Hi friends! Happy Friday! I hope you have a great weekend planned. It's been three weeks since I left my corporate job and I think I am finally starting to relax a little. Gosh, I really didn't realize how completely stressed out I was. It's very hard for me to sit still, so I've been keeping myself busy with spending time with friends, and crafting and organizing. Getting my studio ready to be open and creative again in a new way. It feels really good to have some down time, and I am so fortunate.
It's very gross and smoky here where I live because there are some giant wildfires burning. It's so sad to see the drought take its toll on our lovely area. Since we can't really be outside today, and because we have some free movie passes.... We decided on a movie double feature date today! Minions and Trainwreck! I can't even remember the last movie we went to see. (Maybe Gone Girl???) So I'm excited to be going.
I want to say another giant thank you to everyone who has contributed to my Go Fund Me page! What an awesome outpouring of support for which I am so grateful. THANK YOU!! I'm getting closer to my goal!
Now, on to today's creative post! I have had the idea for today's project rattling around in my brain for a couple of months. And, I finally had the opportunity to execute it! My friend's birthday celebration was last Friday and I thought these would be the perfect thing to bring to the party. Pina Colada Cupcakes! Say what??? Oh, yes! Super delicious and fun to decorate too!
CLICK HERE for the recipe for the cupcakes. I made the recipe exactly as outlined, with one exception. i left out the rum extract. These came out super moist and really tasty. I am definitely putting these in my cupcake rotation as a favorite. The pineapple in the cake mix just makes them melt in your mouth. And, I love anything with coconut.
I made two different cupcake topper decorations, flamingos and pineapples. (I'm pretty obsessed right now with anything with flamingos or pineapples). A perfect tropical accompaniment to pina colada cupcakes!
I used some of my FAVORITE stamp sets from Reverse Confetti. I added some blings to them also. The stamped images were glued onto white cake pop sticks, which are from Wilton. I got those at Michael's.
Once the cupcakes are cooled and frosted, I coated the tops with fresh sweetened coconut flakes. MMMMMM. I like that one little flamingo leg in the picture! LOL.
For the cupcake wrappers on the bottom I used some fresh tropical inspired papers. At first I was going to make everything really 'matchy matchy' but then found this paper in my stash, and I liked that some other colors were put into the mix. Makes it really festive.
Here is my stamping assembly line!
And all of my completed decorations. The flamingo stamp set has two flamingos - pointing both ways, so I made some of each.
Have an amazing weekend everyone!