Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Into orbit

Unusually for me, I can't think of anything much to say about this card - it didn't turn out on paper the way it looks in my mind's eye, so I'm feeling grumpy with it!

I sponged blue ink around the top of the card, and a little around the other edges, then very lightly spritzed the sponge with water and dabbed it here and there on the sponged area. Then I stamped the random dot pattern (a very old Anitas stamp) using a glue pad and scattered white glitter over it, and used the blue ink to stamp the sentiment. The sun and planet are cut using Dies R Us dies.

I am sharing this with
Less is More - Primary Colours
CASology - Space
Inkspirational - CAS with sparkle
CAS Mix Up - Stamping, sponging +1  (die cutting)
Crafty Creations Challenges - Masculine

Snippets and a snowman

Christmas is getting ever closer, and that means I'm reaching the tail end of a lot  of the sheets of Christmassy paper I started the year with, and also that I've cut into rather a lot of sheets of card in festive colours and have the "too small to use, too big to throw away" bits left. So all the card and paper used in this came from my snippets box.

The image is a Craftwork Cards pre-printed die cut, which I've coloured with Promarkers.

I am sharing this with
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 258
Cardz 4 Galz - Show a Snowman
Addicted to Stamps and More - Holiday
Make My Monday - Show me a Snowman
Use Your Stuff - Layers  

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Christmas Animals at Cardz 4 Guyz

Our latest challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is Christmas Animals. We'd love to see what you can create using this theme!

I've used papers and a sentiment from the Tonic Studios Winter Wonderland pad - I think the colours are quite masculine so it's a great pad for making men's cards - along with a stag's head cut using a die from one of the X-cut Build a Scene sets and circles cut with dies from two different brands, Spellbinders and Sizzix, as they are slightly different in size and layering them together gives a very delicate outline.

I am sharing this with
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - December 2016
Dies R Us - Christmas
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Allsorts - CAS    
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Pick a previous 2016 Challenge - May 2016 Dies/Punches

Monday, 5 December 2016

RECIPE: Camembert Wellington

I have been sent a selection of Pates from the Castle McLellan range to try, and to share some ideas for using them with you.

The first I tried was the smoked salmon variety - I'm afraid this was so delicious that I simply wolfed it down with some brown bread and cucumber slices. Because of Mark's fish allergy, it's a rare treat for me!

Next I tried the Oven Roasted Mushroom Pate with Garlic and Thyme. Since it is suitable for vegetarians, I decided to make a dish suitable for a vegetarian Christmas dinner - Camembert Wellington which both looks and tastes very festive.

Naturally if you are making this for a vegetarian, you need to make sure the Camembert cheese you use is free from animal rennet - it will say on the label if it is suitable for vegetarians.

Ingredients - to serve 2-3

1 pack ready-rolled puff pastry
1 camembert cheese
1 pack Castle McLellan Oven Roasted Mushroom Pate with garlic & thyme
a handful of fresh cranberries (or you could use cranberry sauce)
1 egg, beaten

Unroll the puff pastry and unwrap the cheese. Place the cheese on one end of it and cut all around it about 1 cm from the edge, to give a circle a little larger than the cheese.
Now roughly measure the distance up one side of the cheese, across the top and down the other side, and find a plate or pan lid 2-3cm wider than that measurement, and use it as a template to cut a second circle of pastry.

Place the smaller circle on a sheet of non stick paper on a baking tray. Spread half of the pate over one flat surface of the cheese and place it, pate side down, in the middle of the circle then spread the remaining pate over the top. Arrange cranberries on top (as you can see, my cranberries are enormous!) or dot cranberry sauce over.

Brush the rim of pastry with beaten egg then drape the large pastry circle over making sure it is even all round, smooth down the sides and crimp around the base to seal. Make sure it is well sealed so your cheese won't leak out!  Cut a hole in the top at the centre to allow steam to escape. Brush all over with beaten egg then decorate with leaves cut from the pastry trimmings - I made holly leaves and used some more cranberries for holly berries.

