Saturday, 31 August 2013

Caramel shortbread.......

Hi everyone today I thought I would share a recipe. I made this today with the kids and it went down a treat.The ingredients you will need is...

BASE; 50g soft brown sugar, 125g butter,150g self-raising flour.

CARAMEL TOPPING; 397g can sweetened condensed milk, 125g butter,75g soft light brown sugar,2tbsp golden syrup.

CHOCOLATE TOPPING; 75g white chocolate,75g plain chocolate.

Preheat oven to 180'C,350'F,gas mark 4. Grease and line a tin 7x 11 inches with baking paper.
Cream together in a bowl the butter, sugar and flour to make the base. Keep mixing until combined.
Press the mixture into the tin and bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until golden. Leave to cool.

Place all the caramel topping ingredients into a saucepan and place over a low heat until it has all dissolved.
Once dissolved bring to a boil,stirring continuously for 10 to 20 minutes.
Pour the caramel topping over the base and leave to cool completely.

Melt the chocolates in separate bowels over a pan of simmering water.
Pour the plain and white chocolate over the caramel and swirl together.Leave to set in the fridge for about half an hour.

Great to share with family and friends.

Hugs Emjay x

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Happy Birthday Jessica

Hi guys, I hope your all had a great weekend and looking forward to a super week.We are having awesome weather here in the Uk.
But I took some time today to make a quick thank you card.The image I used is Happy Birthday Jessica in rubber form.
The card is 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 white card base,the papers I used was Dwell (My Minds Eye).The sentiment is Happy Everything and A Birdie told me (Lawn Fawn).

For the beautiful image I paper pieced her dress and party hat and coloured the rest of her using my Spectrum Noir Markers.
I love how it turned out.

Hugs Emjay

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Rubber stamps for LBBS

Hi everyone today I have a bit of exciting news to share.
 Not only can you get awesome Digi images at LBBS but now you can get them in rubber form.

So what are you wait for head over now, you won't be disappointed!
Links below, thanks for visiting me today.
Hugs Emjay x

Birthday gifts

Beautiful Birthday gifts from my sweet friend Natasha.

She made this beautiful birdcage, with fairy and pretty embellishments.
Her card is stunning inside and out.
And OMG this album is made out of so many beautiful laces and materials. 

I am so blessed to have her as a dear friend.Big Hugs Sweetie!

Thanks for stopping by Hugs Emjay x

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Altered gift bag and card (DT LBBS)

Hi everyone today I have two projects to share the first is a altered bag that measures 8 / 10 1/2 inches and is going to be a gift bag for a dear friend of mine.
The really cute image I used is "Miss Lilly Chef" which is so adorable!

The papers used are by docrafts"The Cupcake Collection", which I distressed and inked a little with spun sugar.The image I've coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens, these are the colour's I used.

I have used many different embellishments too such as Doilies,Flowers,Washi tape,Thickers and Lace trims.
To finish it off I have tied an organza ribbon to the handles.

For my second project I have made a card using the "Miss Lilly Reporter" Image,which I just love and have many different projects in mind.
I have made a 6 x 6 card with white cardstock as the base. The pattered papers are by First Edition 'Spring Drop'. The dies used are on the edge Tim Holtz 'Iron Gate' and Spellbinders 'Kaleeidoscope'.
I then cute some Baby pink satin ribbon and tied a bow at the top.
 The image is coloured using my Spectrum Noir Pens and I have used Stickles and Glossy accent in various areas.
The flower in her hat is by Recollections and the sentiment is stamped using Broken China.

Thank you for visiting me today and have a great week.

Hugs Emjay

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Altered chest box and card.....

Hi everyone I hope your all having a great week. Today I have two projects to share with you that I made for a sweet friend of mine.

My first project was an altered chest box that I pick up from my local Hobby craft. I first started by painting the edges of the box in pearl acrylic paint and the whole of the inside. The papers I used are capsule by Papermaina.
I used a lot of different textures and materials that I hadn't done before which was great.


I made handmade flowers out of the same paper collection.

The card was also out of the same papers
The frame is a Sizzix die called frame Damask. The punch on the corners my sweet friend Hilda sent to me in a swap,the sentiment I printed out on my computer and the image is a Sugar Nellie stamp called Candy Pip.

Thanks for visiting me today guys and if you have any question leave them in the comment box below.

Hugs Emjay

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Little Blue Button Stamps 'Summer Blog Hop'

Photo: Hello our friends! Today we are having a blog hop with a lot of wonderful prizes - some gift certificates, some rubber stamps, some discounts! Go ahead and visit our blog to read all the SIMPLE RULES and to get a chance to win!

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Hi Guys,

I hope your all having a great weekend. Today I have a couple of projects to share and with both of these I have decided to you the Miss Lily jar of hearts image. This image is so cute and I had loads of fun colouring her.

For my first project I have made a card that measures 5 by 5 inches,and I have used Honey cake papers by Mine Minds Eye.
I have used my Spectrum Noir pens to colour her and put her on a doily die which has rhinestones and stickles. To finish it off I have made a little banner that says sweet friend.
For my second project I have made a box/card which measure 8 1/2 inches tall,3 inches wide. The papers I have used sparking spring by Prima.
I have used many other embellishments such as lace,ribbon,beaded trim,flowers and hearts from my stash.
I have used my Spectrum Noir pens to colour the image which matches the papers well.
The lid then lifts off and the box unfolds like so.

