Thank you for visiting me today, I hope you see something here that you like. I love colouring digital images and I am on a few Design Teams.I am taking art classes with Kit and Clowder, and Make it Crafty. I hope maybe you will get some new ideas here or you can leave comments and links so I will be picking up new ideas from you. Anyway I will put on the kettle and have some cupcakes at the ready...
1/4 teaspoon salt (That means just a tiny amount.. I haven't got a symbol for quarter)
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda ( That is just a half a teaspoon)
Extra bit of flour for rolling
Two large sheets of greaseproof paper
2 baking trays lined with greaseproof paper
This is my tried and trusted method.
Heat the oven to 150 C (fan)
the butter in an oven proof largish dish and place in the oven. Measure
out the sugar and syrup. By this time the butter should have melted. If
there are still large lumps leave it in the oven for a few more minutes
but keep an eye on it. Take the bowl with the butter out of the oven
and place on a heat proof surface. Now tip the sugar and the syrup into
the melted butter. Mix the butter/sugar/syrup together very slowly until
the sugar has melted and everything comes together in a gorgeous thick
gloop. This is not a quick recipe, it will take a few moments till you
see no buttery topping.
Place all the dry ingredients into a large
mixing bowl and add the butter/sugar/syrup mixture and stir until it is
all mixed together in a very thick dough.
Shake a little flour
onto one of the greaseproof paper sheets. Place the cookie dough onto
the floured paper and shake a little flour onto the dough. Place the
second sheet on top of the dough and roll the dough to the desired
thickness. Gently remove the top sheet of paper and cut out the biscuit
shapes, I just use a ring cutter. The dough will be quite floppy so this
is how I remove the shapes. Take hold of the paper near the first shape
and bend it slightly so the biscuit slowly comes away from the paper
and gently scoop the biscuit up and place on the papered baking tray.
Repeat for as many biscuits as you manage to cut out of the dough.
Gather up the remaining dough and repeat the process. Lay one greasproof
sheet on the work surface and scatter a little flour onto it. Shape the
dough into a ball and place onto the floured paper. Scatter a little
flour onto the dough and place the second sheet of paper on top. Roll
out the dough as before, take off the sheet of paper and cut out the
biscuits, gently take the biscuits off the floured paper and add to the
papered baking trays. Continue doing this until all the dough is used
up. If you have a little bit of dough left just squish it into the
baking tray near the edge (when they are baked that will be your treat).
into the heated oven for 15 minutes, remove them when the colour goes a
pretty shade of brown Do not poke them as they carry on cooking out of
the oven and you will leave fingerprints. Be brave and trust me. After
about 10 minutes take the biscuits off the tray and place on a cooling
grid.. I don't know what you call it... just the thing you cool cakes
on. When they are completely cold place them in an airtight tin..the
biscuits will be lovely. The next day they will be wonderful and the
next day they will have a crisp 'break' to them and will withstand
dunking in coffee!!!
This story is taking shape over on Rick's facebook page. If you can describe who Finola has spotted and you add the comment where you see this story you stand a chance of Rick loving your suggestion. He will then draw it, and the winner (and me) will receive a copy of the digi free (I love free)
There, down an dark street where the
mist swirled round her feet Finola saw a very strange looking carriage. As she
watched.. the front panel dropped slowly down to reveal shiny curtains and
flowers and a scent of... new papers and marker pens. The sides opened to show
so many storage boxes and more glitter than she had ever seen in one place. Her
eyes were drawn to a very handsome man standing in front of the carriage but as
she turned her head to gaze at some new stuff she thought she saw feathers
sprouting on him. As she looked back quickly she thought she saw a huge owl but
no... there was just the man smiling at her. Finola shook her head and carried
on stroking the papers. She had heard that there was someone new in town, Finola
introduced herself to the man who told her that his name was Xavier and that he
kept a stock of everything she could possibly dream of just behind the curtains.
He asked Finola if quilling interested her, Finola answered that her neighbour
Carla says it’s a hoot! With a spring in her step Finola climbed up onto the
carriage and moved towards the curtains. Xavier pulled on the silky fabric which
seemed to flow towards his wings.. er.. hands. Finola stood still. She couldn’t
believe what she was seeing. She heard a soft Hoot behind her and in front of
Coloured with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils. After I coloured this image the water was shaded in 'aqua' blues and uploaded to Craft Artist 2 where the blue cloudy sky was placed behind it.. I think it looks like the water reaches the sky.
