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Prepping for a Super Father's Day!

I have been blessed with a wonderful Dad and my children have a wonderful father as well.   My Dad and my husband can and will do anything for their kids (and in my Dad's case, grandkids, too).  I think that is why I always go for a "Super Hero" theme for Father's Day. My Dad and my husband are my heroes.  That is why I chose to go for a Super Man theme for this week's Fantabulous Cricut Challenge "Masculine Challenge",  just in time for Father's Day. 

One thing that I love about the new Cricut Design Space is the ability to upload images and cut them. 

I uploaded this symbol from the internet (I wish I had made note of where).  It was pretty simple (there are a lot of good tutorials for uploading images online).  

I made this gift tag to go with the theme.  The "hero" is from "Paper Doll Dress Up".  I think I have said it before, but this is one of my favorite cartridges.  I use it a lot more than I thought I would, not having youn…
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One More Graduation Post- Easy Grad Cake!

I just couldn't leave Graduation Week behind without a cake!  Here is the super easy treat that I made for my daughter's graduation party. 

I didn't think to take pictures of the process for making this cake, but they aren't really necessary.  This is a regular eight inch cake (you could even buy one if you are wish), frosted and then covered in blue fondant (one of her school colors). I frosted a border in white (another school color) around the bottom and then covered it with white roses.  Now, I made these roses, but you can buy them pre-made at your favorite cake supply store (even Michaels and Walmart in the cake section).  They are made by Wilton. 

The graduation cap at the top is cut from black fondant using a cookie cutter.  I added a second layer to mimic the mortarboard, added a gold "tassel", also from fondant.  You can purchase fondant pre-colored, which is nice, because rich blues and black (as well as red) are very difficult to achieve if hand-col…

Great Grad Gifts

As you know, we are celebrating Graduation Week here at Gardenias and Glitter, brought on in large part by the college graduation of my youngest daughter.  Today we would like to share some suggestions for gifts for the graduates in your life.  I have to confess, I consulted with some recent graduates, so not all of the ideas are my own. No graduate in your life? That's okay, these gifts work for birthdays or holidays for the late teen/early twenties loved one in your life.  

Tervis Tumblers or coffee cups- just about every college student I know has at least one of these in their school colors or with their favorite movie character.  These cups keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot for an extended amount of time.  They also have tops so that the beverages don't spill. See here for more information.  Take a look at the special cups for grads.  For bonus points, put a gift card to their favorite coffee shop in the cup! 

Amazon Alexa- this allows the grad to do information sear…

It's Graduation Week!

As I mentioned in my last post, my youngest daughter graduated from college this past weekend.  It was a bittersweet occasion for all of us.  For my husband and I, we are free from tuition payments, but our baby girl is all grown up and looking forward to a new life of her own.  We are very proud! 

But before she can continue on the bright path she has before her, we have to celebrate! We have a family party planned and I will be sharing decorations, gift ideas for your grad and party plans over the coming week.  
The first idea is a decoration for parties, first apartments or even dorm rooms- a wreath in school colors! 

To make the wreath, get a wire wreath form from your favorite craft store. I used a 12 inch wreath, but you can go bigger.  (Later I found the wreath forms in the Dollar Store- same size!)

Gather fabric in school colors (or holiday or whatever you prefer).  I used scraps from my daughter's college quilt (I'll show you that in a later post), but it ended up being a…

Graduation Celebration- All Week!

Over the past week we have been celebrating my daughter's graduation from college. Saturday we had her family party and of course I had to get crafting! The first project I wan to share with you corresponds to the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog Challenge of the Week- Graduation! 

As many of you know, my daughter graduated from Longwood University.  Their colors are blue, white and grey.  I used the Extreme Fonts-Little League Cartridge for the letters and numbers and the bottom layer only of a graduation cap from Cricut design space.  The cups came from the Dollar Store in the July Fourth section. The guests drank from the cups and were able to take them home as "souvenirs" of the occasion.  No Cricut- no problem! Try using the adhesive letters you find in the scrapbooking section of your favorite craft store. Just make sure that they are vinyl stickers and not paper! That makes them water-proof so that you can wash the cups. 

A little tip for layering adhesive vinyl.  …

Happy 40th Anniversary Star Wars!

Today we are celebrating the 40th(!!) anniversary of the original Star Wars movie. The current generation cannot possibly understand how amazing this movie was to us back then. Special effects today seem boundless and it is more difficult to surprise us these days, but back then, what seems so ordinary now was simply out of this world (pun intended!).  

Of course, in my family, this means that there is going to be some form of cake or cupcake. Since we made a BB-8 cake for May the Fourth (see here), we decided on some cupcakes for our RogueOne viewing party. 

We took a little walk on the dark side for these Darth Vader chocolate fudge cupcakes.  Darth Vader, seen here looking a little battle-scarred, was made from black candy melts and a silicon mold that I found on Amazon.  I had some trouble with air bubbles in the mold, hence the scarring, but with the addition of a fondant star and some star sprinkles (abundantly available with the holiday weekend ahead), I think it is an appropriat…

Congratulations to our Mother's Day Gift Card Winner!

In a random drawing, Stacey, from "Stacey's Creative Corner" won the Starbucks Gift Card by leaving a comment on the Gardenias and Glitter Mothers Day Blog Hop Give-away! 

Stacey, I sent you an email, please contact me to arrange for your gift card to be sent to you. 

Thank you for all of you who left such sweet messages on my Mother's Day post.  It was nice to hear from so many of you and I hope that you stop by again soon! 

Thank you for stopping by today!