A Winter Cake

Happy 2021! We made it through 2020 and have emerged into a brand-new year.  Have you made any resolutions? My resolution for this year is to be kind to myself.  I’m a bit of a perfectionist and that leads to me being my own very harsh critic – so I’m now working on not being!  The other thing I intend to focus on is to enjoy whatever it is I’m doing, even if I can’t create a masterpiece. 

With that in mind, this week’s post is a Winter Cake.  You may have heard them called Christmas cakes but if they’re not finished until January, it’s a Winter Cake!  It’s true!! With all the food we had to be eaten by less people due to the late Tier change rules, we really didn’t need the cake.  However, we’ve now ploughed our way through the festive goodies and so it was time for the cake to make an appearance. I made the fruit cake way back in October using Nigella Lawson’s Boozy Christmas cake recipe.  I also used a cake belt for the first time.  It was genius! The cake rose evenly whilst baking and a cake with a perfectly level top emerged from the oven.  I hate marzipan so I just went straight in with some fondant icing and covered the cake.  I would normally ice the board too but I hadn’t bought enough fondant.

I went for a snowflake theme since the weather is chilly at the moment and cut out a load of snowflakes in different sizes with my handy cutters.

Using vodka as adhesive, I stuck the snowflakes onto the cake in a random fashion and added a few around the board too.  I mixed up some icing and piped dots in between the flakes and then finished with a blast of edible pearlized spray to give a glittery look. 

All that’s left now is to eat it! Mr L’s birthday is in early January so our healthy eating doesn’t begin until after that – very handy indeed!

The Great British Music Room!

You may have seen our jazzy music room wall behind our parents in the Christmas Carol Evening blog post. When it came to decorating our music room, so called because it houses all our musical instruments including Mr. L’s kazoo (!), we decided on a red, white and blue theme. Now nothing is more red, white and blue themed than the Union Jack or Union Flag (I’m never sure what we’re supposed to call it) so that seemed a good starting point. I thought the whole flag would be too much so decided on just a quarter of what would have been a HUGE flag.  It’s quite tricky to draw the Union Jack and have it look right so Google came to my aid and I found out what the ratios should be.

The cross of St. George is red and is one fifth the flag’s height.  The white border is one fifteenth of the height.

The saltires of St. Andrew and St. Patrick are intertwined, with the St. Andrew cross being one fifth the flag’s height.  This is then divided into 6 and then two of the six bits are allocated to the St. Patrick cross.  Confused yet???  Luckily there was this handy diagram to help me out!

Image courtesy of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Jack

The wall was already painted white so I drew the dimensions on the wall in pencil and then masked off the red and blue areas.

We had a corner sofa in the room which didn’t work with the other furniture in the room.  Basically, it had one too many seats! I decided that we could chop it down and make it a straight sofa instead – like you do.  Well it was almost a situation where I’d bitten off more that I could chew so I roped in Mr. L to help me out.  I have to stress that this is not for the faint hearted and could have gone very badly and expensively wrong.  Lots of head scratching ensued but, in the end, we rebuilt the sofa into the size we wanted.

I completed the look by changing the ‘feature’ cushions from a turquoise floral fabric to a nautical stripe fabric, which I had treated with fire retardant spray.

And so The Great British Music Room was born!

Shiny Super Snowflake Card

I love snowflakes, so when I set eyes on the Snow Is Glistening stamp set and Snowfall thinlits which are part of the Snowflake Showcase (the new time limited release from Stampin’ Up!) I just had to have them!

For my first card using this set, I opted to use the giant snowflake die as my focal point and to use the negative space as the background.  It’s clean and simple, stylish and effective…..and dead easy to produce!

The Snowfall Thinlits die set is huge and includes loads of different sizes of snowflake, a snowflake flourish and some leaves and berries – 20 dies in all.  To complete the showcase, there are two coordinating stamp sets; Snow Is Glistening, Happiness Surrounds, flocked paper and other accessories.  This suite of dies and stamps is only available to purchase from 1-30 November so if you like the look of it, you’d better get your skates on!

For this card I used:

11½” x 4⅛” Balmy Blue card base, scored at 5¾”

5⅝” x 4” silver foil cardstock

5½” x 3⅞” thick Whisper White card

5½” x 3⅞” Whisper White card for the liner

A scrap of silver glimmer paper

SU! Snow Is Glistening stamp set

SU! Smoky Slate ink

SU! Snowfall thinlits

Cut out the large snowflake from the top half of the Whisper White card.  Cut out one of the smaller snowflakes and stick in the centre of the large snowflake.

Stamp the greeting on the bottom half of the card with the negative space.  Stamp some snowflakes from Snow is Glistening onto the liner and the envelope.

Stick the silver foil paper onto the card base and then adhere the negative die snowflake onto the silver foil paper.

Apply foam dimensionals to the solid part of the large snowflake.

Stick the snowflake into the centre of the negative space, not directly into the cut-out space but rotated onto the next ‘arm’ of the snowflake to add extra interest.

A ‘same but different’ card using glimmer paper instead of silver foil



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