Friday, April 20, 2012

It's My Party Blog Hop!!!


Welcome to our Party Decor Blog Hop. We have a fantastic group of ladies who love to
 make party decorations and we are excited to share our projects with you today!  

If you just happened to find my blog, thank-you so much. However, so you don't miss awesome projects or the chance to win blog candy, you will want to start at the beginning at  
http://mincedpaper.blogspot.comIf you came from Wandy @ then you are in the right spot.
     I am in the mood to PARTYYYYY! Today just happens to coincide with the unveiling of my new blog design! I just love it, it's so me.!!!!

Speaking of parties we have them all the time. I have 5 children and 8 grand children so with weddings, baby showers, christenings, anniversaries and graduations, etc we always have a reason to party! Let me introduce myself:
     Hi! I am Mary and I'm a craftoholic!!! I'm so glad you decide to join us on this wonderful Hop! I am going to share with you a birthday party we had for my grandson Ben who turned 5 in December. He loves pirates and since I was in charge of the desserts I had just the right idea.
      I had just gotten the Cricut cake machine  ( for a great deal, lol) so this is my first attempt using this machine. I used the Buccaneer cart since it was a pirate party. I think there is going to be a learning curve with the cake machine! ( but I am learning to LOVE my Imagine).
     I had my own gum paste (tinted brown) for the skull and cross bones. The blue and white polka dots is a sugar sheet that I thought would be good to work with, wrong! It dries too quickly and is brittle. Even though I got it on sale, I don't think I'll use this again.
     I was fortunate enough to find some pirate themed candles to add to this. How cool are these banners? I made a lot of them because.....
      The banners were cut at 1.5" and I did half one way and the others I did the same only I flipped them horizontally so I would have a front and back. The characters were all cut separately and had to be sized to fit the banners.
      I made cupcake boxes for the kids party at the laser tag party so each kid would have their own cake. Ben's was extra special with the "Shiver Me Timbers" pattern for the cart.This is the great thing about the imagine because you can flood fill any image you have on any Cricut cartridge so you don't have to worry about having enough paper. Definitely a savings when you are doing a large quantity.

      I made a little insert for the bottom of the wrapper to raise the cupcake up. The insert was cut from Sweet Tooth Boxes. I used Sweet Treats cartridge on page 72 cupcake holders for the actual box. Just a word of warning if you print your own cardstock with the Imagine, it is not waterproof. I placed the cupcakes in the wrappers just prior to bringing to the party.
     Here's the handsome and ever playful Benjamin who is now officially 5!
      Next stop on the Hop is Jen @ Let's see what kind of party she is having!!!
                BLOG CANDY is a $20 gift card to Michaels.

To win all you have to do is comment on each of the designer's blogs. Following everyone's

blog isn't required but we sure do appreciate it when someone new follows our blogs.

The winner will be announced on
on April 27th.
     Just in case you get lost along the way, here is the line up:

  1. Laurie
  2. Michelle
  3. ClaireR
  4. Ashley
  5. Cyndie
  6. Sandy S.
  7. Gloria
  8. Jessica
  9. Autumn
  10. Sheila
  11. Vanessa
  12. Marji
  13. Sylvia
  14. Wandy
    ,--- You came from
  15. Mary
    <------You are here
  16. Jenny R
     < Next stop to party on!!!!



Laurie said...

Mary your cake is awesome! Love it and love your new blog design too. I think it fits you very well! Also thank you so much for participating in my hop!


Creative Diva said...

Im a new follower. Love the pirates theme.

creativediva98 at gmail dot com

Pat said...

The cake is very cool! I really like your cupcake toppers.

Connie Can Crop said...

Absolutely adorable!! TFS!

"Midge" said...

So, so cute Mary! I especially love the toppers!
Midge :)

Heather Lynn said...

sooo sooo cute!!
happy to be following you! :)
and i liked your facebook page, too!

Anonymous said...

Great cake and toppers

Gloria said...

Great toppers!! love the cupcake holders!
cute picture of your pirate!

Claire Spielman said...

WOW Mary your decorations are FABulous! The pirate theme was adorable and the detail terrific. I can't believe that was your first attempt with the cake machine? By the way, super jealous of your gorgeous blog design!!!!
Creative Wishes,
Claire S.

magicwanda said...

I love it , this is my favorite Imagine cart everything looks great!

Cyndie said...

So cute! Great Job! TFS

Marji said...

Too fun!! I love it and what a cute little pirate you have!

Liz said...

Great job on the cake. all the decorations are adorable, Pirates is my fav theme!

Tammy said...

awesome pirate party

Migdalia said...

New Follower!Super Cute Ideas!!!TFS

KAT said...

what cute ideas. i hope i signed up to follow. blogger was giving me troubles today...look for my name...

Lizzie Laine said...

Such fun decorations, they look great!
I have been wanting to use this cartridge, but haven't had a
Chance too yet.
I am a new follower:)

Melissa said...

What a great party theme and decorations! May have to get this cartridge now! :-) I'm a new follower.

The Crafty Dream said...

wow!!! So wonderful decorations!!!

I am your new follower
Thank u
Gaby Beard

Sandy S. (CraftyCreations) said...

Love your pirate cake.... and the cupcake topers too!


Sandy S. (CraftyCreations) said...

Love your pirate cake.... and the cupcake topers too!


Maria Matter said...

fabulous party Mary!! thanks for sharing all the fun!

angel4ever said...

This is so super cute!! Awesome cake! ♥


Lucy Kelleher said...

Love all the decorations, etc. you made for Ben -- he must have been so excited! TFS :)


Scrappin Rabbit Designs said...

Great b-day party decor! Love the pirate theme. I bet Ben loved it. TFS.


Desi Lee Designing Divas said...

Very cute Love the pirates. thanks for sharing


Patricia Hurlburt said...

love the theme. Thanks for sharing.

Jen R said...

Super fun Pirate theme. I love the cupcake toppers!

cema1cema said...

I love that you used your cake machine!! Pirates are so cool! Christina

Ashley Nicole said...

Love the cake. Everything looks awesome. Love the pirate theme. Nice being in the hop with you.

Anita Braddock said...

How Cute is this love the cake and the Establishments are amazing you have done yourself proud. thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

Ah, your projects are so cute! My youngest son is totally into pirates, and his birthday is coming up in June. So, thank you for sharing your creativity and inspiration. Thank you also for a super fun blog hop.

Jessica Kephart | A Homespun Affair said...

Oh Mary!! Your decor is just AWESOME !!! BTW I ADORE your makeover!!! Missing you!


Jessica @

Deezy said...


ClaireR said...

Fantastic Mary! Love the cupcake box, great idea.

PS: I love you new blog design, beautiful!

Jessica Buffa said...

Such a wonderful Pirate cake and cupcakes, too. Love the photo prop!
Happy to be hopping and I became a new follower, too!
Jessica S
Jessica's Craft Shaque

Michele Smith said...

What super cute and awesome projects! Thanks so much for sharing with us ~ LOVE your blog pretty!

Tracey said...

I really like your cupcake boxes.

Wandy said...

ARRRDDD!!! that cake looks YUMMY!!! Matey!!
Your newest follower, Wandy

The EmBellished Card - Belinda said...

I love the pirate theme. The cupcakes were adorable, or as adorable as pirates can be ... aaarrrrgh! I bet your son had a blast at his party. TFS!
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Sue D said...

Fabulous pirate decor--love the cupcake boxes.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Unknown said...

So amazing, your whole blog site is awesome... Love the theme of pirates..