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Christmas - Desserts - Holiday Parties

Buttercream Santa Hat Cupcake Recipe – Perfect for the Holidays!

December 10, 2018

These Christmas Santa Hat Cupcakes are perfect for any celebration during the winter holiday season. Learn how to make your own and make your guests (or you) as happy as can be. christmas Santa hat frosting on cupcake

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Custom Christmas cupcakes are all the rage for holiday parties. Why not impress your friends or loved ones with these super cute with this Santa Hat Cupcake Recipe.

I was always the one who had to have a tag attached to everything or customize our treats. I feel like I spent my time doing things that other people don’t really appreciate. Santa cupcakes are super easy and you’re putting buttercream on top of your cupcakes anyways.chocolate cupcake with red buttercream frosting

I use the non-taste red food coloring gel and it does make a difference in the end. Your buttercream is still sugary and you don’t have the metallic taste that you’d get from other red food colorings.

buttercream ingredientsSupplies for your custom Santa Claus Cupcakes

Tip: Go to your local grocery bakery and ask to buy non-iced cupcakes.

Begin by whipping together your room temperature butter. I like using salted butter but you can have control over your salt intake by using unsalted butter and adding in a bit at a time – just to offset some sweetness.

Use an electric mixer to whip up your butter and then slowly add the icing sugar. Add a splash of milk to make it smoother and then at the end, split the icing 80/20.

Color the 80% portion with your red food coloring and cocoa powder and mix it really well. Put your red frosting in an icing bag or a Ziploc will work just as well and cut off the corner. Use a knife or offset spatula to ice the base of the cupcake in white. dollop of red frosting to mimic a Santa hat

You’re going to want to start at the bottom and press a large amount at the base and then pull up slowly to get a triangular shape of frosting. Cut the mini marshmallows in half and place it on top. Voila, you’re done!chocolate cupcake with red frosting hat

Santa Hat Cupcake Recipe
Prep Time
25 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Perfect for your Christmas get together, create these easy Santa Hat cupcakes using some delicious buttercream frosting.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cupcake, christmas dessert, christmas party food, cupcake, cupcake recipe, cupcakes, santa cupcake
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Lindsay
Ingredients
  • 12 of your favorite chocolate cupcakes
Butter Cream Frosting
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp red gel food coloring
  • 6 mini marshmallows
Instructions
How to make Buttercream Frosting
  1. In an electric stand mixer, beat together butter, sugar, and milk on medium speed, gradually increasing it to high.
  2. Once the ingredients are combined and form stiff peaks, your buttercream is ready.
How to make your buttercream Santa hat
  1. Scoop out about ¼ cup of white buttercream and with an offset spatula, frost each cupcake.
  2. Add cocoa to your remaining buttercream and mix on high. Add red gel food coloring and mix until completely tinted.
  3. Using a piping bag, pipe out a tall, triangular shape onto each cupcake.
  4. Cut each mini marshmallow in half and top the buttercream hats. Ho Ho Ho

Recipe Notes

Ensure your cupcakes are cool before decorating

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Cricut - Holiday Parties - New Years

New Year, Same Mess & More FREE SVG Files for New Years

December 4, 2018

Ring in the New Year but also don’t forget that you’re still a complete mess! Grab this and many other free SVG files for your next handmade New Years shirt. 

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Celebrating New Years is always something I look forward to. My husband is from Tonga and they’re right on the International Dateline so they’re the very first ones to celebrate the New Year.

We ring in New Years in Tonga at our local church meetinghouse. We grab lots of balloons and string and have the most fun time dancing around the sports court.  No lie, it’s one of the most fun nights we have on the island. Here is our Christmas tree that we have in Tonga and we had a craft night where all the kids cut paper snowflakes and we blew up more balloons for the tree. I remember my husband telling me that some Christmases all they got were balloons and they were so excited. Here is the family a few years back on our trip. We try to go to Tonga every few years but it’s getting expensive since we all require seats on the plane. It’s definitely a humbling experience going there and I tell you all about our trip to Tonga in this post.

But enough about Christmas lets talk about New Years and how you can get 12 free New Year SVG files!

Like I said above, New Years is always a fun time of year for us. But believe me, when I say, I’m the same mess that I was in 2017. I can’t get my act together so this New Year, Same Mess SVG file is perfect in describing me.

Supplies for your New Years shirt

Click on the link above to the free SVG file and save it to your computer. You’ll then upload it into your electronic software. To upload an SVG file into Cricut Design Space, follow these instructions. To upload an SVG file into your Silhouette software, Persia Lou has a great step-by-step tutorial on how to do that.

