customer: buzz-worthy

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I absolutely love seeing pictures from our very talented customers. The pictures above were sent in from Teena. She hosted a “Chic Bee themed 1st Birthday Party” for her little girl using our Buzz collection. Don’t you just love that cake!

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And I’m always amazed at how our printables are further embellished to fit the occasion. In this picture you can see how Teena overprinted text, “I got buzzed at Hanna Bee’s 1st Birthday,” onto the design. Just lovely!

Thanks so much for sharing Teena!

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customer: perfectly pink

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I was admiring this beautiful party over at P is for Party, especially the height of this room with the pom poms… so lovely… when I realized this very talented mom, Christine, purchased some of her table decor from my princess castle collection!  Her little one, Sadie, is shown in the bottom right image, tuckered out after what was obviously an exquisite and fun filled party.

For all the details, many more pictures (courtesy of Leslie Gaworecki of Goodlight Photography) and all the fabulous resources used to pull this perfectly pink party together, hop over and see Christi’s original post.

Happy Monday everyone!

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press: styled bbq for Mom mag

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The backyard BBQ article I styled at the request of the fabulous Natalie Klein of Hot Moms Club for Mom magazine is finally here!

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The assignment had two parts. First, create a look that could be perfect for the upcoming July 4th holiday, as well as all summer long. My immediate thoughts went to mixing traditional patriotic patterns and colors with traditional summer colors, hence the pops of yellow and green! The second part of the assignment was to involve the kiddos.

My tips are in the blue boxes to the right on each page and here on the first page of the two-page spread. You can see my lemonade service and apron craft (the burgers belong to Chef Sam) in the images.

  • Lemonade service - mason jars are a charming way to bring the party outdoors and colorful straw slips are the perfect way to help your guests tell their beverages apart (get these FREE printables).
  • Flowers - I went with these beautiful sunflowers, the traditional yellow and a vibrant red (dyed by the florist), nestled in a bright blue tin vase to give the table a little pop.

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Here’s a closer look at the apron craft. I stopped in the craft store and picked up white, child-size aprons, fabric paint, stencils (you can find just about any shape and lettering) and sponge brushes. I set the boys up outside and placed wax paper (to contain any paint that may bleed though) between the apron and the table. They held the stencil in place with their hand, then using a round sponge brush dabbed the stencil on. It was really quite easy with quick clean up.

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And here on the second page you can see my ice cream service idea, my choice of primary dot plates and napkins from Inviting Company and the invitation craft.

  • Ice cream pails – For the ice cream I picked up some red and white mini pails and some clear plastic cups. I’m a big fan of pre-scooping your ice cream before your guests arrive and refreezing the scoops on wax paper. It just takes too much to scoop while they’re there; I’d rather be mingling myself! For serving, I arranged the pails on a tray, filled each about 1/3 way with ice, inserted the plastic cup and then popped in my cones. And if you have a variety of flavors you can take orders and use a cute little tag (get these fun tag/placecard printables FREE) so you don’t get your orders mixed up.
  • Invitation craft – since I own a custom invitation company my first reaction was to design something fabulous, but since the assignment was to make something the kids could help with, I went “old school” and used scrapbooking supplies (cardstock, vellum and ribbon) and a fun star tablecloth weight as a little favor.

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Make sure you pop over to my post from Monday to see closer shots of the printables I used to style this article!

Thanks again to Natalie and the wonderful ladies at Hot Moms Club for giving me this opportunity. And thanks to Jennifer Sbranti of Hostess With The Mostess for mentioning me to Natalie. I’m honored to be in these fabulous ladies company! And finally, thanks to my little boys for sitting still long enough for us to get these fabulous pictures of them. Of course the ice cream helped! {wink}

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

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free printables for summer!

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I mentioned in last Wednesday’s post that there is a real buzz around here in anticipation of getting our hands on the July-September issue of Mom magazine. I’m so excited to say that I styled a backyard bbq for the issue at the request of the fabulous Natalie Klein of Hot Moms Club! Well I don’t have a high res file of the full article yet (and it’s already out), but I did get my hot little hands on the cover and a low res (that’s why the article is so small here)! I should be getting the full article very soon and I will definately post it so you can read every word! {wink} UPDATE: Full article and more pics!

