Saturday, October 31, 2009

You are invited...

to join the party! It's not my party, but I am a guest and I'm allowed to bring friends. So, pop along to see Kirsty Neale and Julie Kirk's double-blogged Hallowe'en inspiration party. They asked me to join in and make a little something Hallowe'eny, so I have.

I think I've realised that I get a little carried away when people challenge me to do things. Last time was here, when Shimelle Laine challenged me to make things with her printables during her weekend party. That was 4 things. Now, I've calmed down a little today; there are still 4 things, but I've only made 3 out of paper and digital. The first was the invite that you see at the top of the post. Dead simple, with a couple of digital scrapbooking kits from the Shabby Shoppe - I used "Boo" and "Bountiful", though mostly Boo for that project.

Then I made this:

A little close-up of that tag:

This repurposed Prima flower tin was covered in printed out digi-designed paper, using the Bountiful kit. I then printed out the phrase, the digi-rub-on bird and the lettering on card, cut them out and stuck them together. Add a touch of ribbon and ta-da! Possibly the prettiest thing I've ever made, apart from my darling daughter ;)

Now I can't promise you actual party cake, but I am going to give you a rather lovely recipe for sticky gingerbread, and for those of you who may be dairy-free, you can make this one, just use the veg/sunflower oil option :)

Sticky Gingerbread

Makes 1 x 25cm/10in square "loaf"

275 g (10oz) plain flour
5ml (1tsp) ground cinnamon
5ml (1tsp) ground ginger
5ml (1tsp) bicarbonate of soda
100g (4oz) butter or margarine or sunflower oil
175g (6oz) golden syrup
175g (6oz) black treacle
100g (4oz) brown sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
150ml (1/4pt) hot water

Sieve together the flour, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl.
Melt the butter/margarine/oil gently with the syrup, treacle and sugar and pour into the dry ingredients (the heat helps to combine all the sticky stuff properly).
Add the eggs and water and mix well (the mixture will be very runny, but I promise you it does work).
Pour into a greased and lined 10 inch square cake tin, or 2 large loaf tins, then bake in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4 for 40-45 minute until well risen and springy to the touch. Test with a skewer to see if middle is cooked.

(adapted from the classic 1000 cake and bake recipes, Wendy Hobson)

I'm afraid I didn't have time to bake one to show you (plus there's only me to eat it, although it freezes VERY well), so you'll just have to imagine a chunk of sticky, moist cake delicatey placed on a pretty plate alongside a steaming hot cup of tea, coffee, or whatever you fancy!

Now for the last one. It's a layout that I've decided will join this one to become part of an album on "5 things". The first layout was published in Scrapbook Inspirations earlier this year, and I really enjoyed messing about with the photo. My new layout came from this photo taken on my web cam:

(a pretty scary photo in itself I think you'll agree!). Then by resizing, fiddling around with the brightness and contrast and then applying a cut-out filter effect, I ended up with this, on an 8" x 8" document:

Woah, look at those pink eyes. Can I hear you say "conjunctivitis"? :)

Now, I am currently working on the title and journalling on this, and later this morning I hope to photograph and upload a picture of the finished article, but I really wanted to make sure that this blog post was ready to go for when it all kicks off. So, pop back later and find out exactly what this layout is all about...

ETA: Done, done and done. Here you go:

I used "Thriller" font, the bargain pound alpha stamps from studio g, some my little shoebox alpha stickers, and my trusty bare chipboard American Crafts Thickers. The thickers got covered thickly in copper acrylic paint; I then sprinkled a bit of dark blue embossing powder on them and gave them a good blast with a heat gun (until it all went a bit bubbly). Great fun.
I'm very pleased with the finished article, and am now racking my brains for other "5 things" to do. Any ideas gratefully received!

Thanks for looking, and if you haven't come from Kirsty or Julie's blogs, go look at their individual and their joint copy and paste challenge blog as well. Maybe see you in the kitchen :)
ETA Apparently if you sign up for their 12 days class this weekend, you get a bonus set of printables... look here for details. I love freebies!


SarahLP said...

FABBY projects Sarah!! I fear you've been letting your dissertation gather dust this week..? I LOVE your decorated Prima tab, just gorgeous. While that photo of you is.. well, frankly it's scary!! But you knew that ;o)
Now get back to work!! (ok, after the blog party then)

SarahLP xxx

RachelB said...

Lovely Projects Sarah, I really love the 5 things layout-it's fab!

SarahLP said...

Grrr, that link on my name goes nowhere!! You know it's me... but anyway, I'll choose the name/url identity this time.


Sharmaine Kruijver said...

Hi Sarah :) Nice to meet you, love how stuff like blog hops and partys helps you meet new people and be inspired by others. Your layout is SUPER cool!!!

michelle said...

Hey lovely, great projects, love that tin and loving that recipe! Gingerbread is my fave ... off to jot down the ingredients for my shopping trip .... diet starts tomorrow right??

humel said...

I'm not sure whether to laugh, cry or scream...! OK, dilemma over. I will do none of these things. I will instead go bake me some gingerbread :-)

ashleyrwatts said...

Boo-tiful! (hahaha...sigh. lol) I'm definitely trying that recipe! Thanks for sharing! :)

Clair said...

Oooh, all I can think about is gingerbread. Love the altered photograph though - it's fun to play around with digital elements occasionally :)

Julie said...

I'm really hungry - waiting to go out for a meal - your recipe hasn't helped!! On the other hand I do love your tin - especially the bird!

At least we know who to rely on for food for the next party. Thanks :)

the green gal said...

Fantastic projects, Sarah! Love how pretty the Hallowe'en tin is!

Anne said...

Gorgeous projects - the tin is super pretty and the gingerbread sounds LOVELY!

The layouts pretty cool, too. You should have a look at Jamaica's blog - she has a thing about lists on there at the moment, might give you some more ideas.

Kirsty said...

Ah, lovely Sarah - you're so multi-talented! Paper, digital, baking, scrapbooking, prettying and scary-face pulling. I love it all (except ginger - but that probably doesn't surprise you, right? I hereby bequeath you my share of said spoils...)!

Thanks so much for playing along, you star student, you.


Tinkertaylor said...

Wow haven't you been busy. Love the projects I'm going to have to up my game to play with you. See you at the next party

Sian said...

That Gingerbread recipe looks delicious! I love that SI LO too. Oh, and a big thank you for visiting my blog!

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