Michelle Perkett Studio Challenge #39

Hi everyone! Tuesday already! that means it´s time for another really fun challenge at Michelle Perkett Studio Challenge blog!
This time we want you to use a color combo and butterflies!

To inspire you I made two cards and two envelopes with the same super easy sketch:
The images I used are Harmony mermaid and Flying birthday girl from Michelle Perkett (her Etsy store here), that I colored with colored pencils and I glittered some parts of them. For the mermaid projects I cut the image and place it on the card with foam tape, and for the b-day girl I cut around the image and glued it directly to the base of the card (and envelope).
The ribbon and raffia are from my stash, as are the papers. It was a great way to use that old patterned paper! I stitched some glass beads on all of them and glued some pink beads on the mermaid projects. I decorated the cards with a pearled pin, an old button and a handmade paper button, and some punched butterflies I folded in the middle and glued them here and there.
In general they were very easy to make and very fast! I spend more time coloring the images that finishing the projects. It was so much fun to embellish them, small details to make them special.
You can click on the images below if you want to see them in more detail.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today and hope you can play with us this week!

A cupcake

a real one this time!
It´s been so long since I shared a recipe with you that today I want to give you a cupcake recipe I learnt to make 10 year ago and it´s one of my favorites. This is a Spanish recipe I found in a cooking book which compiles some Spanish nuns´s (under the order of Santa Clara, Clarisa´s nuns) recipes and they are called magdalenas.

  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups + 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grained salt
  • Preheat the over at 350°F (180°C).
  • In one bowl mix all dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt, and set aside.
  • In another but large bowl put the egg and sugar, take your mixer and beat them together until you get a spongy-like egg mixture (you can whisk them by hand too but it´s faster with the mixer).
  • Slowly beat in the oil taking care you integrate all the oil before the next step.
  • At this point I switch to a hand whisk but you can continue with the mixer if you want, I take better control using my hands. Now you mix in the milk and vanilla extract. It´ll became very liquid but that´s fine.
  • And finally, integrate in the egg mixture all the dry ingredients you set aside at the beginning trying not to over mix your dough.
  • Line a cupcake pan with paper baking cups and fill them with dough to reach 2/3th of the cup
  • Sprinkle some white sugar on top and take them to the oven for 15-20 min approx. (it´ll depend on how large your cupcake cups are) or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. They will turn into a nice golden brown color. Let them cool before eating.
There are some little changes you can do to make them slightly different:
replace 1/2 cup of the all purpose flour by whole wheat flour
replace the milk by orange juice (or any other fruit juice)
replace white sugar by light brown sugar
replace canola oil by sunflower oil
do not sprinkle with sugar and frost them after they cool

I like their homemade look they get after baking so I don´t add any frosting, but I´m sure they´ll make great birthday cupcakes. Hope you try this recipe, it´s very easy and they are wonderful for breakfast or tea time. And remember you´ll improving them every time you make them!

One blue flower

And in that place it was
one blue flower
where he thought there were only
the freesias and the gardenias...
This is my first "altered book" and my first hidden poem. Some years ago I come across altered book techniques and I was completely appealed by the idea to make my own someday. This page belongs to a book in spanish but I tried to make the translation as best as I could.
Here is the page attached to a piece of craft cardstock before I added the embellishments and image for you to see. I started with selecting the words of my poem and draw a line around each of them with a black pen before painting the page with acrylic paints. After everything was dry I cut the page with the shape I wanted and connected the words in the correct order to make the poem. Then I mat it with a deep blue magazine page (a car advertisement), cut a strip of the same paper, punch it and glued to the page. I stitched some glass beads and attached the whole page to the cardstock.
The image is Arianna from Michelle Perkett (her Etsy shop here) colored with colored pencils that I added dots of orange acrylic paint to her hair before cutting it and place it with foam tape. I love to color this image, it´s gorgeous! one of my favorites...
I made another ribbon rose, but this time following this video tutorial, it took me three tries to get it right but now I think I got the technique. I wanted to add some pins but I didn´t have any with matching colors, so I took two and painted glue on their pearled heads and rolled them gently on glitter, tapped the excess and let it dry, and I finished the whole rose by stitching some glass beads on its center too.
I wanted this project to be hung on the wall so I strung some raffia and made a bow on the top. My project is not literally an altered book but it´s an altered page of a book (close?), even though I like how it turned out.
I´m joining the following challenges:
Scrap the Art: art noveau
One stitch at a the time: lace, ribbon and bows
The creative cottage: no cards allowed
Woopsy Daisy: vibrant colors

