Sunday, 15 April 2012

Well it's the weekend again i don't know where the time goes. As i said in my last post i had been asked to make two Birthday cakes, but as it turned out my Son decided that he would have a go himself. So i supervised and he made the cake and decorated, he did a really good job so good that i'm hoping for a surprise for my Birthday at the end of the month. Well i can hope.
            I was due to make a 50th Birthday cake for Tuesday but i received a phone call last night and due to a change of plan i was asked if i could do it for today. So it hasn't turned out quite how i had planned but i'm pleased with it. And i had made some of the roses on Friday so that helped. It's a chocolate fudge cake which is one of my favourites, so i think i'm going to have to make myself one this week.

This is my first attempt at making roses. They were easy to make, i used one of those plastic wallets that you put in a ring folder. Cut the wallet up the sides, then rolled 6 balls of icing placing them on the open wallet. Covered them with the other side and gently flattened the balls with the side of my thumb. Which leaves a petal which is thinner on one side. The first petal you roll to a tight bud then following round with the other petals getting looser as you go. Carefully lay the rose on your hand and use a knife to cut the bottom off.

This is my Sons creation. I think he did a fantastic job for his first go. This was a chocolate fudge cake as well.

I thought to finish off this week i add some of the cards i had made.

This one seemed appropriate going with the rose cake. I used the Creative Expressions Rose stamp plate. And stamped the image 3 times so i could decoupage the rose, the background was made using mimento dye ink with a piece of cut n dry foam. Then stamped over using a script stamp.The card below was made using the same technique.

And finally for this week is a card i made using Joanna Sheen's Jane Shasky CD. I have told myself that i have got to start using the Cd's i have purchased in the past, i have a few which only ever sit on the shelf and collect dust. I have had to start asking myself before i buy anything now do i really want it, am i going to use it and where am i going to put it. The later usually being the hardest decision.
The backing paper is one of the inserts on the CD, i printed the A4 size. I cut the paper nearly in half and used the other half as the insert. The topper i lay on top of the yellow card a cut round it to leave a border. Then cut the 2 flowers on the topper sheet and layered them.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Happy Easter, doesn't time fly next thing you know Christmas will be upon us again. I'm sat here with the smell of turkey wafting around the house and a Christmas pudding waiting to be cooked. We do this every year it's the only two days i insist my family are home together, not a lot to ask.
  I thought this week i would share a couple of my cards with you, as i have been quite productive in the last couple of weeks. I'm yet to take photos of the others.
I love this stamp image, it's been a good one to help me practice the hair and skin with pro markers. I used a backing paper from Joanna Sheen's Jane Shasky cd, then i embossed a strip of core'dinations card through the cuttlebug. I made a rosette to mount my stamped image. The butterfly is a Memorybox die and finally i made a bouquet of flowers to finish the card off.

This image is another from the same range of Whimsy Stamps i love the simplicity of the image. I've used a some core'dinations card and a pack of Papermania papers to layer the card and make the rosette and a Cheery Lyn die for the flowers.

Over the coming weeks i have been asked to make two Birthday cakes so if everything goes well i'll have some photos to share. I'm off to see if dinner is ready before everyone is completely stuffed with Easter eggs.

Monday, 2 April 2012

What a weekend, i had an appointment which ran behind approx 2 1/2 hours so it ended up a wasted day. But to make up for yesterday the urge got the better of me and i played with my sewing machine. And a few hours later, in between cooking the Sunday roast i had actually made something lol and here he is,
Meet Barnaby, as my Daughter has affectionately called him, he was a kit which was given to me when i had the sewing machine. I've got to be honest i didn't find it easy at all, trying to keep the pieces together, the fur has a life of it's own. Everytime i pinned it, i looked and it had moved so i gave up in the end and just went for it. The end result being a Unique little bear. I had a lovely afternoon, until i had to tidy up how does anyone cope with the amount of bits of thread scattered everywhere i'm still finding them today, they are nearly as bad as glitter.

The picture given for his mouth made him look a bit freaky so i made it up as i went along, i made his nose smaller and just a slightly smiling mouth.
I had intended to add some of the cards i had made recently, i have been asked for some 50th Birthday cards, but Barnaby deserved the limelight. So i shall keep them till next time when there hopefully will be a few more but i'll leave you with one for this week.