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1  Re: Rubber ducky cakes in Dessert by ratface on: March 31, 2009 01:48:08 PM
Here they are again with the chocolate ones and other candles - plus the dark chocolate duck I made him (and he got a Cadbury's cream egg too, but he ate that straight away!)

Edit: Would help if I posted the pic!

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2  Rubber ducky cakes in Dessert by ratface on: March 31, 2009 01:11:07 AM
There's a running family joke to do with rubber ducks between me, my mum and my stepdad, so I'm surprising him with a duck theme for his birthday. Nothing major as they're currently buying a house, so don't really have the time or money spare for a big party - so I whipped together some fun presents (even wrapped in some rubber ducky wrapping paper I tracked down) and made a little batch of cakes to take over tonight, just so he has some candles to blow out! I found these adorable rubber ducky candles and couldn't resist - he loves chocolate cake too so I have a batch of them with some other duck-themed candles but they weren't feeling so photogenic last night - I'll take a pic tonight once they're all lit up!

The blue buttercream turned a little green, but I had to make do with whatever ingredients I had left in my fridge still in-date after a week's holiday! I think the little fondant bubbles add the finishing touch though (and mm, eating leftover fondant, yumyum). They're even in rubber ducky cases, though unfortunately they got all greasy and it doesn't really show
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3  Re: Craft My Theme 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ratface on: March 17, 2009 02:30:29 AM
Figured out the issue with my phone, so got some quick snaps  Grin
Look at all the goodies I got! She picked my kitsch theme and nailed my taste exactly

Encorporating my storage theme into it

I love how the eyes were done with buttons on this


I love it all  Grin
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4  Rocky road cupcakes in Dessert by ratface on: March 08, 2009 09:06:47 AM
I felt like trying something new, had the urge make rocky road but also wanted to bake..so I made rocky road cupcakes!
They have a biscuit base, with a chocolate chip chocolate cake, topped with italian meringue for the marshmallow element, and a dollop of melted plain or milk chocolate on top. And they're deeelicious, albiet slightly rich for the undedicated cake eaters (personally, I could eat a dozen of them). I still haven't succeeded in a nice light italian meringue that keeps it shape well yet but the gooeyness suits this cake, and there's always another cake to try it out on  Wink  Cheesy

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5  Re: Forest Friends Round 3 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by ratface on: February 20, 2009 01:25:14 PM
Here we go, my loot!

I received:
- painted box to store crafty bits in
- owl pin cushion (such a cute little character!)
- foresty bracelet, with a little hodgeheg on it
- coasters with foresty animals inside, perfect as I have no coasters and my room came furnished so don't want to leave any nasty ring stains on them!
- knitted little rat (me and my partner are both rataholics, though I'm unfortunately ratless at the moment)
And as extras, a handmade hammock for future pet ratlets, an adorable fuzzy pencilcase, which was filled with "forest gum" (apple flavour bubblegum, not sure how my partner knew I'm such a kid when it comes to blowing gum bubbles!) and some forest critter stickers.

Few more pics -

Note the adorable rat-pudding card!

Closeups of the coasters

Look how fuzzy! It's amazingly soft too

And my little braceletty hoggy friend

Big thanks to my partner, Feline2001, and to pinupmommy for organising! It was a very fun and smoothly run first-time Craftster swap for me (but definately not the last  Wink )
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6  What has two thumbs... in Stenciling: Completed Projects by ratface on: February 18, 2009 02:59:51 AM
Couple of tees I painted over the weekend. I officially hate cutting out text! Sorry for rubbish webcam pics, my spanky camera failed me.

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7  Re: Hamburger Cupcakes in Dessert by ratface on: January 29, 2009 12:19:20 PM

I have been throwing around this same kinda idea in my head, but havent had the inspiration to actually go through with it...

but i am once again inspired  !!!!  Thanks

I was thinking of rolling out fondant into squares as cheese or somehow adding seasame seeds w/ frosting too.

I love the lil tooth pic  in yours!

I did this a little while back, works well! The burger 'buns' weren't as smooth on top as my test run, I think as I made them en masse so the mix didn't get as thoroughly mixed (I didn't do a 'proper' cupcake mix either, just an egg/flour/sugar/butter sponge mix) but they went down well at the party!
This one's got coconut (coloured) as the lettuce but I ended up doing ready-to-roll icing for that too as it was too messy/not everyone liked coconut

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8  H-A-L-L-O-W-E-E-N in Halloween Costumes by ratface on: November 03, 2008 05:39:33 AM
OK, I'm no real cheerleader but I got to pretend for the night!
I'm hoping this is OK as a matching set - we're both supposed to be the same character anyway (at different points in the series)
This is my first challenge entry, ooee. First time making clothing too!

Reconstructed top - hacked the arms off two tops and did a switch and sewed them back on. The logo was painted by me onto a spare piece of the red top and sewn on:

Skirt was made from scratch - cut out a few pieces from a Simplicity pattern and realised it wasn't quite the same so winged it myself.


(the loose bit on the left of the photo did get sewn in place)

This one was made from scratch too.

Skirt in-progress
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9  Heroes cheerleaders in Halloween Costumes by ratface on: November 03, 2008 01:22:46 AM
Being avid Heroes fans (partly because of all the eyecandy I expect!), me and my friend decided to dress up as Claire for Halloween - in each of her cheerleading costumes. I made them both - so glad my friend's fitted as she wasn't around for me to measure or to try it on until it was done! Plus this was my first attempt making clothes  Shocked Posted pics of mine (the red one) the other week but this is it completed, avec fake blood. Top was two jumpers/tops combined to get the red sleeve effect, logo was painted on. Lovely coffee/paint fake blood (my friend kept sniffing me as I smelt of coffee!) poured all over my hard work, that was a bit heartbreaking! Skirt was made from scratch/based very loosely on a Simplicity pattern which I abandoned after realising how many alterations I'd need to make anyway!

And my friend's - I took a few shortcuts with this to finish it on time (like not sewing the top of the skirt properly - hence it bunching up a bit), but it looked good enough! Again made from scratch as the pattern I bought wouldn't quite work out the same.

Obligatory Myspace-type photo  Wink
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10  Re: 'Heroes' cheerleader costume in Halloween Costumes by ratface on: October 25, 2008 01:41:37 AM
Bloody pics will be posted  Wink

I reckon you could bash it out before Halloween if you've got an evening or two spare. I did the skirt in an evening (well, I did work til midnight because I was eager to see it finished) and the top didn't take long to do - I made a little "drying rack" (metal cake rack hooked a little gap over a radiator) to stick the patch on after painting each layer to save having to wait ages for it to dry.
Here's the logo - slightly messy outline here. I originally painted the logo straight on the top but the ribbed fabric meant once the initial layer was done, anything on top would run straight down the little channels and it looked a mess. But I only had just enough fabric to cover the logo at exactly the same size, and the left bottom corner was cut a teeny bit too small so had to colour over a bit of the original logo to hide it. Tidied up the rest to match after this pic though:

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