Michelle Perkett Studio Challenge #37

Time for another fun challenge at Michelle Perkett Studio Challenge blog!
We want to challenge you by making a project using White on white with colored image. And this is what I made to inspire you
This is a white paper lunch bag that I dressed up to be used as a gift bag for a bridal shower since we are in the wedding season!
Something blue... something new... I started coloring Fairy bridesmaid from Michelle Perkett (her Etsy shop here) with colored pencils, added dots of pearl paint and glittered her wings, cut and leave it ready to attach to the front of the bag with foam tape at the very end.
I cut a rectangle of white fiber paper and glued it to a piece of white cardstock (both from my stash). I pierced around the fiber paper and stitched some glass beads with embroidery floss. Once done I glued the cardstock to the bag. I made some swirls with pearl paint starting from a corner where I embellished it with a flower.
To make this flower I used a dollar store white flower I bought a time ago and a handmade made twirled ribbon rose, I followed this video tutorial, it was my first time making a rose and I love how it turned out! I´m going to make more for sure... added a feather and attached the whole flower to the front of the bag.
And on the back I did something similar with the fiber paper and stitched glass beads but I added a tag where to write a personalized sentiment. The tag is made with a PS brush printed on cardstock, cut and dotted with pearl paint.
This was my first time making a project with white only and I loved every second spent in it, it looks so elegant and the image is the focus point (something that I really like). I hope you like my project and join us in the fun this week!

It´s fun to be a kid!

Isn´t it? how I love to have ice creams as a child... lucky me I didn´t outgrown that!!
I used Double dip from Glitterbabe, it´s a freebie Stef gave us at her group on CDAC, and colored the cute little girl with colored pencils. Added some glitter on her dress and ice cream cone, and finished it with triangular rhinestones.
The patterned papers are from Jaime that I printed out on cardstock. I used these papers before, here, to make a boy´s card and I was very glad with the result when I used them to make a girl´s card. I took a piece of orange ribbon from my stash and I made two bows one after the other and added two rhinestones on their centers. The great sentiment is a freebie from TLcCreations by Paulette, and I glittered the word KID with multicolored glitter.
I´m participating at:
Glitterbabe challenge blog: make it sparkly
Crafty Creations: ice cream and cakes
The Creative Cottage challenge blog: summer surprise
One Stitch at a Time: stars and/or stripes

Birthday Wimsey challenge!

Michelle Perkett is running a first inspirational challenge at CDAC, she asked the DT to make something to inspire you.  The challenge theme is Birthday Whimsey! She has created a cute cupcake image especially for this challenge! And this is the inspirational image
isn´t this a lovely cake?! you can see all DT creations at Michelle Perkett group.

By letting myself being inspired by the image I made three little projects in less than an hour each, and I wanted to share them with you today:

First, a cute triangle box
I used a template found here, so easy! and the result is great! the DP you see is actually a piece of cardstock where I "glued" a paper napkin.
You can find this great tutorial how to use those gorgeous paper napkins to make patterned papers here, try it, you´ll love the technique!
I colored the image with colored pencils and added a bit of glitter glue to the centers of the flowers before cutting it and attaching it to the front of the box with foam tape. I cut the sentiment in a flag-like shape, curled a bit and glued behind the cupcake. Added a piece of ribbon from my stash and... voilá! you end up with a nice little box.

Second, an acetate bookmark
very easy too. I had a left over piece of acetate that I folded in the middle and I decorated it with a scraps of patterned paper: on the front I used green and on the back I used pink
I colored the image with colored pencils and added dots of pearl paint on the centers of the flowers and on the corners of the patterned paper.
I glued a magnet strip I cut in two on the inside so it can´t slip off the page, put the image on foam tape and cut around the words of the sentiment before attaching them to the bookmark. I decorated the back so there is a place where to write a sentiment.

And third, a very simple and quick card
I started coloring the image with PS and then made a patterned paper out of that image. I printed the patterned paper and the sentiment on cardstock, cut it, layered them with pink and orange cardstock, glued the image to the front of the card and then I pierced it around. Folded a ribbon (from my stash) in that cute way I found how here and attached the sentiment with foam tape. I used Clean and Simple sketch #96 to make this card.

Join us in the fun! we want to see what you create with this gorgeous image!

I´m submitting my three project to participate also at Party Time Tuesdays challenge #5.