Monday, July 8, 2013

Paint Palette Cake | DIY Cake


Yesterday we celebrated my daughter's 7th birthday party will all her little school friends. Her actual birthday is still a few weeks away but because it ends up being in the middle of the summer, many of her friends are going on vacation. Since my daughter Maia loves art, we decided to book her party at an art studio. To match the theme I created a paint palette cake! I was really happy with how it turned out and she loved it!


The coolest part about the cake was the inside! Here is how you can make your own...


You will need 2 white cake mix boxes. Follow the directions on the packaging. Once your batter is ready, divide it into as many colors as you want to make by pouring it into smaller bowls. (I made six) Next add gel food color to each bowl, a little at a time until you've reached your desired shade.


Pour your cake batter into your tins, alternating colors as you like (I used two 10 inch round cake pans.) Bake as per box instructions. Cool and ice your cake, decorate as desired! 

Here is a photo of the inside of the cake, isn't it so cool!


Since I like to use fondant to decorate my cakes, I freeze my cake until I am ready to decorate it. This way they are much easier to ice.  


Thanks for visiting today... I hope I have inspired you to add a little color to your next cake! It sure was fun to make and even better to eat! It will surely be a hit at your party :) Stay tuned for more details on the Paint Party!

Happy Crafting or in this case Baking :)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Thank you for the Music | Piano Gift Box | SVGCuts


My daughter starts her summer break from piano lessons this week. So when SVGCuts came out with this piano from Thank You For the Music SVG Kit, I knew I had to make it for my daughter's piano teacher. 

Isn't it awesome?! I absolutely love how it turned out, classic and elegant!

Thank you for the Music | Piano Gift Box | SVGCuts by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

Thank you for the music... for giving it to me. Doesn't that remind you of the ABBA song??? I can't get it out of my head now (doesn't that drive you nuts when that happens?!?)

I didn't have a stamp to coordinate so I used the print n cut feature of the Silhouette to print and cut the tag. The font I used is called scriptina. On the lid of the box and book, I wrapped some musical note washi tape by Recollections. 


The best part of this piano is that it's functional... it has enough storage for treats or maybe even a little gift! LOVE it! So simple and elegant and surprisingly easy to put together :) 

Thank you for the Music | Piano Gift Box | SVGCuts by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you like this little piano treat box. If you have a piano player in your life, surprise them with one of these beauties... I'm sure they'll love it!

Happy Crafting :)

Friday, June 21, 2013

DIY Custom Canvas Bags | Teacher Gifts

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, I thought I better get busy making some teacher appreciation gifts! The kids were very blessed to have amazing teachers once again this year. As a little thanks for all that they have done for my children, I always like to make something personal that will remind them of the kids. I hope they like them as much as I had fun making them!

This was my very first time creating something with the heat transfer material. I have to say I LOVE it! I want to create more with it! It was super easy!!!

Here is the front side of the bag, I'm not sure if I will ever get tired of seeing variations of this phrase... for now, I still love it! I think the teachers will too! Click here to see another project I made using the "Craft On" version.  


DIY Custom Canvas Bags | Teacher Gifts

To the other side of the bag, I added the teacher's name. Mrs. Archer and Mrs. Attema are awesome!

DIY Custom Canvas Bags | Teacher Gifts

When they open look on the inside, they will see the kids' names... hopefully, when they see that, they will have only good memories of them... lol!

DIY Custom Canvas Bags | Teacher Gifts

The next few pics are of my daughter's bag for her teacher.

DIY Custom Canvas Bags | Teacher Gifts


DIY Custom Canvas Bags | Teacher Gifts

Here is a better look at the front design on the bag! Love those little book worms ;)

DIY Custom Canvas Bags | Teacher Gifts

Want to know how to make your own?

You will need...
Silhouette Machine and SDE software
Files (worm and apple) SVGCuts 
Silhouette Heat Transfer Material
Canvas bag (Tulip - Grab & Tote)
Iron



  • First, create the image you want to be cut on the Silhouette... here is how I did it...
    • For the image I created, I used a Couture font. Wrote the out phrase and lined it up as pictured above.
    • Next, I worked with the apple and worm file to create a border around the images by grouping different layers together and using the offset and modify functions. 
    • Once I was satisfied with the images, I resized them and positioned them next to the phrase, and made sure everything was lined up properly.
    • Group all your images together.

