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Updated: 2018-03-05T11:46:35.539-08:00


Yet another use for the mini cupcake box - Christmas cake pops!


Hey all! As promised here is another way to gift the mini cupcake box from the previous post. Here, I just used acetate for the top and some fun paper for the bottom,filled with cake pops, wrapped with a bow, and done! Well, except for the cake part pop. That took a little more effort. :)The candy cane cake pop was super easy, and is my favorite to eat...The hot cocoa cake pop was another fun one. (just make the mug handle and marshmallows out of white candy melts)And are those lumps of coal? I worried about giving these away because of what it might suggest to those I gave it to...The snowman was just a white cake pop with edible marker drawn on.Pretty fun to make and give away.In case you didn't get the file last time, here is the version without the opening at the top. I've also included a wrap to go around the box in case you want to use that instead of a cupcake box without opening or insert - .svgMerry Christmas!!![...]

Christmas box file plus reindeer card


I finally found some time to put together some goodies for Christmas and wanted to share. I know I said I wasn't planning on getting a new cricut any time soon...but with the Explore, I found that I could not only use all the files I had previously made, but I could also use the score tool or a pen at the same time as cutting. Oh, man...I haven't been so excited about a piece of equipment for a very long time. And when hubby found out that it can cut more precisely at smaller sizes, he actually thought it might be a good investment (for those following my husband's interests, he is making a San Diego lego temple and he wanted me to cut vinyl in very small letters to put on his legos). 

So...long story short, I'm getting an Explore for Christmas!!! And I'm using it before the big day. :) I have quite a few box files that needed a little update with score lines and writing, so as I use them again, I will update them. This time around, I am using the mini cupcake box without the insert. The link for the svg with score lines is below.

I also have another use for these...which I will show you in another day or two. These are exciting times for me! Baking and crafting are passions of mine and I haven't had much time to do either during the last few years. Hope you can use these ideas and enjoy it as much as I have!

Mini cupcake box without insert (with score lines) - .svg

Reindeer card - .svg (Yes, I got the idea for this from the cricut design space website)
Happy Holiday words - .svg

Cake Pop Box SVG (5-6) New file online


Once again I have to apologize for my tardiness in answering some comments. I've learned that many people want to access the Cake Pop Box svg but the stinking 4shared account prevented people from getting it. I have updated the link to a MediaFire link and have provided it here too for all those who want it.

Stenciled chocolate wrap black forest cake


I do NOT own a cricut cake machine. I got my expression years ago with SCAL and do not intend to buy anything else for years to come. So, I don't explore much with fondant plus cricut. However, that doesn't mean you can't use the regular cricut for cakes. I recently learned a new technique called chocolate wrapping. There is an excellent tutorial here: Julia Usher Stenciled Chocolate Cake WrapsShe uses a beautiful stencil for her cake. I was inspired to try this because she made it look so easy. And actually, it wasn't so bad! And you can make your own stencils! Give this technique a try...everyone will be so impressed! This is particularly good for those of you who don't know how to pipe.I needed to make a cake for a friend from church whose husband was finishing his internship at a physical therapy clinic. She wanted the logo for the company on the cake that said thank you. Besides that, she gave me free reign. I thought having the logo on the top with "Thank You" would look tacky. Enter new technique.I loved the way it turned out. That being said, I could have used better white chocolate, but I used what I had on hand. I used Hershey's special dark chocolate chips for the rest of the chocolate wrap, and it was delicious! I also used a new mousse recipe I found online (mousse recipe here) for the middle and italian meringue buttercream for the frosting (delicious recipe here and tutorial here). The chocolate cake recipe is a doctored cake mix (found here). Cherry pie filling went on top. I love black forest cakes. Particularly with some type of dark chocolate ganache or the chocolate wrap here. It is decadent and fancy - perfect for parties where you want to impress.So, how did I use the cricut? I created a .svg with the logo repeated on acetate for the length I needed and another stencil for the Thank You!. Then I cut more acetate the exact size I wanted for the height with a little extra to go around, per Julia's instructions. I layered the acetate stencil over the acetate base and applied melted white chocolate. After it hardened in the fridge, I added my dark chocolate over the white and put in the fridge until not liquid, but still flexible. Then I wrapped the cake with the acetate and put back in the fridge to harden completely overnight. The next day, I took off the acetate and cut off the excess chocolate in the back. And here's the result!I bought my acetate online at You can find the kind I bought here. I know it's not food acetate, but I'm not selling my cakes and I just washed it to make sure it was ok. I also use the acetate for other things (boxes really), so I had this on hand. I might look into food acetate if I do this technique enough...and some great stencils.Hope you give this a try! I'm so glad I did.[...]



