Sunday Cardcrafts

5 Feb

I managed to find a few spare hours this afternoon to sit down and play the new Slice card that arrived in the mail on Tuesday, as well as reverting back to my favourite design card – ‘Je T’adore’ for valentines day.

The newly acquired ‘Happy Trails’ Design Card has a wild west type of theme and I used it to make a birthday card for my Grandpa, there seems to be so many occasions to celebrate this month!!

With Grandpa’s Card, I used the Happy Trails card to cut all images and their shadows at 3.5″ and arranged with various brads, sticky dots and used a clear sentiment stamp with Kaisercraft’s brown ink for the ‘Happy Birthday’.

I picked these clear stamps on sale at Bella Paperie Brendale, they are also from Kaisercraft in their new Tiny Woods range 🙂 so sweet!!

I used the lovely pair on my valentine card and coloured it in with watercolour pencils

The shapes on this one were cut with the Je T’adore card, the top one at 4″ and the bottom one at 2″. The heart was a leftover piece out of a heart outline i cut earlier. I would have liked to cut out a shadow for the top shape but I couldn’t cut any bigger than 4″ due to the Slice’s size limitations 😦

For card making, it cuts plenty big enough for what my mum wants, but for scrapbooking I decided that the Silhouette Cameo is the way to go… I’ll even be able to make my own designs and cut vinyl!! So stay tuned for the freebies to follow 🙂

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Card Making Adventures with the Slice

29 Jan


For Christmas last year I bought my mother a Slice machine from Making Memories. Since then we’ve been having a great time using it for all our crafty little projects – most recently: Cards!

Right now I’m drooling over the Silhouette Cameo for myself, because the ability to design is limited only by your imagination… and possibly your computer skills!!

Possibilities aside, the slice is capable of so much more than I first anticipated, cutting lovely (if sometimes wonky) shapes in a variety of sizes and shapes limited only by the amount you wish to spend on design cards to go in it.

Using the basic card that came with the machine, as well as additional Salutations and Je t’adore cards, we made some cards for Dad’s 50th Birthday, my Parent’s 25th Wedding anniversary and got started on Valentines.

My favourite by far is the brown 50th card 🙂 My Dad also loved it!!

Cupcake Mayhem

24 Jan

Last Thursday I embarked on a mission with my next door neighbor to help her bake 3 dozen cupcakes for her Aunt’s Surprise 80th Birthday Party.

This wouldn’t normally be such a feat, unless you take into account that my neighbor isn’t exactly at home in the kitchen. In fact she tends not to cook at all!

In the morning I prepared a few plates of various flowers in four pastel shades to match the planned icing colours. I used packet white icing, (which I find to be quite good in Aussieland) mixed with some Tylose Powder to dry it out. I tinted the icing myself and used small yellow sprinkles to fill the centres.

So, we started with an easy vanilla cupcake recipe that I got from my own Aunt. (She used to make them for the school tuckshop!) It gets rave reviews every time. Straight out of the oven they have a crunchy golden buttery exterior and inside they are soft and spongelike, but even a day or so after you’ve iced them they are just as good (some sources even report that they might be better!).

All you have to do is –

Preheat oven to 200c and fill two muffin pans with paper cup liners.

Combine 2 cups of SR Flour, 1 1/2 cups caster sugar and a pinch of salt in a bowl and whisk together to break up any potential lumps.

Melt 185g butter in a medium-large saucepan over a low heat.

When the butter is fully melted, add 1 cup of milk, 2 eggs and 1tsp vanilla and use electric mixers on a low-medium speed until fluffy.

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon until batter is smooth.

Fill each paper liner with approx. 1/3 cup of batter (or until liner is 2/3 full).

Bake for approx. 15 minutes.

When the cupcakes are cool, ice them with buttercream:

Beat 300g butter (room temperature, but not melty) until creamy.

Gradually add (sifted) 500g icing sugar (icing mixture can be better for Australia weather).

Add 1tsp of flavouring (vanilla, almond, raspberry, etc.), a small amount of colouring and 1tsp hot water and beat until thick and creamy.

For this particular batch, we used Chambord instead of strawberry essence. This gave the buttercream a lovely rich raspberry and vanilla flavour as opposed to the powerful chemically enhanced strawberry hit that I’ve given it in the past :P.

I hope that you comment if you try this recipe out 🙂 Please Enjoy!!

Saturday Sketches – #2 January

18 Jan

I’ve been wanting to start a blog for quite some time now, but I finally found the inspiration I needed to kick start my enthusiasm and get past the awkward decisions stage. Every month the blog over at Kaisercrafties hosts a series of sketches that can be used as a basis for adaptation and modification as your creative streak sees fit.

For the past few weeks I have been starting to piece together an album full of pictures from my high school formal in 2008 and this week’s sketch inspired me to create a layout featuring some of my friends at the pre-formal party.

My layout is a combination of diecuts from a Slice machine, black photo corners, an old red and black Kaisercraft paper pack I bought in 2008 plus some new paper with silver script font on it, as well as some antique silver brads and some crystal bling stickers.

I would have liked to add some black or red crystal flourishes, but was unable to find the ones I wanted.

Here is a picture of the layout I made and the sketch it was inspired by: