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Whale You Be Mine? – Lawn Fawn

February 26, 2015

I love these cute little lovely dovey whales from Lawn Fawn! I did some Copic colouring on them and then hand cut them out, I used the smaller Stitched Party Banner for the background, and then used the stitched scallop borders to create the waves by using them upside down.

The paper is from the Lets Polka 6×6 pad, and I used a little bit of silver Lawn Trimmings twine at the top of the banner. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to use some of these lovely iridescent blue sequins for the sea so I may have gone a bit over board there!

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Surprise Sentiments – Mama Elephant

February 24, 2015

Along with the Tiny Heroes stamps from Mama Elephant I also ordered the Surprise Sentiments stamps. Love the fonts that these stamps use, particularly the sketchy effect on some of the words. I did a little stamp surgery on this one and cut off the line “to you dear friend” from the bottom of the Happy Birthday and replaced it with “you’re dino-mite” from the Lawn Fawn Critters From The Past set so it fitted in better with my lovely blue dino from the same set. I used the tree and the rocks from the set to create a bit of a scene and then drew in some grass with a black fine liner and coloured with Copics.

I also used the stitched rectangles dies and the Lets Polka 6×6 paper pad from Lawn Fawn.

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Tiny Heroes – Mama Elephant

February 23, 2015

I love this time of year when all the new releases start arriving after the January CHA expo. The first ones I had my eye on were these Tiny Heroes stamps from Mama Elephant. I love the teeny superheroes and their animal sidekicks!

I used my new Copic Ciao’s that I got for Christmas to colour them – it has taken me a while to get used to the Copics and to manage to colour anything without the pens bleeding / feathering over the outline of the stamps. A light touch is definitely needed!

I also used some of the new dies from Mama Elephant, the Sew Fancy creative cuts to cut the circles. Love the way that you get the dots on the inside and the outside of the cut line.

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Sunday Cupcakes

February 22, 2015

It’s a cold rainy day here today (although at least it has stopped snowing now!) so I thought I would cheer myself up with some baking. I wanted to try something new so I went for these Cinnamon Toast cupcakes from my Cupcake Jemma recipe book. Initial taste tests are looking good, I’ve promised Jamie one for after his tea so will see what he thinks of them…

IMG_9044I halved the recipe which gave me enough for 12 regular sized cupcakes and 6 mini’s. I topped them with some cinnamon buttercream, buttery toast crumbs (sounds odd but tastes yum!) and a bit of cinnamon sugar. Just the thing for a cold, wet day!

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Sunday Cupcakes

February 8, 2015

It seems like an awfully long time since I have done any baking although in reality it’s probably only a couple of weeks. I thought it was time to fire up the Kitchen Aid for some chocolate cupcakes this weekend and it also gave me chance to try out my new mini chopper for chopping up some chocolate to put them in.

I used some mini Oreo’s to decorate the first batch of full size cupcakes, along with some vanilla buttercream.

IMG_9022The next six revisited the Black Forest (ish) cupcakes that I made a couple of weeks ago as they went down very well last time. The cupcakes have a yummy cherry filling, topped with buttercream and chocolate sprinkles along with a cherry on the top of course.

IMG_9023Of course, I can’t make chocolate cupcakes without making far too much cake batter as usual and so I ended up with a batch of mini cupcakes too, my favourite! I used lots of different things to decorate these – the ones above are buttercream with mint matchmakers and the ones below are buttercream with some different sprinkles from the cupboard…

IMG_9029Now all that is left to do is decide which one to eat first 😉

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Sunday Cupcakes

January 12, 2015

I love it when inspiration strikes for making cupcakes. I have no idea where it came from but I was just nicely minding my own business last Thursday when all of a sudden I was struck with the idea of making Black Forest Cupcakes at the weekend.

To be fair, these are probably just Black Forest-ish Cupcakes as I realised when googling later that I probably needed black cherries and kirsch, not the morello cherry jam that I ended up with from Tesco! But hey, they tasted good and that’s what we are looking for, right?

I used the chocolate cupcake recipe from Cupcake Jemma’s book (she does fab video’s on You Tube by the way, if you are interested!!) and then when they had baked and cooled I dug a little section out of the top with my apple corer, spooned a bit of cherry jam inside and then pushed the top back down. I used vanilla buttercream for the frosting and topped them off with some chocolate sprinkles and a glace cherry.

I have also found some mini cupcake liners that fit my mini cupcake tray perfectly, so I had to use up the rest of the batter on mini cupcakes of course!

Sunday CC2 11.1I am completely in love with mini cupcakes and may have to abandon the full size ones in favour of these because they are just too cute, and the best bit is that you don’t feel as guilty when eating them. Although if you eat two or three in a row, the guilt does tend to creep back in 😉 No cherry jam in these ones, they are too little. Just chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream, chocolate sprinkles and a cherry on top. Delicious!

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Swanky Snowdudes!

December 29, 2014

Snowmen are definitely the easiest thing ever when it comes to colouring 😉 just a little bit of colour for the hats and scarves needed! I used Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes stamps set, Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders and Stitched Rectangles, and I think the snowflakes are Tattered Lace dies. Possibly.

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Christmas Wishes

December 29, 2014

I waited so long to get my hands on this stamp set from Lawn Fawn! Still, I made the most of it once it finally arrived. This was a really simple almost one layer card using Lawn Fawn’s Joy to the Woods stamp set, Stitched Hillside Border dies and a Christmas word die from Paper Smooches. I used some Tumbled Glass distress ink for the sky and then randomly dropped some dots of white enamel accents on the background to create some falling snow.

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Happy Holidays!

December 29, 2014

Very much inspired by this card from Nicole which I loved, I used Lawn Fawns Finlay’s ABC’s dies for the “Holidays” along with the lovely Winter Penguin in place of the O. I used my ProMarkers to colours the different letters which seemed an awful lot easier than trying to find a variety of different coloured cardstock!