First, an anniversary gift for Todd. We're both fans of post-apocalyptic literature and zombies, so I wrote a 70-page choose-your-own-adventure book set in a post-apocalyptic South Carolina, with zombies, and Todd as the star.
"Pat" stands for Post Apocalyptic Todd, and I assure you that the mechanic coveralls he's wearing with the PAT name tag make sense in the story! It took forever to finish, but was a labor of love. His card was more simple - a chest of drawers with brads for drawer pulls to give it a little depth. Socks on the back. I also do a store-bought card every year where I write the more serious message.
I haven't had much time for card-making or fun projects lately, but when I heard about a friend's good news, I had to bake cookies. I got the idea from Bakerella to make small round sugar cookies with royal icing on top, swirled to look like a peppermint, then wrapped in plastic to further mimic the candy.
Take your favorite sugar cookie recipe and roll out the dough. Use a small round cookie cutter to make your shapes. Mine was about an inch across.
Bake and cool.
I love having leftovers for later!
After they've properly cooled, mix your royal icing to a piping consistency (Sweet Sugar Belle has an amazing tutorial and recipe if you need it!), and outline your cookies.
Add a bit of water to your icing and flood the cookies. The piped barrier keeps the icing from spilling over. Next, tint a portion of icing pink, and dab 5 drops of it around the perimeter of the cookie.
The swirl is easy! Just dip a toothpick into the pink dots and drag inward, then swirl.
After they've dried overnight, wrap them. I used plastic sandwich bags with the tops cut off. Tie with baker's twine, and hopefully you have a reasonable facsimile!
I found a cute box for them, and I couldn't resist a little pun on the card.
I had so much fun making these, and I never need much of an excuse to make a celebration for good news!
Now the cleanup is another story...sigh.
On to the next project. Have a great weekend!