Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sale-A-Bration is here!!! FREE SETS!!

Promotion Details:

For more than ten years, the Sale-A-Bration promotion has been one of Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotions of the year.

Receive a free Sale-A-Bration product for every £45 purchase. There are 4 wonderful stamp sets for you to choose from.

Receive a free Sale-A-Bration stamp set with £300 or more workshop, in addition to the normal hostess benefits.

Choose any retail stamp set (a value up to £38.95) from the current catalogue when signing up during the promotion.

Please contact me for more details, or if you would like to place an order!

stamps @
or 07842 392 933

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

hate being sick!

For the record, being sick is never fun for anyone. I have always hated it - especially when I have the flu and am throwing up - like I am now.

However, here is a card that I did over the weekend before I got horribly sick. I have a few more in the closet in case I don't recover quickly :)

Very quick and simple card. I created a mask, and sponged the inside with bashful blue ink. I then stamped the snowflakes in bashful blue and almost amethyst inks with the mask still on.

Once I removed the mask, I stamped the large snowflake and the word Joy in night of navy ink. The Joy ended up crooked as I coughed while I was stamping. If I had only known what that one cough would lead to...... oh well!

Tied some bashful blue taffeta ribbon around the top into a knot - I cant tie nice bows - and done!

Very nice no-layer card that will be nice and easy to post to family overseas back home in Canada. This past weeks challenge at In Love With Stamping was to create a no-layers card - you can view the challenge thread HERE

All supplies from Stampin'Up. The snowflake spot stamp set was used.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Something Girlie!

Well, I needed a break from doing christmas cards, so I decided to make this wonderful wedding card for a friend.

I stamped the En Francais background stamp with white stazon onto the acetate, and layered that over the blue background that I have stamped the swirley Baroque stamp onto. I used some blue ribbon to cover the glue that holds the acetate down. The flowers are from the SU pretties kit. I sponged them with bashful blue to get them to match. The more sponging you do, the darker they become.

Added the greeting in some styled silver hodge podge hardware with some crystal brads and a nice ribbon bow. The flowers with pearls are attached with glue dots to the acetate.

Voila! Beautiful girlie card for a friend! And a wonderful break from doing christmas cards! Below is a close up view.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

well.... no videos :( But some cards instead :)

Well, aparently I need some software to make the video I took of the tutorial more compact (lower resolution) so it can be posted.

And, for that, I need to get the hubby to help out, as I have absolutley no idea what to do with it once I even get it installed!

I apologize!

However, here is a card.... or 4..... to make up for the past ummm...... 2 weeks? Sorry!

All images, paper and ink is from Stampin'Up!

Card 1: bravo brugandy, always artichoke, mellow moss. Stamp set is Season of Joy

Card 2: Ruby Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Loads of Love stamp set

Card 3: Bashful Blue, Almost Amethyst, Night of Navy
Snowflake Spot stamp set

Card 4: Certanly Celery, Real Red
Stamps: Typeset Alphabet Upper and Snow Burst

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

video huh????

So, I know I said I would attempt a video tutorial. And I did - unitl we discovered that we had lost our net connection, and I had no way of posting last night!

So, I will post it tonight when I get home from work :)

Sunday, November 16, 2008


So, I got the new Crazy for Cupcakes set - I needed something that was cute and fun for birthday cards, and this set really fits the bill!

The background for the top part of the card is made using the ribbon string from the balloon stamp and sage shadow ink onto the sage shadow cardstock base.

The image is stamped in night of navy, and watercoloured with the aquapainters and watercolour crayons. Matted onto night of navy cardstock.

The greeting is stamped onto some sage card stock with night of navy and framed using some of the new hodgepodge hardware, and secured with some pink taffeta ribbon.

So, I discovered at work the other day that not everyone knows what English muffins are. I offered my colleague an English muffin (pregnancy craving - love nutella!) and she accepted. I asked if she wanted nutella or butter, toasted or not toasted. She asked for it plain with, with a confused look on her face.

So, I brought her a plain English muffin - and she goes "this is not a muffin".

We all had a very good laugh as we explained the difference between English muffins and "regular" muffins.