  • Now all that is left to do is follow the directions for the heat transfer material. Ensuring that you flip your image horizontally so that your image looks backward and setting blade depth is set correctly for the transfer material. I would advise you do a test cut first to make sure your settings are all correct. Iron on as directed. 
That is it... it's that easy! Hope you've enjoyed this DIY tutorial and project, let me know what you think and if you have any questions.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting :)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Pinkalicious 3D Paper Cupcake Treat Box | SVGCuts

Happy Birthday to me! Yes, today is my birthday... a few steps closer to 40! Bring it on 37... it's gonna be a great year! :) 

No, I didn't make this cupcake for me although I love how it turned out. I made it for a very dear friend of the family, who celebrated her Birthday this past weekend. Isn't it adorable?!

Pinkalicious 3D Paper Cupcake Treat Box | SVGCuts

Files: (bow) from SVG Cuts Gift Boxes SVG Kit
Paper: Bazzill cardstock 
Patterned Paper: Anna Griffin's Valentina Collection
Stamp: from Stampendous
Cut: with the Silhouette Cameo
I enlarged these files to fit on a 12x12 paper. I also cut little perforations to the cupcake wrap. 


This box was big enough to stuff full of chocolate treats! Want to see a few other cupcakes I've created? Click here and here :)

I hope you like this fun.... and as my daughter called it "pinkalicious" treat box as much as I enjoyed making and giving it away! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting :)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Shirt Shaped Cards for Dad | SVGCuts


Happy Father's Day to all the Daddies in your lives! 


Shirt Shaped Cards for Dad by Ilovedoingallthingscrafty

Here are some fun cards I made for the men in my life. Aren't they super cute?! Love this fun paper collection. I'm sure I'll be making more of these cards... so easy and quick to put together. They would also be perfect for birthdays or summer vacations!

Shirt Shaped Cards for Dad by Ilovedoingallthingscrafty

Stamp: Bitty Regards from Unity Stamps
Paper: Carolyn Gavin Collection from K and Company 
Cut: on the Silhouette Cameo

Shirt Shaped Cards for Dad by Ilovedoingallthingscrafty

I hope today is a special day for you all! Thanks for stopping by... 


Happy Crafting :)


Thursday, June 13, 2013

"Lifesaving" Wine Box for Dad | Wine Bottle Treat Box | SVGCuts


With Father's Day coming up quickly, I thought I'd better get a few gifts ready for the Day. Both of the Grand Dads and of course Daddy deserve a little treat!

Here is a super quick Print n Cut project I made. This box is so easy to do, I'm sure it would make any man happy!

"Lifesaving" Wine Box for Dad | Wine Bottle Treat Box | SVGCuts


I didn't have any stamps to coordinate with the theme so I made a digital one with fonts using the Silhouette SDE. Love how it turned out! 

For those that LOVE wine, I'm sure some days it is a lifesaver! (Shhhh, don't tell anyone I have never drank the stuff... weird right? I know... I'm Portuguese and my Dad makes his own wine... but my stomach actually turns at the smell of it, LOL!)

"Lifesaving" Wine Box for Dad | Wine Bottle Treat Box | SVGCuts

Here is what I used to create this project...

Wine Box File from SVG Cuts Classic Gift Boxes
Digital Paper and files from Fleurette Bloom's Ships Ahoy Collection. Check out this entire Element and Paper Collection! 

        

Cut on the Silhouette Cameo
To make my digital stamp I had to learn how to text to path. Click here for the link to a video that was very helpful!



If you are still looking for other ideas for Father's Day. here are some of my previous "Manly" projects to inspire your creativity!













Thanks so much for stopping by, hopefully, I've inspired some "Manly" creativity in you, lol! Happy Father's Day to all of the Dad's in your life! 

