Monday, 17 June 2019

Dad's Day and a recipe!

Hello friends

How was your weekend?
I had a wonderful day at Sir Stampalot in Peterborough,
the workshop went well.
Whilst creating we got onto the subject of cooking
and I happened to mention that I was doing a
Suet Onion Roll to accompanying a roast dinner on Father's Day.
I was asked for the recipe so here it is,
a step by step photo recipe.

I know this is an old recipe, it is nice to add bacon too
and it certainly bulks out a dinner.

You are going to need:
Self raising flour
Atora Suet
Onions (1 large or 2 small)

Chop the onions and soften.
You can do this in a frying pan, I add a little water
and pop them in the microwave for about 2 minutes.
Leave to cool.

I use a slow cooker to cook mine but you can also steam on the hob.
I switch on to pre-heat, place a small dish in the bottom.
My suet roll will sit on this.

Into a bowl place 4oz of SR flour.
No sifting needed for this in fact I never sift - takes too long! 

Next add 2oz of suet.

Mix in about 1/8 pint of water, equivalent to 5 tablespoons.
Add a pinch of salt.

You should now have a ball of dough and softened onions.

Roll out the suet dough onto a floured surface.
If you have one of these non stick mats they are brilliant.
Add the cooled onions, spread across.

Roll like a swiss roll.

Make sure the end is at the bottom, I do not worry about sealing it.
Place onto a lightly oiled piece of foil.

Next, position on top of a raised dish in slow cooker.
Add water for the steaming, just ensure it doesn't touch the suet roll.

Pop the lid on and forget about it.
Mine went in at 9am and came out at 6pm, setting high.
I don't even look at it or top up the water, I really do forget about it! 

Unwrap, not the most colourful but the taste makes up for it.

 Slice and serve with a roast dinner, perfect with gravy.

It certainly added to our Father's Day meal and talking of Fathers...
here's my wonderful Dad opening his presents with the help of Bella.
Yes that is a pork pie - a special gift from the pup herself,
she knows what her Grandad likes!

Not craft related today but always like to share a recipe or two.

Take care friends and have a wonderful start to the week.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Bella Luce in Blue

Hello friends

Splish splosh - just a bit of rainy weather! 
I just managed to photograph this card in between the very 
heavy showers.

This project uses Bella Luce Oval, one of the Vintage Treasures
dies designed by Becca Feeken.

I embossed the background with Medallion embossing folder.
Mounted the largest die cut with patterned paper 
using Crafty Foam Tape.

The middle die cut folded down the left hand edge,
fixed in place and this has created a little opening door/gate.

I then went a little mad with little blue flowers.
Stamped sentiment to finish.
This is one of the projects we will be making on Saturday
at the Sir Stampalot workshop in Peterborough,
five projects in total, be sure to visit their website to book here.

Items used:

The full Vintage Treasures Collection can be found here,
love the Adorned Notepad! 

It's city job today and tomorrow I have the day off to visit 
Clarity, they are having a workshop day.
Just up the road from me in Maidstone, Kent so that's nice.

Hope you are all having a good week and haven't had to face
the rain too much.

Take care friends.

Friday, 7 June 2019


Hello friends

With Father's Day approaching I thought I would share 
a more manly card project with you.
This features Industrial 2 die set 
(worth a bargain price of £3.95 on the website!) 

I rummaged and found some of the Royal and Langnickel engraving card,
it's the same as those scratch art kits where you 
reveal the metallic colours underneath.
I cut multiple gears and got busy with an emery board.

I combined it with a heart and set the gears/cogs inside.
Finishing touch - the lightbulb and sentiment.

A card made along the same theme.

Really pleased with how these turned out,
I guess I can occasionally make a card without a flower or butterfly!

Industrial 2 is available on the website here.
You may want to check out the New Arrivals, lots of 
new designs by Becca Feeken and Paul Antonio.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend - what are you up to?
I'm finishing off the kits for my workshop at Sir Stampalot 
next Saturday and hoping to do a little bit more in the garden.

Take care friends.

Monday, 3 June 2019

Yarn Swatch Wallets

Hello friends

The sun has got his hat on...!
Isn't it glorious weather, I'm embracing the warmth, gardening
and ignoring that the sunshine shows how grubby my windows are! 

And talking of embracing, my new found hobby (addiction!) crochet
is making an appearance today over on the Scrapbook Adhesives blog here.

My project is yarn swatch wallets.  
I had seen that it is possible to buy yarn pegs to work out colour plans for 
projects but I thought I might make something a little different.

