Friday, 29 August 2014

GUILTY PLEASURES | LEMON COOKIES

I have a new guilty pleasure: homemade lemon cookies! And it's not just me....Hubby Gurt might even be an even bigger addict than I am!

Only 2 days ago I baked a batch and filled this jar and only slightly ashamed I am telling you that we just ate the last 4!


If you dare and want to give these a try then here's what you need and how you make them.

ingredients:

175 gram flour
175 gram butter
30 gram cornstarch
150 gram granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons rasped lemon peel [make sure you don't rasp the white of the peel because it tastes bitter]
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice [I squeeze it from the lemon I rasped]
half a teaspoon baking powder
quarter teaspoon salt
half a teaspoon vanilla extract

how to make:
  1. [with a kitchen machine or regular mixer using the dough hooks] mix the cornstarch, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Add the lemon rasp en butter cut to cubes and mix it until you have a crumbly substance [I use my hands in this fase]
  3. Mix the egg yolk, vanilla extract and lemon juice in a small cup and then add it to the crumbly dough. Keep squeezing [or mixing] until you have a coherent dough.
  4. Roll the dough into small rolls of approximately 25cm in lenght and a diameter of around 2cm. Wrap these in foil and put them in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius
  6. Get rid of the foil, cut the rolls into small slices of approximately 7mm and put them with a cm in between cookies on an oven plate that you covered with baking paper
  7. Bake the cookies until they are slightly brown, which is after 12 to 14 minutes.
  8. Let the cookies cool down on a grid.
Variation: Before I started rolling I divided the dough in 2 parts and added a small handful of raisins to one part.

Then hide them somewhere safe or they will gone before you got a change to taste them yourself!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

PRETTY PAGES FROM THE PINK REPTILE GALLERY

This Tuesday our Finnish representative, Elina, is showing us the pages that stood out to her in the Pink Reptile gallery at the Lilypad.


I am beautiful by buzinettescrap
Elina: This layout first got my attention with it's bright colors. I then fell in love with the big picture as a background and how it shows the reflection of the sweet little girl in the mirror. There is an awesome cluster in the upper right corner and it's a real pleasure to study all the little details she used to create this piece of art.

http://the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=158272&title=i-am-beautiful&cat=500

sail flying by berniek
Elina: I love the cool picture berniek used in this layout! Combined with perfect fit elements, this page is a real stunner. I also admire her shadowing skills – the rope ladder looks so real I could reach and touch it!

http://the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=157420

Comme Papa by Ga_L
Elina: My last choice is this little cutie. The picture is just precious and the cool journal card with a French guy makes me smile. I love all the splashes of paint and the scribbles here and there and that brad with smiling sun is so fun! The overall composition really pleases my eye.

http://the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=158182&title=comme-papa&cat=981 

 As always we hope you enjoyed these picks....remember to keep posting your pages to the Pink Gallery, and keep an eye on the blog as your layout could be in the spotlight next month :)

Friday, 22 August 2014

QUARTERLY SALE | AUGUST 22 - 25

http://the-lilypad.com/store/Pink-Reptile-Designs/
The TLP Quarterly Sale starts today!! HOO-RAH!!

Be SURE to stop by and pick up the following new Pink Reptile GOODIES and of course those you already have on your wishlist at 30% OFF!

GESSO IT VOL.2 
After many requests here's a second set of gesso transfers.
You can use them as they are to add texture to your pages, treat them with blend modes, use them as masks and clip papers or photos to them, use them as mattes or whatever your creative mind can come up with! The possibilities are endless!

https://the-lilypad.com/store/Gesso-It-Vol2.html

SCRIBBLEDEEDOO | BRUSHES & STAMPS
This super fun and all purpose mega versatile pack of quirky timeless stamps includes 24 unique digital stamps + 1 all including brush set. Use them on your pages, make journal cards with them or use them to jazz up any other project you can think of, digital or hybrid.

