Baking

Cow Cake

I love cake and I love animals; for my day job I work in animal health, so when my bosses birthday came around I couldn’t resist making him this adorable cake!

I made 2 large lemon drizzle sheet cake scaling up a recipe from Marry Berry. I really like her recipe and think her lemon drizzle cakes has a lovely sharpness to it which balances out the sweetness nicely.  I sandwiched the cake with lemon curd and free hand cut the shape of the cows head, then from the off cuts shaped the horns and ears separately and added them on before brushing the whole thing with an icing sugar and lemon juice/water mix.

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I rolled out white fondant icing to cover the head and horns, Black icing to cover the ears and make the nostrils as well as the characteristic splodges of a Friesian cow. I combined white and black fondant for the eyes. For the inner ear jaw and the muzzle of the cow, I mixed red food colouring with the white fondant to produce a pale pink.

One of the diseases which our lab tests for is Bluetongue so I couldn’t resist giving the cow a cheeky little blue tongue.

I think he looks so cute and he tasted amazing too. What sort of cakes do you like to make? Do you bake for the people you work with too?

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Happy Anniversary!

It has been a while since I posted anything so I’m going to try and go back and fill in some of the blanks. I made this card for my husband for our 4 year anniversary in May. Most of our wedding was handmade by us and our friends which gave it a really special feeling.

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 Wedding cake made for us by one of our close friends.

 

So I wanted to make a card which fits in with the themes from the wedding and matched the stationery I had made for the big day. For this, I cut a piece of the pearlised gold card I  used for the wedding invitations down to a size slightly smaller than my backing card. I set the card on top of a border of white and silver lace pattern Washi tape. Using the same punch I bought from hobby craft to make the save the date cards, I cut out Butterflies on red and silver glitter and mirror card.

I arranged the butterflies onto the Gold pearlised card and added coloured rhinestones to the butterflies and the card stock to form a trail which I embellished with the Nuvo metallic drops.

I added the lawn fawn Sophie’s sentiment: happy anniversary to a small piece of the gold card and backed this onto the Washi tape so it formed a border, threading a piece of silver ribbon between the layers and attaching it to the main card.

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I’m really happy with how things have turned out both with the card and the husband who I’m very lucky to have. Let me know if you like the card or if you try to tie the things you make back in with events and past projects.

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Outstanding occasions: Happy Purrthday

 

My outstanding occasion was one of my best friends birthday. I made Sophia this crazy cat card as she has a couple of fur babies herself and I know she would appreciate it. I thought I would kill two birds with one stone and make it my entry for the Lawn Fawnatics third challenge DSC_1150

 

 

To make my card I used the new meow you doin’ stamp and matching die set as well as the year two stamp and die set.

I started by stamping out all of my elements using memento black ink  onto my Neenah white card stock  including all the cats and there accessories. From the year two set I stamped out multiple copies of the presents and party hats.

I coloured the cats and there accessories according to cats both Sophia and I have had using my trusty NUVO alcohol markers. Then using there respective dies cut the images out using my bigshot.

I created the background by cutting a piece of flowery wrapping paper to the size of the card and attached it to the front face. I decided I wanted this to be the border so for my main party scene. I cut out a DSC_1151slightly smaller piece of card stock. Using a low tack tape I then marked off section of the bottom and blended together distress ink colours  to form a rainbow band. I sprinkled this with water droplets to give a nice blotchy effect.  I repeated this  pattern for the flap of the envelope and added some paw prints to the top so it looked like a cat walked across it.

I then assembled the card by arranging the elements into a cat party scene adding them to the front of the rainbow bordered card piece using 3D foam tape. I stamped the sentiment in the colourful border using archival black ink and added a few paw prints and hearts as finishing touches before adding the scene to the card face. inside the card I stamped the sentiment  wishing you a pawsome day! I really hope she likes it.

Don’t forget to check out my previous challenge posts here

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Horse Cake

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My horse Copper

I’m horsey mad I had them growing up and have always been around them, so naturally I have a lot of horsey mad friends too. I Made this cake for one of them.

I found a recipe for a white chocolate and raspberry cake on the BBC good food website which I really wanted to try out so I doubled the mixture in order to make 2 sheet cakes. I also increased the mixture for the white chocolate ganache and instead of using it to sandwich the cakes, I  crumb coated the whole cake with it after carving the shape. I decided to use seedless raspberry jam as the central filling to give an extra raspberry kick.

IMAG0157I cut out the shape of the horses eat free hand using the picture of my horse as a reference for the shape of its head. I modelled the colouring and markings of the horse and the head collar on cake recipients horse. So I mixed a brownie orange fondant and used that to cover the ganache covered cake. I used the same coloured fondant to make strips of hair by cutting 2/3rds the way up the strips to make a fringe which I attached to the head and neck. her horse has a white stripe which is slightly wonky around one eye so I copied that out of plain white fondant and I cut out darker brown fondant eyes and nostrils. Lastly I made the head collar out of a bright blue. I do have a confession to make though… I was running a bit short on time so instead of making and colouring my own fondant I just used store bought ready to roll fondant and mixed premade colours till I got what I wanted. It isn’t that bad right?

she loved it  and it tasted awesome so I was really happy with how it turned out too. I really like making animal cakes as I think you can inject a lot of personality into them.

