Friday, 7 June 2013

Best of Flowers watercoloured hydrangea

Yesterday, when I was making that quick hydrangea card, I had in my mind the kind that can't make up their mind whether they want to be pink or blue - do you know the ones?! I didn't think my effort conveyed that though, so I tried again, this time using proper watercolour paper. Come and see how it turned out:


I gave the hydrangea exactly the same treatment as yesterday but the watercolour paper gives a more intense colour that I think is much more effective. I cut it out with my sharp paper snips, tied a piece of linen thread around it and mounted it onto a background stamped with French Foliage. Here's a close up:


Just look at the blend of colours on the flower head! French Foliage is one of my favourite EVER sets and I'm very sad to see it on the retirement list - well, I say it's on the list but the Cling Mount version has already sold out, not surprisingly.  If you'd like this set in Wood mount, please do contact me as soon as possible!
Here's what you'll need for this card
Stamps: Best of Flowers, Delightful Dozen
Ink: Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake classic inks, stazon black
Card stock: Very Vanilla, watercolour paper
Other: Garden Green, Marina Mist and Rich Razzleberry markers, aqua painter, linen thread, paper snips, stamp-a-majig
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I promised you a special cake today and here it is - an absolutely delicious birthday cake made for me by my lovely, thoughtful daughter:


It's a cake with a difference too:  Without meaning to bore you, I've had one or two health issues over the last 15 years and, this year, I have had some success in addressing them by making changes to what I eat. Wheat is a no-no for me and refined sugar doesn't feature in my diet either... so my daughter found this recipe that contains neither and adapted it. It was melt-in-the-mouth gorgeous, with light, moist, bitter chocolate cake, filled and topped with whipped cream and decorated with dark, sweet cherries. In case you fancy trying it yourself, here's how my daughter made it:

Ingredients:
10 Medjool dates
4 Gala apples or similar
3 eggs
60g coconut oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
60g cocoa powder
60g coconut flour
110ml strong coffee
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
Pinch of salt
230ml double cream
Cherries
Method:
Peel, core and slice the apples, cook until soft and purée. Allow to cool. Meanwhile, stone the dates and whiz in a food processor. Add the apple purée and the other wet ingredients and whiz again to mix thoroughly. Add the dry ingredients and pulse until mixed. Turn into two buttered, lined 9" tins and bake for 30 mins at 170 degrees C. Turn out onto a wire rack and when completely cool sandwich together with a third of the whipped cream, top with rest and decorate with pitted cherries. Set up an armed guard at the kitchen door to prevent it being demolished by ravening hordes!

Enjoy the weekend. We'll be seeing some more sunshine in the UK according to the forecast - I could get used to this holiday weather! See you soon,

17 comments:

  1. Morning Vicky

    Wow, love this card. Your colouring is perfect, how do you cut around the image so neatly? I have to say l'm very tempted by this set, it's stunning.

    Don't they say to plant nails at the bottom of a hydrangea to change the colour of the petals?

    Tasty looking cake, your daughter's very talented. Happy belated birthday btw, sorry l missed it.

    Have a great sunny weekend xx

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  2. Sigh,this even more beautiful than yesterday's card Vicky ! You have certainly captured that Hydrangea who can't make up him mind LOL!
    Your cake looks amazing-and i am sure tasted just as delicious-i will keep your recipe as my Husband is a Coeliac and Lactose intolerant too(groan!) so no gluten,wheat or "normal"milk/cream for him-i have found perfect substitutes though that i could use to make this lovely cake :)Would you like a fabulous GF/WF pastry recipe that works every time ?our daughter has adapted one and we all eat it-it's lovely !
    Have a fabulous sunny weeekend,Nessa xx

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  3. WOW - this is a stunner Vicky. Love this card. And, MY, that cake looks delicious.

    Hugs
    Sarn xxx

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  4. Hi Vicky
    Fabulous card... The flower looks so real.... Congrats to your daughter... What a fabulous cake... It looks good enough to eat....
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

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  5. Love this card Vicky as I do most no all of your fabulous creations.
    Suzi B x
    I need to order both sets of stamps... will email x

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  6. Beautiful card Vicky lovely colours...thank you for sharing the recipe for the cake it looks delicious...

    Anne

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  7. I don't know what looks more yummy - the card or the cake! I'm very intrigued to try coconut flour now. I'm no horticulturalist, and I'm sure Jenny will correct me if I'm wrong, but I think hydrangeas change colour due to the acidity of the soil...
    Have a lovely weekend

    Tara

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  8. This card is just "gorgeous", so delicate on the white background. Your cake looks pretty yummy, what a clever daughter you have!

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  9. Beautiful card, love the mix of colours.

    The cake is so yummy and sounds wonderful to eat too, thanks for the recipe, what a clever & thoughtful daughter you have.

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  10. This is so lovely Vicky - I am so going to miss french Foliage but lots of lovely things to look forward to !!! xx

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  11. I love hydrangeas (although I dont seem to be able to grown them!) your card is really pretty and delicate. Have a great crafty weekend.

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  12. This is beautiful! The watercolor paper gives this image beautiful depth. And I'm incredibly impressed that your daughter made that delicious cake for you. The recipe sounds more complicated than what I would attempt! All that whizzing would surely make me dizzy!

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  13. Gorgeous card Vicky, and your cake looks scrumptious!

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  14. Beautiful card. I love the vintage-y look of the splatters combined with the white space. Great looking cake your daughter made!

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  15. Lovely card; beautiful cake; and a very kind and thoughtful daughter! xxxx

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  16. This is gorgeous Vicky..... I just have to keep saying that word about your floral cards, you do them so well!! I know exactly the flowers you mean, so pretty in there indecisive colours :0) the text and spots make a great arty backdrop too.
    Your daughter is such a thoughtful soul to make a special cake for you, it looks delicious :0)
    Jenny x

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  17. Gorgeous card and cake Vicky! Such a lovely flower stamp as you say, beautifully coloured too. Love the cake .....could just eat it but trying to diet today!!! Happy Birthday if it was your birthday too?? hope you have resolved your health issues now, take care,:) hugs Viv xx

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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x