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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! 


Birthday Hugs!

It seems like we are smack dab in another celebration season here at Gardenias and Glitter! With Birthdays, Mothers Day and Graduations, there are so many reasons to be creative! Today's project ties in with the next Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog's next challenge-Animals! 

One of our special birthdays this month is my aunt's.  This card, cut from one of my favorite, go-to cartridges, is for her.  She lives at the beach, her high school mascot was the Crabbers (really!) and these two little crabs represent my husband and I ready to give her a birthday hug!  This sunny card just makes me happy, I hope that it brings her a smile as well!  
I look forward to seeing your projects! 
Challenge #301-Animals
Make a project about any kind of animal-dogs, cats, horses, cows, etc!
The FCCB Design Team is sponsoring a $25 gift card at
Amazon! To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If…

A Little Walk on the Light Side

After getting some papers graded and some administrative tasks completed, I was feeling a little better about life and decided to celebrate May the Fourth on the light side after all. (See the Darth Vader Cocktail in my last post.)  Taking a long break from the huge stack of assignments I have yet to complete, I made a cake for the Jedi. 

I baked a pound cake mix in the Pampered Chef Classic Batter Bowl I borrowed from a friend (Thanks, Kimberly!).  I had to sculpt a little around to the top to make it more round. After a thin layer of frosting I covered the cake in pre-made fondant and then added the shapes which make BB8.  Very simple, really.  The lenses are formed from two different sizes of ice cream scoops and the antenna are fondant covered bamboo skewers. This is really a very quick and easy cake for the Star Wars fan.  I"m sorry that I didn't think to take pictures of the process, but it was really very easy once I found a good photo online. 
So, I hope the force was w…

May the Fourth Be With You....Or Not!

As a college professor grading papers during exam week I am feeling a little more dark side than light side on this May the Fourth.  I decided that as a mid-week break in celebration of the day, I would look for an appropriate cocktail.  Here is what I came up with.

The Darth Vader Martini.  

I looked around the internet for ideas of what cocktail Vader would enjoy on his day off, and there were several suggestions that it would be a "Black Widow Martini".  I found the recipe at  I made a change or two and this is what I came up with. 

The Darth Vader Martini
1 1/2 oz. Black Rum 3/4 oz. Creme de Cacao (make sure it's dark) 1 or 2 drops black food coloring (or a smidge of black gel coloring) 1 cup ice Black decorating sugar 
Moisten rim of cocktail glass, dip in sugar. In a cocktail shaker mix the rum, Creme de Cacao and food coloring.  Add the ice, shake and strain over cocktail glass.  Enjoy. 
Now, I fixed myself one of these and took a look at the fancy drin…

Mother's Day Challege Blog Hop and Give-Away!

Many of you know that I am a proud member of the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog Design Team.  We are so happy to announce that it is-  The Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog's300th Challenge!  We are having a BLOG HOP to celebrate!

Challenge #300
Make a project about Mother's Day!

One lucky commenter will be chosen (from all blog hop comments on each blog, plus this one) to win this-

a Brand New Cricut Explore! Courtesy of

of Denton, Texas

ALSO- The FCCB Design Team is sponsoring TWO $25 gift cards at
We also have:

$15.00 Gift Certificate
And two $10 gift certificates to-

Dreaming Tree SVG's To qualify for the gift certificates, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cuton your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

There is a limit of three entries per person.

Be sure to visit each Design Team member leave a comment and become a follower - those will …


I don't know a thing about golf, but I am pretty sure that we have had the most beautiful golfing weather this spring.  Sunshine almost everyday, with weather in the 60s and 70s- Beautiful! So when my cousin planned a golfing birthday for my uncle, I knew that he was going to have a great time and I knew that I wanted to have a small part in the celebration. 

So, I made the cake. 

The cake is almost entirely edible, everything but the bamboo skewer flag pole, that is. The grass is made with one of my favorite icing tips- I call it the grass tip, but it also becomes fur for Easter bunnies, puppy dogs and bears, when needed.  The sand is crushed vanilla wafers.The golf club is fondant covered spaghetti and the ball is fondant. (The original plan was for the ball to be a Sixlet, but it was too big.).  

