Oompa Loompa Favor Boxes

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I have been wanting to create some sort of favor boxes to go along with a Willy Wonka Party, based off of the stylized version of my Oompa Loompa toppers. I have actually been wanting to start adding more favor related items, so the inspiration for this came at the sort of, kinda the right time. I still am not up and running full time and wont be for a bit cause’ you know ….kids. So it’s still always a challenge to find time to squeeze out of a day that never has enough time for me to do all the things I want to do!

I often wonder about people who complain that they are bored, I mean with all the things one can learn and do and be, who ever has time to be bored?? But that is a tangent for another day at another time.

 

I thought that it may be appropriate to add in a bit of a how to assemble type of post, because I would rather just write it out once than to explain it over and over again. To begin these are a digital file available for purchase through my ETSY shop. You can purchase it in the Favor Box section of my shop and it goes along with the themed Willy Wonka items in my shop also available as digital files. A digital file if you are unsure, is simply a file that you can purchase and print at home basically immediately after purchase. If you don’t have the means to print at home, no problem, you can just print through a local printer like OfficeMax/Depot, Staples, Kinkos, etc.  They always print out great and at a great price. All the info is available in each listing or I can easily be contacted through my shop if one had additional questions!

The first thing that needs to be done, obviously is that the file needs to be printed. Always print at the best print settings. To free the little Oompa Loompa and get him up and going you will need the following…

  • Card Stock 110# recommended ( Think Index Paper)
  • Sharp scissors
  • A Ruler or something with a flat edge for folding
  • Ribbon
  • Hole punch
  • Hot glue, glue dots or tape
  • Fun stuff to fill box with

Print out the image (or however many you will need.)

Before you cut, flip the paper over and make fold lines, The first one may be tricky, but after that it just goes smoothly. It is so much easier to do this before any cuts are made. And make assembling them later so much less troublesome.

After the creases are added, it’s time to free the Oompa Loompa from his little paper prison. Make a rough cut first, then go in and cut out the smaller finer parts.

Bend the box over gently to match up the tops of the favor box and use a hole punch to create a ribbon hole thorough the hair.

 

Fold the box so that the sides can be attached. I use hot glue, but whatever method you prefer to use is up to you. I folded the middle portion on the inside and then folded the outer flaps in.

Once it is all sealed this is the inner portion of the favor box.

Using the ribbon color and thickness of your choosing, run the ribbon through the hole in the hair. I hate making bows, it’s one of my vices,  but do it anyway!

These are the front measurements of the box. Total height is 4.34 inches, the actual favor box height is 2.46 inches. These are not huge favor boxes, but the can hold some candies and goodies. And they look super cute all lined up

The side view measurements are 2.45 inches in height 1.84 inches in width.

Such a fun way to end any Willy Wonka themed party with a unique and festive favor box. Any questions please feel free to contact me through the shop or  here.

 

Have a great day friends!

 

 


Batman Party Invites

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Well hey there!! thought it was time I get my butt in gear and start getting all the fun stuff I have been doing up and on the blog. My little guy turned four a few months back and we decided that we would go with a Batman theme, since you know he is four and well he likes Batman.

I always find a birthday is the best time for me to be able to design some fun themed invites for the kids.

 

blank-custom-batman-invite

 

For this invite I used an image of Batman popping out of the top of the invite and the Bat logo slightly protruding on the bottom of the invite. Each invite measured approx. 4×6, image was laser printed on 100# card stock and then die cut with a white edge border which made them pop even more.

To make sure that the party theme flowed into the actual party, these little extra cards were  mailed along with the invites asking that all Bat boys and Bat girls come to the party dressed in their  favorite Bat gear.

bat-boy-girl-imge

 

To make sure that no one is ever left out cupcake toppers were made using the Bat logo in both Yellow and Pink. Because more often then not, everyone fights over the colors. Why?? I don’t know, I’m not four and stubborn 🙂

 

batman-toppers2

 

For the cake instead of making an edible topper, which I have done numerous times in the past. I decided to go with a non-edible type of topper. I created a 3D layered image of a Chibi Batman holding a Personalized Balloon which was set in front of a City Background scene with the Batman Logo in the night sky.

 

batman-paper-topper

 

After seven years of birthdays for several children of my own as well as many customers, I realized that the time I put into creating an edible topper was almost silly, since it was almost always immediately tossed aside after cutting the cake. With a non-edible option I was able to give to my kiddo to have in his room afterwards. This made the time I put into designing and creating it less wasted on a moment of ooooh.

