Burning for you. You’re so hot. Match made in Heaven. We’re on fire. The possibilities are endless.
Hope this day is all that you would hope it to be- whether you are in it for love, hate, or simply the massive quantities of candy. Sorry for the late posting. I realize that it is almost
ValenTIME… This is FOURm me TWO you.
Our daughters are amazing young ladies; they are the BALM diggity! Here’s how I let them know.
Okay, I am not KITTEN around anymore. These were for my cat loving friend. My take on the retro ‘smitten kitten.’
Traditional cookies designs are not usually my “thing”… but conversation hearts open up endless possibilities on what to write. I went with simple food related topics on happy, bright colors. I didn’t know whether I preferred hand printing with food markers or stamping with “typewriter” font. Typewriter won the day but I have a few of the other too.
I started by using flood consistency royal icing in deep pink, sky blue, electric green, and white to cover heart shaped cookies. I let them dry overnight (8 hours- ish) before handling them again.
I mixed a little almond extract with red red Americolor gel and painted it on the top of my rubber letter stamps. To assure alignment, I Scotch taped the “word” together for even spacing. I experimented doing a few free hand too; that resulted in an old school, quirky typeface look.
The sky is the limit as to what message you want to convey! Let me know what works for you?!
Inspiration comes from strange and wondrous places. Instagram holds treasures; that is where I found sewlovetheday and my inspiration for this BIG 7.5 x 7.5″ cookie (check out her daughter’s sew-love-the-day-blog…also chock full of goodies!). I love happy, clean designs with fun as a founding principle.
Using royal icing, I first made the number “9”s on wax paper. Could not decide what color it should be so I made several choices. PS. I did not have a cloud cookie cutter so I drew a couple clouds on card stock, took scissors to the one I thought would work best, and used a regular, sharp knife along the outside of the shape to cut it out of the dough.
After they set completely (4 hours was enough), I decorated the cloud and the little hearts. Place the “9” on the cloud while still wet. I learned from the “love you to the moon and back” cookie to make the big cookie base royal icing a 9-10 second flooding at most (thin for me). Place the cloud and heart cookies on while base icing is still wet. Final details such as the “lace” around the edge and the dots went on after base was dry/4 hours or overnight. Used Americolor sky blue, deep pink, white, and red red.
I don’t exactly know who coined the phrase “love you to the moon and back”. The earliest I remember was when the nutbrown hare said it in the 1994 book “Guess how much I love you.” Sidebar…can you believe that book is 20 years old? Anyway, I have extreme adoration for this phrase because I associate it with my sister. She ends her emails with M&B and whispers it in your ear. My sister is the kind of sister that everyone wishes they had. I am one lucky girl.
The large cookie is 7.5″x 7.5″ . I free hand cut this from the dough. I also did not have a big enough cutter to make the quarter earth so I used my trusty trifle bowl. Hey, whatever works, right?
I first decorated all of the shapes that would create the top layer.
The bottom cookie took 8 ounces or so of royal icing to completely coat (and I had to momentarily stop about half way through, thus the lines in the dark blue. darn. It’s all about the icing consistency- should have made it a little thinner.) While this was still wet, I put the top cookies in place and dotted the stars.
I piped in the arrows with royal icing after the base dried about 4 hours. Colors used were AmeriColor deep pink, sky blue, electric green, and royal blue (with a touch of black for background). It fits perfectly into a 8×8″ box to ship to my sister! Thank you kolettehall for the free printable!
What exactly is a normal person? I’m still waiting to meet that normal family or witness that normal life. Thank goodness no 2 people think alike. How boring this world would be if we did?
So, I’m going to embrace the fact that my brain function might be considered abnormal. Might? How about we give it a classification of atypical and call it a day? Here is how my mind intertwines with valentines.
I choose you.