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a twirly swirly birthday

Each month at work we have a little celebration for the lovely ladies who had a birthday that month.  Everyone has someone they are assigned to, and as such is in charge of a birthday treat and a card.  I was assigned a March birthday and I am taking my duties very seriously :)

As always, I was happy for an excuse to make a birthday card.  I think this one is particularly cute if I don’t say so myself!

As for the birthday treat, I wanted to try my hand at cupcakes.  I’ve made cupcakes before, but in terms of decorating I’ve generally slapped some icing on the top, sprinkled a few sprinkles and was done.  This time I wanted to make the pretty kind!  You know, the ones with the twirly, pretty-looking icing?  Those ones.

I looked around online for a bit and found a great recipe and video tutorial about how to decorate cupcakes.  If you’re interested, check it out here!

Aren’t they b-e-a-utiful?

And there you have it.   Happy birthday to all you March birthdays!


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i heart handmade cards!

Why?  Because they add such a personal touch to a gift and let’s face it: they’re fun to make!  Plus, I have a moderate to severe obsession with Dollar Stores, which always have such cute little decals and embellishments.  Seriously, if there is a Dollar Store within a visible range, watch out!  (Much to my hubby’s chagrin.  He waits in the car.)

As for materials, I’m a big fan of the rub-on alphabets.  I’m less keen on the sticker letters, but sometimes they can be cute.  With alphabet decals, sticker or rub-on, I’ve learned that you’ve really gotta plan your message so you can ensure you have enough ‘a’s, ‘r’s and ‘y’s, etc!  I’ve become a little creative with altering letters when I haven’t planned properly…

Who would know that in Cynthia’s birthday card, the ‘y’ in her name was actually a ‘g’, the ‘h’ was a ‘b’ and the ‘a’ was a ‘d’?!  (Catch that?)

#1: for my hubs

#2: my friend's birthday

#3: for my bestie, who is amazing!

I’m also a big fan of the sticky pieces that make images pop out.  I’m not sure what they’re called… sticky squares?  Puffy squares?  I dunno. These:

sticky puffy squares

I love ’em.  Instead of gluing an image right on the card, by using some o’ these they add some dimension.  They really make a huge difference!

The year of handmade cards is going well…  5 for 5! :)

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happy birfday!

On Sunday, my nephew turns 3.  How did that happen??!  My husband and I started dating about a month before he was born, so he continues to be a visual representation of how long we have been together.  At risk of sounding like a biased auntie… (ah, who am I kidding?!) he is the brightest, cutest, creativest little boy ever!  I made this card for him to go along with his present.  Card number 2 of my year of handmade cards!  (Number 1 was for my sister-in-law, but I forgot to take a picture.  Whoops.)

Happy birthday to my sweet little nephew!

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