Friday, August 26, 2011

Birthday cake(s)!

So, I promised I would share this with you...  My daughters birthday fell on the first day of school, so we decided to have her birthday sleepover party the weekend before... Yes, shes like the Queen of England and had 2 birthdays this year!!  For her party she had a very specific design and instructions...  It all started with the invitations.... 

The color scheme for the cake was the same.. 
She wanted a two tier round marbled cake with fondant and circles of turquoise, green and purple!  ARGH!!
Ive never dealt with fondant before (and will be happy to never do it again!) but always up for a challenge I gave it a go!!  Heres the result!...

Base layer covered...

Top Tier covered.

Supports added and cake stacked!!  So far so good!

Next we had to roll a thousand little circles and add the balls of fondant around the edges...

And.... Drumroll please...
Final result...

The cake went down well although nobody liked the fondant and it was really hard to cut!!  Im quite happy in the future to pay someone enormous amounts of money to make our family birthday cakes...!

Of course on her 'Official Birthday' we had to have cupcakes.... She is a strange child and loves watching the 'annoying orange' clips on YouTube... (really annoying!!) Her latest favourite stars a Marshmallow who sneezes glitter (!) So, she gave me yet another challenge... (sigh)

I made a tower of German Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting and found glitter-like sprinkes and tiny marshmallows... RESULT!!!...
Again, I kept with the color scheme and found purple and green cupcake cases....  I made the top cake just for her and we put letter candles in each cake spelling out Happy Birthday!

Thank goodness I have a year to recover!!

Thanks for looking

C xx

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Birthday Projects.

This week my daughter celebrated her 11th Birthday and of course I had to make some thank-you notes and a very special birthday card...

Cute huh?  These are the colors she used for the birthday cake she designed.... (I managed to make it almost as she wanted.  I was actually pretty pleased with the result and will share it with you later in the week.)
Shes a big lover of glitter and I managed to find some random sparkles in my stash that coordinated with the SU! Colors!!

Now the stamp I used for the greeting actually says "on a scale of one to ten youre an 11" so I stamped it twice and trimmed it down to read "youre 11"!  Neat huh?

A little doodling round the edges, a splash more glitter and it was done!!

Stamps, Precious Butterflies (Hostess) and Perfect Words (Hostess)
Card: Tempting Turqoise, So Saffron, Whisper White.
Ink:  Old Olive, Perfect Plum. Tempting Turquoise, Perfect Plum and So Saffron Markers.
Glitter from stash.

Heres the Thank You card...

Again I used the same colors Old Olive, Perfect Plum and Tempting Turquoise.
Stamp set is Awash with Flowers.
I kept this one simple as I had to make a few of them!!...
All in all she had a great time... Photos of birthday cake(s) to follow later!

Thanks for looking,
C xx

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Swap Cards...

I recently took part in a swap over on Splitcoast Stampers....   We chose which color family we wanted to swap and made 9 cards of the same design in that color-family....  I decided to challenge myself and use the Neutrals Color Family...  I sent my cards to a lovely lady called Lisa who organised the swap and LO!  a couple of weeks later I received some amazing creations from the other swap-ee's!!   I thought Id share with you!!

Now I want you to scroll down quickly and make a note of which card you think I made.  Then read the notes underneath and see if you are right!!  Let me know if you guessed right in the comments section!!!

Number 1.

Number 2.

Number 3.

 Number 4.

Number 5. 

Number 6.

Number 7.

Number 8.

Heres whom made what....
1. Amanda Corbet.  2. Debbie Walter, Nevada. 
3. Carolynne Hedrick, Texas.  4.  Jenny Fulton, MN. 
5. Laura Simpson.  6. Deb Lippert, Wisconsin. 
7. Mary Jane Wellington, Maine.  8. Pam Steckman.

Arent they stunning?  Im so glad I did this swap and I plan to do a couple more.  Its a great way to see what ideas and techniques other people can come up with given the same basic rules and colors....  These are definately going onto my display board!!  YAY.

Now did you guess right?   Leave me a comment in the section below... 

C xx

Friday, July 22, 2011

NEW!! In colors..

So, as youve probably noticed, Stampin' Up!  have a BRAND NEW catalog with loads of lovely new stamps and accessories for your crafting needs.  They also have introduced 5 BRAND NEW In-Colors for the next 2 years....  I decided to use all of these on one card to introduce you to them....
I LOVE the feel of these colors, very beachy and summery and im SOOOOO glad theres a pale purple once again (missed my pale plum!) and my favourite is the pale blue! 

From left to right the colors are:
Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder and the background is Calypso Coral.
Aren't they lushious??  I love the fact that SU! is keeping up with the current trends in fashion and home designs and keeping the colors fresh and new!  Well done!

The layout is from week 194, June 6 over on the Mojo Monday Blog.  This is a go-to place for me when Im needing inspiration..  Check it out!

Heres a close up of the flower detail... 

I got the inspiration for this flower from a lady called Wendy Weixler who has some tutorials on her blog, HERE.  I dont have the punch for the rose so I played with my scallop circle punch and came up with a little Chrysanthemum flower!  Cute huh?
Stamp set is My Friend.  Another new item from the catty and rapidly becoming a favourite of mine.

So, whats your favourite(s) from the new colors?  What would you like to see next time?  Please leave a comment as I love to hear from you all!

