Tuesday, January 24, 2017

January 2017 PTI Blog Hop

Wow!  Where did 2016 go?  And now it is almost the end of January 2017.  I know it is quite trite to say, "Time flies," but it is so true.   It has been so long since I posted anything to my blog.  "Hello, anyone out there?"  I loved the inspiration photo for this month's blog hop though, so I had to play along.  Just so happens that I had patterned paper, great new stamps, and all the little extras to mimic the cookies.  Kraft paper for the cookie color- check!  Black and White striped paper--check!  Pretty floral stamp image and die cuts--check check!!

This photo makes me think of my sweet friend, Aimee, who has found a creative passion for making decorated sugar cookies.  In fact as soon as I saw this photo, I texted her a copy.  Maybe she can recreate them for Valentine's Day cookie sales.  Even though I am a professionally trained pastry chef, making iced and decorated sugar cookies ARE NOT my passion.  Too labor intensive and tedious.  Plus even though I love to make cards, I don't actually have to draw anything.  Cookie decorating, not my thing.  However, give me a great cake recipe and some luscious fillings and frostings, and I will create you a simple and elegant masterpiece of a cake that will leave your taste buds singing!  That is my passion.  Anyone care for fudgy chocolate cake, raspberry mousse or buttercream filling, and a chocolate raspberry ganache frosting for Valentine's Day?  That would be what I would make and eat.  Or my Chocolate Raspberry Decadence cake from back in my days when I worked for an amazing pastry shop in Durham, NC.

Anyway, back to the cards. I kind of like what I created.  I am trying to beef up my Valentine's Day card stash.  The last photo is of some teacher cards I have created this week too.  Enjoy!

Stamps: Be Mine, Valentine,  Don't Forget to Write, Teacher's Apple
Papers: Red, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Kraft, White, Black
Inks: red, hibiscus, raspberry, kiwi kiss, daffodil delight
Dies and accessories: Don't Forget to Write, Wonderful Words: Love, Wet Paint 1 word dies, black pearls and rhinestones