This was one of my favourite dessert treats growing up. That little bit on the top of the cake where it cracks when baking? That’s the tastiest part. I don’t make it very often now, as P doesn’t like poppyseeds. I know, I don’t understand it either. What isn’t to like? They don’t even taste like anything!
The recipe is a clipping from an old magazine, and a few years ago when I was visiting, mum copied it for me with her colour printer. I took it home and added it to my recipe scrapbook.
Here’s a close-up of the clipping if you’re a lemon-poppyseed lover like me. I’ve never done that last step of sprinkling with sugar before serving – the best part about this cake is that it is perfectly sweet, without going too far. I buy Starbucks’ lemon poppyseed loaf sometimes, and it is tasty, but much too sweet compared to this cake.
Here is a guest post for you from my friend Maddy! She’s lucky enough to have her own craft room – something I just fantasize about, and experience vicariously through other people!
When I heard that Rycrafty needed guest bloggers while she is away on her amazing honeymoon, my first thought was that I’d never been to Costa Rica and am amazing jealous, and my second thought was that I could totally do that! I mean, I’m crafty, and you can sometimes see said craftiness on my blog.
My somewhat infrequently updated blog is called Sweet Townhome, because my newly-wedded husband, Tris, and I just moved into our own Townhome about 8.5 months ago. With demanding jobs and long commutes, not too much house decorating has been done, but at least I have my scrapbook room set up (or my craft book room, as the hubs calls it).
I feel like most crafty people need a space of their own; possibly so that we can just buy more crafty stuffs or so we can spread out all the crafty stuff we all ready have. I mean seriously, there have been some amazing, drool worthy craft rooms on Pinterest lately.
As far as hobbies go, I can’t knit (but would love to learn!), but scrapbooking is my favorite, and I had to make a space in our place for the most fun hobby of all time ;-).
One day, I’d like to have a room like one of the above photos, but for now the goal was using things we all ready read had, like shelves and bins. In fact, the only purchase we made was the black table from IKEA.
The most recent issue of Scrapbooks, Etc. has some good advice about setting up your crafting space, and I totally agree with them. On page 44, the magazine advises to, “Use what you have. . . Getting organized doesn’t mean your room has to be picture-perfect. Before running out to purchase coordinating baskets, bins, and containers, look at what you may already have and think of clever ways to repurpose them.”
This statement is totally true in my space! I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, so those black wire cubes you see in the corner? They were in storage, left over from my college dorm days. Also left over from college? The white shelf you see on the right. It’s actually like a 6 foot tall shelf, but rather than screw the legs together to use it at full height, I created two shelves out of it.
I set up my craftbook room in the basement, and I work at the table in the center, that way, it’s easy to walk around and get to anything I need. (Don’t judge the messiness of the table here – I’m in the middle of a page!)
Although it looks kind of messy, every thing really is in a place of it’s own, and that makes it really easy to find anything I need, be it 4”x6” paper, stamp pads, or paper cutters!
All the plastic bins you see below? They’re actually just plastic shoe bins (you can find them at Target or anywhere) that my mom, a school teacher, had left over from one of her classes. I used chipboard coasters I all ready had, wrote the names on them, and just taped ‘em on to the bins. It’s also obvious that the too large boxes on the bottom shelf (one for stickers and the other for alphabet stickers) are just large actual shoe boxes. Hey, whatever gets the job done!
I wish more things in my life felt as put together as my craft space ;-). I really set it up with organization in mind so my scatterbrained self could be productive.
Honestly, though, I love it, and it’s really made a difference in my scrapbooking. I feel like I used to spend a loooong time looking for a certain punch or something, and know I finally know where they are . . . now, all I have to do is finish scrapbooking our Vegas trip from 2008, and maybe I can finally get caught up!
Anybody else setting up a craft room? How’s it going?
So all those baby booties I’ve been making needed cute packaging before they were sent off to their chubby little recipients. I’d previously used this tutorial to make a box out of a 12×12 piece of paper, but I wanted to adapt it for an 8×8 piece of paper. Because dudes, these booties are tiny. And tiny things need to go in tiny packages, because that is just cuter.
The little boxes turned out cute enough that I thought I’d do a tutorial. I also want to get this box pattern out there in a way that will make it easy to re-size. I used an 8″x8″ piece of paper for this, and while I have put exact measurements into the tutorial, I’ve also noted the percentages, so if you want a bigger one, and happen to have a 10″x10″ piece of paper, it won’t be too hard.
A scoring board is helpful to get nice straight lines when you fold. I love my Scor-Pal, although Martha makes one that has more grooves. But in just looking at Scor-Pal’s website, I see they’ve introduced a model with more grooves than mine…. Christmas present?