https://the-lilypad.com/store/Scribbledeedoo-Brushes-and-Stamps.html

PICTURE THIS | PAPERS
A colorful coordinated paper pack - 11 colorful textured papers, 11 fabric ones and also 11 striped ones - 33 in total and all coordinated to be a great base for all of your pages. Stack them, mix them, blend them... their uses are endless!

https://the-lilypad.com/store/Picture-This-Papers.html

http://the-lilypad.com/store/Pink-Reptile-Designs/

INSPIRATION FROM THE PINK LADIES

by helen
by elina
by céline by christa
by susanne
by géraldine by cynthia
by natascha
by manuela by cvetana by christa
by emma by kari
by ellen

Have a wonderful weekend, Happy Scrappin' and of course Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

TINY TRAVEL ALBUM IN A BOX | SUPER CUTE AND EASY

As the vacation period is coming to an end it might be just the right time to play with those pics that best represent your summer! What better way than to make a cute mini album you can carry around in your purse so you have it at the ready to show your friends and collegues back at work!


Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed your vacation as much as my family and I did! We did so many fun things that the family album grew 3 inches! As you can imagine I needed a little something more compact to show just the highlights to my collegues at work!

I found my inspiration via Pinterest on the Camille Styles Blog where they featured the cutest little accordeon travel album in a box!



I decided to use only two colors for this project : kraft and blue. Kraft because my pictures were in brown tone and blue because I love blue combined with kraft and on top of that... I wanted to use this beautiful ribbon I got! ^^

Here's how I made it.

I cut a paper strip [30.5 x 5 cm] and folded it in 6 pieces [5 by 5 cm each] to create an accordeon. The last part [0.5 cm] was used to fasten the accordeon at the box's bottom [for this you can use a piece of tape or you could glue it to the bottom].


Then, I cut the box and the box's top. Here's what the cutout box looks like.


Before I put the box together I printed a paper from the Drawn To You Paper Pack by Pink Reptile Designs and glued it on top of the cutout box and then cut it to shape also.


Now I was ready to glue my box together.


I didn't cover the box's top but to decorate it I wrapped a ribbon all around it and finished it with a beautiful bow. Then I glued a square of the same patterned paper in top as the one I used inside the box.


Finally I printed 6 photos of 5 by 5 cm each, glued those on the accordeon, stuck that to the bottom and voìla...my album was finished!

It's a very simple album to create and loads of fun! I hope you enjoyed my post and if I inspired you to make ine yourself then by all means make a photo and upload it to your gallery so you can leave a link in the comment section below! I'd love to see what you made!

Friday, 15 August 2014

AUGUST BLOG CHALLENGE

It is August 15th and we are in the thick of Summer. I hope you enjoyed June's template challenge. I was thrilled to see so many beautiful pages come in! The lot of you sure ROCKED this template!
All June pages are right here if you want to have a look. Believe me you do!


I let Mr. Random choose the winner of the Jule challenge and here's who ended up at the top of his list:



Congratulations Judith aka Chigirl !! I have sent you a PM on your TLP account.
All other participants also received their 25% discount coupons via their Lilypad gallery accounts. Please make sure you check your messages everyone!

Here's Judy's beautiful page:

As said it's August 15th and we are in the thick of Summer.  Summer means vacations & holidays, exploring & traveling, BBQs & picnics, swimming & sunning, spending time outside in the garden or chilling with a tall cool drink & a good book!

For this month’s challenge, I want you to make a page with a seasonal detail photo that shows how you celebrate Summer! (If you are in the Southern Hemisphere, please participate by showing how you embrace Winter.) 


I want you to really focus on a detail to showcase your current season. Get in close, use a creative angle to shoot your subject, or shoot something unexpected that defines your Summer (or Winter).  If Summer means a visit to the ice cream palor, zoom in on those sticky fingers wrapped around the cone. If you love relaxing with a good book, share a close up of your current summer book, photographed in an interesting way.  If the beach defines summer for you, give us a detail photo of those glistening seashells or your child’s favorite beach tool at the moment.  You get the idea! But be creative and get in close! I can’t wait to see your page and how you define your season in detail!