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In the meantime, I don’t want to give it all away by showing you the images used in the article, but I will show you these tight shots of the printables that I used to style the shoot. I chose a variety of patterns all in primary colors so they can be perfect for the fourth and all summer long!

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Here’s a closer shot of the straw slips I used, which can also be perfect as toothpick skewers in sandwiches, etc.,

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the napkin rings, and

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the placecards, which can also work great as favor tags.

And since I love giving things to my friends: those who read my blog, follow me on twitter and friend me (like me) on facebook, I’m giving these to you!  I’ve posted a download link to these freebies on facebook and I’ll be tweeting the link for several days to come. We’ll also be sending e-mails this week to everyone who has purchased from us in the past and is signed up to receive “special offers” (box in the upper right corner). And if you’re new here, please come join me on facebook, twitter, or sign up for offers so you don’t miss out on future freebies!

I hope you have a wonderful week and that you swing back by to read the full article!

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introducing ladybug

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This collection has been in the back of my mind for months. I knew I wanted to create a ladybug collection, but I didn’t want to use only the traditional red and black color palette. Then when we started creating the new “little sailor” collection, I knew that adding this beautiful Tiffany blue was the answer I was looking for. 

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As with all of our new collections, we created candy buffet labels. There are eight pre-filled labels (rock candy, licorice, cookies, lollipops, fruit chews, chocolate candies, gumballs and salt water taffy) and there is a sheet of blank labels so you can print (print the label and then overprint the candy name) any candies you like.

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The blank labels are also darling as placecards.

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For favors, this collection offers a “thank you” tag (tin buckets found at Target for a $1.00!),

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and a cello topper. These are wonderful for pre-packaging candy or cookie favors.

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As for beverages, we designed a bottle wrap. We show it here with water, but these also look great on old fashioned soda bottles or on hurricanes to dress up your centerpieces.

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And straw slips (six designs in all) are a must so there is no drink confusion, especially with little ones. 

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And what would your placesetting be without an adorable napkin ring? Oh, and see the tag on the pail? That is the cupcake pick.

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I also used it to embellish my straw vase. There is just a multitude of ways you can use all of these printables.

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And I had to show you this image of the cupcake picks and wrappers once more. You’ll notice that I used a circle punch and then overlayed the same design on top with a scallop punch (foam adhesive square in the middle to give it dimension; all easy finds at the craft store), but I wanted you to focus in on the cake plate. Do you see the paper inset? It’s the same design as the wrapper, but in blue. These 7×11 sheets (in blue with red and in red with blue) will be available when you purchase the entire collection to help you “complete” the look of your table. 

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Last but not least, you’ll need a banner to hang above your dessert bar. This image actually only shows four of the eight patterns available in the printable. And if you’re looking for a shortcut on the banner, use hot glue (my favorite crafting tool) to adhere the cardstock triangles to your ribbon and you’re done!

This collection will be in the shoppe within a few days and as always, I hope we’ve helped inspire your next celebration! 

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little sailor placesetting

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As a follow-up to my post introducing our newest collection, little sailor, here are a few shots of the placesetting I chose. I really liked how these blue and white polka dot plates and napkins rimmed in brown pop when paired with the red tablecloth and printables collection. As for the placemat, I just used a sheet of nautical inspired cardstock (Water Waves from Express Yourself Creatively) from the craft store.

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For baby showers especially, a lovely placecard is a must!

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And the of course a cute napkin ring to tie the plates and napkins in with the printable collection.

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Make sure you check out the rest of this collection in my original post and in the shoppe. And if you’ve not already, friend us on facebook for sneek peeks into what’s coming up next! What’s black and red with dots all over? {wink} 

As always, I hope we’ve inspired you for your next celebration!

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introducing little sailor

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We’ve been working on two new collections for a few weeks now and I’m so excited to share the first, a little sailor birthday or baby shower party, with you.

I’m completely in love with this whale. It’s perfect for either a nautical themed baby shower or a little boy birthday party. And this color palette just made me giddy when we were putting it all together. It’s the perfect combination of bright and soft.

