Saturday, June 19, 2010

The One With the Other Kind of Cupcakes

Having survived (both financially and physically) a pretty dangerous clearance sale at Sur la Table, I had a new brownie cup pan that just needed to be tried out. It makes a new kind of cupcakes... cakes that are actually cups for holding other delicious things.

Experiment Number One: Strawberry Shortcakes

They were simply delicious. The dough was unsweetened, so I doused the strawberries in sugar and that made up for it.

Experiment Number Two: Brownies filled with pudding. This time it was chocolate pudding. But I also tried French Vanilla the other day and it was also scrumptious.

Next up: Ice cream filling of some kind... maybe a sponge cake or two as well.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The One With Kaycie and Erich's Engagement Pictures

Yes, I realize that I already posted about Kaycie and Erich's wedding. But I wanted to backtrack and post pictures from their engagement shoot. (Photography by Michelle).

The One With the Handmade Thank You Cards

Michelle made these Thank You cards by hand. She used the same stamp that appeared on the rest of the wedding suite and hand calligraphed the lettering. Sweet and simple, these cards will be be the perfect reminder of the couple's special day.

More of the Metzelaars Wedding

Michelle designed these bridal shower invitations. And the wedding programs pictured below.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The One With the First Attempt

Well, here it is. My first attempt at hand-drawn art computerized via the Bamboo Pen and Touch. It's not a great first attempt, but it is an attempt nonetheless. This particular illustration will be appearing on a card for my sister-in-law, Annette, who just had a baby girl, Carly. (Click on the picture to view in better quality.)

The One With the Metzelaars Wedding

Last weekend, we celebrated the wedding of our dear friends Kaycie and Erich Metzelaars. It was great fun hosting the wedding at Maple Leaf Events in Stevenson, Washington. It was, in every way possible, the perfect wedding.
Check out some of the process:

First things first: Save the Dates
Michelle designed these Save the Dates using Adobe Photoshop CS3. They perfectly fit the fun, flirty and casual style the bride and groom were going for with their wedding.Wedding Invitations:
The DIY package of invitations was purchased at Michael's and is from the Martha Stewart collection of wedding invitations. It was even on sale! And then came the fun part. We brainstormed to figure out the coolest way to make the invitations unique for Kaycie and Erich.
So we found a cool flower stamp for the accents and clear letter stamps by Inkadinkado to create the monogram with their initials. We used a coral stamp pad and clear embossing powder on the monogram to make it stand out. And it was all put together assembly-line style by the very talented bridesmaids! Each envelope was hand-addressed in a casual, yet pretty style:

And when the big day finally arrived, the simple and elegant touches made it a celebration to remember:
The bride getting ready.She wore a birdcage veil handmade by her mother.
And a strand of pearls from her mother-in-law.Michelle, matron of honor, and Ellie, flower girl.
Mallory was also a bridesmaid-extraordinaire. More to come: Cheesecake bar for dessert, unique programs and handmade "Thank You" cards
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