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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Naked Cake Tutorial Succulents & Cake Topper!

 Naked Cake Tutorial with Succulents and Cake Topper!
Naked cakes, silly name for a cake with hardly any frosting.
Ha ha, I'm right though.
And check out this gorgeous cake topper!  I used my Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine
to cut the image.  It only takes seconds and it is so easy to upload your own images into Cricut Design Space.  I am part of Cricut's blogger program and I love it!
 I used a chocolate cake and white cream cheese frosting so you could see the contrast easily.
You will need 2 six inch round cakes.  The wider the cake, the more layers you'll want so it ends up as tall as it is wide.  Place one cake on the cake stand.  Add a layer of frosting.
 And stack the next layer on top.  Use a serrated knife to cut the top flat.
 Next you just need to add a layer of frosting all over the cake.  Then scrape the frosting to remove any excess.
 It makes it look cool and desert like!  I love the look!
It's great too, most people don't love tons of frosting, so this is a great way to make a cake!

Next for the cake topper.
I used a fabulous calligraphy font and just made a png file in photoshop.
You can right click to save off the image and make on yourself in just seconds!
 Upload the file into Cricut Design Space.
Make it the size you want...I think mine is 8 inches wide...which is kinda huge for this cake!
 I used gold posterboard and set to cut posterboard on the dial.
Then clicked go!  The blade cuts each part twice as part of the posterboard setting.
I love that the Cricut is smart enough to do all the work for me!
 Then removed the excess board and peeled the mat away from the lettering.
 Then hot glued 2 wooden skewers on the backside of the word.
 I used 2 succulents.
Washed them clean and removed them from their roots!
They can re-grow if cared for afterwards.
 Insert the cake topper and the succulents!
Perfect for a wedding cake, birthday party, or any other fun occasion!
 It's easy to make!
Feel confident and just do it.  Practice on cupcakes if you want some practice,
but it is really not too hard!
Mercury Candlesticks from Oriental Trading (affiliate link)
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Check out these other fun cake toppers made with simple png files to upload into Cricut Design Space!  Free files on each post:
Happy Birthday


Hello Sweetie


I love succulents!
Here's a bunch more fun Succulent crafts!

Cactus Glass Succulent

Glass Geometric terrarium


Pineapple Succulent


Color Shift Pots







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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

DIY: Fairy Garden House and Miniatures!

 DIY: Fairy Garden House and Miniatures!
This fairy garden was so fun to make!
I received the special paint from Plaid Crafts.
You will need:
Paint, rocks, Big pot, plants, fun fairy pieces and a bird or fairy house.
I made my own with scrap wood.
I love how it's smaller at the bottom than the top.
I left the house open so that things could be added to it, like a hammock upstairs
and a table and chairs downstairs.
You'll want this fantastic paint too--Painted Finishes!
I used the concrete finish and the moss finish.
I love how it looks like it was made with concrete...it's textured too!
Then I added the moss to the edges.
There's a light green and a bright green...they look so perfect together.
I love the 2 step painting technique!
I made a little arched door out of polymer clay.
It doesn't open, just glued to the side to look cute.
We got a large planting pot and filled it with wood pieces to take up most of the space and
as drainage.  It will decompose and compact over time, but that's okay.
 Then set the house right on top!
It's huge, but I love it!
 Add pebbles for trails, plants and moss and I used the pots and succulents from this post
to add color, height and fun!
 I had little pieces like the bench and mushrooms from this mini fairy garden I did last year.
And I added a little Totoro because it's fun.
Cute, right!?
Easy to spray with a spray bottle of water once a week.
 It's on my front porch just waiting for fairy visitors!
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This is a great kids craft for summertime!



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