29 August 2011

Announcing The Winner Of My Fortnightly Baking Fun Challenge #3 - Cupcakes.......

Hello everyone! Today is Monday which means........it’s time to announce the winner of my Fortnightly Baking Fun Challenge #3 - Cupcakes!!!
Thank you everyone who took the time to vote!
The winner of challenge #3 - cupcake is 11 year old.............
Congratulations Nancy for winning my 3rd Fortnightly Baking Fun Challenge!!!! 
Your Chocolate cupcakes looks beautiful 
Here is your special blinkie with a picture of your Chocolate Cupcakes:
All you have to do is right click, then click “save image as”.
Then you can proudly display your winner blinkie on the side of your blog with a link back to this post so that your blog readers can see you won and also join in next time.
Now if any one would like to win a blinkie like this, all you have to do is enter here. The fortnightly baking challenge now running is Puddings and Desserts and ends on the 5th of September. 
Please join in the fun!
Have a blessed week everyone
Baking Greetings!

27 August 2011

Kelly’s Sensational Sewing Challenge - Bags!!

Hello everyone. My dear friend, Kelly-Anne is hosting a sewing challenge on her blog. It’s a monthly challenge and you have to make something (Kelly gives a theme) and then put it on your blog or e-mail her to enter! Please go to Kelly’s blog for all the detail!

The theme for her first Challenge is............
It’s A Girl Thing - Bags!
I decided to enter too. So here is my bag:
I got the idea on this lady’s blog and I thought it’s a great idea.
This bag is for a little baby girl to play on and put her toys in!
You open the bag, flatten it out for baby to Play on, with all her favorite toys in reachable distance and when she don’t want to play anymore, all you have to do is....

Pull the ribbons!! All the toys are in the bag!
This is handy when you have to go out.  You just grab the bag and Baby has toys and a blanket to play on.
Here is how I made it:
 I cut two circles of the same size with different material;
Make four button holes at four opposite side’s of one of the circles, at 12 O’clock, 3 O’clock, 6 O’clock and 9 O’clock.
Overlock the two circles together, 
Make a casing big enough for a continous ribbon to thread though; 
Pull a piece of the ribbon out of the casing, at the four button holes;
Make a knot in the ribbon, where they come out of the button hole, to prevent the ribbon from pulling back into the casing.
Me stitching.

Putting the ribbon through the casing.
It’s very easy to make if you don’t have a problem cutting two circles exactly the same size. 
This is also a great gift to someone! One of my mother’s friends is expecting a little girl so I made her this bag and I’m going to put some soft toys inside too!
I also made a bigger blue one first, for my little brothers to play on with their DUPLO® blocks.

Daniel holding their big bag of DUPLO®  blocks.

This opened a totally new world to the little ones! They never before enjoyed playing DUPLO®  blocks as much as they do now, since no one enjoy picking  up blocks after playtime! Now they play in front of the fireplace or at my Mother’s feet while she teach the older children.  When they are finished playing (not often) they just throw back the odd DUPLO block, pull the ropes (at the four openings) and put away their bag.
I hope you like my bag! Please hop over to Kelly’s blog and have a look at her variety of beautiful bags!
Sewing Greetings

26 August 2011

Melissa’s photo challenge - August Favorite

Hi everyone! I want to take part in Melissa’s photo challenge again.
The theme for this week is 
August Favorite!!
So here is my photo:

It was CJ, Josua and Daniel’s birthday in August.
So I though it was a great idea to take a picture of all the boys who’s birthdays were in August!
This was taken on Josua’s birthday and I really like it!
Photo Greetings!

23 August 2011

Fortnightly Baking Fun Challenge 4...........

Hello all blog readers! WOW can you believe it, two weeks has gone by SO fast! Well that means a new Fortnightly Baking Fun Challenge!!
I want to thank everyone who joined in last week for my Cupcake challenge. You can have a look at the entries here and then vote for your favorite cupcake on the side on my blog!
Now the theme for this fortnightly challenge ……….

Well what do you think? Can you guess?
Puddings and Desserts!!!!!!!
That’s right, any kind of pudding or dessert you like.
My sample is Crème Brûlée.
Since my family loves Crème Brûlée for a pudding, I thought I would use it as my sample for this challenge!
This recipe makes 6 ramekins servings.
2 cups Heavy Cream 
1 Vanilla Bean or 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract.
6 egg yolks 
1 cup sugar
1 Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F / 150 degrees C.