Next, cut your free New Years SVG file with your electronic cutter. Remember to mirror your image so that it cuts properly. I prefer using my Cricut and that’s just because I’m used to it. I haven’t used a Silhouette in a few years but they cut the iron-on vinyl just as good.

After you’ve unloaded your vinyl from the cutter, you want to remove any of the images that you do not want to go on your New Years shirt. Use a weeding tool or a safety pin and take off the vinyl. You now have your entire New Year, Same Mess image still attached to the carrier sheet.

Being by preheating your fabric to the suggested settings. Lay your iron-on vinyl on top of the shirt and then press for the recommended amount of time. Turn the shirt over and press again. Depending on what material of HTV you use, you want to check if it is a warm peel or cool peel.

Use this handy Iron-On Vinyl Guide to know what setting you should be using with your HTV.

What does it mean to cool peel or warm peel heat transfer vinyl?

It’s simple, cool peel means to allow your HTV to come back down to room temperature before you peel off the carrier sheet. Warm peel means to pull the carrier sheet off of your material while it is still hot.

A lot of foil iron on is cold peel. You want to allow it to cool down so that your foil HTV doesn’t wrinkle. You’ll have to use a little bit of force to take the carrier sheet off of the cool HTV but it won’t peel off your shirt.

What if I don’t want a workout shirt?

Easy, put this on any shirt you own to let your friends, family, and strangers know you are one hot mess! It looks super cute on this baseball shirt and quite frankly, you can wear it all year round.

You can use these free SVG files on anything. Make yourself a mug like I did last month with our Christmas SVG file hop. Follow the links below to grab your own and make whatever your heart desires.

Now for your other FREE SVG files, just click on the link and you’ll be taken to the blogs to download their own files.

Pop! Clink! Kiss

That’s So Twenty Eighteen

Champagne Squad and Rose Squad

Midnight Kisses, New Year Wishes

New Year, Same Mess

Kiss Me Now, Midnight is Past My Bedtime

New Years Resolution: Be Just as Awesome as I Was Last Year!

Kiss Me… at Midnight

This is My Year to Sparkle

Available for Midnight Kisses

Happy New Year 2019

Cheers Y’all

free New Years svg file

Christmas - Crafting DIY - Holiday Parties

Buffalo Plaid DIY Wrapping Paper with Deco Art Craft Paint

December 3, 2018

Buffalo Plaid is so trendy right now and I am here for it. Create the most glamorous Buffalo Plaid DIY wrapping paper easily by using DecoArt paint and stencils.

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Thank you to Deco Art for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

Supplies for your Custom DIY Wrapping Paper

Use your Dove Grey first for the base of your buffalo check wrapping paper. Because this wrapping paper is white, I’m just going to use the grey and black colors to add to my design. You could use white tones and do this on black wrapping paper too.

When making your own Buffalo Check DIY Wrapping Paper, be sure that each color is dry before you move on to the next step.

Begin with your crosshatching lines using Dove Grey. Allow at least one inch in between the lines and do two coats. Once your first coat is dry, take your Lamp Black paint and where the first lines cross over, put a square of your black ink. I just dabbed around the square with my foam brush and then filled in the remaining area with my additional paint.

Repeat the steps now using your Neutral Grey and going over the crosshatched lines in black.

I wanted rustic looking squares for my DIY wrapping paper and so I wasn’t worried about getting lines straight. If you want lines straighter, use a painters tape and a thicker base paper and you should be just fine. 

What kind of paper do I need to make my own custom wrapping paper?

You don’t need anything special to make your own wrapping paper. I love using the kraft mailing paper that costs maybe $4 each. Add any stamps or marker to the paper and you have your own custom wrapping paper.

I used this white postal paper and there is no sheen to it. It’s thin enough that it’ll crease well and thick enough so that you won’t see what’s inside. 

Did you also know you can make stamps with your Cricut?

True story, folks. Your Cricut can cut stamp material. You’ll need to use the Cricut Knife Blade if you’re cutting the thick orange rubber but Brother makes a stamp material that you can cut with the Cricut Explore models.

See how easy it is to make your own holiday wrapping paper using Deco Art Americana acrylic paints?! I did this on my dining table and had two going at the same time with about 30 minutes dedicated to drying. I’m definitely using this on meaningful gifts and not my kids’ because they don’t appreciate stuff like this. Head to your local craft store and pick up all these supplies and begin making this today! 