Happy Crafting :)

Monday, June 10, 2013

Monster High Cake for Aleina

It has been a few weeks since my last post... crazy busy on this end. The fun never seems to stop... always something on the go! 

Since my last post, I've been working on my projects for the upcoming CEM Magazine issue, done a little traveling, worked at the hospital, done lots of yard work, housework, parented, wifed and made this awesome cake for my God Daughter Aleina that I'm sharing with you today!

Isn't it pretty? Even if it is a little creepy and "gothy", I LOVE how it turned out :) 

Monster High Cake for Aleina

 This was a very large cake, standing at around 12 inches tall. The lower tier of the cake was 10 inches wide and was vanilla flavored. The top layer was a 6-inch chocolate cake. The entire cake was covered in a vanilla buttercream icing, covered and detailed with fondant. For those of you that are curious, this cake took approximately 7-8 hours to complete. Might make you understand and appreciate why these kinds of cakes have a higher price tag ;)

Monster High Cake for Aleina

I have to be honest I don't have any idea of what this "Monster High" is all about but that is what the Birthday girl wished for! Personally, I think if I was 6 years old, I would be freaked right out by those dolls... boy how times have changed, lol!

Monster High Cake for Aleina

I hope you liked my take on a Monster High cake. I know the birthday girl loved it and that was all that mattered! Happy Birthday, Aleina :) 

Happy Crafting :)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Winnie the Pooh Cake

Happy Memorial Day to all my American Friends hope you are all enjoying the holiday!

Today, I would like to share with you a cake I made for my friend Karen's little boy. William turned 1 this past weekend and I had the honor of making his very first Birthday Cake! Yay, Will!

What 1 year old doesn't love Winnie the Pooh?! Isn't he cute??? I love how it all came together. Winnie is all made of fondant and the center of his body is Rice Krispies treats. Totally edible if Will wanted to take a bite, lol!

Winnie the Pooh Cake

Here are a few more pics of the cake... close up and from different angles. 

Winnie the Pooh Cake
Aren't those bumblebees just the cutest little things?

The inside of the cake had a chocolate flavored bottom layer and a yellow cake top layer, iced and with vanilla buttercream. It was finished and decorated with fondant. Measured 10 inches in diameter and approximately 4 inches high (not including the toppers). 

Happy Birthday, Will, hope you have an amazing year! 

Thanks for coming by, if you are planning on making a Winnie the Pooh cake hopefully I have inspired you!

Happy Crafting :)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Lily Pad Shape Card | Ink On 3

HELLO!!! I am so excited to share with you my first Fleurette Bloom Design Team project today!

Here is a very quick card I made using some elements from Fleurette Bloom's latest Swan Lake Element Collection. The coolest part was making the coordinating envelope with the Swan Lake Digital Paper Collection. Love how turned out, so elegant... if a card can be that, lol!


I have owned my Silhouette Cameo for over a year now but had not really been using the machine to it's fullest potential! For some reason, I was always intimidated to use the fill pattern option of the program... well not anymore! All it took was one time and I am hooked! I will be using a lot more digital papers now!!! SO easy, can't believe it took me this long! Just look at how pretty the envelope is! I think it adds so much and, makes the card just that much more special! Don't forget to stop by Fluerette Bloom's Shop and check out all of her beautiful digital coordinating papers!  

Here it is again from a different angle. Isn't it SO pretty? It looks so much like the real thing! 


Take a look inside. I added a white inset layer... this adds a little extra strength and stability to the card... also makes it easier to see what is written when a darker color is used.


Here is a screenshot of how I turned the lily pad element into a shape card. If you are a visual person (like me) you'll appreciate this! It's true... a picture IS worth a thousand words!


To make this simple, I placed all my steps in one screenshot. I'll start of with the top left image of the lily pad and work clockwise.

  1. Import your lily pad base, this will then become the bottom part of the front of your card.
  2. To create the back of my card, first I copied and pasted the lily pad. Next, I drew a straight line down the side of the card and then changed the style of the line to a dash. Group them together. 
  3. Copy and paste image 2. Take your knife tool and cut the piece off just after the dash line you just created. Delete the piece with the dash line. 
  4. To create the piece that lines the inside of the card, click on the image you created in step 3, and select the internal offset option. I set my offset at 0.1 inches.