2 Pour the cream into a saucepan add the vanilla bean/extract 

3 Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer. 

4 Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and 1/2 cup of the sugar for about 2 min, or until slightly pale.

5 Remove the cream from the heat, if you used a vanilla bean, remove from the pan with a knife, scrape the little seeds from each half of the vanilla pod back into the pan or if you are using the vanilla extract, stir it in.

6 Gradually pour the hot cream into the egg mixture while whisking constantly. 

7 Continue stirring until no egg yolk clings to the sides of the bowl. 
If you see specks of cooked egg, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer.

8 Arrange 6 ramekins in a baking pan or sheet pan that is at least as deep as the dishes.

9 Divide the custard mixture evenly among the molds. 

10 Pour the hottest tap water into the baking pan to reach halfway up the sides of the molds.
11 Bake for 40 min, or until the surface of the custard doesn’t jiggle when you gently move the mold back and forth.

12 Remove the molds from the water bath and let cool on a rack for about 1 hour, or until they are room temperature
13 Then cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 3 days before serving.(I find 3-4 hours works good)

14 No more that one hour before serving, sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar evenly over the tops of the custards, covering them with a thin layer. 
15 Tilt a kitchen torch/blow torch over each custard so the flame is about 2 inches/5 cm from the surface, and move the torch around until the sugar melts and caramelizes, forming a thin sheet.
16 Alternatively, preheat the broiler and position the rack 3 inches/ 7 1/2 cm from the heat source. 
17 Top the custards with the sugar, slide them ender the broiler, and broil for about 1 min, or until the sugar caramelizes.

18 Serve immediately or refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.
Bon Appetite!
Now, show me your pudding/desserts! I can’t wait to see them!

-You can link-up using your blog or if you don’t have a blog, e-mail your entry to me.
-Create a post on your blog with the recipe and at least one picture of the finished product.
e-mail the recipe, with at least one picture of the finished product and I will enter your recipe in the challenge (remember to come back and check out your entry).
-One recipe per person/blog please.
-You are allowed to have help with your baking.
-Please use the blue frog below to enter. Be sure to add the link to your direct blog posting/recipe and not your whole blog as this makes it much easier to find your recipe. 
-Please comment on at least 3 other entries.
-Each recipe needs to be linked back to Heidi’s Crafts or has to have the button in the post.
-This is a fortnightly challenge, you have two weeks to enter.
-Entries need to be linked up by Monday the 5th of September for this Pudding/dessert challenge.
-After the challenge has closed, I will announce the entries in a separate posting and you will be able to vote for your favourite recipe.
-You are all allowed to advertise anywhere you like for people to vote for you, on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
-I will have a personalized blinkie, specially for the Winner.
-Age doesn’t matter, from little girls to grandmas are welcome to enter!
-The aim of the challenge is to encourage mothers and grandmas with their girls to enjoy making food in the kitchen, to share recipes, find new ones and have lots of fun together!

This posting is linked to

Baking Greetings!

22 August 2011

It’s Time To Vote Again!!!!

Hello everyone! Well as you know, its Monday and that means it’s time for you to start voting for your favorite Cupcake recipe!!
I had 5 entries for this fortnightly challenge - Cupcakes.

Firstly we have 7 year old Beth:
Beth baked Vanilla Topped Cupcakes! I really like them, because they are small, and I love the pink topping with the sugar crystals!
Then we have 9 year old Gabi:
Gabi baked Yummy Sponge Cupcakes with white icing and a red cherry on top! The red and white looks so pretty, as well as the polkadots serviettes!
Next was Melissa, from New Zealand:
Melissa baked Vanilla Frosted Cupcakes. I love the Writing gel and “Hundreds and Thousands” on top! So colourful!
Then Kelly-Anne joined in with:
Butterfly Cupcakes!! This is a beautiful cupcake, with cream on the wings and sugar crystals. Love it!

And last buy definitely not least, Nancy:
She baked Chocolate cupcakes with crumbled flake and half a cherry on top!
They look so yummy! Great job Nancy!!
Thank you so much Beth, Gabi, Melissa, Kelly and Nancy for joining my baking challenge!
Now all you have to do is advertise it. So people can vote for you! As you know, you may advertise it anywhere you like.
To all my blog readers, please will you take a few minutes and vote for one of these five entries! You don’t have to enter to vote. It will really be appreciated!
 All you have to do, to vote is:
1 Go to the top of my blog,
2 Just under my blog header, on your right, is a voting poll with all the entries.
3 Next to each name is a little white circle
4 Click on the one next to the name of the entry you like best.
5 Then click on the button that says “vote”.
You have voted!
Good luck everyone 
Baking Greetings!

