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Happy Birthday Ashley!

Today I have a dif­fer­ent kind of post to share  with you.  My old­est daugh­ter Ash­ley Siob­han cel­e­brated her 28th birth­day Feb­ru­ary 8.  Our fam­ily was sup­posed to get together this week­end to cel­e­brate her birth­day along with my sis­ter Gina’s so I made this cake for Ashely.  Cake dec­o­rat­ing is another craft­ing pas­sion I have!  Unfor­tu­nately, we weren’t able to cel­e­brate due to snowy weather.  So since she won’t be able to enjoy this spe­cial cake, I wanted to post it in her honor.  Ash­ley is won­der­ful — every­one who meets her loves her!  Her favorite cake is straw­berry, so this cake is made-from-scratch straw­berry with a cheese­cake in the mid­dle!  How spe­cial is that?  I love fon­dant!  I know not every­one cares for it, but I have never been able to get enough of it!  This fon­dant is heav­enly — it’s made from white choco­late.  All the dec­o­ra­tions on the cake except for the edi­ble pearls, are hand-made from white choco­late mod­el­ing paste.  The cake was a soft pink, and it was impos­si­ble to cap­ture the sub­tle­ness of the color with photography.

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 A view of our back­yard today!

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I used a Gar­rett Frill Cut­ter along with some molds by Katy Sue Designs to make the dec­o­ra­tions.  The white choco­late deli­cious fon­dant and mod­el­ing paste is from Choco-Pan.  Love that stuff! 

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The del­i­cate soft pink color was hard to cap­ture with the camera.  

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The straw­berry cake was made with 8 eggs, 3 sticks of but­ter, and lots of pureed straw­ber­ries.  I used cream cheese frost­ing for the crumb coat.  Check out that layer of cheese­cake in the cen­ter!  Wow — it was delicious!

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Since this post is about cake dec­o­rat­ing, I also have some cup­cakes I also want to share.  These are red vel­vet cup­cakes with dec­o­ra­tive fon­dant top­pings.  The cup­cake stand is from Kaiser Craft which I cov­ered with the lovely papers of Pion design’s Paris Flea Mar­ket.  Even the cup­cake hold­ers are made with the lovely papers using a cut­ting file from Mon­ica that can be found here.   

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Thank you for shar­ing this spe­cial post with me! 
Best wishes for a great week­end and upcom­ing week!
Tara

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Tiroirs chevalet

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Tiroirs chevalet, French for easel draw­ers, describes this project using Pion Design’s Paris Flea Mar­ket papers paired with black lace, seam bind­ing, and some black roses.  You can find this project also on the Pion Design Blog here.  These sturdy func­tional draw­ers are lined with chip­board for strength and I love the idea of the top easel card to fur­ther show­case these beau­ti­ful papers, which are now avail­able from my online shop.  
Have a great week!
Tara

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Je t’aime Typewriter Box

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I’m excited to share my first project using Pion Design’s new Paris Flea Mar­ket col­lec­tion.  These breath­tak­ing papers are now avail­able in my online shop.  Pas­tel pinks and blues are my favorite col­ors to craft with and so this col­lec­tion is just dreamy heaven for me!  This type­writer was designed for the Pion Design blog and you can find the project on their blog here.  The project was made using an unusual mate­r­ial — poster board!  It’s about 1/4″ thick. I started by mak­ing a hinged rec­tan­gu­lar box that opens in the back, and then designed the type­writer around the box.  It can hold a small mini album or what­ever keep­sake you would like to fit inside it.  I drew the dif­fer­ent pieces of the type­writer onto the poster board and then used a craft knife to care­fully cut out the pieces.  I dou­bled the poster board on sev­eral of the type­writer pieces to make them thicker.  The pieces were all cov­ered with the gor­geous paper and then were glued together.  The type­writer keys are plas­tic spac­ers in dif­fer­ent lengths that I found at a local hard­ware store.  I wrapped pink paper around them and then used black round alpha­bet epoxy  3D stick­ers. The black ruler on top was cut out using my Sil­hou­ette Cameo and one of their cut­ting files.
Best wishes to every­one for a great week­end!
Tara

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