Tuesday 30 July 2013

beach party!!

as promised, here are the pictures from a recent party. it was a joint celebration for my parents silver wedding anniversary and my sisters 21st!!

for mum & dad's (fruit) cakes I flat iced it, first in marzipan, then sugar paste. I added two colours of ribbon to the base of each tier. I then piped on the coral. I added flower paste shells, I made by pressing the paste into a chocolate mould, (bought at the cake decorating store.)

 for abbie's cake I made a topper with little beach huts. it was all made edible with sugar paste and brown sugar as sand.
pinwheels were bought from pipii.co.uk

ice-cream  cupcakes (which my dad loves... he thinks cupcake cases should be banned and only cones allowed!!) traditionally you would add a chocolate flake, but those are a little messy, so I think the chocolate wafer(from Tesco) was the perfect finishing touch for these.
these beach cupcakes use some brown sugar as sand a sugar paste towel and a paper drinks umbrella I got from asda
hope you like all the beach themed sweet ideas if you want any more details just leave a comment and ill help as much as I can...

Saturday 27 July 2013

skip to it !!

stamps: papermania mix 'n' match borders, petite pairs by stampin up! and skipping from LOTV
inks: tuxedo black memento ink pad, sekura glitter pen and promarker pens 
punches: large oval, scallop oval and scallop trim border from stampin up!

I kept this one simple, with the cute LOTV image as a focal point. the embellishments are kept to a minimum, with the accent of pink on the side trim and message, then using the stitching to define the edges of the central panel. overall I think this makes for a more grown up feel

'pretty in pink'

Friday 5 July 2013

bloggerversary !!

I made this tag to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of my blog ! this is just a quick one tho as im busy at the moment with family celebrations!!

inks: archival ink pads in magenta hue, aquamarine, venetian orange and jet black and a sekura glitter gel pen.
stamps: raining flowers and wacky wishes by stampin up!
punches and dies: adorning accent edgelits, typeset alphabet bigz, bitty butterfly and elegant butterfly by stampin up!.

Tuesday 2 July 2013

Christmas in july !!

 for those of you who like to be prepared.. here's an idea that gives you 5 months to get making !!
stamps: polar party from stampin up!
inks: memento(tuxedo black), archival ink(jet black), distress ink pads from tim holtz (festive berries & crushed olive), promarkers and copic spica glitter pens (http://theglitterpot.co.uk/products/Copic_Spica_Glitter_12_Pen_Set_B/21255/1040). 
card: digi cardstock from craftwork cards, 4 x 4" card blanks from craft uk limited
other: scallop circle and circle dies from sizzix and the big shot machine. 

start by making the toppers, I did this in stages to make multiple cards. stamp the trees with memento then die cut using the appropriate size circle. find a scalloped circle to layer under and cut as needed. I coloured mine with the promarkers to match the image, but you could obviously use coloured card instead. colour the images next, if you are making several card use the same colour on each image before moving on the next one ( do every bauble, then every trunk, every star etc) . accent  the tree decorations and snow using the glitter pens for that special festive sparkle. glue the layers of the topper together with
double sided tape.

 stamp a background onto your card blank in archival ink to decorate. I picked the little stocking from this set, and coloured them in a variety of ways to coordinate. I chose to watercolour, by picking up the pigment from the distress ink pads (don't do this directly, instead you need to squish some of the colour onto a brown craft matt, acetate or clear stamping block) using a wet brush, for a softer look. if you don't fancy doing this, you would need to stamp onto cardstock and colour with promarkers, then layer the piece onto the card blank. as you can see I have left the centre blank (nobody can see the bit under your topper, so you might as well save time and resources!!) all that's left to do then is stick down your topper and add a sentiment inside if you like
if I haven't explained anything well enough, feel free to ask ... there's plenty of time before Christmas !!