Here's some sample pages from the Pink Ladies to get the creative juices flowing!


Géraldine celebrates summer paddling in a canoe on the vast waters of the Atlantic Ocean. She must have felt free as a bird!

Natascha focusses on the fact that the weather has been way warmer then usual in the Netherlands. Sun and warm temperatures call for flip flops and Natascha's daughter Sanne loves her red ones.

Health problems are keeping Cynthia in the house this summer. As always she tries to make the best of a bad situation.


Jenn has been growing her own vegetables and aren't they looking just gorgeous! No wonder she is proudly showing and celebrating her crop.


Make sure you use at least 75% of Pink Reptile Design products on your page. Once completed, just upload your page to one or all of your galleries and post a link to your layout in the comments section of this post before September 15.

FACEBOOK
Off course there's always a little something for free under the Free Gift Tab at the Pink Reptile FB


ONE random winner will receive a 10 dollar coupon to the Pink Reptile store but really everyone is a winner as all other participants receive a 25% discount coupon to my TLP store, so all the more reason to join in on the fun, right?!

Wishing you tons of fun and Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

TRENDSPOTTING | CIRCLES


I’ve been perusing the galleries all over digiland and one thing that is really calling me lately is Circles. I’m seeing them everywhere.

For fun I went hunting for inspiring art featuring circles on Pinterest and to be sure, there is no shortage of circle art. Artists are using circles in every way possible: with chalk, paint, ink, paper and in doodled sketches.

A collection of just about anything will draw the eye in, but a collection of circles, when paired up on a page full of linear objects like frames, photographs and paper blocks, really stands out. There’s just something about a curve, that calls your eye and says “look over here”, when sharing space with a bunch of rectangles!
Like how Donna used circles, instead of rectangular paper pieces as mattes to ground her photos and title against the contrasting wide stripe background. This helps guide the eye to the center of her page where her gorgeous photo is located. The trio of circles leads the eye from the photos to the title and through all the various details she has brilliantly included on her page. The "notebook paper" border is another subtle addition of circles on her page. Love this!

http://www.the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=147003&title=grad-pic&cat=844

This page by Cynthia, is so well executed. I love the varying ways Cynthia has used circles on her page. Her circles, along with that fabulous title (must scraplift!), really nail down the central focused, linear composition on the page. I love the varied sizes of circles, with one over-sized and striped, one being a clock and another having an outer ring. Such an amazing page!

http://www.the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=147225&title=all-grown-up&cat=844

Another widely popular way to use circles is to have them as cut outs on your pages. I love this digital technique and the texture it can add through having various layers on your pages. Here’s a fabulous example by Helen. She creatively uses both cut out circles and layers of paper circles on this gorgeous page. I also love all the cool tones of her color palette with the soft black and white photos. Lovely!

http://www.the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=145317&title=enjoy-wild-spirit&cat=579

Circles are showing up not only as paper pieces, but as stitched, painted and doodled circles as well.
This page by Ellen uses Mirjam’s "Drawn to You paper" of doodled circles in such a playful way. I am in awe of her creativity here! I love that she chose to cut out some of the circles and layer a tiny floral patterned paper from the same paper pack underneath. So awesome!

http://www.the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=148803&title=a-new-way-with-words&cat=844

Circles can also add interest to a scrapbook layout in subtle ways.  Here Audrey masterfully adds circles to her page through the use of elements. I love the way she uses Mirjam's crochet Yo-Yos scattered around the page as the centers of the doodled flourishes.  Truly a creative design element that I adore!

http://www.the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=147641&title=checkmate&cat=844
 
That’s it for this edition of Trend Spotting.
What about you? Do you like to use circles on your pages? Have any unique and creative ideas for adding circles on your scrapbooking layouts? We’d love to hear about how you use them!