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The Icing on the Cake

When I was a little girl, my mom decorated cakes and had her own little business at home. I can remember trays of icing flowers ready for the next big wedding cake; I can remember her piping cake borders, quickly and seamlessly; and I can even remember her taking the time to teach me how to decorate, even though I was just a kid.

When I saw the Icing on the Cake Stamp Set (item 143664), it was like a childhood flashback. For the first time, I had to have a stamp set, and not because it was cute or stylish, but because it made my heart smile. It reminded me of happy moments.

I never did perfect those decorating skills and I definitely never became as good as my mom, but I learned enough along the way to bring a smile to my kids’ faces.

As soon as I got my stamp set in hand, I knew I wanted to make a 3D “cake”—a cake that could be kept, enjoyed, and even be calorie-free! So I decided to make a “slab cake” card package—the perfect gift for the person who has everything.

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I made my “cake” with a Half Wide Stamp Case (item 127552). The “top” of the cake is stamped cardstock which I slid underneath the plastic sleeve on the outside. I used the Hand Lettered Alphabet Stamp Set (item 143744) for the “For you” greeting as It reminded me of chocolate and I thought it would coordinate perfectly. I added a little bit of extra dimension to the outside of the sleeve using the Pearl Basic Jewels (item 144219).

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I made white paper trays for the body of the cake; the trays also conceal the cards and envelopes inside. Before permanently placing them, I made sure to stamp the cake’s piping all along the bottom edge. 

The nice thing about this cake (besides being calorie-free), is that you don’t have to worry about what flavor the recipient likes! Inside are beautiful cake cards with coordinating envelopes. The cards are 3-1/2" x 4", allowing the coordinating envelopes, created with the Envelope Punch Board (item 133774), to fit in the case.

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To add a variety of different themed cards to my card package, I flipped through the catalog in search of “script” handwritten greetings and I was amazed at how many would work perfectly! One example is the Milestone Moments Stamp Set (item 142954). I love that I was able to pair it up with the Icing on the Cake Stamp Set greetings.

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Even though these cards are “cakes,” I couldn’t leave them without a little bling. So I added some “candy” to my cakes with the 2016–2018 In Color Glitter Acrylic Shapes (item 144218) and Pearl Basic Jewels.

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I hope you enjoyed this calorie-free Icing on the Cake idea! And now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go find a cupcake or something. All this cake talk is making me hungry!

Happy Creating!

Martha Inchley
2017 Artisan Design Team

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  • Pamela Cosby

    Aug 21

    This is a beautiful idea! Thank you so very much for sharing! Pam

  • Arlene VanMeter

    Aug 21

    These are so cute. A perfect gift for the person who has everything.

  • Sandy

    Aug 21

    Do you have a video on this?

  • Heidi

    Aug 21

    I got this set, but havent done much with it. This is so great!

  • Bonnie Rodriguez

    Aug 21

    OMG! this is so cute. thank you for sharing your memories with stamps.

  • Karen

    Aug 21

    I was on the fence about this stamp set even though I was drawn to as soon as I saw it. Now I know I am going to have to get. Your cards are beautiful and the "cake" is just clever! Thanks for sharing with the rest of us.

  • Lisa Yamamoto

    Aug 21

    Beautiful and so thoughtful!

  • Brenda Russell

    Aug 21

    Martha, this is so much fun! Great job with all of it! You truly are an Artisan! Thanks for sharing your wonderful project. Your pictures are really creative and fun! I really enjoyed this! Thank you so much.

  • Sherry Timko

    Aug 21

    OH MY GOSH, this is the Cake Box bakery cake that I had in Gainesville, GA growing up. If it was still open, I'd still be eating it! Never tasted another one like theirs, it was special. This is a great memory! Thanks!

  • Gwen Edelman

    Aug 21

    Love these! Awesome idea and would make great gifts! Thank you!

  • Becky Alberter

    Aug 21

    Love this set. Thank you for sharing!

  • Barbara Allen

    Aug 21

    What a wonderful creation. Moved me enough that I now want to purchase the stamp set(s) as well!

  • M Zimmerman

    Aug 21

    love this, thank you so much for sharing God Bless

  • Janice Weightman

    Aug 21

    LOVE! Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing! I will be ordering more new sets!

  • Joyce Foss

    Aug 21

    Awesome, simply delicious

  • Charlotte Reaves

    Aug 21

    What a beautiful (and edible-looking) idea! My dad was a baker when I was a kid. These cards look delicious!

  • Renee

    Aug 21

    I wanted this set before but now that I have seen your great idea it has gone from "want" to "must have". Very clever and creative!!

  • Kristie Gonzales

    Aug 21

    I LOVE this! I, too, remember watching my mom decorate cakes! She made the most beautiful 3 D flowers and her piping was impeccable! I would love to CASE this, if you don't mind!

  • Mike Funke

    Aug 21

    Martha, this is gorgeous and certainly the straw to make

  • Mike Funke

    Aug 21

    Didn't mean to post so soon. I wanted this set the moment I saw it. Now you've added another must have set - the alphabet set - to my wishlist. Thanks so much for sharing and the inspiration!

  • Cindy

    Aug 21

    LOVE every single one of these! Now I want to order that set! Thanks for sharing your beautiful artwork!

  • Cheryl McAskill

    Aug 21

    Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane! My Mother and Grand-Mother(my Mom's Mother-in-Law!) Were cake decorators...they both used to make Wedding cakes too! I too have this set and have yet to ink it up...now I will! I WILL have to CASE this one! Thanks for sharing!