Birthday Parties - Clothing DIY - Cricut - Movies

Harry Potter Socks | Harry Potter Party Favors

October 30, 2018

These DIY Harry Potter socks are perfect for your next Harry Potter party. Create the perfect Harry Potter party favor and attach the free Harry Potter printable.  Harry Potter socksThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I’ve partnered up with LEGO to bring your next Harry Potter party to a whole new level. Create your very own Harry Potter socks and attach the LEGO Harry Potter printable to the top of the bag. Manage your own Mischief with these Mischief Managed socks made with your Cricut.

I don’t know if I’ve ever admitted that I’m addicted to any LEGO game and LEGO Harry Potter is my favorite of them all. I can’t decide if I like the Harry Potter years 1-4 or Harry Potter years 5-7 but they’re amazing. They’re even more amazing when you can be the only player in a family of 6. But now you can buy them both at the same time and you know I bought it again for my XBox One.

supplies for Harry Potter socks

Supplies for your DIY Harry Potter Socks

lego VoldemortTo make your Harry Potter party favors, cut the Mischief Managed picture with your electronic cutter. Be sure to mirror your image before it cuts. Lay your socks upside down on your surface. The opening will be on the table and the hole will be away from you. Pay attention to your sock position so that you can get your Mischief Managed socks facing the correct way.putting itv on socks put iron on vinyl on socksI use an EasyPress Mat but you can also use a folded towel. Use a surface that will help distribute even heat and won’t bend. Ironing boards are not ideal to use with the EasyPress. The middle easily bends and won’t allow you to get an even pressing. I use a wood board because that is what I have for my blogging backdrops. You can use your countertop but some materials will pull the heat from the EasyPress and the temperature will drop. using the small EasyPressPress your iron-on vinyl according to manufacturers instructions. Cricut has a new interactive guide to what kind of heat setting you need and how long to press it using an iron or the EasyPress. If you’re going to use an iron, read this post on how to really get your iron-on vinyl to stay.

Once you’ve pressed your Mischief Managed socks, go ahead and fold them and place them into your cellophane bag. It’s easier if your cellophane bag is flat so that you won’t have issues when you go to staple your Harry Potter treat topper on.  Harry Potter bag topper

More Harry Potter Party Ideas

I love LEGO’s and they’ve been a favorite of my boys. Malakai even loves the smaller LEGO’s and that works great for his small motor skills. I have yet to figure out a LEGO storage situation in our house though.

These Harry Potter socks are the perfect party favor. I’ve been having lots of Harry Potter fun with my Luna Lovegood confetti and I’m working on more felt ornaments for our Harry Potter Christmas tree to go along with Hedwig. Grab the free printable for personal use only above.  Harry Potter movie confetti  felt Hedwig ornament

Cricut - Halloween - Party Time

Jack Skellington Cupcake Toppers for your next Halloween Party

October 23, 2018

I am not the average person when it comes to the ideas of what can be created during the Halloween season. These Nightmare Before Christmas cupcakes are perfect for ringing in the Halloween season.  This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I haven’t met someone who doesn’t love The Nightmare Before Christmas. When I watch the movie I’m all in it for the songs and the animation. Jack Skellington is one of my favorite characters in the film because of his flair for dramatics. Make this Nightmare Before Christmas party food for your next Nightmare Before Christmas party. 

Supplies for your Nightmare Before Christmas party cupcakes

So the easy part, print off your Jack Skellington cupcake topper using Cricut Design Space. Then you’ll load them into your Cricut machine and allow that to do the cutting. Cut out the black cardstock of the silhouette so that you have something to place your Jack Skellington pictures to it.

How do I print with my Cricut?

So it’s not actually your Cricut that is printing. To print with your Cricut, you’ll need an actual printer which will print off your design and the registration marks. Place that printed paper onto your Cricut mat and then load it into your machine. The Cricut has an electronic reader near the blade and that will read your registration marks so that your machine will know where to cut.

*You will need to have calibrated your Cricut Machine before you’re able to cut precisely on your Cricut. Go here to learn how to calibrate your Cricut.

How to make Jack Skellington cupcake toppers

Use some hot glue to attach the Nightmare Before Christmas toppers to the toothpick or skewer. These Jack Skellington cupcake toppers are sure to be a hit at any party. 

Cricut - Party Time

Harry Potter Confetti with your Cricut Machine

October 17, 2018

Did you know you can make your own confetti with your Cricut machine? Use your Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore to cut some Cricut party foil and add pizazz to your Harry Potter Party.
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How do you make confetti with your Cricut?

