How To Make Dessert Buffet Tent Cards

One element to a party that I always make sure to do are food and dessert table tent cards. It involves a little bit of graphic design, and a little bit of craftiness, but I find that it pulls together your party theme really nicely.

Materials Needed
FREE downloadable printouts

  • to customize these, upload the jpg to PicMonkey then add your types of food to each tag
Cardstock
Glue {I used Aleene's Tacky Glue as that's what I had on hand}
Scissors
Optional: straight cutter






How-To

 Your first step is to embellish your main cardstock. I cut a thin strip of accenting gold cardstock, glued it down and then trimmed the excess off.

 Next, you want to glue down your printed label, then fold the paper to make a tent card.


Carefully line up the cutting lines, and trim off the excess paper.


And voila! Beautiful tent cards for your party!


These tent cards were for the bridal shower I hosted for my sister in law. Some other themes you could use them for would be....

Ties and Tutu's gender reveal party
Ballerina Birthday party
Little Man baby shower
Globetrotting bridal shower or engagement party
Garden Tea Party bridesmaid luncheon

The possibilities are endless, and now I want to throw all of those parties!


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SWH4T$: Quick and Easy Strawberry Tips

We've all been there and done that...lopped the leaves and stems off our strawberries and cut away nearly half of the berry itself.

Here's a tip that will save you time, money and berries!


May I introduce to you...the straw method!

Simply get a straw, and slide it through the core of the berry and out through the top! Remove the stem and leaves, repeat with the rest of our quart!

It's seriously so easy, and will save you a tonne on clean up time, and prep time when you're actually doing the task. Get the kiddos involved to...no sharp knives, and they can snack on a healthy fruit all at the same time!

Happy Summer!

SWH4T$: Studio Makeover

It's finally ready...the virtual tour of my new studio! I figured that it would make a great post for SWH4T$ since I upcycled some old furniture, created my desk, and created my own typography art!



DIY Desk 

The desk was so incredibly easy to make!

You'll need:
2 shelving units (mine are Martha Stewart Home collection from RONA- $40 each)
piece of MDF ($25 for a 4'x8' piece - 2 free cuts at RONA! I had mine cut 4'x2'ish)
6 bins for the cubbies ($10 each at RONA)

How-to:

Put your shelving units together

Paint your piece of MDF whatever colour you want to suit your room

Put MDF board on top of the shelving units when dry, and voila! DIY desk complete!

Total project cost: $165 - which is pretty cheap considering the cost of furniture, and it's completely unique! Mine stands about 3'ish high, so I dont need a chair in my studio, which is great for my posture! I also have 3 pieces of MDF leftover, which will make great coffee table tops, colouring tables for the kiddo or even just pieces of art!

I already had one of the units for the desk, which saved us $40 of materials cost. Add in the paint, and you're right around $140 for an entire new room!

The bookcase and mailing centre unit were my Husband's when he was a child; thankfully the inlaws  held onto them and I was able to repurpose them!

Love the typography? You can download it for free!




Talk-To-Me Tuesday....with Sarah Sloboda

Good morning everyone!!

I have a special treat for all you mompreneurs and mama bloggers out there! I'd like you to meet Sarah Sloboda, who is a brilliant photographer creates gorgeous heirloom inspired photos and runs fantastic workshops! She's here to help you all make the most with iphoneography! {note: she's seriously making me want an iPhone!}

iPhoneography for Business Owner Moms
by Sarah Sloboda

As a photojournalist-style photographer, I am enamored with real moments in
time. I love photographing kids because they’re so spontaneous! We adults can
learn a lot from their free-spiritedness. I see a lot of moms who want their kids’
hair to be brushed just so, for their clothes to be perfect, and for their smiles to be
practiced. However, none of those things speak to me of childhood. So, I
encourage the kids to giggle, to run, and to explore. Yes, I have to chase them
around a lot. But when they stop and catch their breath, I am ready with my
camera. And, they’re usually beaming.



