3 Ways to Decorate a Plain Cake

decorating a plain cake

decorate a store bought cake

how to decorate a plain cake

If you don’t want to spend part of your birthday decoration money on buying a custom made cake, here are a few ideas to dress up a plain cake:

1.  Make a bunting banner.  Use a Flag Punch to cut out the small banners for the top of the cake.  You can use card stock as I did or fabric.  The top of the flags can then be folded over the string and glued into place.  Tie the string onto wood rock candy sticks or something that is about 6″ in height.

2. Use multiple small cupcake toppers.  Make multiple cupcake toppers in shapes such as stars or hearts in whatever colors you wish.  Use a Cricut machine or there are Star or heart punches at many local craft stores.  Use crafters glue to attach the cut out shapes to a toothpick and place several on the top of the cake.

3.  Use Ribbon and a large topper.  Get a plain cake from your local baker or grocery store.  I have asked an employee to frost a plain cake at my local Super Target and it comes out similar to the one above.  Simply wrap ribbon around the bottom of each layer and put some type of large topper on top.  The one shown is a 4″ circle design from our Rugby Train Birthday Party Collection with a larger circle in red glitter card stock behind it.

Summer Photo Book Collection: Free Printables

free printable

As I get my photo book in order, I figured I would share the printable inserts I make with you. Click here for the first set I made.  You can use them in a photo album as I have (above is a 12 x 12 inch Photo Sleeve Protector) or in other scrapbooking projects.

I love using this Corner Punch to round the edges of both the pictures and photo book printables, to give them a more “finished” look. 

Now you can get started on organizing all of those summer photos!

scrapbooking summer printable

printable photo book pages

FLASH SALE on our Holiday and Polka Dot Baby Shower Items


Sale on halloween and baby shower printable party items

It’s about time for a sale!  Get started early and get 50% off our Halloween Printables or a discount on our Christmas enclosure cards.  Or if you are attending a baby shower soon, our popular Heart Polka Dot Baby Shower Items are on sale.  No code is needed, we’ve already marked down the items for this sale.  Through August 22.



Fourth of July Printable Scavenger Hunt Game

4th of July printable scavenger hunt

The 4th of July is a holiday well known for cookouts, hanging out with family and friends, and just enjoying the warm sunshine.  So for the second 4th of July game, I decided a scavenger star hunt game would be appropriate.  Kids of all ages will love this game!  Plus it will burn off some of that extra energy.

You could play this in a few variations.  Get foam stars, cut them out with a paper punch, etc. and hide them all over the yard for an Easter egg hunt type of game.  Or make up clues they have to follow in order to find each star.  It’s up to you to be creative with it!  For the scavenger hunters that find all 12 stars, they get a special little surprise.


4th of July Printable Word Search Game

4th of July printable word search

4th of July is not this Friday but next Friday!  Can you believe it?!  When I think of the 4th, I always remember the days my sister and I would make a tent out of our folding lawn chairs and watch the fireworks at my Grandmother’s house.  It was nice because we lived in a small town in Illinois and the park wasn’t that far away.  It was the perfect spot.  I’m ready to watch my son have these simple yet memorable moments.

I’ve created a free printable 4th of July word search for you to keep the kids busy and entertained during your cookout.  If you want cupcake toppers and banners, click here to see the collection I put together last year.  If you want me to make one more game, leave a comment below!


Countdown to Summer Giveaway: Winner Picks 3 Prizes!


summer-giveaway Lately I haven’t had as much time to blog on here as I’d like to.  I have been busy putting together my new site and shop, By the Shore Studio and working on a Rainbow Art birthday party (I will be sharing it soon on here.)

In the meantime I’ve been wanting to be a part of another amazing giveaway for my wonderful readers.  I’ve teamed up with Pretty My Party and many other fabulous bloggers to bring you the Countdown to Summer Giveaway.  For this one the winner will get not one, but 3 prizes to enjoy! Here are all the details below. Good Luck!


June 13, 2014 at 12 a.m. EST to June 21, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Open Worldwide

Prizes: 1 winner will choose 3 prizes: Inflatable Water Park, Canon Digital Camera, iPad Mini, or $500 PayPal cash.

Eligibility and Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. This giveaway is open to individuals 18 and older. The winner will be chosen randomly through the Rafflecopter form. It is the sole responsibility of the winner to adhere to all laws, which includes payments to any governing tax body.

Winner Selection: The winner of the giveaway will be selected in a random drawing through Rafflecopter from among all eligible entries received throughout the promotion period. The random drawing will be conducted within 48 hours of the closing of the giveaway by Pretty My Party or its designated representatives, whose decisions are final. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. Winner will be notified by email at hello@prettymyparty.com. Potential winner must accept the prizes by email as directed by Pretty My Party within 48 hours of notification. Any winner notification not responded to or returned as deliverable may result in prize forfeiture. The potential prize winner may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and release of liability, and a Publicity Release (collectively “the Prize Claim Documents”).

