Tuesday, September 30, 2008

TAGGED~TAGUEE

A couple of days ago, my friend Hime tagged me. I understand I'm supposed to tag blogger friends but I'm going to change the rules a little here and tag ladies whom I'm dying to know a little better. I hope they'll play along and share 6 facts/habits about themselves.
I tag:
- Nathalie, my Franco-American scrapper friend from California.
- Lorraine, my digi. friend from England
- Alison, my dearest sissy-in-Law from Napa.
- Virginie
- Leanne S.
- Stephanie de Normandie

6 facts about "MOI":
1. Je ne sais pas conduire une boite a vitesses et ca m'embete.
I can't drive a stick shift and it really bothers me.
2. Je reve de decouvrir le Vietnam en velo.
I would love to discover Vietnam by bike.
3. J'aurais voulu etre un "nez".
I would have liked to have been a "nose".
4. J'adore les chats mais je ne peux pas en avoir car les males de la famille sont allergiques.
I adore cats but can't have any since all the men here have allergies.
5. 2 gourmandises me font craquer en France:les vraies guimauves ( surtout a la fleur d'oranger ou a la violette) et les macarrons de Laduree ( surtout a la rose ou a la framboise)
2 sweets that make me melt: the real mashmallows ( orange Blossoms/Violet ) and Laduree's Macaroons ( Rose).
6. Le vrai pur bien-etre, c'est s'endormir avec son bebe dans les bras.
Real pure happiness is falling asleep with your baby in your arms.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

GABRIELLE

This is a L.O about my oldest' summer camp experience.I used two new things there: the beautiful French stamps from Florileges and some new Basic Grey.

Une page pour ma grande qui, chaque ete, part dans les bois du Wisconsin. J'aime enormement les tampons de chez Florileges que ma gentille Maman m'a offert.


Supplies:
solid cardstock: Bazzill
p.p: Basic Grey "Off Beat"
stamps: Florilege
ink: Versa Magic
brad: American Crafts
square brad: Making Memories
title: Quickutz "Abigail"
adhesive: pop dots &Tombo mono metal &Golden Gel Medium

Thursday, September 25, 2008

COOL TOOL

I was dreaming of a paper trimmer that would cut decent scalloped edges and the like and I finally found this baby:

The blade can be very easily changed and the cut is extremely precise, I definitely recommend it!

Il est vraiment trop chouette cet outil, je l'ai d'ailleurs utilise pour faire la petite vague bleue de la page d'hier et c'est donc sans aucun interet personnel que j'en fais la pub, comme ca, juste parce que quand on tombe sur un super outil, on a envie d'en faire part a toutes les scrapinettes!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

MAGIC

And yet another page that has to do with Baseball, more precisely: The Cubs!I thought it was so cute of Mark to try and explain to Lily what the magic number was that I felt like whipping up a page. I'm not sure she understood everything but she sure was happy to cross it off when the Cubs won last Saturday.

Qui pourrait croire que cette page a quelque chose a voir avec le Baseball? Et pourtant, ce que l'on appelle le chiffre magique est en fait celui qui correspond aux nombres de matches a gagner par rapport a ceux que les autres equipes perdent. Comment vous n'y comprenez toujours rien? Mais c'est normal, puisque je vous dis que c'est du BA-SE-BALL!

Supplies:
solid cardstock; Archiver's
p.p: Making Memories
blue paper: Colorbox
title: Quickutz
rotary cutter: Fiskars

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

MUST SEE

I watched a documentary called: GOD GREW TIRED OF US last night and feel the urge to recommend it to all of you out there. You may have heard about it, it's about the "lost boys"of Southern Sudan. Some of them make it to the U.S where they experience electricity, running water and supermarkets for the first time.I'm still quite moved by it and wanted to encourage you to rent it ( rented my copy through Netflix)
To learn more about John Dau's story, click here

Monday, September 22, 2008

HALF MOON

Why not start the week and the new season with a half-moon invitation tutorial?
1. you need 1 solid 12 x 12 card stock ( yellow), a 2 in. strip of p.p ( American Crafts), some solid color card stock (green) and some white paper ( to print your invitation) and your basic material:

2. The half moon is done by punching half of a circle (with the 1 3/8 in" punch) into the folded yellow card stock then you can adhere the 2 edges to create a pocket:

3.Take your 2 in x 8 1/2 in of p.p and with a bone folder make a crease at 2 1/4 in from each extremity then with your x-acto knife cut 2 small incisions around the crease to thread the ribbon like this:


4. The finished card is 4 x 6, so the idea is to cut the green paper a little bit smaller than the yellow and then same idea for the white piece (smaller than the green). I highly recommend printing or stamping your words onto the white paper before cutting it.Here is the assembled invitation:

5. Let's add a little sweetness to this invitation shall we?

This little cupcake is almost as sweet and gratifying as your comments.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

DELICIOUS AUTUMN!

