Thursday, November 11, 2010

For her 4th birthday, my daughter, Deianeira wanted a Barbie cake. I tried my hardest to talk her into something else.....she is only 4 after all. What about Lady bugs, or Princess' or something? Nope! So, in the end it's a "Barbie/Princess cake."

This cake did not start off well. This is actually my second attempt. The first cake, after baking it, and letting it cool down, I discovered was raw in the middle! :( So, then it was off to Hobby Lobby to buy the actual doll cake pan. At first I tried using my glass measuring bowl (which I have seen done, I just don't know the trick to making it work apparently). The doll pan actually has a rod that goes in the middle to bake it evenly. Genius!

So with the cake made, I decided to take a short cut and bought pink (strawberry) icing, and edible glitter. You are suppose to use fondant, but I hate that stuff, so I actually made this harder on myself that it should've been. But in the end she loved it anyways!!! :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


It's the 2nd Tuesday of November so you know what that means----ATC Tuesday!!!

For today's ATC (Artist Trading Card) I used MME "Wonderful Winter" (stripe) paper cut to 2 1/2" x 3 1/2, " think of a baseball card. For the top of the card I used (Merry Christmas & birds) paper cut to 2 1/2" wide, then I just cut a "wave" at the bottom. I adhered that to the card, then covered my "wave edge" with Tim Holtz's gold stickles. Next I cut out an additional "Merry," and used pop-up dots behind that. The mini ornament die is from Quick Kutz "jolly" mini set. I cut the die out, added ribbon and used pop-up dots on that as well. Once it was on the card I used the stickles again, over the "burst." Finishing touches for my ATC card was the Rhinestone Bling, from prima "e."

Hope you liked the ATC card and that you will visit our blog and play along with our ATC challenge and submit your own ATC card!!! :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Welcome to Rita's Ready, Set, Create!!!

Please join me the first Friday of every month for my new tutorial, "Rita's Ready, Set, Create," for CMIT.

Since all the instructions for my mini cards are listed on CMIT's blog I won't go into too much detail here. You can check it out on the blog as well as check out all the new things we will be featuring in the coming weeks. Go to:

So, all paper used is from American Crafts "Jolly" line and all dies used are from Quick Kutz "jolly" set. I must have been in a Jolly mood when I made these cards huh? LOL :)

Does the 3rd card look familiar? If not scroll down, and you'll see the tin can I posted a few days ago. I had so much fun making the tin, I thought I'd make a card out of it too!

These 4" x 4" mini cards were so quick and easy to make, I hope you give it a try.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


So I've had this tin can for awhile and I've been trying to think of something really creative to do with it.....and nothing! No ideas. I just have a plain white tin can. Then as I was walking the aisles in my local Walmart, there is a gingerbread house kit-----and BAM! It hit me, a gingerbread house tin, that you could fill with mini gingerbread men, 'cause it's a pretty shallow tin after all. So Thank You Walmart for inspiration!!! :)

So, to start you need a tin can, preferably white, but even silver would work ok. Now I love this paper pack from American Crafts "jolly," and for making a gingerbread house, it's perfect! I measured my tin, cut my paper to that size, and started rounding the corners. Gluing the paper to the tin is the stressful part, you have to get it perfect. I recommend using Zip Dry for this, you can slide it around a bit if you need to line it up.
Next I measured and cut my roof. I cut the scallops at the bottom by hand, trust me it looks better this way! But before you glue it to the tin, add your ribbon, so you can tuck in the corners. Deciding to add ribbon after you have it glued is not fun! It can be done though. :) To finish it off I added a bow and button, tied with hemp.
Now this is the fun part....playing with all the mini dies. They are all from Quick Kutz's "jolly" set. Aren't they cute?
I cut out the "tag" die from 2 different papers, and then glued them both to the tin, next I added the "gingerbread people" die (I had to cut 2 to get enough people to go across the tin). They are glued to the tin with pop-up dots. Now I went back and added small pearls to the gingerbread girls and large pearls to my tag. Note: You can buy prima e pearls that come in various sizes, in one package, or the "swirl" designs, and just cut them apart with an exacto knife. My last die used is the "Be Jolly" saying.

Making this tin was alot of fun, so remember.....before you throw away your old altoid tin can, think of what you can make with it!!! :)

Love the supplies used today? Check out CMIT's online e-bay store for the paper, dies and pearls.