Decorate your wedding!

Planning a wedding can be stressful at times (basically the whole time) and sometimes you just can’t think of any cutesy ideas to make your special day yours. No worries! We are here to make your life a little easier by giving you a little inspiration.

1. If you’re going for a rustic look, print engagement photos or photos of you two together on pieces of wood and use as part of your center piece.

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photo credit to brightnest

2. Everyone has that friend who can still write in cursive, hire them to write your menu out on a framed chalkboard in exchange for a date with the hunky groomsman.

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photo credit to mollie meeks

3. Print or paint a naked tree on a canvas and have your guests sign in with their fingerprint.

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photo credit to big fury cat

4. Block numbers for tables are great but glittered block numbers are even better.

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photo credit to confetti day dreams

5. “Pick a seat not a side” is classic for weddings and classy for canvasses.

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Pets On Canvas!

Fotor0717110452 300x300 Pets On Canvas! Most people who have pets adore them. Dogs and cats among others are an integral part of the family and sometimes even treated as a second or third child. Here are some tips for you to photograph your pets in a professional way and have some great photos of your four legged family member.

1. Natural light is key. Everyone, humans and animals included, looks better under the sun. In addition, pets typically don’t like camera flashes so working outside will keep your animal calm. The flash also gives animals green eye, just like humans get red eye.

2. Put your camera at your pet’s eye level. Us humans look better at eye level and same goes for animals. A good way to do this is getting on the ground or propping your pet up on a chair or table. Dogs always look adorable when they’re cozied up on a sofa.

3. Let your pet get used to the camera. Most animals aren’t accustomed to being in front of a camera and they won’t understand why you’re coming at them with it.

4. When deciding on a time to do your photo shoot, observe your pets daily routine. For instance, if your cat is calmer in the morning, take photos at that time because it is less likely to be agitated. However, if your dog gets extremely excited when the kids come home from school then maybe take your photos before.

5. Take lots of photos. Using a continuous photo setting is a great way to get the perfect action shot of your dog running and it’s little (or big) ears flopping in the wind.

6. Be patient. You can’t control or give directions to animals as you can with humans. Understanding that your cat doesn’t know what you mean when you say “make love to the camera” is key.

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Summer Vacation Canvas Ideas

Summer is in full swing and we have seen some great canvas creations from your family vacations! We created some more ideas for turning your vacation memories into a canvas masterpiece.

Photograph Sunsets! Summer brings some of the most beautiful sunsets, which in turn make amazing canvas prints. On the beach? adjust the exposure of your camera to really capture the colors accurately.

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Utilize Shadows! A shadow in a person’s face can ruin a picture, but shadows used correctly can add a fun dimension to your vacation canvas print.

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Stop to Smell the Roses! Flowers are in full bloom, so why not incorporate them into your family photos. This will give your canvas prints a seasonal flair.

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Let Your Kids Go Wild! Often our photos seem staged and generic. Showcase each person’s unique personality by capturing natural moments.

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Use Filters! Did a picture not turn out as artsy as you would have hoped? Use some great filters to add dimension to your image.

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Fourth of July Photo Contest!

Celebrate this 4th of July with a FREE canvas print!

Follow the easy steps below to enter.

  1. Upload a patriotic photo that you’d want to create on canvas.
  2. Provide a description of the photo and it’s
  3. Spread the word to family and friends

Enter our photo contest here or on our Facebook page. The entry with the most votes will receive a free 16″x20″ canvas print!


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4th of July Treats – By Sarah of Miss CandiQuik

pic1 1024x1024 4th of July Treats   By Sarah of Miss CandiQuik Sarah from the Miss CandiQuik blog here again! Ahh, finally – summer is here and in full swing!

Honestly, even though I love to bake, I can be rather hesitant to turn on the oven and whip up a dessert when it’s 80 degrees outside. Because quite frankly, I’d rather be out soaking up the sun and enjoying a BBQ with friends!

