Friday, December 19, 2014

Last minute teachers and staff gifts : Chocolate truffle !

Yesterday was crazy ! A gazillion of things to do and it was the last day to prepare gifts for teachers ! So I went with the easiest : food... I cooked dark chocolate truffles on the morning, prepared them on the afternoon, and made boxes to put them in !
I did not make it fancy, but easy, quick and cute ! Take a look at the result, and I will give you (yes, for free, imagine that) my french and delicious recipe...

I made the boxes with the Winter and Christmas boxes stack by DCWV. They are cute, super easy and can be made in a snap ! You can find here a video tutorial to make some. I just add a Maya Road twine to close them and a white poinsettia (I Am Roses) for the festive part.

I just put the truffles into clear wrap before hiding them in the boxes. And now the recipe...
You will need :

- 200g of dark chocolate (7oz)
- 2 big spoon of sour cream (or half a cup of heavy whipping cream)
- 2 egg's yolks
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 40g of powder sugar (1.4oz)
- 2 spoons of water
- optional : whiskey or orange extract or whatever you want
- dark chocolate cocoa powder

Melt the chocolate with water on low temperature until you get a smooth mixture. Beat the yolks with the rest of the ingredients, and add it to the chocolate. Cook on very low temperature for 5 additional minutes. Pour it in a bowl and place it in the fridge for at least one hour.
Using a spoon, take a small amount of the mixture and roll it with your hands into a ball. Roll this ball into the cocoa powder. Place the balls into a plate, and keep them in the fridge for few more hours.

Have fun while you can during this last day of school...
See you tomorrow !

Winter dahlia tag with DCWV

You probably have already saw the dahlia paper wreath, it's all over pinterest these days... I did, so I decided to create one tiny enough to put on a tag :

The rolled cone are made with squares of papers (Winter in the woods by DCWV), 1" for the aqua paper, 3/4" for the brown one. The snowflake and the sentiment are cut out of a tag from the same collection, and I use one tag as a template to cut mine into aqua paper. I covered the tag with lace and add the final touch with a crystal.

5 to go... Did you made yourself the tag for Christmas gifts ? I hope those I already made give you some inspiration...

See you later !

Thursday, December 18, 2014

DCWV Merry Christmas tag

Hello !

We are almost at the end of this challenging 30 tags before Christmas thing ! 6 days and I am done ! I think I will not make another tag during few weeks after that !

For today, I used the DCWV Christmas Creations stack to make the tag, and fussy cut the sentiment and candy canes from one sheet.

You still have 6 days to follow and comment one of my tags or more.The more you comment, the more you will have a chance to win !

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Believe with sparkle tag

It's with an very non-Christmas color scheme I decided to start my tag. I wanted to use my new Martha Stewart glitter  paint, but the color, fire opal, is not on the traditional color list for Christmas. More a fall one maybe. Never mind, I liked it and I did have the perfect color of poinsettias to go with : turquoise ! But the main element I wanted to use was air dry clay. Could find it in the tag ?

It's the base of the tag ! I embossed the clay (Martha Stewart too) with the Sizzix Alterations Damask folder, then cut it in a tag with one of the Sizzix die (tags#2), and covered it with the glitter paint. As it's a soft clay, even when dried, it did need something behind to straight it, so I matted it with blue glitter paper (Holidays glitzy glitter stack by DCWV).
Fall color leaves (Recollections), lace, blue glitter alphas (Making Memories) and a beautiful blue glitter ribbon (Webster's page) to finish this one-of-a-kind tag...

Have a wonderful day !

Tim Holtz style tag

Tim Holtz beware ! I don't do 12 tags of Christmas. I do 30 before ! And this one is the 22nd !
I so love Tim Holtz work, I decided to work with his paper tapes, distress inks and embossing powder...

I started on white cardstock, cross-layering the tissue tape Tidings. I distressed the edges of the tag with aged mahogany and vintage photo, then stamp the tree (Hero Arts) with a clear embossing pad. I sprinkled Antiquities weathered white embossing powder all over the tag, and tapped the tag to get rid of the excess. I even blown a little bit on the edge, and use my heat gun on the tag.
The distress ink retain just enough powder to create this snowy effect. Love it !
I just add some stroke of white gel pen inside the tree, and fussy cut a stamped sentiment to finish this tag.

What do you think of this one ? Would Tim Holtz like it even a tiny bit ?

I hope you do, and I will see you tomorrow for another tag.
Don't forget, you have one week left to enter my giveaway...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Feeling Sketchy card sketch #111

What ? I can do other things than tags during this month ? Ok, let's do it....
Here is a card I made for the sketch #111 of the Feeling Sketchy challenge blog :

I got my own lecture of the sketch, flipping it and changing the banners for tags (just in case you didn't notice, I'm into tags these days...) :

Once again the Candy Cane Lane papers by DCWV. It really was an inspiring collection !

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I hope you are inspired to come and play along with us!!

Lace and ribbon

I was inspired by two things for this tag. First inspiration came, don't laugh, while trying to rest on the couch between after-school activities near my teen watching Violetta... I know. Whatever. Violetta was wearing (as almost always) a ruffle skirt. That gave me the ides of layers of ribbons. The second inspiration came from the colors of the Candy Cane Lane collection by DCWV I used few times recently. Et voila :

I made the tag out of black cardstock from this collection, and cover it with layers of white lace and red ribbon. The red is made of two kind glue together : a satin one and a pom pom trim. I let a little space between the white and the red to have a hint of black. I cut the tree and the sentiment out of the tag sheet.

This color combo is very classy. It's the 4th time I used it for my tags, and probably not the last.

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