Watch out tomorrow - I am going to attempt a video tutorial!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Babywipe background technique

So, I made this card a while ago to try out the baby wipe technique. There are several different ways of doing this technique, and the one I attempted requires a more solid image stamp - so I hauled out my Baroque Background SU stamp.

To do the technique, you take a baby wipe and put a few drops of re-inkers in 3 or 4 different, but coordinating colours, onto the bunched up baby wipe. You then sponge the inked up baby wipe directly onto the stamp. Once all inked up, place your glossy card stock onto the background image (much easier than stamping onto the paper) and rub over with a piece of scrap paper to protect your fingers from getting covered in ink :)

Lift your paper up off the stamp, and voila - a beautiful marble look background. To take this to the next level, add a drop or two of metallic re-inkers for a stunning effect that is wonderful for winter cards when done with blues and silver.

Card supplies:
Elegant Eggplant
Mellow Moss
Whisper white
Watercolour crayons & aquapainters
Baroque Background
Always in my Thoughts set
Asst ribbon for tags
Scallop border punch

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Stampin’Up Specials!

Stampin’up has two wonderful specials going on right now.

The first runs until the end of the year. If you hostess a party that reaches £150 in sales, you get to pick a FREE set from the 6 that SU has on offer. All the details are on the flyer below. Don’t want to hostess a party? Not a problem! You can still earn this extra free set by placing an order totalling £150 on your own!

This second special runs until the end of November.

Spend £20, and get to purchase as many of these items as you like for 20% off! Up for offer are the rub-ons and the colour family packs of 12”x12” textured cardstock. There are no restrictions on how many of each you can purchase at the 20% discount, so why not stock up and get them all?

Please contact me via e-mail on talarria AT gmail DOT com if you wish to take advantage of any of these specials!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Class Schedule

OK - here is my new class schedule.

If you are interested in taking a class, please contact me on talarria AT gmail DOT com for location and payment details.

Christmas Card Extravanganza: November 21, 6pm to 9pm. Cost £20 RSVP by 18th November. We will be making 10 christmas cards (2 each of 5 designs) and 10 gift tags (2 each of 5 designs).

Stampin' up a Storm Christmas Cards: November 29, 1pm to 4pm. Cost £20 RSVP by 25th November. We will be making 10 christmas cards (2 each of 5 designs) and 10 gift tags (2 each of 5 designs). These cards and tags will be different from the Card Extravanganza class cards.

I Wish Christmas Scrapbook: December 7, 2pm to 4pm. Cost £20 RSVP by 25th November so I can ensure I have enough kits for everyone. You will be making a 12 page 6x6 scrapbook designed to hold 4x5 photos that you can quickly and easily add once you get your christmas photos! Make for great gifts for grandparents!

All classes require pre-payment by the RSVP date. I accept payment via paypal (class cost plus paypal fees) or via cheque (in the post) or cash in person.

All classes will be in the Ealing area of London, and I will confirm location via e-mail on the RSVP date. Large classes will be at my office, and small ones in my house.


Friday, October 31, 2008

Christmas Card Making Extravaganza!

Here is a sneak peak of two of the five Christmas cards we will be making at my Christmas Card Making Extravanganza on the evening of November 21st

We will be making 2 each of 5 designs for a total of 10 cards, plus 10 gift tags.

If you are interested, please e-mail me for all the details.

If you would like to atttend, please RSVP to me by the 18th of November to reserve your place.

Location: Ealing, London
Date: 21 November
Time: 6:00pm
Cost: £20 (you will make 10 cards and 10 gift tags)
RSVP: November 18th

Special: If you RSVP and pay by the 14th of November, you will recieve a special gift from me!

Contact me on: talarria AT gmail DOT com for details or to register!

Christmas Card Making Extravaganza

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Starting with christmas

OK - I am finally making a start on my christmas cards. This is a fun one using the leaf shadow stamp from the Shapes & Shadows set.

Stamp it in red and green, then colour the base using the black marker, and add your string. Then, stamp some sprinkles and your greeting!

Voila, a quick and simple no-layer card!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Early Start on Valentines!

