I found a new range of stamps called Paperbabe stamps which can be bought from Kim’s Etsy shop. There is also a challenge on the Paperbabes blog and this weeks challenge is a picture/colour inspiration challenge. The main image on my card I bought as a digital image but can also be bought as a photopolymer stamp and coloured it in with Copics but Kim also sells photopolymer stamps and has also just released some of her digi images onto red rubber – so there really is something for everyone.
The sentiment I have used is one of her photopolymer stamps which has the fancy word Happy, which has more detail on than on my card but I needed to cut it slightly to fit onto my card. To go with this lovely fancy word there are a variety of other words to make your own sentiment with.
I tried the stamps out with a variety of different inks to see how well they inked up and was very pleased that they came out perfectly each time. I tried SU inks, Distress Inks, Momento and Archival ink pads and each came out with a nice crisp outline. The stamps are very reasonably priced and the service was very quick. I ordered the stamps on Sunday evening and they had arrived by Tuesday morning. I would highly recommend them and can see some more sets appearing in my home very soon - as if I need anymore stamps!
It’s been a while since I have been inspired to take part in a challenge but these stamps really inspired me – it also means I now have one less Christmas card to make.
Last week I tried out a new cake recipe. It’s from a book by Harry Eastwood called Red Velvet and Chocolate Heartache. The recipes use vegetables instead of some of the traditional ingredients you’d associate with cake making. The one I made was Coconut Cake with Coconut Icing and it used courgette and it tasted delicious – very sweet and you would never know that courgettes were put into it. This is fabulous as it now means I can get our youngest son to eat courgettes and he doesn’t even know – I just need to make sure I bake it when he’s not at home. I took half of the cake into work and my work colleagues also thoroughly enjoyed it too. I intend to make more cakes from this book in the coming months and said I would take them into work for them to guess which vegetable was used each time.