Score at 2″ and 6″. You want to fold the edges so they meet in the middle, so score at 25% and 75% of the length of your paper.
Turn paper, score at 3.5″ and 4.5″. This one takes some testing, as that rectangle in the middle of the piece of paper (bordered by two green lines and two blue lines) is the base of the box. You want to find your middle point (50%) and score lines on either side of that that are equally far away. I tried 3″ and 5″ on my first go, and that gave me a box that was much too stubby, so I decided to try 1/2″ either side of 4″, which ended up being just right.
Make the lid. For my box I used a 4″x2″ piece of kraft cardstock. It needs to be as wide as 50% of your big piece of paper (4″ in the case of an 8″ square) and twice as long as what you want to see on each side of the box (I wanted to see 1″ on each side). Score it down the middle.
Fold your 4 scored lines.
This one is hard to display in images, but I think the arrow helps. You want to bring the two pink lines (lines you’ve scored) to meet. This creates a little angle fold like this:
Do this 4 times, all around your box.
Stick them down! I like to put double-sided tape along the whole short piece, to make sure it is as well-stuck as it can be.
Do that four times. In a box this tiny, only 1″ wide, I find the folded bits stick out too much into the box, so I tape those bits down too.
Mark on your lid where you want the holes to go. This prevents cross-eyed boxes. Most of the time… as you can see it took me a couple tries to get my marks level. (Now I’m working on the mat that you can buy to fit into your Scor-Pal. I seriously do all my crafting and gluing on this little mat since I bought it.)
Then double-sided tape the back of your lid (the side without dots) to what will be the back of your box.
Close it, hold it tight, and use your hole-punch to punch two holes through all those layers. I love my Crop-a-dile for this, and the next step.
Put eyelets in, if that’s your bag, baby.
String some string through! Or a snippet of the yarn used to make the booties, if you’re me. I cut a length of about 30″ and used it doubled. It is easiest to thread the box (a) once the gift is inside it, and (b) if you pinch the top of the box closed, so you only have to poke the yarn through two holes.
Admire your wee 4″x1″-based boxes!
I’ve made a Flickr set with all the photos from this tutorial, plus a few more. You can find it at the Cutest Bootie Box Tutorial.
I’ve had my Magnolia spring stamp kit for a while now, but I’ve been knitting so much on the shawl (which is now giant by the way) I’ve been neglecting most other things when I have free time. That includes laundry and cooking as well as papercrafting.
The other night, I decided I needed to colour a bit, so I made a few cards with the kit.
I just have to say that Robin Hood is one of my very favourite historical and/or fictional characters, and probably the first book character I ever had a crush on, so this stamp made me extremely happy.
Just some simple cards to get back in to the swing of things. This doesn’t mean I’m not still working crazily on the shawl… there is a deadline that I’ve set myself for that to be finished, and that’ll come up quickly.
Still having fun with the dotty backgrounds, but this card is for a challenge! Kraftin’ Kimmie is sponsoring this week’s CPS challenge. I love so many of the Kraftin’ Kimmie stamps (the Moonlight Whispers are my absolute favorites – and the punny sentiments they have too!), and another great thing is that they’re a Canadian company! Go Canada go! Whoa, total Olympic flashback there….
I wanted to “pear” this stamp with this great Basic Grey pear paper, so I coloured most of her dress with colours taken from the pears, then I decided I wanted to do a purple dot background. The background is: BV04, BV02, BV17, V12, V15, V17, RV10, RV93.
I chose a deep purple to use for mats, and also some pale doily-print paper from the same Basic Grey collection. The ribbon was white, but I coloured it with my V17 Copic so it would match. The sentiment is from Flourishes’ strawberry stamp set.
This stamp is going to get a good workout in my cookbook-scrapbook, I can tell. First task: Mum’s scone recipe.
A while ago, a few years actually, so well before the papercraft supply binge of ’09, I decided to give myself permission to buy scrapbooking products. I gave myself very restricted guidelines, because I didn’t want to make a scrapbook – I just loved all the papers and other supplies! I decided to make an 8×8 recipe book, so I could only buy food-related supplies. That has obviously gone out the window now, but I did use some of my new techniques to make my first recipe page in a long time.
These are the cornmeal muffins my mum always made when I was a kid. Nice and simple, great for showcasing homemade jams. Here’s an online link to the recipe too. We obviously made them without the jammy centres. The recipe is from an old Canadian Living book mum said.