  • cheryl mathiasen

    Aug 21

    I am in awe! So creative. I would love if someone gifted this to me. Nicely done!

  • Wendy Turner

    Aug 21

    Thank you for sharing. One of my down lines and I are doing an all day stamp class and I had bee looking for ideas to decorate te

  • Cynthia McQueen

    Aug 21

    Martha, this is so creative and it just warmed my heart to read your blog post of your Mom and childhood memories. I'm sure you enjoyed every moment of making this gorgeous project. Thank you for sharing with us, it made me smile, too.

  • Martha Inchley

    Aug 21

    Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments. I can't wait to see all of your "cakes"! :)

  • Laura P

    Aug 21

    I didn't really care much for this set until I saw this. These are darling!!!

  • Zeny

    Aug 21

    Great project and nice variety of cards!

  • Joyce Hinse

    Aug 21

    I love it. I always wanted to learn how to decorate cakes. This is the easy way. I want to send a decorated cake to everyone.

  • Cyndi Pratt

    Aug 21

    Absolutely AMAZING! Love it!

  • Heather A

    Aug 21

    Martha, you are so clever and creative! Now, I was wondering why you had a silver mirror under the cards. But when I looked at your first photo again of the 'cake', I got it! It's the silver foil cake platform (I don't know what it's called!). That's so you!!

  • Judy Phillips

    Aug 21

    Wow - what a fabulous set! Thanks to you and this fabulous artwork I must buy this set! I'm excited! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Christine Geary

    Aug 21

    What a great idea. I'll be CASE-I got this one for sure!

  • Luz Berenguer

    Aug 21

    This card is beautiful, loving it. Thank you for sharing

  • Linda Pastva-Callahan

    Aug 21

    I have this set and LOVE the idea of a "cake"!! What a great project!

  • gayle

    Aug 21

    Beautiful post and cards! So incredible!!!

  • Lyndia Phelps

    Aug 21

    Awesome

  • Sandy Hill

    Aug 21

    Your cards are phenominal!! Oh my goodness, what a great idea. I overlooked this stamp set, but now have to change my thought processes and buy it.

  • Karen Hughes

    Aug 21

    GREAT idea to send to my friend when she retires. I'll enclose some note cards inside for her.

  • Kathy Beaver

    Aug 21

    Now you've done it. This just moved to the top of my wish list for things out of the main catty. Sigh

  • Areli Johnson

    Aug 21

    Amazing job! This is absolutely gorgeous!

  • Kat Mayeux

    Aug 21

    Your icing boxes are absolutely adorable! What a creative idea and so cute. Can't wait to share your idea!

  • Sara Nell Langland

    Aug 21

    For a minute there I thought it was a real cake! Love these cards and the cake box--such a great idea.

  • Creative Juice by Loni

    Aug 21

    Drooling over your fat-free, 0 calorie "cake"! What a sublime gift.

  • Lesley

    Aug 21

    Martha you are so talented! What an awesome project!

  • Tanya

    Aug 21

    Amazing!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hilda

    Aug 21

    So beautiful and thanks for the credit but you are so talented so proud of you and this cake or cakes brought a smile to my face

  • Gail Murray

    Aug 21

    This project is fabulous! What a wonderful idea. My sister-in-law is a cake decorator, and she'd love a set of them. 'Hope I draw her name for family pollyanna this year! Thanks for sharing the idea. XO

  • Lois Folla

    Aug 21

    Great, really, another stamp set I NEED... :) Thank you so much for the beautiful ideas!!!!

  • Roxanna McCulloch

    Aug 21

    What a great gift this will make! Love it!

  • Awesome and it looks so real. Very unique. Thanks for sharing.

    Aug 21

    Awesome and it looks so real. Very unique. Thanks

  • Linda Duenskng

    Aug 21

    Aw

  • Linda Duensing

    Aug 21

    Awesome and it looks so real. Very unique. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mary

    Aug 21

    Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing your story and additional ideas to CASE.

  • Dianne Wallace

    Aug 21

    I wondered why anyone would want this set...& I even used to be a cake decorator. Now I know, it is a wonderful set. Thanks for your story and inspiration.

  • Phyllis Strickland

    Aug 21

    Lovely project! It looks good enough to eat.

  • Maychen Kinney

    Aug 21

    This is absolutely adorable! I love cakes but because of my addiction to sweets and to avoid diabetes, I have made a tough choice to be dessert-free, eleven months now! I can give out cake cards instead of cakes!

  • Anna Geis

    Aug 21

    My mom also made cakes when I was growing up! Your cards and project are just adorable! I would like them even without the history though. I can see why you were chosen for the Artisan team. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Suzanne Schlabs

    Aug 21

    What a wonderful way to use stamps and the SU box as a gift box for a small gift....got the stamp set, now going to order more small boxes!!

  • Beth Rush

    Aug 21

    I just love this. I recently used this set on a scrapbook page and I now cave to make some of these cards! Love it!

  • carol

    Aug 21

    I love this maybe it can be done as a bundle so everything was in one set only what is needed to make this its just GREAT

  • Sandra Weiss

    Aug 21

    Your card / cake box is so adorable and looks delicious and the cards inside are darling. The receiver will love it!! I love those childhood flashbacks, they do make you feel so warm inside.