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.