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Castle Coasters

Happy Hump Day everyone! Nothing makes me laugh harder than that old Gieco commercial with the talking camel and the sentiment rings true, lately I have been happier than a camel on hump day!

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We had a good long weekend, I managed to clean out the spare room that we were using as a second junk room and start setting it up as a craft room. I got the room emptied out and painted, now all I need to do is decorate and fill it back up again! I will have a couple house posts coming up showing off the new craft room, and the basement that we have been working so hard on. All this work on the basement has also inspired me to  redecorate the upstairs so there will be some posts

When we aren’t working away on the basement or the craft room, I have been logging some serious craft hours with a friend. Her and I have really started to dive deep into the silhouette cameo crafting world. We have already had to replenish our Heat Transfer Vinyl supply 3 times and I now have more tee shirts with funny [read: awesome] things on them than I know what to do with. Here’s a sneak peak into something we’ve been working on that I could not be more excited about!

Sneak Peak

Now, did you know that you can iron heat transfer vinyl (HTV) onto tiles to make custom coasters? It’s super easy, and best of all, it hardly costs anything! I use the scraps of HTV leftover from other projects and the tiles are a whopping 35cents each. Seriously. 35 cents for a tile. That has got to be the cheapest hostess gift ever! For this set of castle coasters I bought this princess castle clipart from Etsy and turned four of the more fairytale castles into cut files in the Silhouette software

Castle Coasters

From there just cut out the castles on the cameo, weed off the excess and then place on the tile. I apologize for the lack of photos, I need to get better at taking them while crafting, but I just get so excited during that I forget to take photos for after. Anyway, after you iron them onto the tile according to the HTV’s instructions and peel off the plastic layer, just stick feet to the bottoms of the tiles, and voila! Castle coasters! We used little foam furniture feet, but I think I’m just going to use a drop of hot glue next time.

We also used the same cut files to make these adorable princess scotch glasses using etching cream and the silhouette stencil paper, but thats a post for another time! Also I need to find a better way to photograph etched glass. It is surprisingly hard! 

Castle Glasses

 

Have a good Wednesday and happy crafting!

Chelsea

Guinness and Baileys Cupcakes

Guinness and Baileys CupcakesHappy St. Patricks Day! I hope you’re wearing green today, and if you’re not its not to late to join the Irish nation today, and whats more irish than Guinness and Baileys? Thats right, nothing. If you’re looking to get your drink on, in the form of delicious cupcakes then look no further! These little beauties are chocolate cupcakes with a baileys chocolate ganache filling and a baileys butter cream icing. I know. They sound amazing. Want to know a secret? They also taste amazing!

For the cupcakes I used this recipe Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake over at loveswah.com. I didn’t follow the icing recipe though because I don’t really like cream cheese. I know. A cardinal sin if i’ve ever heard one! Instead I followed my typical buttercream recipe (1/2 cup butter, slowly beat in 3-4 cups of icing sugar, 2 tbsp milk) and simply replaced the milk with Baileys. Note: This does not remove the alcohol from the Baileys, its such a small amount that it won’t get you feeling tipsy, but if you want an alcohol free dessert but with all the taste you would need to make a boiled frosting) Guinness and Baileys Cupcakes

Now, I’m going to let you in on a big secret. I don’t always make cake from scratch. Because ain’t nobody got time for that. If you want to make a more ‘instant’ version of this cake, here is my tip. (But if anyone asks, they are made from scratch *wink*. I won’t tell if you won’t!)

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Guinness and Baileys Cupcake Recipe (From a box!)

1 box chocolate cake mix

1 cup Guinness

1 package instant chocolate pudding

4 eggs.

Mix ingredients together, add to a well greased cake pan or cupcake pan, and bake at 350 for 35-40 mins. Cake is done when toothpick is inserted in the centre and comes out clean.

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For these cupcakes, I baked them and once they were cool I removed the centres and piped in some chocolate ganache (also spiked with Baileys!) The tutorial on how to make Ganache I covered here. 

I finished the cupcakes off with sprinkles, because sprinkles are amazing.  You’ll have to forgive my lack of pictures, these got eaten up before I could snap a few!

Guinness and Baileys Cupcakes

I hope you have an intoxicatingly good St. Patricks Day!

Cheers!

~Chelsea