Wednesday, November 7, 2012

I'm finally on Facebook!! - and an annoucement!

Yes...I'm here...finally! :)

I am so technically ignorant on so many levels and created a personal page first, then realized there was an option for a business page!!  SO, don't friend me on the personal one I made...I won't be using that one.  Click HERE for my business page!!  It's under Jessicakes Blog.

I also have some news!!

I have good news and I have bad news: the good news is I'm working on revamped versions of my video tutorials to share with all of you! I can't divulge the who, what, where, when just yet, but suffice it to say, they're going to be high def, interactive, and absolutely great! The bad news, as you've probably guessed, is that I've decided to take them down from the blog. But bear with me, stay tuned, and I promise the new improved versions won't disappoint!

If the removal of these videos or photos have caught you by surprise and you're in the midst of a project and need help, I'm always available via email!!  Feel free to email specific questions regarding anything you've seen on my blog and I'll try and get back to you as soon as I can!!  Thanks for understanding and being patient!!

HUGS to all my followers and fans!!!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Elmo Cake

Six days ago, my sweet baby girl turned 2 years old!! 
Oh my, how time has flown by!

Harper Joy is SUCH a little entertainer...full of life, tons of joy and LOTS of passion...both good and bad! :)  She is full-blooded two years old right now in every way!  But everyday gets more fun because she is learning SO incredibly fast.  Her brain is flying at warp speed ahead!  I love love love seeing her discover new things, learn her shapes and colors, work on puzzles, hear her pray, build legos, give kisses, show us her "cuteness shoulder", give loves when her brother or sister get hurt.  I love to hear her sing TONS of songs all day long and say "love you mama" and silly things like "pickles and meat!" - her favorite lunch request! :)  Harper Joy, you have added so much to our family!  Thank you for your passion, energy and hugs!!  We love you more than the sun!

It was also my nephew's birthday...the same day!  They are two years apart exactly!  My sister and I decided to do a simple family party for them but we needed a common theme.  After kicking around lots of ideas, we settled on Elmo! :)  I actually never thought I'd do an Elmo cake! :) - but it is!  Both Jordan and Harper are into Elmo so it made for a bright and colorful party.

The next trick was designing the cake to be personal for both of them.  So, I came up with this design where one side of the famous street sign says "Jordan" and on the other says "Harper".  What was so fun about this, was that we lit candles, sang "Happy Birthday" to Jordan, he blew out the candles, we took pictures...then, we turned the cake around, lit candles, sang "Happy Birthday" to Harper, she blew out her candles we took pictures...and Voila! - It was like we had two cakes and two parties!!  It worked perfect!
 The bottom tier was an 8" round, 5" high cake filled with vanilla cake and Butterfinger buttercream! YUM!

There were over 100 polka dots on this cake!!  The polka dots were each 1" in diameter.  I originally was going to make them 5/8", but when I started to work on it, I realized I was going to need something like 300 polka, I enlarged the pattern and cut down the quantity I needed! :)  Mama had too much going on this week to do 300 polka dots! :)  I created this pattern in photoshop so I knew which color would go where.

 I found this Elmo image online and printed it out a few times so I could cut out the features and make templates from it.  I laid all the features on a black background of modeling chocolate so there would be a shadow/line around the figure and make it stand out a bit more on the cake.

If you'd like to know how to use my wax paper transfer technique to lay out the vertical stripes and the polka dots, I show it in my new Craftsy Class.  You can get more information HERE.

I had planned to make the street sign hang from a lamp post coming out from the top of the cake.  How cute would that have been!!!  But, again, priorities! :) - and for me this past was being a good mommy and not spending hours in the kitchen making a lamp post and ignoring my kids!! :) - so, I found this image (below) online, I imported it into Photoshop and erased the "Sesame Street" and put in Harper and Jordan's names.  I then printed it on cardstock and stuck it on a thick piece of fondant I cut out to be exactly the same size as the sign.  So, it's paper! :) - not fondant.  Again, you could totally make it from fondant...and spend the time cutting out the lettering and the yellow border, but I just didn't have the time this week.  
SO, save yourself some time and print it! :)
The only thing I would have done differently was to switch out that blue band on the stripes to a green.  It looked fine to me until I put the street sign on there and then the blue looked out of place.  It should have matched the street sign...either green or yellow.  I usually always make my borders the darker, without really thinking through it, I made it blue.  BUT, next time...or if you make this cake...make it green! :) - or yellow and green to match the sign! :)

Last but not are my sweet girls! :)  My spunky two year old in front and my sweet seven year old in the back! :)  OH, God has been good to me!  I love love love these girls!!  

Thank you Jesus!