If you want to take better photos of your family (and set your child up to be more
photogenic for life), think of yourself as a documentarian. Document what you
want, yes. But don’t manipulate. Don’t ask for poses. And, don’t fuss! Let the
kids enjoy themselves, and what you hold dear about this time in your life will
show through in the moments you capture.

The iPhone is an incredible tool for moms and business owners alike. I
recommend you turn the flash off, and pay attention to natural light sources in
the environment you’re shooting in. Make sure to arrange yourself so that light is
falling on your subject. In other words, if you’re facing a lamp and the baby is
silhouetted in between you and it, don’t expect the camera to give you a good
exposure. And, be sure you get low to the ground – you want to be on your
subject’s level.

Plus, the iPhone is something you already take everywhere you go, so using it for
social networking and marketing is a no-brainer. It’s an invaluable tool for giving
your audience that coveted glimpse behind the scenes.



iPhonegraphy tips for documenting your family and business
marketing:

1. Get on Instagram! If you haven’t already, sign up for an Instagram account.
It’s free! Just go to the app store and install. If you want to use it for marketing,
select a username that corresponds with your brand. For instance, my Instagram
name is sloboda.

2. Apply filters to your images before you share them. If you also install other
photography apps, you’ll have a whole bunch of one-click PhotoShop-like settings
at your fingertips. My favorites include Hipstamatic, Snapseed, Camera+, Iris,
and Filterstorm. They range from $1.99 to $5.99, and can seriously enhance just
about any image you take.


3. Mix and match multiple filters from various programs by saving to your photo
library and then opening in a new program. When you’re pleased with your
flashy new picture, open Instagram and click on “share,” to upload.

4. Get tagging! Hashtags are a great way to get followers of similar interests on
Instgram. Use @[username] tags to respond to someone who has commented on
yours or another’s photo. Link your profile to twitter and automatically tweet
your photo (with capture and hashtags – up to 160 characters, of course). To be
really savvy, use twitter tags in Instagram so your intended audience sees your
image.

5. Be yourself. Share your interests, and your day-to-day. Document moments
with your family. Get involved in an activity! Frame your shot and be ready to
snap when natural smiles (and all kinds of expressions) occur.

Sharing photos of genuine moments goes a long way towards communicating
your values to your audience. A picture’s worth a thousand words, right? That’s
like 41 tweets!

*****
Sarah Sloboda is a modern kids photographer. She has been featured in
numerous publications, and her work can be found at http://sarahsloboda.com.
Be sure to follow “sloboda” on Instagram.
All content and photos ©Sarah Sloboda 2012. These images were produced
exclusively on an iPhone.

SWH4T$: Repurposed Jars

Welcome back, crafty, thrifty mamas!! We're so happy to have you back for She Works Hard for the Money!

Before we get hopping, we've got some rules...

1.) Follow your hostesses at Baby Shmizz and Sweet Stella's via GFC

2.) Link up a specific post that relates to money and time, your job, your business, couponing, anything that shows how you "work hard for your money".

3.) Post our button on your post


Have fun linking and finding new blogs to read!




Repurposed Jars

Before the holidays hit, I was looking for some simple crafty projects to take my mind off of a super stressful time (packing to move...selling our home...going on vacation...coming home...moving).

Have some empty salsa jars lying around the house? Maybe some funky patterned paper? Podge?

Well that's all you need for this project!!





Choose your paper...I chose some grey and blue tones so that it will fit nicely into my new studio once we move

Wrap it around your jar, and make a mark where the paper meets

Cut out the pattern that you desire. I cut around the flowers and vines, but there are really no rules to this project!

Smear adhesive to the jar, and attach paper. Seal the paper with more adhesive



For me, they make perfectly pretty water jars (and drying jars) for my paint brushes but they would also be great with some inexpensive flowers for a hostess gift (I'd tie ribbon round the top to finish it off), some stones and fallen branches for some bathroom or kitchen decor



Happy repurposing!






SWH4T$: Candy Cane Play-dough

Welcome back to Week 9 of She Works Hard 4 The $ (SWH4T$)!



We are so pleased for you to join us this week, and look forward to many holiday tips and tricks!



The Rules? They're pretty simple!





