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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: classy Victorian "Filthy" necklace + wood disk necklace/ring on: June 28, 2008 02:18:41 PM
I like it! Where did you get the brass letters? They are awesome.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 2 teacup skirts on: June 26, 2008 01:34:37 PM
I like the second on the best, esp. the bow.
3  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Cupcake Truffles + tute! (pic heavy) on: June 05, 2008 04:36:29 PM
Those are sooo cute! They look awesome. I saw the tute for cupcake pops on Martha Stewarts site, these are just as cool. Love the icing on them instead of the melted candy.
4  COOKING / Dessert / My baby shower cake! (girly skelli-bear) on: June 05, 2008 04:06:06 PM
So my sister threw me a second shower, which was awesome at her house. The day before she drove down to where I live so we could do all the baking for my baby shower. It may be "tacky" (  Roll Eyes ) to help with your own shower but we never see each other because she lives an hour and 1/2 away so it was like sister "bonding" time, haha. Anyway, we both did the baking (we made cookies from the Martha Stewart cookie book, ooh fancy :mrgreen: ) but when it came to decorating the cake she said "Screw that, you're on you own. Waay too much work for me". Haha. Anyway I love doing stuff like this so I did it myself. It was my second attempt at cake decorating and I think it came out pretty good. I used a Wilton bear pan, and decorating/tips again. Also Wilton gel colors for the icing. I think I'm in love with that brand. *sigh* It was based on a little bear sticker on my invites (that I also made, I'll post those later...). I made the chocolate and vanilla buttercream icing myself again.
Anyway here it is -

My sister cutting the cake -

From the bottom up to the neck got eaten at the shower, I got to take the head home. I felt really bad cutting into it, well, not that bad I ate most of it that night. *yum*

Based on these little bear stickers I made (not the design, just the stickers) -

I didn't take pics untill we were about to cut it and since it was hot that day the icing got all shiny so it was hard to get good pics. The heart and bow were about the same color pink as the stickers but it photographed red.

Comments/tips appreciated! I want to do a lot more of this stuff in the future.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Sanding Mod Podge hard coat? on: June 05, 2008 07:50:31 AM
So I want to decoupage a pice of wood funiture using Mod Podge hard coat as it's supposed to not be tacky and also be more durable. I have never used Modge Podge at all before but I get the basic idea. With hard coat though it says to sand/can be sanded between coats.  How do I do this? What grade sandpaper would I use? Thanks for any help!
6  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Pony Birthday cake for my son's first! on: June 02, 2008 09:36:43 PM
Great freehand job.  I love the Wilton products.  I just wish they weren't so expensive.  Turned out great.

I have gotten some of mine (like the rocking horse pan I used!) on Ebay for waaay cheap!

Thanks everyone!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pony Birthday party invites (for my son's 1st) on: June 01, 2008 04:01:00 PM
reid park, you must be from tucson!

oh and your invites are adorable Smiley

Yeah! Born and raised, however we don't live there right now - we drove up there just for his party. Grin and thanks!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: AWESOME WALL LETTERS-----WITH TUTE!!! on: June 01, 2008 03:16:51 PM
I was waiting to finally see what they would spell - then I laughed my ass off! That's awesome! Plus you do a really good job on these. I want to do my children's names for their room.
9  COOKING / Dessert / Pony Birthday cake for my son's first! on: June 01, 2008 02:56:21 PM
Well, there isn't a section to post completed "edible projects" (food can be art too!) so I hope it's okay to put it here. I made this for my son's first B-day last month. It was western themed (I made the invites and some of the decorations as well). I have never done anything like this so it's by no means perfect but it turned out okay. If I wasn't so tired and pregnant (I was 7 1/2 months at the time) it could have been a little better. I started it at like 9 the night before the party and it took forever.

I bought a rocking horse shaped pan and was going to modify it just a little but it ended up not being that much help - I just free-handed it. I made the buttercream icing (my first time doing that as well) and dyed it with Wilton gel colors. I used dyed black icing to pipe an outline, then filled it in. I used Wilton decorating bags and tips to do it. The biggest issue was getting the white base icing smooth. I followed instructions to thin it but it still wouldn't smooth right.

My son has this little stuffed pony he loves that was the inspiration for the party theme and his cake -

Comments/criticism/ideas-tips welcomed!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Pony Birthday party invites (for my son's 1st) on: June 01, 2008 02:43:59 PM
I have lurked on here for years just getting ideas without posting so I am finally going to post my first project - Pony Birthday party invites.

These were for my son's first Birthday. The party was western themed. I got the idea for the invites from a little stuffed pony he has that he loves. They were a ton of work, and I had to make 9 of them. I sketched the pony, then traced it onto another sheet and outlined it with black marker. Next, I scanned it into the computer and printed it out onto tan colored heavy cardstock. Then I cut the ponies out. Finally I cut out all the individual pieces for the red bridle, the shapes in the feet, the mane, and the shapes in the tail and glued them onto the pony shapes. The back I just printed out onto blue cardstock, cut it even with a scrapbooking sliding trimmer, and glued them onto the back of the ponies. I love how they turned out. They were exactly what I wanted.

front -

back -

primary sketch -

His little stuffed pony that he loves -

I would love comments/criticism! Thanks!
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