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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…