Edible Sequins & Gumpaste Flowers Wedding Cake

When my sister mentioned doing an inspiration wedding shoot for fun I wasn’t sure what to expect.  She worked with a ton of local vendors to create this lovely wedding shoot and I got to create whatever I wanted within the overall theme.  Check out the FULL shoot at Chelsea Peterson Photography!  It’s completely gorgeous!

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I was giving the colors, the florist picked the flowers and I decided I wanted to try edible sequins!   The cake design came together easily after that.  It’s so fun to be able to design a full wedding cake myself to show off what I can really do!  If you follow me on Pinterest you’ve probably seen all the great metallic cakes I’ve been pinning like mad!

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A great time to experiment with new ideas, like edible sequins! I tried about 4 different techniques experimenting trying to create the look I was going for! I am so so SO happy with the final look!  Next week I’ll share a tutorial sharing what did and did NOT work for me to, so you can try it for yourself.

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I used the DRESS (holy gorgeous) as inspiration for the cake. It’s a blush Maggie Sottero dress with lace and BLING, so I wanted to bring that to the cake.  I used cake stencils with royal icing to add some bright white details over the blush layer, flowy and lacy without being a full lace layer.

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And of course the FLOWERS!!!!  Peony’s, Ranunculus and Dahlia’s were the flowers the florist was trying to get so that’s what I made for the cake.  I made 4 of each, so 12 in all!  I was nervous people wouldn’t know what they were, but it sure was fun to make them all!  But SO time consuming, I don’t think I slept for 3 nights straight.

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I’ll link to the tutorials once I have them up!  I am so so SO happy with how they all turned out!  We had two break on the way over, but that’s why I made so many!  Extra’s and back ups are a necessity.  At the last min I decided to add some fondant leaves on green covered wires.  I had never done that before but I felt it needed something and I’m so happy I did!

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Cakes like this are a dream to make, and I love how fun and unique wedding cakes can be!  How about you?  I wish I could get married again, I tease my husband, who HATES parties and social events of all kinds, that he’s going to have to suck it up and pretend to enjoy an anniversary party at some point cause I want to have the large cake and big dress again!

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And of course the obligatory “this is really a cake” picture.  These models did an amazing job, check out how great they look together after just knowing each other for just 30 mins!  My husband and I have been together for almost 14 years and I don’t think he looks at me as lovingly, certainly not for a picture!

My Craft Channel episode

I have always wanted to be on TV, in fact to this day I wouldn’t say no to my own show… But for some reason I don’t think the Food Network has much need for a show about a one woman cake business done in my small basement kitchen at midnight when my kids are asleep… But hey, if you guys want to see it I’m all for it!

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So when the chance came to film an episode of My Craft Studio I jumped at the chance! I was SO nervous, and it went so fast! But it was super fun and I’d do it again in a heartbeat~ So who wants to give me my own show?? HA!
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Crochet Baby Shell Beanie Pattern & extra large flower

I made this Shell beanie for my new baby niece. My sister is planning on taking monthly picture with this hat for the first year, so I’ll add a few rows over the year! Here is how it started!

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Here is her one month pictures (and isn’t my sister GORGEOUS!) you can follow every month on my sisters photography blog!
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Lit up canvas wall decor- Elmers look for less

A few months ago I got to work with the wonderful people at Elmer’s and throw a craft party! We had a BLAST! Then last month they invited me to participate in a “look for less” challenge. I was so excited, I had a hard time narrowing down the “look” I wanted to create my own version of. But I finally found something (on Pinterest of course).

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I fell in LOVE with these pieces by Valerie Boy (as seen on Apartment Therapy). My version… and Valerie-Boy’s.  Her’s is made of powdered metal cut and bent, mine is Canvas, paint and lights! Her’s cost an arm and a leg (and a first born) and mine was a grand total of $25!
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Cascading Wild Rose Wedding Cake

Last week my sweet cousin got married. I’m the oldest of the cousins in my family, and I used to take care of her when we were younger! It’s crazy that she’s old enough to get married! And she made a beautiful bride. When she got engaged I offered to make her cake as my gift (which I do for all my cousins, and husbands cousins although they don’t all take me up on it).