Since the 4th is right around the corner, I thought I’d share these three simple treat recipes with you. No oven needed.

A microwave, pretzels, marshmallows, graham crackers, strawberries and CandiQuik Coating is literally all you need to make these treats.

First up: S’more Sandwiches. Like a S’more. Only less messy. And transportable.

pic2 4th of July Treats   By Sarah of Miss CandiQuikHere’s how:

1 package Chocolate Candy Coating (CandiQuik Coating – found at Walmart, Target)

Graham Cracker Squares

(Jet Puffed) Stackable Marshmallows

Decorative Sprinkles

Melt Chocolate CANDIQUIK according to directions on package.

Break each graham cracker square in half. Using a spoon dip in Chocolate coating; place 1 stackable marshmallow on top of 15 of the chocolate graham crackers before coating has set. Sprinkle if desired.

Once coating is set, use a dab of Chocolate CANDIQUIK to attach the top chocolate graham cracker.

(Makes approximately 15 s’mores)

This next treat is my favorite – we’ve been making these 4th of July chocolate strawberries for as long as I can remember!

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Fresh strawberries, washed and completely dried

Blue sugar sprinkles

Melt Vanilla CANDIQUIK according to directions on package.

Dip strawberries in candy coating, letting the excess drip off.

Dip the end of the berry in the blue sprinkles and place on wax paper to dry.

Easy enough, right!?

Here’s another favorite – chocolate dipped pretzel rods.

pic4 4th of July Treats   By Sarah of Miss CandiQuikAgain, just melt your Vanilla CandiQuik to dip the pretzels in, sprinkle and place on wax paper.

Enjoy! Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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Summer Bucket List

Summer is one of the best seasons to branch out and experience something new. Need help coming up with great activity ideas?! Look no further! We’ve come up with fifteen summer activities for anyone and everyone. Whether you are looking for fun kids activities, or ways to get away and relax, this list covers it all.

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Luau Cake Recipe – From Julie of White Lights on Wednesday

Hello again everyone. It’s Julie from White Lights on Wednesday. I’m back this month with a really fun cake that is sure to be a show stopper at your summer BBQ or birthday party.

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At work I’ve been labeled the baker. Everyone knows I write a food blog, but what they eat are my desserts. Any time there are way too many cookies, cakes, brownies, etc. at home, I take them to work with me. Five minutes later, they’re gone. It’s magic. One of my co-workers actually told me that if my (then) boyfriend didn’t marry me soon, he would. I’m engaged to my boyfriend now. Haha. But I digress.

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So, a couple weeks ago my friend Vina asked me to make her daughter’s birthday cake. She wanted pineapple and it was a luau themed party. That’s all the info I got. Then Tayun (Vina’s daughter) sent me cake idea pictures. I almost died. One was a two-tier fondant covered cake with gum paste, hand painted orchids. Another was white fondant with a surfer made from modeling chocolate. Ummm…what did Vina tell her daughter I can make?!?! Turns out Vina just told her whatever I baked would taste amazing. Okay. It’s a starting point. So I made a triple pineapple cake, via the birthday girl’s wishes, and got to decorating. Ready to make this bad boy?

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Equipment:

Two 9″x13″ cakes – flavor of your choosing

2 cups cake filling – flavor of your choosing

2 1/2 to 3 cups buttercream frosting

Americolor food coloring gel in Electric Blue and Turquoise

2 sheets of graham crackers

White colored candy melts

Sea shell candy mold

Various cake decorations in the ocean and beach theme

4 origami paper flowers in bright colors, fixed with a wire stem for placing on the cake

Cake board

 

Method:

