DIY teacher Valentines

My little ones are taking these fun DIY Valentine pencils to school today as teacher gifts! I saw this clever idea on Simply J Studio and couldn’t resist wrapping them up.

You’ll need Rolos, a Hershey’s Kiss, scrapbook paper and a bit of hot glue!

Cut your scrapbook paper 3.5”x4.5” (I made my horizontal stripe eraser a bit shorter than my yellow pencil paper)  and begin by wrapping your eraser paper around the Rolos first.

Next, wrap the yellow paper, attach with a few dots of glue, and attach the kiss for the pencil tip! I also added a little note that says “You’re The Write Teacher For Me!”

Simple J Studio added a few more touches that I wish I had had time for, but alas I was running a bit behind. Hop over to her blog for more details!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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tea party inspiration

This morning I’m sharing some lovely tea party ideas like this sweet princess tea party from Laura Bunker Photography. I just LOVE the glass slipper favor idea. So clever.

And the ruffle cakes in this “Madish” tea party from Sweetapolita are just beautiful.

And how better to surprise your little girl when she comes home from school on her 13th birthday… a lovely mother daughter tea party from Crissy’s Crafts!

Oh, and what party is more girly than a baby shower?! This color-rich yellow tea party on Oh Happy Day is understated and perfect.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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peanut butter cookie dough brownies

I like to experiment with desserts and this past weekend I made peanut butter cookie dough brownies! I only wish I had gotten a picture of my family’s faces when they tasted them. It was a cross between “oh my!” and “give me more!” Yes, they are really that good!

As a matter of fact, as I edit these pictures I’m thinking that there is one left in the kitchen calling my name…

okay… I’m back. {grin} So here’s how you make them: a Duncan Hines Chewy Brownie Mix (plus the egg, water and oil the mix calls for), large chocolate chips (I used the organic chips (Kroger brand),  1/3 cup Jif Peanut Butter and 1/3 roll of Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

Mix the brownies and add large chocolate chips.

Spread the brownie and chocolate chip mixture into your pan. Heat 1/3 cup peanut butter for 6 or 7 seconds in the microwave so that it’s just warm enough to spread on top of your brownie mixture.

Add cookie dough crumbles.

Wash your dishes… or not. You’ll notice I had a “little” bit of help as you can see from the blue fish tail spoon. {LOVE baking with my boys!}

Bake at 350 for 14-18 minutes, depending how chewy or cakey you want them. Enjoy!

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I LOVE robot… cookies!

Hey y’all! It’s Callye, from The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle! Kim asked me to share a fun Valentine cookie idea that would go well with one of her FREE Valentine printable cello toppers and I chose ROBOTS! {Her oldest is in LOVE with them as you can see from his robot birthday party this past year!}

Do you have a little one that just LOVES robots? Then you’re going to love this cute little cookie idea. The best part is, they are made with a cookie cutter you probably own, a HEART!

To make these you’ll need:

Begin by outlining and flooding the cookie in sections. For help with outlining and flooding, come see me!

After outlining the cookie, flood alternating sections being sure to wait about 20-30 minutes between touching areas to give the cookie a dimensional look. Continue filling this way until the cookie is completely flooded. Let the cookies dry overnight.

The next day, add rivets to each section of the cookie and let dry. Then use Wilton pearl spray or lustre dust to make the robot metallic. Want tips on making your cookies shine, come see me!

After the spray has had a few minutes to dry, fill the face section of the cookies with black flood icing and quickly drop in the pre-made eyes.

Let the cookies dry once again, for a few hours. To finish up, use a small icing tip such as a PME #1.5 to add a mouth and heart detail.

When the cookies are dry, you will have adorable little robot treats, perfect for your little Valentine!

If you LOVE making cookies, please swing by and visit my blog, The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle. I’m always neck deep in new cookie adventures, and I LOVE sharing them with new friends!

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! And as always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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real parties: 30th birthday

My birthday is just a week away… let’s just say 29 plus a few years {wink}. So when Amy of This HeArt of Mine sent her and her husband’s dual DIY 30th birthday party over, I just had to share. She did such a fabulous job!

Starting with the DIY invitations (see all the how-to and resources), Amy used glassine bags and confetti. I love a bright invitation to get guests excited. How could someone decline this invite?!

Next she made some lovely decorations, like this $2 cupcake stand. Very versatile and did you catch… only $2!

Plus a smart branch and glass globe centerpiece (get the how-to).

Now on to all the yummy food Amy prepared!

Pretty Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes & Ganache and Vanilla Cupcakes & Vanilla Frosting with chocolate transfer hearts.

 A bright Cranberry-Limeade party drink.

Fabulous appetizers including  Pastry Wrapped Creamy Chicken SquaresParty Crock Pot Cheese Dip, and Mustard Vegetable Dip. It all looks so yummy!

And what is a party without favors?! Amy sent all her guests home with fudge packaged in clear cups wrapped in clear cellophane and tied with pretty little personalized tags she made herself in Word.

{Amy – you did such a lovely job on the entire affair! Thanks so much for sharing!}

By the way, if you’ve hosted something fabulous, send us a note to customercare@celebrationshoppe.com with the subject line “Get Featured” and we might share your creativity! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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FREE Valentine cello toppers

The Super Bowl is over and our FREE Valentine cellos are up just in time for you to package goodies for your kiddos classroom parties late this week and early next! Choose from owls, dinosaurs, ladybugs and robots AND all four designs can be personalized with your child’s name right in the file before you print.

If you use them we’d love to see a pic of your beautiful kiddos taking them to school or what goodies you chose to package inside them (4″ wide cello bags from your local craft store work best).

DOWNLOAD my FREE Valentine Cello Topper Printables NOW!

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! Enjoy!

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talking Valentines in All You

Excited to share that I’m talking how to celebrate Valentine’s Day for less in this month’s issue of All You magazine! You can find my ideas and others on page 12. And you can download my free Valentine cello toppers including dinosaurs, owls, ladybugs and robots!

You know what else you can find in this month’s issue…

great ideas for hosting an Oscar party! Plus over $50 in coupons for all the brands you love (not a million things you’ll never buy. Oh, there’s even one for M&Ms in this issue… my personal weakness!), simple recipes, style tips for all body types and many other articles on topics that real women and moms care about. 

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10 sweet Valentine treats

Yesterday I shared some of my favorite Valentine crafts from around the web and today I’m sharing some of my favorite Valentine sweet ideas!

  1. Cherry vanilla layer cake from Sprinkle Bakes
  2. Valentine heart cake from Kikki.K
  3. Heart s’mores from Two Hearts Bakery
  4. Strawberry Sweethearts Cocoa from Two Peas & Their Pod
  5. Valentine donuts from My Baking Addiction
  6. Valentine cookie pops from The Idea Room
  7. Chocolate chip Valentine cookie pops via Pizzazzerie 
  8. Heart fruit kabobs from Parents
  9. Easy Valentine marshmallow “love notes” from The Celebration Shoppe {wink}
  10. Valentine Chex Mix from Betty Crocker

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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