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Thursday, 29 May 2014

I'm back!

Blimey, it's a while since I was last here!  So long in fact that I had forgotten my password and had to reset the whole thing!  And now that I'm here, I'm trying to remember how to post something on blogger!!!

I haven't been idle - I have been playing around with many different crafts, mainly baking, but recently have rediscovered papercrafting thanks to my lovely boys buying me a Silhouette Portrait machine for Mothers Day.  I just love it so much and it's re-awoken my lust for cutting and sticking!

Despite many attempts at getting my pencils out and playing with my Maggies again, I have finally managed to do it.  I'm suffering with a lousy, stinking cold at the moment and feeling sorry for myself, I tucked myself up on the settee last night and began colouring.  I created this card which I am sharing with two Magnolia challenge blogs.  First up is my lovely 'old' buddies at Midweek Magnolias who's theme is Shaped Cards only,  and also with a brand new Magnolia blog Magnolia Forever who's theme is Anything Goes.

The card shape is one that I created using my Silhouette studio, as is the frame and bow.  The roses were printed onto Core'dinations and "fussy cut" (I need to work out how to do this on my Silhouette!!). I used my old favourite Faber Castell pencils to colour Tilda, but I need to get practising again I think!

I hope you like my card, and I would like to say Thank you for stopping by.  See you soon!
Editing Slightly here - Thank you Sue  for pointing me in the direction of Diva's by Design.  I am going to share my card with them also!

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Back on Blogger


Wow!!  It's quite a while since I was last here - where does the time go?   Well I haven't been lazing around, that's for sure.  I've only been and gotten myself a brand new passion - biscuit decorating!  I've always loved to bake but mainly it's been cakes that have emerged from my oven.  However, after accidentally tripping into a couple of amazingly gorgeous biscuiteer's websites, I found myself hankering to have a bash myself.

My new passion has taken off with great gusto.  My stamps, papers and pencils have, for the time being, been boxed up and stashed out of sight while I concentrate on my new craft.  It all began with these baubles which I made Christmas 2012

I remember feeling rather proud of them at the time, but then I discovered websites like Sweet Ambs and Sugarbelles, and I wanted to take it up a notch.  In October I studied a video, took a deep breath and immersed myself in a bucket-load of royal icing, a batch of freshly-baked teapot biscuits and I locked the kitchen door while I produced these:

I felt pretty chuffed with myself, I can tell you, so off I went again to create another variety

However, these were nothing at all like the biscuits I had in my head.  Nevertheless, I showed them off on my FB page and my lovely friend Teresa commented "Tilda Cookies" and that was it - a new idea was borne.

I went away, created several more biscuits (mainly for Christmas) and I thought and thought about how I was going to do this.  Then I discovered the art of creating royal icing transfers, so with several tiny paper cones and lots of icing, I created my very first Transfer biscuit!  It was a little over-ambitious for a first time, but I feel so proud at having been able to use my beautiful Tilda Celebrates Summer stamp.
This has got me all excited now as it's given me a chance to give my old stamps a new lease of life.  It's not without it's problems though, but I was completely aware of them as I went along and know exactly what to do to put it right next time.

I want to show this off at the Magnolias Down Under challenge blog for their Summer Delights theme, and the Time for a Magnolia Challenge blog, who's current theme is to create a project using Tilda with something on her head or in her hair.

I am going to try and be a better blogger in 2014, and I will definitely be back with more Tilda biscuits.  Thank you for stopping by, I hope you're leaving with a smile :o) xxx

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

The candle burned out long before the legend ever did.....


Happy Wednesday peeps!  Here I am once again with some of my crafty offerings - sadly minus a Papermill DT badge, but hey-ho! Onwards and upwards.......

It's been quite a roller coaster couple of weeks here. Following a steady deterioration of health and  old age, my dear old Mom-in-law sadly passed and last week we said goodbye to her in a beautiful family ceremony that she would have thoroughly approved of and enjoyed.  It was also the day that we met our gorgeous new great-nephew, Jerry, for the first time which sent my maternal hormones racing!  What an absolute darling he is, and I could have snuck him in my handbag and brought him home with me!

