Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Welcome Spring, A Splash of Aqua for Play Date Cafe' #18...and Glittered Pastel Butter Cookies

Good evening, everyone!

Hope it's been a great day for all of you! It's been a very interesting one here in California....blustery wind & rain all night and into the morning...then this afternoon...sunshine and beauty all around! I'm not going to complain!!!

I have a few things to share with you tonight...first, a little Springtime card for this week's Crafty Secrets' challenge over at Splitcoast. Our host this week is the lovely Marcy, and she challenged us to "Coax Spring Along" in our cards this's my attempt to do so:

I love this sweet little image--this is from Crafty Secrets' "Seasonal" Images & Journal Notes booklet--it certainly says Spring to me!  Can't you just feel the fresh, warm breeze gently blowing her dolly's clothes on the line...aaaahhhhhh, Spring!

I didn't get too fussy with this one...some buttery yellow vintage-style lace, Dazzling Diamonds for a little sparkle, a vintage button is just about it!  I printed up my own sentiment on the computer using one of my favorite vintage fonts--"Apricot".

This is the 18th Play Date Cafe' Challenge this week--my, how time flies!  We sure hope you're enjoying these fun color challenges!  This one is a bit different...Black & White with a splash of Aqua/Turquoise--love it!

  Here's my vintage take on the challenge:

This gorgeous image comes from a beautiful site I found recently,  Shabby Chic Pappirskatter.  Fabulous stuff!  Thanks, Heidi!  I loved the black & white gingham paper with this...a bit of gorgeous aqua lace, some black organza ribbon, paper roses...

...Martha Stewart's "White Gold" fine glitter to frame the little sweetie, a sprinkling of Dazzling Diamonds on her flowers, just for a bit of sparkle, and that's it!

Hope you feel inspired to play along with us this week...head on over to The Play Date Cafe' for more information and to link up your card--can't wait to see what you come up with!

And last, but certainly not least...something sweet...springtime colors you can just *pop* in your mouth!  (If you can pop it in you mouth in just one bite, there's not as many calories, right?!) 

Pastel Butter Cookies

2 sticks butter--no margarine!
6 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
2 cups flour

Confectioner's sugar for dusting
Edible glitter...(everyone's got edible glitter just sitting there handy in their pantry, right?!)
Food coloring
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Cream the butter until light & fluffy.  Add the granulated sugar, almond extract and blend well.  Add the flour and mix until smooth and well blended.

I then separated the dough into different bowls and colored each a different pastel color with the food coloring...

Form dough into 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheet.  These won't spread, but don't place them TOO close together!  Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

Let cool slightly on cooling rack, then roll in powdered sugar (into which I added the edible glitter!).  Cool, admire, then devour!  Enjoy!!!

Well, that's it for me tonight--hope you enjoyed a little taste of spring....I can't wait!  I'll be back soon with something new, but until then...

Sweet Dreams!