choo-choo train cupcakes

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Today I’d like to share these cute Thomas the Train cupcakes that my friend made for her son’s 4th birthday party. 

As you can see these adorable cupcakes have little trains on top of EACH cupcake.  The kids couldn’t have been more excited to find a real toy train on top of their sweet treat!    These cupcakes were made by my talented girlfriend, Nicole, yes-the same person who hand painted Gwen a birdie print for her baby room.    This is the 4th year that she’s made amazing cupcakes for her son’s birthday. 

Here’s the party invitation (from Tiny Prints) that set the theme for the choo-choo train party.  Roman's 4th BD_May 2012 (1)

She placed the trains on top of pieces red licorice (similar to a log boom) so that they wouldn’t get frosting smeared all over them. Then secured each train to the licorice with Washi Tape so that it wouldn’t fall of the top of the cupcake.  

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This was my first time hearing about or seeing Washi tape. At first glance, I thought it was a ribbon but it looked like plastic so I was confused. I now know what a HUGE trend it is because it can be used on just about any craft project (see how Joy used it on her card). I was excited to learn about this new product from Nicole, thanks for the introduction! I can’t wait to get some and try it out on one of my projects.

Here’s a great blog post where Lisa describes just what Washi tape is and where you can purchase.   

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To keep with the train theme I used this train cutout as the hero item for the birthday card. 

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I based the card off of Card Sketch #3 found at Sketch Support. 

Here’s the birthday boy in his cute train conductor hat and Gavin wearing his striped hat too.  Happy 4th Birthday sweet boy! 

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Card Supplies: Colored/pattern paper- Crate Paper Zoom Collection, Stamp-BasicGrey, Distress Ink-Tim Holtz


Merry & Bright

Sharing another holiday layout that I completed this winter. 

merry & bright

This layout is based on One-Page Sketch #16 found at Sketch Support.  When I saw this sketch I immediately knew I’d do it because I had this great holiday paper with many beautiful ornaments.

I rarely do one page layouts so knew I’d turn this sketch into a two page spread.  This was an easy sketch to expand to two-pages.  I love that this layout offers the use of so MANY photos (I’ve used 19 in my layout)!  Also, I like to have a photo of our tree in at least one layout each holiday and this layout offers the vertical 4×6 to showcase a tall tree photo. 

I tried the We R Memory Keepers sewing tool for the first time.  It was fairly easy but did take me a few tries to get the hang of it.  I think I’ll get better each time used to how hard I need to push to make the holes. 

I raised the cardstock ornaments up with pop dots adding some dimension.

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  • Moved the large solid (green pattern paper) close to the center edge of the layout so that it would be continuous onto the second page.  It didn’t work as well with so many photos for there to be the white space. 
  • Added a third row of photos to be able to get more of the many photos taken on this day.  (19 total here)

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Supplies:  Pattern Paper & Ornament Stickers-Crate Paper North Pole Collection, Stitching tool-We R Memory Keepers, Cardstock-Bazzil

a birthday celebration

Finished up the final journaling on these two layouts this weekend and wanted to share.

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a birthday celebration with special friends

This layout is based on a great Allison Davis sketch found at Sketch Support (Two-page sketch #8).


  • photo sizes:  enlarged main to 5×7 to have it be the hero, squares at the bottom and right side are 3×3 and the three on the far left have been reduced 2×2.
  • journal block: I tired to cut the journaling into strips but it didn’t look right.  It was too much for this layout and the script font so I went back to a solid block
  • glossy photos:  I ALWAYS do all my prints in matte.  For some reason I must have missed the matte box on this order.  I do think that glossy looks beautiful though so I decided to just go with it and use these photos.  It was hard to take pictures of the layout though because of the glare I’d get from the flash.

I really love this sketch and had a great time making this layout.

    • So Fast: Using a precut circle from pattern paper is so easy. It’s already cut & ready to go. Adding the rest of the paper strips below was so easy.
    • Room for large title & journaling: you can fit a very large title and a huge journaling block.  Great use for events with lots of photos you want to share.
    • Lots of photos: I was able to fit 10 photos on this layout. Since the photos are all centered from the middle of the pages you get so much more room in a layout.

I am planning to use this one again, especially since circle & square die cut papers are everywhere.    I think next time I’ll use it for a baby Gwen layout as I have this cute elephant paper in the girl version seen in this version.

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Supplies:  Pattern Paper-Crate Paper (Mia Collection), Stickers-Poemstones by Sharon Soneff Creative Imaginations, Letters-Thickers, Creative Memories & Cosmo Cricket

I got all of these through these special huge packs of paper from Scrap Attack Scrapbooking (Black Friday specials two years ago).  I would probably never have seen these papers at my local store.  I am so glad to discover them because they are subtle but very beautiful.  I love how many different papers they have in the lines.  One side is a solid (or very small pattern) and then the other side is the more colorful patterned piece.  It’s great.

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Here’s another layout that’s also done with another Crate Paper line.

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My Half Marathon

Supplies:  pattern paper & stickers-Crate Paper Cottage Collection, cardstock-Bazzil, letters-Thickers &

I decided to keep the photos large for this layout and just use pattern paper behind for a background.  I trimmed this poster in half and put the top part on the left and the other two photos on the right.

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This paper is so beautiful.  Chose to use it because of the bright yellow, pink & greens.     It’s a plus that it matches our shirts too!

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Hope to use again sometime, still have tons left.

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