Wednesday, January 4, 2012

We're back...

Or we will be soon.  Hope everyone's year is NEW and HAPPY!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Joyeux Noel

Hoping your Christmas is warm yet bright
simple yet blingy
Just like ANGELA's card.

Joyeux Noel.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Yep. Still December.

That means there is still time to play along with the SFYTT Challenge!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Time for Cupcakes and a Christmas break!

Well, it is the final countdown now.
Time for cake and a tall glass.

We're so excited to be sponsoring the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge
at this special time of year. 
We knew the Sweeties would come up with something spectacular...

We knew our girls would come up with something spectacular too...

No rush.
Plenny time.
This challenge will be held over until January 7th,
so even if this cake tempts you after New Year's,
it is zero calories and you can still play.

In the meantime,
we'll have a couple of more posts for you
and then will take a little break until after the holidays too.

Hope yours is looking Merry and Bright.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Pinny Party #4

A few guidelines:  
  • Our link parties are Saturday and Sunday only (it's a weekend thing).
  • Please make sure that there is paper in your project.
  • Please use a direct link to your party entry.
  • Please credit the rePin from PINTEREST and put a photo of it in your post.
  • Whenever possible, visit each other's blogs to comment. 

Congratulations to Michelle who won our 3rd Pinny Party.
This was her copy cat project -
From this:

to this:

Michelle won $5 worth of ipaper!

My repin today comes from Teresa Jenkins
originally from Moey's Heart and Hearth

So come on...
You know you see something on Pinterest and think
"Oh WOW...I could do that...and it would look awesome,
and people would admire me near and far."

That is why I love these Pinny parties.
They humble me,
but hey...I still feel good about myself for trying.
Not like some people who just pin and pin and pin :D
But I digress.

Now for the humble part...
So, since our Pinny Parties require the use of paper,
you are now wondering - where's the beef paper?
Here it is:
The reason why I thought that maybe I could even attempt
this project in the first place is that you TRACE!
Just size up a coloring page, or a digi stamp in this case
and tape it upside down to a piece of glass
(like take a piece of glass out of a picture frame)
then flip it over and tape a piece of wax paper to the other side.
So it goes:
wax paper
(Keep in mind that the final product will be a reverse image)

Make sure you have a yummy cake.
You can cheat if you want to
like some people do and buy your cake from Costco.
Just cover the top with some white icing
and unassuming people will think that you are
Martha Frickin Stewart!

Next on to the drawing part.
Pipe the outline FIRST
and then color over that.

Do not follow my example.
Follow the expert example of the original pin.
See all those wormy lines?
Don't do it.
No, No, NO.
You will get a wormy elf. Ick.
Smooth it out or use a big icing tip.

Put your smooth, pretty icing artwork into the freezer
(check to make sure your glass picture frame will fit before you start)
and you will leave it there - glass and all - for about 15 minutes.

With incredible finesse and skill you will now flip it onto your cake.
It is frozen and hard, so aim well and pray.
Once that puppy has landed,
peel off the wax paper
and stand all amazed.
Kind of.

If it doesn't work,
you can always send it to cake wrecks.

Your turn.
One random winner gets a $5 gift certificate.
For what?


Friday, December 16, 2011

Just EIGHT more days...

Can you hardly WAIT?
After waiting all the year long it is FINALLY here!
Oh wait...
did you think we were talking about Christmas?
well yes, there's that too.
But what we really mean is...
December 25th!


Have you religiously entered the sketch every month?

Like December's perhaps?
Here are a couple of our unbiased favorites...

Hopefully you are in the running and if not,
it's almost the new year and time for
a fresh start.  SFYTT is on a deja vu track.
One sketch a month for 2012.
One grand prize drawing next Christmas.

In glancing through the family album
I think this was our favorite sketch last year...
Hmmmm....I wonder why?
---- SFYTT March 2011----

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Control your ELF!

Actually, that may not be possible.
Especially when it comes to chocolate :D

Yep!  Sure is getting sweet around here.

Amber Ink products used in this post:

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

WOYWW - Prepping for a Pinny Party!

Amber here. 
Forgive the Sunflower.
He may not be seasonally appropriate
 but the idea of taking him down to make way for Christmas lights
 nearly broke my little heart.
Ahhhhh..just look at that face.
Pinny Party on Saturday. 
Whoo Hoo!
Not divulging what this is I'm working on quite yet.
Still trying to figure it out myself.

Mom will take the Saturday Pinny Party  lead w/me faddo's bday cake project.
Stay tuned.
Hope you all are fab.
Pretty sure Queen Julia is fab
since there is always so much love and adoration
heading her way

P.S.  Early apologies girls.  NYC est and after a night of looking at
NYC Christmas windows all night w/me outta town Auntie, I'm hitting the hay.
Promise to catch up tomorrow!