  1. Melt candy melts according to package directions. Spoon melted candy into seashell molds. Use the back of a knife or offset spatula to scrape the top of the candy mold to remove any excess candy and even out the backs of the candies. Place mold in the fridge and leave to set while you complete the steps below.
  2. Place you first cake layer, bottom side down, onto the cake board. Top cake with filling. Top filling with second cake layer, bottom side up (facing you). This will give you a nice flat surface to decorate. Gently press the top layer a little to even out the filling and stick everything together.
  3. Set aside 1/4 to 1/2 cup of prepared buttercream – this will be for writing on the cake later. Into the remaining buttercream, mix 4 to 5 drop electric blue food coloring and 2 drops turquoise food coloring. Add more of either color until the desired blue is reached. We’re going for the ocean kids. Frost the entire outside of the cake with the blue butter cream.
  4. Place graham cracker sheets in a ziploc bag. Using a rolling pin or meat mallet, crush graham crackers into crumbs. They don’t have to be perfectly uniform, you just don’t want any really big pieces. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over on side and corner of the cake to create your beach. You can make the beach as big or as little as you like.
  5. Gather cake decorations. Remove candy from seashell mold. Place candy seashells, tiki heads, pineapples, trees, turtles, flip flops, flower rings and any other small decorations around the beach to your liking.
  6. Place two origami flowers in the upper right corner of the cake, on top of the cake. Place the other two flowers in the lower left corner of the cake, along the bottom edge. Decorate the cake with lettering for your party or birthday wishes. Refrigerate until 30 mins before ready to serve.
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Infographic: The Basics to Photo Resolution

Have you ever printed a picture and had it turn out blurry or pixelated? Have you had someone tell you the resolution was too low to print your picture, but not know what that means? At Easy Canvas Prints, we come across this problem a lot. Our latest infographic attempts to simplify the complicated by breaking down what you need to know about printing and publishing images on the internet. We will help guide you through the process of creation to make sure your memory turns into a masterpiece!

 

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Black Bean and Corn Salad Recipe

Summer is here, which means corn has hit at your local grocery store! This black bean and corn salad is perfect for barbeques, picnics and potlucks. It’s easy to prepare and leftovers can be used to add to your meals throughout the week. Bring tortilla chips to make it a dip, or add chicken for a full on meal.

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  • 4 ears corn, husks removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 3/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup edamame, shelled
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • Avacado – optional

Grill the corn until lightly charred. about 2 minutes, turning frequently. If you don’t have access to a grill, boil the corn for about 8 minutes. Cut the kernels off the cob and set aside. Bring a medium pot of water to boil. Add the frozen shelled edamame and continue to boil for 3-5 minutes.

In a medium saute pan over medium to high heat, add the olive oil, then the red bell pepper and the red onion. Saute for 3 minutes, then add the vinegar, beans and corn and saute for 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic, cilantro and edamame and saute for 1 minute more. Remove from the heat to a serving bowl and season with salt and pepper. Serve warm or cold. Avocado is also a great addition to this salad. Add leftover chicken or steak for an easy meal! Enjoy!

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Make Your Own Tea Light Covers – By Morena of Morena’s Corner

Are you planning any outdoor parties this spring and summer? Or maybe you just want to spruce up your table at dinner? Here’s an inexpensive and easy way to add some casual elegance to your table lighting. Learn how to use foam core board to make a tea light cover with any design you like!

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Supplies Needed:

  • Foam Core Board
  • Craft Knife
  • Battery Operated Tea Light

Step one: Use a craft knife to cut the foam core board to the desired height. Mine is approximately 4 inches tall.

Step two: Divide the board into four sections. Use the craft knife to cut through the top layer, but do not pierce the paper backing.

Step three: Draw or stencil your design in pencil.

Step four: Use the craft knife to cut on the lines. Do not cut through the back layer of paper.

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Step five: Remove the foam from the cut out shape, leaving the paper backing intact. When the design is complete, you can clean up the edges a bit with your craft knife.

Step six: Fold the board to make a square, and glue the edge together. Place the battery operated tea light inside the candle holder.

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These would be pretty at a reception with initials carved on them. They’d also be great for sports themed parties, where you could carve your team’s logo into the foam. You could even try using colored tissue paper instead of the paper backing to have more color. Have fun crafting and creating!

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