I made a dotty background again, and loved it! Again, I used some of my newest Copics. Skin: E00, E02 / Apron: RV93, RV95 / Dress: R27, R29, R59 / Hair: E59, E15, E17 / Background: YG03, G25, BG75, G28, Y26, YG95. I’m happy because I think I managed to have the red dress and green background, and not make it look like Christmas.
This stamp (from Kraftin’ Kimmie) usually has a teapot in her hand, and she did up until this morning. That’s when I remembered my stash of kitchen stickers, and pulled out this one and stuck it over the pot.
I think I’ve discovered my new favourite technique:
That background was inspired by Crissy Armstrong’s tutorial video on how she does her fabulous backgrounds (you can find it here). I was made aware of the video by Happy Thoughts & Inkspots.
A rather large order from Paper Garden Projects arrived yesterday, 15 minutes before I had to head to work, so I was itching all day just to get back here and play with my new markers! I used BV04 &BV02 for the dress, and YR16, YR02, YR04, YR07, & YR09 for the dots. The thank you stamp is also from PGP. I love it, but the only purple ink I had was a dew drop-sized one, and inking that stamp felt more tedious than the dots! I loved doing the dots, I think I’ll use that technique a lot!
I bought the VIP kit from My Favorite Things when it was up for sale in March. That meant I got one of April’s stamp sets weeks for everyone else will have a chance at it!
I thought this pregnancy set was adorable, and once again all the sentiments make me smile. I know a bunch of people having babies, so I thought it would be a handy set to have. Last night I stamped the main image a few times on white, and then went through my scrap bin for good shirt patterns. Once I had all the panels coloured up, I made them in to cards. It was nice to do it production-line style like that. I’m experimenting with E Copic markers for skin, I had been using Rs. When they’re that pale though, it’s hard to tell.
I just had to buy this yoga set (called ‘Serenity Now’) from My Favourite Things when I saw it. I love it when I go to yoga, I just sometimes have trouble motivating myself to actually go to yoga.
I think MFT stamps are perfect for paper-piecing. I paper-pieced the girl’s top using a very large flower print from the same package as the background paper. As you can see, the flower was so big, it just shows up as an abstract design on her shirt.
I usually shy away from pre-packaged ‘ephemera’ because really, isn’t part of being ‘ephemera’ being found stuff, thrift-store stuff, vintage stuff? I tend to think so. That still didn’t stop me buying an ephemera pack from K&Co. As you can see from how well the flowers match, it is in the same line as the background paper I used (the strip with the text is MME).
I made three yoga cards in one night, all using various bits from the ephemera pack, and one of my other loves of paper crafting: mixing and matching paper collections! I’m not generally one for the matchy-matchy (no matter how nice the first card in this post looks!). This card uses K&Co for her shirt, K&Co ‘ephemera’, DCWV ‘Old World’ (pink paper), and KaiserCraft ‘Devonshire’ (text paper).
To keep everything neat on the image, I stamped it twice on white paper, once on the patterned. I coloured just her chest on one layer, then cut shirt and arms as one piece from the patterned and glued that to the piece with just her chest coloured. Then I coloured her arms on the second piece of white, cut those out and glued down.
This one is my favourite – I spiced up the green dot paper by stamping the little ‘Ohm’ dot from the stamp set in a similar-coloured ink in a pattern guided by the dots (it’s not quite a subtle as it seems in these photos). Again, I paper-pieced her shirt and coloured the rest with Copic markers. I coloured my ribbon (it was white) with a Copic marker so it matches, and wove it through a paisley.
Paper Garden Projects has a challenge to use your favourite type of embossing on a project. While I love the dimension and texture you can get by using embossing powder, I don’t do it a whole lot. I think this has something to do with the fact that I tend to use a stovetop burner as my heat source. I remember using the lightbulb in my desk lamp as a kid, but my current little lamp doesn’t get hot enough. I did figure out that I could use the toaster, but the toaster lives in a cupboard, and the oven is right there….
So I made a card that used my Cuttlebug, and an embossing folder, a technique known as ‘dry embossing’. I used the dotty folder to pick up the dots in the the papers, and sanded the embossed paper a little, to pick up the texture.
There is no end to the love I have for these pirate stamps by Kraftin’ Kimmie, and the text stamps always crack me up too!
I decided not to fussy-cut (cut around the very edge of the stamp) this image. Instead, I trimmed the top of her hat and sword, then got out my Nestabilities Labels 7, slipped that on to the image with the hat and sword out of the way of the blade, and cut it that way. She’s too tall for any of the cutting dies I have.
Another one of my new Greeting Farm stamps – I love this punky little girl with her skull shirt and her leggings! I’ve been having great fun colouring her, and making her hair exciting colours.
