Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My Pink Stamper Design Team

It's that wonderful time again! Robyn, from My Pink Stamper, is looking for design team members! I would love to be a part of her design team. Robyn is such an inspiration and she is the reason I started crafting. It was after I stumbled upon her videos that I decided to buy a Cricut and start crafting! I hope that through my blog I can teach people what I learn and inspire them the way Robyn inspired me! This is the second time I am trying out for the design team, and I have learned so much more then the December try outs.
Let me show you what I have created for this challenge. Our instructions were to use: orange, turquoise, green, brown and another optional color of your choice (of course I choose pink!)



Materials used:
- Colorbök yellow card stock
-Pink ribbon from Michael’s
-Twine from The Twinery (Lemondrop and Pink Sorbet)
-My Pink Stamper's Simply Sweet Occasion stamp set.
-Cupcake cup 1 and 3 from Cricut's Sweet Treats
-DCWV All About Girls Matt Stack
-White gel pen
-Glitter glue from Micheal’s $1 bin.

Instructions:
First I decided to cut the card base at 6 inches by 9 inches. I then creased it in the middle 
After that I cut the stripe background from the All about Girls Matt Stack at 4.5 inches by 3.5 inches. 
I attached the pink ribbon using Robyn's "cheater method" and then placed a small piece of polka dot paper (all from the All About Girls stack) over it, this was cut to about 1.5 inches by 4.5 inches 
After that I tied some twine around the ribbon and left it in a knot. 
I stamped the "My Sweet One" stamp from Simply Sweet Occasions on a small piece of turquoise paper and added some stitching around. 
I cut the first cupcake at 2.5 inches and the second cupcake at 2 inches. I used glitter glue to embellish them and my zig glue pen to assemble them. 


That’s not it! I also decided to make some very yummy PINK velvet cupcakes in honor of this wonderful occasion. I made these while babysitting my 5 year old cousin, she enjoyed getting to make pink cupcakes! We found the recipe in a book she gave me for my graduation. It's called Tina Cocolina, she got it for me because she knows how much I LOVE CUPCAKES! Anyways, the recipe was for red velvet cupcakes, but we decided to put pink food coloring instead. If you want to buy this book go here.

As for the recipe, you'll need to read the book to find out! I will provide you with another recipe I used to create more pink velvet cupcakes the next day. We had around 50 mini cupcakes. I brought them to work the next day so they would not go to waste and not a single one was left over! Here is the recipe for the second batch I prepared:


Recipe courtesy of Taste of Home
Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened 
1-1/4 cups sugar 
1/8 teaspoon pink paste food coloring 
3 eggs 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder 
1/4 teaspoon baking soda 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1 cup buttermilk

Directions
In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and food coloring until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk beating well after each addition.
Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 23-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
Meanwhile, place white chips in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chips; whisk until smooth. Stir in butter. Transfer to a large bowl. Chill for 30 minutes, stirring once.
Beat on high for 2-3 minutes or until soft peaks form and frosting is light and fluffy. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert #30 star tip. Fill bag with frosting; frost cupcakes. Sprinkle with coarse sugar and edible glitter. Store in the refrigerator.
Directions
In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and food coloring until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk beating well after each addition.
Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 23-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
Meanwhile, place white chips in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chips; whisk until smooth. Stir in butter. Transfer to a large bowl. Chill for 30 minutes, stirring once.
Beat on high for 2-3 minutes or until soft peaks form and frosting is light and fluffy. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert #30 star tip. Fill bag with frosting; frost cupcakes. Sprinkle with coarse sugar and edible glitter. Store in the refrigerator.


NOTE: I used my new mini cupcake maker. I placed about a tablespoon of batter in the mini cupcake tins and cooked them for about 8-10 minutes. The mini cupcake maker looks like a panini press, I purchased mine at Macy’s.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Baking Blog Hop

Hello, Thanks so much for joining us on the first baking blog hop, I had so much fun planing my first blog hop. Please visit each blog and view their project. Anyone who visits each blog and comments on each blog has a chance to win some great prizes!

First I want to explain the blog hop, all of the designers were required to create projects that included crafting and baking!




Here is my first project, I purchased pots from Michael’s and filled them with tissue paper then I made yummy brownies and baked them in flower baking cups. I frosted them in pink icing and placed them in the pot so that they looked like flowers. I got butterfly cupcake toppers from Michael’s and put them in the pot. How cute! I made this one for my cousin so I wrote her name on it with a paint pen.
The Recipe for the brownies can be found here


For my second project I created an accordion booklet. I learned to make it by watching My Pink Stamper's Video. For futher instructions you can watch it here. I used three sheets or paper, some ribbon, letter stickers and a cupcake sticker.





So, I have two wonderful giveaways. The first, is a stamp set that was donated by Robyn from My Pink Stamper, she is giving away the Sweetest Cupcakes set. If you want to purchase any of her stamps you should visit her site, she has so much wonderful content!


The second giveaway is the recipes booklet I made with a small secret surprise! If you want to win either you must comment on this post leaving me an email address. As always, I love it when people become followers but it's not necessary. Please comment on the other blogs in the hop, here is the lineup:
1. Jessica
2. Sarah
3. Wendy
4. Barb
5. Maria
6. Jen
7. Dana

At the end, when you have visited each blog, you can upload your project! I will randomly draw a third winner for another wonderful prize. The challenge is to create a project using baking and crafting. You have until Monday June 26th at 8:00 pm est.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Winner

Sorry I did not post this earlier but I randomly picked a winner for the crochet flowers from the last blog hop.
The winner is xxsquigglesxx, I've contacted her, please get back to me soon!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Happy Birthday Jenny!

Hello, welcome to your second to last stop for Jenny's Big 3-Oh blog hop. you should be coming here from Jamie, but if you were not hoping around go back to Jenny's blog to start from the beginning. Scince Mother's Day is this Sunday I decided to create a cute Mother's Day card for my mommy!
For this card I used 
-Raspberry Fizz paper from Papertrey Ink
-Patterned paper from AC Moore
-Some scrap ribbon I had, it's sheer.
-A stamp from Papertrey Ink
-Flower cut from SweetTreats cartridge
-White Gel pen
-LOTS OF BLING!

The card was cut at the standard A2 size car 8.5X5.5, then the patterned paper was cut at 3.5X4.5 and another smaller strip for the sentiment. I used a bright pink color to stamp on "mother" but it was to light, so I went over it with a white gel pen. The flower was cut from Sweet Treats at 3.5 (I think) and lots of pink rhinestones also from Papertrey Ink.

What blog hop would be complete with out some blog candy!?! I have these adorable crochet flowers. These were handmade from Rona Creations, a bag of 10 flowers will cost you $10. You will receive 11 pink and green flowers if you comment on this post. I love when people become followers although it is not necessary. If you win and you live outside of the U.S. I ask that you pay for the shipping, up to what I would pay. If you are interested in buying these flowers contact me and I will give the message to Rona's creations, you will get them at the discounted price of $7 if ordered from this blog hop! 

Your next stop is Elaine. Have fun!