Hey all!

Yes, I've been MIA for a while. Sorry!

I've been getting a few comments regarding how to download my files. I really want for people to be able to access them (for free!), but it appears that 4shared is now a horrible and ridiculous way to file share. I'm not sure why that is, but I am now in process of transferring my files to MediaFire in hopes that this will be a better way to share with you.

I don't have time to individually go through right now and switch each blog posts' links to the new ones, so I'm providing links here to the boxes and other svgs so that you can access them fairly easily. I hope this helps!

Boxes on MediaFire:: Boxes
Other SVGs on MediaFire: 2D SVGs
Other file types on MediaFire: Other Files

Winner of the Experiment


The results for my online experiment are in! The winner of the Amazon gift card is:


To claim your prize, please email where a 3rd party will verify your confirmation number (hopefully you saved a screenshot, but if not, email anyway and we'll figure out a way to verify) and will send you (via email) the gift card!

Thanks again to all who participated! 

Have a great night!


Chance to win a $30.00 Amazon gift card!


Hi everybody!

I have an online experiment for my PhD program and I need to get responses! It will only take about five minutes. You will receive instructions regarding the gift card at the link below. Thanks so much in advance for taking the time to participate! My followers rock!

When I have enough participants, I will close the survey and take off this link. I will shortly thereafter announce the winner of the gift card!

Happy Holidays!!!

UPDATE: 11/28/13
Thanks to all who participated! The link is now closed and I will announce the winner of the gift card within a few days. Happy Thanksgiving!

Dinosaur Hat Crochet Pattern (Free!)


My little 3-year-old was adamant about being a dinosaur this Halloween, only we didn't have a costume and we didn't want to go buy one. For our ward trunk or treat party, we put some spikes on a green jacket and called it good, but I felt bad that he had such a sorry costume to wear. Well, over the weekend, he wasn't feeling so good and on Sunday I ended up having to stay home with the little sicky-poo, so I decided I would crochet him up a little hat to wear while we snuggled on the couch. (We found out today he had two ear infections! Poor little guy!) Here he is with his new dino spike hat - all ready for Halloween!This was a quick project. I've included the instructions below in case anyone else needs a last minute Halloween costume as well. This hat fits 2-4 year olds well.Materials:Two colors yarn (you don't need much)J HookDarning NeedleAnd scissors o'course!HatRound 1: 12 HDC in magic circle (12)Round 2: 1 HDC, 2 HDC in same stitch, repeat through round (18)Round 3: 1 HDC, 1 HDC, 2 HDC in same stitch, repeat through round (24)change colorRound 4: 1 HDC in next 3 stitches, 2 HDC in same stitch, repeat through round (30)Round 5: 1 HDC in next 4 stitches, 2 HDC in same stitch, repeat through round (36)Round 6: 1 HDC in next 5 stitches, 2HDC in same stitch, repeat through round (42)change colorRound 7: 1 HDC in next 20 stitches, 2 HDC in same stitch, repeat (44)Round 8: 1 HDC in each stitch (44)Rounds 9-18: Repeat round 8 (44) making sure to change color after every third round.SC around the hat in desired color. (Whoops, still need to do that - not in pic!)Fasten offScalesRound 1: 3 SC in magic circle (3)Round 2: 1 SC in next 2 stitches, 2 SC in next stitch (4)Round 3: 1 SC, 2 SC in next stitch, repeat x 1 (6)Round 4: 1 SC, 2 SC in next stitch, repeat x 2  (9)Round 5: 1 SC in next 2 stitches, 2 SC in next stitch, repeat x 2 (12)Round 6: 1 SC in next 3 stitches, 2 SC in next stitch, repeat x 2 (15)Round 7: 1 SC in next 4 stitches, 2 SC in next stitch, repeat x 2 (18)Round 8: 1 SC in next 5 stitches, 2 SC in next stitch, repeat x 2 (21)Rounds 9 – 10: 1 SC in each stitch (21)Fasten off and leave tail for sewing on to hat. Make two of each color.Starting at the back of the hat (where the color change is), join one of the scales using your preferred method (I just use a darning needle and slip stitch). Alternate colors and join the rest of the scales in a similar fashion.Once complete, take lots of pictures, cuz you're gonna love the way it looks on your little one![...]

