{Goody Goody Tuesday} Printable Cupcake Stand

Here’s my goody for you today.  I’m so proud of this little printable.  I worked and worked and finally came up with the design.  The base prints on one page.  The top is a 3 inch punch of one of my party tags.  It’s really sturdy and super cute to boot!  I’ve got one printable up in the new Etsy shop and I’m working on some others…maybe a plain template, as well?

 

{Marry Me Monday} Mint to be

Lately, I’ve started to notice all the cute wedding ideas out there right now.  I’ve been married for almost 15 years, so it’s not like I’ve been thinking about weddings lately.  But my sister did get married last year and I had such a great time watching her get ready for and plundering through a lot of ideas to find the ones she wanted to use.  I’ve also noticed that there are a lot of ideas for other occasions that can easily be modified to fit a wedding…easy, inexpensive, and personal little details that make the day special. So join me in Marry Me Mondays!

 

This week’s idea is one I’ve seen before (not sure where or I’d tell you).  It’s a simple pack of Mentos mints.  I removed the cover and measured it, making the exact same size document on my computer.  I added some cute digital paper  I made, printed out a tag and assembled.  The foil was pink, so I left it, but I think you could easily just rewrap it in a thin silver foil, maybe even candy foil from the craft store.  And I used my computer, but this would also be really easy to do with some cute scrapbook paper, too.  Use a cute punch and handwrite the sentiment and the date for a very organic feel.

Anyone else have a cute wedding favor idea?

 

Linking up…

 


Tip Junkie handmade projects

{In a Jar} Little Pies in a Jar with a FREEBIE!

I have been wanting to try this ever since I first saw it over on Our Best Bites in September.

I finally did it.

First, let me say that I wish I was the kind of baker that loved to bake from scratch.  I really admire those people.  To make a pie crust from scratch would be delicious.  I just don’t have that kind of patience.  Granted, I did want to make the pie filling with Honey Crisp apples.  The absolute best apples on the planet.  However, the grocery store didn’t have them yesterday and by golly, I wanted pie, so canned pie filling it is.  I found these half-pint jelly jars at Walmart and snatched them up…each cute little jar is 4 ounces. {love these jars!}

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I followed the steps set out by Our Best Bites.  I went the easy way and used a ready made pie crust and canned pie filling.  {Now the box of pie crusts come with two crusts, a top and a bottom.  I only used one and it made four little pies.} I let the pie crust sit for about 5 minutes before I rolled it out on wax paper.  Using the tops of the jars, I cut circles for the pie tops.

pie2Then using little pieces of crust that I tore off, I pressed the pie crust on the bottom and sides of the jar. {I didn’t grease them}

pie3I used about 1/3 cup of pie filling for each little jar.

pie4I took a little heart cookie cutter I had {from a Wilton set…butterfly, scalloped heart, flower, etc} to cut a heart out of the top.  I pinched the tops into the jars.  I would have loved to do the beautiful little fork trick to seal the edges…I tried it and it didn’t work for me.  Maybe there’s a trick.  I was just hankerin’ for some pie, so I pinched the edges in and let it be.

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I put the heart I cut out back on top, offset a bit so the pie could breathe and bubble.  Then I brushed the top with melted butter and sprinkled it with sugar, per the suggestion.  I put tops of two of them and popped them in the freezer.  The other two I put on a baking sheet in a 375 degree oven.  They baked for about 40 minutes.

pie6I shared the other two today with a friend.  I tied the rim with ribbon and used a 2 inch scalloped punch to cut out these cute little tags that just happen to have the directions on them.

pie8pie7I thought some of you might like the labels, so I made some up to share!  You can download the labels here! The picture is also linked.  It’s a PDF file, so no special software is needed.  You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader {which you probably have already}.  Just download, open, and print.