What is your Favourite type of cake to make?

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Easter Treat!

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I was so excited to go home to Morpeth in Northumberland for the Easter break. It’s a really lovely place. even if the weather isn’t always the greatest! I moved to surrey almost 4 years ago and I really miss living up north so I love it when I get the opportunity to go back and visit all my family and friends.

As we were all planning a big get together I thought I would make them all something for Easter. I made them all little cellophane pouches of Cadbury mini eggs tied with ribbon and a personalised Hoppy Easter tag to get the most out of the Lawn fawn stamp and die set I bought for another project (Check out the Hoppy Easter interactive card I made ).

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I die cut the white and pale blue card using my stitched rectangle dies picking a larger hoppy easter tags 1and a smaller size so that they can be layered and still leave a border. I also die cut the grassy border out of green card . Using the same size stitched rectangle die as the one used for the pale blue card stock die cut out a piece of grass to continue the stitched border along the bottom and sizes as it appears on the sky.

Once the scenery was layered using 3D foam tape, I stamped the bunnies and eggs onto solar white Neenah Card stock using memento ink as I wanted to colour them in using my Nuvo alcohol marker pens. I coloured all bunnies and eggs different colours to personalise them for each of my friends. Then using the corresponding dies cut them out and added them to the tag.

Once complete I stamped out the hoppy Easter sentiment onto the back of the white stitched rectangle and added the scene to the front, hole punched the corner and added it to mini egg presents with white and gold ribbon.

Let me know if you are doing/did anything eggs-citing over your Easter break.

Happy Easter

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Hoppy Easter! My interactive card.

My friend (Rustyblue85 – check out her blog she makes some really cool stuff) put me on to the idea of doing challenges. As a relative newbie to the crafty world I didn’t even know this was a thing, but after some research it looked like fun  She suggested the new challenge by Lawn Fawnatics – Interactive Cards! So I thought why not, I would give it a go. I’m quite an indecisive person so couldn’t make my mind up which interactive element I should make the focus of my card. So in the end I decided not to choose just one. Instead I made a pull tab slider card with shaker and raised elements.

hoppy easterI chose to theme this card for Easter as I’ve been disorganised this year and haven’t made any yet. I have just bought the Hoppy Easter stamp and die set and have been itching to make something cute with them.

I began  stamping out my  elements for the card using memento tuxedo black ink on Neenah solar white card stock. so I could colour them in using my trusty Nuvo alcohol markers. I took taking inspiration from the rabbits I had as pets as a child to decide on their markings, and to add extra interest I added touches of Wink of Stella clear to the noses ears, ears and the bunny’s accessories.

bunny 1Out of blue and green card stock I cut out rectangles using my stitched rectangle die. From the  green rectangle I cut different lengths of grass keeping the stitched effect on the edges. Allowing me to layer them up to look like a grassy field.

I lined up the longest grass section with the blue rectangle (which I used as sky)  and then die cut out a notch for my slider (this would have been much easier if I had the slide on over die set). I made a channel out of doubled up 3D foam for my tab to sit in  and attached my sentiment banner to the top of the tab so that only the tail is visible until its pulled. To the front using more foam I added my Bunny holding an Easter egg.

cloud shakerTo make the shaker part of the card  I cut small clouds out of clear acetate and white card which I added Wink of Stella to (you cant go wrong with sparkle). I  put the acetate cloud on top and carefully sealed 3/4  the cloud together, adding white holographic sequins before sealing it up completely. I added them to the card using more 3D foam to make them pop up from the base.

I’m super happy with the end result! I think I’m going to make another one so I can give them to my aunties  that I haven’t seen in a while. Are you making Easter cards this year? Have you entered challenges before and if not would you be tempted?

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Father in laws football card

My father in law lives and breathes football! He’s mad about it and his favourite club is Fulham he even used to work for them so when I had the idea for this card I thought it would be perfect for him.

Farther in laws cardI made the background  by firstly  stamping footballs in versa mark clear ink and heat embossing them using clear embossing powder. Then blending over it a combination of lucky cover, peacock feathers and cracked pistachio distress ink.

I die cut the footballer and football from the tattered lace footballer set out of Neenah white card and coloured them in using my Nuvo alcohol markers. When I do cards containing people or animals I try to base them on people I know so the cards are a bit more personal. This one is made to look like my father in law and I decorated the kit to match the current Fulham strip.

I die cut the grass strip using the lawn fawn grassy border die and then die cut 2 large stitched rectangles. I lined up the grass border with the stitched rectangle die in order to get a continuation of the pattern along the side and border edges. I heat embossed the sentiment using NUVO embossing powder in jet black to get a nice dark glossy image.

I was pleased with how it turned out and it definitely put me in the in laws good books. what do you think? Don’t forget to check out my other birthday cards including the 3D effect balloon card I made recently.

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