It is a simple cake, but fun to make and I think he enjoyed it! 

Whether it's golf or something else that you enjoy this time of year, I hope you are having a great spring!  And oh, ye…

April Showers!

With all of the Easter festivities this past week, I did not get a lot of time in my craft room. Even with everything going on, I did not want to miss this week's Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog Challenge: Spring, so I made this simple little note card to send to a friend. 

Challenge #299-Spring
Make a project about Spring.
The FCCB Design Team is sponsoring a $25 gift card at
Amazon! To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

If it isn't a card, you will get two entries into the drawing!

This sweet little duck from the "Create a Critter" Cartridge just makes me smile. She is anticipating April Showers with her sweet little rain boots and coordinating umbrella.  Of course, any fashion-forward duck is going to have a cute little bow with a little bling to round out the look! 

Helping the Easter Bunny!

In our family we take Easter Egg Dyeing to new heights.  There is competition. There are materials used that cannot be found in any Paas Kit. There is even a trophy. And before you ask how old my children are, please know that there are no more young children in my family.  We are all adults.  But we have fun and usually the competition doesn't get too ugly! 

But before we can have fun, someone has to prepare the eggs.  I hate this task.  Boiling eggs is not too difficult if you just want a few, but when you boil enough eggs for ten grown-ups bent on winning the Coveted Golden Egg Trophy, you have to spend some time in the kitchen.  I never have enough pots (or patience!) to get them boiled all at one time and believe it or not, I have to look up the "recipe" every year! And some of them always crack.  
A couple of years ago I found some instructions for baking eggs instead of hard-boiling them.  This year, I decided to give it a try when making a salad.  I will never hard…

Even The Easter Bunny Gets Thirsty!

I went out to visit my daughters this weekend and wanted to take a little pre-Easter treat.  I found some water bottles in my stash of craft supplies and decided to embellish them for Easter, just in time for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge with an Easter theme. 

The bunny is from the "Doodlecharms" cartridge- one of my first and one of my favorites. The font is from a standard Cricut font from "Design Space", I don't know the name. Honestly, I did not want to use these letters, but I could not use my favorite "Type Candy Font- Better with Chocolate".   There was an issue with Design Space last week and I could not use the font without going back to my old machine with the actual cartridge.  I called Customer Service and they were quite nice and the problem (on their end, not with my machine) was remedied overnight. But working on a tight schedule forced me to use this font for my "Hoppy Easter" message.  I think it still turned out cute and…

A Little Cross Cake Perfect for Christenings or Easter!

I was looking through some pictures the other day and realized that I had not shared the Confirmation cake that I did for my cousin.  Since this is once again Confirmation time at many churches, as well as the Easter Season, I thought that this is a great time to share this idea with you.

The cake began with the Wilton Cross Cake pan that I ordered from Amazon. After frosting the cake, I covered it with fondant and trimmed it with blue icing because that happens to be my cousin's favorite color.  (Pro tip: Frost the cake before using fondant, making sure the frosting is the same color as the fondant.) 

For the flowers, tint your fondant and roll it out. This one came from a Wilton flower making kit (I think), but you can use any flower-shaped cookie cutter with five or six petals. 

Once your flowers are cut, cut each petal a little deeper with a knife. 

Flatten the edges of each petal.  It is easier using a ball tool like this one, but your finger will work fine as well. 

In order to f…

Bee-Lated Again! (And a Free-Bee!)

You may remember that I promised to tell you about the party favors from my daughter's "Bee-lated Birthday". Not only was I late with her birthday party, but I am late with the promised post as well!  With the bee theme that we had for the party, and my new found fascination with making my own bath soap and sugar scrubs, I decided to make little bee-themed soaps as a party favor.  

I have shared with you a couple of times how easy it is to make your own "designer" soaps. For these, I got a bee soap mold, some goat's milk soap base and my new favorite Honey Almond soap scent.  I purchased all of these from Micheal's (don't forget your coupon!), but I am intrigued by some molds that I found on Amazon.  Be sure to shop around and find what makes you happy. 

They are simple to make- melt one pound of the soap base in the microwave according to package directions (30 seconds, stir: 30 seconds, stir, etc. until completely melted).  Add your favorite scent, …