This week I have been baking once again.  This time I have been salivating over some of the most delicious iced cookies (although we call them biscuits here!) and have been desperate to try my hand at them.  However, having never done any 'proper' icing before I was a bit tentative.  My friend next door gave me a tutorial on how to make icing bags with parchment paper (I know, pretty basic but I just wasn't getting it!!).  So armed with my newfound skill I spent Friday night knocking them out like I was on piecework!    Saturday morning came and I baked my first batch of biscuits.  Typical me, didn't bother following a recipe so had to guess at the oven temperature and time.  I think I overbaked them by about 10 minutes because the almost black bricks that came out of the oven indicated that I needed to make some adjustments.  So I turned the oven down slightly and baked them for much less time.  This time I only overbaked them by about 3-4 minutes.  But they were OK enough to start icing.  EEEEEK!!  Virgin territory.  I made a batch of royal icing, split it into 4 different bowls and coloured each bowl a different colour and set to work.  Here's what I came up with:
 
I have truly not been this excited about something for such a long time!  I couldn't believe that I'D made these!!!  Of course the boys wanted to tuck in immediately, but I made them wait until they were completely dried and set so that they would taste better (plus I just wanted to keep gazing at them!! LOL!!!)
 
So now I'm chomping at the bit, desperate for a bit more 'Me' time so that I can have another bash at another lot.
 
I've also managed to get a little papercrafting done since I last blogged.  This adorable little caravan is something that I created for a lovely lady that I work with:



and then last night, at the 11th hour, I finally got to put the finishing touches to my card for this week's Midweek Magnolias theme which is Song Birds.  I had a rummage through my stamps to see if anything sprung up and as soon as I saw this stamp, I began singing Candle in the Wind, so I used this sweet Tilda to make this card, and I sang the song over and over while I was colouring her with my pencils!

OK, that's my lot for today.  I'm off to gather inspiration for my next batch of cookies (or biscuits!)  Please pay a visit to Midweek Magnolias where you will see the most amazingly delightful samples that our wonderful DT have created for your inspiration.

I'm showing off my card in the Time for a Magnolia challenge this week too.  They have a Bingo board, and I opted for the bottom line, Flowers, White and a Tag.  Also I am sharing with Marvellous Magnolias as they have a Christmas theme.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week. :o) xx

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Autumn Treats

 
 
Oh my goodness, where did summer go?  I seem to recall I was walking around work in a sleeveless top just over a week ago.  This morning I hesitated before putting my scarf on!  Hesitated because I don't want to give in to the freezing cold just yet, but sadly, the temperature was below my chill threshold!
 
I have been really excited all week because I have been planning my submission for the Paper Mill Direct DT call.  After all, who wouldn't want to create for such a massive name in the industry we love?  Blogging about their products would be the easiest thing as I have been a customer of theirs for as long as I have been crafting, and I still have boxes and boxes of their cardstock to get through!
 
The theme they have set is Autumn (naturally!) and I wanted to create something different from a card, so out came my trusty "My Time Made Easy" Trendy Tote template and I created another of these yummy treat baskets.  I created the tote using Paper Mill's own white cardstock and made decorative panels from Graphic 45's French Country papers.  My Tote is filled with a bag of mini chocolate bars and a jar of honey from my friend's very first harvest.  I have been dying to open the honey and taste it, but not until I'd finished my project! LOL!  Here is my tote in it's full glory:
 
I used some pumpkin buttons to embellish the side panels.  The apple is something that I created from plaster of paris a few years ago.  I painted it up and loved it so much that I didn't want to use it until the time was right, and I felt that this project was just the thing I've saved it for:

 
Anyway, I am keeping ears, eyes, fingers and toes crossed on this one, so please wish me luck! 
 
Also today I want to show off my Midway Reminder for the current Midweek Magnolias theme which is (coincidentally!) also Autumn Colours.
 
 
Again I created this using my French Country papers and a gorgeous template created by wonderfully talented Inger, who kindly offered this free template on her amazing blog, and granted me permission to use it.  I hope I did it justice!  My fabulous teamies at Midweek Magnolias have also been creating amazing samples and I hope you can find time to visit them all to see for yourself if you haven't already done so.
 
Well that's my all for today.  It would be wonderful if I had some good news to report next time I blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by, and have a fabulous week! xxx

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Once Upon A Time........

 
Oh I can't believe the summer is almost over.  Any day now I will be clearing my lawn of the Gazebo and furniture, ready to pack away as we wait for the shedding of leaves and changing colours of the season.  I hate dark nights, but I am really looking forward to cosying up to the fire and cooking hot meals again.  I have been living on salads for weeks and weeks now and I'm looking forward to tucking into roast potatoes again!
 
I have done an awful lot of baking this summer and have loved every minute of it - so have my boys!  Yesterday I made a great discovery in a charity shop in town.  I went in on a whim knowing full well that I wouldn't come out empty handed!  And as luck would have it, I found this gorgeous glass plate stand which I picked up for an unbelievable bargain of £2.95:

(PS my windows are not really that grubby, but the angle of the pic has accentuated the cobwebs OUTSIDE my house!  And the moment I spotted them, I quickly whizzed out and cleared them!  Honest! LOL!)

