Rainbow Cloud Cupcake Toppers are here!

I spent the past weekend working like a lunatic on some new cupcake topper ideas. I’ve got the rainbow toppers, seen here, some owls, some super adorable glittery crabs and so much more! I’m working to get full sets for each topper (like treat bag toppers and invitations) but in the meantime, I thought I’d go ahead and share these. Who doesn’t love a rainbow? These would be a perfect accent to colorful kids parties, art- or beach- themed parties, or a quirky little baby shower! I might have to send a set of these to my mom, who is a huge fan of bright colors. 😉

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Coming soon: FREEBIE Printable Set!

Seeing as how I’m 3 sales away from my first 100 sales in my Etsy Shop (Hues Studio), I thought I ought to celebrate with a little freebie to share! Check back shortly for the download link – in the meantime, here’s a little snippet of the theme:

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Bring on the outdoor parties! xo

Party Popper Flower Boutonnieres!

Boyfriend Mike and I became officially engaged in February while cruising on the Carnival Triumph (yes, the one that wound up stranded in the Gulf of Mexico for 5 days and made national news!). What a way to spend your first few days as newly engaged, eh!? Luckily, I worked out a trade with NBC to do an interview about our engagement for The Today Show in return for a hotel (hello, clean shower!) and a flight back home in time for a big gig Mike had (he’s the singer in the country band Mike and the Moonpies ).

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So while I’ve been a little too busy to dive headfirst into wedding planning, I have been sifting through various wedding blogs every now and then to get inspired. I came across this adorable DIY tutorial for party popper boutonnieres and I had to share. They would be perfect for a quirky DIY wedding or to have all of the little boys at the wedding wear. What a super sweet idea! Click here for the tutorial! Thanks to Ardor Blog!

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New Non-Printables are now in Stock!

Tuxedo Printables by Hues Studio

Central Texas has pretty mild winters so I have no right to complain, but, between that and the allergies – I have been a total shut-in for a week now! The good news is it’s given me time to work on pieces in the shop for those of you who would rather order an item and receive it in the mail ready-made rather than printing and cutting them out.

I’ve just added some tuxedo cupcake toppers, gumball machine cupcake toppers and gumball machine table sprinkle confetti! The tuxedo toppers (see image above) are great for weddings, bridal showers, proms, cotillions, Valentine’s Day parties or any black tie affair. The gumball machine toppers (which I LOVE) each have a handfull of fuzzy, colourful ‘gumballs’ on them. They are perfect for brightly-coloured parties, kid parties or candyland parties. Throw in the gumball table sprinkles and you’re ready to roll!

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And here’s a little inspiration board for each piece so you can imagine the possibilities!

Tuxedo Cupcake Toppers Inspiration

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Recipe Time: Martha’s Spanish ‘Tortilla’

Boyfriend Mike and I made this amazing dish for brunch today! Over the last few months, Mike, who never really did much cooking in the past, has been engaging more in cooking duties. I love seeing people new to cooking get excited about their creations and eager to try new things. It seems like every day has become a new three meal experience!

The recipe we made today was really simple but exactly what we were looking for: a nice change from the standard cereal, waffles, eggs, bacon fare. I grew up working food/lemonade concession stands on the east coast and always loved watching my mom chop a bunch of veggies and grill them on the flatbed. You could see people walking by literally turn on a heel at the smell of the cooking onions and peppers. I still get a little rush of nostalgic joy when I chop up a pile of onions and toss them into a sizzling skillet.

Martha's Spanish Tortilla

This Spanish ‘Tortilla’ comes from Martha Stewart’s recipe vault. I put quotes around the word ‘tortilla’ because it’s more like a quiche and no tortillas were actually used in the making of it. Martha notes in the recipe that in Spain ‘tortilla’ refers to an egg and potato dish but I’m in Texas and I just can’t get used to that concept! *wink*

Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prep Time

15 minutes
Total Time
45 minutes
Yield
Serves 4


Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for serving
1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and sliced inch thick
1 red bell pepper (ribs and seeds removed), thinly sliced
1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
Coarse salt and ground pepper
8 large eggs
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium ovenproof nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium. Add potatoes, bell pepper, and onion; season with salt and pepper (skillet will be very full). Cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are crisp-tender, 14 to 16 minutes. Uncover, and cook off excess liquid, 1 to 2 minutes.
In a bowl, whisk together eggs, parsley, hot sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and teaspoon pepper. Pour egg mixture over vegetables in skillet, and stir to distribute evenly. With the back of a spatula, press down on vegetables so they lay flat and are submerged.
Bake until tortilla is set, 12 to 16 minutes. To unmold, run a rubber spatula around edge of skillet to release tortilla; invert onto a serving plate. Drizzle tortilla with oil; garnish with parsley.

You can check out the original recipe here.

Gearing up for the Super Bowl!

I’m sure I’m not the only one that gets excited about Super Bowl parties. I don’t exactly follow football but I totally dig the excitement of the day and planning to have friends and family over to eat, drink, be merry and catch all of those outlandish commercials!

To help you (and me) get ready for this year’s showdown, I’ve put together some special football-themed printables to use as decor! Cut them out and tape them to toothpicks that you can stick in hors d’oeuvres or cupcakes! Use them as tags or labels for your treats or string them up and use them as garland decoration! Best of all, these come in every colour so you can pick the colour of your favourite team! Check them out in the shop here!

Football Printables by Hues Studio

And since I’m on a roll here, I just had to share these great (and totally unique!) Super Bowl recipes compliments of Pizzazzerie.com. I’m smitten with the Super Bowl ‘Sundaes’ and the football pizzas. Bring on the gridiron!! 🙂

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Recommendations for Envelopes for Your Printables

So I know when you first dive into the world of printables, there are always questions: Can I print this at home? Should I use a professional printer? Can I customize this? Do you recommend that?

One of the questions I want to address today is the question of envelopes for your postcard and card prints. If you’ve been to my Etsy Shop, you’ve probably seen the printable postcard invitations and foldable greeting cards. At the moment, I’m working on some festive patterned envelopes that you can print, cut and glue to match your cards! But in the meantime, I have a few great suggestions on where you can obtain professional, inexpensive envelopes to stick your cards in and toss in the mail:

  • Hobby Lobby offers a great selection of envelope packs in several colours for a really great price! You’ll want to snag an A7 size (5.25″ 7.25″) and not the A2 as the A2 isn’t big enough to contain the cards I design (which are 4×6″). You can shop Hobby Lobby’s online store by clicking here!
  • One of my favourite places to go here in Austin for art supplies is Jerry’s Artarama! I know they only have a handful in existence but, lucky for you, you can shop online! If you’re looking for a higher grade of paper with a bit more tooth (think: watercolour paper), I highly suggest checking out their list of envelopes and cards. These are really great for elegant occasions like wedding invitations. You can get an idea of the offerings at Jerry’s by clicking here. Just be sure you’re picking out envelopes and/or card sizes that match the size of your print. Envelopes should generally be about 1/4″ larger in size than the card.
  • If you want to a suggestion for envelopes on Etsy, check out the lovely offerings in the Chelsea Paper Shop! I just lurrrrve these Tiffany blue envelopes! Don’t you?

Good luck with your printables and, as always, let me know if you have any questions or requests! Happy printing!