Cakes

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 Over the last few weeks Fiona and I have made two cakes. The first was a Christmas cake based on an idea in Delicious magazine using fine piping and gold roses. We were pleased with the result and it tasted good too. I made a wheat free fruit cake and my own marzipan which was worlds away from the bought stuff.

The second cake for to celebrate a 90th Birthday, but not for your average 90-year-old. This was for a man who practices yoga with the WEA and swims twice a week. He’s an inspiration to us all. Fiona had  a go at a fondant figure  for the first time and it looked amazing like the 90-year-old in question, but judge for yourself. Interested in joining a yoga class in Leicester click here

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Christmas Cards

Just a few of the Christmas cards I’ve made this year. I made them using ideas from the Craft Stamper magazine and background techniques learned on a WEA advanced card making course. I tried to use supplies I already had and it really stretched my creativity.

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WEA Card Making Course

Last weekend I finished a 2 Saturday WEA card making course. We had great fun and learnt a number of new techniques including wax crayons with stamping  and kiss stamping. For the crayon technique we needed to melt the wax I my heating tool was so fierce I blow wax across the table and almost set fire to my card which ended up  in the bin.  We also learnt to make three new cards: the twisted easel, double twisted easel and pull-tab card. We all loved the easel card , but hated the tab card as it was so fiddly.

Here are some of the cards made by the class:

This is the twisted easel card using the melted wax crayon technique.

Flower pull tab card

Dovecate twisted easel card

Jubilee double twisted easel card

Angela Cutting card making tutor with a selection of cards.

WEA summer tasters

Thinking about learning a new skill, but not sure that to do? Then come along to the WEA 101  in Leicester this June and sample some of our new autumn courses for free.

Courses include: Spanish, Creative writing, Family history on a shoe string and Creative card making

Summer tasters info

Miniature Book

I thought I’d show some of the things I’ve made recently. This is a miniature book I made on a wonderful WEA card making course back in March. The tutor Angela Cutting is one of by favourite artists and an inspiration. Her blog Angela’s Ink Spot is well worth a look.

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