little stamp I have in my stash. Can't remember who made it but if I figure it out I'll come back and edit the post. I stamped it at the top so that I could add a handwritten message too.
[Edit: Stamp set is Mini Messages by Hero Arts]

Easy peasy!  I love little gifts like this. They take next-to-no-time to put together and look like a million bucks! (Ok, maybe not quite a million but you know what I mean.)

Hope you have a terrific day! Thank you for taking a few minutes out of your day to visit.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Giving Cake Balls a Try

I tried a new recipe today. Cake balls. Have you seen them? Made them? You can find all kinds of recipes and advice online for how to make them. Once again, let me put a plug in for Pinterest. If you haven't been there you may want to give it a try. If you need an invite send me a request.

As far as the {look} of the finished product goes they're kind of a fail. They aren't perfectly round or completely smooth and shiny.
The picture above makes them look even worse. I have been keeping them in the fridge so that they don't melt. I live in the desert and it's summer. We can cook eggs on our sidewalks. Sadly, that means when I pulled these scrumptious little nuggets out  of the ice box to take a picture it didn't take long for condensation to appear on the surface of the chocolate coating. Oh well. This is real life.

But, in the {taste} department? Holy guacamole! They are moist and delicious. I used a chocolate cake mix for the cake but I made my own chocolate-cream cheese frosting. Then I dipped them in melted dark chocolate chips instead of candy melts for the coating.

Death by chocolate?  Yup! But they are small so they are the perfect little chocolate fix when I need it.
Will I make them again?  Oh yes!

Have a terrific weekend! Try a new recipe. Do something you've not done before. Who knows? Maybe you'll discover something you really like.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Colorful Thank You

Some friends of my hubby's were in town for a conference and they invited us to go to dinner with them. I had never met them before but they were such lovely people even when my 7 year old decided he was bored and started to make a nuisance of himself. Thank goodness for fancy mobile phones. First he looked at pictures on one person's phone. Then he was able to play games on mine. We had such a nice time. And then they surprised us by picking up the tab!

I decided I needed to send them a nice Thank You card. This is what I came up with.

I created the card using DesignStudio using Alphalicious. I've created frame-style cards where the lettering is in a window. This time I left the frame out and used just letters and asterisks to create an open, lacy card effect.
I created and cut the card out once using the shadow feature on the letters and asterisks to create the base in black. Then I created and cut the top layer three times in citrus green, lavender and raspberry pink. I only used one color for each of the asterisks but layered up all three layers of the wording. With all the skinny and rounded areas I wasn't comfortable using foam to attach the layers and give dimension. I used hot glue instead so even if a little bit does ooze out the side it's clear and hardly noticeable.
I love it! It turned out so much better than I thought possible. I definitely need to make more cards like this.
Hope you all have a great day!