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1  COOKING / Dessert / fun with fondant - some cakes we've made (: UPDATE: ONE MORE ADDED on: August 13, 2008 01:03:45 PM
Background story: My friends and I are in the IB program at our school, which requires 50 hours of creativity. We chose to take Wilton cake decorating classes at Michaels. When we saw the materials list, and the prices that went along with it, we said there's no way we can afford it. Then I brought up the idea of homemade fondant, because I had always wanted to try it ever since I saw the tutorial online. So here are the results!

Our very first one...

We weren't sure how to lift the main piece onto the cake without breaking it. In retrospect, I think it could've used some water to soften it up. Also, the decorations are pretty thick. We wanted to make them thinner next time.

Next...

We were kinda rushed when we did the decorations on this one, because we were scheduled to hit up the beach Grin The bow is definitely not pretty.  Tongue

Third...

This was a birthday present for our friend. She's a chibi Sailor Moon, and was quite difficult to work with! I don't know why, but this batch of fondant was pure evil.

Finally...

This batch of fondant, however, was fantastic. Smooooth, like buttah. However, when we dyed bits for the rings, the fondant became too wet and squishy, which led to their misshapenness, especially the black and blue ones. The 2oo8 is also fondant, carved by my friend. When she "glued" it onto the cake, it was off-center, so we made a little torch to even it out, and I love it Smiley

We made a cake about every week, and since we had no need for them (except the Sailor Moon cake), we donated them to the local community kitchen. We had no idea what it tasted like, or if it was even good Tongue Our first time ever eating a fondant-covered cake was when we ate Sailor Moon. (We felt so terrible cutting up her face! haha) I personally thought it was kinda weird, because fondant is chewy. We all just ended up peeling the fondant off, which led to pieces of face on our plates haha. Even though we worked hard on Sailor Moon, I didn't mind that we all peeled it off. Fondant is really just about presentation for me. Aaaanyways, I'm rambling and need to stop lol. Bye Smiley

UPDATE

Here's a cake we made today...

We planned on just doing a marble-y looking cake, but we had some left over colors from the Olympics cake, and thought they might be of some use. So.. random fish and starfish lol. And, when we baked the cake and tried to flatten it, the edges were really crisp I guess so that resulted in a more pushed in dome..? aka that's why there's a concave ring on the cake haha. But it all worked out I think, because the blue marble looks watery, and the ring kinda reminds me of a fishbowl, or a submarine window or something like that.

This will most likely be the last one for a while since school starts on Monday and we'll probably be superbusy. Hope you enjoyed them  Grin
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / broken shrinky dink on: June 16, 2008 02:39:04 PM
[moved to Shrinky Dink board.]
3  COOKING / Dessert / sushi cake on: June 15, 2008 12:38:24 PM
So, my friend and I had to make a cake for my birthday party. We got the batter and frosting, and came back to my house to find that I only had a rectangle pan. "Alright, then. I guess we're making a rectangle cake." But while it was baking, we looked online for some ideas and found some sushi cakes, and I just had to have one. So we decided to cut up the rectangle and make circles. After some fun with food coloring and frosting, and picking out individual sprinkle colors, we came up with this!





There are white sprinkles for rice, orange for fish eggs, and the yellow and green are random goodies wrapped up in the sushi. It's not perfect, but I like it Grin
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / rice krispy jack-o-lanterns treats (: on: October 14, 2007 01:12:30 PM
In my art club, we had to make Halloween-themed treats for the teachers. My teacher already printed a pile of ideas, so I don't know where the idea came from.

Basically, you just food-dye some marshmallows, throw in some krispies, and mold it with some parchment paper.

It was VERY sticky b/c we forgot to spray our hands and pot, but it was really fun to make.


We had leftover materials, so I decided to make another one, but we accidentally used too much red dye, and couldn't save it..so we made an evil pumpkin. We decorated them all with black, brown, and green icing, and put frosting (mixed with cocoa for the brown color) on the bottom of our serving dish, put the pumpkins on there and made vines connecting them all. We topped it all off with brown sprinkles for the dirt, and voila!



Hehe, I love them...even the evil one. Actually, they were all evil because they were so difficult to cut!  Tongue

Any other fun Halloween snack treats?
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / my first shrinky dink! on: September 22, 2007 07:20:37 PM
My first shrinky dink..ever! I was deprived of them during my childhood, so now at 16 years old, I finally got to experience the awesomeness that is the shrinky dink. Anyways, I was inspired by all the cool craftsters around here and made my own necklace!



Domo arigoto, Mr. Roboto! Grin
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / my first bag ever! messenger bag -- images galore (: on: August 26, 2007 03:05:38 PM
With school starting tomorrow (eek!), I decided to make myself a little messenger bag/book bag type thing. This is my first bag I've ever made and I'm super excited. I used gloriana's awesome tutorial (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2684.0) and took inspiration from kategirl's bag (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=182493.0). I used two layers of cardboard on the bottom to support the heavy books. Now, onto the pictures Grin

front, closed


front, opened. the big square and top rectangle are pockets.


back, lace pocket.


opened, filled with books


opened, empty


inside buttoned divider with pockets inside.


It actually turned out how I wanted, but turns out I wanted it too wide and I think it looks weird for school. But, I'm definitely gonna use it as like an overnight bag or something like that Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / .50 cent medium men's shirt -- resized and feminized on: July 26, 2007 05:39:29 PM
So I found this shirt at the local thrift shop for only 50 cents, and I loved the pattern, so I had to get it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/xstinerzx/DSC02933.jpg

I cut it up, added an elastic empire waist, and resized it..so here it is!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/xstinerzx/DSC02944.jpg

This was my first time ever doing sleeves, and I had no clue at all what I was doing as I was doing it.. but I think they turned out pretty good! (even though I still don't really get how to make sleeves Tongue)
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A too small TSA t-shirt becomes... on: July 19, 2007 02:13:46 PM
a tube top with suspender-like straps!

I was gonna make a pinafore top, but then I wanted to sort of spice it up and make it different. I've always liked suspenders so I created this! It's kinda messy around the bottom, but I prefer this over the tiny t-shirt that it was before. Smiley

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/xstinerzx/DSC02855.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v516/xstinerzx/DSC02858.jpg

Thanks for looking! Comments welcome
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / purse organizer! *lots of links to pics* on: July 18, 2007 09:49:20 PM
I recently bought a new bag, and it's HUGE! I liked the fact that it was big, but it didn't have any pockets and when I found I needed something, it took me a couple of minutes to dig for it. So, using some scrap fabric I had, this is what I created (my first from-scratch project! Smiley) to solve that problem. I sewed index cards in between the lining and the outside to make it a little more sturdy. Sorry there's so many links, I haven't gotten to my ten posts yet Sad


the whole thing


close up of heart detail that I always like to do


with my things in it (the big pocket is for my camera)


another angle


I lined it! (something I'm proud of b/c I don't usually do that Tongue)

Thanks for looking!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / new to craftster...first post, first outfit I would wear in public! on: July 07, 2007 09:26:01 PM
This is my first post to craftster, and my second recon! (My first was t-shirt to gaucho pants.. tute can be found here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=99090.0)

I was originally planning on making the purple dress found here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177288.0, but as I was working, it somehow turned into this!




The dress was made out of an old t-shirt (medium sized), scraps from my mom's old dress from the 80's, and some buttons (the three in the middle are to distract the eyes away from my poor sewing skills lol).

I would've liked it to be a little longer, probably at my knee instead of above. And the first, and so far only, time I've worn it outside, I wore a white wifebeater under it and liked that better. Yeah, I like a little modesty Tongue.

Comments on how I can improve next time?
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