Overall the party was a huge hit, besides the fact that it rained non stop the whole day and the outside party, became an inside party bursting with people. 

 

If you are interested in purchasing these invites please feel free to contact me through my ETSY Shop HERE to discuss options. I offer both digital print at home options as well as fully printed and cut invitations, personalized to your occasion!

 

Hope you enjoyed! Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Lemonade Stand Printables (FREE)

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In this part of my neck of the woods, summer vacation will be coming to an end. In a few short weeks, I will be sending my two older girls back to school and my son to preschool for a few hours a day. This leaves me with my little one. I adore my kids and they are awesome to be around. But my goodness four kiddos coming and going for a little over two months straight at every possible angle is pushing me into a psychosis of sorts.

I feel as though I live in the kitchen, everyday is a repeat of forty thousand breakfasts, lunches, dinners and DO NOT  forget snacks. As soon as I get the kitchen clean again, it is more the norm someone is barging back in looking for a snack, a drink….whatever.

It’s exhausting, in the best possible way ever.

Alas, I CAN’T wait to school starts, not because I don’t wan’t to be around my kids, but because I miss the routine of school and the schedule of things. Too much free time gets me in a tizzy. I think they function better in a set routine as I do to. When they (Me) know what to expect, they (I) just seem better adjusted.

Anyway, I promised my oldest daughter that we would do a lemonade stand this summer. And after her asking four hundred thousand times if “today” was the day to do it, I FINALLY found some time to create some fun, lemonade stand themed designs to help “boost” their business.

 

Lemonade Stand

It was really a fun experience for them. They got along 70% of the time and the timing worked out perfectly, as the entire “stand” lasted as long as my littlest  guys nap! Things got more interesting and energetic as the neighborhood kids teamed up to “help” out.  I’m pretty positive that they  scared a few people with their sugared up screams of “LEMONADE.”

Thank goodness most people are good sports and stopped to buy a cup or two. The mailman  got quite a greeting as they all shoved overflowing cups of lemonade into his truck. He graciously took a cup from each of them, thanking them all profusely.

 

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The whole shindig lasted about an hour or so and it and it made me realize that never again will I ever pass a lemonade stand and not stop and buy a cup. It seriously made their day whenever a “customer” stopped on by! But the looks of disappointment when people zoomed on by was enough for me to feel upset as they did.

Since it was such a success, I though I would share the printables, so maybe you can have some fun with your kids and make some lasting summer memories!

Realizing the reality of the situation was three little kids selling lemonade, I made some quick, fun inspired signs. I did not want to spend hours creating a set up that I thought may last only a few minutes, based upon their moods in any given moment.

I made two signs both print out on 8-1/2 x 11 sheets of paper, one is horizontal. (You can print from HERE)

Lemonade Sign Horizontal watermark

The other is vertical. (You can print from HERE)

Lemonade Sign Vertical watermark

I also included a simple bunting, just for fun. (You can print from HERE)

lemonade stand bunting water mark image
The bunting was simple to assemble, just print,  cut and attach to some ribbon or string with tape, glue or whatever stickiness you may have on hand. (And if your home is filled with kids like mine, everything is sticky.)

Lemonade Stand Bunting

The end result was better than I expected and I think it was just an overall simple, fun, filled experience for them.

Lemonade Stand banner sign and bunting

They learned a little about money (that they want it all.)

Lemonade Stand small sign

And they learned about working with each other. As much as I thought it would be just another reason for the three of them to bicker and fight. It turned out to be a sweet summer filled afternoon that will remembered by them as well as myself.

 

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Oompa Loompa Cupcake Toppers

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Hey there strangers! Miss me??? I am hoping that by this Fall 2016, I will be up and posting a bit more on the regular. If I have not mentioned it before, which I am sure I have a million times; four kids ages 7 and under does not leave much time for anything else but chasing them and cleaning up in the wake of their messes.

With that said, 3 out of four will be in school come this fall, which means a bit more time to get back into the studio and more time available for designing. I have decided that I am going to start shipping some items, now that I have an ounce more of time, I can start to work from home again and I want to be able to offer more options. Starting with these little guys.

My Oompa Loompa Toppers.

Oompa Loompa Blue background

 

Starting now I will be able to ship them domestically fully assembled. In time I will offer international shipping but for now, these will only travel in the U.S.A.  

They measure out to be a tad bit smaller then 3 inches in diameter, not including the stick.

 

Oompa Loompa single measured blue back

These are such a great addition to any Willy Wonka themed party or event. I will slowly be adding in all of the wonderful themed items to be available assembled and shipped, but for now just these little guys will be doing the traveling.

