Friday, 18 April 2014

Happy Easter!

Hello there,

I hope you've had a good day and a great week!

No card from me this week, but I just wanted to share with you the wonderful Easter inspired afternoon tea that Lorna and I held for our friends this afternoon. As you might know we've been baking and hosting our own afternoon teas for a while now and love baking for our friends.

Easter afternoon tea

We stayed with tried and tested sandwich fillings like egg mayonnaise, roast chicken and cheese, using both white and brown bread. These were followed by Lorna's scrummy scones - topped with cream and homemade blackberry jam.



The sweet treats were made by myself, Lorna and our mum.

We had sheep meringues, chocolate and raspberry cakes, passion fruit and white chocolate tarts, lemon madeleines and chocolate and orange cakes with a chocolate glaze.

Easter sweet treats

I also made some little chocolate tarts with chocolate ganache, topped with little mini chocolate eggs. This is the second time that I have made this chocolate pastry, and I was pleased with how light and crisp it turned out - perfect with the chocolate ganache.......

Easter chocolate tarts
Next time I make these tarts (and I definitely will be making them again) I will add a layer of salted caramel under the chocolate.

Everything was washed down with rather a lot of tea - both black Ceylon tea and yellow tea. I also made a bottle of blackberry lemonade which was rather popular.

I'd like to enter my Easter chocolate tarts in The Pink Whisk Easter Make and Bake Competition, run inconjunction with Two Little Fleas.

If this afternoon tea has got you in the mood for more sweet treats pop by my afternoon tea blog Tea With Me and Friends!

Thanks for popping by today,
Wedgie xxx

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Show us your Flowers!

Hello there,

Happy Saturday! I'm one happy bunny today...if you popped by on Wednesday you'll know that I am now on annual leave from work and very happy! I'm not going away anywhere...but I have loads of lovely plans with my friends (including a spot of afternoon tea and a spa day!).

Today I am here with a new challenge from Sweet Stampin, this week our theme is flowers. I decided I wanted lots of flowers on my card....


Yes, I opted for this fab flower digi image, plus some bright and cheerful flowery backing paper! I knew I wanted to make this a colourful card (well flowers are colourful aren't they!) and I love this combination of pretty colours. My image is coloured with my Promarkers and I have added some faux white stitching to the edges of the card.

For more flowery inspiration pop over to the Sweet Stampin Challenge blog to take a peek at Team Abi's gorgeous DT cards...while you're there you can find out about our sponsor this week...



If you fancy some other blog reading today, you could always take a peek at my afternoon tea blog!

Thank you for popping by today!

Wedgie xxx

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Glitter, Glitter Everywhere!

Hello there,

Happy Hump day! I do love Wednesdays...the weekend is in sight! For me that means a week's annual leave, which I am really looking forward to!

I'm back today with our monthly Christmas stamping challenge from Christmas at Sweet Stampin....and this month is a fab challenge! We want to see your projects featuring glitter! Now if you've popped by my blog before you probably already know how much I love glitter.....


Soooo...I've used one of my favourite Christmas digi images - that mug is just so cute! My image is coloured with my Promarkers and I have added glitter to both the image and also the snowflake backing paper.

For more glitter inspiration pop by the Christmas at Sweet Stampin challenge blog and take a peek at the sparkly DT cards that have been created this month. While you're there you can find out about our fab sponsor this month....


Thank you for popping by today,
Wedgie xxx

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Dead Impressed!

Hello there,

Happy Saturday! I hope you've had a wonderful week.

So, I have to say I am a little impressed with myself....our theme for this week's challenge over at Sweet Stampin is transport....and without even thinking I've managed to create myself a masculine transport themed card. Now I know for some of you wonderful crafters that's probably quite a normal thing....but for me....Queen of the girly cards...to not automatically reach for the pink and purple papers is quite an achievement! Hee, hee!

So, what does my transport themed card look like I hear you ask....well here you go....

Sweet Stampin DT card - Theme - Transport

I've gone with a brown colour pallet for this card, with a hint of green and red. My mini is coloured with my Promarkers and I have added a little faux stitching. This mini actually looks quite like my own first car, which was an old beat up brown mini!

For more transport inspiration, pop by the Sweet Stampin challenge blog and take a peek at Team Abi's fab DT cards this week! While you're there you can also read about our fab sponsor this week.....


