Sunday, April 28, 2013

Happy "B" Day

Ever need a really quick Birthday card? I have a bunch of birthdays coming up this month and this one was so fast to put together... I actually made 3 of them! This file comes from Paper Piecings by Nikki - happy bumble bee. Paper I used came from my scrap pile, all cut on the Cameo. Stamp comes from Studio G.

Hope you like this super quick fun card! Thanks so much for coming by :)

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ninjago Birthday Party Wrap Up!

Hi Everyone! 

The Ninjago party has finally happened and I have to say it was a lot of fun! Tomas had a blast with all his little buddies school, family and friends! 

We had rented out a Community Hall that used to be an old Movie Theatre. It was the perfect place for kids of all ages. The facility allowed us to play our own Movie, there was a play room (jungle gym), party room and many lounge areas for the adults. 

While the guests were still arriving and the place was being set up, the kids started off by burning some energy in the play room.

Here are a few of my favourite pictures using the photo props and the background I made! I love the one of our little friend Sofia on the bottom left corner. She looks so devilish with that big smile and those frowning eyebrows... Looks like she's gone MAD, lol!!!

There were Ninja eyes everywhere, watching every move we made! 

I am really glad I had set up the table at home prior to the party. It made the setting up at the Hall much easier, I knew where everything should go.

It never even crossed my mind when I made this cake on how the kids would react to it when it was being served. This picture below says it all... The boys went wild, they thought cutting into Kai's head was the funniest thing ever! Maybe a bit morbid, but the expression on those little faces are PRICELESS!

Thank you all so much for following along with all the party planning! Thank goodness these events only happen once a year. I'm sooooo "Ninjago'ed" out!

If you missed it, here is a recap of all the links to the Ninjago Party + don't forget to pick up some freebie Silhouette files!

Ninja Banner - freebie file
Ninja Paper Lanterns - freebie file
Ninjago Photo Props - freebie file
Ninja Balloons - freebie file
Ninjago Cupcake Toppers - freebie file

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Ninjago Birthday Cake

Good Morning everyone! I have pre scheduled this post because I'm sure I'm going to need to recover from the night's festivities!

Today I am sharing with you the cake I made for my son's 9th Ninjago themed Birthday Party!
What do you think? I love how he turned out!!! Actually, wasn't very hard to make either.

Here's a quick pictorial on how I made "KAI's" head.

  1. I baked, sliced and filled with icing, the centres of two 5 inch cakes. Separating the layers with a cake board.
  2. Next I dirty iced the entire head.
  3. Rolled out my fondant pieces. For the eyebrow, I drew and cut out a shape on a piece paper first and laid it on the fondant then cut it out with the tip of a sharp knife.
  4. I placed my pieces on top of the rolled fondant I used as the face. I "glued" the pieces with a little water using a small paint brush.
  5. Then I placed the face on the head. At this point I placed the head on the bottom layer of the cake that I had already covered with black fondant.
  6. Finally, I wrapped the rest of the head with Kai's Ninja mask.

The top part of the cake is chocolate flavoured and the bottom 10 inch layer is made out of a yellow cake. The entire cake is covered with a vanilla butter cream icing and finished with fondant.

Hope you have enjoyed this Ninjago Birthday Party Series of posts, I hopefully will have some pictures of the party to share with you all soon!

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Ninjago Oreo Pops

No you aren't seeing double! Yes, this is my second post today! Since I made two different kinds of cookies I thought I would share how I made these Oreo Pops with you all as well!

Here is what you will need:

One package of Double Stuff Oreos
White Candy Melts
Lollipop sticks
Icing Colours


Melt your Candy Melts in the microwave at 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between each increment. I added a teaspoon of shortening to make the consistency of the melts a little runnier. 

Twist apart all of the Oreo cookies. With the lollipop stick make an indentation in the white filling of each cookie. Dip the end of the lollipop stick and place it into the indentation you just made in the cookie.

 Place the top of the cookie back on. Once you have about half of them done place them in the freezer, until you are ready for the next step.

With the chilled cookies that you just removed from the freezer, dip the cookies one at a time into the melted chocolate. I used a spoon to drizzle over them, I found this way I wasn't leaving "Oreo dust" behind. Shake off the excess chocolate by tapping the side of the bowl gently. 

TIP: to keep my Candy Melts from hardening I had placed my glass bowl on top of another bowl that had been filled with boiling water.

Place your dipped Oreo's on parchment paper to dry.

Once the cookies were dry, I finished them off by adding their faces. See my Sugar Cookie post on how I added the Royal Icing.

Hope you've enjoyed this little tutorial on Oreo Pops, a great alternative to Cake Pops. I love them both, I just wanted to try something new!

