daisy cupcake cake

I was wandering through the craft store about a week-and-a-half ago and saw these Wilton pleated cupcake liners. They made me immediately think of flower petals. I grabbed them up and this past weekend I whipped up this fun daisy cupcake cake. It would be perfect for Mother’s Day or a garden party!

You’ll need:

  • 16 pleated cupcakes
  • 4 regular cupcakes
  • yellow and orange gel food coloring
  • 3 cups white icing
  • resealable plastic bag
  • yellow, orange and green M&Ms
  • optional: 8 yellow flower petals cut from cardstock
  • Dairy free option: Use yellow Duncan Hines cake mix, white Pillsbury icing and Skittles

And here are a few tips:

  • Fill the pleated cupcake liners about 2 tsps more than you would a normal liner otherwise your cupcake will be short and you’ll have to compensate with a sugar rush of icing
  • For the swirl effect, tint two bowls of icing, one yellow and one orange, and then spoon them side-by-side into a resealable plastic bag (I used a gallon size) making sure both colors come down to one corner, snip the corner and swirl

And when the day was done… only crumbs were left. It’s funny because this little project made me think about when I was a little girl and I would pluck a daisy to see if “he” loved me. You remember… he loves me {pluck}, he loves me not {pluck}. Well I can assure you that my boys loved once I finally released them to snack these up! By the way, I didn’t let them eat them all… I pawn my sweets off on my mom’s office friends on most occasions. What?! Everything I bake can’t stay here! {wink}

Happy Wednesday everyone and so sorry for the mini hiatus! I was actually working like crazy on two new collections, a baby shower and a birthday, plus another mini collection and some fabulous Easter crafts. I’ll share everything very soon!

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DIY spring art project

It was negative one here this Saturday when I woke up… needless to say I’m done with winter and so very ready to move on to spring. So I thought I would share with you a little spring 3-D art project I whipped up for my office bookcase using a new craft tool I picked up about three weeks ago. I wasn’t sure what I was going to use the Martha Stewart fringe scissors for at the time, but I’ve since come up with many uses over the past several weeks. Some you’ll see in an upcoming collection! 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 white frames (8×10 and 5×7)
  • real tree limbs/branches
  • Martha Stewart fringe scissors
  • Martha Stewart Dalia and Dogwood 3-D stickers
  • Coordinating scrapbook paper
  • Coordinating tissue paper (grass, bird wings and mini leaves)
  • Hot glue

You’ll see from the pictorial of each frame how they came together, but here’s a quick step-by-step:

8×10 frame

  1. Insert scrapbook paper into frame, leaving glass off
  2. Hot glue a limb or two into place
  3. Trim out a simple shape bird, fringing the back tail feathers
  4. Cut out four raindrop shapes for the wings, stack and then fringe to form feathers
  5. Attach the bird to the limb with hot glue
  6. Decorate with Dogwood stickers adding tiny tissue paper leaves to some

5×7 frame

  1. Fringe six rectangles (length of frame) of green tissue paper for grass. Tip: Tape the tissue paper to the back of the scrapbook paper and fold over. Fringe the front only
  2. Insert scrapbook paper and grass into the frame, without the glass
  3. With a dot of hot glue insert small limbs under the grass
  4. Top with Dalia sticker flowers

Wallah! Simple and just the touch my office needed to get me in the mood for spring! As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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Mother’s Day printable for you

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Once again I felt like showing you, our customers, loyal readers of my blog, bloggers who have shared the shoppe and candidly anyone intrigued enough to stop by, how much we appreciate you. And when better to do it than just before Mother’s Day!

For my own Mother’s Day picnic this year we’re changing it up a bit and decorating with a few non-traditional Mother’s Day colors: red (my late Grandmother’s favorite), yellow (one of my Mom’s favorites) and black (one of my favorites). And of course I wanted to share our printable creations (napkin rings, beverage markers and placecards) with the other wonderful women in my life, you ladies of course! I hope you like them and have an opportunity to use them, if not for Mother’s Day, any day you feel like livening up the dinner table.

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Finally, here’s a quick shot of the basket of goodies that I’ll be using for my own Mother’s Day picnic. I just love this fabric, my inspiration. And lemons will get the stage, making an appearance in my decor, in the drinks I serve and in the food. Can’t wait! 

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Enjoy and happy early Mother’s Day from The Celebration Shoppe!

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creative mom cupcakes

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I’m a cupcake fan. I know, you couldn’t have guessed, right. {wink} Well, with Mother’s Day fast approaching I thought I would share some creative cupcake ideas from around the web.

  1. Sew sweet cupcake (my mom would love!) is from Family Fun mag.  
  2. Sprinkles Cupcakes {via CupcakesTakeTheCake}
  3. Sugarbloom’s Chocolate Mud cupcake
  4. Hello Frosting’s edible transfer cupcake

Happy baking!

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country brunch

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I’m working on ideas for a Mother’s Day brunch and I think this placesetting and punch idea from Country Living magazine is just too perfect, as my mom is a southern lady and would appreciate the country elegance. Hmmm… wonder where I could get those plates… I might have to compromise with white plates and a round bandanna pattern cardstock inset. {wink}

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Mother’s Day tea

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How lovely it would be to have a Mother’s Day tea. Beautiful china, silhouette cookies, a very frilly table (that you would never get away with when men were present) and yummy goodies. I’m in heaven just dreaming about it. I’m an only daughter, so it would be a small tea… but with my mother-in-law and two cute little boys who are not yet offended by heart dollies… party makes five. {wink} By the way, all these lovely images came from Martha Stewart Weddings.

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