Monday, January 30, 2017

Cafe Parisian Bakery Shoppe Sweets

This weekend I'll be teaching two Graphic 45 classes at Scraporium in Tampa. One of which is a Nature Sketchbook planner/album and the other is a Cafe Parisian Bakery Shoppe. I've been prepping for weeks and sharing teasers of these cute little sweets on my social media along the way, so I thought I would share how I made them today.

A handful of years ago, the Decoden hobby was all the rage in Japan. It tried to catch on here in the states, but I'm not sure if it ever did. Japan teenagers seem to love "super cute" anything. If you don't know what I'm talking about, click this Google search link for Japanese Decoden. Basically, it's the hobby of "frosting" items (like we alter items) and then pressing cute gems, figures, molds into that frosting, then sprinkling with glitter to max out the cutesy factor.

At the Craft and Hobby Association show back in 2014, I was first exposed to this cute hobby in the Plaid booth, featuring some very fun Mod Melt Molds and Melts (glue sticks). Keep scrolling through this post to the end to see the cute projects I made with them.

When designing a project to teach using Graphic 45's Cafe Parisian collection, it naturally came to mind to create a bakery shop. And what better to fill that shop than with little French baked goodies? The Mod Molds immediately popped into my head.

Check out how easy they are to make...

To start, you'll need a hot-glue gun (mini size) and the Mod Podge Mod Melts. I like the Milk Glass White because I like to paint mine, but there are multi-color and glitter sticks to also pick from. I found these at both Joann's and Michael's craft stores.

Then you need molds. The orange one above is an actual Mod Podge Mold (of which there are many choices and themes) and the brown one is from the candy-making aisle of the craft store. You would normally melt chocolate wafers and pour them into this type of mold, so I thought "Why wouldn't they work with my hot glue?" And I found that they did.

It only takes a few minutes for them to cool in the molds, then you can pop them right out. The molds are made of flexible silicone rubber, which makes them super easy to release.

The great news is if you overflow the mold a little, and you have this extra stuff hanging off the edges...

It cuts off easily with basic crafting scissors. No special tools required.

Then you can have fun painting them with acrylic paints. I like Satin finish (or glossy) paints, and especially like FolkArt satin finish paints for their single-layer coverage and slight gloss. If you can't find the right paint color you like in satin, you can always use matte. Just follow up with a coat of Mod Podge Gloss Luster. 

Since my students will be focused on the assembly of the bakery shop and it's mini album (rather than the making of the baked goods) I prepared everyones in advance. Yes, it's a lot of painting of very small pieces, but I found it therapeutic. (My husband thinks I'm crazy.)

These cute little "cinnamon rolls" were made from the lollipop mold, from which I simply eliminated the stick.

Students will put together four little cake stands (which I created on my Cricut machine in Design Space) then adhere their baked goods on top.

Each stand will get adhered inside the bakery window. I purchased a small LED light for mine which I will show the class Saturday. 

Here are my first tries with the molds a few years ago. An altered picture frame, make-up compact, and cellphone case. This would be a very fun craft with younger kids through teenagers. But really, as we crafters know, we don't ever outgrow these things. Age isn't a thing when it comes to crafting. Right?

Thanks for popping in today, I'll be sharing a bit about this year's CHA show, now named Creativation, next week so stay tuned. I had the greatest time teaching in the Graphic 45 booth this year. I'll share that project I taught as well as lots of photos. 

Have a great week!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade Card & Tag Station

I've been working away on Creativation projects (formerly CHA) for weeks now and today I finally get to share one of my projects as Graphic 45 unveils sneak peeks of their newest collections!

Be sure to hop over to the Graphic 45 blog to check out more photos of this project and of all the papers in this new collection Midnight Masquerade. My Card & Tag Station showcases most of the "B-side" of these mystical colorful papers, but the front sides would be perfect for birthday cards, party banners, and all kinds of celebratory paper craft projects. 

New this year! 
Every project I've created for the Graphic 45 booth at Creativation will be a class offering for all store owners or groups who would like to have me teach at their location. So if you see a project of mine you'd like to see taught in your area, contact your local scrapbook store owner and request me! I'll be meeting lots of store owners at the show as I'll be teaching a mini class in the booth this year, so I'll do my part too and get the word out to your store owners.

More samples are coming soon to my blog, so stay tuned in the coming weeks!