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.