Saturday, 29 May 2010

Sketch Saturday Birthday Sketch Challenge #105 & Party Bag Candy

This week we are celebrating our Birthday at Sketch Saturday and all of us DT members are giving away a fab Party Bag Candy.
To be in with a chance of winning my Party Bag Candy all you have to do is link your Sketch Saturday entry using this weeks sketch by clicking the blue frog below. Anyone not linking to their card entry will not be included in the draw.
To make my Party Bag I used:-
CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Summer Driggs ~ Bubblegum & Licorice
Image ~ Magnolia Fairydust Tilda
Sentiment ~ Celebrate Everything ~ Create with TLC ~ take a look at some of the most gorgeous word art sentiments and a lot of freebie!!!!
Pearls ~ Stash
Ribbon ~ Stash
Tools ~ Martha Stewart Border Punch, Pencil Crayons, Sansodor, Blending Stumps No.0, Sewing Machine, Nesties
My Party Bag Candy will run until 8am UK time on Friday 4th June
Good Luck!

Friday, 28 May 2010

Truly Scrumptious Challenge #33

This weeks challenge is a fab sketch designed by Mina and is sponsored by Digital Delights. The winner of our challenge will receive a $10 voucher to spend in their store.

To make my card i used:-
  • CS ~ Stash
  • DP's ~ Feelin' Silly Freebie Download Papers
  • Image ~ Bronte & Lewis ~ Mo's Digital Pencil Too
  • Sentiment ~ Cupcakes & Cookies Collection ~ Create with TLC
  • Ribbon & Buttons ~ Stash
  • Tools ~ Nesties, Sewing Machine, Blending Stumps No.0, Sansodor, Pencil Crayons, Sakura Glaze Pen (Red)

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Papertake Weekly Challenge ~ Sketch #41

Another fantastic sketch to work with for this weeks challenge which is sponsor,ed by Simon Says Stamp .
Now i can't be 100% sure that senile dementia's not setting in, its either that or the peroxide has seeped into the brain, but i am positive Fae asked for birthday card for a party that Rylee is attending (he's got a better social life than me!) for a little girl! Here's what i did ....
... ain't she just adorable?! Anyhow, i showed it Fae and she laughed ... not a normal response from one of my cards LOL! She reckons she said it was for a boy, i'm not convinced. I must have girls on the brain .... btw, did i tell you that Fae is pregnant again? She found out a couple of weeks back, it was no huge surprise really cos the beginning of April we went to a Psychic Supper and she was told she would be having twin girls within the next year! Scott's (Fae's partner) Mum is a twin and there are twins on our side too, so there is a good chance that we could have pink twins .... she's been having a lot of sickness, day and night, which is something she didn't suffer with at all when she was pregnant with Rylee!

Back to the card ..... to make it I used:-

  • CS ~ Stash
  • DP's ~ Pink Petticoat Gingham & Bearly Mine Flower Delight
  • Image ~ Angelina ~ Mo's Digital Pencil Too
  • Sentiment ~ Create with TLC
  • Ribbon & Gems ~ Stash
  • Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Pencil Crayons, Blending Stumps No.0, Sansodor, Ribbon Slot Punch, Carla Craft Corner Punch, Woodware Pearly Stuff

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Friday Sketchers Challenge #103

Jeanette from Canada is this weeks host for the challenge. They have their regular sponsor ... Simon Says Stamp sponsoring sketch 103. The prize from Simon Says Stamp is a fantastic $25.00 gift certificate to spend in their online shop.

To make this card I used:-
  • CS ~ The Paper Cellar
  • DP's ~ Fresh Choco Delice ~ Free Download
  • Image ~ Home Tweet Home ~ Digital Pencil Too
  • Sentiment ~ No Place Like Home ~ Create with TLC
  • Gems ~ Stash
  • Leather ~ for flowers from stash
  • Tools ~ Sansador, Pencil Crayons, Blending Stumps No.0, Sewing Machine, Nesties, Cuttlebug, Hippie Chic Alpha Dies (flowers), Martha Stewart Border Punch

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

My Weekend of Chocolate Making ...