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For the cupcake printables, we paired bright nautical images with a lovely light blue patterned cupcake wrapper. I’m a huge fan of mixing patterns to get a “wow” effect. It’s much more interesting than matchy matchy.

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As for the cake plate, I decided to create a mini-banner made from this collection’s straw slip patterns. I just snipped them into triangles and assembled them using a hot glue gun and red thread. I really love how it turned out.

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And last but not least, instead of using our fun cupcake picks on both levels, I used the anchor design, in the striped pick, to make red chocolate transfer anchors. (It’s much easier than you might think. It’s a little like tracing a picture except you’re using melted chocolate in a resealable bag with an icing tip and wax paper.)

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We created nautical beverage wrappers sporting our little whale that can double as hurricane wraps or even flat napkin bands.

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 And of course we had to create dessert labels. The collection has eight pre-filled labels plus a sheet of blank labels so that you can overprint any treats you like. (These cookies were flooded with white icing and embellished with the same chocolate transfer anchors as the cupcakes and they were delish!)

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The pre-filled labels include sugar cookies, licorice, rock candy, salt water taffy, chocolate candies, fruit chews, lollipops and gumballs.

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And of course cello toppers are a must. We filled these with red sour balls. Yum!

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Or, send your guest home with a little goody bag embellished with our “thank you” tags. These adorable buckets were found at Target for $2.50 each. Wish I had them for the shoppe.

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We also designed these adorable straw slips, six patterns in all, that are great to label your guests’ drinks.

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Other touches include this 4×6 picture frame mat,

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flag banner (four patterns),

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and this rock candy jar embellished with a wooden anchor from the craft store. 

You can shop the little sailor party invitationfull set of nautical printable party supplies, and thank you notes in the shoppe.

As always, I hope we’ve helped inspire you for your next celebration!

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introducing luau

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You’re going to want to grab your hula skirt or your Hawaiian shirt for this one because we’re having a luau! Our new luau collection includes custom invitations, thank you cards, decor, cookie cutters and nine coordinating printables from our normal cupcake picks and wrappers to picture frame mattes to show off the guest of honor.

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We start off with our palm tree and flip-flop dinner and dessert plates. They’re fun and fresh and perfect for summer. We actually have three coordinating napkins with this set. A flip-flop beverage napkin, a palm tree guest towel and a solid fuchsia/hot pink napkin if you want to use our flip-flop napkin rings.

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As for cups, we chose two. We’re offering our hot pink polka dot shatterproof cups and we’ve added a new purple polka dot shatterproof cup. Both go beautifully with our straw slips (come in five designs from hibiscus flowers to stripes). I wish I could offer the bamboo placemats too, but we found these at Target in the dollar section along with the table height tiki torches, actually they were $2.50, but still, right?! 

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And these are the luau cookie placecards that I blogged about a few days ago.

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For this collection I wanted to offer a “Menu” matte for the buffet table (the matte is 5×7 with a 4×6 inset so you can print the design and then overprint your menu),

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as well as a “Frozen Refreshments” matte (5×7) that could be perfect for anything from smoothies to ice cream to frozen daquaris {yum!}.

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These are just scoops of sherbert served in icie cones and serving springs (available right now at Target).

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And this adorable little girl is a friend of mine’s daughter. It was taken at a recent birthday party and I thought it was very appropriate to showcase our guest of honor picture frame matte. A beautiful way to greet your guests and remind everyone who deserves all the attention!

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Oh, and we can’t forget to feed our guests lots of sweets. I blogged about our luau cupcake collection a few days ago, but I thought it worth repeating my hula skirt cake plate again. {wink}

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Here are close-ups of the cupcake picks and wrappers. I admit that I’m planning to have at least a small gathering this summer and use these babies. They are just adorable and will be a great precursor to vacation at the beach!

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We also designed water bottle wrappers, that can double as hurricane wrappers or even as a flat napkin ring/flatwear wrapper.

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And last but not least, your guests can’t go home empty handed. Pack up some goodies in a little cello bag,

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or even a white lunch bag with a nice favor tag (read original post about easy favor bags). Maybe send some of those cupcakes to go!

Stop over at the shoppe and check out the entire collection. As always, I hope we’ve helped inspire your next celebration!

