Showing posts with label printables. Show all posts
Showing posts with label printables. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Freebie: Mother's Day Coupon Book



I blame this freebie on the recent spate of coupon fever (seriously, when did "couponing" become such an omnipresent thing?), but I'm actually kind of glad for the inspiration. My first thought for a cute Mother's Day printable was some sort of printable art to frame, or maybe a card.  But in the back of my mind I had this niggling feeling of meh. Sometimes an idea just doesn't jive, you know?  Then out of the clouds (or probably the TV....) came the word "coupons"! Coupons? Yes, coupons!  And I knew exactly the project I wanted to do.


I, and probably a lot of other people, have definitely encountered homemade "coupon" books like this before.  Valentine's-themed coupon books are easy to find, but usually kind of raunchy. I think you'll find these Mother's Day coupons just right for that special lady (and not that special ladeee, if you know what I mean). I went with something cute, colorful, easy-to-make, and best of all, something that will cement your affection and desire to help/please/soothe your mom or a mom in your life not just once, but many times as she redeems the coupons in the book throughout the year. Mother's Day is about taking a day to appreciate your awesome, most excellent Mom, but seriously...she's most excellent all year long, and this little booklet will remind you both of that.

This free printable includes two pages in a PDF file: first, a selection of three covers, giving you a choice of delightful pink, blue, or yellow, along with instructions for assembling your coupon book; and secondly, a page of coupons to go inside your booklet.  I've added a few suggestions for mom-friendly coupons, but also included are one "mom's choice" coupon if you want to let your mom go hogwild, and a simple blank coupon to allow for your own write-ins. Print as many pages as you want and use your favorites! Stuff this little booklet silly. Your mom will thank you.



Just print, cut, and staple it all together...or if you're fancy, you can use a sewing machine to sew down the left edge to bind it together, punch holes and thread ribbon, string, or twine through and tie, or even bind it with Japanese washi tape!  There are numerous tutorials on how to do this, so I didn't go too in detail on that part. I trust that we've all made a homemade book of SOME kind before!  Sorry the file is kind of large, I'm not sure how to make a PDF smaller -- working on it!

I truly hope you all find some lovely lady to pass this little booklet on to, and that they truly enjoy it!  What did you think of my coupon ideas? I think my favorite was the free sinkful of dishes...dirty dishes are my nemesis. What will you write in on the blank coupons?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Springtime Cake Pop Bouquet


I think this year more than any other in memory, I have been enamored with the coming of spring. Each new tree I spotted with barely-there buds just thrilled me.  The arrival of the early spring daffodils (one of my favorite flowers) seemed to herald more than just a change of seasons this time.  Seems kind of silly to say, but this spring has truly felt like a fresh start, a new year. And of course as soon as I started waxing poetic about the chirping robins and rising temperatures, a rogue cold snap came in an reminded me that winter's not quite over yet.

Well boo, I say! If I can't have REAL spring flowers, I'll make some myself! I decided I was going to pursue a little papercraft goodness and make my own flowers, and found a wonderful, easy tutorial over at Alphamom for making paper daffodils. But once I got started cutting and folding, I was suddenly struck with inspiration. Why not make some cute patterned paper to make my flowers with? And wait! I could totally make some yummy cake pops and slide right in the center, instead of the little paper cones where the daffodil trumpets should be. Thus, my springtime cake pop bouquet was born.


First I went to the source for all cake pop-related craftery, which would be the cake pop queen herself: Bakerella. For basic cake pop baking and construction, read her instructions. (She uses boxed cake mix and canned frosting, but I'm sure  homemade would work as well. You'll just have to play with the consistency!) For my cake pops, I used white cake and vanilla frosting, with some lemon extract thrown in for a little something extra. 

You'll see from the photos below that I melted my white candy coating and added yellow food coloring to it -- you can also use white chocolate, white chocolate bark, or colored candy coating. Whatever works for you!  I would melt just a little at a time in something tall and skinny, like a coffee mug (shown), to make for easier dipping.  And if you want to decorate your cake balls/pops with sprinkles, make sure you add those right after dipping or the candy coating will harden up and become impervious to your sprinkling desires!

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This project takes about an hour to do, not including baking your cake. It's pretty easy and with the help of some safety scissors, would be a great craft idea to do with your kids!  Plus, I think this little bouquet would look ADORABLE on an Easter kiddie table as a centerpiece AND dessert.  Easy peasy entertaining, it's a good thing. ;)  

First thing's first! To recreate my springtime polka dot flowers, print out my FREE paper set!  