Set aside in the refrigerator to chill for an hour.
Heat the oven to 220 C (200 fan) 425 F gas mark 7. When the oven is ready, bake the Wellington for 20-25 minutes until the pastry is well risen and golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes before cutting open.

Serve with salad - some baby gem leaves to help scoop up the yummy mixture of pate and cheese are a particularly good accompaniment.

Note - I was sent the pates to try but all other ingredients and the recipe are my own

Sunday, 4 December 2016

A country Christmas

Well, the cold is easing off and I'm crafting again! I've got lots of DT makes to catch up on but first of all a "real time" card from me, a Christmas card made using an image with decoupage frame from the "Once upon a Christmas Time" section of the CD "The Best of La Pashe 2012"  and a Cotswold Stone effect backing paper from the same CD.

I have added extra interest and texture to the decoupage by going over the Christmas Roses with clear Stickles and the mistletoe berries with Liquid Pearls.

I am sharing this with
CD Sundays - White Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Vintage or ATG
Craft Rocket Challenge - Winter Time
Crafty hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - December
Winter Wonderland - Frame it or Night Scene    
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Anything Christmas

Saturday, 3 December 2016

A festival at Always Use Rubber

It's time for our new challenge at Always Use Rubber. For many of us, the excitement of Christmas is building up, but we recognise that not everyone celebrates it - so we'd like to see something that celebrates any festival celebrated in your country or by your faith.

I've chosen Christmas - but a very Grumpy Cat version of it!

The cat image is from Katzelkraft's "Les Chats Russes" set, masked and then overstamped with  a very old unmounted tree stamp which I heat embossed with a green holographic powder. The sentiment is from Dylusions and the little Santa hat is one of the few remaining embellishments left from a very old HOTP Christmas kit.

It was only after I started writing this post that I realised how lop sided the cat is - he's obviously been stealing the sherry trifle!

I am sharing this with:
Addicted to Stamps and More - Make your mark
Fab'n'Funky - Christmas
Country View Challenges - Christmas
Creative with stamps - Use Christmas stamps (tree and sentiment)  

Friday, 2 December 2016

I lost a page :( - Upadted - I found it!

I've not been around much again this week - not away, but this time full of a cold which has meant at I've not felt like crafting or blogging, so although my scheduled DT posts have been published, nothing else has.

UPDATE after having a good old moan on Facebook, I was given a very helpful suggestion by the lovely Kavita of Kavey Eats. She suggested searching Google for my awards page and seeing if it gave me a cached copy of it. The main result on Google was the latest updated page but a little arrowhead beside the result allowed me to click on it and select a cached copy - and hey presto, there it was, most recently cached on October 28th. So I've copied everything from that cached page into a new page which I've called My Recovered Old Awards Page. Some of the formatting has gone astray but I an Not. Going. To. Touch. It. And everything from this week onwards will go on to the new page.

However when I was reading through some blogs this morning I spotted that I'd received honourable mentions in three challenges over the last couple of days, so I headed over to my Awards Page to add the links and badges. And there it was ......... GONE. So I came to my Blogger dashboard, and saw that somehow it had been reverted to draft. OK, thought I, I'll just add the new badges, publish it and all will be well.

But I was wrong - when I opened the page, it was completely blank - over 4 years of badges and links to the relevant posts, all vanished into cyberspace. The only way to reinstate them would be to go back to every blog I've ever visited, every challenge I've ever entered, and scroll back through every single post as far back as April 2012 when I started this blog, to pick up each time I was mentioned. Even then, it wouldn't be accurate - some blogs have changed their names, many have changed their badges, and a few have closed completely. So instead I have started a brand new page, with just the honourable mentions I have received this week, and have crossed my fingers that Blogger doesn't do anything nasty to this one.

And since I don't have a card to share with you today I will leave you with a photo of the very first card I posted on this blog, back in April 2012.