Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Mum to a 5 year old

Apparently I'm Mum to a 5 year old, although I'm sure it was only a couple of months ago that I posted that I was Mum to a 4 year old. Wasn't it?

Considering the prevalence of superhero stuff for 5 year olds, it was quite a surprise when he asked if he could have a cake like an F14 Tomcat.

Here's what I made for him:

Candle missiles :-)

Candle afterburners!

For his card I chose a Star Wars theme, as we've just started watching some of the films:
The XWing twirls around the death star as you tip the card 

What I used:
  • Cake: Waitrose white regal icing, Dr Oetker's coloured regal icing, Dr Oetker's silver shimmer spray, black, green & orange food colouring, Supercook black gel icing writer,  silver candles, cocoa powder, Little Venice Cake Company decorating tools
  • Card:
    • Papers: Doodlebug 12x12 glitter card "Beetle Black", black paper
    • Embellishments: Anita's outline sticker letters, Stick It circular foam pads
    • Tools: XCut nesting dies "Circles", QuicKutz nesting frame dies "Circles"
Crafting notes:
  • Cake:
  1. Bob wanted to help make the cake, and we made two batches of Victoria sponge - one plain, one chocolate, and put them in the tin in uneven layers, so that the finished cake would look more interesting.
  2. To get the shape, I Googled for a plan view drawing of an F14, printed it out, then cut it into sections to make up a square so I could see how to cut the cake.
  3. For the speed-blurred landscape background I covered the cake board with green icing, then drew on streaks of green food colouring and dragged cocoa powder over it with my finger.
  4. I used a decorating tool to make grooves in the icing to show where the wings and tail planes were.
  5. I painted two circles of icing orange to look like the flames of the afterburners
  6. I made two tail fins that I intended to add just before I took it to the table, but forgot to add them!
  • Card:
  1. It doesn't show up in the photo, but the background is black glitter card, so looks like twinkling stars.
  2. I used masking tape to keep the circle dies in place to make sure the channel for the slider was an even width all the way round.
  3. I used a white card blank that I first covered with black paper. Then, in the bottom of the slider groove, I stuck the ring of card removed when I cut the groove. The rest of the glitter card is raised up on two layers of foam tape, to give space for the slider to run.
  4. The death star, x-wing and tie fighter are all print outs of images I found with Google.
  5. I tried to think of a pun around the word "sith" but with a "5", but couldn't think of anything Bob was likely to understand!

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Layout #12: Sieste

I chose the theme "Holiday" for the August scrapbook challenge on the docrafts Craft Talk site, and this is my layout for it. It features my family having an afternoon nap while on holiday in France.

I based the layout on this page that I found on Pinterest.

What I used:
Paper & Card: Papermania Capsule Collection 12x12 "Lincoln Linen", Papermania Capsule Collection Blueberry Pie A4, Papermania smooth card 12x12, Papermill A4 plain paper
Tools: See D's alphabet stamps "Ancient", Whispers brush markers
Embellishments: DCWV Far East Chipboard sticker stack

Crafting notes:
  • I took my inspiration for colours and patterns from the duvet cover, so it would look like the whole page was in bed :-)
  • "Sieste" is French for afternoon nap.
  • The journalling is matted with offcuts from my Proto Plumber page.
  • Rather than journal just for the day the photos were taken, I summarised the holiday to that point to explain why everyone was so tired :-)
  • I spent the best part of a whole evening making no progress with the background of this project in artificial light. It took a whole 5 minutes the next morning to get a set of papers I liked once I had proper light. My house lights are allegedly daylight coloured, but maybe I need a dedicated daylight lamp! Or maybe I just need to stop trying to craft while binge watching old episodes of the XFiles :-)

Sunday, 4 September 2016

5uper Day

Bob's best friend turned 5 this week and, when I asked him what he'd like to put on the card he replied "Superman" without any hesitation. It seemed obvious to straighten out a couple of the lines in the "S" of the Superman logo to make a 5. Bob and I worked out the rest of the design together and, although the cutting and positioning was too precise for him to help with, he did draw around all the templates and chose the writing.

What we used:
Paper & Card: Papermania smooth yellow card, Papermania A6 card blank, glossy red paper
Tools & Colour: XCut All Aboard large luggage tags die set, Whispers black brush marker pen. 
Embellishments: Papermania foam Alphaminis "Yellow"

Crafting notes:
  • The buckle was a late change because a set of dies I bought arrived just in time and included a buckle die :-)
  • The cape is only attached at the top of the back of the card so that it sticks out a little
  • I found the original Superman logo on Pinterest
  • The foam letters are wonky on purpose :-)