Monster High Two Tier Cake Tutorial!

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Hey Sunshine! It is here! The long awaited Tutorial video for the making of my Monster High Cake! I uploaded the video on Youtube a few days ago but due to a few family medical issues I have not been able to update much. Keep in mind I am NOT a professional in any way as you can clearly tell in the video. I am new to making cakes and I am just doing it as a hobby *No worries, no plans to quit my day job any time soon* LOL. This is the 2nd Cake I’ve ever made so it is NOT perfect in any way but it made a little girl very happy and that’s what counts right?! So I hope it just helps some of you for inspiration so go out and make a little girl (or boy, I don’t judge) happy!

 

DONT FORGET: To check out the video to learn how I made the Monster High Skull logo topper that is standing up on the top of the cake out of fondant. It is in its own separate video and you can find that Here.

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*Keep in mind my website and Youtube will not be dedicated solely to cake decorating. I am a crafter of all sorts and I love to create things and work with wood, cake, clay, paint, power tools, and just anything crafty. I may post cakes or I may post DIY projects. It’s just whatever my heart desires at the point in time. I have been doing cakes more frequently and haven’t had much time to really do much DIY’s between work and cakes but I will get back to those too, so if you are here for wood projects or crafts no worries those are all to come as well.

 

(I just completed another cake also, I tried a few new technological things so hopefully it will help the quality of the video to be better but we will see as I have not yet reviewed the footage to see how it looks, but if all works out well hopefully I will have that video completed and uploaded in the next week or two, then I am going to try and start doing regular crafts as well again.)

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Monster High Cake

Hello Sunshine! This cake was made for a lovely little girl’s 7th birthday who loves monster high! The doll is optional, however my friend wanted a doll on the cake! I just thought I would share some pictures of it, I have been working on a video for it, I have yet to review the footage but if it works out I Will upload a quick video of me running through the process of making it.

Disclaimer: It’s not perfect and I am by no means a cake decorator or professional in any way, actually this is only the 2nd cake I’ve ever made, so please be a easy on me.Monsterhighcake

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Stay tuned for a video on me making it. Stay sunny!

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Motivational Quotes to push through the week!

Hello Sunshine! Its Thursday! We’ve almost made it through this week.

Sometimes when I’m feeling down or like I need a pick me up I like to look at motivational quotes! I usually pick one for the month and put it as my wallpaper on my cell phone just to keep me inspired to hustle and keep going with life. So I thought I would share some Sunny Thoughts with you today by sharing some motivational quotes that I personally like and feel inspired by, I hope they inspire you also!

 

(These all came from Pinterest but I will link the pins below the pictures.)

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I love to look up quotes to inspire me to get up and do something or make progress! Because whats better than accomplishing your dreams? So go out and make your dreams happen, I believe in you! Stay Sunny!

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Wooden Monogram-updated!

Remember the C Monogram sign I posted last week? Well I decided against my husbands choice to leave it plain and added sunflowers. I think it really made it look sooo much better! So I am providing an updated picture. I also made a new letter for someone else, she requested it stay plain because she wants to string some patriotic lights on it-cool with me. I’ll post an updated pic after she puts the lights on it if she sends me one. But here are the 2 finished Monograms- the C from last weeks post updated and a J!

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Wood Initial Welcome Sign & Wooden Blessings Sign

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In Kentucky, people are huge fans of the wooden, rustic, country look…you’d think we’d be sick of wood with all the trees at mountains at our every turn, but nope. So these were both gifts, one made for a friend to give to her Father for Fathers day and another for one of my husbands family member who is having a household shower this weekend. The C, is for the household shower, clearly..I wanted to add a Bow or a flower or burlap or something but my husband says to leave it plain because the woman who it was made for, doesn’t like flowers or bows or anything like that. He says she likes things simple, so I kept it as simple as possible. Anyways, the heart is wood burnt, excuse that it is not perfect but it was my first time using a wood burner.

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No there again is not a tutorial. I am busy busy busy and even when I cant share tutorials I still like to share what stuff I am working on. I do not have a good camera and I continue to stay disappointed in the pictures I produce with just my Iphone! So please forgive that there may not always be a lot of tutorials. But for now, enjoy and Stay Sunny!

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Frozen Cake!

Know a little girl who loves Disney’s Frozen?! Well this cake is perfect. It is super easy, and got tons of compliments. I know it is by no means perfect but it was my first cake I’ve ever made so I think it coulda been worse.