1.) Follow your hostesses at Baby Shmizz and Sweet Stella's via GFC


2.) Link up a specific post that relates to money and time, your job, your business, couponing, anything that shows how you "work hard for your money".



3.) Post our button on your post


Have fun linking and finding new blogs to read!










Festive & Frugal Toddler Gift

In keeping with Shan's theme from last week, I thought I would feature a cute and cheap gift that you can make for the little kids in your life. I made Candy Cane Playdough for Jack's little friends that we got together with last weekend.



Yes, they are on the liquor cabinet...
right now its the only high placethat Jack can't reach...


I got the idea for this from my favorite addiction time-suck social media site, Pinterest. I actually combined 2 ideas, Candy Cane Playdough with Snow Playdough:







In addition to your playdough ingredients (see here), you will also need red & white glitter, 8-oz mason jars, fabric cut into 5x5 inch squares (I also used pinking shears to make the edges of the fabric pretty)





I made 1 batch of red playdough and 1 batch of white playdough using this recipe, and I added 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract to each batch for candy cane scent :) At the end, I kneaded in red glitter to the red batch, and white iridescent glitter to the white batch. 2 batches of dough fills about 5 8-oz mason jars.





Assembly:


-divide your batches into small 15 small balls each.


-start with a red ball and slightly flatten it in the bottom of the jar so it touches all sides of the jar.


-add a white ball on top, squishing down in the same manner.


-repeat until you have 3 layers of red & 3 layers of white (this amount worked for me, you could make more or less layers depending on what you want).


-place the metal lid on the top of the jar, cover with a 5x5 inch square of fabric and screw down the collar over the fabric & lid.





The cost of this whole gift is minimal, because most of the stuff you have on hand already (flour, salt, vegetable oil, cream of tartar). We happened to have mason jars already because we do a lot of canning in the fall, but if you need to purchase them, here is an idea of prices:





12-pack case of 8 oz Mason Jars: $17.95 on Amazon, which is $1.50/jar


1/2 yard of fabric, price varies, but I paid $3.99 at Jo-Ann Fabrics


Glitter: $1.99 each





So I didn't do out the math of how much it would be per jar all said and done, but I'm guessing its less than $5. Which is awesome for many reasons, but mostly because its homemade, its cheap and its just plain fun!





What sort of homemade gifts have you made this holiday season?




Talk-To-Me Tuesday: Carrot...Fries??

Yes, you read it right! Carrot FRIES!

My son absolutely adores Sweet Potato Fries, and would eat them all day long if they were offered.

So I figured...why not make fries out of another vegetable, say carrots?



They look just like sweet potato fries!

I julienned the carrots, then coated them with canola oil, corn meal, and some spices (I used nutmeg and ginger for these ones) and then baked them for 20 minutes at 425F.

Now..the verdict on these is still out. My son did not like them, but I will definitely try them again, but mix them with some sweet potatoes to maybe pull the wool over his eyes. I will also try them with oregano, basil and rosemary next time!

Talk-To-Me Tuesday: Carrot Pancakes

Lately, I've been wracking my brain about how to get more veggies into my son. He simply just will not eat them...unless they're sweet potato fries.

So...being creative, I wondered if he'd mind carrots grated into his pancakes. Boy oh boy! Did we have a winner here!!


  • 1
    cup all-purpose flour
  • 1
    tablespoon sugar
  • 2
    teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4
    teaspoon salt
  • 1
    beaten egg
  • 1
    cup milk
  • 2
    tablespoons cooking oil
  • 3 large carrots, grated (about 1/2 to 3/4 cup)
Preheat skillet, griddle, frying pan...whatever your cooking method.

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Beat egg with milk and cooking oil, then stir into dry ingredients until combined and not lumpy. Make sure to not overmix.

Mix in carrots.

Cook on your griddle, turning when bubbles pop and don't fill back in.

Serve! I served mine plain, no syrup required!

Yield is about 8-10 pancakes, and they freeze really well in a Ziploc bag! To reheat, simply pop in the toaster!

