i am covering quite a bit here – cookies, a project and a tutorial for the Cake in a Box i did…
it is getting quite chilly around here! i LOVE IT!! sorry no project post yesterday but Pezzy The Wonder Tot and i DID finally ice the halloween sugar cookies we made. a number of people asked to see a pic once they were done so here are a few for ya:
can you guess which one was totally pezzy done…?
i will be giving a few of this set to our closest neighbors’ kids:
boy did she have fun! She is QUITE pleased with herself!
she did actually help – i did the outlines on the cookies and once hardened she helped squeeze the icing and fill in the shapes. took quite a bit of self control hee heee! we got sprinkles ALL over the place so once we were done she was sure to scoop up as many as she could!
i DO have a project for PDD Friday though!
As i mentioned i LOVE the concept behind the Pile It On challenge blog and spent way too much time checking out all the links on their blog. SO i started with the SCS sketch – which i loved!!! i had SO many ideas for this and the gallery was outstanding for this one.
i used an oldie but goodie for this one – alcohol ink on tin foil. This is a super easy technique with alot of WOW factor! I did a very detailed tutorial awhile back if you want to try it yourself! the foil pieces were so dark i decided to mat them with pale blue cardstock and edged one piece with icicles using and MS edger punch and crystal stickles. both large foil pieces have the snowflake embossing folder on them but then i realized the smaller squares fit some fancy squares so i used them too and i am really glad i did! I usually go over the embossed portions with black staz on but in this case i chose white staz on and it really made the embossing pop!
Rather than the usual stamping i decided to make a focal point using a sheer ribbon bow and some layered snowflake die cuts i did with my cricut. i finished off the main piece with a cute lil’ snowflake skittle and added two more to each of the other squares. The largest snowflake is cut from the same alcohol inked foil – works MARVELOUSLY in the cricut!!
i thought for sure i had a silver snowflake charm but didn’t. however i did find this little *believe* charm. i wanted it to dangle but it had a hole in each side so i dug around in my beading stash and made the little bead dangle hanging from the bottom.
Alcohol inks are an INCREDIBLY useful product to have around and nothing else can do their job. They are formulated for slick surfaces – glass, metal, slick porcelain and can only be used on glossy cardstock. ranger works the best. I was a little intimadated by them at first but it turns out they are actually incredibly simple to use and very forgiving – the techniques are real free and loose which is nice.
want to check out more about alcohol inks? take a look at some of my other tutorials:
I have received many questions about how i did the cake in the cake in a box project (which appeared in the cricut chirp too!!!). i do not have a tutorial per se but i can tell you what i did. using your cricut or nesties cut three consecutive circles 1/2″ different in size. so if your smallest is 1″ in diameter next would be 1 1/2″ and the 2″. for the bands i cut 1/2″ strips of paper and then estimated the length of each by wrapping it around the circle. vary the width of your strip depending on how high your cake will be and whether or not you will punch the edge with an edger punch. getting the layers to stick together was the trickiest part. I made little thin strips of paper to use as tabs – 2 for the top layer and 4 for the other two layers. i attached them to the insides of the layers extending below the bottom and then bent them bent them in flat with the bottom. i attached this part to the layer beneath – make sense? i recommend Scor-Tape for attaching everything as it is super super strong. so i don’t know if that is helpful or not – i hope so!
have a GREAT day!
|Paper: SU bashful blue; Ranger glossy white|
|Ink: Alcohol inks - stonewashed, cloudy blue, sailboat blue, denim; Staz on – white|
|Accessories: pezadoodle – skittles, cricut, MS icicle edge punch, stickles – crystal|