I received my stamps from Hero Arts yesterday and immediately wanted to play with them. I especially like their birds, these are designed to be for winter but with a few glorious autumn colors that little bird seemed to go perfectly well with George Eliot's quote.
click on the mosaic
Supplies:
solid cardstock:ColorBox
p.p:Martha Stewart
stamps:Hero Arts
ink: Stayon and ColorBox
pencils:Derwent watercolour pencils
dry embossing: CuttleBug
punch: Marvy
adhesives: Glue gun, Tombo mono metal liquid glue
glitter: barbara trombley
gem: K & Co.

May the glorious colors of autumn brighten your days and warm your soul!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

MAKING THE DOUGH

Why not start the week end with a classic French recipe: "La Pate Brisée".
It's a lot easier than you'd think,it's quite economical, it's always a hit and extremely versatile since you can pretty much "throw" anything on it, sweet or salty and it'll be delicious, I guarantee it.

Ingredients for 2 tarts:
2 1/2 cups of flour ( 400g)
a pinch of salt
2 tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 cups of butter ( 180g )
2 eggs ( beaten with a fork )
1/2 glass of cold H2O

Please note that I use my handy dandy Kitchen aid blender for the recipe but you can also do it all by hand.
1. In a big mixing bowl pour the flour, the salt, sugar and the diced butter.Turn on slow and blend as little as possible, it's not supposed to be well mixed.
2. Add the egg and H2O and blend.
3. Throw the dough on a floured surface, roll in a ball and wrap in plastic.Let it rest there for at least half an hour.
4. Butter and lightly flour 2 tart molds. Divide the dough in 2 and roll out them out one after the other. Put them in the mold and with the help of a fork mark the bottom of the tart. Refrigirate for at least half an hour and up to a day.Don't skip this step or the edges of your tart will collapse during the baking.
5. Add any types of "toppings" you'd like : peeled and cut apples with some melted butter and some sugar on top, tomatoes and cheese...insert in a 350F oven ( 200 to 220 Celsius) and bake for about 1 hour.
( don't forget to have the little one(s) participate, with the left-overs they can make their own tartelette)Bon Appetit les amis!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

ENCORE

Same title, same picture, different format;I wanted a simple "back to school" page to fit in a classic school binder ( I'll show you the binder real soon )and I wanted to follow an interesting scheme the ladies at my local S.S posted click here to see it


Two things I love right there: RED floss & Embroidery

Yummy red! I just adore touches of that glorious color!
What makes you all giddy when you create something these days, is it texture? a specific color? I'd love to know...

Monday, September 15, 2008

COUSIN

Holding on to Summer a little longer, here is a simple L.O about G.Lily's cousin's yearly visit to Chicago. The title could be interpreted as "Long Awaited" and refers to Lily's wait and love for her cousin Claire.

Supplies:
solid cardstock: Archiver's
p.p: My Mind's Eye
title: Quickutz Abigail alpha
tab: Creative Cafe
Brad and rub on : American Crafts

Sunday, September 14, 2008

DRUM ROLL...

I wrote the name of each four participants on a piece of paper, put them in a tin bucket and called the most innocent child I could find ( my Lily of course! ). I 'd like to bring your attention to the fact that each of you was represented by a faerie ( sitting on Lily's lap)and wished "good Luck".
DRUM ROLL...

YEAH JENNIFER!
You have just won a Japanese goody! if you could please send me a message back at CK with your address
BRAVO and MERCI, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR SWEET COMMENTS!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

EMBROIDERY

The approaching Autumn does that to me : an incredible desire to pull out the needles and knit or embroider or both. I haven't figured out how to add knitting to a L.O yet so here is another page with a touch of floss.

I used the template and floss from Bazzill which makes it a piece of cake really and takes me back to kindergarten when my Mom first introduced me to this technique ( merci a ma Maman qui m'a tant appris!)

Supplies:
solid cardstock: Bazzill
floss and template for the embroidery: Bazzill
p.p: Martha Stewart, Daisy D's
dry-embossing: Cuttlebug
embellish.: Foo-La-La ( Autumn leaves )
brad: American Cratfs
ribbon: my own

you still have time to leave a comment under "Kawai" to receive a little goody!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

HANDS UP!