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Ninjago Sugar Cookies

Hi everyone! Today is party day!!! Woohoo, I may be more excited than the Birthday Boy, LOL! Everything is ready for tonight, phewww! *sigh*  

The next thing I'm going to share with you today is how I made my sugar cookies. Guess what... this was my first time ever, and am so happy with the results! If I can do it, you can too!

The first thing I did was look up a recipe for making sugar cookies. HERE is the on I finally used.

Next I made Royal Icing. HERE is the recipe I used for it.

I made my icing consistency a bit on the runnier side. I wanted to pipe and flood the cookie right away. I was a little impatient, hehe!

I then outlined the outside of the cookie and the outside of the mask and went straight into flooding them.

I first did all the white and then all my red cookies. Once those were piped and flooded I then went back and flooded the centre faces with yellow icing. You need to wait at least 20 minutes before adding another colour. 

I finished them off by pipping on their eyes and eye brows. Some of the black icing I used for the eyes ended up bleeding into the yellow icing... I probably was too impatient, and didn't wait for the face to harden up enough or my black icing was too runny! Either way they still taste the same but look like they have on runny mascara, LOL! ;)

I then let these little Ninjas rest overnight. The next day I wrapped them individually and placed one in each treat bag for Tomas' guests!


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Friday, April 19, 2013

Ninja Throwing Stars

Well, the Birthday Party is tomorrow!!! I have been so busy with work and catching up with everything else around the house that I haven't had time to put up any of my recent Ninjago projects!

Today I want to share with you the Ninja Stars I made for the kids. I remember making many of them as a kid, but have since forgotten. Click here for the pictorial I used to make mine. There are also a lot of You Tube videos on them as well! Hopefully we will have time to play a little game with them. If any of kids at the party want to learn how to make one themselves I will take some extra paper with me to teach them how.  

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

DIY No Sew Ninjago Headbands

Hey all!!! I hope you're not all bored to death with all this Ninjago Party planning of mine. All I want is to make my son's Birthday memorable, and maybe inspire some of you with ideas when planning your next party! 

Today I'm going to share with you how I made the Ninja headbands. Really easy, I promise!!!

I didn't want to spend anytime sewing. My solution....  ribbon! I bought a 1.5 inch wide ribbon that I found at Micheal's. Cut it to desired length, for as many as you need.

The only problem with ribbon is that it frays :(
TIP: I used my heat embossing tool to heat the ends and slightly melt them. No more fraying! Probably could do the same with a candle,  but be very CAREFUL if you do!

Next, I printed the kids names out and taped the paper up on my kitchen window. I then took the piece of ribbon that I had cut and found the middle. I then aligned it over each name and secured it to the window with more tape. All that is left to do is trace it with a sharpie. Super easy, right?!?

These will make a great keepsake for the guests to take home, and even if they are thrown out you won't feel so bad because it was that easy!!!

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Ninjago Cupcake Toppers - Free Print and Cut Silhouette File

Hey everyone are tired of Ninjago yet? I'm getting really close... It feels like I've been eating, sleeping an breathing all things Ninja! I can't wait to see it all come together already! :)

Today I want to share with you the Ninjago cupcake toppers I made. I'm still not sure I will be using them as that. I may just use them as food picks and sporadically place them on the food trays.

I created them again using the Silhouette software. I printed them and the cut them out on the Cameo. Here is what they look like once they were cut out.

They come together in a matter of minutes. All that is left to do is fold and glue them down onto a toothpick. I just used a dab of hot glue and pinched the two pieces of paper together onto the toothpick. Really easy!

The image I used comes from here. Make sure to stop by, she also had some great ideas on the theme. If you have a Silhouette machine and would like to have a copy of this file click on the link below :)

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Ninjago Ninja Cupcake Toppers - (Silhouette - Print and Cut) .studio file

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

DIY Ninjago Birthday Party Photo Booth

Now that you have seen the photo props, it's time to show you how I made the background for the Ninja photo booth, that will also double as a signature board keepsake. 

I wanted to used a simple pagoda image for my booth. This is the picture I used below as a guide. I just loaded the image on my iPad and just kind of copied it as best as I could... I wasn't going for perfection!

I first joined two pieces of poster board and taped them to each other, leaving a seam down the middle. I used the seam as a guide and just pencilled the drawing in first.

I then just painted the picture in with a paint brush and some red acrylic paint. You could also probably use a marker if you didn't feel comfortable painting. Here's a closer look... not bad for not being a traced image!  

I added thank you to each side, so that when our guests receive the picture it will also be a thank you to them as well! I am also hoping to get each guest to sign their names on it. This way Tomas can   keep it as a keep sake from the party! It folds in half very easily and can be rolled up for storage.

Here is Tomas once again posing with his weapons... 

and his sister Maia telling Tomas he's "Dead Meat!" Oh, can you feel the love!

I got my inspiration from here, please make sure to stop by and see all of the amazing ideas from her sons's Ninjago Party.

Hope your enjoying all the Ninjago fun as much as I am!

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