Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Loving those Oreos!!

I think we have another addict! Her very first Oreo cookie was a huge success! lol

Monday, 30 May 2011

Boozy Fruit Cupcakes....

Im on a roll!!
The boys are loving it!
My waist however, is not!
These are basic vanilla cupcakes again, a teaspoon of fruit liquor poured over while just out of the oven so still hot enough to soak it all in.The topping is whipped cream with a teaspoon of liquor again and approx 1oz of fruit - doesnt matter what you use, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries etc.....its all part of your 5 a day!! ;)
Finish with white chocolate sprinkles and devour before the kids get their hands on them! lol

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Tangy Lime Cupcakes...

I made these yesterday and they taste even better for breakfast!! *should i admit to that* lol
The cake is a basic vanilla sponge with a little lime rind added before baking and a drop of lime juice poured over while still hot. The topping is half butter cream, half cream cheese and the juice and rind of 1 lime.The topping is quite soft and easy to pipe but does harden up after an hour or so so leave out to harden before packing away in cake tins :)

Saturday, 28 May 2011

While the boys watch movies....

...mummy gets to play!!I am in love with the Bo Bunny Gabrielle and Time Piece papers and stickers! OH BE STILL MY HEART!! Butterflies, clocks, inky, creams, brown and so much more - what else does a girl need!!

While the boys watched Green Hornet last night I got to play with my newly purchased goodies and boy did i have fun! I covered the back and sides of a box frame with a sheet from the Timeless range, inking the edges to make sure none of the frame showed through. I then set to work on making some embellishments, cutting out bits of the papers from the Gabrielle range including this gorgeous huge butterfly, the clocks and keyhole are from the Timeless range, crumpling them and inking as i went.
As i layered them up i added some voile and rolled inked paper too Cutting stickers and fastening bows, taking apart old jewellry and filling the little vial with goodies too...Gathering up all the little bits I wanted to add to the project was part of the fun, I popped them all to one side until i finished layering the papers and voile.
Gradually i added pearls and a whole lot of smiles to this project...did i tell you i love it! lol

Friday, 27 May 2011

Box frames...

I love working with box frames!
With this one i simply painted the outer and inner with cream emulsion to give it a matt base.The little butterflies are from a Stampin Up punch. I punched 4 for each butterfly, (9 whole butterflies in total = 36 punched butterflies) then I folded the butterflies in half and backed one set of wings onto another with glossy accents so that when all 4 are joined it stands up by itself...does that make sense?
These were then backed onto thick cream card in rows of 3.
The rub ons were then placed on the frame once dry and all put back together.
A simple little project to brighten up a dull corner :)

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Creative flow!!

My creative flow is well and truly full steam ahead right now! I am wanting to scrapbook, make cards, bake, embellish tshirts, make goodies for the house...the list is endless and unless i make a start on something soon i think im going to go crazy! Here is one of my layouts I designed for the class on Saturday....You should have seen the girls eyes light up when i produced a megabag of buttons for them to play with!! lol

Im in the middle of decorating Jake & Bens room - we are putting a divider wall down the middle and Jake chose my absolute favourite paper of the moment! Birds of a Feather - from B&Q how cool is that and absolutely adorable at the wall to the head of his bed!

Ben, being 15, chose the manga wallpaper for one wall on his side - I LOVE IT! I know i probably shouldnt as it has scantily clad girlies on there and what with me having boys of impressionable ages etc but hey they wear less when we go to the beach or outdoors in the summer (and its certainly not like the Sam Fox pics boys use to put up when I was younger!!) LOL

Friday, 20 May 2011

Fabulous Day....

This layouts isnt about a perfect person, far from it, its about a perfect weekend spent with friends doing what we all enjoy - making things!! The photograph was taken by Kirsty Wiseman at the last Creative HeART & Soul retreat in May (hence no journalling on the layout as it was made up to show the girls how to use their photographs and since we had no idea what kind of photographs were going to be taken I couldnt do the journalling - make sense?) lol I love these little rolls of paper, such a tension release to sit and make!
The layout has since been filled in with little snippits of how the weekend went and some things that people said that made my heart swell and my eyes get a little misty *ok i sobbed when i got a chance to read the lovely tags all the girls had made to thank me for a fab weekend - not to mention the gorgeous flowers I got too!!*

*thank you all so much for your encouragement in the last post - sometimes i need a gentle shove and others i need a hefty kick in the patootie* This time though all i felt was kindness and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. xxx

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

I miss blogging!!

There you go ive said it - its out there in the ether and i dont know if anyone is listening but i miss blogging....

I miss talking to someone as if they are listening...

I miss telling you about what ive made....

I miss creating things and hoping you like them....

Most of all I miss the friendships i made along the way - its about time i made some Time for you again.....

Will you have me back???

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

She runs!!!

Yes, little princess has taken to running everywhere!! Hands in the air and a squeal to burst eardrums she runs like mad until she crashes into something - i dont think shes perfected her stop button yet!! LOLStill, shes happy until she misses her mark and crashes to the floor - at which point we all have to make it look like she did it on purpose and make all the appropriate cooing noises and go 'oopsy' to which she laughs and starts again! lol

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Booking is now open for our October 6/7/8/9 Retreat!!

Booking opened at 9am this morning for our October 6th/7th/8th/9th 2011 retreat!

We are limited to 23 spaces and as of lunchtime today we only have 12 spaces remaining!!

Teachers providing workshops during the weekend are:

Dina Wakely,

Emma Trout,

Lida De Witte,

Tracie Hudson

Photographer for the weekend is:

Anna Bowkis

For this second retreat we are giving two options…

Premier Weekend Delegate Package which consists of 3 nights stay, all meals, 9 classes, 4 make & takes….etc *see Premier tab on our website www.creativeheartandsoul.com for full details*


Weekend Delegate Package which consists of 2 nights stay, all meals, 6 classes, 4 make & takes….etc *see Weekend tab on our website www.creativeheartandsoul.com for full details*

Please check out all of the details for the venue, teachers, schedule etc via the Creative Heart & Soul website and if you have any questions dont hesitate to ask. All prices are available on more than one of the tabs at the top and deposit of £75 should be made when booking is placed via debbie@creativeheartandsoul.com

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Less than 1 week!!

The very first Creative Heart and Soul retreat starts this Friday!! EEK!!

I am so excited im like a kid at Christmas right now - so much planning, so much prep and so much love has gone into this weekend I just hope everyone has a fabulous time!

Here are little sneaks of 2 of the projects we will be making over the weekend...Off to string some more bunting and make some more goodies!!