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Friday, June 10, 2011

TCP Tuesday 162--It's Fabricated

Well, like I said earlier in the week, we are low-keying it these first few days of our summer vacation. But that doesn't mean we sat around doing nothing! Yesterday was quite the project. We had a fun get together with my sister Sara, her two kids and she brought my mom over from the nursing home for a "field trip". Before they came, the girls were all over me to make a "BIG TOP CUPCAKE" with the As Seen On TV piece of crap. The last time this thing was used was when Eric tried it out and it failed. I wasn't sure if it was him, or the product. So once I was talked into giving it another try, I went online as asked the all-knowing Google if it really worked. All I found was "Oh YES", "we loved it", and "what FUN". So I gave it a shot, mixing two cake mixes together going for a "marbled" effect. For only $19.99 you, too, can make the worst cake ever. Google FABRICATED the truth about the BIG "FLOP" Cupcake Maker. Epic Fail. I am usually a very good cook/baker, and the dumb thing stuck to the pan and fell apart (after greasing it thoroughly as directed). I didn't even waste my icing on it. Not sure if I'll even ever try it again. If ya'll have, let me know your experience and maybe clue me in on what could have gone wrong.

Speaking of fabrication, it's no lie that Julie Masse is a genius at coming up with technique challenges for TCP TUESDAY from The Cat's Pajamas! As this week's Hipster Hostess With The Mostess that's just what she's done here by challenging all of us to use FABRIC in some way on our cards for TCPTUES162.

So I got a notion to make some zebra fabric buttons using my Buttons CutUps die from The Cat's Pajamas. I added them to this sweet girlie from the Little Bird stamp set. I'm sharing how I did this as my SUSIE Q-TIP below.

What kind of fab fabric enhanced creation will YA'LL come up with? We want to see it! Alma has all the details on how to play along and how ya'll can get your hands on some Cat Cash over on her blog HERE.

SUSIE Q-TIP: Use your CutUps dies to make fabric shapes. What I did here, was cut the buttons both from fabric (needed a cardstock shim with my Big Shot), and from a scrap of cardstock to make them sturdy. Run the cardstock buttons (or whatever shape you choose), upside down through a Xyron Sticker Maker. This will put the "stickum" on the top side (either side would be fine really, as it will be covered with the fabric). Then peel the cardstock "stickers" off and adhere fabric shape to it. For larger shapes, place fabric on a sheet of Tacky adhesive sheet (My friend, Jody sells them HERE), and then run through a die cutting machine with a selected die.

Stamps: Little Bird (The Cat's Pajamas)
Paper: Blue Rasberry, Wild Cherry (MFT), Black (American Crafts), White (PTI), Lime Twist (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Buttons CutUps (The Cat's Pajamas), Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, Sewing Machine/Thread, Copic Markers, Buttons, Silver Brads, Cherry Divine Twine (The Cat's Pajamas), 3D Glue Dots, Jody Boosters
Finished Size: A2


  1. I have one of the BIG TOP CUPCAKE PANS -- I found it's best to use a pound cake recipe -- it's holds it's shape better! Sandy in VA

  2. I have the big cup cake tin. I've had one half success (middle wasn't cooked, scooped it out and filled it with marshmallows and chocolate, party kids still loved it). 2nd one was huge success. Used 2x amount of chocolate cake that needed a really low oven to cook. Just found a recipe in one of my cook books and went for it. 3rd time used online recipe. Epic Fail! Top was cooked, skewer came out clean, when tipped out the top came off and the goo inside slid through the cake cooler rack. What a waste of 8 eggs! The online recipe I used was full of success stories too. Hmph, don't know how they got them.


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