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Sweet Valentine’s Surprise

13 Jan

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While I can’t believe it’s already 2015, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Valentine’s Day is a great time to let someone know how much you love them.  And that can be anyone special in your life … your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, kids, best friend … whoever means a lot to you!  I think a homemade Valentine is a great gift.  Why not make your special someone homemade Valentine cookies with messages?  We have a terrific recipe from when we were featured on WGN-TV last year.  Of course, these look amazing in our personalized treat boxes so you don’t have to limit your sweet treats to just one person!

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Sugar Cookie Recipe

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and egg.  Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl.  Add to butter mixture and mix to combine.  Roll out dough between two sheets of parchment to ¼ inch thickness.  Chill for 1 hour to overnight.  Cut into shapes and place on parchment lined baking sheet.  Chill again for 15-20 .  Bake at 350 for 7 minutes, rotate pans, then bake for approximately 3 minutes more until cookies are just beginning to turn golden brown.  Cool on wire racks until completely cool.

Cookie Glaze

3 ¾ – 4 cups powdered sugar
6 Tablespoons whole milk
1 tsp almond flavoring
6 Tablespoons corn syrup

Combine powdered sugar, milk, and flavoring.  Mix until smooth.  Add corn syrup.  Stir until combined and smooth.  If desired, add paste food coloring.

Tips

  • Chilling sugar cookie dough for rolled and cut sugar cookies hardens the butter in the dough so that the cookie dough rolls out more easily.  After cutting the cookies, you can chill them again so that the cookies retain their shape while baking.
  • Instead of store bought frosting, take time to make a cookie glaze which makes cookies look professional, smooth and dries hard for decorating.
  • Use paste food coloring to make vibrant colors for cookies.  Liquid food coloring may change consistency of glaze or royal frosting.  Experiment by combining different colors to make unique shades.
  • For a clean edge on the cookie, outline with royal frosting, then fill in with cookie glaze.  This stops the glaze from running down the sides of the cookie.
  • Great tip for decorating:  Use a squeeze bottle to “fill” surface with glaze.  Spread glaze to corners with toothpick or small knife.  You can purchase bottle at any craft store or Wal-Mart
  • Once the glaze is dry (can take several hours) decorate cookies with a pastry bag for a professional look.  Pastry bags are available at any craft store or in a pinch use a zip-log bag.
  • Experiment with different types of sprinkles, sugars, and decorations.  For instance, make a border with pearl candies or large sprinkles and/or use sanding sugar for a sparkling effect.

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Jennifer

Won’t You Be Mine? XOXO

24 Jan

When I think of Valentine’s Day, my first thoughts are of exchanging cards at school.  Kids love making and decorating their mailboxes to exchange cards and candy with their classmates (and maybe a secret crush?).  The Stationery Studio has a collection of personalized classroom exchange cards that are perfect for kids whether they are in preschool or grade school.  Here are a few of my favorites!

 

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Check out our entire collection of unique and personalized Valentine’s Day Classroom Exchange Cards. 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

xoxo

Jennifer

It’s Pinspirational!

28 Jan

Oh Pinterest … how we love thee.   Boards and boards of ideas to inspire creativity in every aspect of your life.  You can find new recipes, decorating ideas, makeup tutorials, outfit ideas and so much more.

One thing we are proud of at The Stationery Studio is our Pinterest boards.  We not only feature our personalized, unique products but complimentary ideas for every board.  I thought it would be fun to have a little Q&A with Amanda who creates our Pinterest boards:

 

Q:  Tell us a little about you and what you do at The Stationery Studio.

A:  I work in the graphics department. We are responsible for the marketing emails that we send to our customers, our website, creating images for the products that we sell, setting up Virtual Preview for our products among other things.

 Q:  How do you come up with board topics?

A:  Sometimes I get asked to make a certain board and I just take it from there, or if I noticed we got a new line of products, such as when we got a new line of pet accessories, I suggested we make a board about pets in order to promote them.

 Q:  What are your favorite boards to work on?

A:  Honestly I don’t have a favorite board, they are all fun to work on! I spend an hour or two during my day on Pinterest. Not a lot of people can say they get paid to be on Pinterest!  If I had to choose a board, it would most likely be the Pets board. Who wouldn’t want to look at cute animals?

Q:  What gets repinned the most?

A:  We have quite a few things that get repinned, mostly from our sorority and wedding boards. Lately our Valentine’s day board has gotten a lot of repins. Some have over 50 repins right now.

Q:  What is your favorite product at The Stationery Studio and why?

A:  Even though I may be too old for them, I really like the stuffed animals. If you see them in person, they are so cute and soft.  When my sister starts having kids, that will be a perfect baby shower gift for me to give.

 

Have fun getting inspired on Pinterest!

xoxo

Jennifer