C xx

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Planning an Evening of FUN!!

Soooo, Ive got this idea in my crafty little mind....

Who wants to come along to a "Scrapbook in an Evening" class? 

You will end the evening with a bunch of instructions, cutting guides, cardstock and patterned paper all (hopefully) assembled into 20 completed scrapbook pages ~ ready to fill an 8x8" album. You will also have enough patterned paper leftover to make 2 more albums!  You will have the instructions to use over and over so theres no excuse!  I will provide all supplies for the pages (except your own glue, paper cutter and photographs!) and expertise.  I will bring along my punches and big-shot and help you customise your album with hand-made embellishments....

Class will be Aug 26th, place and time to be determined...  You dont have to be here either... I can provide all instructions and kit to you by post (USA Only) you just pay extra postage...  Cost is only $35 (in advance for pre-order of supplies)...  Theres only 6 spaces SO BOOK NOW!!  (Class fees are payable to me by Aug 12th... paid fees guarantees you a space and kit)

Hope to see you there, should be a FUN night!!

C xx

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Wanna see some random stuff I have on my Camera SD Card?   Most of my crafting photos are on the external drive of the other laptop, currently being used and abused by my boys... they are quiet and not asking for food or complaining they are bored, so Im not gonna disturb them!! LOL!

This 'love'ly card was one of our club projects back in January I believe!

This little box of goodies was the inspiration for the last project our club did together.  Each panel inside used a different technique that we had learnt over the 6 months...  

This pretty one is a non-SU card... I made it for a very dear friend of mine who taught my daughter ballet.  Sadly she and her family left for sunnier (?) well more comfortable climbs.  Such is the life of a military family Im afraid!

And this unfortunate mess is what happens when someone tries to mail English Chocolate to Texas in 100f weather...  Not very pretty!  But tasted good!!

There will be more crafty-ness in the next couple of days... It seems we have a few months of club projects and some other goodies to look at!...

Back soon,
C xx

Friday, June 24, 2011

Really really bad blogger!!

OK, ok.... SO Ive been neglecting the old bloggitute for long enough!  I plan to get things back up and running here in the next week or so.  Lots and LOTS of projects to share with you - obviously!!  Including a swap I have just participated in over on the SU Demo forum...  Lots of NEW things to share too.... We have a BRAND NEW catalog coming out on July 1st!!!  I will have a class to share with everyone also. 

Stay tooned peeps!

I pwomise, pwomise, pwomise I will return vewy vewy soon!

Lubs ya!
C xx

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Bad blogger!

Wowzer!  Is it really so long since I posted anything?  OOPSIE!
Well, as you can imagine its been crazy-busy here with Christmas and New Years!  I think now the decorations are put away and I can actually see my craft desk again (Thanks for sorting the garage hunny xx!) I may be a little more productive once again!!
I have some club projects to share but wont till later in the month as December class was postponed till January due to extreme busyness by everyone!!  Unfortunately this means we will be making Christmas boxes in January, but, Oh well!!  Early start for this year!!  LOL!
I have a few photos to scrapbook and plan a session this afternoon so stay tuned for some DIGI pages!!  WOO HOO!!!

Dont be a stranger!!

C xx

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Exciting stuff!!


Yes you heard it right!!  20% off select products from Stampin' Up!
from October 19 thru December 16th!!
This is a promotion after my own heart.... I LOVE making boxes and packaging at Christmas-time.  These Bundles are truly a great deal... All you have to do is decide which one(s) you want to snag!!
Heres the details a little closer...

Vintage Christmas Card Bundle (Mini catty):
Bells & Boughs set (p.19) and Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper (p. 18)       
Wood-mount: 124067 $23.92
Clear Mount: 124068 $19.92

Contempo Christmas Card Bundle (Main catty):
Contempo Christmas set (p. 45) and Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper (p. 174)
Wood-mount: 124071 $20.72
Clear-mount: 124072 $17.52

Tags Till Christmas Bundle 1 (Mini catty):
Tags Till Christmas set (p. 24) and Decorative Label Punch (p. 25)
Wood-mount: 124077 $38.32
Clear-mount: 124078 $31.92

Tags Till Christmas Bundle 2
Tags Till Christmas set (mini catty p.24) and Ornament Punch (main catty p. 203)
Wood-mount: 124478 $38.32
Clear-mount: 124477 $31.92

Gift Packaging Bundle
Gifted set (main catty p. 30) and Mini Lunch Sacks (mini catty p. 13)
Wood-mount: 124083 $26.32
Clear-mount: 124084 $19.92

Simply Adorned Gift Bundle (main catty)
Charming set (p. 130), Simply Adorned 1" x 1 1/4" charm (p. 189) and
Simply Adorned 24" Chain (p. 189)
124076 $39.88

Frame Gift Bundle (mini catty)
Definately Decorative Chunky Frame (p. 9) and Small Chocolate Chip Dotted Flourish
Decor Elements (p. 23)
Wood-mount: 124075 $19.92

Its worth noting also that the Bells & Boughs and Tags Till Christmas stamp sets are also available in Spanish.  The Contempo Christmas, Tags Till Christmas and Gifted stamp sets are available in French too!! 

If you would like to order these just follow the link on the Right-hand side of the page to my Stampin' Up! Website or you can leave me a comment with your email address if you have questions...

Hmmmm.... decisions, decisions!.....