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Kara’s Couture Cakes Wafer & Painted Lace Tutorial… 66% OFF!! (Limited Time Only)

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You most likely know her. (And if you don’t, you must be living under one of those big bulky rocks, much like the one I’m nestled beneath.  Don’t worry though… you can paint rocks and make them pretty!!)

And if you know her, you love her.  For SO many reasons, one of which being her extremely awesome TALENT.  Girl is down right BRILLIANT, I tell you, and guess WHAT?

She’s offering  her “Wafer Love Ruffles & Painted Lace” tutorial (SUCH a gorgeous cake design) for 66% OFF, here on my blog… for 48 hours!!!  YIIIIIIIPPEEEEEEEEEE!!  

(And word on the street is, this is a one time only deep discount!  Oh SNAP!)

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That means, for the next two days, you can get this baby for only FIVE BUCKS!! (That’d be $5, for any of my foreign friends who have a hard  time understanding my ridiculousness.

Learn how to paint white onto black fondant AND how to work with wafer paper to make that awesome bottom tier!!

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I LURVE a great tutorial.  And I LUUUUUURVE a great discount.  And I LUUUUUUUUUUURVE when I get to combine both of those things and offer them here, on my blog, to YOU!  (Makes me feel kindo’ spesh, ya know?)

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Alright, to get your discount, Just click on the picture (below, for mobile phones, and the picture above for desktops), and at the checkout, enter the special coupon code “SHAWNAROCKS”…

(And no, ^^^ that wasn’t me, that was my silly friend Kara, coming up with that one.)

and you’ll be on your way to happiness, for only $5!

(And yes, the little things in life can often bring us extreme joy.  ‘Specially when they make us smarter.  AND when there’s cake involved. Xx)

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(And don’t forget, you’ve got 48 hours, only… starting………… NOW!) 

Sale ends Saturday at Noon, EST, and won’t be offered at this low price, again!

ERMYGOSH!! GO!

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Lettin’ the Artsy Fartsy Kids Run Wild… Paint Can Cake

I knew this one would be fun for me.

One of my beauty nieces, Paige, wanted a Crayola Art Adventure cake for her 8th birthday, this year.  And my brain instantly filled with color.

And paint.

Colorful paint that you can eat, of course.

So I went for the candy melts.

I saw the paint can up there in my head… and I knew the famous (well, famous to all artsy fartsy kiddos, anyway) crayola marker characters would need to be incorporated as well, so I got myself onto Google Images like I do with just about EVERY design I put together, and I looked up “colorful paint can”.  (Yes… I know.  Thomas often chuckles at me for typing in such literal search words, but I usually find my best inspiration that way.  So, there. ;) )

Paint cans with rainbow colors swirled inside of them popped right up… and the design got all concrete-like in my head, quick as a flash.  (Must’ve gotten a lot of sleep the night before or somethin’.)  The only question was how to go about making the paint.

I didn’t want it too thin, so I knew I couldn’t just paint the color onto the can… but I wasn’t quite sure what medium would work best.

But candy melts work for just about EVERYTHING else in this world, so why not try THEM, right? ;)

So I did.  AND, I happened to have bought some color gels made specifically for coloring chocolate (not water based… OIL based) a while back, which was a stroke of luck since that seemed to be the very easiest and best way to color the white melts that I had on hand.  (You can also use petal dusts… but you run the risk of them coming out a bit grainy looking if you don’t stir ’till your arm falls off.  And I happened to like having my arms firmly attached, so I didn’t really want ta go there.)

I melted a handful of the melts in a glass jar (one for each color), added the appropriate color gel, mixed ‘em up good, and globbed the melts on.

This was one of those “goin’-in-blind-but-hot” projects for me, which don’t always work out so nicely… but God decided to humor me this time, and I thought the effect turned out kindo’ cool and would definitely work for my vision.

So I went to town and let my inner artsy fartsy kid run around and have her day in the sun. ;)

Oh, and I turned the video camera on while she ^^^ did it, too, so you can watch the video tutorial on how I made this cake by clicking below, if you’d like. :)

 

 

 

(And don’t ask how four different colors can be separate in the same paint can.  I don’t exactly know.  And my inner artsy fartsy kid doesn’t exactly care.  She’s a li’l sassy like that. ;) ) Xx

 

 

I made the crayola markers and the paint brush out of modeling chocolate.  (Click HERE to see my free tutorial on how to make your own, easy modeling chocolate!)