Well, I got the set Sealed with a Kiss, as well as the new scalloped border and square punch from SU, and wanted to see what I could do.

I used the XOXO stamp to create a background on natural confetti paper by stamping it over and over again in real red ink. I then stamped the LOVE square onto the natural confetti paper and using my new papersnips (highly recommends them!) cut the image out very close to the border.

Attached the stamped background to the top of the card base, and then decided to use some chocolate chip CS with a scalloped edge for the bottom part with some read red grosgrain ribbon tied in a knot around it.

I then layered the cut out image onto some real red CS that I had punched with the scalloped square punch and attached it to the card front with pop dots so it has a bit of 3D effect to it.

Overall, a very nice Valentines card!

Can you tell that I am procrastinating with the Christmas Cards :)

Monday, October 13, 2008

So, a while ago, I visited my friend Jana in Germany, and while there, she gave me one of these GIANT clothes pegs that she was sent by a friend from the US.

I have finally decorated it!

Jana - you would be so proud of me :)

The patterned paper is is from the Fall Flowers DSP from SU.

Regular white grossgrain ribbon, and metal rimmed tag with the Too Cute stamp set stamped onto the tag.

Have no idea really what I will use the clip for, but was thinking I could use it to showcase any of the latest SU specials when I do classes or workshops.


Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sponged silhouette

So, this is another card I did for the ILWS world card making day challenge.

Using a glossy cardstock, I sponged pale plum, perfect plum, and Eggplant, starting from the centre and working my way out from light to dark.

Then, I stamped the image in black and matted onto black CS, tied some eggplant ribbon around it with one of the new ribbon sliders from the styled silver HPH in the new SU catalogue.

Finally I matted it onto an elegant eggplant cardbase.


Saturday, October 11, 2008

So, over at In Love With Stamping (ILWS) we had some on-line challenges to celebrate world card making day.

This is my shaker card that I used as the sample for the challenge.

The patterned paper is from the Home Again Simply Scrappin Kit, and the cardstock is chocolate chip and kraft.

The shaker box has celebrate stamped from the wonderful words stamp set in chocolate chip ink. I used one of the new rub-ons that we got in our new SU catalogue and put it on the acetate so the glitter flakes appear behind the rub-on. Very nice effect in real life.

All supplies: Stampin'Up

Monday, May 5, 2008

OK - so I know I have been MIA for quite a while ......... but want to see what I have been working on?

Take a look......

Have fun!
OK - so I know I have been MIA for quite a while ......... but want to see what I have been working on?

Take a look......

Have fun!

Monday, April 7, 2008

As promised......

Finally got all 80 of these suckers done! Phew! I will be getting the RSVP postcards from the printers on Wednesday, then I can ship it all out to her back in Canada.

Then, I have until July 15th to get all the thank-you cards and wedding favours done so I can take them over in my suitcase! Talk about sisterly love!

The size is 6x6, and it is done in a pocket style. I cut an angle along the front so the daisy shows nicely.

Stamped in versamark and embossed the swirly stamp from Baroque Motifs with clear embossing powder, then folded the card front over and adhered to create the pocket. Believe me, that took lots of adhesive! 80 invites, 10" of adhesive per pocket, plus the insert part was about another 4". I need to find a good adhesive that does not cost an arm and a leg!

Anyways - the insert is just a piece of 5.5" square wild wasabi with a 5.25" square white card stock with the details of the wedding printed on it. Attached the daisy in the top right with a yellow center and a silver brad.

Tied some stitched wild wasabi around the card, and used the ticket punch with the 1" circle punch for the "happily ever after" sentiment. I punched two slots on the ends of the ticket punch so I could thread the ribbon through it, then tied around the card.

Voila done!

I really hope she likes!

Love you lots baby sis!


Friday, April 4, 2008

sorry for being MIA for so long

But here are some cards to make up for it!

The first, a no layers card, is possiably my favorite card I have made to date.

The next, is a card that quite surprised me. This spots set came with my starter kit, and I was not sure if I liked it or not. However, I have to say, this card has completly changed my mind!

And finally, a simple card using some of the wide chocolate chip grosgrain.

