One fish, two fish, red fish, NEW FISH!

Baby, Baby Shower, Birthday, Boy, Misc

We’re expecting!  Well, not exactly “We”, but my niece is and I am so excited! A little baby boy will be arriving soon! Naturally when I heard the news, the shower planning began. I asked what I could do to help and my niece requested that I make the cake. “Yes! Of course! And how about cupcakes for favors?” I responded. And away I went.

I spent the better part of a month researching recipes, fondant, chocolate techniques, icing, buttercream, fillings, etc. so that I could create an extra special Dr. Seuss themed cake for Ashley’s special day. We decided on pumpkin with cream cheese filling for one layer (I’ve made that one a few times in the past and was always a hit) and red velvet with cheesecake for the other. I had never done red velvet before and did a trial run a few weeks before the shower and made a mini cake for us all to sample. It was yummy and I got the green light to add it to my recipe collection.

Now, please remember as you view these images. I AM NOT A TRAINED CAKE DECORATOR. I have never taken any classes or had any instruction. I am self taught and love to watch cake and cupcake shows on tv. I say this so you know that this cake is far from perfect and to please excuse the flaws. I share the pics here because I am happy with the attempt I made and because I worked over 80 hours on this. And so you can see how happy and sweet my niece is 🙂

I did learn a lot in doing this cake – like cheesecake filling does not work for stacking layered cakes – a lesson learned a little late hense the right lean. We almost lost it just as the guests were arriving but a handful of toothpicks in the back of The Cat In The Hat’s head and we were able to save it from falling over. YIKES!

Lesson two: Take more time carving the cereal treat head so that The Cat In the Hat doesn’t end up looking like a bear. I apologize and know that he doesn’t look very much like the cat but I didn’t allow for enough time to get it right.

Finally, even though I thought I was thoroughly prepared, everything takes practice and mistakes will happen. It’s ok and I did what I could do with the knowledge I had. Let it go and know that you did your best.

So here is the practice I did with paper…

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And here is the actual cake…

The fish on top is modeling chocolate. He sits inside a plastic bowl (was a Christmas ornament that I cut to make look like a fish bowl) that is filled with blue Jell-o.

The figures were made with royal icing that I made and mounted to fondant. All of the fondant is home-made from marshmallow and was actually quite good.

The Cat head and hat were made from cereal treats.

The entire cake stood about three feet tall. I didn’t get the best pictures after being so flustered from the lean and almost falling over.

And here are the boxes I made for the cupcake favor, signs, and the Mommy and Daddy to be.

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Congratulations Matt and Ashley! We can’t wait to meet Baby Jaxson!

Frozen – in June…

Baby Shower, Birthday, Bridal Shower, Frozen, Girl, Invitations, Movie

I have a client who has fabulous parties for her kids and comes up with great themes. These invitations and party favors were for her daughter’s very special 5th birthday – a Frozen themed party! Such a great idea for a summer party – to cool things down. Although, when we began the designing and prep for this event, there was still snow on the ground outside of my studio. Boy, how things have changed quickly over the past few months… The invitation was a interactive snow globe – shake the beads inside for snow fun! Flip the invite over and the party information is found on the back. The 3D castle with paper dolls was used as an activity for the young girls to assemble and play with during the party. And of course, everyone needs a snow wand. I made an extra one that I keep on my desk so when my kids get out of hand – a little wave of the wand to “freeze” them.

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Puppy Love

Baby, Baby Shower, Birthday, Boy, Girl, Invitations, Puppy

“ARF-ARF!” Invite your guest to your next event with this puppy holding his bone. He measures approximately 7 ¼” x 7 ¾”. He is made with textured cardstock that has been sanded, crumpled, inked and detailed. His nose is raised for a 3D effect. Lift his head to reveal the invitation information. What a great start to your puppy themed party! (I can add a bow to the puppy’s head to make this work for a female event 😉

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Love this pup!

Love this pup!

Lift his head to reveal the party info

Lift his head to reveal the party info

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also have a smaller, printed version that’s just as adorable… love this custom printed envelope too.
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Take Flight!

Airplane, Baby, Baby Shower, Birthday, Boy, Girl, Invitations

Up! Up! And AWAY!!! This airplane invitation comes complete with twirling propeller and banner. The banner tucks into a pocket inside the plane. Guests pull out the banner to reveal the party information. This is a fun, unique, and interactive invitation. The plane measures approximately 8 1/2″ long x 5 1/2″ tall. The banner itself is 7″ long x 2 wide. Please note that paper and text color can be changed to fit your specific needs. This is a great party theme for boys or girls.

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Ladybug

Baby, Baby Shower, Birthday, Girl, Ladybug

Love this Little Ladybug for your next event! Great for a baby shower invitation, birth announcement or bug birthday party theme.

Each bug is constructed with heavy-weight, textured and printed cardstock. Twist the wings to reveal the invitation/announcement information. This Ladybug is full of three dimensional details and sure to bring a smile to your recipients face. The piece measures approximately 6” wide by 8” tall.

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Rock Star

Baby Shower, Birthday, Boy, Girl, Invitations, Rock Star, Sleepover, Sweet 16

Rock On! These unique, rock and roll theme invitations will be a hit!

Each is made with glitter papers, heavy-weight card stock, and lots of details. Clear string is used to replicate actual guitar strings. Lots of gems and glitz on this very unique, very intricate, very rockin’ invitation. A pocket on the back holds the heart that includes the party information. Each invitation is approximately 8″ x 8″ and comes with a square envelope.

Rock Star!

Rock Star!

The invite is printed on a removable piece that inserts into the back

The invite is printed on a removable piece that inserts into the back

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lots of guitars!

lots of guitars!

Onesie

Baby, Baby Shower, Boy, Girl, Invitations, Thank You

This adorable, little onsie is perfect for your upcoming Baby Shower or to announce your Little One’s arrival. Which ever the case, I’ll customize it to meet your needs.

The pink onesie sample flips open to reveal your information inside. Papers, ribbons, and embellishments are all chosen by you. Each piece is approximately 7 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ and comes with a white, square envelope.

The blue onesie was done for a Tiffany themed baby shower.  The information was printed on the front and the back.  Crystal gems and embossing was also used.  The envelopes were custom printed in the Tiffany motif.  Add the coordinating diaper “Thank You” cards to finish your event.

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