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Paper Succulent Tutorial and Templates

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I recently crafted a paper succulent to use as a photo prop with new heart plant stakes. It was so much fun to make and such a lovely shade of green that I decided to create a tutorial and offer the cutting files and template so that you can make your own. It's super easy to make — after cutting and curling the pieces, simply layer the leaves on a flat-top toothpick until the little plant reaches the desired size. Start by curling the leaves on all the pieces (see video). Then, use hot glue or craft glue to adhere the small piece without...

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How to Make Fondant Bees

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This is an excerpt from the workbook, A DIY Celebration: Mommy-to-Bee Baby Shower, which is available on Amazon. Little bees made of fondant look super cute on desserts for bee-themed celebrations, such as a first “bee-day” party or a mommy-to-bee baby shower. Plus, they can be made several weeks in advance and dried so that there is no last minute rushing before the big party. Once dry, store in a lidded box such as a shoebox to keep the dust off. Don’t keep the finished bees in a sealed plastic container or they may get sticky and wilt. Fondant picks...

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Rainbow Jello Party Cups

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A couple of weeks ago, I picked up some disposable shot glasses at the Dollar Store. 24 to a pack, what a deal! Surely they were perfect for something even if I didn't know what. Fast forward to this past weekend. While running errands, I was considering what super cute mini dessert deserved to go into those cups. What would show off the new printable cupcake flags in the shop? I'd also been eyeing the rainbow cakes on Pinterest for a while but the right conflux of spare time and occasion just hadn't happened. And, so....rainbow Jello. Perfect for mini...

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A DIY Celebration Book: Mommy-to-Bee Baby Shower

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Now available on Amazon! Get a head start on crafting the perfect DIY baby shower! With a Mommy-to-Bee theme in soft yellow and aqua, Especially Paper's new workbook provides ready-to-cut decorations for up to 24 guests, party planning lists, themed desserts, baby shower games and more. Party Personality: Soft & Sweet Theme: Mommy-to-BeeGuest Count: Up to 24 Gender: Neutral   Decorations in this book Ready-to-cut, DIY party projects (pages are light-weight, matte paper): “Baby shower” bunting banner “Mommy-to-Bee,” “Gifts,” & “Treats” circle banners 8 tent-style buffet labels 32 small flags (cupcake size) 5 large flags 28 straw flags Cake bunting 24 thank you tags “Thank...

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Valentine's Day Plate Stencil

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A while back, I was inspired by a really beautiful photo on Bravetart featuring dessert garnished with a spoon stenciled in cocoa. I saw an opportunity to my Silhouette cutting machine to create customized stencils. I've also been a little obsessed with macaroons lately and decided to fancy up a plate of them. For the first attempt over Christmas, I stenciled "joyeaux" in cocoa powder. It was a little more difficult than expected. The goal was super crisp cocoa edges, but they are a little fuzzy. It was pretty fun, so I revamped for Valentine's Day with an "i ♥ you" stencil in red....

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