Whimsical Wednesday: Sweet Treat Bags

Ever find yourself in a pinch and searching for a gift bag? I have an easy peasy solution for you, and one that likely you have the supplies lying around the house for.

Sweet Treat Bags

Materials:
- brown paper bag
- scissors
- patterned paper
- coloured paper
- ink
- stamps
- ribbon


Step 1:
Cut the top edge of your paper bag with fancy scissors, or create your own edging with regular scissors.

Step 2:
Stamp desired stamps with desired ink in a hap-hazard pattern on the front of the bag

Step 3:
Cut and glue patterned and/or solid paper on the bottom 1" to 3" of the bag

Step 4:
Fold over a 1 1/2" lip at the top

Step 5:
Using a standard hole punch, punch a hole through all four layers of the bag on the folded lip

Step 6:
Thread your ribbon though the hole and tie! If you have decorative punches and want to get fancy, punch a few shapes, layer them and glue them on the flap to cover where the hole is punched through the bag.

Viola! Pretty and simple...a sweet treat bag! A great craft for a kids' party, a rainy day or even for cookies to give to friends and family at Christmas time!

Happy crafting!

Talk-To-Me Tuesday: Cheddar Rosemary Muffins

I had a surprise visit from my mom, Aunt and Grandmother last week so when I knew that they were on their way, I whipped up these beauties



Cheddar Rosemary Muffins

Preheat oven to 400F

1 3/4 c flour
1/3 c sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 egg
3/4 c milk
1/4 c oil

mix all of the dry ingredients, then add the cheese. stir to coat. add in rosemary to taste, then mix the wet ingredients in until moist

bake in muffin tin for 18mins then cool, or serve warm with butter!



My son LOVES them for breakfast and they do double duty...he's getting protein, dairy and grains, and the taste is out-of-this-world!

Enjoy!

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Tip Me Tuesday: Fondant on a Cake

This past week, I had a very very important project to work on.

My mission: feed 160(ish) people cake for a wedding...and not just any wedding...but my best friend's wedding, and be a beautiful bridesmaid at the same time!

Here's the cake...




And my gorgeous bff cutting it with her new husband.

So...here are some tips from me to use, when using fondant and making a tiered cake

  • bake your cakes and freeze them a couple of days prior to the event - seal in that freshness and make sure that they'll be stable when you're stacking them!
  • fill and frost, then refrigerate overnight before starting your fondant work
  • internal supports are your friend! For this cake, I used 4 plastic Wilton dowels in the middle tier, and 5 in the bottom tier. Put them in the cake AFTER you've done all of the tiers in fondant and decorated
  • if you're IN the bridal party and doing the cake (who does that!?) have a clear plan for your week (bake and freeze Wednesday, fill and frost Thursday, fondant on the friday)
  • slab cakes are your friend if you have a massive amount of people to feed!

Link up your homemade project with Tip Junkie!!

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Talk-To-Me Tuesday: Mama Szem's Pasta Sauce

So, you may recall a slight obsession that I have for making baby food. Well...it hasn't really stopped and I've been thinking of ways to keep making healthy and awesome foods for my son, but in ways that they are interesting, flavourful, and that can grow with him.

Today, I was asked to post my recipe for pasta sauce. Owen simply LOVES it and if we're ever struggling with him to eat something...we mix some of this in and he gobbles it up!

Mama Szem's Pasta Sauce

2 cans (28oz/796ml) crushed tomatoes

1 can (13oz/369ml) tomato paste

1/2 diced red onion

1 cup shredded carrot (about 2 carrots)

1 cup roasted garlic sweet potato (diced)

1 tbsp each dried oregano, dried basil, garlic powder

2 tsp fine black pepper

In large sauce pan, heat 2tbsp vegetable oil over medium heat. Add onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add other ingredients and turn to medium low. Stir occasionally and simmer for 20 minutes.

Divide into ice cube trays and freeze, then transfer into freezer bags. Use as a dip for veggie snacks, or over pasta and meatballs.


Yield: about 170 cubes!


