Monthly Archives: March 2012

Even St. Patrick had a mother….

Beannachtaí na Féile oraibh go léir!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all Irish around the world…and to all the rest of you who wish you were Irish! 😀  At mass this morning, our priest gave us a lovely quote:

“Other countries have conquered the world with the sword;

we have conquered the world with our hearts”.  

I made this card at Jackie Mooney‘s last card-making workshop.  How cute is the little cailín?



With the weekend that is in it, here’s a green-themed Mother’s Day card with an image by Sassy Cheryl.  I am entering it into the challenge ‘Wearin’ of the Green‘.

As well as it being Mother’s Day, tomorrow is also my sister-in-law’s birthday.  I am entering this card into the Passion for Promarkers Challenge ‘Yellow and Pearls‘.  I loved adding all the pearls to this one.

Thanks for looking.  Hope you have a nice day!



Gorjuss Mother’s Day Card

I finally gave in and bought a few rubber stamps.  Things are going well, but I’m still very wary of them!  Digi samping is much easier (when your printer is working, that is….grrrr!)

This is an easel card for Mother’s Day.  It has an stamped Gorjuss image which I coloured with Promarkers.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

I love Promarkers #108 – Anything Goes

Totally Gorjuss #122 – Anything Goes with a Button

Caramel Cupcakes

If you’re looking for something a bit different, really rich and a proper treat, then you have to make these cupcakes.  Also it’s a nice loophole for anyone who has given up chocolate for lent!  The easiest way to make these is to use a tin of Carnation Caramel; this stuff is so delicious, you could just eat it out the tin with a spoon.  You can make your own caramel sauce if you like, but we’ll come back to that another day.

Makes 12 cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients 

  • 110g butter
  • 240g light brown sugar or golden caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 120g self-raising flour
  • 120g plain flour
  • 1/4 tin Carnation Caramel or 75ml homemade caramel sauce
  • 50ml milk or cream

Cupcake Method

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together.
  2. Add in the eggs, one at a time, and then the vanilla.
  3. Combine the flours.  Add one third of the flours and the caramel sauce to the butter/eggs/sugar and beat well.
  4. Add another third of the flour and the milk or cream and beat well.
  5. Add the remaining flour and mix until just combined.
  6. Spoon into muffin cases in a muffin tray (they should be approx 2/3 full).
  7. Bake in an oven at 180degC / Gas 4 for 25 minutes until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Caramel Buttercream Ingredients 

  • 250g softened butter
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 1/4 tin Carnation Caramel
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3-4 tblsp milk

Caramel Buttercream Method

  1. Put all the ingredients except the milk into an electric mixer and beat well.  This may take a few minutes, so be patient!
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until you get the consistency needed for spreading/piping.


Assembling the cupcakes

  1. Using a cupcake plunger, apple corer or a spoon, make a small hole in the top of each cupcake and fill with some caramel.
  2. Pipe or spread the caramel buttercream on top of the cupcakes.
  3. Drizzle with some caramel and/or chocolate.
  4. Stick on the kettle and enjoy a deliciously rich caramel cupcake with a cuppa.

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I’m showing this to Cheryl for Show Me Thursday.  Sorry I can’t send you one in the post Cheryl!


Mami Doodles last challenge

I was very sad to hear of the closing of the Mami Doodles digi stamp shop.  Lovely images that are a joy to colour.  This is my entry for the last Mami Doodles Challenge; Use 3 patterned papers.  It’s a birthday card for my neice who will be 6 this Saturday.  The image is Bea the Butterfly.

Spotty pastels

A few people have asked me to make Mother’s Day cards and this is my first one.  The image is from Mo Manning and it was coloured with Promarkers in pastel shades.  The colours I used for the clothes and teddy were: Lilac, Lavender, Vanilla, Satin, Pale Pink and Baby Pink.  I added some spotty ribbon, baby pink buttons and clear stickles.  I doodled around the edge of the card with a black fineliner.

I am entering this card into the following two challenges:

Sassy Cheryl’s Challenge #104 – Are you seeing spots?

Passion for Promarkers Colour Challenge – Pastels

Digital Pencil Too Challenge #124 – Anything Goes with a Mo image