29 August 2012

Vintage Rosette

Just for you Debbie on your day.  Hope that you had a lovely time (even though you had to work) and that the kids were especially nice to you.

Bit of a "how-to" following.

First, gather some papers from the same colour-way or "pack".  Here I have chosen papers produced by KaiserCraft from their Timeless Classics collection.  Select three or four to use on the final card.

Build a base card.  Cut a patterned piece of paper to the same size of the base card and then tear it to get the rough edge.  I actually used a tearing tool I bought from Creative Memories.  Ink around the edges.  Then glue this down.  On the remainder of the card, ink, using a swirling motion, to create a mottled background.

Make a rosette, using a scoring tool; on a whim I chose another piece of patterned paper from the Timeless Classics collection which I did not originally select.  This rosette originally measured 3cm in width.

Build up the rosette by adding a top circular layer or two.

Add two paper ribbon strips to the underside of the rosette.  Ink around the edges.

Attach the rosette to the card.  Embellish using buttons and stamp a message on the card.

26 August 2012

Bubblegum Cards

Scratch 'n' Sniff - there has just got to be a better name for this card technique.  It's wrong.  It just sounds wrong.
We all love a little alliteration or a rhyme for some branding; it's catchy. 
  • Itch 'n-hale - no
  • Scrape 'n' Scent - certainly not
  • Wipe 'n' Whiff?  - definitely not
Think I'll settle for calling them Bubblegum Cards.  That fruity non-descript smell that evokes memories of childhood.  Flavours created in a lab by scientists who substitute the real for the unreal.
Bubblegum and lolly flavours and scents realistically do not truly resemble what they claim to be.  But that's okay.  We've been brain-trained and acclimatised to recognise their false flavours for what they purport to be.  Think lolly bananas - strong case in point.  They don't smell or taste anything like any banana I've ever eaten, but blindfolded, I know when I open a pack of them what I'm going to get - bananas.  It carries through to banana-flavoured syrup, banana Quik, banana essence; you get the idea.
Right, back to what this post is meant to be about.  Bubblegum Cards.  I have found a way to use Low-Cal Jelly Crystals, mixed with Embossing Powder to create a card that smells yummy!  Perfect for the young child in your life.  Have a look at my Card-Guru Dawn, here, she has a YouTube post where she outlines the way to put this idea together.  Ideal for cards that have sweet treats or fruit on them.
Meanwhile here is a quick summary of the steps used to create the overall card.
  • Dry emboss front half of card using Big Shot.
  • Ink around the edges using stamp pad.
  • Create a Yo-yo or Rosette using a Scoring Tool.
  • Stamp image of cupcake onto cardstock and cut out.
  • Emboss whole image in the Bubblgum (Scratch 'n' Sniff) style.
  • Glue on microbeads using Glossy Accents.
  • Attach sentiment to the bottom of the card.

21 August 2012

Cake Pops

In my eagerness to make a bunch of Cake Pops for a recent social event, I by-passed the step in the recipe where it stated that I make my own cake and a batch of icing, and headed straight over to the local (whisper) supermarket and bought a ready-made mudcake.  "Oh for shame"!!, yes, yes, I know all that.

Some shameless advertising in the left foreground

This is one of those recipes where "you won't believe it unless you try it" kind of moment happens.  A culinary leap of faith must be taken.  Basically, by mushing the cake and icing together, you form a slightly sticky goo that will hold its shape in a ball.  M-mmmm.  Have I got your attention yet?  Didn't think so.  Read on . . .

Using melted chocolate for "cementing" purposes, dip the end of the pop stick into the melted chocolate and impale the chocolate ball.  Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to set hard.

Then dip the whole thing into more melted chocolate. 

Trust me, this was a big hit at a recent crafting afternoon.

Give it a go - the results are both pleasing to the eye and the tastebuds, despite my inept descriptions and clumsy attempts to entice you.

19 August 2012

Vanilla Tea

So easy and so delicious.  The flavour is subtle, most people don't even know why the tea tastes so good.

Click on the link here to take you to my recipe for vanilla tea.

gift labels attached to the packets

I try and have "the girls" around for lunch each school holidays.  (I've done it twice, so I guess that I can now say "I always have the girls 'round for lunch").  Anyway, I served this tea and it was a huuuuuge hit.  So I made another batch and bagged it up as a gift for them when we returned to work.  These labels we made in Word and attached to the packets using raffia.

Tea, though ridiculed by those who are
naturally course in their nervouse sensibilities . . .  will always
be the favoured beverage of the intellectual.
- Thomas DeQuincy -

14 August 2012

Cute Box by Cute Dawn

There are many of us who suffer from the unfortunate fate of being born during the long, cold and miserable months of winter.  Just as I feel that a person's name can shape their destiny, so I feel that being born at a certain time of the year can shape your personality.

I made this for Maryanne, a work colleague, who like me, was born during chilly June.

The box was made using the brightest papers I could find in an attempt to inject some artificial sunshine into her day.  It was filled with mini rolls of Mentos sweets and I re-covered the outside of them with matching papers; alas, I forgot to photograph the final result.

For an excellent tutorial and instructions on making this box, go here where you will find a link to the legendary Dawn. A final version of her box was posted on her blog, 8 June 2012.

You will immediately notice that Dawn's box was constructed using coffee coloured papers - very elegant indeed.  This box was made using bright colours to detract from the miserable weather we have been experiencing lately.

"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth,
for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk
beside the fire: it is the time for home."
Edith Stillwell

11 August 2012

Grunge Food

Do you have a favourite grunge food that you daren't admit to knowing about, let alone actually consuming?  Well, I do.  Mine is "plastic" cheese.  Yep, that flattened out, shiny, pre-sliced, over-salted, yellow square they have the audacity to label as cheese!!!  Yes! Yes! Yes!  I'm outing myself.  "My name is Papier and Cakes and I eat Cheese Slices."  Not just any brand you know, I am discerning about my preference.  Can you believe it?  I'm trying to convince you that there are connoisseurs of plastic cheese.  Like there's a difference? Hee hee.

This here is my one and only favourite.

The cup is quite pretty don't you think?  It adds some dignity and respectability to my affliction.

My family keep this embarrassing secret to themselves.  My son, holds his head in shame (I don't know why though - he eats Tim Tams - we call him Tim Tam Tom - we don't really I just thought of that then).  Sally Cakes is mystified and Mr Cakes thinks I'm just a fraud.  Probably.  The thing is, like many who suffer from such addictions, I don't care.

As foodies, the purveyors of all things wholesome and honourable on epicurean pursuits, it is our duty to outlaw such behaviour.  What can I say?  I'm human.  That's it.

What's your grunge food?

07 August 2012

Pink Hearts

Two pretty cards.  Made from leftover "bits".

Leftovers in their less visible form are called memories.
Stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart.
Thomas Fuller