It’s so easy! You just need some party foil and any Cricut machine. Just open the Design Space file and cut away. The smallest image your Cricut can cut is 1/4″. Just keep that in mind. I don’t recommend cutting detailed images that small because the details can get lost. We had Malakai’s first birthday Harry Potter themed and now I’m having a Harry Potter themed Bunco party so my life is basically complete after this.

How do I cut Cricut Party Foil?

Cricut Party Foil is a little bit thicker than the Cricut Vinyl. It doesn’t tear as easily like the Cricut Adhesive Foil. It adds sparkle to any party with the option of 2 types of party foil in each pack. One is holographic and the other is solid. It comes in ten different colors so it’ll coordinate with any theme you want. luna lovegood glasses confetti

Supplies for your DIY Confetti

The only thing in addition that you’d need to buy is the Cricut Party Foil and the SVG file. Everything else is included with your Cricut machine when you buy it. Look through your Design Space and see what Cricut Access images you like and cut those to coordinate your party.

Is Cricut Access worth it?

Cricut Access costs $9.99 a month for images and $6.99 a month for fonts or you can pay in advance for a year for Cricut Access Premium and it’ll give you access to both images and fonts. It gives you access to any shape or font that has the green A in the upper left corner. Or you can pay around $1-$5 for shapes and they’ll be yours forever regardless. If you want to try it for one month and see if it’s worth it, I recommend that. I use a lot of Cricut Access images and it allows me to be more creative.

What setting do I use when cutting Cricut Party Foil?

The great thing about Cricut machines is that the settings have been preset for all Cricut materials. When you use your Cricut Maker to cut Cricut Party Foil, select All Materials in the middle right-hand side. You’ll search for Cricut Party Foil and select that.

When using the Cricut Explore, you’ll set your smart dial to custom and you’ll select Cricut Party Foil from the drop-down menu. Check your material before you fully unload the mat and see if it is cut completely through. If not, just press the C button again.

If you unload your mat and then try to cut again, the cut lines will not be the same. If you don’t unload it and it’s not cut all the way, press the C and it will cut the exact lines again.

I used my Cricut Maker to cut the Party Foil to make my Harry Potter confetti and I used the custom setting but I did have to cut through twice just because I didn’t want to pick out 300 pieces of confetti off my Cricut mat. luna lovegood glasses surrounded by confetti

That’s it. If you’ve ever wondered how to cut Cricut Party Foil, this is how. Check out other Cricut Party Foil ideas below.


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DIY Custom Printed Napkins with your Cricut EasyPress 2

September 19, 2018

Did you know that you can make your very own custom printed napkins at home using the Cricut EasyPress 2? I got a chance to sample the 6×7″ EasyPress 2 and I can’t say enough good things about it.
Create your own custom printed napkins at home and at a fraction of the cost. Personalize party napkins to fit any theme. #cricutmade #CricutEasyPress2 #ad #CricutThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

This past August, Cricut held an event called Mountain Make-a-Thon and it was so much fun to just be with other creative people making creative things with our Cricut. At the Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon, they announced they were coming out with a new and improved version of their original EasyPress. This time the EasyPress 2 comes in 3 different sizes, 6×7″, 9×9″, and 12×10″.

This smaller EasyPress 2 makes it my third so I guess you can say that I’ve got some EasyPress experience. I love the small size and it’s perfect for making your own custom printed napkins. Create your own custom printed napkins at home and at a fraction of the cost. Personalize party napkins to fit any theme. #cricutmade #CricutEasyPress2 #ad #Cricut

Supplies needed for custom printed napkins

Create your own custom printed napkins at home and at a fraction of the cost. Personalize party napkins to fit any theme. #cricutmade #CricutEasyPress2 #ad #CricutCan I use Iron-On Vinyl on Paper?

Absolutely, you can! You’re going to want your setting to be around 250°F and press for around 10-15 seconds. Because these were napkins, I was able to use the new EasyPress Mat that is designed for the 6X7″ model. If I was using cardstock, I would want my EasyPress 2 and Mat to be larger than my paper so I don’t make any dents in my paper project.

Create your own custom printed napkins at home and at a fraction of the cost. Personalize party napkins to fit any theme. #cricutmade #CricutEasyPress2 #ad #CricutHow do you make Custom Printed Napkins with your EasyPress 2?

It’s really simple. You’re going to want to go into Design Space and create a file and be sure that it is sized to fit onto your napkin. Load your Everyday Iron-On into your Cricut machine and don’t forget to reverse your image!

Create your own custom printed napkins at home and at a fraction of the cost. Personalize party napkins to fit any theme. #cricutmade #CricutEasyPress2 #ad #CricutWhat is the difference between Cricut Iron-On Lite and Cricut Everyday Iron-On?

