Thursday, December 29, 2011

Rolled Paper flower tutorial

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Today I want to share a simple way to a make rolled paper flower like this one on this card.

First gather your materials. White glue, quilling paper strips, quilling needle or a pen. My quilling strips are usually A4 length which is quite long for this type of flower so I cut the strips in half.
Apply a tiny spot of glue to the end of a strip.
Next roll the paper around the handle of the quilling needle or pen or whichever round object you are using such that the spot of glue will hold to the rest of the strip like so,
 proceed to roll the rest of the paper and add another spot of glue at the end  so that the coil will not unroll.
Remove the coil carefully and set it aside for the glue to completely dry.
pinch one end of the paper roll in the same way you do when making teardrop shapes.
Apply glue to the flat sides of the coils and glue 5 of them together to form a flower. I added a shiny bling to the center to add more interest.
The size of your petals will be determined by the circumference of the object you are using to roll the paper.  Thanks for reading and share link to your creation if you make a flower using this tutorial.

Friday, December 23, 2011

No fail banana cake.

I have been doing a bit of pre-Christmas baking and today I made banana cake. It was really easy and hopefully you can make it too.
Hot cake just out of the oven
30 very delicious minutes later.
Gather your ingredients-
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons melted prestige margarine.
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten.
  • 2 tsp banana essence
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups plain wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
Mash the bananas and mix with the margarine. With an electric mixer beat in the sugar, salt, egg, banana essence together. Add to the banana-margarine mix. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon. pour into a tin and bake for 40 minutes.   
Let it cool and serve on a cute plate.
I had planned to ice or frost the cake but it didnt stand a chance. My husband ate his with coffee while Jay ate his with yoghurt. The verdict was unanimous- yum, yum, yum! I see more banana cake in my future.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Handmade Christmas cards, day three.

Today I want to share perhaps the simplest card of all, red teardrops and green scrolls.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Handmade Christmas Cards, day two.

Welcome to day two of my handmade Christmas cards series. This time I added a quilled flower the card.

I love the colors on the flower, Orange with a dash of yellow, and a shiny rhinestone to make it interesting. You may be wondering if I don't own any other papers, well I do. Last July I made wedding invitation cards for a friends wedding and I had a lot of leftovers so I am using bits of that in my cards.
Tomorrow I promise there will be a different color :-). Enjoy.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Handmade Christmas cards, Day one

I always give out handmade cards for Christmas and this year is no exception. I will share my handmade christmas cards with you over the next couple of days and how I made them. I hope you will be inspired as you do your own holiday crafting.
I used paper embroidery technique to make my first card.

I searched online for a simple Christmas image ( I found one here) , then printed it out on normal paper. Next, I taped the paper over the cream card stock and punched holes with a safety pin through both papers. Lastly, I used pink embroidery thread to make "back stitches" on the holes and voila, an embroidered card.
If you don't have Christmas stamps, have no fear. Type your sentiment on Ms Word using a fancy font then print on cardstock.
I was tempted to go overboard with the card but since am making lots of them It's best to keep things clean and simple.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

My first digital scrapbook page

I recently got a copy of  MyMemories scrap-booking software, and while having no previous experience in scrap-booking, I am always happy to learn new skills.
The software is easy to use, the main challenge for me was deciding which cute papers and elements to use.
This picture of my baby was taken almost two years ago and it brings so many happy memories to go over his old pics.
I have read elsewhere that it can be used for making cards, calendars and movies. I like the idea of being able to make personalized calendars.
This is the first page I made and I hope to get better at it.
Off I go to play with my new toy.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Zipper pouch

I was lucky to find this large sheet of quilted fabric with a cute duck/apple print and I bought it intending to sew potholders and mittens.

The fabric has a thin batting hence is quite sturdy and I thought I'd sew a zipper pouch to hold my make up and other knick knacks that end up getting lost in my purse.
I used the only zipper that was at hand which unfortunately happened to be purple and having no black thread I used white. I still have some left over fabric and if I make another one I will use a matching zipper ( blue or white ) and matching thread.

