Sunday, October 19, 2008

Card for Dew Drop Craftz

There is a challenge over on Nikki's blog so as I was in a playing mood today I made this card.

As usual quite a simple card from me - I inked the backgrounds with distress inks, and used one of Nikki's stamps as he went nicely with the colours. I thought it would be a good 'man' card. Cute but 'manly'!

Apparently this is my 300th post....although maybe not a regular poster...sticking with it!

Owen got off on his holiday today with the school - so it is very quiet here today - I guess we will be lost without him this week! Although, if I turned on his Xbox and shut his bedroom door I could pretend he was still here!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Autumn Saturday

Well I am not sure what it is like your way - but Autumn has taken hold here - and we are knee deep in leaves. Hopefully we will have a few windy days and they will blow to the end of the road! Such beautiful colours - it is a really pretty time of the year. This card is for the tag it challenge that is running over at the cbc forum and has a nice autumn colour feel to it.

We had a small crisis this week - Owen got stung by what we think is a hornet (or is maybe a bee)...the pesky thing popped into his shoe when he was doing PE and he reached in to get his sock out and it stung him on the hand. It was apparently a huge sting - Owen said he thought it was a thorn at first. It cam up nice and puffy and red. so I had to get him from school on Wednesday. Then on Thursday I decided I ought to take him to the doctors as his gland under his arm started hurting....after a major episode with him ending up in hospital after chicken pox and the same symptons I though I had better not take any chances....!

But he was OK we have just continued with the anti-histamines and it is finally down this morning.....just as well as he is away with the school tomorrow.

So that was my drama....

However my friend Jane still came round as planned on Thursday and she had an afternoon learning to stamp...I made her some butternut squash soup and cake as well, and she went home with 3 birthday cards.

I am now the proud owner of a set of Stitchel stamps from Jennie over at The Artistic Stamper as I was drawn for a prize for my PGTips box - if you have not seen Maddy's project - you need to go and check it out - it is fab. I am just about to put it on the web site - but you can see it on the forum.

There are loads of challenges on the forum at the moment - so I hope you can find some time to pop by and join in with a couple.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Toffee Cookies

These were suppose to be toffee apple cookies - but I didn't have any dried apple, I have included the quantity they suggested.

Makes 18 - heat oven to 180c/350f/gas mark 4

Cream together
150g butter
180g soft light brown sugar
90g caster sugar

then add
1 egg

then sift and stir in
75g Plain flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarb of soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

stir in the following
250g oats
50g raisins
50g dried apple chopped
50g chewy toffees chopped (I wouldn't increase this quantity)

Put little heaps onto a baking tray and cook for 12 minutes. I increased the toffee and raisins to cover the lack of apples - but there was too much toffee really.

Saturday, October 11, 2008


So I have woken up to alovely sunny day again - isn't that lovely? DH is in Taunton as MiL was burgled earlier on in the week, so it is just me and Owen. That means I am on football duty tomorrow.....he did wake me up with a cup of tea in bed - that is the first time he has ever done that! We have got to book a badminton court and play this afternoon - so I should be worn out by the end of the day!

I have not put any cards on here for a while - as I tend to put them on the site or do them for challenges, but I guess I should show them on here as this is kind of a catch up post! I will have to do some more

The first card is made using the CB embossing folder - but turned over and then traced with a black pen. I did this partly for the Cuttlebug page on the CBC site, and also for the 5 Olympic rings challenge on the forum. I hope that you make use of the information on the site - there is certainly a lot there - and I have more to do, with a special thanks to those people that send me things to put on there. I keep a list of the items that are added so that you can see what is new - just check the "what's new".

The next one I did as I was playing with punches and wanted to do a few samples for the page on the site earlier on the year - I have always had punches - I had them for many years before I had a die cutter. And they can be so useful and so quick. So I thought I would put together a pageful of simple ideas on the site back in I thought it would make a good basis to set a challenge. I bet loads of you have punches - and maybe now that you have die cutting machines they don't always see the light of day. So get them out and get making...

to see the page follow this link - but click on the 'home' button afterwards - to get a click on my counter!

I will put up a post on the forum tomorrow - so that you can show me you creations on there.

My final card I made at the beginning of the summer - I thought I would say goodbye to the summer by putting it on here. I did make it for a competition but alas it wasn't worthy :) I guess I need to brush up my skills...but I did have fun making it and it has already gone from my box of cards - so someone liked it

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Never know what to say

...well these days I seem to have run out of things to put on here that I haven't already added to the cbc forum - and I know for those of you that visit the forum that is quite boring!

However if you have not visited the forum in a while - you really should! It has been quite lively with a few great projects on the go - in particular Maddy has done a fabulous project to cover a PG Tips box into a great gift idea.

I am doing a bookmark swap and the bookmarks I have received so far are fabulous - I will have to get them scanned and show them on here. There are ATC swaps as well.

Chocolate Chip Crumble Muffins

I made these the other days. They looked really nice with the topping on - but the topping didn't add much to the flavour if you know what I mean. They were very yummy though!

It makes 12 muffins - set oven at 200c/400f/ gas mark 6

Make the topping first
Rub togther the following
50g plain flour
1 tablespoon of cocoa
40g cold butter chopped
then stir in:
2 tablespoons of caster sugar

Now to make the muffins....
rub together the following:
250g Self Raising Flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
50g cold butter cut into small pieces

stir in
100g soft light brown sugar
150g chocolate chips (I mixed plain and milk)

In a jug measure
225ml milk
then add
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
...mix together

Now add this to your dry ingredients and stir until just combined, do not over mix.
Divide the mix between your muffin cases and sprinkle on the topping.

Cook for 18 - 20 minutes...delicious whilst still warm...mmmm