Vinyl dahlia-covered Fridge

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Now that this project is done, I’ll go back a few months and finally(!) post pictures of the fridge and fascias I did over the summer of 2013 (sounds so long ago, huh?).

Vinyl dahlia covered fridge

This was the 2nd project I did in the kitchen (used the Silhouette Cameo) after putting up a quote on the fascia, just above the sink and stove (used the Cricut Machine for this one). A similar shot of the fridge was posted on Pinterest (I pinned it there first cuz I was just excited to share but didn’t have time to do an actual post until now). Better late than never, I say. 🙂

The inspiration of “vinylizing” the fridge came from Pinterest. I saw various design and knew I wanted something BIG. I decided on dahlias because they’re graphically clean as silhouettes besides being pretty. So instead of having this…

Plain fridge

I plastered dark gray vinyl dahlias instead…

Vinyl dahlia

One after another…

Vinyl dahlia

 

Vinyl dahlia

 

Vinyl dahlia

 

One thing I hate about installing vinyl—especially large sections—are the bubbles I get. I’ve gotten better and haven’t had as much bubbles as the ones shown here.

Vinyl air bubbles

 

I wanted more vinyl on the other fascia but didn’t want it to compete with the fridge and quote.

Good food, good meat, good Lord, let's eat!

 

I did a test cut of the design to see how the burgundy vinyl looked against the red color. It was perfect!
I wanted a watermark effect—something subtle—but still noticeable.

Burgundy vinyl on red paint

 

I had Alex draw the birds for me while I did the swirly vines.

Bird and swirl layout

 

I printed out the “tiled” design at 100% and taped them together to make sure the design was the right size for the fascia.

Bird and swirly vine layout

 

After I gave myself the OK, off I went to my studio to begin the cutting process.

Vinyl cutout

 

Taping the vinyl on the fascia, along with a print out of the design makes sure I’m installing the right vinyl on the right section.

Vinyl birds and swirly vines

 

Vinyl bird installation

 

Vinyl bird installation

 

Vinyl bird installation

 

Vinyl bird installation

 

With that out of the way, I have another project in the works for this wall. 🙂

6 quotes on wall

 

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Luau Themed Invitations and Sweets Table

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Double post coming your way.

First of….

After being asked by Kannitha to create 75 luau themed housewarming invitations (back in December) I knew I had work cut out for me.

 

Luau Invitation

 

Luckily, the Life is a Beach cartridge from Cricut had graphics that fit the theme. A hula girl, piña colada, palm trees, Hawaiian flowers, a funky font amongst other things worked pretty well for what I had in mind.

 

Luau Invitation

 

The layered waves was a challenge to cut from the Cricut machine not only because of the small size and curves of the waves but both the knife and sticky mat wore out too quickly, in my opinion. After wasting a reasonably amount of paper, I ended doing 150 light and dark blue waves. So worth the effort!

 

Luau Invitation

 

To give some depth to the palm tree, I used small pieces of foam tape just under the leaves. I grabbed a screen shot of a pattern from My Memories Suite and used that along with their monogram on the hut as well. I thought it came out cute!

 

Luau Invitation

 

 

Luau Invitation

 

An added surprise was having Aloha printed on the front of the envelopes as a teaser of what was to come.

 

Aloha Envelopes

 

Second…

The grass table skirt used as the background from the photos above were used for the sweets table I planned on giving as a housewarming gift.

The cartridge, Ribbons and Rosettes (again from Cricut), was from Michael’s Buy 2, Get 1 Free special.

Ugh! Don’t you hate those type of deals? Of course, I couldn’t resist cuz:

  1. the cartridges were on a good sale price and
  2. the 3rd item was free

It’s my weakness.

So…….I had these ideas swimming in my head a week or so before the event and it was only last Monday (Feb. 6) when I started to get the ball rolling.

Never.

Do it.

Within a week.

That’s all I’m saying.

It was a lot of work, a lot of paper and hot glue making these rosettes and banner but definitely worth it. I couldn’t have done it without my trusted assistant.

 

12 handmade paper rosettes and Aloha Banner

 

What better way to make it personal by adding their monogram on the rosette?
🙂

 

Close-up of M&K monogram

 

With all that cuttin’ and a-gluin’ done, a dry run of the table set-up is a must. The containers used on the table were:

  • 8″x10″ acrylic photo frame (orange box)
  • 11″x14″ acrylic photo frame (blue, green and black box)
  • 3 goblets
  • 16″x24″ glass cutting board (Salvation Army)
  • Large and small cake stands (Salvation Army)
  • 12″ round cake plate (Salvation Army, not pictured)

As you can tell, I love going to Salvation Army to look for hidden treasures on the cheap! I had my daughter, Alexandra, glue the flowers together that went on the rims of both cake stands.  Thanks, AJ!