I hope you enjoy, and I will post pictures of my sisters wedding invitations on Sunday after a wild weekend of making 80 wedding invitations!


Saturday, March 29, 2008

Olympia Stitch & Create Show March 27-30

Well, I have been busy at the Olympia Stitch & Create Show, one more day left to go, and I must say, I am so glad!! I dont think my feet can take it much more!

I have met some wonderful people, and if you are in the London area, I am setting up a monthly stamp club.

What happens is a group of 8 people get together once a month for 8 months, and take turns being the hostess. You commit to the full 8 months, and to spending £20 a month. When it is your turn to be hostess, you are guaranteed a level 1 hostess set, and £15 in free Stampin'Up! merchandise of you choice from the catalog.

If you are interested in joining this club, please let me know, and I will add your details to the list. We will most likely meet at my house in Ealing on either a Saturday or Sunday, depending on what works best for the club members.

I promise new card photos tomorrow!!


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

OK - last one for tonight!

Shapes and Shadows is probably my all time favorite stamp set. This set, combined with the Sincere Salutations greeting set, and you have every occasion for the whole year covered.

The Shapes & Shadows set has a flower, snowflake, tree, and leaf images and shadows, along with some small "sprinkles" to create cute backgrounds with.

Sincere Salutations has eight greetings, that cover the whole year.

Two sets, a pack of paper, some inks, and you have a whole years worth of cards and events covered!


Quick card using the Stipple Celebrations hostess set.

Pale Plum and Perfect Plum for the paper, and pale plum, perfect plum, and pretty in pink for the inks.

I really like this set, as you can use the stamps to create all sorts of tiled looks.


One of the things I really love about SU is how the cardstock, inks and even patterned paper all match colors!

Criss-cross cards are fun to do, but do take up some extra material.

Here is the complete tutorial.

This card uses SU patterned paper Petals and Paisly, and the Simply Said stamp set.


OK - I know this is not exactly Christmas time, but I just love this card, and found it in my stash of cards while looking for something else.

So saffron, always artachoke and bravo burgandy cardstock. I cant recall what the background stamps are, but the current BG from the UK catalogue that would look nice are sanded and paisly.

Stamped the tree in artachoke onto some whisper white CS, and the greeting in burgandy. A bit of ribbon tied thru some hodgepodge hardware and done!


Cute lovey card to give to that special someone. The background technique is polished stone. Basically, you take a baby wipe, and put several drops of coordinating inks from re-inkers onto it, then kinda blot it onto some glossy cardstock. Finish it off with some metallic reinker.

I stamped the hearts from Happy Hearts set onto whisper white using different color inks. Cut them out, and place into a vellum pocket. Attach the velum pocket to some CS with brads and some glue (hide the glue behind the hearts) and done.


Simple card made using some of the SU designer series paper, and the wonderful saying stamp that I just love! Color it in with the markers, and it can have such an amazing look.

Finish it off with some of the wide chocolate chip satin ribbon from one of the ribbon orriginals packs, and voila!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

so..... long time, no post... :)

Well, what can I say other than I am quite sick right now with a super nasty sore throat and cough.

Of course, that means extra stamping time - provided I can stay awake! Amazing how even the 'non-drowsy' medication can still make you drowsy!

Well, here is a little sample of something I made - more to follow tonight and tomorrow, once I take photos :)

Very quick and simple 3"x3"note card.

Strip of the celery DS paper along the top, with some white ribbon tied around. Stamped the flower from Shapes and Shadows in pale plum, then perfect plum for the line part of the flower. Cut it out, popped a silver brad through the center, and mounted on a pop-dot.

The sentiment is from Simply Said and stamped in perfect plum.

Now, you might be thinking "that ribbon does not look white to me - Karin must be in some kind of drug haze from the decongestants" - and you would be right!

......... about the ribbon not being white part - not the drug haze part!

What I did was take a piece of white grosgrain ribbon, and using the brush tip of my celery marker, I ran it along the edges of the ribbon - which resulted in the wonderful striped effect that matches the celery patterned paper perfectly! Got to love Stampin' Up for that!