 

For more info. please visit my Etsy shop HERE!!

 

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Super Girl Custom Birthday Invitations

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It has been more than a while since I have been able to get in my studio and create a new custom item Four kids have that effect, most days I’m lucky to get the morning breakfast dishes done by the time the girls get home from school.

So my little Etsy shop has suffered a bit from neglect of new inspiration and products. But after the first 14-15 months of  baby number four, I am finding small nuggets of time to start some new things. I am hoping that by Fall of 2016 I will be up and running on at least a consistent part time basis again.

But I digress, this is the most recent custom invitation I pulled out of the swarm of ideas swimming inside my mind!

Super Sami Birthday invites.

I did my typical design aspect of having part of the character set off from the invitation. And I did not have to cut these by hand now that I have a better working knowledge of my Silhouette. It does all the harder work and gives hem a flawless cut!
Obviously I fogged out the more personal details, but you get the idea!! Good to be back here, even if only for a short moment!!


Snow White Hershey’s © Printable Candy Wrapper Bars

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If you have enjoyed any of my other Snow White party printables (which can be seen HERE) Then you will most likely LOVE the newest addition to the pack. Large Candy bar wrappers that will fit a standard size Hershey’s © chocolate bar! 

Snow White Hershey Bar Candy Wrappers Printable

 There are three versions; a red striped, blue striped and yellow with white polka dots.

Snow White Candy Bar Hershey's Wrapper Printable

I also created a few versions with the famous apple with three different patterns. A red striped, blue striped and a yellow with white polka dots. All to coordinate with the snow white image.

Snow White apple hershey's Candy bar wrapper printable

 

On the back of each wrapper is “Happy Birthday” that if need be can be personalized, just contact me to discuss.

Snow white hershey's candy bar wrapper printable

These can be purchased through my Etsy shop HERE. They print out on a standard size sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper and can be printed at home or uploaded and printed through a local print shop. The files is available in  PDF form that print out on three separate sheets of paper, print as many as you like!

SNow White Standard Wrapper Example

 

These work great as favors, such as thank you’s. But they can also be cutomized to be used as actual invitations or just personalized any way you would like. If interested please contact me to discuss!

 

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Everlasting Gobstopper Cupcake Toppers

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You know what movie I LOVED as a kid???

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! I mean how could you not!!! A magical factory filled with quirky and fun inventions. And let’s not forget all of the fun crazy candy!! I’m sure I am not alone in this as it is my number one requested custom design.

So without further ado here is the latest addition into the shop.

Everlasting Gobstopper cupcake toppers!

Everlasting Gobstopper cupcake toppers
They were a bit of a challenge to design and I am thinking that is why it has taken me so long to actually create them, but I am so very glad that I did. They measure approx. 3 inches in height and width and are easy enough to cut. You can cut along the perforated line or right up against the edge, then just assemble by attaching onto lolly sticks or picks using tape or glue.

Everlasting gobstopper cupcake topper image
 

They come five to a sheet and you are able to print as many as you would like at home or through a printing service. (That’s always my pick.) An easy and fun way to add a bit more color and flavor to any Willy Wonka Themed party!

 

Everlasting Gobstopper image 
These are available for purchase and immediate download (once payment is processed) through my Etsy shop. You can find out more information in regards to purchasing them HERE. I will be adding quite a few more items and characters relating to Willy Wonka, so please keep up to date if these are the types of party items that interest you!

And as always if you are looking for something custom, please feel free to contact me to discuss design options!!

 

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Ice Cream- You Scream for …..Cupcakes???

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Schools out!!!! Well preschools out over in these parts anyway. And what better way to kick off summer the with some ICE CREAM, but a less messy version. Because let’s face it, kids and ice cream are inevitable a recipe for a sticky, mess.

I use these for the end of the year ice cream parties that my daughter’s pre-school host as a thank you and see ya later, have a great summer type of treat!

I will be offering them as a free printable for a limited time only(Free until July 5th 2014.) After then they can be purchased through my Etsy shop. These are fun and a festive way to add a little something extra to a cupcake to turn them into something more!! Use them for parties holidays or any other fun inspired occasion. They print out on a standard sheet of 8-1/2×11 sheet of paper. All you need to do it print, cut and assemble using glue or tape. These should be wrapped around already baked cupcakes 🙂 Then decorate your cupcakes accordingly!!

