Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Happy New Year 2012 - From Me to You

Hi all,

I am delighted to have been asked to be a guest blogger for Maggie over at Passionately Artistic.

For those of you who don't know me let me introduce myself; I'm Dawn, I live with my fantastic hubby John, and I have 4 amazing kids.

I am a newbie when it comes to the blogosphere.  Have a look around, see what you think.  Feel free to add yourself to my list of followers.

Let me share with you how to make this easy peasy Me to You Happy New Years card




Supplies:-

A4 white card
Me to You Stampers gift set
Me to You papers
Xcut oval nesting dies
Silver adhesive stones

Step by Step Instructions

Using the Xcut oval nesting die I created an oval card blank.   Then covered the card with patterned paper

Stamp ‘Let’s Party!’ on to a small oval die cut and embellish with a ribbon bow and shimmer dots. Attach to the card.

Stamp the tags four times on to card and patterned papers then cut in half and paper piece the tags.

Add colour to the balloons.

Stamp 2012 on the tags and place them on to the card using foam dots.

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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Lavendar Shortbread Recipe




Lavender Shortbread Recipe
Makes 16 small rounds.


Ingredients

150g plain flour
Pinch of salt
100g butter
50g caster sugar
2 tsp culinary dried lavender flowers.

Method

Preheat oven to 160C. 

Slightly crush 1tsp lavender flowers in a pestle and mortar to release the natural oils.

Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl with the caster sugar, butter and crushed lavender, and rub in using fingertips to make a crumbly mixture which can then be kneaded together to make a dough. 

Roll out to 1cm thick and cut into individual rounds. Sprinkle with the remaining lavender flowers, pressing them down gently until they stick, then bake for 10-15 mins until the shortbread is just starting to brown.

Leave for 10 mins before removing from baking tray, and sprinkle with caster sugar.


Tips
Some people recommend leaving the dried lavender flowers for decoration until after the shortbread is baked, but I find they just fall off.


The amount of lavender flowers used is entirely personal, and lavender flavour can become overpowering very quickly so try it out and exercise caution!

Try substituting dried lavender flowers for a few drops of essence or try a little of both.




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If you liked this, pop over and see the paper tube lavender sachel

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year 2011

Hi All,

Well not long now.... It is about time that i posted my fabulous Christmas tree picture.  This year i decided to go for the fairytale gingerbread theme.

See what you think?  Have you spotted the Five little snowmen or the Felt Christmas Puddings?


Remember the wooden gingerbread men post i did?? Meet Gingerbread Sam


The full effect


This one is also gingerbread Sam.....
My son Luke loves Fireman Sam....








I have been busy trying to get my assignments done before Christmas so i can relax, oh and baking the odd batch of mince pies (yummy)..

So I am going to pop over and see what other fabulous goodies have been made this week at Wendys

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Candy Cane Marshmallow Pops



Why is it that things taste better on a stick? All I know is that these marshmallow pops are yummy! They are also super easy to make and your wee little ones can help you. Eat these while sipping on some hot chocolate. Heck, plop one in your hot chocolate and use as a stir. Enjoy!




Materials

6 Candy Canes (crushed)
Lollipop Sticks
Large Marshmallows
Chocolate Chips (melted)
Rolling Pin or Food Processor (for crushing candy canes)
Floral Foam Blocks



For full Tutorial Click here

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Happy Birthday Dad !!!

Today  is my Dads birthday.

He loves cars,  and when I was in Llandudno i popped into The Craft Land,  I found this lovely vintage car decoupage and I knew that I  had matching card in my stash.



Materials Used
2 pieces of Burgundy Card
2 pieces of Cream Card
Vintage Car decoupage

First I folded the cream card to make a centre opening card, this would be the inside of the card.  Then I did the same with the burgundy card and  I trimmed the edges with the wavy scissors.

I cut two rectangles of cream card the same width but one shorter in height with the wavy scissors.  Then did the same with the burgundy card about 1cm narrower.


I glued the burgundy card onto the cream card for all the sections, then I glued the large rectangle to the bottom area  of the left hand side of the card and the small to the top right of the card.


I found a special car registration plate font for the word Dad.


To finish off the card I added a little quote " Your not old your a classic with the word classic in the car registration plate font.



He loved his card and was pretty amazed that I had made it.  Well now the Daughterly duties are done I am gonna pop over to Wendy's and see what fantastic delights my good friends have created this week.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Amazing Hand Puppets

I was just googling for ideas to make with my kids, and I came across these hand painted hand puppets and they are so amazing I thought I must share them with you.










How fabulous are they.  My favourite is the dog.....whats yours?