Monday, April 9, 2012

diy :: easy ruffle backdrop


for some reason when i tell people something i've made was "easy", i get an eye roll or a hysterical laughing fit from them.
i guess i make things that look like they take a lot of effort?
seriously folks, if a project's directions reveal an arduous and and time consuming journey, i simply will NOT make it.

"easy" is a required element for the craft projects i will take time out of my life to complete.
this ruffle backdrop is the epitome of easy.
trust me.

the ruffled backdrops i found on pinterest and other sites were absolutely gorgeous but i had one issue with them.
these talented ladies were making the ruffle strips WITH A SEWING MACHINE.
they were sewing the crepe paper into ruffles. with a machine.
what the WHAT???

there is no way i'm sewing  a n y t h i n g  let alone crepe paper.
so...here is how i accomplished the same pretty backdrop in a little less than an hour (the board i used was 36x48) with glue.
this one goes out to all my homies that are sewing impaired, those that do not have a sewing machine or are just plain lazy like me.

so with out further adieu...here are the instructions with purdy pictures to boot.
click on images to make them bigger:

 
some tips:
~ if you are OCD and need things to be absolutely straight, measure out guide lines with a pen to keep your ruffles on the mark. i just free handed it. there are crooked areas in the purple ombre board i made. it made me cringe a little...but i got over it pretty quick.
~ the ruffles create a camouflage to where you begin and end a crepe streamer cut too short...that means you can use scraps of crepe streamers you were thinking about tossing out. just add them in.
~ when adding your last row that will top off the ruffles, make sure to take your time so the crepe paper doesn't rip.

i love that you can basically add these ruffles to cardboard or anything else that glue will adhere to.
i'm going to add some to an old shutter i found.
have fun ruffle-izing everything!
note that i used a piece of bent and torn cardboard in this tutorial to prove that ruffles make pretty much anything new again.

Friday, April 6, 2012

purple ombre overload


when a dear friend of mine asked me to make the cupcakes for her daughter's first birthday party, visions of ombre danced through my head.
here in hawaii a baby's first birthday is a very, VERY big deal....so i really wanted to make it special.
i decided a small dessert station would do nicely.
purple is my friends favorite color (understatement of the century) and was used throughout the tea themed party.

i used a simple cardboard tri fold presentation board for the back drop.
i made the ruffles with crepe paper streamers and glue sticks.
tutorial coming soon!
mini vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.
the cake pops are also vanilla with cream cheese frosting.
a local party supply store had a color coordinated candy section. that's where i found the gumballs i placed in this pretty apothecary jar.
i'm so happy the birthday girl's three layer little smash cake turned out so darling!
i used 4 inch round cake pans.
to make the blended layers i piped on one color at a time from bottom to top: dark purple, lavender and white tinted frosting.
each section was about an inch wide.
i then used a toothpick to swirl and blend the colors together.

the three layers inside are also dark purple, lavender and white.
sorry for the poor quality...i took it with my phone.
hau'oli la hanau precious zemmy!
you are a blessing to everyone you meet.
the Lord has placed a bright light for Him deep in your heart.
i see it in your beautiful little face every time i look at you.
shine bright for him little star!
our family loves you and we are so glad we get to watch you grow up.

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