Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Garden Bird Cage

Yeah!!! I see I have a few more followers today... how exciting! Welcome to my little blog of happiness!

Today I'm going to share with you a project I've been thinking about and working on for a while. SVG Cuts has their Facebook Spring Challenge going on right now, so I thought I would enter. Wish me luck, it's going to be tough there are some really great entries... go check them out! 

So here is my "Spring Garden Bird Cage" hope you like it :)

I used files from SVG Cuts Playful Parlour, 3D Flowers Part 1, 3D Mums and Fall Flowers, Happy Bday You, and Amilie's Accessories Kits! Cut them all out with my Cameo using Recollections card stock.

I then glued all of the beautiful paper work onto a 16X20 canvas that I had painted with a sky blue acrylic paint. I used some twigs that I cut from my yard around the frame... and voila, my spring masterpiece! I think it will look great in our Solarium :) 

and here close ups...

Thanks for stopping by, come again soon!
Ilda :)
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Friday, March 23, 2012

Flower Pot Card Freebie :)

Yeah, it's the weekend! Happy Friday everyone!

Here as promised yesterday is my Flower Pot Card SVG file... hope you love it...  Just open it up in SCAL and cut away! Very quick and easy to make. A perfect card for Mothers Day!

Have a great weekend!
Ilda :)

My free files RULES!!!

  1. If you choose to download all I ask is you become a follower.
  2. Note my files are for personal use only! (Personal use means... only for you to use (no trading, or sharing of my files... let me do that!) 
  3. If you want to share, send your friends over to my blog for the download. 
  4. I'm OK with people sharing my files on their own sites as long as there is a direct link back to this blog...Give credit where credit is due! (a message to me would also be appreciated)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Flower Pot Card

Over at Just Us Girls Challenge they are having a color challenge this week. So I thought I should enter a card that I just made...

Cute, isn't it? So "Springy!" I love how it turned out.

All the files I used were created with the SCAL3 program, and cut with my Cameo. I also used my Cuttlebug to emboss the bottom of the flower pot.

The card stock I used is from Recollections, the stamp is an i.clear stamp from studio G, the button and twine are from my left over stash!  

I will be posting the files for this card, hopefully tomorrow for all my crafty friends! Sorry no time today :(  

Have a wonderful and creative day!
Ilda :)

Click here for to find the file!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Liebster "dearest" Blog Award

Yeah, my very first blog award!!! 

I'd like to say a big  thank you to Michelle of Michelle My Belle's Creations who has sent me this award. I hope you will check out her  lovely blog. Her work is beautiful and she also has a Facebook page.

The idea of the award is to draw attention to blogs with less than 200 followers and  pass the award on to 5 other bloggers all in the spirit of fostering new connections.

 The rules for the award are :-)

1. Show your appreciation to the person who gave it to by
    thanking them and linking back to their blog.
2. Post the award to your blog.
3. Give the award to 5 bloggers (with less than 200
    followers) that you appreciate and follow. 
4. Leave a comment to the 5 bloggers to let them know you
    have chosen  them for the award.

'Liebster' in German means 'dearest', so to carry this tradition on here are the blogs that I'd like to pass the award on to :-

Monday, March 19, 2012

Craft Space

Hello people!

Over on SVG Cuts Facebook page they are giving away a Sizzix Big Shot. I don't have one but would love to get one, who knows maybe today is my lucky day! I've always wondered about other bloggers crafts rooms and am always making changes to mine. Maybe someday I will have a real craft room without the bed, but hen again... its comes in handy if I want to lay in it! :)

So here is my craft "space"/ guest bedroom... oh, the poor guests! Hope they like crafts... hehe!

Happy crafting everyone!

Ilda :)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Quick Cards!

Hope everyone is enjoying there weekend!

Just wanted to share with you all, the cards that I made for our friends this weekend.

This first card was for Samuel. I made it to match his party theme. I used the monkey from Lettering delights Love Pets. I made a few changes to the file using the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. I had seen a tutorial on how to make action wobble cards by one of my favourite bloggers, Jin! I did not however have any action wobble stickers so I just created my own by using a wire and coiling it around a pen a few times. Then I took two pieces of  foam tape and cut a little slit in each, and bent the wire so that each end of the wire stuck to the sticky side of the tape. (Are you still with me?) Once that was done I simply centred one the foam tapes on the monkey printed on the base of the card and adhered the other monkey to the top foam. And there you have a home made wobbler!

This next card was made for Filipe, who is celebrating his Confirmation today and had his First Communion last week with my son. This was a very quick a simple card to make. I basically just used a variety of fonts that I had in my Silhouette font library. Printed and cut with the Cameo. Embellished it with a simple white ribbon tied in the shape of a cross. 

Hope you like these cards, I had a fun time making them. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Ilda :)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Samuel's Birthday Cake!

So it's been another crazy, busy day for me... cake, crafting, and a shift at the hospital. Great thing I had my little 5 year old Maia (sous Chef), help me clean up! So here is what I have been working on today!

Tomorrow is my friend Karen's sons first birthday... She asked me to make him a monkey themed birthday cake! I think it turned out great! Hope the "little monkey" likes it! Happy birthday Samuel!