The green paper behind her is from a K&Co mat stack- the twist with this one is that the papers all already have adhesive on the back. I thought it would great, take a step out of the card-making process! Turns out, the adhesive isn’t all that great, I’ve already had to pull it off and put real glue on the back and stick it back down.
When I first saw this stamp, I knew I had to pull out my Martha Stewart flocking for the boa. Just a little bit of glue, and some fuzz to give this glamour stamp a little more oomph. The layout is from The Sweet Stop Sketch blog, and they wanted fuzz on the card too.
I tried to keep the look vintage and soft and girly, so I pulled out my wide lace again, as well as some new but vintage-looking flowers. I used a rub-on for the sentiment – I rubbed it on to some vellum so you can still glimpse the lace through it.
I love flapper dresses, so when I made my first order of Greeting Farm stamps, I had to add in Flapper Anya. I love this stamp, especially the feather. I think it’d be great to have a stamp just of the feather – maybe a bit larger.
I coloured her by taking ink from my V15 marker with the tip of my colourless blender, and applying colour from the fringes down in each section of her dress. It didn’t look as even as I wanted it to, so I just smeared Diamond Stickles over everything.
You can really see the shine in this angled shot!
The background paper is from a K & Co mat stack, and the sentiment is from Magnolia. I find their sentiments a little expensive, when you compare them to the character stamps, but they are always in such nice fonts! Flowers are Prima, and the row of pearls and the pearl brad that are the exact same colour…. are different companies! The row is Recollections (Michaels brand) and the big one I got in a really on sale package from my local scrapbook store.
I just can’t get enough of my pirate stamps! Or my pirate sentiments. I still giggle every time I see the ‘It’s’ Yarr Birthday’ stamp.
These cards are made with some of the many images I coloured at last week’s craft fair. The one with the girl pirate follows the sketch at Paper Garden Projects right now.
These images have such thin parts, I’ve found the best way to cut them out is to leave a bit of a white outline. I think I’ve decided I really like the definition it gives, it just makes them ‘pop’ a little.
This stripe is actually the back side of the dot paper from the girl pirate card! I stamped some skull & crossbones in yellow to make it a bit more pirate-y.
I wanted the textured grass seed paper to be a sort of a sand dune, and the pebbly embossed paper to be, well, rocks or pebbles on a beach.
There are spica glitter pen accents on the treasure chest, and his earring!
The sentiment stamp on this card has been cracking me up ever since I first saw it in the sneak peeks from the Kraftin’ Kimmie blog.
I finally broke down and ordered myself some pirates. And the Tea Party set too! When I fall, I fall hard. This is a (very) belated birthday card for P’s mum, so inside I stamped ‘Well blow me down!’ from the same set.
The craft fair yesterday was a bit slow, but I was ok with that because I’d stamped up tons of pirate and tea party images, and I spent most of the fair colouring. It wasn’t slow enough that I’m worried about the two other fairs I booked in to this month – if nothing else, I’ll get tons more colouring done!
P’s mum is also having eye surgery tomorrow, so he requested that I give the pirate an eyepatch. I stole this one from Billy Blythe, one of the other pirate stamps I bought – I coloured just the patch, then carefully cut it out, leaving the ‘strings’ very long. Once I decided where it would go on Alicia’s face, I marked where I needed to cut the ends of the strings. Then I cut them off, and used a black Sharpie to colour them in. I wanted them to look like stamped lines, like the lines of the rest of the stamp. Then I used a tiny glue pen to put glue on it, and put it in place.
The sketch for this card is from Sketch Saturday. I have to say, I loved having my choice of images ready to go, just having to pick papers to go with it! The challenge on the Kraftin’ Kimmie blog is to use beads, so I made that side stripe by putting down some 1/4″ Scor-tape (double-sided tape), then pouring some green microbeads on to it. CCEE Stampers has an inspiration challenge going on right now, and the inspiration is ‘Caviar’. Microbeads look like exactly that! Only less slimy.
I realised that I should at least have a couple St. Patrick’s Day cards at the craft fair this Saturday (Whitehorn Community Hall, 9am-5pm, if you’re in the Calgary area!), so I whipped these up:
I bought the shamrock ribbon, and rhinestone shamrocks at Michaels. I just grabbed all my green papers and went to it. My favourite part is the grass I put on two of the cards:
While at Michaels, I saw that Martha has a spring ‘Grass’ paper punch out. I am getting quite the collection of punches, so I opted not to buy (I felt so strong!). I came home and dug out my Martha Stewart ‘Icicle’ punch. If you punch it in green, and stick it on the card the other way up, it looks like grass! I sponged the grass for the two cards different colours, so it would blend nicely with each. I’ve used up all my shamrock bling, but I still have a ton of that ribbon.
