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!

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Once Upon A Time…

Baby, Birthday, Bridal Shower, Girl, Invitations, Princess, Sweet 16, Wedding

I was thrilled when a past client contacted me to create this unique, girly invitation for her daughter’s first birthday. A few inspirational images, some poetry, hours of adjusting color hues, and voila – an invitation fit for a princess. Well I think so anyway…

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Once Upon A Time castle invitation

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a four paged book with gems, pearls, custom paper, and ribbon details

the front page was raised to appear as the castle entrance

the front page was raised to appear as the castle entrance

the pages are made from multiple layers of card stock, each page with custom pattern

the pages are made from multiple layers of card stock, each page with custom pattern

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when the book is closed, it looks like a complete castle

note the gems on each page and custom monogram

note the gems on each page and custom monogram

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invite back

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custom printed paper and addressed

custom designed and printed paper for the envelope and personally addressed to each recipient

custom printed inside and out with the return address on the flap

custom printed inside and out with the return address on the flap

Such an important event deserves a party as special as the birthday girl herself. I think her mother did just that and the party turned out amazing! Here are pics from the special day. (Aislynne, thanks for sharing with me.)

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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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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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Play Ball!

Baby, Baby Shower, Baseball, Birthday, Boy, Invitations

Calling all baseball fans! It’s time to Play Ball!  This is a great interactive invitation for a baseball themed birthday party or baby shower.  The front features hand stitched accents and sanded edges to give the glove an authentic look. Turn it over to reveal the pocket holding a double sided ball. One side is a standard ball image, the other has the printed party information. A fun and interactive invitation for fans of all ages. Each measures approximately 6 1/2″ tall x 7″ wide and comes with a white envelope.

Play Ball!

Play Ball!

Back, pocket holds ball

Back, pocket holds ball

Ball has invite information

Ball has invite information