Monday, 21 May 2012

Hermann has been living with us...

...for the last 10 days!  No, not a German exchange student, but last week, a mysterious starter mixture for a "German Friendship Cake" arrived at our house.  It sort of ferments for days, and you add milk, sugar and flour a couple of times, then on day 10 you divide the mixture into four, pass on three to your friends, add the final ingredients to your part and bake it.  I cooked it this morning and it smells FAB, and looks yummy, I can't wait to try it:
Now, does anyone know how to make the starter culture from scratch?

Saturday, 19 May 2012

I made two discoveries today...

...about suede.  I have a pink suede skirt that I loved so much, but it won't come clean anymore so I've been trying to think what I can do with this lovely material.  Today I was brave and cut it up, and discovered two things about the leather:
* you can colour it really effectively with alcohol ink (I used my spectrum noir bright pink).  It goes on surprisingly evenly and stays really bright even when it's dry.
* it goes through the BigShot like a dream, and even the embosslits cut/emboss butterfly folder. 

So I decided to make this (this one is the original colour of the suede):

and then I got colouring, and couldn't resist a touch of stickles...

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Scrap365 ...

...issued their May sketch challenge here.  I immediately liked this sketch as the "flap" at the top of page and the two-washer fastening reminded me of the memo envelopes they used at my school.  As I have been waiting to scrap the school reunion we had last year, I used the sketch as a starting point for this project. Unfortunately, my photos were the wrong shape for the sketch, but rules are made to be broken, right?  The stripey/spotty paper pieces make an envelope for the other bits and pieces I want to keep from the reunion, and for other school photos to keep safe.  At the reunion someone coined the phrase "Culhamni" so I used that as the title.

Have you got an event you've scrapped recently?  if so, please put a link in the comments!
ttfn Helen x

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

More cupcakes...

...this time REAL ones Yum Yum.

I went to a local craft fair yesterday where there was a very nice lady called Joanne who makes delicious, light, very generously topped and very beautiful cupcakes (I'm afraid I treated myself!  Twice. Oh, ok, three times - it was a long day!)  She is based local to Redhill, and even delivers, and I'm happy to recommend her should you have a cupcake emergency (fantastic value too eg £24 for 24!).  Click on the cakes to go to her website...

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Cupcake crazy...

...Cupcakes are so trendy at the moment, and I am enjoying using the cupcake builder punch (I like eating them too, obviously...).  This is one of my favourite designs, which I confess I did not invent myself, but cannot remember where I found it.  I also used the word window punch (from StampinUp.)

If this is your design, please get in touch so that I can acknowledge it.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

What a load of baubles...

...I had such a good response to my owl punch designs post that I thought I'd do the same for the brilliant ornament punch.  I look for versatility in a punch, and you wouldn't believe how many designs you can make, I have used it so much and not just for Christmas. It stores flat unlike most punches that have a giant sticking up lever so it doesn't take much space and it is also guaranteed by StampinUp for 2 years.

The most obvious use is for christmas, of course.  You can easily create really effective christmas cards in minutes using a bit of metallic thread and a couple of baubles cut out from scraps of pretty paper.  You can even use the remaining paper as a mask and stamp or sponge through it.  You can fold them and stick together for a beautiful 3-d hanging ornament, and you can use the it to cut out photos for your scrapbook page.  But you might think that come January, it's time to put away your punch till the next Christmas season....Not so!  I've been scouring the internet and racking my brain for non-Christmassy things you can do with your ornament punch and here are a few of my favourites:

Some of these use the punch again to remove two petal shapes, by feeding the first piece back into the side of the punch.  I also came across this tutorial for a 3-D flower:

If you'd like to order an ornament punch they are £15.50, just get in touch.