Hold up a la plage? La reputation de la ville des gangsters n'est plus a refaire, meme les petites blondes en maillot s'y mettent!...plus serieusement, voici ma 1ere cagoule pour les hivers rigoureux et comme je l'ai finie a la plage, Lily se devait de l'essayer!
Strange combo, don't you think? I just finished my first project of the Winter at the beach so Lily was kind enough to try it on. Let me know what you think?!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

KAWAI

Finally my first order of japanese goodies arrived today:


I ordered everything from Ichiban Kan, originally for the Bento Lunch boxes and fell in love with all the very affordable adorable gadgets they carry. to better share my excitment with you, I'd like to send you one of the goodies I received today. Just leave me a comment and i'll draw someone's name randomly!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

1 ere RENTREE

Here is Gallianne Lily's very first "Back to School" L.O. While I have a few ideas on how to keep a record of her Kindergarten year, I'm wondering if you, my friends,keep a special album /file about your wee ones' school years? Any suggestions you'd like to share? I'll come back to my idea in a future post.

Supplies:
solid cardstock: Bazzill
p.p: Daisy D's
tag: Foo.La.La
embellishments: Making Memories
sticker: Creative Cafe
brad: American Crafts
title: Quickutz "Snow Angel"

Saturday, September 6, 2008

HAPPY HOUR


No, no, not that kind of happy hour!
The crafty kind, you know, the " let's make a pasta necklace with a twist" kind!
If you have or know a little girl who loves everything that shines, this will be a hit.The idea is to spray some silver and gold paint on pretty pasta, that part should be done the night before by an adult,outside or with the windows opened.
Apart from that you can pretty much let the girls make the bracelets/necklaces themselves ( fun activity for a birthday party )


Gabrielle enjoyed making several bracelets with 5 pasta shells + 1 felt flower while lily loved her choker! Tres chic!

Friday, September 5, 2008

BE ORGANIZED

Since I choose to not buy any pre-made/processed food and I have to prepare several lunch bags each morning I have to be OR-GA-NI-ZED which means that on the week-end you'll find me baking a large quantity of something sweet for the week.Last Sunday I re-revisited a pound cake recipe and had so much positive feedback that I thought I'd share it with you.

CHOCOLATE-CHIP POUND CAKE

1 1/2 cup of butter
6 eggs
1 cup of sour cream
3 cups of flour
1/4 teasp. baking soda
1/8 teasp. baking soda
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 whole vanilla pod
a lot of choco. chips

1. Allow the butter, eggs, sour cream to stand at room temp. for 30min.Turn oven on ( 325 F )

2. Grease and flour a 12 3/4 x 9 x 1 27/32 in. foil pan

3.In a medium bowl, beat butter w. an electric mixer on high speed, gradually add the sugar and beat about 10 min. until very light in color. Beat in the vanilla beans and add the eggs one at a time ( don't stop beating)

4. Alternately add the flour mixture and sour cream to butter mix, beating until just combined.

5. Add the choco.chips and pour batter into the prepared pan.

6. Bake in a 325F. oven for about an hour ( until golden )

7. Cool , remove from pan and cut in squares that you can wrap individually.

( particularly delicious with fresh strawberries! )

Bon Appetit!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

LA RENTREE

That's how we call the "first day of school" in France and it was a big first for us since our "little" one ,Gallianne Lily, had never gone to school before. I will totally admit that I was the one who struggled the most with the whole "school idea", Lily on the other hand was thrilled to see her new teacher and make new friends.When I picked her up at 3:15 she still had a big smile on her face so I'm thinking : if Lily is happy Mommy is happy! ( and if I repeat that to myself over and over again I just might be able to convince myself ! )
et donc ca y est le jour fatidique est arrive : Lily est a l'ecole , sans aucune larme de sa part mais plus qu'un gros pincement au coeur pour sa maman. Et oui, que voulez vous, les premiers enfants on les mets et c'est un soulagement; la derniere on n'a beau s'y accrocher , on finit par nous "l'enlever" egalement!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

CHALLENGE

Titesnoop has a challenge on her blog En toute Intimite which consists of making a page about 5 little things that help you feel better when you have the blues hence my title which can be translated as "to smile again"...
Cette page repond au defi de Titesoop pour lequel il fallait scrapper 5 petits trucs qui nous aident a retrouver le moral lorsqu'il est au plus bas ( pas evident mais interessant non? )


Supplies:
solid cardstock: Bazzill
p.p: Martha Stewart, Doodle bug Design
die-cuts:Abigail Classic ( Quikutz )
acrylic stamp: Autumn Leaves
adhesive: EZ Runner ( 3 L ), Golden Medium
brad and photo corner: Making Memories
acrylic paint: Le FrancBourgeois
gem: K&Co.
Thank you for your feedback!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

ET DE 4!

J'avais commence avec Coquin Le Lapin en juin et voici le petit dernier , tout rose pour ma Gallinette et comme en ce moment je semble etre acro a la mosaique, voici mes 4 petits lapins et un petit jeu pour perdre encore un peu plus son temps : retrouver qui est qui?


Here is my fourth and last bunny for the Summer,each child has had one and the beige is for "MOI"!I've really enjoyed making them and plan on continuing making more friendly, cuddly companions.Hope you enjoy the mosaic and can find who's who!