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{new} rock star printables

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Later today our new “rock star” printable collection will be live in the shoppe and I have to admit I will most likely personally use this collection for the boys when they get a little older (this year they’ve already decided, a prehistoric dinosaur dig for my youngest and a science experiment party, yet to be developed, for my oldest).

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Building on our original Rock Star collection, we chose Mediterranean blue, black and red as the table decor and favor color palette. Plus, we added two new patterns: stripes and animal print.

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These cello toppers are probably my favorite in the collection. I chose red sour balls for the shoot, but you could give jaw breakers, gum balls, rock candy, stickers, tattoos, iTune gift cards… the possibilities are endless.

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And due to a very popular request, we decided to create a new printable component for this collection, a 8×10 picture frame matte. Perfect for a candy table or gift table to show off your little rock star. (Note: We’re hoping to be able to add the foam guitar shown in this picture, as well as the blue stars found in other pictures, to the collection in a few weeks.)

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We also created a rockin’ napkin ring,

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multiple straw slip patterns. This is our stripe slip shown with the star shatterproof cup, and

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this is our animal print straw slip shown with our stripe shatterproof cup. Both will be available in the shoppe. There is also a “rock on!” with music notes slip and a stars and dots slip, just like the cupcake wrapper pattern in the following image.  

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We designed this cupcake set first and

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then decided we just had to create a stripe version with the silhouette as well, so you’ll get both designs for the price of one when you buy our cupcake printables.

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And if you want to create a fabulous candy table, we designed candy labels for rock candy, cookies, gumballs, jaw breakers, chocolate, jelly beans, popcorn and pop rings. Or, if you prefer to select your own goodies, overlay print your own ideas on our blank labels (guitar silohette is reversed to white). The two are sold as a set so another two-for-one.

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Here are a few of the other candy labels, 

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and the cookie label.

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We also have the cookie cutters for music notes and

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guitars, which are both perfect for edible placecards. {wink}

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We even created a “ROCK ON!” banner with a black guitar silhouette spacer. This entire project was so much fun! 

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And last, but not least, I had to share these blueberry candy canes that we found at Cracker Barrel (good resource for vintage candy) with you. My boys could hardly wait for the shoot to be over so they could try one. I do warn you… they are blue… very blue… as in blue lips, blue face, blue tongue… but they loved them and I’m sure your guests would too. 

As always, I hope you’re inspired for your next celebration! You can find our Rock Star invitation, Rock Star thank you note and printable Rock Star party supplies in the shoppe. {oh! And fan us on facebook for regular updates on what we’re working on. Luau, with a mod twist, is next!}

January 28, 2013 2 Comments

easy football brownie finger food recipe

Easy Football Party Brownies

Hosting a party this Game Day?! Make these football brownies. They’re super easy, fun and you’ll look like a superstar. It’s a win – win… no matter who wins. {grin}

For this little finger food recipe, you’ll need:

  • Brownie box recipe (I use Duncan Hines Chewy Brownies so my little one with with dairy allergies can enjoy them too)
  • Cream cheese icing (I use Pillsbury Cream Cheese icing, again, no dairy)
  • Resealable bag, with a corner snipped off
  • Butter knife

And here are the easy steps:

  • Bake your brownies as directed.
  • Allow them to cool completely.
  • Cut out football shapes with a butter knife, keeping them fairly close together so that you can limit waste (like there would be waste!).
  • Place on your serving platter (TIP: Line platter with wax paper or food safe liner as shown so that your party finger foods come up easily)
  • Spoon icing into resealable bag, snip corner and pipe on four lines

For more party finger foods, visit my 8 Super Bowl party ideas for the Big Game! And download my free Game Day printables in 2013 Super Bowl colors. Enjoy!

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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rockin’ cupcakes

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I mentioned a few weeks ago that we were working on a new Rock Star printables collection to complement our custom invitation and thank you notes. The collection will include these cupcake wrappers and cupcake picks, cello toppers, straw slips, napkin rings, thank you tags, candy bar tags, a banner and even a 8×10 picture frame matte so you can show-off your little rocker in style.

The entire collection will be posted in the shoppe and here on the blog by next Tuesday. I hope you all have a rockin’ weekend!

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