M&Ms Gravity Cake

I wanted to make something special for my husband’s 30th birthday cake; something I hadn’t made before. He’s a big fan of peanut M&Ms, so I decided to make my version of the M&M gravity cakes I had seen doing to rounds on Pinterest and Facebook.

This is a Chocolate Biscuit Cake, covered in fondant/sugarpaste/ready to roll icing. 4 large bags of M&Ms are stuck on individually with melted white chocolate.
Tip: Plain and crispy M&Ms are easier to stick on than the heavier peanut ones.

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You can see a tutorial by Cupcake Addiction on YouTube here. Their method is slightly easier to do as the cake is covered in buttercream.

Fairy Door

I had seen these Fairy Doors making the rounds; but they really caught my attention when I saw one that was handmade by Jackie Mooney. My son was due his first visit from the tooth fairy, so I asked Jackie to make one for him.

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You can see Jackie’s Doors here

I had seen a friend make a little scene in a box frame to put a Fairy Door into, and I thought it was so cute, that I had to have a go. I had someone in mind, who LOVES Fairies, that I wanted to make a gift for, so I ordered another Door from Jackie. I used my Cricut to cut a tree, fence and grass, a die to cut the birdcage and birds, and used punches to cut some leaves and butterflies. The whole thing went into a Ribba frame from Ikea.

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I hope you like it!
Dee *

When time stood still…

A new style of framed craft from me. I used a Tim Holtz Clock die to depict the time my son was born.

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I am entering this into the Cut it Up challenge – Labour Day.
And also Craftin Desert Divas baby linky party.

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And here is a ‘pink’ version. :)

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Please visit my Facebook page HERE over the next few days, where you will find out how you can WIN one of these personalised frames in an exciting competition.

Thanks for looking. Dee*

Cookies n’ Cream Crispies

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Very more-ish white chocolate and Oreo Rice Krispie squares. No-bake and simple to make. You don’t need to be very exact with the measurements.

Ingredients

  • 400g Marshmallows
  • 50g Butter
  • 200g White Chocolate
  • 250g Rice Krispies
  • 20 Oreos (approx 1.5 packs)

Method

  • Break the Oreos into small pieces.

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  • Melt the marshmallows and butter in a bowl set over hot water or at intervals in the microwave.
  • IMG_2054Stir until smooth (tip – grease your spoon with butter to help).

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  • Stir in the Rice Krispies and 2/3 of the Oreos (keep the rest for the topping).

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  • Spread the mixture into a greased rectangular dish (mine is 21cmx28cm) using a large spoon or spatula. (another tip – let it cool for a minute to make it easier to spread around)
  • Melt the white chocolate in a bowl set over hot water or at intervals in the microwave.
  • Pour 3/4 of the white chocolate on top of the Rice Krispie mixture and spread it using the back of a spoon or a spatula.
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  • Lastly, drizzle the rest of the white chocolate over the oreos. You can put it in a sandwich bag with the corner cut off; or you can be a bit lazy like me and just use a spoon. :)

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  • Chill in the fridge, then slice and enjoy!

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Male cards

Here’s two cards I made for my brother’s birthday (one from me, one from my Mam!).
The first one has an image from Mo Manning, coloured with Promarkers. I used some lovely grosgrain ribbon I got from The Ribbon Shack.

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I am entering this into the following challenges:
Mo’s Digital Challenge – Something Sweet (see all the goodies stashed beside gaming boy!)
Passion for Promarkers – Sketch

The second card has an image from Saturated Canary, also coloured with Promarkers. I used a new bunting die from Marianne.

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Thanks for visiting, please leave a comment!
Dee *

Summer Craft Swaps

I recently took part in two online craft swaps. It’s very exciting sending a parcel off to a stranger and waiting for their reaction. Also equally exciting getting a surprise back in the post. I’ve been very lucky in all the lovely crafts I’ve received in all the swaps I’ve be part of.

For the first one I used a kit for a memories book that I got from Jackie Mooney. I made it into a chipboard album and added one or two extra bits. There’s space for two photos in this album.

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I also sent a few cards, but I only took a photo of one of them. I used a digi I had coloured in ages ago and hasn’t made it onto a card. I never seem to have time to colour or craft just for the same if it anymore! :-(
I used a coffee cup collar in this card aswell. Waste not want not!

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And here is what I received…..a lovely box full of goodies.

photo 3Homemade Chai tea (recipe to follow) and a gorgeous mug with a crocheted cosy. I’m looking forward to trying these out.

photo 4Two cute egg Cosies for my two boys.

photo 5And two beautiful crocheted doilies.

Wasn’t I lucky?
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The second swap was an alphabet swap. My letter was ‘C’ so I made a Clock stepper card. I used my new Tim Holtz clock die and some digi stamps from Mami Doodles.
I am entering this card in the ‘Cut it Up’ challenge – What’s bugging you?  (see my little ladybug?!)

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My swappee had the letter ‘D’, so she made me an altered notelet holder with my name on it, how clever is that? I’ll definitely be making some of these for Christmas gifts.

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Dee *

Kitkat & Smarties Cake

My littlest boy turned 2 recently.  He’s Toy Story mad at the moment so I bought some little figurines in the Disney Store to put on top of his cake.

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It’s an expensive cake to make!  But it’s simple to do and a huge crowd-pleaser.  Plus the 2-year-old just loved it and that’s the main thing.

The cake itself is three layers of a chocolate orange sponge, filled and covered with chocolate ganache and decorated with Kitkats and smarties.  I used 24 2-finger Kitkats and 4 regular-sized tubes and 8 mini boxes of smarties.

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I had no cake board (bad planning!) so I cut out a 12 inch scalloped circle from card using my Cricut machine and glued some sugarpaste letters to it.  I cut the letters out with Windsor Groovy Clikstix cutters.  (A tip someone gave me recently was to take the back ruler off the clikstix….it makes things so much easier!)  I finished it off with a red ribbon and bow.

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Nick’s card was a bit last minute. I cut out all the shapes using my Cricut machine and Cricut Craft Room.

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Thanks for visiting!

Dee*

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