Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Black white and red (again ...)

Arn't birthday cards for men difficult. Add into that the fact that I have so very few stamps, that I cant add in stamped images to the mix. So for this one I just went with dark colours, and paper layered to beat the band!!

Actually I like the end result. Its quite three D like in real life, as there are 12 layers of paper when you get to the very top of it!!

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Friday, 6 January 2012

Electric ...... cake!

I was asked to do a cake for a man's 21st. Be it cakes or cards, men are difficult to design for! The brief was simply that he is an electrician. So this is what I did.... its got all the right colours and a socket and plug to boot :-) he was very happy with the result and aparently would not cut it on the night of the party, insisting it be brought home so more people could see it. . .

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Birthday card

Just to prove I actually make stuff out of paper every now and again! Birthday card for my neice Tara, who turned 14.

I love this design have used it on a few cards now. Its adaptable for mens and womens cards.

I used a stamp to print the clock at the back, note its at 2 o clock, or 14.00 hours !! Subtle?

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

January 2nd and already..

We have booked our first weekend away of the year! My parents are 50 years married this year, but are possitive they do NOT want a party. So we decided to bring them away for a night, we were going to just go out for a meal, my siblings and parents. My dad had major surgury last year for cancer, and is still finding he gets tired easier, so the meal out turned into a meal in a hotel with rooms booked. This way if he gets too tired he can take himself off to bed, and we will be meeting up again for breakfast! Winner....

Trying to be a bit creative this year, and use up kits I have gathered over the years. I got the kit for this chicken cushion many years ago at the knitting and stiching show in the rds. I would have to own up and say I probably have the kit about three years now. And one afternoon later .....

I have a chicken cushion, the wing is also a pocket so it could be handy for keeping the remote control in! Of course I can't find where I put the buttons I was going to use for the eyes .... so its a blind chicken at the moment.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy New Year ... new blog (?)

Well maybe not a new blog ... but how about if I post stuff onto it on a somewhat regular basis? That might be nice.

For the first post of the year it has to be a catch up one...

Cupcakes for halloween - chocolate cupcakes with buttercream topping.

Birthday card for my nephew Liam - who was nine this year. It does not seem that long since he was a wee baby, but is growing up fast.

This years christmas cake. Rich fruit cake, with marzipan and rolled fondant covering. Ten inch round cake and its a good three almost four inches high. And so far its pretty much only me and Des eating it. And its almost gone :-( I will miss it when its gone.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Pumpkins - 2011

As the local shop had pumpkins for only 2 euro each we each did one this year....

Des got all creative with his wood carving chisels (which we all figured was cheating somehow..) and did Yoda

Liadan spent most of the time deciding on what to do, and then produced this wonderfully scary one, which we all loved except Liadan!

Roisin's is a firey devil ...

And I was pleased with my own effort this year ....

Even if I did have to do some dental repair work with a cocktail stick .... ! :-)

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Happy Girls ....

We have not been able to have cats for a number of years as Liadan was alergic. She was also severely asmathic but has been off any medications for about three years now. So we really wanted to be able to have cats again.

Earlier this year I signed up with the DSPCA and became a foster 'mum' to an adult cat and too kittens, and we were able to test the waters with L, safe in the knowledge that we could give back the cats if need be!

The end result is that we now have two kittens :

Who are rapidly turning into cats! They are loving our garden now that they are settled enough to be let out ... although they did manage to get stuck up a tree!

And clearly Liadan seems to be ok !!

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Last family wedding .....

Des's youngest brother got married yesterday. I first met Keith way back in the day when he was a wee blond headed toddler of only two years..... so it was lovely to be there at his wedding to the beautiful Katie.

It was a wonderful day, the last of both families to be married, them both being the babies! It was the most planned out day I have ever attended. So much attention to detail.

I did the cake ... the flowers were not sugarpaste but fresh (which was a bit scary to be honest from a cake bakers point of view) but the bride is ALWAYS in charge when it comes to the final decision !!

It turned out looking quite nice and everyone seemed to love it but I was not a bit happy with that middle layer :-(.

The bottom layer was chocolate biscuit cake, the centre fruit and the top is red velvet - which is delish - so if you've never made it - away with you and try it out.

Or wait for an invite to mine some time.