Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Challenge #2 Elizabeth's Sketch & an Extra Challenge

Hello everyone and a warm welcome to Live & Love Crafts' 2nd challenge.
Before we're getting started, myself and the Design Team would like to thank everyone who entered our first challenge, Nautic. There were so many stunning and creative entries. We'll be back to announce the Top3 and the crafter we hope will join us as a Guest Designer for the September challenge next week.

The lucky winner who has won the £25 Voucher for the Live & Love Crafts' Store has been drawn though and that person is...

No. #24 Tineke

Congratulations; please contact me, Sandy to claim your prize.

The August Challenge is this great sketch designed by Elizabeth:

...and here are the Design Team Members' takes on it:

Image: Saturated Canary
"It is written" & "Live and grow", Crea Diem, Maja Design
Swirly Lace, Magnolia Doohickey
Leaf, Magnolia Doohickey


Image: "Little Sweeties", From Grandma's Attic, Pion Design
"No 70", Bello Pastello, Riddersholm Design
"No 65", Bello Pastello 2, Riddersholm Design
Tea Garden Trim, Maya Road
Pom Pom Trim, Melissa Frances
Heart Swirl, Magnolia Doohickey
Home Sweet Home Charm, Bildmalarna
Garnish Applique Resin Embellishment, Melissa Frances
Gardenia Flower, Papercraft Scandinavia


Image: "Sleeping Baby Tilda", Magnolia
"Small Leaves & Pink Ornament" 6 x 6, Studio of Memories, Pion Design
Roses with Glass Pearls, Kort og Godt
Gardenia Flower, Papercraft Scandinavia
Vintage Trinket Heart Pins, Maya Road
Heart Brads, Inkido
Lace "Camille", Riddersholm Design

Image: "Ladies", From Grandma's Attic, Pion Design
"Pavillion" & "Songbird", Huntington Garden, Riddersholm Design
The sentiment is from the Huntington Garden Cut Out Sheet
Heart Brads, Inkido
Idea-ology Memo Pins, Ranger
 Cheese Cloth
Jute Twine
Image: Magnolia
"1909", "1946", "1910", and "1899", Vintage Summer Basics Collection, Maja Design
Vintage Scallop Lace Trim, Maya Road
Roses with Glass Pearls, Kort og Godt
Wooden Butterfly, Maya Road


Image: "Little Sweeties", From Grandma's Attic, Pion Design
"Blue Pansy" 6x6, For Mother, Pion Design
Text Strip: "1910", Vintage Summer Basics, Maja Design
Wooden Butterfly, Maya Road
Hortensia Flower: Columbia Blue, Papercraft Scandinavia
Idea-ology Memo Pins, Ranger
Heart Brads, Inkido
Lace "Camille", Riddersholm Design
Cheese Cloth
Pearls, Melissa Frances
Liquid Pearls: Dark Chocolate, Ranger
Crackle paint: "Picket Fence", Ranger

As you might recall from our first challenge; we had Kat and Patricia, two incredibly talented ladies joining us as Guest Designers. Also this time we have got two amazing crafters with us:


 Image: Magnolia
"1933", Vintage Summer Basics Collection, Maja Design
"1910", Vintage Summer Basics Collection, Maja Design
Primrose Organza Trim, Maya Road

Debbie - in my eyes you'll always be the queen of distress ink colouring; thank you so much for joining us!

Our second GD is Kirsty-Anne and she's a true paper artist. She does the most amazing things with paper!!!
If you haven't seen her "Shabby Chic Caravan" already, you must go and check it out here.

When I saw this picture I thought to myself "wow that's a really pretty card", but that wasn't all....

It turned out the card was actually not a greeting card, but a recipe card that goes into this stunning recipe box!!! The card is the recipe card for Kirsty-Anne's Carrot Cake and that brings me to our second challenge.

At the bottom of this post, you'll find Kirsty-Anne's recipe for her carrot cake.
We'd love for you to try it out; anybody who uses this recipe (or your own recipe for that matter; we won't be able to tell, will we? :-) and uploads an image of  the carrot cake baked to the Inlinkz tool will be in the running for a secret prize from Live & Love Crafts!!!

Kirsty-Anne's Project Ingredients
"Cherry Blossom" 12 x12, Fairytale of Spring, Pion Design
"Rose Frame" 12 x 12, From My Heart II, Pion Design
"Letters" 12 x 12, Grandma's School Book, Pion Design
Vintage Button: Antique, Maya Road
Vintage Findings: Beaded Centre, Maya Road
Pearls, Melissa Frances
Mini Round Metallic Brads, Reprint
Vintage Scallop Lace Trim, Maya Road
Tea Garden Trim, Maya Road
Swirly Butterfly, Magnolia Doohickey
Doily Flowers, Magnolia Doohickey

Thanks Kirsty-Anne for sharing your talent and your recipe with us!

Here's a quick recap of the rules of the Live & Love Crafts' Challenge
Only one entry per person and challenge please
Your submission must be a new creation
(i.e. not posted prior to this challenge going live)
You may combine our challenge with a maximum of 9 other challenges (10 in total).

...and remember this is not just a card challenge; we welcome any kind of paper art projects; scrapbook layouts, tags, gift boxes, gift bags, altered items...and if you're a stamper you can use whatever image you like.

Have fun creating & baking!!!

Hugz from Sandy and the DT

175gm plain flour
10g baking powder
5g cinnamon
3g cloves
3g nutmeg
200g light soft brown sugar
150ml sunflower oil
2 large eggs
200g peeled grated carrot
75g chopped walnuts plus extra for sprinkling over the top

200g soft cream cheese either full or low fat
100g unsalted butter softened
125g icing sugar
Finely grated zest of an orange & Juice of half an orange

Preheat oven to 160oc Fan assisted, oven, and line two 20cm round baking tins with non stick baking paper. Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg into a bowl.
In a separate large mixing bowl, mix the soft brown sugar with the oil and beat the eggs until smooth. Add the carrots and walnuts then fold through the sifted dry ingredients.
Divide the batter between the lined tins and bake for about 25 minutes, until a small knife comes out clean when inserted into the centre. Allow to cool in the tins.
Either by hand or using an electric mixer beat the cream cheese, butter, icing sugar, orange zest and orange juice until smooth.
Remove the two cooled sponges from the tins and sandwich them together with a third of the icing.
Spread the other two thirds of the filling over the top and sides and sprinkle with the remaining chopped walnuts.


  1. What gorgeous creations, such super talented crafters.
    Loved looking at them all, great challenge.
    Love,Mel. xxx

  2. Beautiful creations by the DT and all the other entries.

  3. Brilliant DT cards and a great challenge thank you, the cake sounds yummy I must try that too. Teresa xx

  4. WOW!! Stunning DT cards and a great sketch to work with


  5. Fabulous sketch and wonderful DT creations x