Card Feature Wednesday 9 - Teacher thank you cards

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

As it's the end of the school year I decided to make Hollie's teachers a thank you card. She has 2 teachers who share the week and a teaching assistant, so I made three cards.

I went with the Clearly Besotted Fabulous Fuchsia stamp set and used the fuchsia outline stamp on some patterned paper. I made a tag to put the fuchsias on but somehow forgot to punch the hole so had to draw it on!

I added some Stickles glitter to the fuchsias and I used the sentiment from the same set and stamped it on a oval card.

For the patterned paper for the background and the fuchsias I used the Recollections The Sweetest Thing paper pad and just changed the paper for the fuchsias on the different cards, I made 2 cards with the pink fuchsias and one with the yellow fuchsia.

 I also added some ribbon and buttons for embellishment and inked the edges of the tag to make it less plain.

Paper - Recollections The Sweetest Thing | Stamps - Clearly Besotted Fabulous Fuchsias | Ribbon and buttons - Hobbycraft | Stickles crystal glitter.

Right I'm off to enjoy the time left before I have to pick Hollie up for the last time for 6 weeks!

Hope you are having a fabulous week! 

Card Feature Wednesday 8 - You are wonderful

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

For today's card, I wanted to make a card with the You Are stamp set from Clearly Besotted. I thought the stamp that had the outline of the flower would be good to use on some patterned paper. I chose the paper from Recollections The Sweetest Thing as I love the colours in this pack.

I stamped two large flowers and then stamped a third but cut it out to be a smaller flower. I used the sentiment that came with the stamp set and chose the "wonderful" stamp to go with the "you are".

Keeping the background plain, I added some small punched hydrangeas and some sequins. To embellish the flowers more, I added a button to the centre.

Paper - Recollections The Sweetest Thing | Stamp - Clearly Besotted You Are | Sequins - Doodlebug | Small flower - Martha Stewart Hydrangea punch | Tag - Clearly Besotted Tag Along Die | Buttons - American Craft and Sew Sweet.

Although the background is plain, there is a lot going on with the colours and patterns to bring the card together.

Hope you have a lovely day. See you soon.

Baby Changing Organiser

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

When it comes to organising baby items and toys, I like to use boxes. I have a house full of boxes. My husband dreads going to places like Ikea as he knows we will come back with storage!

Before Amelia was born I wanted to find a box that I could use to store the items I would need to use for changing her nappy.

I came across a set in Ikea called Lattsam basket set. The set contains a large bin with lid, medium bin and a small bin and the large and medium have removable clips as they are designed to fit on a changing table. 

I used the large bin as a rubbish bin in the car and used the small one in the bathroom. The medium bin is what I decided to use for this project.

I kept the clips on the bin and put the things in the bin, like the nappies, wipes, mat etc, that I would need to use most often.

When Amelia was in our room in her moses basket and then in her cot, I put the bin on the rail on the side of the cot.

When Amelia moved in to her sister's room, I put the bin on the top of the radiator. I didn't keep it in the cot as she moves a lot more now and obviously the radiator isn't on at the moment as it's summer but it's only on low when it is so I am not worried about it. 

Normally the bin stays upstairs as I have a bigger box downstairs, but it could easily be moved around the house. It's so handy instead of looking for everything separately and so easy to refill.

Small organising projects might not seem like much but can be really helpful when you are in a hurry. I love it when I find something that makes life a little bit easier!

Hope you are having a lovely week.

Linked up to: A Bowlful of Lemons.

Lactose free cheesecake

Thursday, July 10, 2014

As someone who is lactose intolerant, I find it hard to get cakes and desserts that don't contain milk. My favourite dessert is cheesecake so I decided to make one without the lactose in it and using some of the Lactofree products as I have found them the closest tasting to milk.

The ingredients that you will need to make the cheesecake are:

83g Digestive biscuits - the supermarket value ones quite often don't contain milk, check the packet.
33g Dairy free spread.
200g Lactofree soft cheese
100ml Lactofree cream
1tsp Vanilla
33g Icing sugar.
1 Leaf of gelatin.

You can easily change the lactose free items to normal ones and it will work exactly the same.


First you need melt the butter and then blend the biscuits either in a blender or by hand like I did.

Then add the biscuits to the melted butter and press into a tin or dish like I used.

Then you need to whisk the soft cheese, add the vanilla and icing sugar. 
Whisk the cream until it forms peaks. 
Fold the cream into the mixture.
If you want to add the gelatin, follow the packet on how to dissolve the gelatin and you could add it to the cream before adding to the rest of the mixture.

Then add the mixture to the top of the biscuits base and put in the fridge to set. 

I added strawberries to the top of the cheesecake but you could add other fruit like oranges or kiwi or you could add grated chocolate, yum!

When making this cheesecake I didn't add the gelatine and it came out more soft consistency but adding the gelatine will firm up the cheesecake.

I would like to try and make some more desserts that don't contain lactose and will let you know how I get on if I do make some.

Hope you are having a great week. See you soon.

Linked up to: Glued to my crafts, Artsy Fartsy Mama, Live Laugh Rowe, The Shabby Nest, A Bowlful of Lemons.

Card Feature Wednesday 7 - Just saying hello

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The cards today I made for some relatives so that I could send some photos of the girls and write a little message in the card to send with them.

For the cards I punched out some hearts in different papers and a label for the sentiment to go on.
The cards are very similar except on the first one I used an embossing folder on the background and used the Basic Grey Lemonade papers on it. I stuck the hearts down before putting it through the embossing folder so it emboss the hearts too.

Paper - Basic Grey Lemonade | Stamp - Hero Arts All Occasions | Heart and label punch - Hobbycraft | Embossing folder - Cuttlebug Swiss Dots. 

 The second card I used the My Minds Eye The Sweetest Thing papers. Love the colours in these patterned papers. I left the background plain on this one. I decided to use the sentiment from the Hero Arts All Occasions stamps rather than just leaving the card plain.

Paper - My Minds Eye The Sweetest Thing | Stamp - Hero Arts All Occasions | Heart and label punch - Hobbycraft.

I tend to make mainly female birthday cards usually so I am hoping to make more of a variety of cards to add to my stash and show on the blog. 

Hope you are having a great week. See you soon.

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