I do hope you will join us in the Challenge over at Crafting from the Heart as always it is 'Anything goes'.Sponsored by Just Inklined
Background furniture from Doll House by Cryztal Rain
Finola has recently retired and has far too much time on her
hands. Her cabinets are full of owl ornaments and her jewelry boxes are full of
owl brooches - her American neighbour Carla called them pins. Finola loves owls.
She has visited the local Owl sanctuary so often that one young man thinks he
has a stalker. She definitely needs a new hobby. Finola has just finished her
afternoon tea, she is equipped with her note book and large handbag ready to be
filled with stuff. Today is the day that she will find a new interest. There has
been talk in the village of a new shop opening but instead of being open between
9am and 5pm the shop is open all evening until gone Midnight! Finola is excited.
An adventure awaits.. she has just crossed over a small bridge into a part of
the village she has never seen before... the light is fading, shadows are
appearing. Finola could see something moving... could hear something breathing..
Da da daaaaa..... If you can think of a character that has surprised our Finola please visit the Rick St. Dennis facebook page and tell us all about it. If it becomes Rick's favourite then he will draw it, I will colour it and the story rambles on with your character in a starring role! You will receive the hand drawn image free of charge with our thanks.
Finola has been printed onto neenah and coloured with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils.
Isn't she so cute just taking a little 'me' time. This is my Design Team project for Crafting from the Heart. There is a challenge over at their Blog which I hope you will be entering.
This is printed onto neenah and coloured with promarkers. The bathroom scene was also printed onto neenah and coloured with promarkers. The two were melded in Craft Artist 2.
Background is a mix of Under the Moon and Summer Fishing
from Mystery Circus
We took some photos in front of a brown sheet which made it super easy to remove the background and place the girls in such a sweet scene. I used Craft Artist 2 to import all the little bits and pieces and to alter everything to fit.
The sheep is a free image... They are both so gorgeous and there are so many lovely ones to choose from... (The hedgehog is going on my wishlist) I was just going to colour up the fox but my imagination carried me off again...
Printed onto neenah card then coloured with spectrum noir pencils. The shiny eyes are in fact 'water droplets' from the free 'Water' kit on Craft Artist 2 and the glorious background is from Portals.
I entered this into the Kit & Clowder and Amy Doodle Stamp challenge and came in the top 3
Top 3 (you will all have the change to guest design for Kit and Clowder's next
event :) Previous guest designers I have something fun planned for you as well!!
Most Creative - Sue Peck Sue this was so cute!
I loved the theme.. the whole design.. it was such a cute project and stood out
for me :D
This Pierrot sitting alone at the bottom of the stairs is quite deep in thought. The image is a delight to colour and I have used him many times in my projects. The background scene is really quite a 'find'. I was commenting on a crafter's project which was entered into a challenge over at Crafting from the Heart and I noticed she had used an amazing background. I followed the link and I ended up at a site called Mischief Circus and was there for absolutely ages, my wishlist quickly filled up as I really can't believe the prices for such wonderful papers, embellishments and whole kits. Please visit them and just wander through all that yumminess!!!
I don't think there is such a thing as too much purple... well maybe I will colour Paris differently next time. Anyway, Gigi had her photo taken here because the cafe matched her outfit!
I wonder.. if anyone else has seen Rick St Dennis Mfa's Gigi somewhere on her travels. . if anyone has seen Gigi somewhere and shows us here on the facebook group, I will run a little
challenge. I will buy an image from Rick of Gigi's friend and send it
to the lucky lady who creates the most fabulous scene with Gigi.. xx
Printed onto neenah and coloured with promarkers then imported into Craft Artist 2 for the removal of the white background and to have this section of the Paris image added.
Isn't she fabulous!!! This lady is dancing like no-one is watching... complete beauty and confidence. This project is for my DT commitment for Crafting from the Heart, there is a challenge taking place on their blog which I hope you will enter.