Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
The back side. The die also cuts out the flowers and the band around the middle. They would be sweet Easter favors filled with a little candy or a couple eggs.
My favorite new stamp is the Chocolate Bunny that I used to made this delicious double opened card. I embossed the bunny in brown on brown paper to give it the look of a shiny chocolate bunny. It is hard to tell from the picture, but the egg has been embossed in a harlequin type pattern, and the card is really quite charming.
For more cute I made these fun bunny bags using a variety of punches. The bunny's head is a flap that you open to get into the bag. So cute!
Friday, March 12, 2010
I know I'm already thinking of an occasion, how about you? Call Michelle at 760-403-6311 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Shari is an excellent chocolatier, and I was so excited to get to study under the master. She made the fondant for the centers the night before. Apparently that is quite a labor intensive process, but I was not there for that. I came in the morning, when the hard part was deciding what flavors to make the basic fondant.
Shari taught me all about how to bring it to temperature, or temper, the chocolate properly. We melted most of the chocolate in the microwave until it was melted, stirring often. Then we added more room temp chocolate to bring down the temperature.
Shari taught me that the only way to properly dip chocolates is by hand - literally. The whole hand goes into the chocolate, scoops up a palmful, then the center is dropped by the other "clean" hand into the chocolate laden palm where it rolled around single-handedly until it is perfectly coated in the sinful stuff. Then the "chocolate" hand carefully sets it on the parchment-lined tray. That part is a bit tricky because you want to make it look just right.
We drizzled the coconut ones in with wisps of white chocolate, and the mint ones we made extra small, drizzled in a green tinted chocolate, and doubled them up in the paper cups. The Oreo truffles were sprinkled with crushed Oreos, and the orange cranberry white chocolate truffles we topped with little red hearts we painted on with our fingertips! The almond ones we wrapped some in festive red foils.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I have mentioned before, that I am over the girls age 12-18 at my church, and every year we start off the year with a special evening called New Beginnings where we introduce the scripture theme for the year, as well as the new girls who will be entering the program in the upcoming year.
This year the theme is from Joshua 1:9 "Be Strong and of a Good Courage..." When I think of courage I think of knights in shining armor and where there are knights there are princesses, and where there are princesses there are crowns and castles and pink, so we have decided this will be the year of fairy tales. (And as the mother of 6 sons, I am thrilled to have an excuse to throw a princess party! Do you blame me?)
Each of the girls was given a silver knight charm for their charm bracelets that I presented
on a castle card I made using the Big Shot and a castle die. They looked just like the slate roofed chateaus we saw in France. So fun!
I utilized Attic Gal Alysa's Vinyl lettering business to make these blocks with this year's theme for the girls. I just used a glittery blue metallic spray paint, them stamped the Medallion stamp in black before applying the letters. Darling!
One of the speakers read "The Paper Bag Princess" as part of her presentation. It was perfect!
The castle was a last minute addition when I saw the packing foam that came wrapped around my hubby's new flat screen TV (That kind of trash is dangerous for me!) Some spray paint and a screwdriver (for scoring the lines) was all it took (I just cut the foam with a bread knife. Easy.)
When my boys asked me what I was doing I told them I was making a castle. They looked at me like I was nuts. "Why?" "Because I want a castle. Every princess wants a castle!" They just rolled their eyes at their silly old mom.
But it's true. I do want a castle. Preferably one in France.
But what really caught the eye of every princess in the room that night was not a handsome prince, but a handsome cake custom made by my friend Michelle Valdez, who is starting a cake business. It was a big cake, and absolutely DARLING! Everything is completely edible! It really was the show piece of the whole evening! Nobody wanted to cut into it, yet everyone wanted a piece once it was cut. Rightly so! It was amazingly delicious!!! Homemade chocolate cake with an almond cream filling. I really didn't expect a cake that looked this good to taste this good!
I knew to ask Michelle to make our cake after seeing the cakes she made for our church Valentine's dinner (she made about 10 of them for that night!) It was a fabulous rich red velvet cake. RED VELVET, ladies!
If you need a special cake for that special occasion, and you like local, let me know. I'll hook you up!
Needless to say, that cake went a long way in helping all the princesses live happily ever after!