As you might know, i have a new obsession ... making chocolates. I also want this new obsession to help out with Christmas this year which i need to be as much "homemade" as possible! I've also invested in soap base and a mould for that too ... watch this space! I still have a couple of moulds to use, but these where just testers for the fondant flavourings really. I wanted to make sure that they tasted right before i made a batch of chocolates!
These are chocolates made using the 15 flower chocolate mould . I painted white chocolate in the flower part of the mould, allowed it to set before painting 3-4 coats of plain chocolate over the base and up the sides. I've filled one with raspberry fondant which was the basic fondant recipe and 1/2 cup of seedless raspberry jam reduced on the hob to around 1/4 cup and then mixed in. The other 2 have a coffee flavoured centre ... yuk! But they look pretty LOL!!!

Above are chocolates filled with chopped nuts made using the 20 Cell Nut Chocolate Mould . For this i used a bar of Galaxy and a packet of chopped nuts from Morrisons. I'm not sure whether it was due to the hot weather outside or if its just the chocolate, but i didn't like how it melted and it didn't set as hard as i would have liked. What i need to do is check what the consistency of the chocolate is like now, a few days after .... oh what a chore LOL!
These have to be some of the most delicious chocolate's i've tasted and if you love Terry's Chocolate Orange then these are for you! I melted milk chocolate and added a few splashes of orange flavouring. I used the Diamond Chocolate mould which has 11 large diamonds and 16 small diamonds. I think i need to work on the air bubbles with this mould, as you can see they have a few holes in them, but hey they taste great and would look fab in a bag with an assortment of plain, milk and white chocolate!

So, still to use is my Easter Egg mould, 15 Rose Chocolate mould and 15 cell Chocolate Caramel mould that i thought looked a lot like Rolo's, but would be delicious with caramel and a hazelnut inside!

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Sketch Saturday Challenge #104

This weeks challenge is sponsored by Whimsy Stamps and there is a fab prize up for grabs!
This is the card i made following this weeks sketch...
For this card i used:~
  • CS ~ Stash
  • DP's ~ No Reimer Reason ~ Free Download
  • Sentiment ~ Create with TLC ~ Buggy Collection
  • Image ~ Magnolia Ladybug Tilda
  • Gems & Ladybug Button ~ Stash
  • Tools ~ Martha Stewart Ladybug Border Punch, Sewing Machine, Pencil Crayons, Sansodor, Glamour Dust.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Just Magnolia Week 55 & Papertake Weekly

Just Magnolia's Challenge is "One for the Girls" and is sponsored by Crafty Sentiments. They are offering a £10 voucher to spend in their store.
Papertake Weekly's Challenge is "Say It With Flowers" and that’s because they are sponsored by Wild Orchid Crafts and the fantastic prize is a huge selection of the most beautiful flowers and pins!
So, onto my card...
For this card i used:~

  • CS ~ The Paper Cellar
  • DP's ~ Pink Petticoat Gingham Papers & Kathryn Balint ~ Fresh Picked Strawberries
  • Images ~ Magnolia Jam Jar (stamped, scanned and resized) & Oops Tilda
  • Flowers ~ TabbyCrafts
  • Leaves ~ Stash (cut off some old silk flowers)
  • Tools ~ Martha Stewart Border Punch, Sansodor, Pencil Crayons, Blending Stumps No.0, Sewing Machine.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Just For Fun ...