Inside are four boxes which measure 2 1/2 inches square and 1 1/2 deep. These are get to wrap little gifts to send to a friend.I have made this one for my youngest sister for her Birthday.

Thanks for visiting me here today guys and happy crafting.

Hugs Emjay

Friday, 31 May 2013

Victoria Sponge Cake

Hello Everyone,

I hope your all having a great Friday and looking forward to hopefully a sunny weekend it looks promising at the moment but we all know that can change with a blink of an eye.
Today I come to share something a little different. As some of you know I love to cook and bake with my children so I thought I would start to share some of the recipes we enjoy.

This afternoon we decide to make a Victoria Sponge which is an old time favourite and one I remember making with my Nan when I was little.
The recipe we used can be found in this book which is pictured below.

Here is a quick summary of the recipe;


175 g/6 oz/1 1/2 cups self-raising flour,sifted.
175 g/6 oz/3/4 cup caster sugar.
175 g/6 oz/3/4 cup soft margarine.
3 large Free-range eggs.
1 tsp vanilla extract.
1 tbsp strawberry jam. ( BUT YOU CAN USE ANY FILLING THAT YOU WISH)
icing ( confectioners) sugar for dusting.

First start by preheating your oven to 160 C/325 F/Gas mark 3. Grease and line two 20 cm/8 in round sandwich tins. Then add the flour, eggs, margarine,caster sugar and vanilla extract to a large bowl and mix like mad,until you have a pale and fluffy mixture.Then divide this mixture between the two tins and smooth out.
Bake for 20 Mins. The cakes should be springy to touch and a knife when poked into the sponge should come out clean.
Cool both cakes on a wirer rake. When cold sandwich together with the jam or filling you have chosen and dust the top with the icing sugar.
 We chose to add some Buttercream too.

I hope you give it a go and if so would love to here how it turned out.
Have love creating guys in more ways then one.
Hugs Emjay x

Sunday, 26 May 2013

StickPin Holder

Hi Everyone,
I hope you're all having a great bank holiday and enjoying the warmer weather.
Today I have a stickpin holder to share which I made a while ago out of a old watch box that my eldest daughter no longer wanted.

I first started by placing the lid of the box at the bottom and glued the bottom inside. I then stuffed the box with stuffing and glued the cushion that the watch was displayed on inside.

I have used some mesh bling and handmade flowers on top. The papers I have used on this project is Almanac by Prima which is one of my favourites.

On one side I have made a dressform out of the some paper collection and used Tim Holtz feet.

To the front I have added some chains from an old necklace and a beautiful charm that my Hubby had got me.

I hope you like my project and have a beautiful weekend.
Hugs Emjay

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Recipe Junk Journal

Hi Guys,

I hope you are all having a great week?  A few projects I did a while ago but hadn't the time until now to share on here.

I made the covers for this album out of an old box that I had lying around the house. I took the top layer off and then painted with white paint,I then used my bind-it-all to bind the album.

Though out this album I have used left over papers from various different collections.Which was a great way to use up your scraps.

I have added a few of my favourite recipes to this album but there is plenty of room to grow.
Thanks for stopping by, Hugs Emjay

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Exciting News! And first projects

Hello sweet friends,I have some exciting news to share with you today. I have been asked to be on the design team for Little Blue Button Stamps
I would like to start by saying a big thank you to Olga for asking me to be a  designer and I am looking forward to playing with her beautiful images.

I have two projects to share with you today. My first one is a set of four cards, using the Miss Lilly Cutie image on a 2 1/2 x 3 inch white card (I printed the image out at 2 1/2 x 1 inch).
The layered papers used on each card are by First Edition "Spring Drop". I coloured each image with my Spectrum Noir pens.

These were so easy and quick to make and will be great as thank you cards. I have left the inside blank and can be added to as and when needed.

For my second card I decided to make a shadow box card, which measures 6 x 5 inches by 1 inch deep. I have cut an oval window to the front, where I have used the Miss Lilly Cutie image again, and this time she is 4 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches. I used my Spectrum Noir pens to colour her in. The papers  I used are "Sun Kiss" collection by Prima, the blue flower and the rolled flower on the top left hand corner I made by hand, the cream one is by W.O.C. I then stamped Happy Birthday on pop dots and added two metal roses.

I will be doing a video on these projects, which you can check out on my YouTube channel at Emjay2307

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Handmade cards!

           The card above was made out of a envelope.                

              My first attempt at layering the papers a curling the edges.                          

This is the first male card I have made.I found it hard not to add flowers,trims and bling as these are the things I love to incorporate in most of my projects.
Let me know what you think?
Hugs Emjay

Altered Notebook and Card

Hello everyone I am back with a couple of projects I made for a sweet friend of mine on YouTube.
I know she likes Shabby Chic, so hope I have pulled it off here with these projects.
I hope she likes them as much as I do.
Thank you for taking the time to visit me and have a great weekend.
Hugs Emjay