More views... this is a 4 layer chocolate and white cake on the inside. Filled with butter cream icing and covered with fondant. Yummy!

Here is how I made the banner... I created the little flags using the draw tools in the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition and then cut them out with the Cameo. I then glued down the top tabs to the twine and then hung it up between two bamboo skewers.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Monogram Morning!


Had a busy crafting morning today. Was able to get a lot done... I have been getting many requests for the personalized tumblers I've made recently on the blog. So with no kiddos at home this morning I was able to make some. Sneak peak for those of you that wanted one and a surprise for the others that weren't expecting one! 

Click here for how I made the Shadow box.
Click here for how I made the tumblers.

Short post today, got to run and get ready for work!
Ilda :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

First Communion Day!

First Communion Day finally arrived and everything went well! My son looked so handsome, was well behaved and read really well during the Church ceremony :)

So here are a few pictures of day. A big "Thank you" to all our friends and family that were able to celebrate this special day with us!

And this is what my basement looked like when it was finally put together! Great food, great friends and family, great party!... and the decor wasn't bad either... hehe! ;)

For details on how I made the decorations and cake, see my previous posts.

Next event Tomas' birthday party... and the wheels are starting to turn...... slowly, LOL!

Thanks for stopping by!


For those interested in more ideas and crafts for a girls Communion, check out my Daughter's 

Or for a Confirmation Day Post!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Simple Communion Cake for a Boy

Well the day has arrived... It's my son Tomas' First Communion today!!!
All the work is finally done and its time to party.... So today's post was prescheduled, of course!

Last time I showed you my cake pops, today I will show you the cake I made for the Communion. It is a 4 layer marble cake with a butter cream and nutella filling, covered with fondant... can you say yummy!!!

Here a few more pictures of the cake close up. Love how the bow turned out!

The rosary made with little balls of rolled fondant, then strung them all together with a stretchy elastic wire. 

Simple and sweet :)

I'll be posting more pics of the day as soon as I have more time.

Thanks for visiting again,
Ilda :)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Communion Cake Pops - Plus tips I learned from process!

And the baking begins... 

So the first time I made cake pops it was kind of a disaster, I had watched you-tube videos but still it was a mess. They kept falling apart because they were so heavy and dense and it was really frustrating! This time was much better, like anything else you learn from your mistakes!

I ended up using a cake pop maker this go around. So much easier and the cake balls were not as heavy so they didn't fall off the sticks. (I do have to admit that the baked cake pops don't taste as good as the dense cake pops that are made with cake batter and icing)

Something else I learned from last time was that the balls kept rolling around and staining the sticks with wet chocolate. This time I used an old Styrofoam egg carton. Worked wonderfully and made it easy to transport to the fridge as well!

I don't have a fancy cake pop stand, so I used a floral foam to support the cake pops while they dried. All I did was take a sharp knife and poke holes all around the foam, piercing the plastic wrap that the foam came in. That way it kept all the foam flakes inside the plastic and made it easy to wipe off so I can reuse next time (you could also use cling wrap or tin foil to wrap up the foam)

Having the cake pop on the foam also made it easy to pick up and rotate the position of the pops as I decorated the top!

More tips... 

  • when melting your chocolate if you find the consistency too thick, add a tiny bit of shortening until you find it easy enough to coat the pops. (Thanks to my sister In-law Rozana for that one, made a huge difference!)
  • The other thing I did was melt my chocolate in microwave in a deep bowl.  Placed a smaller bowl underneath the chocolate bowl with boiling water, this kept the chocolate from solidifying once I started dipping the cold cake pops.

Hope these tips help future cake pop makers... if you have any more tips I would love to hear from you as well!

Well gotta run and get ready for an evening shift at the Hospital. Thanks for stopping by!

Ilda :)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Communion Paper Cake Slices - Treat Boxes

The First Communion crafting continues... Sunday can't come soon enough!

Here is a paper cake that I have been working on. Each slice will be filled up with goodies and given to our guests as a thank you for celebrating this special day with us.

The recipe...

The file I used for the cake slices comes from My Scrap Chick's Designer Boxes kit. The bow and scalloped circle comes from SVG Cuts free designs. And the cross was made with basic shapes from the SCAL library.

Thanks for stopping by... have a great day!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

DIY tissue paper rosettes - Communion Decor

And my party decor continues.... two posts in one day! Only because the kiddos aren't home, LOL! Thank God for Grand Parents! :)

Rosettes are pretty trendy right now so I thought I would try and figure them out. It actually was pretty simple after making all the pom poms! 

Here is a step by step tutorial on how I made my tissue paper rosettes...Sorry! Not too happy with my pictures though, bad lighting! I need to work on my photography skills... oh well, lesson learned!

Hope you enjoyed this step by step tutorial... now back to more party decor making!

Ilda :)

DIY tissue pom poms - Communion Decor

Next weekend we will be celebrating my sons First Communion. So this week I have been busy making some decorations for the party. His favourite colour is blue so I thought I would just go with a blue and white theme and start off by making a blue and white pom pom.

I love Martha Stewart and her products, but I don't like her prices. So today I thought I would share with you how I have been making her pom poms for a fraction of her price. You can make them in how ever many colours as you like!

Next up....  tissue paper rosettes tutorial!