Free svg - thank you!!!


Happy Fall everyone!!!***UPDATE***I've gotten some feedback that:1. the requirements are too high to get this file, and2. people don't want to send out email addresses.Both of which I completely understand!Apologies for those of you who have already jumped through so many hoops! You are stellar!!!I'm changing my approach, because I never wanted to make my blog be "work" for others...the whole point of sharing my svg's is to aid you in your quest for new and fun ways to give!So see below to find out how much easier you can give this box away to friends and family!***END OF UPDATE***Tis the season to be thankful…and I’m thankful for you! Yes, YOU! You fellow bloggers and crafters, commenters and laughterers. J I know I’m not around much anymore and I don’t have a ton of time to create new stuff to share, but I appreciate that I have so many followers and visitors given the amount I blog these days. I also really, REALLY appreciate all the nice comments that make me feel good about sharing my work. I think your comments are what really keep me motivated to post what I make.So, as a token of my appreciation for your comments, I have made this svg for YOU. Thanks again to all of you for taking the time to view and comment on my little  and very humble blog! My very best to all of you this season!If you want to download, please do...the link is below...just leave a little comment for me so I can get enjoyment out of knowing I helped someone out! Pointy Box All Pieces - svgPointy Box Top and Bottom - svgPointy Box Scoring Lines - svgPointy Box Frame for Top - svg[...]

Cake Pop Stand and Salted Caramel and Chocolate Cake Pops


Well, time is flying by for us. I can't believe I'm going on semester four out of five! Wahoo!!! Before school starts though, we have an accounting party tomorrow for the faculty and PhD students and their families. It's a potluck and I gave them the option of honey lime chicken enchiladas or cake pops. Guess what they picked? :) My hubby made me this beautiful cake pop stand out of Corian. I LOVE IT!!! Can you say nonporous, sturdy, easy to clean, elegant, and perfect? (not to mention heavy) He will also be making me some that will hold cake pops as I decorate them. This one is for transportation and display. We thought about selling this little beauty, but it is rather heavy, and would probably be fairly expensive as Corian is expensive...but for the serious cake popper, this is awesome!!! I'm still contemplating whether I want an ogee edging, handles, and possibly putting on some vinyl for beautification (not that it needs it - love it Jar!). Anybody know the market for something like this? On another note...I got an awesome salted caramel frosting recipe I found on pinterest that you can find here. It is heavenly in a chocolate cake pop with a little of the extra salted caramel, drizzled chocolate, and toasted almonds on top! It's my new absolute favorite cake pop combination. And though the frosting is probably too thin for decorating a cake with anything but a layer of frosting, it was perfect for these little concoctions. The cake pop held together beautifully...much better than the chocolate with chocolate frosting ones I also did (which you can see below). I also decided to make red velvet with cream cheese frosting. I really enjoy these ones too. Very nice flavor...just not my fave since good old salted caramel frosting came around. And of course, I couldn't make cake pops and not create some little animals from them. I just can't resist! All of these little guys are chocolate with chocolate frosting. I figure the little kids will be happiest with that flavor combo (or lack of combo). The hedgehog eyes are just pearls. I wrote with edible marker on them with my markers that I LOVE! I bought them at least four months ago and used a number of times with great results. For the turtles, I mixed some various colors of melts (red, white, and chocolate) and dipped some pretzel stick pieces in it. Then after I covered the cake pop in green, I set it on top of four of the pretzels and then stuck in one more for the head while it was still wet. I got the cute little eyes for my birdies from a cake and candy store I have fallen in love with since we moved to Pittsburgh. It's called Sugar and Spice and it's located in West Mifflin. For as long as we're here, this will be my only candy supply store from now on! They carry Merck's chocolate (which kicks Wilton's backside any day of the week). On top of that, just about everything they sell is way cheaper than Michael's or even Wal-Mart. If you're in the area, check them out! We gotta keep local family owned, small businesses in business! Love the service too. Those gals know everything! The ladybug has junior mint heads and the rest is just edible marker again. Did I mention i love those?I also decided to try a new technique out that I found a while back and thought looked fun. It's so easy! Wet on wet candy melts. This is by far the easiest way to decorate a cake pop that still looks awesome.Whew, I'm cake popped out! Well, I'm done for another month and a half until the next birthday, anyway. Gotta come up with something new for a little two-year old. Hmmm......[...]