19 August 2011

Beach Card For Stampin for the Weekend

Hello everyone. Yes, you guessed right, it’s time for a new Stampin for the Weekend Challenge.
This fortnightly challenge is.......
Holiday - Anything Beach Themed!

Our sponsor for this challenge is Pink Gem, who is kindly offering 6 digi's of the winners choice!! 

Here is my beach card:
I made this card for my brother Josua, who’s birthday is next week (24th of August). Josua is turning 11 and he totally loves to play (anything), so I think this card fits him well.
I used a Whiff Of Joy Stamp that I bought long ago in the “June Stamp Kit - Fun in the sun” I colored him with the following Copics:
E35, E33 and E53 - for the boy’s hair.
R20, R21 and E00 - for his skin.
B05, B02 and B000 - for his T-shirt.
R29 and R27 - for the red on his pants 
Y15, Y11 and Y00 - for the yellow on his pants 
G17, G14 and G12 - for his shoes and the ball in his hand.
W3 - for a shadow around the stamp.
I stuck a piece of ribbon though the middle of the card and made a knot with it on the right hand side.

I also payed around with some buttons in the corners. 
I wrote “Lekker Verjaar!!!” which means Happy Birthday in Afrikaans and put it on the right hand side of the image.
I will post some pictures of Josua’s birthday after next week!
Please do hop over to Stampin for the Weekend and see if you can take part in our challenge! 
I would also like to take part in the following challenges with this card:
Craft Us Crazy - Anything goes
Stamp Insanity - Anything goes
Divas by Design -  Birthdays
A Spoonful Of Sugar -  Happy Birthday
Anything Goes Challenge - Happy Birthday/Celebration
Try It On Tuesday - Anything Goes

Have a blessed weekend everybody!
Crafty Greetings 

18 August 2011

Door Hanger Recipe - For Paper Play

Hello everyone, I hope you’re doing well?
Today is Thursday and that means a new challenge over at Paper Play!
The theme for this week’s challenge is...............
A Recipe!!!
3 Different Embellishments, 2 Patterned Papers and 1 Lace! 
That’s the recipe! 
We are kindly sponsored by Just Some Lines.
Do you need some inspiration?
Here is my creation:

My mother and I have been invited to a Friend’s baby shower on Saturday, so I decided to make a girly door hanger for her, to warn her other children when the baby is sleeping. 
I used one of my favourite stamps. It’s a Whiff Of Joy Stamp Called: Willow Holding Baby.
I have been wanting to use this stamp on a door-hanger for our house ever since my mother fell pregnant, with her last baby. But when my mother lost the baby, I had no use of making it anymore. Now I made one for this lady and I really, really hope and pray that I will be able to make one for our home for a new baby too, very soon.
I coloured this stamp with the following Copics:
 E37, E35, E33 and E53 - for her hair and the baby’s hair.
R20, R21 and E00 - for their skin.
G17, G14 and G12 - for her green dress.
RV34, RV13 and RV10 - for the baby’s blanket and the lace on the mother’s dress.
W3 - for a shadow around the stamp.
On the left I wrote: “Shhh........ Baby Sleeping” in my favourite font and printed it in dark pink. I added a flower at the top of the image as one of the embellishments. On the right I added five dark pink pearls for another embellishment.
For the third embellishment, I made holes in the top two corners with gold eyelids and threaded an organza light pink ribbon through.
This lace was the left over of the skirt my mother made me for my birthday and I think it really looks nice on this creation!
I printed out a little poem and stuck it at the back of the door hang and I think it makes it very special.
I hope you like my door hanger. 
Please hop over to Paper Play Challenge and see if you can take part in our challenge. There are some more great inspirations to draw from! 

With this door hang I would like to take part in the following challenge:
AiFactory - Anything Goes
Craft Us Crazy - Anything goes in August
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes 
Stamp Insanity -  Anything goes
Bearly Mine -  Bring On The Bling
Creative Craft Challenges - Anything But A Card
Have a blessed day everyone. Till next time...
Crafty Greetings
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