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So not all of my posts are going to be tutorials. Really a lot of my projects have deadlines which makes it hard to stop in between steps and take pictures or log what I am doing. However while in the process of deciding what I wanted this cake to look at I turned to Pinterest, where I wasn’t looking for tutorials, but just pictures for ideas of things I could do for this cake. So with this I am giving back what I took, ideas and inspiration. I will try and work on some tutorials but for now, this 5 year old LOVED this cake. It has been almost a week and people are still talking about it. Not too bad eh??!!

Speaking of Pinterest, follow me to see some of my projects I’ve pinned: https://www.pinterest.com/burstofsunblog/

 

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DIY Wooden Door Hanger

I made a door hanger for my grandmother for Mother’s Day. I personalized it with all her great grand kids names on it, and it has went crazy. Everyone is asking for them so I have been left and right busy busy busy! So sorry for my absence and lack of tutorial for it. I started to make a tutorial for it but part of the way through forgot to keep taking the pictures! If you would like a tutorial on this just let me know, here is the final product!

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I created a stencil for what I wanted and traced it out on a piece of plywood. I cut it out with a jigsaw, sanded it down, and painted to my hearts desire. Then I added a top coat of Polyeurthane to coat it and protect the design and screwed two small eye screws on the top. Tied it up with twine and Ta-Da!! She LOVED It and it has been a hit with all my Facebook friends! Give it a try! It’s super fun to create something so awesome!

 

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DIY Photo Pendant!

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Hello Sunshine!

This super easy project makes a beautiful personalized gift and the possibilities are endless with what you can include in it. It only takes a few minutes to make, then a couple of hours to dry. It’s literally the most simple process to have such an adorable outcome. First off let me apologize that I currently do not have a camera, so again these are going to be I-phone pictures. Eventually I am going to upgrade to a nice camera but that time is not now so bear with me!

Not only can you use pictures of family like I done, but you can just use words cut out of a magazine, you can stick charms in it, cute scrapbook paper, the possibilities are endless! You do not have to make it a key chain either! This could be a necklace or turned into any number of jewelry items! This is such a fun exciting project so lets just do it!

TIP: Don’t touch the photo with your fingers while they are sticky with Mod Podge which is what I done that made it look dirty and speckled on the picture!

Also that big light spot on the very right on my oldest nephew is a glare from the light, its not on the actual product, so no worries! They wont always turn out perfectly but what homemade gift ever does?! This could be a gift or something you just make for yourself (I have a pendant necklace I made with a picture of me and my grandfather when I was young that I wear around to take him with me sometimes)

Things you will need:

Mod Podge (or some type of glue to glue the picture down to the metal pendant)

Small Picture to fit pendant (I explained how I got mine to the size I needed further down in the post)

Pendants (mine are a Mod Podge brand of plate pendants I bought at Michael’s a few years ago)

Chain and links (for whatever your project may be, whether it be a necklace or keychain)

Pliers (for the above jewelry making part of this project)

Scissors or Exacto Knife (for the cutting of the picture)

Modge Podge DIMENSIONAL MAGIC! (The most important key to this project)

 

Step 1:

Cut & Glue Picture into the pendant!

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You are just going to cut down your picture to fit the pendant or plate you are using. To get mine to a small enough size I went to the Kiosk machines at Walmart and chose under the Prints option “Collage” It makes really small options so I just put a few different pictures on there but on the smallest and next to smallest option I put the same picture, so maybe one out of the two would fit the pendant, and the smallest did *Just barely, I have a lot of nieces and nephews (& 1 more on the way)*

Then once I got the picture cut down to the right size, I just used some standard Mod Podge to glue it down to the plate. Then I let it dry completely.

 

Step 2:

 Slowly apply a generous coat of Mod Podge DIMENSIONAL MAGIC to the entire top of the pendant.

Photo Pendant Step 2This is where the Magic Happens, What would normally just be a tiny picture glued onto a piece of metal will now become a professional looking piece of jewelry. Now all you do is slowly apply a generous amount of dimensional magic to your picture. Then take a needle and pop out any bubbles that are in the dimensional magic. Even the tiniest bubbles will still be present on the final product if you do not get rid of them. You do have a few minutes before it will start affecting the Dimensional Magic so try and move quickly because after a few minutes you will not want to tamper with it any. It will look cloudy and blurry at first but It does eventually dry clear after a few hours. The bottle’s instructions say to leave it sit 3 hours to dry but personally I like to let mine sit overnight just to be on the safe side. So do not attempt to move it, leave it on a flat surface overnight to fully dry and harden.