Cake Pop Box svg {for 5-6}


I'm so excited to share this with you all! I have been wanting to make a cake pop box for ages, but just didn't have the time. I thought I could look online and find a great svg that was already done, but I only found boxes that would fit 1 or 2 cake pops. They were super cute, but they just wouldn't cut it for a family gift. it is! Introducing my newest svg box...cake pops for 6! (or just one very hungry individual) You will need: some fun cake pops2 pieces 12 x 12 cardstockacetateribbonvellum or red sticky tapestyrofoam block (Michael's has a brick for 2.99 that you can get two out of. P.S. use a coupon!)tissue paper (optional so foam won't show)The way you put this together is interesting. You'll need to size the height at 9.4 inches (and keep proportions) so that one of the boxes will fit on one piece of paper perfectly width-wise. I didn't want two separate pieces, but the box needed to be big, so you have to score at the two score lines on the top piece and attach to the bottom piece at the back. The scored edge should just hit the top of the bottom box. It should look like it's hinged (see pic above). The rest should be pretty self explanatory with the other scores in the obvious places and the foam cut to fit (don't worry, it's forgiving!).Here is the svg on Media fire:svg - cake pop boxEnjoy!!![...]

Mail Time for Valentine's Day


As a lot of you may know, I don't have much time for crafting these days... As such, I decided I would go easy this Valentine's Day. I bought some little dollar mailboxes from the Target dollar bins and slapped on some vinyl with their names on it. Add a little Valentine's doodlebat to some already cut cards and a "stamp" to go on the envelope, write a little message, address the little envelope and done![...]

Easy Altered Foil Tins for Valentine's Day


 Hi all. Just a quick post to show you a quick project! I keep forgetting that I have these holiday tins until I put away my Christmas decorations and then I get mad at myself for not taking advantage of the ease with which I can give goodies away. Needless to say, I decided that I didn't care if it wasn't Christmas time anymore and I'm not making some kind of bread to put in here. I'm usin' 'em!
 It was really very simple. Just a little glue stick and stamp action on the top, add a little ribbon, and we're ready to roll!
 Clawson's saying, "I LOVE those!" And I'm saying, "They're not for you, buddy..."
These are brownies made from a cake mix that have caramel and chocolate chips in them. Quite tasty if you ask me. You can find the recipe here.