Little yarn wallets with left over yarn.
It helps that they look really cute with that heart aperture!
Wouldn't have been possible without Extreme Double Sided Tape
it REALLY does the job of sticking!

So I got a bit carried away and made a few...

I'm looking out for a nice little box to store these in now and yes,
I think I will need to make more and oddly enough I seem to 
have purchased more yarn! 

The full tutorial on how to make these wallets is over on the 
Scrapbook Adhesives blog here.
If you have time to leave a comment over there - always grateful.

Have a fantastic start to the week everyone.

Take care friends.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Grey and Silver Combo

Hello friends

How are things?
As mentioned I'm doing less blogging at the moment
but I like to stop by now and again.
I'm enjoying my little garden - well most of it,
I've got to wood treat the fence this weekend - 
that will possibly be less fun! 
I've been buying a few plants and it is really coming along.

In between, in my crafty life I haven't shared this card with you.
It is a variation using Glimmer hot foil plate - Lace Frippery and 

I like the grey, silver and white together - very clean looking.

Items used:

I am also in my cabin this weekend prepping for a workshop next month
A busy full day making 5 projects - if you live that way please come along,
be lovely to see you - booking can be made here.

Oh yes, over the next few days Elliott is uploading more pre-loved
items to the website, always worth keeping an eye for a bargain.

Until next time, take care friends.

Friday, 24 May 2019


Hello friends

It's Friday and normally you would be seeing a Friday Die Day,
it's not quite a FDD but it is Friday so I'm partly there!
I'm sharing a card using Antiquities Square,

Teamed with some gold card (not quite mirror!)
ivory and mocha coloured paper.

I've tucked the little accents to top and bottom of the label shape to add
further detail.

The ribbon was a great find in my ribbon box, 
my ribbon box is out of control so I'm rather proud I found anything!
(Any tips on keeping ribbon in order please let me know).

If you fancy this die set, you can find it on the website here.

Thank you for all the kind get well wishes for my ankle,
it is definitely on the mend and not so colourful now.

Now...sorry to be absent from my blog, few reasons -
Instagram, crochet and gardening! 

I'm not doing so many workshops and demos this year, I'm
enjoying getting my little home back on track.
Things got very neglected when I was travellng up and down 
the country and I hadn't realised how much I missed 
doing the homely things like baking and even cleaning...
(if you've discovered Mrs Hinch you'll know what I mean).

So forgive me if I do not blog quite so much.
As mentioned, you can find me on Instagram posting 
pictures and stories (and even that pooch has her own account!)

Take care friends, have a wonderful long weekend.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Home, projects, ankle and Scrapbook Adhesives!

Hello friends

I'm back from my weekend away in Norfolk at a crafty retreat,
had a wonderful time and made various projects
that were all very different from die cutting.
WOW Embossing with Marion Emberson we produced a canvas...

Tracy Scott a journal page....

Eileen Godwin a card that I haven't finished...stay tuned! 

Back home (and nursing a sprained ankle, dodging the cats on the stairs!)
my blog post for Scrapbook Adhesives went live.
I created a gold and ivory card showing how the adhesive sheets
work brilliantly for the drop shadow effect.

The full tutorial is over on their website here.
If you have time to leave a comment over there I would be really grateful.

Topped off with a flower and a scrunched ribbon.

Items used with clickable links:

Take care friends and hope your week is going well.

Friday, 17 May 2019

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

For this week's Friday Die Day I'm featuring a silver and white 
card using a couple of die sets plus a Glimmer plate.

It is quite a large square card, these larger cards showcase the dies beautifully.
White card mat, silver foil card and patterned paper.

Next some die cuts - Floral Tiara Topper cut from white card
and silver foil card.

White over the silver for a drop shadow.

with silver foil onto white card.
This is such a pretty plate with the option of the label inside or not.
I've applied a strip of patterned paper across.

Die cuts in place as arches top and bottom.

The foiled panel set in place with Crafty Foam Tape.

Decorated with number die cuts and the flower is Cinch and Go V.

Got carried away taking pics!

Items used with clickable links:

Hope you've all been able to enjoy some of the sunshine this week,
doens't it make a difference, everyone seems so much happier.
And talking of happy, I'm off to a craft retreat today.
A weekend in Norwich hosted by the Forget Me Not Kraft Kabin,
some familiar faces will be there along with some new people to 
meet, three classes and time to craft - it should be a lot of fun.

Take care friends and wishing you a lovely weekend.

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