Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Shopping

I was at Amazon today, and I found some great things! There are a large assortment of Cricut cartridges at GREAT prices. Some of the Disney ones were less than $40. Check out all of the great deals I found here.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Party Favors

Are you looking for a quick and fun party favor idea for a baby shower, wedding shower or birthday party? How about making personalized candy bar wrappers.


I made these for a baby shower I was hosting. I found clip art pictures and combined them with text, and printed them on light-weight cardstock. We used the Mother-to-be's favorite candy bar, and secured them with double stick tape on the back side. We placed them in a decorative photo box that the Mother-to-be got to keep for baby photos or keepsakes.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Diaper Cake

Are you looking for a fun and unique baby shower gift, or a great way centerpiece for the tables at a baby shower you are hosting? How about a Diaper Cake! These cakes are not only easy to make, they are a show stopper because everyone will want to take a look at them . . . and, the Mother-to-be will be able to use all of the items in the cake when their little one arrives.


Purchase a case of Size One diapers, or two cases if you will be doing multiple cakes. Roll the diapers and secure them with a rubber band. This is the most time consuming part of the cake, but it could easily be done while you are sitting on the couch catching up on your favorite television show. Next, get a large cake platter or cut a piece of cardboard the size of a cake platter. This will be the foundation for the cake. Arrange the diapers on a circle, with one single diaper alone as the core of the layers. I turned all of mine so that the pictures on the top of the diapers were towards the inside, but if the colors of the diaper work with your theme, you could turn them to the outside . . . or alternate every other tier. How big you want to make the layer depends on you and how many tiers you would like on your cake. Experiment a little to see what looks good.

Once you have the one layer arranged, secure it with a piece of curling ribbon. This holds the diapers and helps them not to wiggle around, and it will hide all of the rubber bands. Then you can take a larger piece of decorative ribbon and place it around the tier. I secured mine in the back with just a few little hand-sewn stitches, or you could use double stick tape. Continue doing this for each tier of the cake, making each one a ring smaller than the last.

Now for the really fun part . . . decorating the cake! Use your imagination! I found a Teddy Bear with a shirt that said "It's a Girl" on it for the topper on the main cake, and the toppers on the two smaller cakes are bath tub toys, but you could use rattles, bottles, pacifiers. Then, I used some baby spoons to stand up in the main cake. I thought that they looked like candles in the cake. To finish everything off I added some large bows with multi-colored ribbons hanging down from them. Some of the ribbons even says "It's A Girl".

If you wanted to make it a theme cake, for example bath time, you could use bath toys and washcloths to decorate the cake. You can even roll the washcloths to look like little rose buds. Whatever you do, have fun with it and be creative, and the Mother-to-be will love it!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Welcome

Welcome to the Crafty Chics Blog. This blog will feature tips and ideas on a variety of types of crafting . . . scrapbooking, card making, sewing, embroidery, jewelry making and much more!