valentine’s day – stamped conversation heart cookies

Happy Valentine’s day everyone!

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This year I decided to make Valentine’s for T to take to work for his coworkers to enjoy. And of course, I decided this yesterday afternoon. Without much of a plan, I ran out to Hobby Lobby with a friend and did some in-store brainstorming. I found a heart cookie cutter which inspired an iPhone google search that turned up this blog post on stamped conversation heart cookies. Perfect! So I also grabbed a set of upper-case letter stamps, a gourmet food pen (which turned out to be THE BEST addition to the cookie recipe), clear treat bags, and some chevron scrapbook paper. I still can’t pass up chevron’s.

Here’s a little step-by-step of how they were done. If you want the actual recipe, go to Lauren’s blog.

Step one – Mix up the dough. This dough has more flour than regular sugar cookies so the letters will hold their shape better.

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Step two – Roll out the dough & cut out the hearts. Place cookies onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.

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Step three – Stamp your words into the cookies. I just used “XOXO” and “Be Mine” for these, but I wish I’d also stamped some with “That’s What She Said”. I would err on the side of pushing the stamps in too much rather than too little, since the cookies will rise a bit when they cook.

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Step four – Put the sheets of cookies into the freezer for 10 minutes, then pop them straight into your preheated oven. Cook them however long they need (my thicker ones took almost twice the time as the thinner ones) and then let them cool. You’ll notice the letters probably aren’t as noticeable as you’d like, but should still be there. We’ll fix this once they’ve cooled off.

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Step five – Grab your gourmet food pen – which is basically a marker with food coloring instead of ink – and fill in the indented letters.

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Step six – Cut your scrapbook paper down to smaller rectangles. I started from a 12″ x 12″ sheet and cut it into 6″ x 3″ strips. Score the paper down the middle and fold (when folded it should be 6″ x 1.5″). Place one cookie into a clear treat bag, then fold/roll the top of the bag down until it almost reaches the cookie. Place the folded strip of paper over it and staple into place. Then voila. Valentine treat bags with stamped conversation heart sugar cookies.

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nerdy baby

One of my most recent projects has been for an Etsy store called Nerdy Baby. Inspired by her boy/girl twins, my client started making these adorable baby bandana bibs that have really taken off. So when she asked me to design a logo for her shop, I couldn’t say no. I love logos anyway, but add a fun baby crafty business in the mix and it was a blast. Go check out her shop, she has lots of great fabrics and styles to choose from!

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new crafting obsession

It’s winter time, which for the past few years means it’s knitting time. Something about the cold dreary outdoors makes me pick up my knitting needles and go to town. The thing that makes this winter different than the rest is that I didn’t stop at 1 or 2 scarves. No, I got downright obsessed and have made over 10 so far. I made one cowl / infinity scarf out of soft pink alpaca yarn and I was hooked. Since then I’ve been buying all different kinds of yarn and trying out different sizes of needles to get a little variety.

And now these scarves are on my Etsy store – where you can get free shipping for any items until Valentines day with the coupon code VDAYFREESHIP.

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What has your crafting obsession been lately? Or any new winter hobbies?