Monday, January 25, 2010

Baptism Cookies

I made these for my daughter's baptism this weekend but the idea can be used for any occasion really! We didn't want to make everyone stay after for refreshments since they had already been at church for three hours. But I still wanted to tell them thanks for coming and send them home with something sweet! So I baked these small heart sugar cookies and covered them with white icing then sprinkled them with sugar crystals. Stuck them in small bags and tied the note to each one. After the baptism Cassidy thoroughly enjoyed handing out cookies to everyone and thanking them for sharing in her special day. ♥♥♥

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

YW Lesson #5 - Home Environment

I hope the handout I made for this lesson doesn't totally scare or intimidate those who aren't into scrap booking. There's lots of cutting but it's SUPER cute and I think your Young Women will L♥VE it so that makes it worth it right?

I found an old school handout in my file that had these phrases on it so of course I had to use them. Click here to get the pdf of the wording strips. I have this jumbo flower punch that I used but I traced it to make the pattern for those who don't have a punch. I drew out the rest of the shapes you'll need as well. Click here to download the font I used called Smiley Monster.
Here's some quick step-by-step instructions on how to create this handout!
1. Trace all shapes onto whatever scrapbooking paper you choose and cut them out.
2. I used my sewing machine and stitched a white border around the edge of the house to give it an extra homey-crafty feel. You could also use an extra-fine black pen and just add linework like what's around the sun.
3. I glued the house to some white cardstock and then trimmed it leaving a tiny white border. This just reinforces the cardstock and I think it looks cute too! :)
4. Add linework to the flower, stem and sun then glue them down.
5. Add heart to top of house (I had some chipboard hearts but you can use a punch on this too! Or cut one out yourself!) and add green tied ribbon for leaves to the stem.
6. Glue down button for flower center and adhere wordstrips and YOU'RE DONE! ♥

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

YW Lesson #4 - Obeying Commandments Helps Us Fulfill Our Divine Roles

I loved the quote by Pres. Spencer W. Kimball in this lesson so I used it on the handout. I think I've mentioned before how much I love FREE Clipart that you can find online. The possibilities are endless when you find ways to incorporate them into your handouts. Here's the link to the well image. I saved it into a Word doc then resized it and printed it onto some white cardstock. I cut it out leaving a tiny white border then added it to my handout using pop-dots again. I love those things! I love dimension! Oh! I added the jute bow before adhering the well. I also printed and cut out the water bucket so I could add that on top of the well using pop-dots. Makes it stand out.
♥ ENJOY! ♥

YW Lesson #3 - Building the Kingdom of God

I hope you'll have enough time to throw this together! I meant to get it posted earlier! It's a fun one that I think your girls will love!

I created a pattern of the crown and heart for you to use. I cut them out of scrapbook paper and then inked the edges with some brown chalk ink to give them an aged look. I added a zig-zag stitch using my sewing machine around the heart before I glued it down on the white paper. Trimmed it to create the border. I added the crown and the wordstrips using some pop-dots so they stood up off the heart a little. Then added the little bling/jewels to the crown.
♥ Enjoy! ♥

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Here are a couple of ideas for the new 2010 Theme handouts. I know there will be lots of "New Beginnings" being held all around the world over the next month or so. These would be fun to give to each of your Young Women as a gift. A reminder that they can keep hung up in their rooms. I'm working on some other things with the new Theme on them as well. You can recreate something similar to these or I am taking orders for them if you'd rather I make them for you!
The shield and heart are BOTH $3.95 each + $1.00 for shipping. They measure approx. 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" not including the jute hanger. Products will vary depending on availability. You can special order different colors. Please email me at to place an order or ask any questions. If you'd like several of them it will save on shipping. These will also require a 4-5 day turnaround plus the ship time so please take that into consideration when placing an order.
♥ Thanks and Have a great day! ♥

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

YW Lesson #2 - Spiritual Gifts

This small little gift bag has nothing in it but tissue paper. I thought it would be fun to use a bag instead of a box as a gift for this handout. Super easy and cheap to make for your girls. They sell super small gift bags at Michael's and Hobby Lobby for super cheap!

♥ Toodles! ♥

YW Lesson #1 - Drawing Closer to Jesus Christ

I've had the idea for this handout in my file FOREVER! I think I used it 10+ yrs ago when I was first called to teach the Mia Maids. I don't know where I got it back then but the message still applies today so I hope you like it.

I gave the girls this handout and presented the following object lesson:
I displayed a decorative mirror on the table as well as a picture of Christ right in front of the mirror leaving some of the mirror still visible. Then I had each girl look in the mirror then back away from it. After each girl did this I asked them "What happened as you drew closer to the mirror?" As you draw closer to Christ, He draws closer to you. Then I asked, "What happened as you moved away from the mirror?" As you move further away from Christ you no longer feel close to him. Christ isn't the one who moves. He is always there waiting for us to draw near to Him.
Here's a pattern for the mirror I drew. The little round mirror came from an old compact I had. I am sure you could find some cheap at the dollar store or in your stash of old make-up.
***EDITED TO ADD*** For those of you who are fortunate enough to have a Hobby Lobby close by... I saw that they carry a package of 3" round mirrors for $2.47 and there is 5 in the pack. Use a coupon and they are even cheaper! WAY COOL!!!

I'm Back! Special info....PLEASE READ

Happy New Year to my Paper Cakes and Icing readers! I hope you are each happy and healthy as we welcome 2010!!!
A few personal notes to share about my work here at PC&I. First I have to say how grateful I am to those who have sent messages to check in on me and express your excitement about my handouts getting posted again. The cyber-love has been overwhelming and far reaching. To be honest, I was not sure if I would be closing up shop or not but there is an obvious desire and need for the fun little things I create based on your emails. My family recently started attending a ward in a different near-by town and I am no longer teaching in Young Women's so you can imagine my struggle with the decision to keep things fresh and updated regularly.
Well.... I've decided that I need this as much as some of you do! I still have 5 young daughters, Family Home Evening in our home and a calling as a Visiting Teacher.... all of which would still benefit from what I do here. So... in an effort to stay on top of the weekly YW's handouts that I will continue to do starting today, you should know that I may not always be as detailed in my directions and patterns as I have in the past but if you see something you have specific questions about PLEASE don't hesitate to email me and ask!
I'm sorry for taking longer than I expected to get back here! Life happens right? So before I post the next two week's lesson handouts... I will leave you with a photo I took recently of my sweet Chloe girl who just turned 2 months old. She's a little slice of heaven here in our home.