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Valentine Wreath

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We use our kitchen door the most in the house.  That’s where our visitors come in.  That’s the door all the neighborhood kids come in and out of.  When I {finally} took down the Christmas wreath off that back door, it felt really naked.  Plain white door.  I decided to do something Valentine-y.  I was going to make another ribbon wreath {pics coming soon, but similar to this one}, but I knew I would never get it done in a timely manner.  Timely manner being sharing a Valentine wreath before Valentine’s Day :)

So…I thought about it and I decided on a hodge podge of different ideas.  First I covered a green foam wreath with grosgrain ribbon. {just like the first step in Tatertots & Jello’s wreath tutuorial} Then I remembered Pamela Donnis’ great tutorial on the felt flowers she made.  If you’ve ever seen her work, the woman knows what to do with felt!  I made up a few felt blooms using her tutorial in different colors and sizes.  Pam says to the felt shapes don’t have to be perfect…I made a little cardboard guide to go by, ’cause I’m just not a freestyle kinda person.  But she was right, after a little while I was wingin’ it and it didn’t matter a bit.  I’m so pleased with how they turned out that I’m making more…maybe hairclips or a cute pin for my coat or hat?  I wanted to add some ribbon leaves.  And, of course, I had to add some polka dots.  {favorite things…ribbon and polka dots}  The quick tutorial for the leaves is below.

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I’m sure there is a better way to make ribbon leaves.  But I made this up as I went along and it worked, so I’m sticking with it…for now.  I cut pieces of ribbon (two sizes, two colors) to about 6 inches in length.  Then I folded the ribbon, right sides together, in half.  I stitched with my machine (could totally hand do this) up one side and then diagonally across the bottom.  Turn the ribbon right sides out and shape into a leaf.

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If you get a chance, jump over and browse Pam’s blog.  It’s fun!

Just thought I’d share…I’ve linked up at Skip to my Lou and Today’s Creative Blog…check them out!

Get Your Craft On Tuesday

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12 Days Blog Hop: Day 1

Kelleigh Ratzlaff of Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs has created the cutest cash envelopes for Day 1 of our Blog Hop.  Hop on over to her blog to see her great tutorial on how to make these quick and easy gifts!

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For a TEA-riffic teacher…another FREEBIE!

I’ve got another cute teacher appreciation goodie for you.  I love this one for its simplicity.  Who wouldn’t like a refreshing tea in the middle of the afternoon?  I simply took these bands of printed cardstock, wrapped them around a regular ol’ water bottle, and tied a little individual powered drink pack on the top.  I, of course, chose a tea-flavored drink to match my cheesy saying :)

tearifficteacherWhat?  Of course I’ll share! (snicker)

You can get your free downloadable pdf file HERE or by clicking the picture below.

**UPDATE** there is also a FREE ‘Staff’ printable, too…HERE

tearifficdownloadpreviewI’d love to know if and how you used it!  Leave me a comment!

Oh, and Leigh is doing a teacher appreciation project everyday this week.  Major cuteness.

Gumballs!

Just a short little post.  I’ve seen two of the cutest ideas for gumballs lately and wanted to share.  First up is Leigh.  I LOVE Leigh’s work.  Everything she does is super cute, clever, thoughtful, and easy.  Check out these cute teacher appreciation gumballs

DSC07511Leigh has LOTS of other cute ideas, so head over there and looky.  And leave her some lovey comments while you’re there. (tell her Mel sent ya!)

Next, are these adorable little mini gumball machine cupcakes from cookies and cups.  She shows a step by step on how to create them and they don’t look hard at all!  Seriously thinking about trying these :)

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Ribbon Rosettes…a video tutorial


I have seen these little rosettes showing up all over the place…on headbands, on scrap pages and crafty projects, even on necklaces.  I’ve seen them made with paper, fabric, and ribbon.  I have a little bit of a different take on these easy, cute little embellishments.  Take a look…

Cookie Pops

This is another project inspired by Leigh.  She made the cutest cookie pops for Christmas…and (with her permission) I took the idea for Valentine’s Day.  I used Oreo cookies, candy melts, Wilton lollipop sticks, and various sprinkle-y goodies.  I carefully opened each cookie (do what you may for the ones that break!) and hollowed out a space for the stick with a drinking straw.  Then I put the cookie back together, with the stick inside, and dipped the cookie into melted candy melts.  While they were wet, I used the sprinkle-y goodies to decorate them including the nonpareils heart I made (see below).  After they were dry, I covered the cookie pops with little bags and tied them off with twist ties.

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I printed off a sheet of hearts on my printer and put a layer of wax paper on top of the printer sheet.  Using red candy melts, I piped the candy onto the wax paper to fill in each heart.  While they were still wet, I sprinkled red non-pareils all over the hearts.  I got the idea when Bridget over at Bake at 350 showed us how to do monograms.  When the hearts were dry, I carefully peeled them off the wax paper and onto the wet cookie pop coating.  It’s a super cute idea for Valentine’s Day, but I could totally see this for just about any holiday.  I think I’ll try piping some green shamrocks…

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