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She came over for dinner with her fiancee and mom to talk about the cake design. She had a few inspirational photo’s of her own, and then I pulled out the laptop and showed her my Cake Pinterest board. She wanted to go with all white, and we also wanted the cake that was inspired by her gorgeous dress.
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Elmers Craft and Tell Party and Giveaway

Remember last week when I invited your readers to come to my house for a Craft and Tell party with Elmers?  Well I threw it last Friday and we had SUCH a fun time.  Friday is not the best night to throw a party, I know, but it was the night my husband could easily watch the kiddo’s so I could have fun.  We ended up with three last min cancellations so it we had a small group.  But actually the small group was nice.  We could all fit at one table and craft, talk and eat together.  We all had a GREAT time!

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Here is most of our group: Jenn, Amy, Melissa (who I got almost all of these picture from since I totally forgot to TAKE pictures once we started!), me and Sarah (Leanne TOOK this picture, but if you scroll down you can see the same picture with her in it!)

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Here is the table when we first started!  CRAZY amounts of AMAZING craft supplies from Elmers!  Fabric glue, Tacky Glue, glue spots, picture corners, tape runners, retractable blades, AMAZING (and pretty pink) thick cutting mats, paint markers, gel pens, etc….  Just incredible the amount of supplies!

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We all got to work!  We each brought our own projects to make.  Paper, fabric, yarn, glitter, wooden boards, letters, folders, etc…

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I spent the day making my favorite treats.  Oreo balls, Cheese Ball, Chili Con Queso, Homemade salsa, Creamy Jalapeno Dip, Lemon Sour Cream Pie and Truffles I won from Utah Truffles!

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Amy decorted lettering with paper, ribbons, etc…  and then she created some file folders, Melissa HAND cut this letter F, as well as a gorgeous paper flourish. Don’t forget to check out Leanne’s amazing July Wreath!

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I started with some heels I’ve owned for a few years now.  I LOVE these shoes, the bows on the side…  Just lovely, but I don’t wear them very often because of the color.  I decided these shoes needed some… bling!  So using the fabric paint I glittered my shoes up!  I also took my favorite pair of suede heels along with a suede skirt I bought at the thrift store and created flowers and bows to adorn them with.  I’m just waiting for some shoe clips to finish them up.  I’ll show them to you soon!

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And the group again, this time with Leanne!  Jenn, Amy, Leanne, me and Sarah (with Melissa taking the picture this time!)

Everyone went home with finished and half finished crafts, as well as a ton of new supplies!  The party was a HIT, and we stayed up WAY late gabbing and talking.  I’m thinking I need to start a quarterly craft night.  Let me know if your interested!  It was too much fun not to repeat it again and again and again!

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For those of you who couldn’t make it Elmer’s is adding to their amazing generosity!  I have TWO gift prize packs to give away (you must be a US resident, sorry!)

Each of the prize packs include:

  • 3  X-ACTO Retract-a-Blade knives
  • 3  CraftBond Extra Strength Glue Sticks
  • 3  CraftBond Tape Runners
  • 3 Mini Bi-fold 9×12 Foam Board packs
  • 1 Painters Markers pack
  • 1 X-ACTO Decorative Edge Scissors pack
  • 1 Circle Cutter
  • 1 X-ACTO Self-Healing Mat
  • 1 Glue Dots pack
  • 2 Photo Corners packs (various colors)
  • 1 Gel Pens pack
  • 1 Tacky Glue bottle

Just leave a comment letting me know what Elmers product you like to use!  If your interested you can follow Elmers on Twitter, on Facebook and X-acto on Facebook.  But these are just for your own interest, not to enter the giveaway!  Just a single comment is enough to enter, I’m not pushing any other requirements!

I’ll pick a winner next Wednesday the 6th!