Friday, 14 May 2021

Cornflower 1

When people ask me "What is your favourite flower?", I find it impossible to give one answer! There are so many I love ... Delphiniums, Sweat Peas, Roses, Lavender, Hydrangeas, Freesias, Bougainvillea .... and Cornflowers. I had such a lovely garden of Cornflowers last spring.

So for today, I will pick cornflowers ...

I used Distress Inks : Chipped Sapphire with a little Black Soot and Pine Needles to make my watercolour background. 

It might have been difficult to work out where the washi was ! So you can see it was the cornflower. I love this washi!

I paired it with the cornflower die cut.

My entry to ...

... Die Cut Divas : Tic Tac Toe  I chose the bottom line ... washi, blue, flowers.

... The Flower Challenge : Favourite Flower

... Freshly Made Sketch #485

... Addicted to Stamps & More : Die cuts and/or Stencils

Tuesday, 11 May 2021


We now have a tradition in our book club that when someone has a "big" Birthday like a 50, 60 or 70, then we each make a scrap page and put together an album. It's a wonderful souvenir as each page reflects the person who made it.

I so enjoyed doing this layout which was the title page ... can you tell she is an architect? ... and bilingual?

[Note : I don't normally post scrapbook pages as I feel I should keep photos private. So I have blurred the face for privacy.]

Here's the double page spread. I used the house & tree die cuts from Ellen Hutson, sentiment stamps from Mes P'tit Ciseaux, Mixed Typo text, Heart frame die & eucalyptus paper from Alexandra Renke.

A close up of each of the pages ...

Monday, 10 May 2021

Two Cakes !

I'm happy to be the guest designer at Twofer Challenge #38 : Cakes or Cupcakes for May.

I decided to go for a cake as I have the wonderful Sweet Treats set from Pinkfresh Studio that I haven't used enough.

Firstly, I went for a CAS masculine look for a Birthday card. I took artistic license and used colours that are not often seen on cakes! I also left spaced between the layers to make it taller and coloured in the base to make it more bold.

I used 2 of the Hero Arts Infinity Rectangle dies as embossing for the edge to give some interest.

For the second card, I went all pretty and pink for a wedding. At first I stamped the cake in pink, but wedding cakes are mostly white so that wasn't what I wanted. I wondered how to get the white look with a solid stamp ... and thought how about a double layer of white embossing powder. I distressed the background with Hero Arts Sand to give a golden glow so that the cake would stand out.

The lovely 3D Botanicals embossing folder gives an elegant touch.

Here is a close up of the double white embossed cake. I gold embossed the other elements and coloured with Copics.

Here are the 2 together. 

Quite different looks!

Here's my favourite cake recipe - Carrot Cake. And it works very well as cupcakes too!

Janet’s Carrot Cake

3 Eggs
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Oil
2 Cups Wholemeal Flour
2 t Bicarbonate of Soda
1 t Cinnamon
½ t Nutmeg
½ Cup Coconut, desiccated
1 t Baking Powder
3 Cups Carrot, grated
½ Cup Pecan Nuts, chopped (opt)
Dash of milk
Pinch of salt

Whisk together the eggs and sugar until light. Add oil and beat well. Sift in the flour, bicarb, BP, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the rest of the ingredients. Bake for 50mins – 1 hour at 180ÂșC.

Gluten-free option : Replace the flour with 1½ Cups Rice Flour and ½ Cup Glutinous Rice Flour. I'm sure you can also use your go-to gluten free flour. 

Topping :

250g Cream Cheese
125g Butter
500g Icing Sugar
1 t Vanilla Essence

Use cream cheese at room temperature. Mix until smooth. Add butter and mix well. Add icing sugar and vanilla essence.

Note : 
t = teaspoon (5ml)

I will also enter ...

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Sea You Soon

In this crazy world right now, I think we all have people that we haven't been able to see - some of them for quite some time! I was supposed to visit my mother last year in April, but it was cancelled ... and we still haven't been able to see each other.  But thank goodness for whatsapp video & cards!

Let's hope I'll see her sooner rather than later (but it's not looking good for now).

My entry to ...

... Just Us Girls #582 Word Week: Float

... Less Is More #442 : Sea Creatures

... Addicted to Stamps & More : Any Occasion

... Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge : Anything Goes

Saturday, 24 April 2021

Time to Celebrate

For those who follow my blog, you'll know I starting making this card with my adult daughter in mind, but then decided it was too young for her. So here is the card I eventually gave her.

She has a special bond with our dog, Snoopy, so I thought this new stamp from Colorado Crafts was the perfect fit. Plus she has to wait for her present as we're still in lockdown.

Snoopy's just turned 14 and is getting old. This photo was from a year ago.

This was today ... still sleeping at 1:13pm. Looks like he woke, thought of getting up, but then collapsed back to sleep. He only woke up at 2:30pm! I often feel I have to check to see if he's still breathing.

I coloured with watercolours and gave the dog block patches just like our Snoopy. 

Friday, 23 April 2021

Lavender wishes

I love lavender and I love CAS cards ... so I'm making a card combining them. 

It's quite a long time till I'll see them in my garden since I'm in the Southern Hemisphere, but here's a photo from September last year.

My entry to ...

... The Card Concept #153 : Loads of Lavender

... Stay Crafty with Hero #22 : Birthday

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