Baking

Horse Cake

copper
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?

Till Next time make something with love.


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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?

Till next time make something with love


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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.

Till next time make something with love


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3D Effect Balloon Card

I love the idea of this card, I made it for my boss at work . The card  took inspiration from a card I saw Jennifer McGuire make. It uses a  technique which incorporates both layering die cuts and also the negative space they leave to make an interesting 3D effect.

Boss cardTo start, I covered some plain white card stock with different coloured Washi tape. Then die cut two of each size of the three balloons. Next I arranged the different sizes and colours into a bunch that I was happy with and took a photo for reference. Then using the photo I chose which of the balloons I would like to be set back into the card and die cut those balloons out of Blue Card stock  trimmed to fit the base card. Lining the die cut negative space up with the card I traced the balloons onto it and covered the area with Washi tape so that it would show through the negative space. I attached the Blue card stock to the base card with 3D foam tape to create the recessed look and layered other balloons over the top using the  foam tape to complete the look.

Using the Lawn Fawn year five stamp and matching die set I stamped and diecut  presents onto Neenah white card stock  which I coloured in with my Nuvo markers. I hand tied each of the balloons to the presents using white sparkly wool I had left over from another project and secured them with a drop of  liquid adhesive. I attached the presents to a strip of green card that I attached bottom to look like grass.

The  banner  was made by stamping the  happy birthday sentiment using Versamark clear ink  and heat embossed with Stampendous Stamp N Bond heat activated adhesive. Then while the adhesive was still warm it was covered in Nuvo sparkle dust in cinnamon spice to give nice glittery lettering on the black card. Once the lettering was in place I cut V shapes into each side of the trip to make the banner tails and added this below the presents.

This was quite an easy card to make, but the results look really striking, I think that this is quite a versatile technique which depending on the colour scheme used can be uses to make a variety of distinct looking cards for a people of all genders and ages.

Till next time make something with love.


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Baking

Tigger Birthday Cake

The wonderful thing about Tiggers, is Tiggers are wonderful things! Especially when they are made out of cake and icing instead of rubber and springs. I must confess, this isn’t a recent bake. I made it a couple of years ago for  my hubby’s birthday way back when we were dating and had totally forgotten about it. However, Timehop has a gift for reminding us about all sorts of things, so I thought I would share it with you guys now.
chocolate cake
For the sponge I used one of my all time favourite go to chocolate cake recipes from Mary Berry ‘s Baking Bible, I love her recipe for very best chocolate fudge cake. It has a strong chocolate flavour making it really rich and indulgent.  I used this to make 2 sheet cakes which I sandwiched with black cherry jam as I know its his favourite, Although the recipe makes enough icing that it could easily be used as filling as well.
Once assembled, I used a picture of Tigger  to trace around to get the basic shape. then covered the cake in a thin layer of the icing before decorating with fondant . I mixed the colours I needed to give Tigger his trademark look either by mixing 2 existing colours of fondant or by adding gel food colouring to white . I also used Black  to add extra detail to the face stomach, hands and feet and give Tigger his much loved stripes.
Tigger Cake

 

I’m pretty proud of how things turned out especially as he tasted as good as i think he looks. Although, i did feel bad when we started cutting bits off him. Let me know what you think or share your epic bakes in the comments.

Till next time make something with love .


Crochet

Iron Man

DSC_1128.JPGI made this version of Iron Man recently for a friend who loves all things super heroes. Like most of my Crochet projects it was a labour of love which inevitably  took me a little longer than I was expecting! However, I’m the first to admit I’m a fair weather crocheter so for someone less rusty with more experience it wouldn’t be as long.

I found  this metal buddy pattern free online. The design is part of a kids hero set by Mary Smith. It’s really easy to follow and the doll is made using the amigurumi technique of working in the round.

I used a combination of Cygnet Double Knitting Yarn in Red (1206)  for the head, body, arms and legs and Cygnet Double Knitting Yarn in Sunshine (C100/184) for the mask and banding. I also used up some white and black wool scraps I had left over for a previous project. To stuff  it I used an old synthetic pillow as a cheaper alternative to known brand soft toy filling but I feel it has done just as good a job and is also fire-retardant.

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Although the pattern recommends a hook size of 2.25 mm, I used a 4.00mm one and it still turned out great my version is a little bigger than the 18 inches in the Patten standing at nearly 25 inches. However, this just means there’s more of it to love.

Have you had a project that has become larger than life? What are your Crochet achievements? Let me know in the comments I always love to here from you.

Till next time make something with love .


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Make it Farnborough 2017

This weekend I went to my first craft fair; I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was very excited to be going. As it turned out I was lucky enough to get two for the price for one as Make it the paper crafting show ran along side Knit & Stich it which catered for all my sewing, crochet and knitting needs. The Show was based at Farnborough airfield and housed over 100 exhibitors which meant I was spoilt for choice (great for me but not so great for my wallet!). As someone who is relatively new to card making it meant I could pick up lots of the everyday basic tools I need but have so far been borrowing off friends.

I was excited to see so many different stamp designs and particularly loved those by Little Claire and Stamposaurus craft supplies, both of which produce good quality stamps handmade in the UK . Something else which caught my eye were the NUVO alcohol markers. I have been looking for a less expensive Copic alternative for a while so I  just had to get them to try.

There was also a lovely range of wool and fabric on offer but my favourite stall was Toft shop who had a collection of animal amigurumi crochet projects including an Afghan Hound which I definitely should have now regret not buying (however they have an online store so I can always fix my mistake).

Overall it was a really good day out and will definitely be going back next year.  I think I was really quite restrained in my purchases as the choice available was quite overwhelming. Here are some of the exciting things I bought:

I think my next big purchase will be a stamp positioner like the Tim Holtz Stamping platform, MISTI or the Hampton Art Stamp Perfect once my stamp collection has expanded a little. Does anyone already own one of these and if so would you recommend it?

Do you enjoy going to craft fairs, or do you prefer to shop online?

Till next time, make something with love.


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