simple chocolate transfer

chocolatetransferChocolate transfer is another one of those techniques that can appear difficult when in reality it is very easy. Today’s post is just the basics, but I’ll follow-up with more complex ideas very soon.

So, for an easy chocolate heart to top your Valentine cupcakes, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Chocolate wafers (the right type of chocolate is essential, not all chocolate is equal when melted)
  • Wax paper
  • Heart stencil
  • Resealable plastic bag
  • Double boiler (or microwave if you’re very careful and only heat in 8-10 second intervals massaging the chocolate between heating)

And here are the easy steps:

  1. Lay your stencils under wax paper so that you have a guide while piping.
  2. Melt your chocolate and insert it into a resealable plastic bag.
  3. Snip one corner about a ¼ inch and pipe the chocolate over the stencil in one motion per side. If you stop and start your heart won’t be smooth.
  4. Allow the chocolate to set for at least 3-4 minutes.
  5. Carefully peel the heart from the wax paper and apply it to your cupcake.

I know, simple!

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stick pony favor

stickponyThis might be my favorite craft of recent months. While I was creating these, my boys were so excited they kept trying to sneak them from my craft table, which of course tells me that these fun stick ponies will be a great favor at any Wild West Cowboy bash. Here’s a list of what you’ll need:

  • ½ yard of brown felt
  • 2 precut felt squares of complementary color
  • ¼ yard of batting
  • 2 large buttons
  • Ribbon
  • ¾ inch dowel
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Stick pony template (head, nose, neck); NOTE: Print each on 8 1/2 x 11 paper and piece together

And here are the super simple steps:

  1. Using the template (all three pieces), cut two shapes out of the brown felt and one out of the batting. (You’ll need to trim your batting about another ½ inch all the way around so that it easily tucks into your pony silhouette.)
  2. Determine where you want your button eyes and stitch them into place on both sides.
  3. To create the mane, use the curve of the pony’s head/neck as a guide and lay the precut felt square along the back of the pony’s neck so that it overlaps about an inch. This part of the felt will be tucked into the pony silhouette. Take your scissors and cut (shorter at the top and longer at the bottom) off a half moon shape on the right of the felt square.  (You may have to trim the bottom off a bit more for the mane to end at the neck.) This should leave the shape of a pony’s mane. Now, cut thin strips, to resemble hair, all the way up the felt.
  4. For the top of the mane, use roughly a quarter of the second square of felt and lay it over the ears and forehead. Trim the felt in a curving motion allowing the mane on top of the pony’s head to be longer and to gradually get shorter on the forehead. Again, cut thin strips to resemble hair.
  5. To assemble the pony, tack the batting to one side of the pony with fabric glue and then tack the mane pieces into place. For the final pony silhouette, use a solid stream of glue around all edges except roughly an inch in the bottom where your dowel will be inserted. (TIP: If you get glue on the felt or if it spills over the edges, let it dry and then snip it off with your scissors.)
  6. For the bridal, select a thick ribbon and cut two pieces. One to go the length of the nose to the bottom of the neck and the second over the head between the ears. Apply the ribbon by tacking it into place with fabric glue.

Visit our shoppe to see all of our wild west decor including our custom invitation, complete with Texas Longhorns! And we would love to see your creativity. Please share with us at  ideas@celebrationshoppe.com. Happy crafting!

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wild west loot favor

Cowboy goody bagCowboys and girls will happily ride off into the sunset with these loot-filled goody bags and you’ll love how easy they are to make. Here’s what you need:

Cut out the template and trace the dollar-sign onto your brown lunch bag (about an inch-and-a-half from the bottom). Fill the outline in with the black Sharpie and fill each bag with treats. Then simply gather the bag at the top, tie on the twine and attach the Sherriff badge (they usually have clips on the back) and you’re done.

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hoedown on Daytime Columbus

cowboyGail Hogan from NBC’s Daytime Columbus has asked us back again. (Can you believe she isn’t tired of us yet!?) So this time I thought it would be fun to share two quick favor ideas for a Wild West hoedown.

If you’re in the Columbus Ohio area, please join us at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday February 4, 2009, on NBC. And if you’re not, no worries. I’ll post the loot favor bag idea tomorrow and the coolest stick horse idea you’ve ever seen on Wednesday morning before the show. Plus, the video of the show will be available right here on our blog by Friday.

Visit our shoppe to see our Wild West birthday decor and custom invitations. (Oh, and no, this isn’t one of my little guys, but cute isn’t he!)

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simple Super Bowl cookies

footballcookie1With the Super Bowl only a few days away, here’s a little inspiration to help you bring your theme to the table.  All you need is a stick of refrigerated gingerbread cookie dough and a can of white icing.  

