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Christening Cake

Sunday 13th September 2015 saw the christening of two wonderful children, Noah and Ava Lowther. The twins were born at 27 weeks in January 2015 and they are fabulous. Here they are with their proud parents, Kirsty and Shaun Lowther .


This is the cake I made for them, hope you like it



Inspired by Judith

Yesterday’s post told the story of my fabulous weekend at Glenda’s Workshop and today I would like to share a few things I made yesterday.

At the workshop Judith Smith made a beautiful wooden affirmation block and I thought I would use that as inspiration for one of my own.

I found a wooden canvas that I had purchased from Chocolate Baroque and started by adding white gesso. When that had dried I applied Golden Light Moulding Paste through a leaf stencil and allowed that to dry thoroughly.

I then added pan pastel in a creamy colour, using one of the new egg shaped blending sponges, and then green over the top of the relief leaves.

I stamped an Inkylicious sentiment onto some tissue paper and glued it to the block using Golden Soft Gel Matte on the back and also over the front of the sentiment. This helps it ‘sink’ into the background. I think I used too thick a tissue paper as the edges are still slightly visible.

I then used three shades of green ink and stamped images from Chocolate Baroque Clear Stamps, ‘Floral Edges’ mainly along the bottom edge and lightly around the other three edges.

Finally I inked the sides of the block with Distress Ink in Black Soot.

My second offering is a card I made with Chocolate Baroque’s  ‘A Year of Stamps’ April butterfly stamp.

I scribbled two co,ours of Gelato’s into the card blank and smeared them around pad with a baby wipe to give an uneven painterly background and mounted the stamped image on this. The image was stamped twice , the base layer gently coloured with Gelato’s and I cut out the main butterfly images from the other layer and coloured them with Gelato’s and Spectrum Noir pencils before mounting them on top of the base layer.

My final offering today is a canvas backed notebook I bought from The Works. I decorated it using Gelato’s, acrylic paint and stencils. It may need a bit more adding to it but I will think about it, any suggestions.


Paperartsy Blog #3 UP Post

I was lucky enough to be asked to do a project for the Paperartsy Blog For Decemebr.

This is it:-

Hi everyone, here's my take on PVA crackle…

I decided to do a ‘pretty’ grungy Heart Hanging with my version of a PVA Crackle effect. This effect varies depending upon the paint used and the thickness of the PVA. I don’t use ‘neat’ PVA as it is a bit too thick for this effect, I use a mixture of 1/3 water and 2/3 PVA mixed together and stored in a small bottle.

Step One:

I painted my Heart Shape with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint in Mulberry and let it dry. I then painted on the PVA and Water mixture, only on parts of the Heart Shape and let that dry too. DO NOT USE A HEAT GUN AT THIS STAGE, just let it dry normally.

Step Two:
Once the glue solution had dried I over-painted the whole heart shape with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint in Chalk. I left it for a minute or two and then USED THE HEAT GUN over the areas where the PVA solution was painted. You should start to see the PVA bubble under the surface and the top layer of paint will crack. The darker paint will show through and the top layer looks like a layer of weathered painted wood.

Step Three:
I wanted a more sedate cracking on the main wood shape. I used the same colours on a piece of card and used a thicker layer of the PVA solution and you will see that this gives a more distinct crack. I then stamped my sentiment in Black Archival Ink, (from PaperArtsy stamp set EDY10) onto part of this card and cut it out using a die, then edged it with gold powder, heat embossed.

The large heart was then toned down in some areas using Distress Inks to give it a less ‘bright’ finish and then I stamped some images, again from EDY10, in Versamark and embossed them using a gold embossing powder. I then coloured the flowers using the same Mulberry paint that I used for the base coat of the heart. The small verse image and the flying birds were stamped in a contrasting colour.

I added some stencilling to the background using Milled Lavender Distress Ink and some paper roses edged with the Milled Lavender.

I really enjoyed doing this project and I hope that you like it.


Our final contributor tonight is Deb Wainwright. (@lilacsparkles)

Independence of The Seas. Part 3

general photos around the ship,










This is our Captain, Henrik Loy, who is only 38

Independence of The Seas. Part 2

After a day at sea we arrived at the first of our last three stops, Cadiz.





You can see how big the ship is on here!!!

Next day was Lisbon, we had been here last November but it was a lot hotter now. Sadly the city centre is a bit run down but we took the bus to Belem, a little village just along the Coast and it was lovely here.





The big buildings in the first two photos are the Maritime Museum in Belem, the third one is of two street performers in Lisbon and the last one must be the poshest Starbucks in the World!!!

Our last Port of Call was Vigo. Another small beautiful city, and again blooming hot.





We left Vigo at around 3o clock in the afternoon and after two nights at sea we arrived back in Southampton.

A very enjoyable holiday spent on the company of our friends, Bob and Helen Dodds and Rachael Dodds and Danny Hedley. Roll on next May for our next one, back to The Fjords or the Baltic we think.

Independence of The Seas. Part 1

Hi folks,

Wll we are back from our 12 day voyage to The Meditteranean aboard Royal Carribbean's Independence of the Seas
We embarked in Southampton on 20th September and checked in to our Balcony Cabin, all the way up on Deck 8. it is the biggest cabin we have had on board a cruise liner.


A four sweater settee and a huge bed, also a bathroom with shower and a large double wardrobe.

A couple of days at sea gave us time to explore the ship and see what it had to offer.

The Climbing Wall


The Flow Rider







After a couple of days at sea we arrived in Gibraltar on 24th and a trip to see the Apes was on the agenda.






The weather was scorching so a beer was called for. Gibraltar Beer brewed in The Isle of Man with Gibraltar hops!!


We also visited the caves


24th September brought us to Cartagena, Spain and it is 29 degrees, Very hot. Went and had a wander around the city centre , and came back and the deck of the Balcony is too hot to stand on!!!








The Roman Amphitheatre

Then we went to Barcelona

I was so looking forward to seeing The Sagrada Familia but I must say I was disappointed. Covered in netting and sheeting and portacabins all along the front. I am not sure if I like it, may need another trip to make sure.




It is a beautiful city though , and it was HOT





There was a fabulous Food Market on Las Ramblas


Next day was Palma, Mallorca.

. Another hot and beautiful day, and a fabulous city with a beautiful cathedral








A day at sea was next, time to wander around the ship


This is the Royal Promenade,the atrium that goes from Deck 5 to Deck 9 and is full of shops, a Pizza Parlour, Ben and Jerrys , Cupcake Cupboard, and a Pub.




Our cabin was on deck 8 and you can see our vestibule if you count up from Deck 5 where the shops are so we are one down from the ceiling. This gave a great view of the parties etc they had some nights.



Will do another post later.






Another Wedding Cake

Friday 15th August saw the marriage of our niece Kim and her partner Richi. They have been together for over 14 years, and have 6 boys!!


Here they are with her Mam and stepdad Gary.


Gary, Kim, Richi and Denise

Gary, Kim, Richi and Denise

With the 6 boys, one is hidden

here is the cake. My last one for the year I think.


It was a super day and everyone had a great time.