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September 11 Service Thanks – Cards

Hello Craft Friends,

I posted yesterday about a September 11 baking event that I did, and wanted to continue with the cards that I made to go with them for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff Offices.

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Thank you cards!

Now, keep in mind that these were made by me for a work-sponsored volunteer opportunity, so not officially “my company” doing this at all. Also keep in mind that I wrote the messages mostly the same for all 8 locations that I provided thank you baked goods for, with differences only in the cards’ fronts!

Start with some blank card stock cards, like these from Hobby Lobby or Michaels:

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Hobby Lobby Blank Cards

Then add a few stickers like these American Flags and Heroes Stickers:

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hobby lobby american flag stickers

Stick one flag and one heroes sticker on the front of each card. Write “Thank You” in big letters in the middle of the stickers in a Calligraphy, Cursive, Block or Funky Script. On the inside of the card, write a little (or big) note with a normal pen, and sign it with a Calligraphy (or other fancy) pen – again using one of the script styles of your choice!

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Calligraphy Pens for Card Making

You can find inspiration from the heart or from quotes and other cards to make your inside design!

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Thank you cards – front!

thank you service members card american flag call of duty stars stripes inside message

Thank you cards – inside!

Craft You Later,
Beth

Baking Is Science For Hungry People: Bittersweet Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Hello Frosting Fans!

I made another frosting recently that I think you’ll enjoy! This one I used food coloring to dye a green, to go with my friend’s Birthday Cupcakes, since that is her favorite color. But that part is definitely optional!

Bittersweet Chocolate Buttercream – YUM!

To start, if you do want to use food coloring, I highly recommend you get this from Hobby Lobby, or this one from Michael’s, or something similar from whatever crafting store you frequent! I prefer the Wilton Icing Color Set, but the Duff’s will work just as well!

Wilton Green Icing Color

So to make this delicious and pretty confection, I started with the basics for any self-respecting buttercream frosting: creaming 1 cup of slightly softened unsalted butter with 2 tspn vanilla extract and 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder until nice and smooth. Once this is smoothed out, add in 2 cups of powdered sugar and another 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder and mix on high speed until well blended. Once this gets to a smooth state, IF you need it a little thicker, then add in another 1/2 – 3/4 cup of powdered sugar by 1/4 cup increments, and blend until smooth.

To color: Take a fresh toothpick, swirl it in your food coloring until you have a pretty good and thick layer on your toothpick, and ‘wipe it off’ into your frosting. I basically took the lower half of a toothpick and got a gob of green on it, had the mixer still going and so swirled the green into the frosting as it mixed in, literally wiping off the frosting on the toothpick (with the extra coloring included) to keep mixing it. I ended up doing this process 3 times – I used one toothpick on either end, plus one side of another toothpick, to get the desired color which is pictured above. Store in a bag and let it cool for at least 2 hours, or overnight. If it’s solid, just let it sit for 5 minutes and come to room temp before putting onto your cupcakes or cakes!

Frosted and delicious!

NOTE: You don’t want to keep dipping your toothpick end you’re using into the color repeatedly, because it will leave behind the frosting residue, which could cause bacteria and contamination on future uses for other frostings!

The flavor of this frosting comes out very bittersweet, but still incredibly chocolate-deliciously. It is not overly chocolatey (though adding more chocolate would fix that), and it’s not overly sweet, but it’s just a perfect meld of bittersweet chocolate. I hope you enjoy this, and please let me know you’re

Craft You Later,
Beth

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