Bake your cookies (see a few tips on cookies keeping their shape in the oven), allow them to cool completely on a wire rack and then ice. Simply take a resealable bag and spoon in your white icing. Snip one corner and pipe your lines.

Simple, fun and your guests will love them. Happy baking!

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lollipop centerpiece

lollipopcenterpiece_realsimplemagCenterpieces don’t have to be elaborate to be beautiful and fun. Step outside of the norm and create something whimsical like this idea from Real Simple Magazine. I mean what kid wouldn’t be excited about sitting down in front of bunch of brightly colored lollipops.

The buckets you can likely find at any craft store. As for the lollipops, go to a candy shop or even check out a Cracker Barrel restaurant. They have a great assortment of unusual candies and suckers.

This idea would be a great addition to our sweet treats and sweet treat too themes.

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Valentine mailbox

Valentine mailboxThese Valentine mailboxes are so adorable from my friend at currentlycrafting.com. She found the boxes for $1 at Target and then simply embellished them with beautiful craft papers. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • small mailbox
  • scrapbook paper
  • mod podge
  • sponge mod podge applicator and paintbrush
  • chipboard letters
  • fine sandpaper

For all the how to details and more pictures, check out her post at currentlycrafting.com.

And remember, we would love to see and maybe share your ideas. Send us an e-mail at ideas@celebrationshoppe.com.

Happy crafting!

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princess cupcake castle video

I had a great time on NBC4i’s Daytime Columbus this week. Gail Hogan is a very gracious host and lets me just talk and talk, which of course I love to do. {wink}

Here’s the video to go with our step-by-step instructions I posted earlier. Happy crafting!

 

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princess cupcake castle

 

Princess Cupcake CastleToday on Daytime Columbus I’ll be creating a princess cupcake castle. For all you moms who want to bake and decorate the birthday cake of your little girl’s dreams, this is for you. Here’s what you’ll need in addition to your cupcakes:

  • 3 cake plate sizes (these are 12″, 10″ and 8″)
  • Craft paper
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Sugar cones
  • Pink melting chocolate
  • Tooth picks
  • Curling ribbon
  • Cloth ribbon
  • Glue gun
  • Silicone brush

Simple steps:

  1. Cake plate embellishing:
    • For the bottom tier, using a scallop ruler cut out the design on thick craft paper (DCWV green embossed polka dots shown). Apply to the cake plate with a glue gun and then trim with a fuchsia ribbon. (NOTE: Apply the glue to the paper, not the plate. To clean up, simply pull it away.)
    • For the top tier, apply the same ribbon as the bottom tier using hot glue.
  2. Castle towers – melt pink chocolate (available in the baking section of craft stores) in a double boiler and apply to sugar ice cream cones using a silicone brush. (TIP: Place the cone on a lollipop stick so that you can ice all the way to the bottom of the cone.)
  3. Castle flag – using the same craft paper as the scallop, cut two rectangles (1 ¾” x 5/8″) and then trim a triangle out of one end. Pipe hot glue to the inside of the paper; insert a toothpick and then top with the second rectangle.
  4. Princess scepter/wand – take a lollipop stick and apply a dot of (non-toxic) glue about 1 ½” from one end. Apply an end of green curling ribbon and then roll the stick in your fingers to stripe it like a candy cane to the top of the stick. Apply another dot of glue to secure the ribbon. Curl 6″ strands of green, blue and pink curling ribbon with a pair of scissors. Starting with the green and ending with the pink, layer the curling ribbon on top of the stick.
  5. Embellishing cupcakes – ice each cupcake with pink icing and sprinkle sugar around the edges of each. For the cupcakes in the middle tier, tie them with the fuchsia ribbon. (TIP: Apply the ribbon before icing.) Insert your princess scepters in every other cupcake on the bottom and middle tier, alternating positions. (Do not insert scepters in the front facing side of your tier.)

Rather watch a video of how to pull this one off? Here you go!

You can find the cupcake tins, crown cookie cutter, princess invitations and so much more in our shoppe. Happy crafting!

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guest on Daytime Columbus

Gail Hogan from NBC’s Daytime Columbus has asked us back and this time we’re channeling our inner princess. Since the cake can be the most expensive part of your planning if you go to a bakery and the most stressful if you try to make it yourself, we decided to demonstrate how to pull off a beautiful fairytale princess castle without even mentioning the word fondant.

This craft will focus on embellishing a three tier cake plate design with pink chocolate covered sugar cone towers, magic wands and scalloped edges.

If you’re in the Columbus Ohio area, please join us at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday January 21, 2009, on NBC. And if you’re not, no worries. We plan to post the video here on our blog by Friday.

Visit our shoppe to see our princess birthday decor and custom invitations.

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