I'm going to experiment with adding things like lentils (packed with fibre and protein!), quinoa, broccoli, spinach, asparagus and root vegetables in the winter. It's such a fantastic way to work in extra veggies for your kids, and you certainly could even use it on homemade pizza dough for a healthy alternative to pizza!

Another post for another day! Enjoy!

How-To Tuesday: Luscious Lemon Cupcakes

How's your sweet tooth doing today?

This past weekend, I played host to my best friend, her fiance, their son and her mom for her cake tasting, and I thought I'd share one of the recipes with you!

Luscious Lemon Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

Preheat oven to 350F

1 1/3
cups
flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon ground lemon zest
Juice from 1 freshly squeezed lemon


adapted from http://www.food.com/recipe/extra-moist-lemon-cupcakes-124660


Divide into lined muffin pan and bake for 18 minutes, checking for doneness with a toothpick when the timer goes off.

Frost with your favourite vanilla or almond buttercream recipe!



Enjoy! The cake is very delicate and soft, so handle with care and eat immediately!

How-To Tuesday: Roasted Beet Shapes

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Today's post is going to be pretty short and sweet, but is an awesome thing to do with your kiddos for a nutritious snack, and some fun finger foods for your toddler!

Roasted Beet Shapes

Preheat oven to 375F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper

Step 1: Select medium sized beets. I bought a 2 lb bag of them at the grocery store, and used about 6 of them for this, then roasted and pureed the rest separately.

Step 2: Wash and peel the beets. You'll be thankful for an apron for this step! Beets stain...so...you're hands are going to be red red red when you're done!

Step 3: Slice beets about 1/8" thick

Step 4: Use small cookie cutters to cut the slices into shapes. Toss the excess beet pieces into a pot to roast or boil later on (no waste!)

Step 5: Drizzle shapes with olive oil. I also sprinkled them with garlic powder.

Step 6: Roast in the oven for about 10-20minutes, until soft (but not mushy)

Step 7: Allow to cool, and then toss in a Ziploc and into the freezer they go!



Nutritional information:

Vitamin A - 35 IU
Vitamin C - 3.6 mg
Niacin - .33 mg
Folate - 80 mcg
Pantothenic Acid - .14 mg
Vitamin B6 - .06 mg
Potassium - 305 mg
Sodium - 77 mg
Calcium - 16 mg
Phosphorus - 38 mg
Magnesium - 23 mg
Iron - .79 mg

Did you know? 2 medium beets contain 2 grams of fibre?! Great for constipated babies!

Reviews from my son have been nothing short of amazing! He loves his beet shapes (though the cookie cutters I used were a little large, so I dice up 3 shapes and he goes to town) and often they're the first thing gone from his tray these days.

Just a tip: unless you're down with poopy diapers, I don't recommend giving beets every day, or multiple times a day. You'll thank me later.

How-To Tuesday: Dad's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Good morning one and all!

I was having one of those days the other day where I missed my Dad. Usually when that happens, I reach for the nearest can of Coca-Cola (his favourite) or have a sudden urge to bake chocolate chip cookies.

Not just any chocolate chip cookies, but his chocolate chip cookies. He always used the same recipe from the Purity Cookbook, and it's the recipe that I used for our wedding favours, when I'm feeling like I need a warm hug from my Dad, and the one that I will use to bake cookies on rainy days with my kiddo.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preheat oven to 350.

Lightly grease a baking sheet, or line with parchment paper

Mix dry ingredients...
1 c. flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Add in...
1/2 c. granulated white sugar
1/4 c. lightly packed brown sugar

Then...
1/2 c. butter or margarine

Beat in...
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla

Fold in
1.c(6 oz package) chocolate chips
Drop batter from a teaspoon about 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheet. Bake for 11 minutes until golden brown and slightly crispy.

They make really great ice cream sandwiches too!

How-To Tuesday: Monster Easter Basket

Well...it's that time of year when Easter is upon us! Last week, I went scouting for an Easter basket for me son.

I found alot of purple, green, yellow and pink...a few blue, but even the blue ones were sort of girly. So, I decided to make it a little DIY project!

