Birthday Cupcakes It was my OH’s sisters birthday the other day so naturally I took it upon myself to make some cakes. They had to be the best ones I’ve ever made. I think I’ve finally got my oven sussed (it can be a bit temperamental!) so that the cakes were cooked really well.

I think I’ve also got the recipe down to a T. I use the Hummingbird Bakery recipe for the vanilla & chocolates cupcakes & frosting. I know my icing still needs a bit of work & I’d like to get more piping equipment to vary how they look. But I was happy with how they turned out & they went down well!

Bee Birthday Card The other thing I made for the birthday was this birthday card (I’d forgotten to buy one – busy week!) so thought I could use my stencil magic!

I made a bit of an error on my first attempt so resorted to some previous bees that I’d stenciled ages ago. I then cut them out of my sketch book & straightened the edges with my little guillotine. I then used some contrasting craft paper as the backing paper. I used some double sided sticking tape. This worked fab as it meant that everything stuck well & the card didn’t warp like it does with other types of glue.

I’d really like to make more cards & like the look & feel of stenciled cards though I need a greater variety of stencils.

I’d also like to have a go at making my own decorative tape, as seen on the lovely Ginger & George blog. Need to stock up on some paper first. Oh well, what a chore!

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