Monday, February 8, 2016

Rustic Icing with Paper Garden Roses Wedding Cake



Here's a little cake I made for an upcoming wedding show display...The flowers are crepe paper David Austen-style roses with some blue filler flowers and green paper ferns. I'll be posting a photo of the full setup when we put it together next week at the Richmond Wedding Experience.




Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, custom wedding cakes in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at www.acaketoremember.biz and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Some Freebies This Week

I'll make this one quick so that you can all go watch the Superbowl (which I won't be watching because that's the best time to go grocery shopping.)

This week we have some new free tutorials on Pretty Witty cakes, along with some new ones in the member's section...Use my affiliate link here to check those out: Pretty Witty Cakes



Craftsy is having a supplies sale, so use this link to see what they have on sale: Supply Sale

They're also running a sale on the classes that the most people have put on their wishlists, so have a look at what's discounted while you're there: Craftsy class sale

And in the interest of full disclosure, let me once again describe what affiliate programs are...They give the person participating (that would be me in this case) a percentage of the total sale price when someone buys something using their links. If you're making money this way you're supposed to make it clear to everyone that you're selling something by indicating that the link is an affiliate link. A lot of people don't do that, they just "recommend" a class without telling you that they're benefiting from it. That's shady. I use the paltry cash that I make from my affiliate links to buy more classes to review on this blog, so I'm not getting rich from posting anything. (some research on how much the people who post continuous links to things make per year, you'll fall over. But I'm not in that category, sadly...)

No go watch your little football game, I'm going to make my grocery list, I hear that tomatoes are on sale this week.


Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, custom wedding cakes in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at www.acaketoremember.biz and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com




Friday, February 5, 2016

Using Steam To Make Wafer Paper Chrysanthemum or Carnation Style Flowers.

First of all, here's a video showing what happens when you use steam to shape these flowers:




When I was doing the video I hadn't thought about using the steam to make puffy flowers like that. I had just intended to show what happened when you wave a layered flower around and let the steam move it. It was experimental, but it ended up being a happy accident.

So I decided to make a few more shapes to see how they would work. Here are a few of them on a display cake.

I'm still a fan of gumpaste over wafer paper for realistic flowers, but you can get a presentable fantasy flower, peony-type ruffly flower by using this layering method.

For each flower I used a paper punch or scissors to cut out four of each shape, plus one smaller one to be the center.

 

I layered them by using a tiny bit of water and sticking them together at the center, alternating the petals so that they don't lie right on top of each other. Attach a wire on the back using gum glue with a little piece of wafer paper to sandwich the wire on the flower (so it's flower, gum glue, wire, wafer paper) to keep it in place, and let those set up.


Then use the very non-precise "holding of the flower over the steam" like I did in the video. You might need to push the petals into shape and it could take a while, but you'll get the hang of it. The petals will curl up and form a ruffly little rounded flower.


Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, custom wedding cakes in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at www.acaketoremember.biz and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Why To Schedule An Editorial Calendar Even If You Don't Blog

Scheduling an editorial calendar seems like a pretty official thing to do, especially if you don't blog much, but it can save time in the long run. (Click here for my Time-Management and Organizing e-book, it's good stuff.)

All an editorial calendar is, is a scheduled-ahead list of what you're going to post and where you're going to post it. It's easy to do, and even if you don't do blog posts or magazine articles you can include social media posts to make sure all of your accounts are covered regularly.

I use google calendars to schedule my blog posts, social media, and magazine article deadlines. Since I tend to post the same type of topics every week, I can type it in once, then choose the "edit event" function to schedule a recurring event. It will post for the same day every week, or as often as you tell it to. 

I have my YouTube posts, cake photo posts and business posts all included. I also put in my newsletter and magazine article deadlines so that I finish those ahead of time. 

But the one that will save most people the most time is the social media one...One day a week I schedule a bunch of social media posts, either through the platform itself, or through Buffer, which I love. You can also use Hootsuite, which is free for up to three social media accounts, but it doesn't schedule Pinterest posts, which is one that I use a lot.  I have Twitter linked to my Facebook posts, so facebook posts will be shared to Twitter automatically. 

I'm still "live" on social media for most of my posts, but scheduling allows you to reach your account followers on a regular basis even if you're busy with something else. I was on vacation a while ago and scheduled a bunch of posts ahead of time so that I didn't have to think about it.

If you schedule AT LEAST your social media posts, it will save you a lot of time, because it will keep you offline. Being online is the biggest time-waster there is for most people since you never do JUST what you intended to do when you fire that computer up. There are always a lot of shiny things to check that end up taking half an hour instead of the two minutes you intended to spend online.

Color code tasks on your calendar then delete them when you do them. Crossing things off of a list is very satisfying. Hitting delete is also very satisfying. 

Try it and see if scheduling things works for you. If it doesn't, don't bother keeping it up. But for most people it's a useful tool to keep you on track.


Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, custom wedding cakes in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at www.acaketoremember.biz and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com

Monday, February 1, 2016

How To Make A Gumpaste Dahlia

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I made some paper dahlias last week (click here for the video) so I decided to make one out of gumpaste to go with them.

I started with a 1" styrofoam ball center on a wire, covered it with some gumpaste, then used a sunflower/gerbera cutter to cut out some small petals to put around the ball. Extend them up onto the center, and keep doing rows of those that extend down the side of the ball until you have three or four layers.

Either using a small gerbera cutter, or any small petal that's kind of daisy petal shaped (I used the two smallest ones in a poinsettia set), cut out about twelve each of a small petal and one that's slightly larger.

Curve the petal by using a veining tool and rolling it on the petal. The rolled end is the end that attaches to the base of the flower, so leave the top of the petal a little more open and the base a little more rolled.


Attach the smaller petals around the wired ball, then attach another row of the larger ones. Let that flower dry, it will be the center of the large flower. Or just add another row of larger petals and call it a day.

Now use three larger petal cutters to make rows of overlapping petals. I started with a round disc of gumpaste to attach the petals to, and a daylily petal cutter. Put the disc in a piece of tinfoil and curve the foil up to create a saucer-type shape to dry the flower in.

I gum-glued a circle of the largest petal, then another one, then one row each of two smaller lily cutter petals on top of those. Roll the inside of the petals where they attach a little to give them a curved appearance, and twist the ends of the petals so that they don't lie flat against each other. Put small pieces of tissue or plastic wrap between the ends of the petals to help them dry in the curved shapes.


When the flower is as big as you want it (and you can do more or fewer rows of exterior petals, it's totally up to you), put some gum glue in the center and insert the wire of the center flower through the middle of the larger petals. pull it down firmly and press it to make sure they stick together.


Leave all of the tissue in place while the flower is drying, which is going to take a decent amount of time. This one is so big I'm going to leave it for a few days. You can remove the tissue bit by bit as it sets up so that more air can circulate into the flower to help dry it, but it's better to leave the larger flowers for a long time so that they're definitely dry when you start messing around with them.


Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, custom wedding cakes in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at www.acaketoremember.biz and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com