It's not very often nowadays i get chance to make a just for fun card, what with making them for other people who have specific idea's about what they want and my chocolate making ... which has led to me making sample chocolates for the company i purchase my moulds from, so they can photograph them and add them to their catalogue! I'm also about to embark on soap making!
Anyhow, back to the card ...
For this card i used:~
  • CS ~ The Paper Cellar
  • DP's ~ Pink Petticoat Gingham and Flowery paper from Create with TLC
  • Image ~ Magnolia Tilda with Spring Bundler
  • Sentiment ~ Create with TLC ~ Flower Day
  • Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Nesties, Pencil Crayons, Blending Stumps No.0, Sansodor

Monday, 17 May 2010

Friday Sketchers Challenge #102

Tanja from Germany is the host this week and the sponsor of the challenge is The Stamp Shoppe. This week’s winner will receive Ellie the Elephant with two of the matching sayings.

To make this card i used:~
  • CS ~ Stash
  • DP's ~ Jamie Dell Scraps ~ Pirate Bootie ~ Free Download and a few left overs
  • Image ~ Magnolia Pirate Edwin
  • Tulle ~ Stash
  • Press Studs ~ From Nanna's Sewing Box
  • Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Pencil Crayons, Sansodor, Blending Stumps No.0

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Chocolate & Scottish Tablet ...

I thought i'd share with you some chocolates and the Scottish Tablet i had a bash at making last week. Turned out pretty well and tastes delicious as long as you have a very sweet tooth!
So, we have a box of assorted choc's ...
  • Sentiment ~ Create with TLC
  • Gems & Ribbons ~ Stash
  • CS ~ The Paper Cellar
  • Flower ~ TabbyCrafts
  • Acetate ~ Stash
  • Tools ~ Ribbon Slot Punch, Nesties, Sewing Machine

Scottish Tablet ~ I followed a really good recipe with pictures here. There is also a link on that page for the silicone moulds i use (right at the bottom of the page on the side bar)

Above is the Scottish Tablet covered in chocolate ... i used my 24 semi sphere / half round silicone chocolate truffle mould

This is what the slab looks like after its been cut and obviously without chocolate ... I used a 2lb Silicone Loaf Tin / Teabread and once set turned it out and roughly chopped it.

I then packaged it all up and found a sentiment from Create with TLC, that as always fits my project!

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Sketch Saturday Challenge #103

Well, its my second week as a DT of Sketch Saturday and i'm loving every minute of it! I've had a nice relaxing week this week with no Rylee and doing very little crafting too! I've spent a lot of time watching TV series and chilling on the sofa!

For this weeks card i used :~
  • CS ~ Stash
  • DP's ~ Pink Petticoat Gingham Papers
  • Gems & Buttons ~ Stash
  • Sentiment ~ PC Generated
  • Tools ~ Sewing Machine

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Friday Sketchers #101

Happy Birthday Friday Sketchers!!

Jacque from the US is hosting this week. The sponsor this week is Digital Delights. with a fab prize of a $10 gift certificate

To make my card i used :~
  • CS ~ Stash
  • DP's ~ Pink Petticoat Gingham Papers
  • Image ~ Magnolia Honey Tilda
  • Sentiment ~ Create with TLC ~ Buggy Collection
  • Gems ~ Stash
  • Tools ~ Blending Stumps No.0, Pencil Crayons, Sansodor, Sakura Glaze Pen (Red), Glamour Dust, Sewing Machine.

New Home .....

One of my friends asked me to make a card for her friend, who has just been given her first house by the local housing association, after waiting 17 years on the list! Isn't it nice when they work fast LOL! Anyway, I wont get started on them or this will be a loooooong post!

To make this i used ...

CS ~ Stash
Template ~ Here
Sentiment ~ Create with TLC
Flowers ~ Local Market Stall
Key Charm ~ The Works
Ribbon ~ Stash
String ~ Morrisons
Eyelets ~ Stash
Tools ~ Square Scalloped Nesties, Craft Knife, Eyelet Setter

Saturday, 8 May 2010

My First Sketch Saturday DT Card ...

