Sunday, 22 August 2010

Too good...

Per request! These cupcakes are so good, make them at your own risk ;)

Don't bother with cooking chocolatem get the real stuff.

White Chocolate Mud Cupcakes
Ingredients
125g butter, chopped
100g white chocolate, chopped
215g (1 cup) caster sugar
125ml (1/2 cup) milk
1 egg, lightly whisked
115g (3/4cup) plain flour
75g (1/2 cup) self-raising flour
1 tsp vanilla essence


White chocolate ganache
350 gr white chocolate, chopped
125ml (1/2 cup) thickened cream


Here's how to make them.

Preheat oven to 160°C. Line twelve 80ml (1/3-cup) capacity muffin pans with paper cases.

Combine the butter, chocolate, sugar and milk in a medium saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Transfer to a medium heatproof bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly.

Use a balloon whisk to gently whisk in the egg. Sift the combined flours over the chocolate mixture and gently whisk until just combined. Stir in the vanilla essence. Pour mixture evenly among prepared muffin pans. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centres comes out clean. Turn onto a wire rack and set aside for 1 hour to cool completely.

To make the white chocolate ganache, heat up the cream (don't let it boil) and poor over the chopped chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl use a metal spoon to stir until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Place in the fridge for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally, or until ganache is spreadable. Use a mixer to mix it till it's a bit fluffy.
Use a round-bladed knife to spread cupcakes evenly with ganache.

Enjoy!!!!!

Happy baking ;)

Friday, 20 August 2010

CC time

This Saturday it's time to vote here in Australia. I am not allowed to vote but with I could. We do have choices though, especially this weekend during our "Choices CC" at ScrapBoutique. I hope you will come and join us! I will be hosting the speedscrap tonight from 8.15 onwards and am also organising a lucky dip challenge. If you want to join in please go to the forum before 7.30 PM and give us your lucky dip combination.

Do you like to do classes? I've joined up to do some more Suzi Blu classes, they are just fabulous and great value for money!! She is so fun and a great teacher!! I can really recommend her classes.

My stepbrother Hylke and his wife Simone came to visit us from Holland 2 weeks ago. It was so lovely to have them here. I had never met his wife Simone but she was awesome!! They were here for 4 days and were the most wonderful guests! We did some sightseeing with them. My favourite outing was our day at Tidbinbilla (a nature reserve). We went on a few walks and on our last walk we were surrounded by emu's and kangaroos which was fantastic, especially for them. A really nice day to chat and enjoy the beautiful country we are living in.


I haven't done a lot of scrapping, just some things that I can;'t show you yet. I did however do a lay out about Emma and me with the newish kaiser papers.


That's it from me for now.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Happy Scrapping :)

Monday, 16 August 2010

Tarisota

If you love cooking and tasisota as much as me then you have to go and read Tamar from Tarisota her blog. She has one awesome give away!!!
You can win this gorgeous book,


the Paper Treasures Collection



And a spot in the Styling for Home class.

Can't get a much better give away hey!!! Go here to enter!!!

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Tutorial

I made a tutorial for Scrapboutique and thought I would share it here too. Proper update soon :)

Welcome to my canvas tag album tutorial.

I’ll give you a step by step on how I did my front cover and will give you some ideas of how to do the other pages in your album.
Front cover

Pick out some colours of paint that you would like to use for the cover. Use the colours to paint your cover with, normal acrylic paints are great! Let dry.



Get some ink and ink the outside edges.

Adhere a piece of torn music paper in the middle of the page. I adhered mine with acrylic gel medium. I also covered the paper with the medium. Let dry.

Adhere a strip of decorative tape (there are a few different brands to chose from) a little below the music paper.





Adhere a piece of lace between the paper and the tape (I used dst on my cover).


Adhere some kind of trim (I used the thread with little pompoms) down the bottom of the lace.

For your title it’s nice to use a large lettered chipboard (or thickers) which you have sanded back a bit. Adhere this toward the right of your cover. (My letters are a little overlapped). I also had some letter stickers as part of my title. I adhered them towards the top left of the cover.



Finish your cover off by adding some flowers, ric rac and some trim.

Ideas for the other pages.

Painting

You can use different colours of paint to create a marble effect. Use a rough (dry) old brush and use up to 4 colours and roughly dab around on your canvas. Start with the lightest colour. Don’t be too precise.








Misting

Use 2 different colours to spray your canvas with.






Use a stencil to create the bird or what ever stencil you have.



Make sure you are very careful with the ink that is left on your stencil. You can place another piece of paper on it to get a print or you can gently wipe the remaining ink off.







Transfers

You can add some photos to your canvas using acrylic gel medium. You put some medium on your photocopied photos. Not too much. Not too little. Put it on your canvas and brayer it firm but gently. Then rub it till with a stylo or similar (fingers in my case lol) till it transfers.







You can also do it other ways. You can use some other methods as well. I haven’t tried those yet but they might be a whole lot easier!!

1. Use craftsmart “you can wash it” glue. Put one coast on your canvas and 2 coasts on your photocopied (or printed on normal paper) photo’s LET DRY!! When dry put the photos (print side down of course) on top of the area with the glue and iron it on.

2. Now I’ve hear of an even easier way. Again not tried and tested by me though. Print your photos on baking paper and simply iron onto your canvas (print side down again of course).



On the page next to my photos I used some distressing ink to roughly colour the canvas somewhat (I also used the distressing ink the distress my previous page somewhat),stamped a title and stamped around the edges with a florally stamp. I then used kindy glitz to decorate it further.





On my next pages I sew some paper on and decorated that like a normal scrapbook page. The last pages (which I did before the previous pages) I sew on strips on fabric and let them overhang on the outside of the pages for some funky effects.



The album is all about things I love, so on my painted pages I added a little painting that I did. Other pages include family and friends and the last one (the fabrics) are about trying new things.



Hope you give this a bit of a go and have fun with it like I did.