Corn on the Cob and Froggie Crochet Hat


This is for Jen. :) Here is Ryan with the corn hat he so desperately wanted last year so he could be the corn on the cob from Plants vs Zombies.
What a goober! Here's another, not much better, picture. :)
 Chasey asked for a froggie, so that's what he got. Again, for those interested, I got the main pattern (FREE!) from another blog that I listed in this post. I have had a few people ask for the corn on the cob hat pattern. I will do my best to explain what I did. I followed the main pattern from the other website, but once I got to the ear flaps, I switched colors. Once I finished the ear flaps, the single crochet around the hat and the braids, I made the second (top) half of the corn husks. Basically you are just going to crochet the ear flaps again (but of course not on the hat) and then sew the wider half of it to the hat, matching the green ends together. The top of the husks will be allowed to curl b/c they are not attached. Then follow the eye pattern she gave, but only do one or two rounds based on how large you want the eyes. Sew some buttons on and you're done!

Little Monster Hat Crochet


I thought with Halloween coming up, you all might get a kick/idea out of this little monster hat I made for a friend having a baby. It would make such a cute and easy costume for a little one. I used the same pattern as the owl hat I made in this post. It has a link to a free pattern. I did some easy alterations and fumbled my way through making some ears, horns, and teeth. If I can do it, so can you! Just don't do all the circular rows for the eyes and use the ear pattern as the horns. I found that looked better than what I originally tried to put on here!

I've got some other alterations on this hat for a frog and corn on the cob (crazy you say? - I totally agree. My then 5 year old made up his mind he wanted to be the corn on the cob in Plants vs. Zombies, so I had to be a little creative with the beanie. He's a crack up!) I'll have to see if I can find some pics...

Happy haunting!

Ruffled Bag Gift Idea


I thought I'd post this cute bag my sister, Mindy, made for me to give to teachers for my boys at school. Last year my boys had some really cute, young teachers. I figured this would make a great book bag or something for them. I originally found this on pinterest. Here is the url if you are interested in the pattern/directions made from a canvas bag from Wal-mart:


Night Out Card


Here's the card that went with the large gift card box in case you wanted to use it...

Night Out Card - .pdf
Night Out Card - .doc

Turkey Cake Pops


 Hey all! I actually made these turkey cake pops last year as a thank you to a few people who helped me during my fun post-partum days...I just never posted them! These were some of the easiest cake pops I've made.

Just make cake balls as you normally would and dip in chocolate candy bark or melts. While it's still wet, put the feet (orange flower sprinkles) and the feathers (candy corn) on. If you have time, you can also put on the head (whopper), but I couldn't get a lot of them on in time. No problem though - just dab a little of your melted chocolate on where you want the head to be. I had to hold the head on for a little while to make sure it was set. Then I used some white frosting for the eyes and "glued" on the turkey giblet thingey with more melted chocolate. (No idea what that thing is really called! :) Last I just used the edible markers that I would not buy again and thankfully got a few dots out of it for the inside of the eyes.

Then wrap in little baggies, add a little ribbon, and you're ready to get givin' this Thanksgiving!

Big Box Free SVG with Gift Card Slots


 Woot, woot! Man, it's been forever since I've played. Such a stress reliever! This is a very simple box, but it does the job. We had some awesome friends/neighbors who really took one for the team and, last minute, babysat for our five kids for 7 hours (!) on a Saturday morning. It's taken me forever to get this to them, but I wanted to give them a favorite candy and a gift card so they could go out. My dh went and got the candy and came back with a HUGE bag of gummy bears. Needless to say, I didn't have a cut file that would be nearly big enough to fit them in it. So here is my newest!
This makes for a super easy cut if you have a 12x24 mat. I just sized the width at 23" and put two pieces of paper side by side so I would only have to load once.
Then I scored at the obvious places (sorry, I forgot a pic - I'm horrible at this tute stuff).
So EASY! And boy am I loving easy these days. Here is a lovely new cut file for your overcrowded computer filing system (and one without slots if you don't need them):

"BRAINS!" (Plants vs Zombies Cake)


I actually made this for my son's 8th birthday, about - oh, 8 months ago. It's a "better than whatever" cake (this is a family friendly site!). The grass is cool whip so it didn't hold it's shape as much as I wanted. The zombie heads and plants are all cake balls as those are my kids favorite for b-days. Do you see the horrendous sunflowers in the back? I used old candy melts. Whoops! Won't make that mistake again. It went on like crusty frosting instead of drizzling chocolate. (Learn from my mistakes here peeps!)

