12/3/09

Warm Winter Wishes (and a Shimmerz giveaway!)



It is very chilly here in Idaho this week, definitely mitten weather! Here is another card design that we created at my recent Shimmerz Ed class:

 


We used a stipple brush with Pixie Dust Blings on Bazzill Swiss Dot white cardstock on the top of the mitten to give it a little texture.

 


We used Angel Wings Shimmerz on the flowers. Did you know that you can add embossing powder to wet Shimmerz or Spritz and then heat emboss it? Well, now you know! I added clear embossing powder to the wet flowers. I love the way the heat gun curled the edges. Embossing them puts a glossy coating over the shimmer. I purposely left the heat gun on a little too long and burnt the edges for a shabby look.

We stamped a little message inside:

 


I made up a bunch of these cards and plan on giving them to friends and neighbors with some of these:
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Here is the recipe for my sugar cookies:

Sugar Cookies

1 ½ cup powdered sugar
1 ½ cup (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups flour
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients (I use the paddle hook in my kitchen aid mixer) until well blended. Roll out dough on floured work surface. Cut into desired shapes. Bake for about 15-18 min. depending on the size of your shape, until golden.

Icing

3 cups powdered sugar
1 cube butter, melted
2 tbsp warm milk
1 tsp vanilla

Combine all ingredients. Mix well. Chill icing for about 15 min while cookies are baking. Ice cookies while they are still warm. Add sprinkles before icing hardens. Icing will smooth when cooled.

I like to put them in the freezer for 15 minutes to let the icing get hard and then I package them in cello bags.

Enjoy!

Leave a comment here with a link to a recipe for a yummy holiday treat and I will choose from the comments for a winner of two jars of Shimmerz Paints! I've got Green Olive and Candle Light to give away. I will choose a winner on Saturday, December 5th. These colors are perfect for your holiday projects.

I can't wait to start baking. I love being in a warm kitchen in this cold weather!

Keep warm!
~Lori

6 comments:

Carmen said...

Just hopped over from the Shimmerz Blog. Love the mitten cards...will probably make some!! They are SO cute! As for a recipe...I get RAVE reviews on these. I found my recipe here: http://dessertion.blogspot.com/2007/03/fudge-puddles.html
You're gonna LOVE them!!

natalie said...

Love all the mittens!!! VERY cute!

Anonymous said...

WOW!! You've been busy! I LOVE those mitten cards so cute. Love the Shimmerz!

xoxo
denise

Michelle ~ ~ said...

60 degrees here! love the cards and cookies .. let's have a C&C party

Wendy said...

Yummy! These are my favorite cookies!!!

Anonymous said...

LORI!!!!!!!! i can't handle all your creativity. I haven't visited your blog in a while and I have to tell you at 7:38 am I am inspired now and MUST finish my xmas crafts immediately! Thank you for being YOU!

april