Cool cupcake wrappers

Here’s a great freebie for those of you who like to pretty up your summer treats.  If you have the right software, you can even make your own personal touches.  If you don’t have any software that will work for these, you can download them just as zip files.

If you are looking for a cheap ($39.97 US) but good scrapbooking, card-making software that you can use these with I can give you a code to get $1o off the software, My Memories.  If you use this code to purchase the software, you will also get a code worth $10 to spend at mymemories.com so you can get some cool digital downloads to work with. (You can find the code in the right hand column of my blog.)

http://www.mymemories.com/store/share_the_memories_kit_1  Click here to get the July 4th topper.

http://www.mymemories.com/store/share_the_memories_kit_2   look like these:

The last one is quite elegant.

This can be found at: http://www.mymemories.com/store/share_the_memories_kit_3

Using MyMemories Software to Customize your Cupcake Liners

  1. Download template file and install it into your software
  2. Using MyMemories Suite, choose Create Album From Designer Template and find your project
  3. Now you can print and enjoy the provided template, or customize it with your own papers and embellishments.

TIP: You can right-click on the white guide and lock it in place to keep it from moving while you are working. Make sure this is the top layer of your project before printing. Instead of adding the paper as a background paper, you can add it as an embellishment so that you can move the paper around.  This is especially useful when using papers with stripes or circles, so you can decide which part of the paper you want to use. Once it is added as an embellishment, you can now select the paper and move it into the position you want it.  Just SAVE and PRINT on cardstock!

Cupcake Liner Tutorial

1.  Purchase or bake and cool cupcakes.  If cupcakes are frosted, place in refrigerator and chill cupcakes before putting liners on.  It is easier to put liners on if the frosting is cold. 2.  Print your cupcake liner templates on cardstock and gather supplies.  Each printed page will have enough supplies for 2 cupcakes. (Recommended supplies: small craft scissors, tape, foam squares, 1.25″ circle punch, toothpicks and ribbon)
3.  Using the scissors cut along outside line. TIP: Use a 1.25″ circle punch to cut out the toppers.  If printed at full size, the circles should be exactly the same size.

Cut out Pieces

4.  Wrap liner around cupcake and tape at seam. TIP: If using a smaller cupcake, just wrap around at the desired height. You can place a smaller cupcake at the bottom of the liner or make it tighter and wrap it around at the top.

Wrap liner around cupcake
5.  Using foam squares or tape, attach the front and back circles together to form the topper. Insert toothpick between the circles.

Topper instructions

Cupcake topper
6. Add ribbon onto the toothpick or at the bottom of the front circle, if desired.

Add Ribbon

7.  Insert toothpick into cupcake.  Enjoy the finished cupcakes and share.  Don’t forget to use your imagination.

Finished cupcakes

If you do decide to purchase the software, the code to use is: STMMMS89083

“When you look at a cupcake, you’ve got to smile.”

~ Anne Byrn

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50 years and counting

Friday night my siblings and I hosted a party at my brother’s place in honour of our parents’ 50th wedding anniversary.  Tents were put up in the backyard, complete with white twinkle lights, tables and chairs.  The caterers produced a fabulous feast and one sister ordered a gorgeous cake from the Bon Bon Bakery.  Another sister put together an amazing book of memories that most members of the family had written for the occasion.

I spent quite a while putting together a slideshow of their wedding photos and pictures from the following 50 years – including many of us kids as we grew.  I’m just putting a few on here as there were almost 120 pages in the slideshow!

Enjoy, and if you like what you see, let me know!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s all for now, but I’ll share more another time.

Party on!

The season of birthday parties is in full swing!  While I work tomorrow, Pete will once again perform the parental duty of dropping a kid and presents off and keep his fingers crossed that she doesn’t melt down when left with a crowd.  Like her dad, Heather is not a big fan of gathering with large amounts of people and gets rather emotional – as you can see in the previous post picture.  Oh well, que sera, sera.

Here are the cards I made for her friends’ party tomorrow.  Yes, my punctuation is correct there – the birthday party is for twins.  So, as they were at her party last week, I happen to have pictures of them which I used on their cards.  Not that you will see their faces.   They aren’t my kids, so I’m not posting them without permission.  And just to prove that Heather did enjoy her party, I temporarily stuck her happy, shining face over those of the twins.

As the twins are not identical, the cards aren’t either.  Actually, I wouldn’t have made matching cards even if they were identical!  It’s okay for me to dress my girls the same as they aren’t the same ages (and they like it) but I suspect (hope) that parents of identical twins try to assist them in becoming unique individuals?!  Anyone care to comment?  Anywho, back to the cards.  Here they are individually.

Not only are the cards not identical, one is pink based & the other is blue.  Yup, you guessed it!  The twins can’t be identical ’cause they are not even the same gender!  Fortunately, their mom doesn’t dress them the same – the school tunic wouldn’t look as good on the little guy as it does on his sister.

I used some retired Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up (of course), Old Olive ink. chipboard that I made to look like faux metal and a mini library clip.  Can anyone tell me why they are called library clips??  I’ve worked in a library for almost 12 years now and never, ever has anyone here used a clip so tiny, teeny nor ever referred to the big black bulldog clips as library clips.  Anyone?

Th’ first thing to have in a libry is a shelf.

Fr’m time to time this can be decorated with lithrachure.

But th’ shelf is th’ main thing.

~Finley Peter Dunne

I survived and finished 2 books!!

I take it all back!  Not only did I survive the weekend of kiddie parties, including hosting one with 10 Kindergarteners and 5 other kids of various ages, but I made 3 (almost identical) cards and finished two books.  Granted, I started Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes on Tuesday and finished it Saturday evening and the other book was the teen novel When Lightning Strikes by Meg Cabot, but clearly there was some me time. 

The cards I made were pretty easy to put together but as they are spinners cards, they never fail to impress the kids.  Heather asked that I give her the third one.   Like what you see?  Let me know.

 

 

So, the party was controlled chaos.  I’m a firm believer in limiting the uselessness of goody bags and keeping the kids busy.  At our parties, the kids make crafts and that becomes the main part of the goody bag.  Add a granola bar or rice crispy square and a couple of fruit leathers and voila, you are done!

Yesterday, the kids decorated picture frames with sequins, buttons, stickers and whatever they could grab.  Once that was done, I snapped a shot of each kid with the birthday girl and printed it off on our fabulous compact photo printer.  Then the photo was put into the frame as an instant memento.  Later the kids decorated their own goody bags.  I found some great coloured paper bags on the cheap and again let them loose with the glue, stickers, buttons, brads, papers and sequins.  One of the Kindergarten girls did such a bang up job that I thought my 12-year-old niece had made it!!  That’s high praise ’cause my niece is an amazing crafter.

 

 

A baker I am not, so do not submit this picture to http://www.cakewrecks.blogspot.com/  Heather’s class is working on a teddy bear theme for the next two weeks so the day before her party she asked for a teddy bear cake.  Here is what I came up with!  No comments about pink goo and  leakage please – it’s supposed to be a six – not pink diarrhea.

 

 

 

And, of course, what party would be complete without tears??

“It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to”

Lesley Gore