Supplies:
Brown (or white, depending on your preference) basket with handles
Ribbon of your choice
3" Circle punch
White cardstock
Acid Free Ink in a colour that coordinates with the ribbon
Letter stamp with your child's initial
Goodies to put in the basket

Step 1:










Punch circle out of cardstock, and stamp child's initial on circle

Step 2:









Weave ribbon through the top edge of the basket, wrapping twice around the bases of the handle

Step 3:










Tie ends together. Punch hole through 3" circle and tie onto centre of basket ribbon.

Step 4:









Tie basket ribbon into a bow

Step 5:









Fill with Monster sized goodies! For us, A super cute monster, bubble wand for the summer, corn puffs, and a great little wagon with letter blocks in it (a $5 steal at Wal-Mart!) We also found a huge (3') stuffed elephant, and he went wild over it in the store...so it made its way home with us as well!

Happy Easter!

How-To Tuesday: Healthy Granola Bars

Good morning everyone! Well...YouTube is being incredibly slow lately, so How-To videos are on hold a bit. Today's How-To was going to take approximately 376 minutes to upload, and failed plenty of times to make me want to give up. However, the recipe is just TOO good not to share with you all! I made these granola bars two weeks ago before my crazy insane week with the 3tier cake began, and they were a lifesaver! For all of you busy moms, they make a perfect (and super healthy) breakfast or snack. For you moms with young children, they are perfect to get your kiddos to help in the kitchen! For moms with toddlers who are experienced with finger foods, chop them into sticks and they make a yummy and healthy snack (wait until 12mo+ though, as they have honey in them) Healthy Granola Bars Preheat oven to 350F Mash 3 ripe bananas in a large bowl Mix in: 2 cups trail mix (I used 1/2 cup coconut, 1 cup sunflower seeds, 1/2 toasted almonds. Use your favourites!) 2 cups rolled oats (or steel oats for added nutritional value!) 1 egg 2 tbsp honey (I used Clovermead...if you're in the SWOntario area, stop by! They're amazing!) Optional: 1/3 cup chocolate chips (I didn't put them in mine, but it'd be oh-so-yummy with them!) Mix everything together really well, then press into a 12x9 greased (or parchment lined) bar pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until edges are golden brown and crispy (I baked for about 25mins) Cool, and cut into bars! They're super tasty frozen, and make for a really great breakfast on the go! Try adding pumpkin seeds, soy nuts, sesame seeds or cranberries for added yumminess!

MOMpreneur Monday: Nikki In Stitches...GIVEAWAY!

Welcome back to Sweet Stella's! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!


Today, I am so incredibly, very excited! Not only is this MOMpreneur a wonderful one (and one of my favourites), there's a GIVEAWAY of amazing proportions at the end!



What do you do?


My name is Nikki McGonigal and I am the crafter/writer behind Nikki, In Stitches. I design, create, and provide instructions for craft projects from all mediums; from knitting and sewing, to cardmaking and home decor, and everything in between. I sell kits to go along with many of my projects, and just started selling patterns for my original designs.



I have a passion for teaching my readers new skills and techniques. I enjoy encouraging them to try something new. And I love when we embark on a craft project together, and learn alongside each other.


After many requests from readers, I have just opened my Etsy shop where I sell a few finished products. This gives me an opportunity to showcase my sewing skills, which is my favorite of all crafty mediums I dabble in!



Why do you love it?


There are so many reasons why I love what I do. It gives me the opportunity to stay home with my two babies, and there's no place I'd rather be. Before becoming a mommy, I was a teacher, so crafting and blogging allows me to still fill that need. But really, I don't think I have a choice but to love it...it's in my genes. My mother was a crafter. My grandmother was a crafter. I grew up working alongside them, and those memories are the ones that I look back on most fondly.



What advice do you have for other MOMpreneurs?