I'm all excited about this being my first week at a DT member for Sketch Saturday! I couldn't wait to show you my first card, but have had to keep it secret until now ... that nearly killed me LOL!
This weeks sketch is being sponsored by Simon Says Stamp! who is offering a fab $25 gift voucher to the lucky winner.
To make my card i used :~
  • CS ~ Stash
  • DP's ~ Pink Petticoat Gingham Papers
  • Sentiment ~ Create with TLC ~ My Brother & Me Collection ~ here
  • Image ~ Playing Fireman ~ Digital Pencil Too
  • Buttons & Raffia ~ Stash
  • Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Pencil Crayons, Sansodor, Blending Stumps No.0, Carla Crafts Corner Punch, Woodware Star Border Punch

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Sketch Saturday #101

Well seeing as i dont take up my position of DT member until next week I'm still entering into this weeks Sketch Saturday in the hope that i win that gorgeous Hanglar girl offered as the prize by Maya ... i would kill for one of those little beauties!!!

To make this card i used:~
  • CS ~ Scrapbox
  • DP's ~ The Queen of Quirk ~ 2P's ~ Spring Chicken
  • Image ~ Golden Oldies Madge
  • Sentiment ~ Another fab wordart creation from Create with TLC ~ here
  • Adhesive Pearls ~ Local Craft Shop
  • Tulle ~ TabbyCrafts
  • Staples ~ Stash
  • Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Blending Stumps No.0, Sansodor, Pencil Crayons, Nesties, Stapler.

Monday, 3 May 2010

Chocolate Cake ....

I've been up since daft o'clock this morning (7:00) LOL .... desperate to finish this card that i was too tired to finish last night!

I'm trying not to look at the carrot cake that's sat on the breakfast bar winking at me ... d'ya think it'd be wrong to have carrot cake for breakfast? Couldn't i count it as 1 of my 5 a day? Where's my will power gone? 2 years on the Weight Watchers plan and its come to this ... PMSL!
Anyway, the card ...

To make this card i used :~

  • CS ~ Paper Cellar
  • DP's ~ Raspberry Road Designs - Country Cuddles and Pink Petticoat Gingham Papers
  • Image ~ Newton Bear Colouring Page
  • Sentiments ~ Both from Create with TLC ~ here
  • Hook & Eye's ~ from my Nanna's Button Box ... they must be ages old, she died 30 years ago!
  • Tools ~ Fluffy Stuff, Sansodor, Pencil Crayons, Blending Stumps No.0, Sewing Machine.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

I'm Dancing .....

.... for 2 reasons!!!

I've only been bloomin' asked by the fab Jo to join herself and the team at Sketch Saturday! When i got the email yesterday i nearly fell off the chair and believe it or not i was speechless!!! I'm really excited about this new adventure and can't wait to work with these talented ladies and start producing cards for this fab sketch challenge blog in a more official capacity! The biggest downside is i wont be eligible to win any of the amazing prizes anymore ... didn't think that one through well enough when i said yes ... note to ones self LOL!

and secondly ....

Dancing! It's what I do ....
To make this card i used:~
CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Summer Driggs Truth
Image ~ Mummu ~ Digital Pencil Too
Sentiment ~ Create with TLC ~ here
Gems ~ Stash
Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Sansodor, Pencil Crayons, Blending Stumps No.0, Nesties, Martha Stewart Border Punch.
Right, i still have sausage rolls left for teatime today and my family function. Rylee didn't quite manage to eat them all, although he had his beady eye on the savoury eggs at the time, which i had to fob out his way! As i type i have the eggs on the boil for the egg sandwiches and thats about all i've done LOL .... only got a fruit flan to make, grate the cheese, slice the ham and then make all the cobs/rolls/baps and sandwiches ... oh the joys. I do still intend on getting a little bit of crafting done, but thats probably not going to happen till tonight .... oh just thought i have my Sunday roast veg to peel and throw in the steamer yet ... perhaps i better leave NOW! pmsl! x