And that is how easy it is to create a shape card! Now all that is left to do is cut out all your pieces and assemble. 

Dimensions:
  • Envelope - 9.910" H x 6.380" W
  • Lily Pad - 4.425" H x 4.620" W 
  • Lily Pad top layer - 4.355" H x 4.555" W
  • Large Flower layer - 4.080" H x 4.270" W (highlight all flower layers when adjusting the measurements to keep them all proportional)
  • Sentiment Base - 0.940" H x 2.895" W
NOTE:
  • You could stop after step 2,  if you don't want to create the liner for the inside of your card. If you do, simply just cut the pieces out and place glue to the left of the dash line. Line up with the front piece of the card and press together! 
  • Don't forget you can also use the print and cut option to create the lily pad and flower if you decided not to make it 3 dimensional! 

I hope you liked my Lily Pad shape card, and have learned how to make your own... at least the way I do. I'm sure there are so many other ways! Make sure you stop by Fleurette's Blog or Facebook page today because she has got some exciting news to share with her fans!


Thanks for stopping by, leave me a comment... love to hear from you! 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Tea Set Treat Boxes | 3D Paper Teapot and Teacup | SVGCuts

Happy Mother's Day Everyone! Hope you all are able to spend time with your children and Mother's today! 
Today, I would love to share with you the tea set I made for my Mothers! 
Since my mother collects Teapots (real ones) can you guess which one she'll get, lol? And, you can't forget the Mother In Law... mine loves to drink tea! The decision was easy! I LOVE you both very much!!!
Tea Set Treat Boxes | 3D Paper Teapot and Teacup | SVGCuts

The files come from SVG Cuts, Tea for You and Me SVG Kit
Cut on the Silhouette Cameo.
If you are a subscriber to the Cutting Edge Magazine, you would have seen this project in the March/April Issue. If your not, this magazine is unique in that it is dedicated to all electronic die cutting machine users and paper craft addicts like me! So check it out, and you'll get to see more of my work!!!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Crafting :)


Friday, May 10, 2013

Paper Clock Lamp | SVGCuts Challenge Entry

Hello Everyone and WELCOME to all my new followers! SO happy to see new faces on this little blog of mine! Make sure you leave me a comment and say HI so I can get to know you as well!

Today, I want to share with you my second attempt at the SVG Cuts Facebook Lamp Challenge! This time around I stuck to the rules, LOL! My inspiration came from the paper used, DCWV Tattered Time Stack. I love the vintage, "MAN"ly look of it! 

So here is my lamp, LOVE how it turned out :)

Paper Clock Lamp | SVGCuts Challenge Entry

The files I used all came from SVGCuts, Maison de Madeline SVG Kit. I've been wanting to make the wall clock and thought why not incorporate it in the lamp. 

Paper Clock Lamp | SVGCuts Challenge Entry

 Here is a closer look at the lampshade. I really wanted to make the clock functional but couldn't find a small enough clock movement kit for this project. I did find the next best thing... Tim Holtz's Idea-ology Time Pieces. His stuff is AWESOME!

Paper Clock Lamp | SVGCuts Challenge Entry

Side view of the lampshade and all the gears.

Paper Clock Lamp | SVGCuts Challenge Entry

Below is a close up of the details on the base of the lamp.  Stamp comes from Stampendous Time Flies collection. I finished the pull cord chain with the cutest Flair button from Paper Play Studio, I thought "dreamer" was the perfect little touch for a lamp. 

Paper Clock Lamp | SVGCuts Challenge Entry

And my favorite part of the lamp is actually seeing it all lit up! Isn't it pretty?!? I think this is going to be the perfect Father's Day gift for my hubby! He collects watches, so I know he is gonna love this!

Paper Clock Lamp | SVGCuts Challenge Entry

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you've enjoyed my version of the lamp. If you're a paper crafter make sure you enter the challenge! It's really all about fun and pushing your creativity, and if you win something it's a bonus!

Happy Crafting :)