Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Love & Paper Inspiration

All product is Crate Paper's Hello, Love collection

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Love Pops

Remember yesterday's cake scraps? Today I'm sharing what I did with them. I will come clean right now! Cake pops are not in my wheelhouse and I will never be a professional cake pop maker. I also underestimated how much work they would be. 

That being said-   I like how they turned out and more important, Anna thinks they're "AMAZING!!" & "You're the best Mom anyone could ask for." And that sounds like a huge win in my books.

There are many amazing recipes / techniques online and I read a bunch, here's my how to do list for you.

- crumble cake in a bowl, be sure there are no large pieces

- add icing and mix together, I added about 3/4 - 1 cup. You want the consistency to be dough like so that you can roll the mixture into balls

- place mixture in fridge to cool for at least an hour.

- roll your cake mixture into balls, place back into the fridge to cool. I left mine over night, you could also add them to the freezer to cool them faster and save time, just be sure not to freeze them. The balls need to be chilled or the stick won't stay in place and the chocolate will be less likely to stick. *I know this from personal experience, you cant skip the cooling step.

- Melt your chocolate, this can be done in the microwave in small increments with plenty of stirring or in a double boiler.  I melted mine in a double boiler (glass bowl over a pot with about 1" of boiling water. Bowl can not touch water.)

- Time to make your cake pops. Take a stick and dip the end into the chocolate, press the stick into a ball. Take your cake pop and roll it into the chocolate to cover,  be sure chocolate gets all the way to the stick. Hold the cake pop over the bowl and turn the pop to have the excess chocolate roll off. (Don't stress if the chocolate keeps dripping off for what feels like an eternity, I think that's normal)

- Hold your pop over the topping bowl and sprinkle it with the desired candies

- Place your cake pop down on a piece of parchment paper and continue sticking, dipping and sprinkling.

- Place cake pops in fridge to cool until chocolate is hard

- Enjoy all your hard work!

*I chose to place the cake pop ball down instead of upright because I did not have a foam brick to stick them into and also because I found that they dripped too much if I held them upright. I know there is a way to make them not do that but I wasn't interested in figuring it out. The cake pops look great regardless and Anna thinks they're the best things ever so like I said earlier- that's a success in my books.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Cupid loves Valentine Treats!

 It's Valentine's Day this Sunday and I am all about love, pink & red, arrows, hearts & chocolate! I have a bunch of valentine themed posts for this week to get you in the mood. Or to give you an excuse to bake cake and eat chocolate. ♥

Cupid's Cake Stacks
You will need:
Sheet Cake (any flavor will do)
Cupid's arrow is optional (bought at Party City)

Bake cake as directed in a sheet pan, let cool completely.
 Cut apart your cake using a heart shaped cutter. 
Add icing to a heart, stack another heart. Ice the top heart.
Add sprinkles.
* keep your cake scraps for cake pops... which we'll talk about later this week ♥

Here is another heart I created, this one is only single layer. 
Create this look by simply adding icing gel in dots around your heart cake. Then take a toothpick and drag it through each dot in a downwards motion to create the hearts. Easy Peasy.

Did you miss last years Valentine cakes? Check them out here.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Handmade Greeting

-Brown Cardstock: 6x10, fold
-Pattern Paper: 4 ¾ x 5 ¾, do not add to cardstock yet
-Add Gear diecut (or other) centered on card  (Gear die from Kaiser Craft)
-a pattern paper strip across card: ¾” x 4 ¾
-Add a second pattern paper strip over the last:  ½” x 4 ¾
-Add a 2 ½” pattern circle to the right side, off slightly and trim flush
-Add a  2” pattern circle slightly off the edge and trim flush
-Add a clock sticker (or other) with 3D adhesive foam
-Add a sentiment to a vellum strip:  ½” x 3
-Cut a V into the right end of the vellum strip and then add to card by tucking slightly under raised sticker
-I have added 3 tiny screw head brads to the card for embellishment 
-At this point you can now add this all to your cardstock to finish off your card

* these pattern papers are from the Time Machine collection from Kaiser Craft

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Jasper: Part 2

Back in January we took a weekend and headed to Jasper. I shared the first part of our weekend here, this is the second day in Jasper and it was magic. The clouds had disappeared and all the mountains were lit up against the blue sky. I will never tire of that view! After we had breakfast and checked out of our room we rented ice cleats and headed to Magline Canyon to hike the canyon and the ice. 
I can not begin to describe how amazing to was to see all the ice, the frozen falls, all of it. Nature is so unreal! I was in awe. I have never seen anything like this, and going here in the winter was always a must do for me. 
We got to watch ice climbers (so brave) and Cory even got to stop and help lift a climber that had slipped and lost her ice picks. It was a heck of a hike and I can't lie- I was exhausted but it was so worth it.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The Magic of Friendships: layout inspiration

Both pages were created using product from the Treasured Memories' January month kit.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Goodbye January

Hello February. Hello leap year. Hello extra day to get it right, to start again.

Here's to the "best of" this past month.