What works for me may not work for every MOMpreneur, but what I have found is the best way to work from home with my little ones thrown into the mix, is to incorporate them as much as possible. My son, 3, is my assistant for every project I work on. When I gather supplies for what we will be doing the next day, I make sure to include things that are safe for him to work with. He sits next to me, we talk and joke as we work and often times I am surprised at the ideas he comes up with...and you'd be surprised at how often they are actually used in the final product! I'm not sure if creativity is passed down or learned from the environment we grow up in, but either way, he's off to a great start, and I love having him as my partner!


Amazing advice Nikki, and beautiful products!!


Now onto the GIVEAWAY portion for today! Nikki has generously donated a $25 credit toward her Etsy store!


How to enter:



MANDATORY ENTRY:


Go to Nikki In Stiches on Etsy, and comment here what you would spend your $25 credit on!



Bonus Entries:

1) Become a fan of Nikki In Stitches on facebook; comment here that you're her newest fan!


2) Become a follower of @NikkiInStitches on Twitter; comment here that you're a follower!


3) Become a fan of Sweet Stella's on facebook; comment here that you are!


4) Enter the Sweet Stella's fanpage giveaway; comment here that you have!


5) Stop by Nikki In Stitches' website, and comment here with your favourite pattern!


6) Become a follower or subscriber of the Nikki In Stitches blog!

**Don't forget to put your email address on your entries so we can contact you when you win!!**


A Winner will be announced on FRIDAY at 9am EST!


Good luck!

How-To Tuesday and Whimsical Wednesday: Chocolate Skor Cake

My apologies for a two-in-one post, highly unlike me! However, I've come down with a head cold, likely due to burning the candle at all ends!

Thankfully, today's post is absolutely DELISH!


Chocolate Skor Cake

Use your favourite chocolate cake recipe (boxed or scratch) for this. It will taste amazing no matter what recipe you use as long as it's your favourite!

Once cake is completely cooled (I like to cool the cake, then wrap in plastic wrap and further cool overnight in the fridge), place one cake on your chosen cake plate.

Fill will chocolate buttercream.

Option #1: top buttercream with crushed Skor bars



Place second cake layer on top, frosting then entire cake with chocolate buttercream.

Option #2: top outer edge of cake with crushed Skor bars



Wipe the edges of your cake plate clean, and serve with a smile!

I did say this was delish, right??

Some fun facts about chocolate:

- chocolate contains antioxidants that help prevent cancer and heart disease

- The Swiss eat the most chocolate every year...nearly 19lbs per person!

- the first chocolate bar was produced in 1842 by Cadbury...now makers of the ever delicious Mini Eggs and Creme Eggs!


How-To Tuesday: Cupid Kisses

Gosh...good afternoon!

Sorry I'm a little tardy with today's How-To, but I've been to the gym and grocery store, and finally have a few minutes to sit down and write.


Cupid Kisses

Supplies:




one 4 1/4"x2" piece of cardstock (pink, red, white, purple...whichever you'd like!)
coordinating patterned paper
1" paper punch
stamps
ink
pop dots
scrapbooking glue
double sided scrapbooking tape
paper trimmer
one container of Tic-Tac mints
one 6" piece of ribbon (pink, red, white, purple...whichever you'd like!)

Step 1:

Round the edges of the cardstock, and score a 1/2" spine in the centre of the cardstock

Steps 2 and 3:

Using the circle paper punch, punch a circle in the lower left hand corner of the front flap. Next, glue down your length of ribbon above the punched circle on your cardstock.




Step 4:

Stamp your sentiment above the ribbon



Step 5, 6 and 7:

Punch out three circles of coordinating paper, and one circle of the cardstock (you will also use the circle that was punched out of the front flap in this step). Stamp flowers/hearts/your choice of stamp on the cardstock circles.

For the front flap, layer two coordinating paper circles with a cardstock circle on top. Affix to the front flap using a pop dot.

For the Tic-Tacs, layer one cardstock circle on one coordinating paper circle. Cover the Tic-Tac label with a strip of coordinating paper, using scrapbooking glue to hold it in place. Glue the stamped image on the front of the Tic-Tacs. Attach the Tic-Tacs to the back flap with double sided scrapbooking tape.



Step 8:

Tie the ribbon and give to your Valentine!


Happy Valentine's Day!