Have those January birthday’s crept up on you? You’re only just over Christmas yet those January celebrations are looming? Here’s a quick and easy card!
First of all, grab a birthday cake shaped card, or maybe cut one out of your scan and cut! Shaped cards are still very popular and can be found easily in packs of 5 or cut it out by hand.
Next, grab a die that’s a great background. I’ve used my favourite ever birthday die from Tattered Lace which I think works really well here!
I wanted to make be candles look lit, but I am rubbish at colouring and wanted a bit of sparkle! I used rhinestones here.
Last of all, I wanted the candles to stand out so I used some chevron style washi tape, this particular one is from La-de-Dah.
..and Viola! A very easy, quick yet effective card for those last minute birthday card makes!
I have been eyeing it up for a while so I was delighted to open up the Drop Kitchen Scale on Christmas morning!
The Drop Kitchen Scale is not just your normal scale, it comes with a handy recipe app which is connected to a wonderful community of bakers. The scale connects to your iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth and measures in real time, right down to a fraction of a teaspoon. You can either use it as just a scale and follow any recipe or follow the recipes on the app step by step, which is a fantastic unique cooking experience.
The scale itself is made from heat resistant silicone and is very sleek, wipes clean and is easy to store. There’s no cables, in fact the battery included lasts an entire year!
The thing that amazes me every time is the recipes app. If you’re following a recipe and come across an ingredient you don’t have or don’t have enough of, you can put the amount you do have and it will rework out the entire recipe to even out the ingredients or it’ll find a replacement ingredient. How clever!
It measures everything from sugar, to flour, milk and even a teaspoon of vanilla essence! Also if you even get stuck on any of the recipe instructions, you can play a short video and it will show you exactly what to do. When it’s time to cook, it will come up with a timer ticking down and even show you a picture of what the finished product should look like!
The best thing about the recipe app is it will never get old. There is a community on the app who are always adding new recipes and commenting on them to give you top tips for best results. You can be part of the community too by adding photos of your finished results! You can download the app and be part of the community without purchasing the scale by typing Drop into the App Store. If you’d like the scale for yourself, it’s available on Amazon, Lakeland and other high street retailers.
The Drop Kitchen Scale is one of the best gadgets in my kitchen and I will use it from now on every time I bake!
No, no, no! Not the rude word.. I’m talking about CHRISTMASSSSSS!
Last week at Ideal/Create and Craft towers, the Christmas trees appeared in reception, decorative scattered baubles and Santa Claus was hanging around the green room.
Basically, Christmas crafting mania has started and this year I’m going to go with one of my all time favourite craft brands, Craftwork Cards.
I saw the kit teased on Facebook by Julie Hickey (who I recently met at work and is absolutely lovely and talented) and it is stunning and SO me! One of my favourite Craftwork Cards kits is the chalkboard collection and they’ve done a Christmas version! Perfect! And the price is very affordable, which always helps!
You can catch what all the fuss is about and watch Julie’s demos this weekend at 9am onwards on Create and Craft.
Which Christmas craft collection will you be going with this year? It’s never too early for crafters to think about the C word! 😉
I find it really tough to find/make male birthday cards. I just find they’re always so generic. My dad doesn’t like fishing, football or DIY so.. none of the cards in the stores suit him! Also, when making cards, I sometimes find it tough to make a card not look too girlie.
I was appointed to make a birthday card for Charlie’s grandpa Bob, and decided to look through my dies to see what I could whip up. I found a shoe die and decided to get creative!
I put the shoe die through my big shot and decided to work my way around it on the card, finding card stock and papers to match. The papers I used was from an A5 paper pack by Papermania called ‘Elegance’.
I covered some card with the papers, and wrapped a matching ribbon around the card, placing a sentiment in the middle of the card, which was also from the Papermania Elegance range, so it matched perfectly.
To go with my shoes, I made a bow tie from some ribbon and some tape. I made a knot in the middle of the ribbon and then folded one side in sticking it with double sided tape, did the same to the opposite side. To neaten it up I folded a smaller separate piece of ribbon over the knot, to give it that bow tie effect.
My die cut shoes looked boring on their own so I decided to loop some waxed cord from my macramé bracelet making through the shoe lace holes. Then, to outline the detail I used a brown pro marker to gently outline the embossed detail.
When I stuck it all together on the card it looked great! Elegant and manly.
Do you have any tips to make cards look more manly? Stay tuned as up next on the calendar is Fathers Day!