Monthly Archives: August 2012

Pink hair!

No, not me (although I did have pink hair once upon a time), but Saturated Canary’s Jules.  She is coloured with Promarkers, mostly pinks and blues.   I added some lace, card candi, and some handmade paper roses.

 

Handmade paper roses

 

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Saturated Canary – Challenge 24 – Photo Inspiration

Passion for Promarkers – Challenge 163 – Monochrome Image with Unusual Hair Colour

 

Thanks for looking, please leave a comment.

Dee x

 

Distressed Elephant

This is a card I made for my friend who’s birthday was at the beginning of July! The image is by Mo Manning and it’s coloured with Promarkers. The challenge this week over at Mo’s is ‘distressing’. I’m not good with inks, so I used a pumice stone to distress some embossed core’dinations cardstock.

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Apologies for the bad phone photography!

Nappy Cake Tutorial!

Nappy cakes are a great gift for a baby shower or new baby.  They’re both novelty and useful.  Inexpensive to make aswell; they just take a little time.

Ingredients

  • Approximately 48 nappies
  • 2.5 metres of wide ribbon (5cm) in blue, pink or yellow.
  • 2.5 metres of wool or string
  • Card toppers or embellishments (I used a decoupage kit from Cardznscrapz)
  • Double sided tape and Sticky foam pads (you can get them from cardznscrapz aswell)
  • Bamboo kebab sticks or knitting needles.
  • Cake board or thick card and pretty paper to cover it.

Method

Start with the bottom tier.  For the bottom tier I used 22 size 2 nappies for the middle tier I used 16 size 1 nappies, and for the top tier I used 8 size  nappies.

It’s hard to explain how to ‘mould’ them into the cake shape but I took some photos at different stages to show how I did it.

Imagine a clock face and put a quarter of your nappies (for that tier) pointing at 12, 3, 6 and 9.  The open part of the nappy should be at the centre, and the folded part on the outside.

Carefully move the nappies into a fuller circle, keeping it as tight as you can.

Wrap some string or wool around the nappies, pull it tight and tie a knot.  Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect you can adjust the nappies afterwards.

Wrap some ribbon around the nappies, making sure to cover the string.  Secure with a piece of double-sided tape.  Fold over the end to give a neat edge.

Repeat for the other two tiers.  Stack the tiers on top of each other and use some knitting needles or bamboo kebab sticks to secure them.

I used a piece from a cardboard cupcake stand to put the nappy cake on.  You could use a cake board or cover a piece of cardboard with some wrapping paper either.

Cut out your embellishments and attach them using sticky foam pads.  Et voila!  A great gift at a great price!

This nappy cake has some ‘Boofle’ embellishments from Do Crafts.

eBook card

My friend Carmel just published her first eBook.  Click on the picture to buy it on Amazon for your Kindle.  It’s a great read and it’s only €2.99!

I made this card for her to celebrate!  The image is a freebie from Mo Manning and I have entered it in her Facebook caption competition.

I am also entering this card in the Passion for Promarkers Challenge – ‘Shaped Card‘.

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This next card is for Sassy Cheryl’s challenge – Favourite Colour Combo.  My favourite colour is PURPLE and I love to combine it with silver. 

Thanks for visiting.  Please leave a comment.

Dee x

Vintage Boy

I took inspiration from two challenges for this card.  The image is from Sassy Cheryl and he is coloured in sepia tones with Promarkers.  (I originally got the sepia idea from Jackie Mooney’s Promarker Workshop.)

The colours I used are:

  • Sandstone
  • Cinnamon
  • Cocoa
  • Burnt Umber
  • Umber

I don’t do inks! so I distressed the edges of the image using a scissors.  The papers are both from the Wellington bear pack by Papermania.  Finally, I used a pice of corrugated card from a disposable coffee cup sleeve, topped with a little bit of lace.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Sassy Cheryl’s Challenge #127 – All about the Boys!

I Love Promarkers Challenge #129 – Vintage

 

Thanks for looking, I hope you like it.  Please leave a comment!

Dee

Big Chewy Cookies

I love the big chewy chocolate chip cookies from Marks & Spencer, and I tried many recipes until I found one that produced the right results.  These cookies, as the name suggests, are big, and have a lovely soft, chewy centre.  It’s all in the timing; when you take them out of the oven they should look like they’re not ready yet.  They continue to harden as they cool. (They’re even more delicious straight out of the oven though, especially with a scoop of icecream.)

These are definitely a favourite in my house; my husband often asks me to make them so he can bring them to work to have with his morning coffee. 🙂


Recipe

Makes 16 large cookies

Ingredients

  • 250g plain flour (2 cups)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 170g melted butter (3/4 cup)
  • 100g white sugar (1/2 cup)
  • 220g packed brown sugar (1 cup)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 egg & 1 egg yolk
  • 335g chocolate chips (2 cups) (white chocolate buttons are nice in these.)

Method

  • Preheat oven to 165 deg C / Gas mark 3
  • Sift together the flour, soda & salt.
  • Cream the melted butter together with the white & brown sugars.  Beat in the vanilla and eggs until light and creamy.
  • Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
  • Flour your hands and baking trays.
  • Make balls using the dough and place on the baking tray.  Make sure to leave plenty of space between balls as they will spread during cooking.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes; until the EDGES are lightly toasted.  The centre will still be soft.
  • Boil the kettle and enjoy a cookie with a cuppa.

Christening Card

Here’s a card I made for a christening, using one of Mo Manning’s Images, coloured with Promarkers.  I think it’s one of the nicer Christening cards I’ve made.

 

 

 

I am entering this card in the following challenge:

Mo’s Digital Challenge – Anything Goes

 

Thanks for looking.

Dee x