Supplies used are all from Stampin'Up:

Shapes & Shadows
Simply Said
Whisper White
Celery Designer series patterned paper
Silver brad
Stampin Dimensional
White Grosgrain ribbon
Celery marker

Sunday, February 24, 2008

blue birthday card

Well, I got the new garden silloutes level 2 hostess set, and had to play. Making a large (A5) birthday card for a co-worker that is celebrating her 40th was a perfect excuse.

The patterned paper is something I found in my giant stack of patterned paper, and sadly do not know who made it, but it is beautiful!

I stamped the image in so saffron and a nice pale blue to match the patterned paper. Matted on some so saffron paper.

I then dug though my giant basket of ribbons to find a ribbon to match - I think it is scarry that I managed to have some ribbon that matched! That means I either have too much paper, or too much ribbon! Or both!

Finally, stamped the happy birthday on some whisper white paper and punched out with a 1" circle punch, then punched out some patterend paper with the 1.25" circle punch. Finally took one of the amazine silk flowers from the Stampin'Up! pretties kit and sponged some of the pale blue ink onto it.

In the end, a beautiful birthday card for a co-workers 40th that is large enough for everyone in the office to sign.


Sunday, February 10, 2008

Pub Wallpaper

OK - I first need to say that I squeeled with delight when I saw the cheers to you set in the UK Stampin'Up catalogue. Obviousley it was on my first order!

Very quick and simple card. The brocade background DS paper reminded me of pub wallpaper. The card base is close to coco. I sponged the edges of the patterned paper with old olive. The image is stamped in chocolate chip on very vanilla paper, and colored in with some old olive and cameo coral markers to accent the olive in the glass.

Tore the bottom, matted on some close to coco cs, tore the bottom of that as well. Tied some chocolate chip taffeta ribbon around, and voila!


Close to Coco cs
Very Vanilla cs
Brocade Backgrounds DS paper
Chocolate Chip ink
Old Olive and Cameo Coral markers
Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

VSN Honours!!

Well, after participating in VSN, having a wonderful time with my friend Jana in Germany over the weekend stamping away, I had one extra treat!

I was selected for VSN honours!!! Totally blown away by this! Thank you to Kim (nutsymuhl) and Katherine (beadfreak22) who were the hostesses for the challenge.

The challenge was to make a grid like card using only the supplies on our table 'right now'. What a fun challenge! By the end of VSN pratically everything I had brought with me, and my friends scrap drawer was on the table. It was a bit of a streatch to get enough squares out of the right colors of scrap papers, but I found enough in the scrap bin!


I cut small squares out of patterend paper scraps from the Enchante patteren paper (retired) from SU! I then matted onto larger CS squares. Took a large pice of white CS and sponged with mellow moss and always artachoke inks, then matted onto mellow moss and finally so saffron CS. Stamped the saying from Occasional Greetings after coloring with markers, matted on some patterned paper and some perfect plum CS.

Tied some mellow moss taffeta ribbon around, added in some scraps of lavender organdy ribbon, and finally attached the matted saying.


Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Masked Valentines

Well I spent VSN weekend with my friend Jana in Germany. We both had a blast with all the challenges, and it was great to visit with her again.

This is the card I made for the VSN Masked challenge. I used Happy Hearts and stamped them with the pallate noire ink on white cardstock, masking each one as I went along. Once the hearts were all stamped, I cut out along the bottom of the hearts, and then trimmed the white cardstock to fit the black card base. Added some wide real red grosgrain ribbon and accented it with some black and white gingham.

I then decided to color in the hearts with the real red marker because the red ribbon just stood out too much.

Hope you like!

Friday, January 25, 2008

SU! Open house in London!

Well, I was able to go to the Stampin'Up! open house in London on Thursday 25th. Had a wonderful time, and got to chat with Shellie - she really is wonderful!

The friend I brought is thinking of signing up - so exciting! She had an absolute blast - my addict in training is what I call her now.

Shellie did a demo with the Sending Happy Thoughts simply sent kit. There were prize drawings for some free sets as well.

We then did two make'n'takes, one using the Unfrogettable set and the second one was a note card using the set Two Cute.

And of course, I had to have my picture taken with Shellie!

Overall, it was a wonderful evening.