 

Dry run of sweets table set-up

 

Brown craft paper was used as the background and hung on a couple of banner stands. The rosettes were simply hung using monofilament (fishing line).

 

Background

 

I think the largest rosette (with the hula girl) measured 15″ in diameter and the smallest measuring 4″.

 

Rosettes close-up1

 

 

Rosettes close-up2

 

Ok.

Now for the yummy part.

These Chocolate Covered Marshmallows On A Stick with Crushed Blue and Green M&M’s were super easy to make.

And so were the Oreo Truffle Balls.

 

Marshmallows on a stick and Oreo Truffle Balls

 

These White Chocolate Covered Pretzels were sprinkled with red, orange and yellow Wilton sugars.

Again, super easy to do.

 

White Chocolate Covered Pretzels

 

The glass cutting board was just too plain looking and needed a border to jazz it up a bit. The hula girl was extra and worked perfect for this.

And, yeah….those are Créme Brulée-filled Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache topped with a swirly design of white nonpareils. Mini versions of the marshmallows were used as fillers.

 

Créme Brulée Cupcakes and Mini Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

 

 

Cupcake Topview

 

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, more Oreo Truffle Balls annnnnnnd (one of my favorite desserts)…Yellow Cake with Whipped Cream and Strawberries (tons of it!) finished the sweets table. The only thing I was not able to do were the dessert labels. Oh, well. Maybe next time.

 

Red Velvet Cupcakes, Oreo Truffle Balls and Strawberry Cake with Fresh Whipped Cream

 

And there you have it!

 

Sweets Table Set-up

 

As a side note, the Strawberry Cake did not photograph well (night time shot) so here’s a few taken in the morning. Ain’t it purty?!?

 

Close-up of Strawberries and Cream Cake

 

The cake plate was from SalArmy.

Love the design, low profile and price!.

 

Close-up of Strawberries and Cream Cake2

 

Head on over here if  you want to see more pictures of how this cake was made 3x within a matter of weeks.

Sooooo good!

 

Close-up of Strawberries and Cream Cake3

 

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Valentine’s Day Cupcake Box Giveaway

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This Giveaway is now closed!

Thanks to all for participating!

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February…already?

What happened to January?

Before this month goes by here’s a sweet treat for you to give to that someone special.

Or keep it to yourself!

 

Hearts

 

Since I didn’t have the time to do a December giveaway, thought I’d make it up this month in hopes of making one of you folks happy.

The lids have mini red glittery hearts set on foam tape for that 3D effect and mini silver circles in-between the scallop border.

 

Cupcake box

 

The same lid template was used for the giveaway I had back in October but with a twist.

I was able to incorporate/weld Valentine related graphics from my Cricut cartridge collection, messed around with it and came up with…

not one…

 

I love you box top design

 

…but 2 additional lid designs.

 

Cupcake containers with cupcake inserts

 

So much fun!

The only downside of owning the Cricut is not being able to do your own thang.

And believe you me, I looked at the behind the scenes *code* and was not successful.

Anywho…

The “Hearts”…”I love you”….and “Love bug” design also has the bling factor.

I backed the lid with an acetate film just in case any glittery glob falls through.

 

Valentine's Day Cover Design

 

And, yes, the kit comes with cupcake toppers.

 

Love cupcake topper

 

12 of ’em.

… 6 hearts and 6 LVE designs.

(note to self: talk to photographer (Hey, Boo!) why the shimmery-ness of toppers didn’t show thru in these photogs)

 

Hearts and Love  cupcake toppers

 

 

Cupcake box

 

 

Lovebug topper

 

The Sweetheart package comes with 3 ready-to-assemble kits*

  • cupcake boxes
  • cupcake lids:
    • I love you
    • Love bug
    • Hearts
  • cupcake inserts
  • 12 cupcake toppers
  • Instructions

* Cupcakes not included

 

Valentine collage

 

How to enter:

  • Leave a comment below with the pet name of your beloved
  • You must include an email address or blog link with your comment so I can contact you if you win
  • Open to the 48 contiguous United States only
  • Giveaway ends February 5th at 6pm CST
  • Winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on Sunday, February 5th at 7:00pm CST

Good luck, sweetie!

 

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Shout out to Marilyn for guiding me to use the right glue (Zig glue)
and to my Boo, for taking pictures of these puppies. 🙂

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