The awesome thing about doing zombie heads is that you can make it hideous and it looks even talent required! Another point of interest is the edible markers I used. I got the Wilton brand from Michaels (the smaller point). I WOULD NOT purchase these again. It took me forever to get it to show up on the candy coating and it only worked for a few until the pen wouldn't work at all anymore. I think I'll stick to melted chocolate in a candy melt bottle (I'll show you on another post!). Much better and much more consistent results there.

BTW, is Plants vs. Zombies still in vogue?

More Box Ideas


These are just a few more ideas for the boxes I made for Valentine's Day.

I made some smaller versions for the cousins. You could also make some birds, frogs, etc. out of them. Easy as pie!



Whenever someone I love is going through a hard time, I really want to let them know I'm thinking about them and that I want to help them in any way I can. Unfortunately, there's not always a whole lot I can do that they would need. Lately, I really, REALLY wanted to do something for a family member and found an idea on pinterest that I turned into this:I really do hope it brightened their day...I can't think of anyone who deserved a bright day more!Notice anything weird about the box? That's cuz it was a repurposed Yoplait box from Costco. No lid on your box to repurpose - no problem! Just take a file folder, cut to length, score, and cover with paper. Add velcro dot to make stay on the pretty side and some hot glue at the hinge. Done!Then add a bunch of yellow items. Bath and Body has some delicious smelling honeysuckle items right now that were perfect. Winco is another favorite haunt for colored and separated candies.Hope noone you love is in need, but if they are, here's just one more idea to let them know you care!Card. pdf [...]

Monster of a Valentine


Hey there, Valentiner's! Three days before Valentine's Day and I'm already posting for it! :) Sure beats last year. I saw a tissue box on Pinterest (thanks Carly) that they made into a monster and thought it was so cute! I've made a box cut file and some teeth in case anyone wants to give it a go.

(image) (Please note that the box has been crushed and reformed, so it does not look pristine - keep it away from 3-year-old's until Valentine's Day.)

(image) (image) You can just cut out circles any size you want and glue googly eyes to it. It might be fun to have your kids decorate their own monsters with all your old/various crafty items around the house...this one is just a plain, basic one, but you should go wild!

Cut File - Monster Box with teeth. svg

Candy Cane Milk


Now that Christmas is officially over, candy canes are going to go on sale! Here's what we like to do with all those leftovers...
(image) The ratio of candy canes to milk is entirely up to you, but we typically do a 1:1 ratio...that is one candy cane to 1 cup of milk.

(image) My kids love to help me break the candy canes and throw them into the pot. Basically, all you do is warm up the milk (keep it on low so it doesn't scald) and melt the candy canes in the milk. It just tastes like peppermint hot chocolate...but without the chocolate! I know it doesn't sound all that appetizing, but even my husband and I think it's delicious!

(image) My kids think it's fun that it turns pink, too! Have fun with your economical drinks!

Christmas Neighbor Goodie Bags


Every year for Christmas, I get together with my sister-in-law to make goodies to give away to our friends/neighbors. This year I was a bit behind in my planning and preparation for that day and I was getting just a little stressed out, but once again, my sisters Mindy and Michelle came to my rescue! (as always). Mindy gave me a really fun gift basket with all kinds of chocolates and molds inside as well as pretzels and lollipop sticks. Cute and delicious goodies...check! Michelle had previously shown me some little cellophane bag toppers she made that were printed as photos (they are at the bottom of this post). Cute way to present goodies...check!And here it is! I created a picture in inkscape with a free Christmas background I found online and added some text and colored box shapes. Then of course I sent it to Michelle who promptly fixed it and changed my png to a jpg for me. She really made it turn out beautiful and it was such a fast way to get 20 cello bags done!These are the ones Michelle cute!Grinch Pills:Rudolph Spares:Reindeer Poop with Whoppers and dollar store scoop:[...]