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Friday, February 15, 2013

Red Velvet

I had no plans to make them, but then something happened when I volunteered ....  My son's school sent out a request for parents to send in any of a list of items to help with a Valentine's Day party for their class. The Room Mom (parent liason organizing the activity) said she needed unfrosted (not frosted) cupcakes. I know that the school has a "store bought treats only" policy so I asked the Room Mom specifically if I could make them because every store/bakery I know sells them with the frosting on them already. She said yes! I thought great! So, wanting fresh cupcakes I waited until the night before to make the cupcakes. Low-and-behold, as soon as I finished making the cupcakes an email showed up saying, "Ooops, you have to purchase the cupcakes. We'll just scrape off the frosting." Eeergh! So.... what to do with two dozen red velvet cupcakes? What to do? What to do? Hmmm.... {Bing!}
Cake balls of course!
I whipped up a batch of cream cheese frosting. Then with the frosting still in the bottom of the bowl, I peeled off the cupcake liners, broke the cupcakes into two pieces, and through them all into the mixing bowl. Then I used the paddle on my mixer to break up the cupcakes and mix them into cake ball dough. Easy peasy.... and I don't have red hands (red velvet cake has LOTS of red food coloring in it.)
And here is a picture of the pretty roses my hubby gave me. (Aaaaaw!)
Thanks for visiting. Have a terrific weekend!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Lovely Treat

How is your Valentine's Day going? Well I hope. Hubby got me some flowers yesterday and is taking me out to lunch in a little bit. Then I'm off to my son's school to help with his class's Valentine's party. Fun times!
I wanted to share this cute-Cute-CUTE idea from Brenda at Qbee's Quest. This little darling cardstock heart holds six chocolate Kisses. Isn't it great?  It's a terrific way to deliver a sweet treat to anyone this Valentine's Day.
I used a WMS Off-Beat Backgrounds stamp to give the plain red card stock some additional interest. Easy Peasy! And well received. :)

They come together so quickly that if you were scrambling to put together a little treat for someone special today this would be perfect! Just pop over to Brenda's site for the instruction. I used glue instead of the double-sided tape, but other than that (and the stamping) I just followed her step-by-step pictorial instructions.

Hope you're having a wonderful day. Thanks for visiting.

Monday, February 11, 2013

I Like the Way You Roll

I think I changed my mind about 15 times before finally settling on a Valentine handout for my son to give to his friends. There were so many terrific ideas out on the web.... Just when I thought I had it figured out, I would see something else that would turn me another direction.
The inspiration for this Valentine's "card" came from Betsy Veldman. While I was trying to think of something fun to give that might not be candy I happened by the Valentines card area at the store the other day and noticed there were just as many card kits being sold with pencils as those without. I think as long as I'm not handing out toothbrushes the kids will think it's cool, right?
The cute little man in the roadster came from WaltzingMouse's Half Pint Heroes. I colored him up with my Copics, black  Sharpie for the tires, and silver Sharpie for the hubcaps and details.
Then, to add the "sentiment" I created this road sign...
The road was made using a strip of black card stock. I drew the lane lines on using the silver Sharpie. After scoring and fan-folding the strips, I punched the holes for the pencils to slip through using my Crop-o-dile.  One hole was not big enough... I made four holes in a quatrefoil shape.
All in all, I think I paid about $2.25 to create them all (two packages of pencils, four pages of white cardstock, three pages of black cardstock.) And they were a piece-of-cake to make. I was able to easily make them over the weekend so he's ready to go on Wednesday.
Hope you are having a terrific day. Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Always In Site

The theme for a Young Women activity at church this last week was "Always In Our Sight." The young lady I worked with to come up with an invite for the event said she wanted binoculars. So... that's what I came up with.
Sixty of them. I was very happy to have some help getting the majority of the cards put together. I cut out all the little pieces and organized them so that we were able to get most of it done in a little over an hour. :)
Then I brought them home and added their "lenses," which contained all the important details. For some reason I wasn't able to get a good picture of the lenses. I think it may be because of the thick layer of glaze that I put over the printed, cut-out ovals to make them look more glass-like. Anyway, as you can see while the cards were closed they were nice and flat, but when opened the glazed card stock lenses stood nice and vertical at the end of the open binocular card. 

After our Tangled themed extravaganza just a couple months ago, we decided to go a wee bit more mellow this time around. Unfortunately, I got to the church as everyone was sitting down so I wasn't able to get as many pictures as I wanted. If you look closely, you will see that the binoculars were also used in the decor at the front table.... little binoculars stood at the base of the Value cards I created for the display.

For treats we had some yummy vanilla or chocolate cupcakes. Simple yet elegant.
And, with Valentines coming up I was thinking the binoculars would be a fun card with a treat with the saying "I've got my eye on you" or something similar. (Nothing too stalky of course)

Well, hope you're having a terrific day!
Thanks for visiting.