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Hi everyone,
I don’t know about you but whenever I go to the Dunkleys show I seem to spend up large – I spend far more than I make from having a stand at the show!  But, it’s a great place to buy gifts for Christmas presents so I don’t regret the spendup one little bit!

The weekend after the Dunkleys show, I had a class to go to (yes, I got to be a student for a change!) but it wasn’t a papercrafting class, it was a cupcake decorating class.  My friend Sarah is getting married soon and so for her Hen’s party instead of a traditional boozy night on the town, she opted to go to Millys with us and learn to decorate cupcakes.  It’s incredibly trendy right now – and as I discovered, awesome fun and something I could really get into… although I need a new hobby like I need a hole in the head…

I wanted to get a gift for Sarah but I was really stuck until I found a cute little stand at the show called the Soap Barrow which was selling lovely smelling soaps in the shape of cupcakes.  Perfect!  I selected three of them and made up my own carry box to present them to the Bride To Be in.  The box was very simply decorated with a few die-cut flowers, and a little bling…  By the time I’d figured out the box design itself with the apertures and wasted a few sheets of Crumb Cake 12×12″ cardstock making it, there wasn’t much time left for the decorating part!  But Sarah has very classic taste and likes things to be clean and simple so in the end I think this was perfect for her.
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, Window sheets
Other: Blossom Party Die and Big Shot, Boho Blossoms punch, 1″ circle punch, Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads, Basic Pearls, Marina Mist 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon
Now for the yummy bit I promised you in my last post…  Here are the cupcakes I decorated at Millys!  Some I tried to pretty much copy what they showed us, and others (the ones in pink, which my daughter loved!) were my own “design”.  Using the grass tip on the icing bag was a little tricky, I think my hedgehog looks like it’s been spun around in the washing machine!  The petals on the sunflower were much easier.  I hope I did OK for a complete beginner.  And yes, they were tasty!  I like baking, but have never really tried decorating the things I bake.  I really enjoyed doing this, wonder if I should start doing “cards and cupcakes” events!  What do you think?
Don’t forget, if you want to come to Extravaganza, now is the time to contact me, click here!  You could be the winner of one of our fabulous door prizes, as well as having a fun afternoon out to get on top of your Christmas crafting!
Happy stamping,