Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Baby Cake, Bold Colors, and AP Pennants

A good friend had her baby shower this past Sunday and I, true to my normal personality flaws, procrastinated on my contributions.  I needed to make the diaper cake and didn't have time to start it until . . . late Friday night.  I had to have it done by Saturday night because my Sunday was more than full!  So I started at 9:30 pm and got done a little after 1:30am.  Granted, I talked a lot, snacked, and took some breaks but I think it was worth it.  I even managed to add some surprising items to the finished project.  I was also quite proud that the diapers required NO tape or glue or even the removable glue does I thought would help.  The only adhesive was on the ribbons.

Bottom Layer (made of diapers rolled in "6" shapes)
Top Level (achieved by overlapping and rolling a center and then using four hands to bring up the "petals".  The rose look was purely accidental but a nice look none the less)
All three levels before decorations.  The top ribbon is covering a similar 1" bundle securing, functional ribbon.  The yellow one on the bottom will be covered as well.

Using my newest Cricut cartridge (Art Philosophy from CTMH) and some of their wonderful pr-ecut pennants, I was able to add the baby's name stamped on some "bath water" paper.  This ribbon has a future use in some pregnancy pictures - picture it draped over her belly (I can't wait).
The theme for the party was rubber duckies.  The rubber ducky on the top glows and the colors were inspired by it and the baby boy.  I also made some adorable baby wipe roses by laying them out to dry and doing a pouncing technique on some light blue and dark blue stamp pads.  The ink feathers slightly and made a perfect tie in to the cake.  Here is the finished cake atop a wonderfully soft fur and satin baby blanket.

I decided that the extra items I purchased needed a gift bag and next to the cake, simple wouldn't do so I cut our a duck from my "Best of 2006" Cricut Cartridge, added a googly eye and fashioned a blue and yellow rose corsage (that she wore proudly on Sunday).  I also had my daughters help in making some VERY inexpensive confetti - ducks and bubbles!

I had a blast making it and I hope that you enjoyed seeing the final project.  As only my second diaper cake, I don't think I did bad.  Want to see the first?  (Be kind as this is many years ago before I had the tools and tricks I have now!)

This was much taller and the top tier is actually supported by baby spoons.  Wash cloths were suppose to work like fondant drapes but failed somewhat.  I also tried to use the decorations on the diapers to add color - wrong choice I think.  The most fun was the laughter that filled my house as we tried some crazy things and ripped it apart a few times.  I did learn from it though.

I'm going into my second month as a Close To My Heart representative and I am excited by the two offers this month.  Here they are and my "Shop with me" icon is below.  I have more to show and another Workshop next week.  I'll be busy, how about you?

May is National Scrapbooking Month

...and CTMH is getting in on the celebration.  The "Dotty for You" special is available until the end of May 2012.  When you place an order of $35 or more in products from the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book between April 17 and May 31, you may add the Dotty for You paper packet, valued at $19.95, for just $5.

 Dotty for You includes 24 specially designed, coordinating B&T Duos® sheets (2 each of 12 patterns) and an artwork idea insert to get your creative juices flowing. But that’s not all! There are two ways to get this darling paper packet FREE!
  • Hostesses will receive a free Dotty for You paper packet when their Gathering sales total $400 or more (excluding tax, shipping/handling, and Operation Smile donations).
  • New Consultants who sign up between April 1 and May 31 (two full months!) will receive a free Dotty for You paper packet with their kit. 

MAY 2012 - Stamp of the Month

 This set is SOOOO pretty that I may get a few for my workshops as well as myself.  I have a few ideas that may even show up here!

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