 

mixed ie cream party cupcake wrappers
 
 They are always a big hit and can be dressed up as much as you like. For a limited time you can download the ice cream cone version here. ( If download is disabled, you can purchase through my Etsy Shop)

 

ICe cream cone cupcake wrappers 3
 

The banana split version can be downloaded from here. ( If download is disabled, you can purchase through my Etsy Shop)

Banana Split cupcake wrapper
 

And last but certainly not least the hot fudge version can be downloaded from here. ( If download is disabled, you can purchase through my Etsy Shop)

Hot Fudge sundae cupcake wrapper
 

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the wrappers! Have a sweet summer!!

 

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Easy Easter Cookies

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I don’t know about anyone else, but lately I feel as though time has been getting away from me more and more. There ALWAYS seems to be some much to do and just never enough time. I figured that adding one more kid to the mix a little over a year ago, wouldn’t upset the running of our smooth engine (ha ha..) of a household, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.  Two kids, no big deal. Three kids…absolute insanity. I never realized how unraveled everything could get being twisted and pulled like a piece of taffy ALL DAY LONG.

Never the less things I used to have time for, I just don’t anymore. So when I do make something, it needs to be quick, easy and of course fun! I volunteered to make the cookies for my daughter’s preschool class, because I haven’t made anything in a bit and I was feeling the desire to get in the kitchen and create.

Miniature colored dough bunnies and carrots cookies

 

I’m not sure how other Mom’s out there in the world balance kids, a relationship and all the other things that life blesses us with, but for me I had to let go of some of my passions in order to give my children the attention that not only they need, but which they deserve. What that means for this brief moment in time is letting go of trying to make sufficient time to create elaborate decorated cookies, cupcakes, cakes and cake pops. Because try as I might, I am unable to balance that act of doing time intensive creations and  caring for my kids properly.

Let me just add that the little guy is such a PIA , a cute one though and right now and is into EVERYTHING, so until that level of curiosity can be tamed as his independence grows, my stuff needs to be put on a shelf for the meantime figuratively and literally. I may moan about it at times, but overall it’s really fine because I love hanging with my peanuts, they’re awesome. I have also found other things to fill in the tiny cracks of time I find throughout the day, which quells that need to constantly create for now.

But when I do decide to be creative in the kitchen, playing it smart counts for everything. I’ve come to realize and embrace that the abundant plate that life has given me at this point in my life always borders on being full, so there is little to no room for outer distractions or extra time intensive work. Which brings me to these cookies. Quick, easy, fun to make and especially eat, they were a hit among the kids and teachers alike.

colored dough carrot cookies for easter

 When I started making these I had one idea in mind, but since I had dough left over I made a whole bunch of goodies. And they all started with theses bad boys.

Large chocolate cookies with colored dough carrots

 Simple round scalloped cookies with colored dough piped on them to look like carrots. They bake together and prep and clean up is super fast….like really super fast.

 

This is what you will need….

  • Chocolate Sugar Cookie Dough
  • Vanilla Sugar Cookie Dough
  • Orange and Green Gel Food Coloring
  • Decorating Bags
  • Cookie Cutters in whatever shape you like
  • Food safe markers (black)
  • Large round pink sprinkles

Now for cookies I have to admit I use two recipes that I myself did not create. I exclusively use two sugar cookie roll out recipes from LilaLoa. Her End-All for Chocolate Cookies and Vanilla 2.0 Cookie recipes are hands down the best and since trying them out, never found another reason to even try another recipe. So if you are needing or wanting to try new cookie dough recipe these are it. They bake perfectly every time and seriously don’t spread at all. ( Have I mentioned how much I LOVE theses recipes???)

Anyhooooo, You can begin by coloring some of the vanilla sugar cookie dough with the food coloring.

Colored dough decorated carrot cookies

 

 A little of this goes a very looooong way so make an appropriate amount for your baking needs. Start by adding a little water to the cookie dough and mixing it up, so that it becomes very soft and will be easy to pipe out of a decorating bag onto the cookie. But do not add so much water that it becomes liquid like, you just want it to have semi soft peaks. When you get it to the desired consistency add in a few drops of food color to achieve the color you want. Then repeat this process for the second color. Bag the mixture into a decorating bag and just place it to the side for a minute. I the meantime roll out an cut your cookie shapes. 

When all your dough is rolled and paced on a baking sheet you can start adding the carrots. I practiced a bit on a piece of wax paper first to see how I wanted to make them.

colored dough practice carrot cookies

 

I started with the actual carrot first. Just a bunch of zig zaggy lines.

pipe colored dough carrots onto cookie

 

And then I added the greenery on top. Just a bunch of vertical wavy lines worked perfectly.

greenery carrot top cookies

 

And then I baked those dad boys up!