My other favourite thing is how I cut the stem of Tilda’s shamrock so I could put it on either side of her hand, to make it look like she is hanging off it.
Yet another challenge card – I find a few restrictions can really inspire my crafting – a couple rules are good! This challenge was a ‘recipe’ from Magnolia Down Under: you had to use 3 papers, 3 flowers, 2 buttons, and 1 bow. I decided to count the flowers in my paper – I’ve got poppies, lilacs in Tilda’s basket, and the daisies on the oval behind her. My three papers are the poppy paper, the oval behind her, and some fuzzy handmade stuff for the very bottom mat. Buttons are vintage, from my button jar, and the seam binding is from my vintage stash too.
I coloured her to match the papers as best I could, I just didn’t have the right grey-ish teal. One day I will own all 200+ Copic markers. One day.
The sentiment is actually from the googley-eyed fish stamp set I keep using. I thought it a bit of an odd choice, for fish stamps.
And for those who are despairing, I am still knitting. I’m on the second-to-last row of squares on my linen shopping bag. I got a fair amount done at work, but now work is over, and I’ gearing up for the craft fair, so I feel guilty if I’m not making cards! I think tomorrow or Friday I’m going to do a test set-up on my kitchen island. I haven’t done a fair in so long!
I bought a new stamp set yesterday, this lemon set from Flourishes. I’ve been eyeing all their sets online, and find a few at a scrapbook store in town (Scrapbook Pantry). I think I want all their stamps now! The designs are beautiful, I especially love all the botanicals. I coloured up the lemons on the branch immediately after getting home, and made up a little birthday card for Paper Garden Projects.
I also made another card using the same stamp set, but only taking 15 minutes to make it. I’m selling cards at a craft fair on Saturday, so I need to make a batch or two of quick cards!
Nice and simple, just a piece of cardstock, and 4 different stamps from the set. I went very lemon-y with my purchases yesterday, I bought the lemon stamp set, then decided I needed a yellow inkpad, a yellow inkpad, a yellow glitter pen, and two more yellow Copic markers!
Quixotic Cards had a challenge to use leaves somewhere in your creation. I was very excited, because when I was reorganizing all my craft stuff, I found a package of gorgeous iron-on leaves that I bought at Michaels when I worked there. I worked at Michaels in university! That package has been sitting, unopened, in my craft bin for years. 6 years? Something like that. So, I’m finally using them!
The colour inspiration came entirely from the diamond-patterned paper (Michaels brand!). I gave Tilda an orange dress, which was awkward to blend – I have one orange marker, and one yellow marker (YR04 and Y02 respectively), but I got a look I was happy with eventually.
For some reason I got it in my head that I wanted to put eyelets in the leaves (yes, I just bought a Crop-a-Dile). At first I was going to eyelet them to the paper, then I realised that I couldn’t get the Crop-a-dile that far in to the paper, so I put eyelets in all the leaves I wanted to use, then strung them on some vintage seam binding.
The seam binding is taped down (yay scor-tape!) but the leaves are still free, so you can slide around them a bit. The card layout was inspired by Sketch Saturday’s sketch #93.
The red piece was cut with a the largest Labels 7 Nestability, and was actually the leftover bit from another project. That project is now in the recycling bin, but I’m using the scraps!
One of my favourite parts of the patterned paper that I drew into the rest of the project was the touches of aquamarine. That’s why Tilda’s shoes are blue, and the reason for the blue gems. As it is March, Aquamarine’s month, that’s the prompt at Daring Cardmakers right now.
The blouses are an interesting story. My mum is a big fan of the local antiques auction, and one night she bought a painting. I can’t even remember what the painting was of, but when we turned it over, there were all these pictures, obviously cut out of catalogues, stuck to the back! I peeled them off, with the idea of making something out of them. Then I thought that I could sell them to scrapbookers! This was about 6 years ago, so well before I got in to card making. I copied them all on to regular paper, with idea of selling the copies. I sold some of the originals on eBay, and never got around to doing anything with these, except lug them around for years.
So, because of that, I used Copic markers to colour on regular printer paper. They bled a bit more than cardstock does, and there was lots of ink on the paper underneath, but they turned out ok I think.
The lace is a lovely wide vintage one from my stash – I recently reorganized all my craft stuff, I didn’t even know I had it!
I can’t wait to copy some of these images on to cardstock, and try colouring them again. I’ve got full dresses, more blouses, people, girls, dolls…. lots!