Download here!  


Assembly instructions:
1. Print out my colorful polka dot squares. Use plain old copy paper or cardstock, using your printer's best quality settings. Cut out each square!
2. Take a square and fold it in half.
3. Then fold it in half again.
4. And fold it in half one more time.
5. Now use your scissors to trim your little triangle into a petal shape. Depending on how you trim it, your flowers can turn out quite different from one another. Experiment with fun shapes!
6. Unfold your petals carefully to reveal your new flower. Simple as that! Now repeat with your other squares.
7. Turn your finished flowers over and draw a teeny little "X" in the center of each one. Now use the tip of your scissors or an x-acto knife (be careful not to leave kiddos in charge of this step, just in case!), to cut the lines of your "X". 
8. Now dip all of your cake pops, decorate as desired, and let dry thoroughly. Attach each flower by gently slipping each lollipop stick into the hole created in step 7. You may need to shave off any excess candy coating that drips down the stick (your X-Acto or a fingernail works great for this) to be able to get each flower up to the base of your cake ball.
9. Arrange your finished cake pop flowers into a container of some sort. I used a small mason jar I had on hand filled with white chocolate chips, but these would look great in just about anything! I bet they'd be terribly cute in a mini tera cotta pot with some floral foam stuffed in the bottom!


This little cake pop bouquet was so fun to make (and fun to eat, yum!).  I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did! 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Freebie: Valentine's Treat Box!


I made it, I made it!  I finished this printable treat box before Valentine's Day, whew. I even have ten whole days to share it with you. :)  Seriously, I am so  new at this designing-printable-goodies-and-blogging-about-it-thing, it takes a good long time for me to get everything ready! Between designing the basic printable prototype itself, applying a fun pattern, testing, photographing, editing the photos and writing the post, it's a lot of effort.  But it's worth it, and a whooole lot of fun. And I know it will get easier/quicker as I gain more experience and start rockin' the printables world. I hope I hope. 


Anyhoo, have a loverly little Valentine's treat box! It matches the tags I posted a little while back in all their stripey green and white glory. It's about 2.25 inches square, and actually holds quite a bit of candy -- or in my case, a mini-cupcake -- perfectly. All you need is some sturdy cardstock or photo paper, your printer, a pair of scissors and glue or tape!  It works great as is after printing and assembling, but I chose to stuff mine with a little tissue paper and tie it with a ribbon for maximum cuteness.


I can just imagine waking up to one of these little boxes on Valentine's Day morning -- it'd be like Christmas, except pink and covered in hearts!  What do you have planned to make V-Day a special one this year?

PS. There's no real recipe for the cupcake pictured, in case you were wondering! Just smear some Nutella on your favorite vanilla cupcake and add the cutest sprinkles you can find! No-fuss perfection.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Magical


My drawing time has been filled with thoughts (and doodles!) of little gals like these lately.  I think I've finally decided on the theme for my first printable party -- fairies!  I was fascinated by all things mystical and magical when I was a child, and I very much doubt that the concept of pixie dust has ceased to delight the wee babes of today. Hopefully someone will agree!  I'll be sharing sneak peaks of the party as I go along, if can ever find a moment to sit down and get things done, haha.   My new year's resolution to spend more time being creative is definitely a hard one when there are piles of dishes in the sink, an overflowing laundry bin, and a sadly neglected exercise machine staring me down!

I'll have to work on my time management skills, but rest assured you'll be seeing more of our fairy friends very soon!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Freebie: Valentine's Circle Tags


As promised, I come to you today bearing a set of free printable cupcake toppers!  Technically, 2-inch circle tags, so feel free to cut or punch these out and use them for whatever your heart desires: goody bag tags, stickers, mini-garland, etc. etc.! I used my new toy  to punch these (so fun! I could punch out circles all day!), and attached them to lollipop sticks to make a trio of toppers, but you can easily cut them out with scissors too.  I couldn't decide which color I liked best, so miss Vanilla Cupcake from yesterday helped me display all three. :)

Follow the link below for downloable goodness! PDF file includes 12, 2-inch circle tags, with 4 of each color/design.


Don't forget: these are for personal use only! Please don't edit, redistribute, or sell my work without my permission. :)  

What do you think? Am I on the right track? Would you be happy to see an expanded Valentine's Day set in these colors?