I still have enough fabric left over for the mittens and pot holder and a few more pouches, Maybe even a boxy pouch like this:
Image from Three bears
I am sewing more for myself nowadays and I have two tops already that I will share as soon as I get a chance to take the pictures.
One using the  Sorbetto top pattern from Collette the other one from a free magazine pattern.
Thanks for reading.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Carrot-Cinnamon cake

I hope you had a fantastic weekend.
I have been wanting to make carrot cake ever since I saw this recipe from Dana's blog. I love that the recipe calls for cinnamon and I am a lover of all things cinnamon ( cinnamon scented candles, cinnamon flavored gum, cinnamon flavored lip balm etc).
These are the ingredients I used.
3 large carrots
1/2 cup Vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups regular sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
5 tablespoons cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
1 cup milk and 2 tsp fresh lemon juice.
Check for the baking instructions here.  The cake was a hit and everyone asked for more.

Another thing I loved about the recipe is that there is no creaming of butter and sugar  which is usually the first step in most cake recipes and which I am so poor at.
Enjoy your week and hope you get a chance to try out the recipe.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Pins from my sewing board.

I joined pinterest a couple of weeks ago and I have been having so much fun Pinning and checking out other peoples pins.
I love this tiny pouch from Erin's blog for keeping ear phones organized, don't you just hate it when they get all tangled in your bag?

This bag so beautiful. I love everything about it, the shape, the fabric and the size. The website is in Japanese but can be translated with Google Translate and THE PATTERN IS FREE.

This dolly is from the same site, and the pattern is free too. I wish I had a little girl - maybe some day :-).

But I have a son and I could sew a shirt for him.

And maybe pants with this pattern and tutorial from LiEr's blog.

Are you on Pinterest?
I enjoy hearing from my readers, leave a link to your blog and I will pop in to see your work and follow you.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Quilled leaves blog hop

Welcome to the sweet leaves blog hop organized by Sandy Diaz of The Sweet Spot.  For this challenge, I created a birthday card using four of my favorite card making techniques: Stamping, paper piecing, punching and quilling.
You can find a paper piecing tutorial here. I used a Fiskar's  punch to make the tiny butterflies while for the large one, I stamped the image on yellow card stock then carefully cut out the butterfly.
To create the leaves ( I was going for grass ), I got the idea from Suganthi's blog ( here ) but I did not enclose the loops since I wanted an uneven bushy look.

 Thanks for visiting and  hop on Syaz's blog.
You are here-------Jacqueline

Friday, April 8, 2011

Quilled easter cross

I made this quilled cross with a tutorial I found at Suganthi's (DAYDREAMS) blog where she used a comb to make petals. I did not have a special quilling comb so I used my normal hair comb! I made three identical petals and made the fourth one longer then glued them together to make a cross. I made some folded paper roses ( roses tutorial here) to add color. Lastly I stamped the sentiments and glued it on. Hope you like my card.

This technique is very easy and well explained at Suganthi's blog. She makes really neat cards and quilled jewelery with amazing photo's and tutorials. Do pop in and see her amazing work.
 I made this card for a special friend of mine I hope she likes it.

Several blogs have an Easter/Flower theme and I would like to enter my card to:

 Creating memories blog- Create an Easter design.
Amber's crafts and Stuff - Try a new technique ( Quilling with a comb).
Freshly brewed challenge- Flowers
Simon says stamp- Easter.
Clear it out Tuesday- make a flower ( I made the roses).
Everybody art challenge- Easter.
The Stamping Boutique challenge #3 - handmade flowers.
Craft your passion challenges #52- anything goes.
Nettie G's - all about the roses
Stamps are us- Easter Theme.
There's magic in the air- let us use flowers.
The Pink Elephant- Easter.
OLLCB- Happy Easter.
Let's Ink It up- Easter.

Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Be Happy :-)

Hello friends,
I hope you none of you was an April fool (someone fooled me but it is too embarrassing to tell).
Last month I won a giveaway hosted by one of my favorite blogger Ann Martin who has a lovely blog called all things paper where she shares inspiring ideas, tutorials and has the best guest artists.
I made these roses using Ann's tutorial
I won my choice of quilling strips from Diane Boden Crane of THE  JJ Quilling design, Diane was kind enough to send me two quilling needles and glue though that was not part of the win.
I love the graduated strips that give you coils that are dark on the outside and light on the inside and I used a purple on on this card.

The butterfly was punched with the small Fiskar's butterfly punch.
Be happy today as you enjoy all the flowers outside and hope we all get lucky with giveaways.

Challenges for my card.
Anything challenge- Make your won embellishment.
Shelly's images- get punchy (used two butterfly and heart)
Heart to Heart challenges- spring has sprung.
There is magic in the air- let us use flowers.
Dream valley challenges- things with wings.
 I Did it creations- anything goes.
All sorts challenge- blooming blossoms

Lots of hugs.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Baby boy card.

One of my good friends recently got a baby boy and I am planning to visit her this weekend. I whipped up a baby boy card. I have never done a card for a boy before since I usually use lots of flowers, twirls, and girly colors but I loved the challenge and I must say this card will be hard to part with (ok! not so hard).
I googled boat images and found one that I liked, I cut it out by hand and pieced it to creat the boat. I used this cute button that has been in my stash for like 8 years  (seriously) that was too cute I could never find the perfect project for it. I had to add something quilled hence the waves. I also added some blue rhinestones to bring on a bit of shine. The sentiment was stamped on white paper and framed on the same handmade paper from the last card.
Enjoy my card.
Here is a close up of the button. Isn't it lovely?
I will be sharing my card to these challenges.
Woodware USA- clean and simple.
Stamping sisters in Christ- paper piecing.
Basic grey challenges- something recycled (paper).
Thanks for reading.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Queencake.......with a cherry on top.

I love cakes especially queencakes (or cupcakes as they are commonly known by most people).
 While I have never quilled a cupcake before, I have seen lots of these on the internet and these little beauties are so easy to make, I wondered why I had not tried it before.
I have had the Just rite pre-inked stamps forever and have not used them before so I stamped " precious little one" to celebrate a new baby. The sentiment was framed with teddy bear punch outs from a never used punch. I spent last weekend making and drying handmade paper which I used as a base for the Queen/cup cake.
I will submit my card to the following challenges.
Simply create- DIY
C.R.A.F.T Challenge- new baby.
Craft us crazy- cupcakes.
DDSB- Ribbons and bows
MelJens design Team- punch it.
Heart to heart challenges- Oh baby
KB cute Monday- Baby

Monday, March 7, 2011

Going green.

Happy Monday friends.
Another birthday card this time with only two colors green and yellow.
A lot my favorite challenges are celebrating green/yellow so I was inspired to make a card with this color combo.
The other day at the mall I found a pack of "Happy birthday" foil confetti on sale and I bought it without really knowing what I was going to use it for.  Good thing I did because I am  loving using them on my cards..


The corrosive challenge blog- going green
Creative inspiration paint- gone green
Gingerloft challenge- flowers
Easy craft projects- challenge # 33- green
Little Claire's designs- flowers.
Card making mama's- something green 
Stamping with the dragon- green ,yellow ,white
Simply create #38- power of flowers
Some odd girl- handmade embellishments

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Don't be crabby,

 I have been reading about Paper Piecing and I began looking for a simple project that I can tackle.Then I found this cute little fella (google cartoon crabs).
I printed out the image and traced it on some red card stock. Although the little parts were hard to cut by hand I would say this is something I will do again. I also added a bit of quilling since he looked so lost on the sea of white paper.
So don't be crabby, you will get well soon.
Somehow I kept of thinking of Sebastian from THE LITTLE MERMAID ( I really loved the cartoon series waaaaaaaaaaaay back when- early 90's).
Sebastian, Oh how I loved your singing.
I will take my fun card to these challenges:
Freshly brewed Blog- pink and paper piecing.
ABC challenge- P is for Pink.
Belli Challenge- Animals.
Crafts and me- under the sea.
Dream valley- anything goes.
Marks finest Papers- Food ( crabs are food right? To some people though, I would not touch them with a 6 foot pole alive or dead! I hate anything that looks spiderish.)
The stamp man- curls and swirls.
Totally paper crafts- paper piecing.
Critter sketch- sentiment
Meljen's design blog- use an animal.

Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Last minute valentine cards.

Hi friends,
I would like to thank everyone who dropped by and left such sweet comments on the blog hop last month and to say hello and welcome to my new followers.
This is one of the many cards I have been making for this valentine. Lots of red and a splash of orange, some bling a quilled flower.
 I took a road trip this week to Nanyuki, a small town right at the foot of Mt. Kenya. I had lots of fun seeing new places and visiting friends.
This is one of the places we visited. Don't you just love this sign?

I will submit my card to these challenges:
Alphabet challenge blog- O is for orange.
Paper romance-clean and simple valentines
Crafty ho's - love theme
Simply create-It's bright in there.
Digi doodle shops best- nature (flower)
Totally paper crafts-clean and simple.
DYSU challenge #6- ribbons..
Enjoy and happy valentines.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Life is sweet blog hop.

 Hi Everyone.
Welcome to my little corner of Africa and to the blog hop organized by the lovely Sandy of The Sweet Spot. I am happy you are here and hope you will be inspired.
If you have come over from Yuenie's blog welcome if not, you may want to start over from Sandy's blog and join in the celebration.
I have been quilling for three months and have slowly become addicted to it. My number one thing for years was sewing but not anymore!
I would say the thing that makes my life the sweetest is Love. First of all the unconditional and everlasting love of God. Love for my husband and my son, my family and friends.Of course I also happen to love all things sweet like chocolate and vanilla ice-cream yummy!
I am happy to share my card inspired by the sweetest thing - love.

This is the list of the talented ladies participating in the hop:
Linda: --
Jacqueline - you are here
Head over to Bronwyn's blog and have fun, and do visit again.
Lots of hugs and happy valentines!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Blue birthday card

Good morning friends.
A good friend has a birthday coming up and she happens to love color blue. I like to use lots of different colors on my cards so I was not so sure if I would love the card but I must say it turned out beautiful. A bit understated and off my usual style but nice all the same.
A bit of bling on the flowers and silver glitter glue to highlight the sentiment. My biggest crafting wish right now is to have a border punch! I can't find them anywhere in my city and paypal does not work in my country so buying online is out of the question.
I will put up my card to these challenges:
Fairy fun fridays- Happy birthday.
The sisterhood of crafters- Birthday.
Creative insiprations-celebration.
Bugaboo stamps-blue and white.
Mami Doodles challenges- use mostly blues.
Fairy tale challenge blog- flowers.
Digidoodle shops best- anything goes.
Delightful challenges-celebrate.
Sarah Hurley Challenge blog- birthday girl.
Thanks for looking and have fun creating........

Monday, January 10, 2011

New things.

Happy new year! Rather late but since I hadn't posted it's a good time as any to say it right? I have big plans for my crafting this year one being moving to our new home still under construction
I have also been practicing some quilling on a few birthday cards for my stash.The design is kept very clean and simple.

Close shot of the quilling.I love this craft so much.

 I will submit this card to these challenges:
Gingerloft challenges-celebration.
The crafty pad-birthday.
Lets ink it up-anything goes.
Scrappy frogs blog challenge-sentimental.
Our creative corner- inspirational photo- berries.
Send a smile for kids-anything goes.
Charisma cardz -birthday.
Craft your days away-anything goes.
Paper play challenges-clean and simple.
paper take weekly-anything goes.

Thanks for visiting and do tell me what you think about my cards.