Cricut has reformulated their old Iron-On Lite. The Everyday Iron-On is something that I noticed a huge difference in quality when I compared it to the Iron-On Lite. It releases easier from the carrier sheet and it gives you a better result. It also comes with the StrongBond Guarantee. Which means that if you use the Everyday Iron-On as instructed and you’re not satisfied with the results, they’ll replace it for free.

Create your own custom printed napkins at home and at a fraction of the cost. Personalize party napkins to fit any theme. #cricutmade #CricutEasyPress2 #ad #CricutHow do I use the Cricut EasyPress 2?

This part is probably the easiest of this whole thing. You’re going to want to weed your image and leave what you want to press on to your custom printed napkins on the carrier sheet.

Preheat your EasyPress 2 to 250ºF. The new EasyPress 2 heats up a lot faster than the original and it can now go up to 400ºF. Keeping your EasyPress 2 on the Safety Base is also important so that other items can remain protected.

Place your napkin on to the EasyPress Mat. Place your image on to your napkins and then press for 10-15 seconds. Remove your Everyday Iron-On while your image is still hot. Some HTV is a cold peel process so be sure to read all the manufacturers instructions.

Create your own custom printed napkins at home and at a fraction of the cost. Personalize party napkins to fit any theme. #cricutmade #CricutEasyPress2 #ad #CricutAllow your custom printed napkin to cool and then you’re set to go on with your party!

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Cut a Wooden Cake Topper with your Cricut Maker

Using your Knife Blade on the Cricut Maker is a game-changer. Learn how easy it is to create a wooden cake topper out of basswood below. Make your own DIY cake topper by learning how to cut wood with your Cricut. #cricutmaker #cricut #cricutmadeThis post contains affiliate links, thank you for your support.

First of all, this princess party turned out better than I could have imagined and it was all made easier with my Cricut Maker. Learn how to cut wood with your Cricut Maker and what wood is best to use when using your Cricut Knife Blade.

Supplies for Princess Cake Topper

What kind of wood can I cut with the Cricut Knife Blade?

You can cut any wood that is 2.6mm thick. I recommend using basswood that is 1/16″ or 3/32″ wide. If you cut balsa wood the passes are not as many with the knife blade but you have a very fragile piece of wood. The best wood for your Cricut cake topper would be something sturdy.

What wood should I use for a wooden Cricut DIY cake topper?

I would 100% use basswood. It will hold up far better than balsa wood. It gives you a sturdy wooden cake topper that can be reused if you store it properly. You can also layer the basswood and make it thicker and sturdy.

What adhesive should I use with my wooden Cricut DIY cake topper?

I really like Aileens Wood Glue to layer the basswood together. You can use binder clips or even quilting binding clips to press it together while it dries. Or even easier, use a heavy book. The only thing that would concern me there is maybe glue can be pressed out and can adhere your wooden cake topper to the book.

For this particular DIY cake topper, I used my Xyron Creative Station and it worked well. It is not sealed on top of the paper so you’re more prone to grease spots if you do it this way.

Make your own DIY cake topper by learning how to cut wood with your Cricut. #cricutmaker #cricut #cricutmadeCan I cut intricate images with the Cricut Knife Blade?

The recommended smallest area you should cut is about the size of a pencil eraser and don’t go thinner than the width of a pencil. I have tried to cut really intricate settings and it either split the wood or would break as I was removing it from the mat.

Should I remove small inner images as I cut with my Cricut Knife Blade?

If you remove the small areas that are lifting as you cut your images, it will throw the cut out of sync. It will begin to cut areas a bit off of the actual cut line because it doesn’t have a surface holding it in-place like before. Some of the smaller intricate pieces will pop up as your cutting but I would only recommend removing it if it’s getting in the way of the blade and stopping the cut.

Make your own DIY cake topper by learning how to cut wood with your Cricut. #cricutmaker #cricut #cricutmadeHow can I make my homemade DIY cake topper food safe?

Many sealants are only labeled food-safe after going through a rigorous FDA approval. I would recommend using Mod Podge because it is non-toxic but it is not declared food-safe. Most craft supplies are not food safe. But since you don’t actually want it to get on your food, I’d cover the stakes of your cake topper with some cling film after you’ve applied your Mod Podge.

If you don’t want to seal it, go ahead. Just stick the wood straight into the cake and call it good. I would only recommend sealing it if you painted or stained it and planned to reuse it. Make your own DIY cake topper by learning how to cut wood with your Cricut. #cricutmaker #cricut #cricutmade

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