 

Step 3:

The final step is to add whatever jewelry pieces needed to finish your piece!

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This part is super easy. After the pendant is completely dried, just attach your rings and chains to create your final piece. In my case that is 2 jump rings, a small chain, and a keychain ring. But you can make these into any jewelry pieces your heart desires just by altering what jewelry pieces you add to it. I just used pliers to open the jump rings and attach the chain to the pendant on one side and the key chain ring on the other! Ta-Da! Done!

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That’s it, you are done! See how simple! 3 little Steps! It is very shiny and has a clear dome-resin like coat on the top of it. *it looks much better in person take my word for it* I hope you enjoy this and hope it inspires some amazing jewelry adventures for you as well.

 

As always, Stay Sunny!

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4 Overnight Heatless Curls Hairstyles!

Topic of the day: Hair!

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Ahhh Hair, most of us have it, most of us hate what we have. As for me, I have frizzy uncontrollable hair. As much as I love to straighten and curl it for a polished look, it isn’t ideal everyday. Some days I just want to sleep in, and the damage the curling irons and straighteners do to your hair after everyday use is ridiculous. That is what brought this project on. I was straightening or curling my hair every day, 5 days a week, which was fine for a while. However recently Ive noticed some changes in my hair, its dry and frizzy (more then usual) around the ends, it refuses to grow, its damages and fried, and is now breaking off. I noticed the hair around the crown of my head had been breaking off to bang length. This was not working for me, so I decided to lay off the heat styling. But that left my hair looking crazy like I hadn’t even bothered to comb it after rolling out of bed. I work a respectable 9-5 job and cant be showing up looking like the hairy lion from the Wizard of Oz! So I took to testing out a few tricks I could do to my hair where it would practically fix itself, and here is the outcome!

So as I’m sure you are sick of the rambling I’ve done about my poor poor hair, lets get into this!

Goal: Find a heatless way to style my hair cute that takes literally no effort and lets me sleep in a few extra minutes in the morning, and go!

(Warning: All pictures are unedited, some are taken right before bed with no makeup and some right after waking up, Consider yourself warned)

 

Heatless Style #1:

According to the post from Pinterest where I found this idea, the girl calls this the Friar Tuck! this one probably had one of my favorite outcomes of the options which is why I’m showing it to you first! You just take a headband and wrap it around your head and then wrap sections around it, grabbing more and tucking it as you go. Then you go to bed, and when you get up the next morning, fight with it for a few minutes to get the hair out of the headband, run your fingers through your hair, and curls! The original post has a video on it that shows you exactly how to do it. You can find that at:  http://www.byebyebeehive.com/2012/02/curl-your-hair-without-heat.html?m=1

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Results: I really liked the outcome of this one, probably the tightest curls I got from any of the methods I tried, and also you don’t even really feel the headband and it doesn’t bother you while trying to sleep.

 

 

Heatless Style #2:

Standard Braids. All I done was part my hair into two pig tails and braided them. then I went to bed. After waking up I just un-braided my hair and ran may fingers through it to seperate the hair! That’s it, pretty simple!

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Results: This one also gave me pretty good curls and was one of the most comfortable to sleep in because you aren’t worrying about the hair coming out. (& You look less crazy to your sleep partner!)

 

Heatless Style #3:

This clip option is simple, you just take your hair into two large sections, twist them up, and clip them on top of your head. Wake up the next morning, run your fingers through your hair, and bam!

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Results: This one gave me more of a loose waves kinda look. Still not a bad result though to have very little effort put into it. Just make sure you put the clips high on your head because if they are on the sides of your head they will hurt and be uncomfortable on your head when you sleep.

 

Heatless Style #4:

This is just another take on style #3. This was just an attempt at breaking my hair up into 4 sections instead of 2.

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Results: This gave me a crimped look, which I still liked..HOWEVER…let me stress not to put the clips on the side of your head like I have in the picture. This can cause for very uncomfortable sleeping arrangements. The clips will hurt your head as you are trying to sleep if they are low enough that you are laying on them. Take it from my experience, keep them on the top of ya head girl!

 

Now whichever one you try would depend on what kind of outcome you want on your hair. For a more curled I would go with #1, wavy I would go with 2 or 3, and crimped would be 4! Now I know, haha! Of course everyone’s hair is different and has different textures but give them a try and see which works best for you! It’s really easy, each take less then 5 minutes to do and it saves a ton of time styling your hair in the mornings! I think I’m in loveeeee! #lazy girl dream come true!

 

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