Thursday, 16 September 2010

Back to school inchies

The theme for this month's BF forum inchies swap is 'back to school' - my problem was: how do you capture this on a piece of card just one inch square?

I used part of a Meljen's digital designs, colouring with copics - I resisted the temptation to do anything else to them. I hope they are not too simple - although I suppose I could say they are just as simple as ABC!

I'm linking for these challenges:

Just scraps 19: 'back to school'
Critter 31: 'school, school, school'
Hanna and friends 62: 'anything but a card'
Gingersnap GC71 random redhead: 'inchies'

Salt: a new year of priorities

For this fortnight's challenge begun on Salt today, Tanis chose the topic and supplied the team with some lovely digital images that she had designed. I used one of the scripture texts within the frame, adding one of the hearts, both printed out on My Mind's Eye papers - all the papers used for the card are MME Quite Contrary summer papers. I used a mixture of flowers, buttons and a pin with pearls and bead. The torn paper strips were distressed and edged with orchid and lime pastel chalk inks.

Why not visit Salt and join us in our challenge - we would love to see what you create for this fortnight's theme - please leave us a comment so we can come and look at your creations. And the bonus is that anyone taking part in the challenge will receive the digital images designed by Tanis.

I'm linking this card for the following challenges:

Paper sundaes 35
: 'minimum of three different types of embellishments' - flowers, buttons, ribbon, pin, pearls, bead
Lexi 22: 'flower power'
Practical scrappers: 'buttons'
Wild orchid 5: 'pearls and pins'
Creative Belli 100: 'B-themed embellishments' - buttons and beads
Paper pretties: 'pearls, rhinestones or glitter dots'
Frosted designs: 'quote challenge'
Simple doodles 26: 'colour me with dots'
Stamp man 5: 'distress'
Stamp and create 5: 'pearls and gems'

It's not craft but ...

... I thought I would show the chocolate muffins that have just come out of the oven.

Some of my followers will know (although I haven't been broadcasting it much) that I've been on the Dukan diet since Easter and have now lost 2 stone.

One of the ideas of the diet is to have some oatbran everyday - I usually make this into a pancake, occasionally I make Dukan bread with it or just mix it in with yoghurt, vanilla, Splenda etc - usually adding a spoonful of cocoa because I miss chocolate. In fact, mentioning chocolate I have to confess that yesterday I had a bar of Bournville dark chocolate (it was one of the small bars, so not so terrible really) and it was delicious - first time I've had any choccie since my birthday.

Anyway, I digress ... when I first went on the diet I tried some of the recipes for Dukan muffins ... and each time was a disaster - they either stuck to the bun tins or stuck to the paper of the paper cases, so I gave up. But, having read that the silicone muffin cases from Poundland (you get 6 in a pack - I chose the bright pink ones) give good results I thought I'd have a try - and these are the result:

Of course, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so, as soon as they have cooled, I'll be testing them.

And, just in case anyone wants to give them a try, the recipe is here.

Having eaten three of them, I can confirm that they are very good, although too sweet for me - will cut down on Splenda when I next make them. Oh and just to say that they needed longer than the recommended 15 minutes - probably about 22 minutes altogether.

A true act of kindness

Postie has just been and among the other less exciting mail there was a package of beautiful cards from a blogging crafting friend who knows that I'm having a sale soon to raise money for Tearfund. I think these will sell like hot cakes - gorgeous cards.

This is a true act of kindness and generosity - so much appreciated.