It was a little shabby when I brought it home - it had a brownish/yellowish tinge all over it, but lots of hot soapy water and a good sponge, it scrubbed up a treat and I love it!  But you can't have a cake stand with no cake, so I went and baked this vanilla sponge with amaretto cream to adorn it:

Today is going to be spent getting uniforms and school bags ready for the start of the new academic year.  The holiday seems to have just flown by, but it's been great fun.  We took the tent down to Devon for a week and were rewarded with gorgeous weather, and I have discovered Totnes!
 
I can't believe in all the years we've been going to Devon that we've never visited Totnes!  I loved the place.  It's very 'new-age'y with lots of gorgeous shops, but we went on the Sunday when they had the most amazing market which stretched the entire length of the street! 
 
Summer has gone by so fast and I have had very little time with my precious stash.  I have one or two half finished projects which are very much 'work-in-progress' and hundreds of ideas that I want to try out.
 
One project that I have managed to complete is my card for this week's Midweek Magnolias theme which is Once Upon A Time.  Here it is:



 
 
I used some of my favourite Websters Pages bg paper mixed with scraps from my Graphic 45 Ladies Diary papers.  Tilda was coloured with pencils and everything is finished off with a touch of my homemade frontage.  The butterflies and embossed card are Tim Holtz/Sizzix and the big die cut that Tilda is standing on is Marianne's (my favourite die of all time!).
 
Please go and visit the blog as it will lead you to the many wonderful projects that my fab teamies have created.  There is a wealth of talent and inspiration just waiting for you over there and you go with the promise that you will not be disappointed.
 
Thank you for stopping by and have a great week!

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Prima Dolls



OK, anyone who knows me knows that I am always the last to discover stuff in the craft world.  However, I can say with my hand on my heart that I actually discovered Prima Dolls quite some time ago, but in truth I really didn't like them at all.  However, I saw them in my local(ish!) shop, Pink Tulip and I thought "My God, they're HUGE!" and I changed my mind about them, so I got a couple.  However, they've been sitting gathering dust waiting for me to find inspiration, and at last I've got them out and made something - with this one at least.
 
Now I know they don't have faces, but honestly the temptation was too great - I didn't want to go mad and put all the fine detail in, so with my Watercolour Teacher's words ringing in my ears, I put a 'suggestion' of a face in.  She is coloured using pencils and the bg papers are 5th Avenue.  The die cut roses are just vintage clipart images that I printed onto Bazzil and fussy-cut (I love that expression! LOL!).
 
Thanks for stopping by my blog, Have a great week! :o) xx

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Fancy Folds and New Lawns

 
My word, the Wednesday's seem to be coming around rather quickly right now.  It was my intention to use some of my holiday time just creating with card and papers, but already a week has passed by and I've only made one thing - this card!  I have however been busying myself around the home and I have singlehandedly ripped up, dug over and am about to turf my entire front garden!  This is one of my rare smug moments and Oh Boy, am I enjoying it, and I feel I completely deserve it!  It was no mean feat let me tell you and I thought my back was going to break at one point, but I have managed to fill 10 - yes 10 garden refuse bags with the old grass, weeds, plants, clay balls and natural debris that was no longer required, making my front garden look beautiful again.  Hubs in the meantime decided to dismantle his man-shed to replace the floor and roof, dumping the entire contents under my gazebo and has turned my back garden upside down!  I've been to neater looking tips than this!

 
It was so depressing!  However, the shed is now repaired and rebuilt, most of the rubbish is sitting in council skips, but I think it will be some time before my lawn is completely over the shock of this gross disruption.  Particularly the part which he scorched with the incinerator while getting rid of the old roof and floor!!!  Boo Hoo!!  He's gone back to work today and I was looking forward to having breakfast in my gazebo again, but I woke up to rain today so it's breakfast with Daybreak for me today!
 

 
So here is my card.  Over at Midweek Magnolias our theme for the next fortnight is Fancy Folds.  This is only the second Z-Card I've ever made but I am really pleased with how it turned out.  My amazing teamies have created some stunning projects which I would urge you to take a look at, if you haven't been there already.
 
I've not been out and about in blogland for a while so I am going to share this card with a couple of other Magnolia challenges to show that I am still alive!  I'm sharing it with Magnolia-licious challenge blog who's theme is Anything Goes and Lovely Hanglar and Sweet Magnolia challenge blog who have a Bingo Board currently running, and I fitted in the bottom line Sparkle, Ribbon and Flowers.
 
Well that's my lot for today.  I have to brace myself for a couple of hours of turfing now so I figure I deserve a cup of tea before I get going.  Thank you for dropping in.  Have a great week! :o) xx

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