DIY cake plate ruffle

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For each collection that I style, I try to come up with something unique to make the photography pop. For our new Halloween Candy Corn collection, we enlarged our ghost from the invitation (part of our printables available in the shoppe) to hang above the dessert table. He’s just so darn cute I wanted him to have more of a starring role (you can see him in the announcement post). Then as I was prepping the table, I decided that I wanted to bring our color palette up to the cake plate.

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Using black crepe paper and double sided tape, I created a ruffle around the edge of the plate.

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I love this because it was so easy, more than cheap and can be recreated in a multitude of colors for any type of party!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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introducing “candy corn”

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We’ve been working on our new Candy Corn Halloween collection for weeks (along with several others) and sharing little peeks here and there. Well, I’m finally ready to show it all off! Just in case you didn’t see the peeks of the invitation and the cupcakes, here they are again.

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I started this project at the fabric store. I’m a huge fan of coordinating patterns, without all the matchy matchy. I selected a diamond pattern for the background and a polka dot for the table. You’ve not seen it yet, but the invitation back carries this same diamond pattern and if you look closely you’ll see a faint polka dot pattern on the front of the invitation along with a filigree pattern along the borders. Our inspiration for this collection was the desire to host a Halloween bash that is fun for the kids, but with a few semi-sophisticated elements for the adults. And since dessert tables are all the rage, we of course created one we thought was just boo-tiful. 

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We created dessert labels starring our little owl and offer them both pre-filled and blank so you can choose your own spooky treats. For the candy corn shown above, I picked up shallow round bowls and embellished them with candy corn ribbon. (The kids loved swinging by during the shoot to grab a piece or two!)

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And since my youngest has terrible food allergies, we just had to have gummy worms.

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To further bring the dessert table to life we created a flag banner using candy corn patterns, stripes and our ghost and owl designs.

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But I couldn’t leave it there. Nope! I loved the little ghost so much that we created a large one (available in the shoppe too) to hang over the dessert table. I used four of them!

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We also created cello toppers, and

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“thanks for dropping in” favor tags for the collection. I love the idea of using these to give the neighbor kids something special on Halloween night this year!

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Here’s a closer look at just the tag. (If you like the spider, you’ve got to see our Boo collection.)

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And you can’t have a complete dessert table without the beverages. We chose Stewart’s old fashioned soda drinks because they were the perfect orange to match our decor. Plus, the hubby loves them!

So you’ve seen a few glimpses of some fabulous cookies. Let me tell you, they are not only beautiful but they are the best butter cookies I’ve ever eaten. The very talented Sue at Sweet Tooth Cottage is the sugar artist behind these. I gave her my designs and she not only printed some on sugar paper and embellished them wtih these super fun dots, but she also made, yes made, cookie cutters to fit my designs and then hand iced each cookie. She’s not shipping cookies just yet, but I’m working on her! More to come on that, but until then, here are a few more shots of her lovely creations.

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 I have to point out that I made the holes in these cookies for the ribbon post-bake. Meaning these cookies were soft enough for a straw to go through them after they were iced. I swear they will melt in your mouth!

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Here’s a look at the ghost cookies. You already know how partial I am to him!

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And here’s a look at the sugar paper cookies. I love the cutouts, but I have to say there is something about seeing my designs on a cookie like this! And for those of you who are wondering about sugar paper, everyone at the shoot thought they were just as yummy as the cutouts.

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I have lots more pictures to share tomorrow of all the crafts (cake plate, witch hat, Halloween masks, dish towel child apron, crepe covered vase) we made for the shoot, but I thought I would leave you with the lollipops (above) and the kids having a blast telling knock knock jokes while they waited for us (below). As for the lollipops, I’m always looking for unique ways to use our printables, so I whipped up these lollipops with strips of crepe paper, double sided tape and our cupcake pick rounds. They were a huge hit and so very simple.

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Hop over to the shoppe to see all the details for this collection and more! More crafty details from the shoot to come tomorrow!

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FREE summer printables!

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Amy from Living Locurto asked me to guest blog for her this week, while she’s off on a Carnival Cruise {green with envy}, and she asked that I give a free printable away to her readers! So I thought since summer is starting to wind down… I know… it’s very hard for me to think that way too… I would give away the printables we created when we styled the backyard BBQ for the July-September issue of Mom magazine. I’ve already given them away here, but just in case you missed them, here’s another chance! (Oh, and if you’ve not seen it yet, here’s the full article.) 

The printables were created with our patriotic holidays in mind, but I chose a variety of patterns, all in primary colors, so they can be perfect 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.

Download the set now! And if you’re new here, please come join me on facebook, twitter, or sign up for offers (in the upper right corner) so you don’t miss out on future freebies!

Happy Monday everyone!

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peek at candy corn collection

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Happy Friday everyone! This has been a wonderful, but very long, week! We’ve got so much brewing right now I can barely keep up and one of the biggest things on this week’s “to do” list was to shoot our new Candy Corn collection (the invitation is already available in the shoppe for those who like to plan ahead). I’ll post the entire collection on Monday, but until then, here’s a little peek at what we’ve been up to!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and please stop back in Monday to see all the details, plus a few fun craft ideas to help complete the look!

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wordless Wednesday… sort of

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Okay, clearly I don’t know how to be “wordless,” but with Halloween on the brain and our new Candy Corn collection photo shoot still going on, I’ve been too swamped to say much (sorry for my absence yesterday), so I thought I would at least post a pre-photo shoot pic of our little ghost in sugar form. Don’t you think he was even adorable in the baker’s box?!

More to come later this week including the resource for these sweet little guys!

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new collection coming soon

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Our facebook fans got a peek at this little guy a few days ago, the invite for our newest collection, Candy Corn. I’m not sure which element I like more… the ghost or the owl! Hmmm… but the fact that our little ghost is losing his candy probably pushes me over the edge in his favor. {wink}

With the photo shoot for the decor and DIY printable collection (candy table tags, beverage wrappers, cello toppers, favor tags and more) only hours away, I’ve been scouring the shops for props, candy and cookies to decorate the table and I’ve found some goodies! I can’t wait to share it all with you!

(candy corn cookie image via Google, searched Etsy for shop but couldn’t locate; if you know the baker would love to give credit for this beautiful cookie!)

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yum! yum! milkshakes

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This has been a whirlwind wonderful week and to celebrate, we are having milkshakes during tonight’s family movie night. Oh yeah! So in preparation, I went looking around for kid-friendly and adult-friendly options. {wink}

This first group is very kid-friendly:

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These two are even more kid-friendly! Shoot, they’re everyone-friendly! Just look at them!

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And last, but not least, a few spiked milkshakes for the adults!

Happy weekend everyone!

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stay cool tags… free!

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If you’ve not ever been introduced to the eighteen25 blog, then you’re in for a real treat. These ladies make me wish I had sisters! {Love you big brother!}

So on Monday they posted a FREE download of the tag you see in the picture above. Very “cool” isn’t it! They designed it so we could all give fun goodies to our neighbors and friends this summer. Hop over to read all the details, download your printable and to see what else they’ve been up to!

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just around the corner

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I know what you’re all thinking. It’s a little early to be talking about Halloween! Actually it’s not. For those of us in the stationery business we have to be way out in front of the upcoming holiday, and Halloween is what’s been on my brain now for weeks. I have to admit I’m getting a little giddy about sharing what’s coming. Since it’s not quite ready, I thought I would share a few hints for one of my “new favorite” Halloween collections. I’m hoping to share it on Facebook as early as this afternoon so make sure you join us if you’ve not already!

Stay tuned!!

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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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