Well here it is - the end product. One 9" round Christening Cake. Not too bad considering it is 12 years since I created a Royal-iced cake in earnest! (but at least I know that when it comes to making the stacked royal-iced wedding cake later in the year - everything should work out ok on the technical side, as I there will not be visible boards between the tiers on that one!)
Thursday, 18 February 2010
Ellie wanted a cupcake cake for her birthday party tomorrow (confession here - nearly forgot to make it as she was away for actual birthday). Very simple to make - 8" sponge cake, split and layered with jam and buttercream. Trimmed to shape using template I created. Ivory sugarpaste rolled with my ribbed roller. White sugarpaste cut with a wavy edge with template. 1 cherry split and placed at top and name and age cut out of sugarpaste and painted with edible dust. voila! (and she loves it!)
You may recognise the design taken from Joanna Sheen's Messy Rabbit cd. Her invites were made using the cupcake image. I just used the snapshot tool, imported it into publisher and made it large enough to fit an 8" cake. Here are the template pieces I used from the image:
Friday, 12 February 2010
Not only is it Ellie's birthday on Valentine's Day, but it is also my future daughter-in-law's birthday too.
I struggled with what to do for her. Pretty, pretty or simple. Then laying in bed an idea struck me! I was going to make her a cake for her Birthday, but she insisted that as she is trying to lose weight for the wedding she really didn't want one! Thus the idea for this card was born.
It wasn't going to be another easel card, but it sort of happened! White hammered card stock. Images from Andy Carolan's Pastimes and Hobbies CD highlighted with sakura stardust clear, and a bought 30. Tramlines scored along base and a pretty pink holographic peel-off added, and a couple of random tiny heart gems (as it is Valentine's Day).
Base has a sentiment created on computer, using the matching backing paper from cd, which says: "You said you didn't want me to make you a cake ...."
A couple of bits of ribbon and a butterfly that was in the kit containing the "30" layed between two lines of embossing. I have also done "honeycomb" embossing on the bottom inch of the card (using my new Hougie Board), and added 3 lines of the holographic peel-off. Added a couple of star gems and a little heart gem as the stop.
Once again I have mounted the complete card on the easel base, so that I could add an insert. Used the matching backing paper from the cd, but printed it in "watermark" and then printed on Conqueror paper the sentiment on the "fly" continues on from the front of the card and says: ".... but this one is non-fattening!"
This isn't photo isn't awfully clear, but have tried to get a close up of the honeycomb embossing! but I think if you click on the photo and look at the bottom right you can just about see it!
ps: I also made a matching bookmark with a tassel (yes I parted with one) but forgot to take a photo.
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
I bought this Hunkydory fairy image yesterday. Have mounted it on a Craftwork Cards frame and added spots of Diamond Dust to the image. I then stuck some pink spotted paper on to some card and cut out a number 8 using some templates I have (the spotty paper was a freebie with a craft mag). Edged the 8 with matching promarker, double embossed it and added some spots of Diamond Dust, and mounted it on clear pads.
The front of the card has been scored with parallel lines on my new Hougie score board, although the photo doesn't show the scoring that well.
The card was then mounted on to more of the same burgundy card and turned into an easel card. Sentiment from the image sheet, some paper lace, flowers (both from Joanna Sheen) and card candy (Craftwork Cards) added and Ellie cut using cuttlebug, pink foam and Go Kreate's Rome Alphabet. I scored a couple more lines either side of the paper lace. (I am liking this new board!). Finally a small pink jewel added for the stop for the easel.
I then added an insert. I do find easel cards can be difficult to find somewhere to add a message, so the way I have created the card enables you to put in an insert. This one was from Joanna Sheen's in Other Words cd. I liked the sentiment so much, that rather than use the interactive version, I copied the insert into Publisher and added my own greeting to it as well.