Colored dough carrot cookies easter

 

Remember when I told you not to add too much water???? Well in these guys case I sort of overdid it 🙁 But you can get better lines like I did on these carrot cookies I made last year , but only if you keep the consistency a bit tighter. These were for a bunch of three and four year old, so I’m pretty positive they didn’t care about the loss of detail on my cookies as much as I did.

Either way I had so much fun making them (and my kids did too!) that I made a whole bunch of miniature versions as well! I just used a whole bunch of scalloped mini cutters I had, I believe Wilton makes them.

mini carrot cookies easter colored dough

 

And then because these were so fast and easy, my mind started wandering and I figured I better add in some bunnies to the mix, so those carrots would not go to waste!!! Makes sense right????

mini bunny cookies for easter

 For the bunny noses I just used large pearl Sprinkles these were also a Wilton product. I added them before I baked them ad they held there shape perfectly. I drew on the eyes and the whiskers using a food safe pen, the brand I use is Food Doodler, but Wilton also makes them.

easy miniature bunny cookies for easter

 Just wait until the cookie has cooled before drawing any details or else it will be too soft the draw upon. And then you have an army of sorts of mini bunnies and carrots!

MIni bunny and carrot colored dough cookies

 The larger cookies I shipped of to the students of preschool and the minis were packaged up and sent as gifts for the teachers, who never fail to ask me if by chance I baked anything for the party 🙂 You just can’t buy great tasting cute cookies made with fresh ingredients, things like this have to be created from the love of baking!

I do hope you enjoyed this post, feel free to pin away so others can see how easy these are!!

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Fairy Party Butterfly Dessert Spoons

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In less than three weeks my little peanut Sami Jams will be turning five. As I reflect on the past five years, I am slightly thrown off at how fast it that it really went by. Random people I would meet on line at the supermarket used to look at my frazzled, three kids in tow self and pass along their gentle words of parental wisdom, never forgetting to pat my arm and express to me to enjoy every moment; even the insane ones, because they would grow so fast. But I never realized “how” fast that really meant. So if you are unsure then know fast means ridiculously, you won’t even believe it fast.

She decided that this year she wanted a fairy type of Tinkerbell party. Now I must admit that I like to do as much as I can to make my childrens birthday’s as magical as I think chilhood should be. I want her to look back at these days as ones filled with laughter, love, joy and filled with the type of magic that kids love so much. It all began with the invitation design. I created a stylized version of Tinkerbell as I didn’t wan to get stuck using just ideas relating to the Disney version of her.

Tinkerbell party invitation 5x7 free

I am doing my best to create as many fun themed things to add to the party, beginning with these colorful butterfly dessert spoons.

Fair Party butterfly dessert spoon sparkly

I want butterflies and all things fairy sized EVERYWHERE!! These were super easy to make and work so well to bring some fun and color into a dessert table! I used  a paper punch I purchased through Amazon from Martha Stewart Crafts of a Large Monarch Butterfly. It measures approx 1 -1/2 inches.

Butterfly punch front and back

I punched out a whole lotta’ solid colors…

Punched butterflies dessert spoons

And some patterned ones too….

Patterned punched butterflies dessert spoons

The background I place them on was made with some other fun and vibrant patterned paper. To make these I used a round one inch punch from Fiskars I purchased from Amazon .

unched circles butterfly dessert spoons

 The dessert spoons I used are probably the cutest things ever! I also purchased these spoons through Amazon.

mini dessert spoons

This is what you will need to make them…

  • Butterfly Punch
  • Small Round Punch
  • Miniature Dessert Spoons
  • Solid Colored Card Stock Paper
  • Patterned Card Stock Paper
  • Glue Dots or Glue Gun

Punch out all of your butterflies out of both the solid and patterned paper. Also Punch out all the circles that you will be needing. Fold the top butterfly (patterned paper) slightly in the middle so that the wings fan out.

patterned punched butterfly folded dessert spoons

Using a glue gun or glue dots attach it to another butterfly (solid color).

attach paterned butterfly to solid dessert spoon

 

And then attach it to the round punch paper…

attach buterflies to circle punch dessert spoon

 

Finally attach to the BACK (Flip the spoons over)of the top portion of the spoon.

Fairy Butterfly dessert spoons

 So incredible easy right!!!! These are perfect place in little cups of jello, pudding, cupcakes small cookies or cakes…anything really. They just add a pop of fluttery, fun into any fairy, butterfly or Tinkerbell themed party.

Butterfly fairy party dessert spoons

Hope you enjoy and stay sweet my peeps!

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