29 April 2013

Secret Garden

Matching matching matching.  Everything at Stampin' Up marries up perfectly with another product.

 
The papiers match the inks, the markers, the ribbons and the crayons.
 
 
The stamp images even have punches and dies that match their outline.  All to make life simpler and more beautiful.

20 April 2013

Simply Red

Accompanying one of the cards in my previous post, was a box brimming with red surprises.
 
 
In my excitement to complete the project, I forgot to photograph the final result, that showed everything neatly crowded into a black box covered in large, red spots.  It did look stunning.  The idea came from here on Karrie's blog called Happy Money Saver where her premise is to fill a box with treats, all of the same colour.  Genius.
 
Two star items were initially selected for my friend who is something of a gourmet.
 
 
Behold the deep, red, ambrosial syrup that is Black Elderberry Cordial.  This is made in Tasmania using the pristine water from the Derwent River and is totally organic.
 
 
The second star belongs to this black cherry preserve imported from France.  If you believe some of the reviews, this can be considered as a healthy substitute for chocolate.  Hmm, that may be a little bit excessive.
 
Here are some other shots taken of the ingredients in the Simply Red box.
 
I found some incense packaged in red.
So not all items were edible.
  
Pez . . .
  
If for no other reason, matches my blog theme!
  
   

17 April 2013

Two Identical Cards

A simple and effective technique is featured here.  Choose three colours to work with and find papiers that match the theme.


Cut out, or punch, seven squares that will travel haphazardly along the bottom of the card.  If they are too thin, mount them on some card.  Raise a couple of the squares off the card using mounting tape.

Punch out a butterfly from matching papier, in this instance, a page from an old book.  Attach this to the card using a brad; this brad has been inked and glittered for extra effect.
 
  
Emboss the background card.
Put all the pieces together (and if you're on a roll) make a couple of cards at a time.  This is especially useful if you have two friends who share a birthday; a 50-something and a 30-nothing.
 

13 April 2013

Christmas Leftovers

Well here it is, April, four months into the year with Christmas well and truly over and yet here I am talking about jingly projects made last year.  I found some "leftovers" whilst tidying up the craftroom over the recent Easter holiday break.  Here they are; luckily they're leftovers of the papier variety.


First is a giant bauble made with the generous and funny ladies of Scrappy Hollow at last year's Paperific Show.  It is a 3D creation and works perfectly as a decorative piece for the home; it's a little too large for the tree.
 
 
Another Christmas Decoration, this one made at my inspirational Stampin' Up meeting.  We meet once every two months and rotate the luxury of being hostess for the day.  Making the sparkling snowflakes using an adhesive sheet of papier was something completely new to me, as are most techniques that we tackle each meeting.  A suitably-sized square of the sticky sheet was stuck to the back of glimmer papier and then run through the Big Shot die cutter.  What emerged was a shimmering snowflake.  Just wonderful, particularly given that I adore the colour combination of deep red and chocolate brown.
 
 
A simple and yet entirely effective Christmas card.  One that can be "mass produced" for that time of the year when everything is "crazy" busy and greeting card requirements multiply exponentially.
 
 
I now feel a sense of relief that I have finally written a post about these treats.
Not too dissimilar from that feeling I have at the end of Christmas?
 

11 April 2013

Baby H

This funky baby card was made for a very special boy who was born to a very special couple.
 
 
The giant 'h' was a wooden cutout that had been sprayed with Glimmer Mist and then inked around the edges.  Rough templates were made from hole-punching and cutting out papier, this formed the dots and zigzags you can see travelling along the backbone of the 'h'.
 
 
The cute little car was punched out of a page from our local street directly, known affectionately as the Melways.  It discreetly shows the location of their neighbourhood.
 
 
The papier ribbon behind this sentiment, is the same used in the card that was made for their baby shower.  This card was a pleasure to make.
 


08 April 2013

Brownie Heaven

Can you call a brownie juicy?  Yes, I think so.  After eating one (or possibly more) of these brownies, that are dripping with lusciousness, you will be hooked.  I'm sure they've been included in the book "1001 Foods You Must Eat Before You Die", which is probably just as much about the cultural eating experience as it is about the actual food.  Believe me it doesn't matter where you are when you eat one of these, but you must do so before leaving this planet.


I have given below the recipe for these succulent delights.  What I need to mention is that we cut off the crusts on all sides for appearances sake.  But whatever you do, don't throw these away, it would be a sin as they are anything but rubbish.  Despite what they look like they are a chewy sensation.

Chocolate Brownies
Ingredients
  • 125g butter, chopped
  • 200g soft brown sugar
  • 125g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 50g plain flour
  • 35g cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • icing sugar, for dusting

Method
  1. Preheat oven to 175c (160c fan-forced).
  2. Put butter, sugar and chopped chocolate in a bowl. Microwave on medium for 1 minute. Stir. Repeat.
  3. Sift flour, cocoa and baking powder over the chocolate mixture. Stir to combine.
  4. Add eggs and lightly combine.
  5. Pour into a 20x20cm lined tin. Bake 35 minutes.
  6. Remove and allow to cool on a rack.
  7. Slice off crusts when cool (using a serrated knife). Cut into squares. Dust with icing sugar.
Variations
  • Add 1 cup chocolate chips/bits to dry mixture (try using a mixture of dark, milk, white and now caramel chips).
  • Press 1 cup frozen raspberries into the brownie mixture just before putting it into the oven.

mmm, can you taste it??

A mountain of viscid richness.

06 April 2013

Wise reMoval

This delightful package was fun to make.  Sally Cakes recently visited a "friend in need of a smile" after she had recently gone through what seems to be re-trending as the passage into adulthood: the removal of the much-maligned wisdom teeth.
 
 
 
Using a monster-themed papier as the starting point, I fashioned a bemused ghoul from an up-side-down owl (punched out using this extremely versatile punch).
 
here is the ghoul in closeup
the mouth was drawn using a white gel pen
and the edges inked using white ink

I also took a cheeky bite out of the card, by punching a series of circles into the bottom right hand corner of the papier.
 
 
The matching gift bag was cut out using the Bosskut Gazelle, the pattern for which was freely given by the very generous Alisa over at Designs Made By Me as part of our Yahoo membership group.


The final treat lay nestled inside the bag.  Three of the most heavenly brownies a person could ever devour - even if I do say so myself.  A slight crispiness to their outside and an oh-so-smooth and fudgy inside texture.  Follow the link, here, to this divine Brownie recipe.