Sunday, 29 May 2011

Wedding fever

For Handmade Monday this week, I thought I'd share something edible (which I know you've all missed recently!) as well as something crafty, so here are the cakes and cards I made for a wedding...

Flavour cards- people need to know what they're eating!

Shame the glitter doesn't show up in the photos!
And finally a card for the bride and groom. A papercut heart with their initials inside- now available on Folksy!

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Saturday, 28 May 2011

All that glitters

If you've read my blog or looked at my Facebook page before, you'll know that I am a big fan of glitter! I use it anything and everything and that includes cakes. Now, I didn't realise what a lot of controversy there is surrounding cake glitter until recently. I read a discussion thread about whether or not cake glitter is safe to use if it doesn't state that it's 'edible' and indeed why you would want to eat it.
OK, let's get this straight. Most of the super sparkly, very, very lovely cake glitters around are classed as 'non-toxic'. That means that they have no nutritional value and basically will pass straight through the body without being absorbed. The less sparkly varieties which are 'edible' are made of sugar flakes and really, look nothing like the glitter we all know and love. This is all down to EU regulations on the meaning of edible- basically, it has to be a foodstuff with nutritional value, which glitter does not.
 As for why you would want to eat something that isn't classed as edible... well, I don't know about you, but I eat with my eyes a long time before anything passes my lips!

So, rant over, here's what I really wanted to share! I was sent an email recently by a company claiming to want to send me some free glitter samples. Being the sceptic that I am, I doubted they would arrive and thought that if they did they would be tiny unuseable amounts. How wrong I was! They sent me five different samples, with a huge amount of each colour that really will go a long way. On top of this, they offer amazing prices on bulk orders. Well, that was all I needed to hear! With a wedding cupcake order coming up and more over the coming weeks and months, I splashed out on a whole collection of super sparkly (non-toxic!) glitters.

The range of colours is fab and I have to say that the customer service was brilliant, as was the free gift! I don't like to do this often,but I feel that this company really deserves a mention, so thank you to Janice from I will be back!

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Paper cuts hurt!

They hurt my back anyway- I spend so long bent over the table concentrating that I get very achey. Luckily I've managed not to slice my hands either on the paper or a knife... yet!

I've made a few more designs this week, so once again I've got something new to offer for Handmade Monday, hooray! Today I went to a dedication ceremony (similar to a Christening) and the parents had requested no presents. I hate not taking anything, so I made each of the girls a papercut card of their initial, which can be framed if they want to keep it. They took ages, but I think the result was worth it. I'm planning to make one for the baby's room if it plays ball at the scan and we find out what we're having. I need to try bigger ones to add to my Folksy shop too.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Even more papercutting!

Apologies if you're a Facebook follower- you'll already have seen these!

I couldn't have hoped for a better reaction from Thomas- he was thrilled when he opened his card... even though he had already opened his telescope!

So spurred on by his reaction, I drew a few more grown up designs. They weren't the easiest thing to work out how to draw, but once I'd got the hang of it, it was fairly logical. I made just two cards to start with, one a really simple heart design...

Love heart papercut card
And the second a more self-indulgent (read time-consuming!) congratulations card.

I'm so pleased with them that I've got several more designs in the pipeline including good luck, age and personalised wedding/engagement cards. There might even be some new baby framed papercuts on the way!

Why is it though, that every new spark of inspiration has to cost me money?! As I was making these cards, the blade kept falling out of my knife and when I took the photos I realised how woolly the lines were because the blade wasn't sharp enough. Later that day a routine trip into town saw me 'investing' in new blades for my swivel knife and a totally new knife! I need to get some really good examples into my Foksy shop a.s.a.p. and get promoting!

As usual on a Monday, to see what other crafties have been investing their time and money in this week, take a look at Handmade Monday.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

A new obsession...

I needed to make a card for my nephew's birthday yesterday. This happened to coincide with seeing the latest issue of Making Magazine. A few years ago, I saw an amazing example of papercutting and the magazine reignited my interest, so I thought I'd give it a go. The card needed a space theme, so I designed a simple rocket card with his name and age on it, cut it from black card and backed it with foil. Needless to say, I loved doing it and since then, I've designed a whole series of cards to add to my Folksy shop! I'm going to be hoovering up tiny offcuts of paper and card for months!

I've just done a quick Google search for papercutting, and have a feeling I'lll be back soon to share some of my favourites with you!

To see what other crafties have been up to over the weekend, take a look at Handmade Monday.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Just a note...

Last night I decided that enough was enough and I got out my drawer full of magazine cuttings and paper scraps. I only made three cards, but it's been a while, that's my excuse anyway! I went for a paper applique type card and just played around. Anyway, here are the results...

The top two are my favourites, and I have loads of the gold circles cut and ready to make more. I just need to find some more contrasting bits. Old Next catalogues here I come!

Finally some non-mother's day cards to add to my Folksy shop! Hopefully I'm on a roll now and there will be no stopping me. Hmmm, we'll see... You can see other people's crafty pursuits here at Today's Creative Blog.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Babies, babies, babies!

OK, so it's time to confess. I've been AWOL from blogging for about the last three months because the thought of sitting at the computer has made me feel sick! Not one of the usual morning sickness triggers, but there you go, it's what did it for me! Anyway, I'm starting to feel better now and I'm looking forward to getting stuck into some crafty/cakey type things over the coming months.

There really have been babies everywhere recently and I seem to have made nothing but new baby cards like these...

And for those of you who have been missing your cake fix, here's a Winnie-the-Pooh style swiss roll with fresh cream and honey that I made the other day...