 

Used the flat metal tool in my Wilton Tool Kit to make the lines on the “brush” and the other blue pointy tool (that’s it’s name, right?) in the same set to makes marks at the edge of the “brush” to give it a more realistic look.

 

Used my edible food coloring markers to write the birthday message onto a dried piece of gumpaste “paper” I made.

 

I didn’t make QUITE a double barrel cake, but I did extend the height from my normal 5″ to more like 7″ tall.  And because I decided not to add supports to help keep it stable, I made sure I iced it with ganache instead of buttercream.

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FREE Lalaloopsy Tutorial! WaaaWHOOO!!

I got somethin’ speeeeeeeeeeeciaaaaaaaaal……

Guess WHAT?  My wonderfully talented friend, Angela Morrison of Cakes By Angela Morrison, has so generously allowed me to offer you guys her Lalaloopsy doll tutorial….

FOR FREE!!!!!

Normally, you’d have to purchase this PDF in order to get the instructions to make her sweet doll, but now you gonna get it, FREEEEEE!!!  (And this is one VERY detailed tutorial, with a TON of reference pictures!  Like, SERiously.)

Which rhymes with SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

(And also, hee hee ;) )

Alright, so without further adieu, here is Angela’s Lalaloopsy Doll Tutorial… for your viewing and cake decorating PLEASURE!

(Just click on the picture, below!)

(Oh, and  you simply MUST check out Angela’s Etsy shop, HERE.  She’s got some GREAT stuff on up in there… some great tools, and she can even make and send you your own cake topper if ya need one! Yes,  she’s all DAT.)

ENJOY, Y’ALL!! xX

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Wanna Make Some PUUUUUMPKINS?! New video class for only $5!

Fall is my favorite.  In fact, over here on the McGreevy homestead, Fall is EVERYONE’S favorite.

Why?  Well, I live in the Northeastern United States… and if you’ve never experienced Fall over ‘ere in our neck of the woods, then I dare say… you’ve NEVER experienced Fall.

The trees.

The trees are enough to make you cry out of sheer beauty and joy… and I’m really not all THAT sappy about plant life, usually.  But the glowing yellows, oranges and reds of our tall old trees in the autumn are a true sight to behold.

I’m lucky enough to live on several acres of maple trees that can… well… bring you to your knees this time of year.  It’s THAT beautiful, yes.

What else?  The air is crisp.  Not cold enough to chill you to the bone (mostly) but crisp enough to warrant stoking up the fireplace inside, after a long walk, outside.  A walk in which you were decidedly NOT accosted by a single bug… ’cause they’re all dead now.  (I’m sorry, was that a bit harsh?  Bugs and I… well, we don’t really coexist  super well.  But I digress…)

One more thing.  Fall is pumpkins.

Pumpkins on the front porch… pumpkins to decorate the house… pumpkin spiced tea… pumpkin latte… pumpkin pie….pumpkin pie CAKE (check out the DELICIOUS recipe I have for that in my recipe box, HERE)…

bright orange and even pretty white pumpkins EVERYWHERE.  And there’s just something about them that gets us all giddy over here.  Maybe it’s that they’re a sure sign of the kickoff of the season…  that we can now get our fall boots on and our corduroy jackets out, and rake up a pile of leaves to jump into.

Whatever it is, pumpkins mean Fall.  And we love them.  And I thought it might be fun to film a class on how to make a lovely pumpkin cake or two to help you celebrate this glorious season.

So I did. :)

This cake is a great cake for any level cake decorator, including beginners,  as it’s relatively easy to make, a good introduction to the wonderful world of modeling chocolate… and the design is about IMperfection.  It has room for error… no precision with this one, required!

In this class I show you, step by step, how to make this pumpkin cake, cover your board, and also how to make some pretty leaves and berries to embellish it.  I also show you how to alter the original design and turn it into a cute little cake to bring to a child’s fall party!

There are tons of ways you could design your pumpkin cake… to be used as a centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table or even at your next Halloween party.   And it’s a fun, easy cake that will have your guests wondering what ELSE you’ve got up your sleeve. ;)

This full length video tutorial is now available for $5 in my tutorials shop… or you can click on the picture below to check it out now…

 

If you do decide to give it a go, post a photo of your finished pumpkin to my wall on my Facebook page.  I’d LOVE to seeeee!!

 

And I wish you a very brisk but cozy, leaf glowing, pumpkin spice sipping, beautiful boot wearing, GLORIOUS Fall, everyone! Xx

 

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Painting Maleficent (Who is NOT the Mistress of Evil, as it turns out.)