Rafflecopter Disclaimer: This promotion is powered by Rafflecopter. Metric Feat, LLC (“Rafflecopter”) does not sponsor, administer or endorse this promotion. By entering this giveaway, participants agree to Rafflecopter’s Privacy Policy.

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Disclaimer: This giveaway is blog sponsored and is in no way associated with any of the brands and/or products listed above. If there are any questions, please email hello@prettymyparty.com.


The more entries you complete on the Rafflecopter form, the higher your chances are of winning. If you don’t have time to fill out all of the entries you may come back and complete any entries that you may have missed. Good luck!

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Embossed Gift Tag and Card

embossed happy birthday card

embossed gift tag

How was your weekend?  I hope it was great! This weekend my son and I went to my dear friend’s little girl’s birthday party.  You can’t ask for a better Saturday than that!  We had so much fun and it got Tyler in the singing mood again.  (He sings Happy Birthday after all the parties once we get home.)

I was also excited about getting to pick out girly presents and trying out my new embossing machine I got for my birthday.  Above is the card and gift tag I made with my new Cuttlebug. So far I’m loving it!  It makes clear, professional looking embossing and is so easy to use!

What I did for the gift tag:  I used the Cuttlebug A2 Swiss Dots Emboss Folder all over the pink card stock.  Then I printed out the birthday girl’s name on printer sized white card stock.  I used a flourish square punch around her name and used crafting glue to attach it to the pink card stock.  Then I used thin black ribbon to attach on top.

What I did for the card:  First I made a simple and sweet design on my computer and printed it out on white card stock.  Then I used the swiss dot folder on the bottom portion of the card.  This was a little tricky because the opening on the Cuttlebug is only approximately 5 or 6″ wide and I only wanted to use the dots on the bottom half.  Then after figuring out how to use my regular folder, I found they do have some polka dot border folders that look like they’d be better.

What I used:

Cricut Blue Cuttlebug Embossing Machine

Cricut Cuttlebug A2 Swiss Dots Emboss Folder

EK Tools Flourish Square Punch

Pink and white textured card stock

Thin black ribbon

Father’s Day Printables

free printable father's day certificate

It’s now June and Father’s Day is right around the corner.   Last year I created a printable card and gift tags for dad featuring a map design.  This year I decided to create a Best Dad in the World certificate to add to the collection.  It sure suits the theme after all and great dads really need to be appreciated!

The certificate is 8″x 10″ so it can be framed if liked, and the card measures 4″x6,” so you will want to use size A4 envelopes for it.

free printable father's day cards


How to Create Your Own Free Printable Monogram Wall Art

Free printable monogram wall art


Make your own monogram wall art with these easy instructions.

1. Choose your background color.  Download the background design by clicking on the link (not the picture) of the color you want below.  The background images are 8″x 10″.

free monogram wall art

- pink

- green

- blue

- purple

2.  You will need to import the background into a photo editing program. Please note that some of the programs you import the background into will not keep it at the 8×10 size.  If you choose to use your own program and are not sure about this, do a print preview to see if the background design takes up most of the space of standard sized printer paper.  Picasa is a free program that is that I’ve found that will keep the size of the image intact.

3.  Next, you will need to choose your font.  You can play around with your own fonts and see if there is one you currently have that you would like to use.  Or, for this monogram design, I used the Little Lord Fontleroy font.  You can download it for free here.

free printable monogram wall art

4. Once you have imported your background image into Picasa, click on the text box to add your monogram.

diy monogram wall art

 5.  Click the middle of the circle and start typing your text.  The text will not be centered in the middle of the page.  All you need to do is hoover over the text box and a circle will appear.  Click and hold the circle to drag your text into place.

6.  Make the text bigger by choosing a larger font size.  Now save your work and print!

This is my very first computer tutorial.  I hope it is easy enough to understand and you can make your own monogram wall art!

Shop Announcement: Printing Service for Invitations

bridal shower invitations

Photo courtesy WIkimedia

We are now offering professional printing on all of our invitations for our U.S. customers.  You can still order the printable PDF file if you wish, but this will give you another option if you would rather us take care of them for you.

When you place an order for printing, we will send you a proof to approve before we start printing.  This is to ensure mistakes are eliminated and you are happy with the way the wording looks. The invitations will be printed on heavy weight, uncoated card stock and come with white envelopes.

 If you live outside the United States, I’m sorry, but we do not have a shipping service for you, but you can still order the digital PDF file.