31/07/2015

Diy Paper Rosette Badges.

Diy Paper Rosette Badges
I helped make a bunch of these diy paper rosette badges last week for a hen party and thought they'd make a great project to share here on the blog. Instead of a birthday message shown above we used a photo of the lovely Bride-to-be and put the date of the party on one of the paper tales hanging down.

The finished badges ended up measuring 6.5 inches in circumference. I love the idea of giving someone a giant novelty badge for their birthday but if you want to make a smaller badge you can adjust the measurements below. This is one of those craft projects that's brilliant for using up all those scrapbook paper scraps. They can be customised for any occasion or no occasion at all, after all, who wouldn't want to know that you think they're the best? Wear them as badges, pop them on gifts or bags or simply stick them to the wall. Let's celebrate the special people in our lives.

Materials needed to make Diy Paper Rosette Badges.

WANT TO MAKE YOUR OWN DIY PAPER ROSETTE BADGES? HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

Scrapbook paper strips (I used In Bloom scrapbook paper from My Mind's Eye, I got it from T.K. Maxx last year but sadly it doesn't seem to be available anymore), light weight card cut into discs, printed out birthday messages (I used the Landliebe font. You can download it for free from Font Squirrel here), a score board or embossing tool and a ruler, scissors, a glue gun, double-sided tape, badge pins.

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How to make Diy Paper Rosette Badges
1. Cut your scrapbook paper into 12 x 3 inch strips. You'll need 2 strips of 12 x 3 paper for each badge. For the tales the paper measured 1.5 x 7 inches.

2. Print out your chosen message onto lightweight card and cut into discs. You'll need to cut out a plain card disc for the back of each badge as well.

2. Using either a score board or an embossing tool and a ruler score lines every inch on each paper strip.

3. Flip the paper strips over and score every inch again but this time starting at the 1/2 inch mark. So you'll be scoring at 0.5 in, 1.5 in, 2.5 in etc...

4. Fold along the scored lines to make an accordion fold. Scoring on both sides of the paper should make this process easier.

5. Attach 2 accordion strips together to form a circle.

6. Using both hands press the top of the circle down and in until you get a flat rosette.

How to make Diy Paper Rosette Badges

7. Now comes the tricky part. You might an extra set of hands for this as the rosette will want to pop back up into a circle whenever you let go. Keep your rosette pressed down and use a glue gun to apply some glue to the centre of your circle. A glue gun is perfect for this job as it dries fast but also it dries fast so you need to move quickly. Press your printed message onto the front of the rosette. You should now be able to let go of your rosette without it popping back up.

8. Flip your rosette over and glue another card disc to the back.

9. Take the 1.5 x 7 inch strips and cut a triangle into the bottom of each one. Stick them to back of the rosette. 

I realised after I'd finished making these that what I should have done and did with the others is stick the tales to the back of each disc before gluing it down. That way all the messy bits are hidden. I'd recommend doing this.

10. Glue a badge pin to the back of the rosette and you're all done.

Diy Paper Rosette Badges
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29/07/2015

3 Frozen Treats I'd Love To Make.

3 Frozen Treats I'd Love To Make
Let's all cool down this summer with one of these delicious looking frozen treats.

1. I'm obsessed with these strawberry, peaches and cream popsicles with amaretti from Top With Cinnamon.

2. Gorgeous dairy free black forest popsicles. A classic flavour combination from from The Artful Desperado.

3. I'd love to make these mixed berries and and yoghurt popsicles from The Merrythought.

I don't know about you but I'm off to order my popsicle mould right now.

28/07/2015

The Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Brownies.

The Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Brownies
I have a love/hate relationship with chocolate fudge brownies. I love to eat them, hate to make them. Over the years I've tried to make them quite a few times and no matter what I do something always seems to go wrong. They're either too gooey or too dry, the edges go hard and crispy and they never, ever get that flaky top like they're meant to. Well, until now anyway.

When we were visiting Brighton and the lovely Isla, you can find her gorgeous vintage Etsy shop Gold Dust in Our Hands here, she made us the most amazing brownies. They were dense and chewy and chocolatey and had the perfect crumbly flaky top. In short, the best brownies ever. I asked for the recipe and finally got around to making them this week. They were absolutely delicious. Not too dry, not too gooey. The ideal chocolate fudge brownie. I hope you like them as much as I do.

Ingredients for The Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Brownies
Ingredients needed to make The Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Brownies (makes 12 portions):

200g dark chocolate
175g unsalted butter
325g caster sugar
130g plain flour
3 medium eggs
Icing sugar to decorate
recipe adapted from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook.

Recipe for The Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Brownies
1. Preheat the oven to 170C (325F/Gas 3).

2. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. My tray measured 8 x 8 inches.

3. Roughly chop the dark chocolate.

4. Melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Melt until smooth.

5. Remove the bowl from the heat and add the sugar. Stir until fully incorporated.

6. Add the flour and stir until smooth.

7. Stir in the eggs and mix. Your mixture should be thick and smooth.

8. Pour the mixture into the lined baking tray and bake for 30-35 minutes. You want the brownie to be flaky on top but still soft in the centre. Over baking will cause the edges to become crusty and hard.

9. Leave to cool completely before removing from the tray. Dust with icing sugar and cut into squares.

And there you have it, the best ever chocolate fudge brownies. Enjoy.

The Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Brownies
The Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Brownies
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