I was asked by my crazy talented friend, Avalon Yarnes of Avalon Cakes, (um, yeah… you might have heard of her ;) ) if I wanted to be part of the Sugar Spooks cake collaboration again this year.

Alright, I’m going to be completely honest here (and I run the risk of seeming totally oddballish… as if that’s something new… but I digress)… I DON’T like spooky.  Or scary.  Or creepy.  Or gross.  (I don’t even like Halloween!  GASP!!  shhhhh….)

(painting video tutorial at the bottom of this post)

I know.  I’m a weirdo.  But here’s the thing…

You know how you grow up (well, some do anyway ;) ) and in the process you develop certain… ISSUES?  Yeah.  Well, one (of the thousands) I was riddled with was a severe “fear” issue.

No, really… I mean a large and IN charge, FEAR issue.

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As a tween, I started reading Stephen King novels.  Now, my parents were pretty strict… I couldn’t just watch anything on TV, and there were some pretty set regulations in our  house concerning… well, ALL things, but my dad did have a love for “the scary”, you see.

He loved Stephen King and Peter Straub stories… and he LOVED scary movies.  But HE wasn’t a scaredy cat.  It was fun for him.

So, naturally, he was completely fine with me reading such novels.  In fact, he would tell me which ones to read first, next, and so on.

But I am of a different breed, apparently.  It was thrilling in a sense to be scared, yes, but I simply was not of the countenance to “just have fun” with it and let it roll off of me.  I took it all in.  With EACH book, and EACH scary movie.

And eventually, I just became chock full of fear… sceered out of my GOURD of the things that go “bump” in the night.

It was bad.  Let me just say this… I couldn’t walk up the stairs alone at night.  EVEN when I was in college. (See… I told you it was bad.)

But then I met Thomas.

I still don’t know what I did to catch this guy… but I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that he has “saved” me in so many ways.

And he was NOT into scary.  And he saw what scary had done to me.  And he WASN’T havin’ it.

The man cut me off from all things scary.  No more scary movies… no more scary books, NOTHING that was going to feed my fear.  And really, he’s not the type of guy who forces his will upon me or anyone else for that matter.  But he saw how bad it was for me, and he knew something had to be done.

So I stopped.  I no longer indulged in anything of the sort.  In fact, I haven’t watched a scary movie in almost 15 years… and have ZERO desire to do so.

‘Cause, the truth is, he broke the hold fear had over me.  (Well, with the help of God, he did anyway.)  It worked.  And I’m just not afraid like I used to be.

Now don’t get me wrong… I still have the normal “parent” fears and all.  But those are more of the “worry” sort… you know, worrying about my kiddos and my family and such.  But the FEAR of the creatures that lurk the alleys and cellars is gone.  With the wind.  And I like it.  A LOT.  And I have a lingering distaste for all things scary, now, because of it.  (But please, don’t misunderstand me.  I’m not judging anyone who loves “scary”…heck, my father and brother still love their scary movies now and then.  I’m just not counted within their ranks, is all… and that’s the way I need to keep it, ya know?)

(Ohmygersh, I talk too much.)  Ok, WHAT IS MY POINT?!  My point is this…  how could I participate in a “scary” cake collaboration with all of THAT baggage?

I found a way.  First off, Avalon made it clear that our project did NOT have to be scary.  So for last year’s project, I made a She-pirate… which was a bit more “stern” than scary.  For this year’s theme, though, it did have to be “twisted”.  So I got the wheels turning.  And THEN I saw the new movie, “Maleficent” in the theaters.

You know… Maleficent, the Mistress of all Evil (*whoooooowaahhhhhhhaaaahhhaaahhhh* <—evil, scary laugh)?  Well, GUESS WHAT??  Disney went right on ahead and TWISTED the whole story all around… and ol’ Maley AIN’T evil anyomore!!  Turns out (according to the new, IMPROVED version of the story) she never was!!!  (Just a bit upset, is all.) ;)  I LUUUUUUUURVED the new story… I LUUUUURVED how they twisted it!!

And Avalon DID say “twisted” was this year’s theme, right?

So I did what any self-respecting, ex-fear-fighter would.  I got out my paints and went to town.

And I created my second Sugar Spooks Cake Collaboration piece…

Maleficent… the Mistress of All GOOD. (Yes, she had her moments… but don’t we all?) Xx

 

(Oh, and I thought I’d video the process of her being painted, as I was using a new medium this time and thought maybe some of you might kinda sorta wanna see?  So if ya do, here it is… )

 

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