Monday, February 25, 2013

happy birthday


Here's a little project/tutorial I created for NB Hobby. It should be up on their website soon! :)
I used my Pretty Peonies stamp set! All the materials I used can be found at NB Hobby & Art.

Pop on over to the Jane's Doodles blog for a giveaway (open to everyone)!
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

don't forget to smile!

I've got a new free digital stamp for ya'll!! :)
Pop on over to the Jane's Doodles blog and grab it!
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

rocks and truffles!


I found this rock by our house...I have a thing for smooth rocks! :) And doodled an owl...the shape is perfect for a cute owl. I think I'm going to paint it too!

Now on to the good stuff!!!

Chocolate-Dipped Banana Bread Truffles!!!

This is dangerous can easily pop 4 or 5 in your mouth before you know it!!
I got the recipe HERE (lots of photos) and any old banana bread recipe will do. I used Martha Stewarts recipe HERE. And I used semi-sweet chocolate instead of milk chocolate.

Have a great day!
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Monday, February 18, 2013

Easter felt wreath


On Saturday I was a guest at NB Hobby & Art and I was given the task of making an Easter wreath. I knew right away that I wanted to use felt and yarn for this project.
The felt I chose is very 'organic''s not smooth but that's the style I wanted.

To make it an Easter wreath I made little eggs out of fimo and kept them a natural colour.

Simple and natural!
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Friday, February 15, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day - a day late!

I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's Day!
I bake these chocolate cupcakes EVERY Valentine's's my family's favourite cake EVER!!
And the best part soooooooo easy!!

Delicious Devil's Food Cake

1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/14 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs

Heat oven to 350 degrees F / 180 degress C.
Grease (not oil) and lightly flour botton of cake pan (if using). In a large bowl, blend all ingredients at low speed until moistened. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed. Pour batter into prepared pans/muffin tins. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or around 18 to 20 minutes in muffin tins (depending how big you muffin tray is). Cool completey and frost.

Creamy Whipped Frosting

3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
pinch of salt (if you are using unsalted butter)
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup of butter (113 grams)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In small saucepan, combine first 3 ingredients. Blend in milk. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils and thickens stirring constantly. Stir in butter. Chill about 1/2 hour or until cool. Stir in vanilla and beat at high speed until light and fluffy.

What did I say....easy right?!!!

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Fairy Klara and Graph'it


We're going to our best friends house to celebrate her daughter's 4th birthday. Her name is Klara and yes she's the inspiration behind my Fairy Klara stamp set! :)

Lately I've been LOVING my Graph'it markers (a French brand) and at the beginning it did take me some getting use to (the small nib is a little different from Copics) but it didn't take long for me to get the hang of it so I'd thought I share how I colour. I want to stress that I'm NOT a professional, certified anything marker related...this is just how I colour! :)

I stamped Fairy Klara onto cardstock and let it dry.

For her skin I used two colours and I always start with the lighter shade and then add my darker shade and then go back with the lighter shade and blend. The more shades you have the easier it is to blend.

I forgot to add the 'blush' so I went back and did that which brings me to a in small areas because once the colours 'dry' it is difficult to go back and blend some more...that's exactly what happened to me with the blush (on her cheeks).

Moving on to her hair...starting with the lightest shade...

...and now I'm adding my medium and darkest shade. And then I go back with the lightest and blend.

I use the blender to lighten any areas and I also used it on her skirt to create polka dots.

I cut her out, stamped the wings onto the yellow gingham paper, cut that out and paper pieced her together. The sentiment is a SRM sticker.

I think Klara will like her birthday tag! :)
Pop by the Jane's Doodles blog and check out Renee's super sweet project!
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

handmade buttons heart canvas


I'd like to share a tutorial I did for NB Hobby & Art (you can find the tutorial here, it's in Croatian but the pictures are self explanitory! :) )

Making your own buttons is easy but it is time consuming but I love making them. I use Fimo (a polymer clay)...comes in so many colours.

A great tip for making this canvas is to use sequins (or gems, pearls) to fill in the little gaps. 

And if you don't feel like making your own buttons you can always buy mine! :) Pop bythe Jane's Doodles blog and check out Eva's sweet card! :)

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