I'd also like to enter this card at:
I love Promarkers - anything goes

Thanks for popping by today!
Wedgie xxx

PS - not sure if you fancy some fat-free calories....pop by my afternoon tea blog to drool over some scrummy afternoon tea photos (we enjoyed a chocoholics tea last weekend!). You can drool all you like and not put any weight on! 

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Wow - what an amazing weekend!

Hello there,

I hope you are well and have had a lovely week.

I'm here with a new challenge from My Time to Craft, but before I tell you about that I just wanted to share with you what I got up to last weekend!

On Saturday I indulged in the most wonderful afternoon tea - it has a science theme, which sounds a bit odd....but take a look...its pretty cool....

Science afternoon tea - Ampersand Hotel

Everything looked fantastic, but also tasted amazing! For more photos and the whole review, pop by my afternoon tea blog!

On Sunday I went to the Country 2 Country festival at the O2 in London. Now, its a little known fact that I really enjoy country music (having been brought up listening to it!), and I am particularly passionate about Brad Paisley - who happened to be headlining on Sunday!

I had amazing seats...just 8 rows from the front, here is my view.....


The concert was amazing....Brad was on form and I sung my heart out! But the fun didn't stop there! On Monday evening I was lucky enough to attend a special BBC recording with Brad at the Radio Theatre in the BBC Broadcasting House. It was two amazing hours of Brad and three of his songwriters, talking about the songs and singing! This time I was just four rows from the front.....


The lady who I think was sitting behind me took this fab photo! I still can't believe I was lucky enough to be part of this recording, it was definitely the highlight of all my musical experiences so far!

Anyway, back to the business at hand....and this week I have some sad news as I have decided to step down from the My Time to Craft DT.....I have been part of this fab DT for ages now, and its been a wonderful experience...but life is getting in the way at the moment and unfortunately something has to give. I'm sad to make this move, and would like to thank Shell and the lovely DT ladies for all their support.

So, without further ado....my last challenge over at My Time to Craft is "Mothers Day or Special Lady". As you know I love afternoon tea and so does my mum...so this seemed like an appropriate theme for my card....


I've gone with a lovely fresh green for this card, adding a splash of detail with my art deco inspired backing paper. My image is printed and then I have added a hint of colour with my Promarkers.

For more inspiration pop by the My Time to Craft challenge blog and take a peek at all the gorgeous DT cards that have been created this week.

I hope you have fun with this challenge!

Thanks for popping by today,
Wedgie xxx

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Charming!

Hello there!

I'm back again with a new challenge from My Time to Craft and this week we'd like to see your projects featuring a charm.

Now this is something that I don't really use on my cards, not sure why really. When I found out about this theme I decided to have a look through my stash and I found the cutest needle and thimble charms that go perfectly with my sewing digi images.....



I also found this fab backing paper that reminds me of thread when I am sewing! I have matched the patterned paper with some pale blue paper and a splash of yellow paper. My image has been printed and I have added a little colour with my Promarkers.

For more charm inspiration pop by the My Time to Craft challenge blog and take a peek at all the fab DT cards!

If you are looking for something a little bit different to read too, have you seen my afternoon tea blog? Lots of scrummy photos and reviews - plus March is tea month and so we have lots of tea articles! Tea With Me and Friends - perfect reading with a nice cup of tea and a cake!

Thanks for popping by today,
Wedgie xxx

A card for that special lady.....

Hello there,

I hope you are well today and have had a fab week!

I'm back today with a new challenge from Sweet Stampin. This week we'd love to see your cards for Mother's Day...or for a special lady. Now maybe rather predictably my card features some cakes......


....rather a lot of cakes! Hee, hee!

Now there is a really good reason behind these cakes and the sentiment, as its become tradition that my sister and I treat mum to afternoon tea each day on Mother's Day. In fact that's where our obsession with afternoon tea first began....I can still remember the first tea we indulged in at The Savoy. Little did I know then the passion it would ignite....one that would lead to me writing a blog dedicated to the art of afternoon tea! 

For more inspiration pop by the Sweet Stampin DT blog to take a peek at Team Abi's gorgeous DT cards! While you're there you can also find out about our fab sponsors....




While we're talking about Team Abi I must tell you about my excitement this weekend! Tomorrow I am going to the Country 2 Country event at the O2 in London....and the lovely Abi will be there too! In fact we're sitting in the same row! I am soooo excited! There are lots of country stars appearing...but the head liner and the reason why we are soooo excited is Brad Paisley! I can't wait!

Thanks for popping by today,
Wedgie xxx